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Another week in the NFL passes as we officially enter the halfway point and the trade deadline. With only one significant trade at the deadline (St Louis traded for Tampa safety Mark Barron), most teams are either confident with what they have, or unwilling to part with picks. It doesn't come as a surprise as the NFL always has the quietest trade deadline. After Cowboys and Eagles losses, the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos now retain the best records with one loss a piece. Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders remain winless after losing to the Browns.
Blowout of the Week
New England Patriots 51, Chicago Bears 23
Remember the blowout loss the Patriots had to the Chiefs and everybody began questioning the Patriots and whether this was the end of Tom Brady? One thing anybody that has watched football for the past decade should know is, never count out the Patriots. The Patriots are probably the hottest team in the NFL right now, and no quarterback is hotter then Brady. Since losing to Kansas City, he has tossed 14 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and has a passer rating of 129.1.
There were a few blowouts to pick from this week including the Saints over the Packers, and the Steelers over the Colts, but this was by the far the most dominant one. The Patriots scored 31 points in the second quarter, that's more points then 22 other teams had this week.
After somewhat of a slow first quarter with only a 7-0 score at the end, the Pats' exploded in the second quarter with 31 points including three touchdowns from Brady. Halfway through the fourth quarter backup quarterback Jimmy Garropolo replaced Brady. A big game for Brady is no surprise, but Rob Gronkowski had his biggest game of this year with nine receptions, 149 yards, and three touchdowns. As long as he stays healthy, the Pats' offense seems unstoppable.
It's been quite an up and down season for the Bears, a team that was thought to have had a good shot at the NFC North.
The Patriots are now 6-2 and haven't lost in October. You could say it's too early, but it seems an AFC Championship of Denver and New England is inevitable. We will get a preview next week.
Comeback of the Week
Detroit Lions 22, Atlanta Falcons 21
If you slept in this Sunday, you missed one of the most exciting games of the week. The Lions and Falcons squared off in London, England, for the second NFL game in London this year. Kickoff was at 9:30 AM. By 10:30 AM the Atlanta Falcons had jumped out to a commanding 21-0 lead against the No. 1 ranked defense.
The Lions slowly stormed back in the second half, chipping away at the Falcons lead and holding them to zero points in the second half. Golden Tate continues to make Detroit forget who Calvin Johnson is with seven receptions for 151 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown.
With 1:38 remaining in the fourth quarter, Matthew Stafford and company would get the ball at their own seven, needing just a field goal to take the lead, not an easy task for a team that's struggled so much with them. After two passes for 32 and 20 yards, the Lions were already threatening in field goal range.
They managed to setup a 43-yard field goal for Matt Prater, who despite a small sample size, has been really inconsitent this season. He missed it.
Who would guess that a delay of game would bail out a missed field goal for Prater, making it a 48 yarder now, which he would sink to win the game, easily the weirdest ending to a game this year and one that I'm sure London Football fans were thrilled to see in person.
Upset of the Week
Washington Redskins 20, Dallas Cowboys 17
In a showdown of the NFC East, the Cowboys were 9.5 favorites with the struggling Skins' coming into Jerry World. Never underestimate a division rival, even when their quarterback is Colt McCoy. The Cowboys came into the game tied for the best record in the league, and the biggest surprise of the first half of the season.
After a five-yard touchdown from Dez Bryant, the Cowboys took a 7-3 lead into halftime with a lackluster first half at best. Down 10-7 following an Alfred Morris touchdown, Tony Romo, the Cowboys quarterback would come out after injuring his back that he just had surgery on last year. Insert Brandon Weeden on the next drive. Following a 51-yard run by Demarco Murray, the Boys' were able to tie the game back up.
Weeden and Mccoy then exchanged touchdowns to keep the game tied at 17-17. In a very controversial move, Romo was thrown back into the game, and boy was he tested with some all-out blitzes from the Redskins and ultimately each team was unable to cash in on their last possesion.
A couple of great passes from Colt McCoy led to a Kai Forbath field goal, giving the Cowboys a chance to either tie it up and send it to sudden death or win on a touchdown. They were unable to convert a fourth-and-three after a great pass break up by rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who had a coming out party.
The Cowboys and Eagles now each have two losses and remain tied at the top of the NFC East, an interesting storyline to follow in the weeks to come.