Michael's Weekend Warriors
With week 8 starting today, week 7 of NFL football is officially in the books as another good week for the NFL. Let's get to the Winners and Losers of last Sunday in another edition of the Weekend Warriors.
Best Team of the Week
The Easy Answer would be Green Bay or Denver but can the St.Louis Rams get some love for their 28-26 win over the Seattle Seahawks. It was just really exhilarating to see the Rams went for it on fourth down in their territory. Obviously, it's not the most dominating win, and it even came with controversy, but it was fun to see a team who needs a win go out and get it at any cost.
Worst Team of the Week
Just when you think the Cleveland Browns are going to be decent this year, they go and get manhandled by Jacksonville. The Browns offensively could not move the football, which resulted in their 6-24 lost. I don't think this was a sign of trouble for the Browns because every team has those games where they just don't get it done. However, an interesting trend about the Browns are that they generally do not have good first halves and we will see if that will cost them.
Best Player of the Week
I am convinced that Peyton Manning is not of this earth. For those who missed it, Peyton Manning is now the all time leader in passing touchdowns and did it in 53 less games than the former holder of the record, Brett Favre. That wasn't even the best part, how he got the record was. Peyton manning had only four in-completions (22/26), 318 passing yards, and four touchdowns with no interceptions, and by the way, he sat out the fourth quarter. I'm just impressed with how Peyton Manning in the span of two and half years went from a career threatening neck injury to being a scary human being on the field.
Worst Player of the Week
When it comes to the Cincinnati Bengals and not winning, it would be easy to blame Andy Dalton or Marvin Lewis, but this is a team game and Giovanni Benard did not help the team on Sunday. He had 17 yards on 7 carries, failing to help Cincinnati establish the run. It also did not help that he was on Sportscentre that night for all the wrong reasons, as he got crushed on one play by Vontae Davis.
Surprise of the Week
This has been a surprise to me for a good amount of time. The Carolina Panthers' defense has been awful this season, which is an extreme contrast to what the Panthers' defense was last year. I knew Greg Hardy's suspension was going to make a difference, but who knew it was going to be that much of a difference. There may be other factors for the dip in defensive production, but it's really interesting how a defense can go from top 10 one year to bottom 10 the next.
Game of the Week
Usually Thursday nighters have been the home of one team giving the other team a beatdown but this week was different. The New England Patriots with their new found confidence found themselves in a fight with the New York Jets. It was actually so entertaining that it came down to a 58 yards field goal try for the Jets, and call me crazy, but I thought the Jets were going to win this game. Fortunately or unfortunately for whoever won, cheers for the kick was blocked and game over New England won 27-25.
This week there features another good bunch of matchups. What's going to be your must see Game of the Week? Tweet the Fan-I Twitter page or on the Fan-I Facebook wall and tell us which game you are watching this week.
By: Michael Asiffo