Broncos: Russell Wilson's contract gets worse by the week. "The Broncos are giving Wilson $124 million guaranteed and can't get out of the deal until 2025 at the earliest. In his first season with the team, Wilson is completing 58.6% of his passes for 1,442 yards with five touchdowns to three interceptions (83.3 rating). The Broncos have scored more than 20 points just once (and they lost that game). That's just not good enough."
Ben Roethlisberger comments on Tom Brady's body language. I'm not sure if Big Ben is a body language expert, but he did make an interesting comment on Brady's body language this week. "It looked like he didn't want to be out there," Big Ben said. Hearing a two-time Super Bowl winner say this about Brady is definitely fascinating. Brady might finally be regretting coming out of retirement. You can read Big Ben's full comments by clicking here.
Over the past three weeks, the Packers offense has somehow gotten progressively worse each game, and it might have finally reached rock bottom in Washington. Aaron Rodgers continues to have a look of perpetual frustration whenever he's on the field and it's somewhat understandable considering his receivers are struggling to get open. Over the first three quarters of this game, the Packers punted five times while only putting together one drive that went for more than 40 yards. The Packers defense did its best to keep things close with a pick-six in the first half, but it couldn't stop the Commanders offense in the second half. At one point, the Packers led this game 14-3, but it was an all-out failure after that. The Packers aren't out of the NFC North race by any means, but with the way they're playing, if they don't turn things around soon they're going to be playing for second in the division.
Aaron Rodgers wasn't the only one to hit rock bottom on Sunday because Tom Brady and the Buccaneers appear to have also hit it. Since starting 2-0, the Buccaneers have now lost four of their past five games and a big reason for that is because the offense looks broken. Part of that is due to Brady, who threw multiple errant passes, but even when he was throwing accurately, his receivers couldn't hang on to anything (Mike Evans dropped an easy TD pass in the first quarter). As bad as the offense was, the defense might have been worse. The Buccaneers couldn't stop a Panthers rushing attack that just traded away its best player. Carolina steamrolled the Buccaneers defense for 173 yards on the ground. All of a sudden, it's starting to feel like the Buccaneers are going to be in a dog fight in the NFC South, a division most people thought Tampa Bay was easily going to win.
After the Panthers traded away Christian McCaffrey on Thursday, some people accused them of tanking, but no one will be making that accusation anymore after this upset win. The loss of McCaffrey didn't seem to have any impact on the Panthers, who ran for a SEASON-HIGH 173 yards, marking the team's second-highest rushing total since the start of the 2020 season. Most of that production came from D'Onta Foreman (15 carries, 118 yards) and Chuba Hubbard (nine carries for 63 yards and one TD), two backs who proved to be more than capable of filling McCaffrey's shoes. The only thing more surprising than Carolina's rushing attack was the way the Panthers' defense was able to shut down Tom Brady. The Bucs quarterback faced relentless pressure on a day where Tampa Bay didn't score its first points until the fourth quarter.
It's fitting that the Seahawks are alone in first place in the NFC West after winning this game, because this victory definitely proves that Seattle is for real. The Seahawks' biggest weakness through the first few weeks of the season was their defense, but that unit has turned things around over the past two weeks. Seven days after holding the Cardinals to nine points, the Seahawks absolutely shut down a Chargers offense that's not easy to shut down. The defense even set up 10 early points by forcing two turnovers in the first quarter. Offensively, Kenneth Walker had a breakout game with 23 carries for 168 yards and two touchdowns. When you combine that with the fact that Geno Smith is playing like a borderline MVP candidate, it's not crazy to think that this team could end up winning the NFC West.
Such a tough grade. On one hand, they either led or stayed within one score of the red-hot Chiefs into the third quarter, and their new rushing duo of Christian McCaffrey and Jeff Wilson looked as good as advertised. On the other, Jimmy Garoppolo, whose best attribute is being a caretaker for Kyle Shanahan's offense, put the ball in harm's way on one too many key downs in a game that required near-perfection. Deebo Samuel was unusually quiet. And DeMeco Ryans' defense, stingy as it may be, had no answers after halftime, failing to properly pressure Mahomes or cover any of K.C.'s downfield options.
Week 7 in the NFL had a lot more questions than answers -- unless it was an NFC East team (the division went 3-0 on the afternoon). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue their freefall, losing to a Carolina Panthers team without Christian McCaffrey and playing a third string quarterback. The Green Bay Packers lost to a Washington Commanders team starting a backup quarterback.
Tom Brady is under .500 this late in a season for the first time since 2002. The Buccaneers just scored three points against a Panthers squad that is one of the worst in the NFL. A team that just traded Christian McCaffrey and started PJ Walker scored 21 points against a once-vaulted defense -- a unit Bowles runs.
The NFC South is bad, so Bowles deserves the opportunity to right the ship. Tampa Bay is fortunate this situation isn't worse -- although the Tom Brady drama and the inconsistent offense and defense is pretty bad.
The Commanders, Falcons, 49ers and Commanders are alive at 3-4 in a crowded NFC of mediocrity. There's no guarantee Green Bay will make the playoffs -- even with Aaron Rodgers.
One of the wildest things we saw on Sunday in the NFL occurred before games even kicked off. Sunday morning, ESPN reported that the Panthers were offered two first-round picks for star pass-rusher Brian Burns ... and they said no! I get the Panthers not hosting a fire sale, but I really have a hard time believing they turned down two first-round picks for Burns.
Walker completed 16 of 22 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' shocking 21-3 victory over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Carolina was a 13-point underdog, and won straight-up! Now, Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks is considering moving forward with Walker as the starter over Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold.
"It's going to be hard to pull him out," Wilks said after the win, via Pro Football Talk.
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