Week seven of the NFL season kicked off last Thursday night when the Jaguars traveled to New Orleans to take on Derek Carr and the Saints. The Jaguars started strong, scoring on their opening two possessions and ultimately winning. Travis Etienne, a superstar running back for the Jaguars, led the attack with 90 yards on 17 touches and two touchdowns.
Coming off of a three-game losing streak, there wasn’t a lot of optimism for the Patriots heading into a divisional tilt at home against the Bills. The Patriots came out firing, scoring a field goal on the first drive and producing a turnover from Josh Allen on his first throw of the game. Mac Jones and the Patriots cashed in for a touchdown and held a secure lead for most of the game. Allen and the Bills came surging back in the second half and took the lead late in the fourth quarter following a Kendrick Bourne fumble. Jones mustered up an eight-play, 75-yard drive in under two minutes and found Mike Gesicki with 12 seconds left to secure the Patriots win.
One of the more anticipated games this weekend was between the visiting Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens. It was nothing short of a blowout from the get-go. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens were no match for the Dan Campbell-led defense. With just five minutes to go in the first half, Baltimore had built a 28-0 lead, which was ultimately too tall of a hill to climb for Jared Goff and his unit.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs went about their business as usual. In every game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Mahomes carved up the Chargers for 424 yards (320 in the first half, career high) and tacked on four touchdowns. His top running mate, Travis Kelce, also had a career day, totaling 12 catches for 179 yards and a touchdown of his own. The Chiefs continue to own the Chargers with no end in sight.
Two of the NFL’s most high-powered offenses took center stage on Sunday Night. Jalen Hurts and his Philadelphia Eagles looked to topple former Alabama teammates of Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins. For the struggling Eagles, this was an important test to match up against the explosiveness that the Dolphins receivers have in Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. For the Dolphins, it was a chance to display their lucrative offense against a good defense on a big stage. Fast forward three hours, and the more experienced group had the advantage; The Eagles looked like a far better team with more experience and a crispiness to their timing. Hurts took down his former college teammate 31-17 and earned a massive win for his squad to take the top seed in the NFC conference for now.
Week eight on Thursday with the Buffalo Bills beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-18, and the battle between the Las Vegas Raiders and Detroit Lions will occur on Monday night.