NFL Roundup: Week 7

An exciting overtime game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots, a battle of quarterbacks in the NFC East and explosively offensive games highlighted the seventh week in the NFL.  Here are some of the bigger events that happened and things to look out for.

Player of the Week

Chris Johnson

Yeah, you read that right.  Johnson has been a disappointment to Titans fans and fantasy football owners for the last two seasons, but not on Sunday.  Johnson exploded for 195 yards on the ground and scored twice.  According to The Associated Press, Johnson entered Sunday’s game at Ralph Wilson Stadium with just 301 yards rushing on the season, but the perfect antidote was a struggling Bills’ defense that Johnson has torched in the past.  In three games against Buffalo, Johnson has 480 yards rushing and six touchdowns.  Not only did Johnson finally run the way he can, he helped his team top the Bills on the road, bringing the Titans to a 3-4 record.

Honorable Mention: V. Jackson (TB), A. Peterson (MIN)

Worst Week

Washington Redskins

The Redskins have one of the best and most exciting young players in the game with Robert Griffin III, but they also have a huge problem with staying healthy.  Earlier this season, the defense lost Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker to season-ending injuries and  wide receiver Pierre Garçon has been hampered by a sore foot.  The news just keeps getting worse as Sunday the team watched tight end Fred Davis go down with a torn Achilles tendon. Davis had been the most targeted receiver for the Skins and led the team with 24 receptions for 325 yards, according to The Washington Times. Washington has resigned tight end Chris Cooley, who leads the franchise with receptions by a tight end, but Davis was one of the best offensive weapons the Redskins have had.

NFC team to watch out for

New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints sit at 2-4 in the NFC South but are on a two game winning streak and continue to light up the scoreboard on offense.  Through their first six weeks, the Saints lead the league in passing yards per game with 335.2 and are ranked fourth in points per game with 29.3, according to NFL.com.  Their biggest problems they face from their 2-4 start—their defense has looked awful, allowing 30.3 points per game (No. 29) and are ranked dead last in yards allowed per game with 465.5, according to NFL.com.  They also have some difficult games left including two against division rival and undefeated Atlanta, the best team in the AFC right now in Houston, as well as San Francisco and New England.  If the Saints can figure out things defensively, they could make a run, but it won’t be easy.