Winners and losers from NFL Week 7, plus Tom Brady 600th TD drama with fan and Saints-Seahawks picks for ‘MNF’

Welcome to the Monday version of the Choose Six e-newsletter!

Because the resident Bengals homer right here at, I used to be going to make your complete e-newsletter right now concerning the Bengals, however I did not need everybody to give up studying midway by means of, so I made a decision to not less than point out just a few of the opposite groups within the NFL

In case you have not regarded on the AFC standings over the previous 24 hours, the Bengals are at present on the prime. That is proper, if the playoffs began subsequent week, the Bengals could be the No. 1 seed within the convention. The one factor extra shocking than that’s that the Raiders could be the second seed. I am 99% certain we’re dwelling within the the wrong way up as a result of that is the one option to clarify how the highest two groups within the AFC are a crew that went 4-11-1 final season and a crew that noticed its head coach resign two weeks in the past. 

Alright, we have rather a lot to cowl right now, so let’s get to the rundown. 

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1. In the present day’s present: Week 7 winners and losers, plus full recap

It is Monday, which may solely imply one factor: I stayed up till 3 a.m. final evening recording a podcast with Will Brinson and Ryan Wilson that touched on all the things you should learn about Week 7, and let me simply say, it is most likely for one of the best that you just pay attention. We lined all 11 video games from Sunday and because the resident Bengals homer on the podcast, I made certain to take a number of victory laps on each Brinson and Wilson, who I believe are lastly conceding that the Bengals may truly be good. 

One factor we do each week is hand out our weekly winners and losers from Sunday’s motion. For our losers this week, all of us went with quarterbacks. Wilson picked one who’s by no means been on the loser’s checklist whereas Brinson and I went with quarterbacks who appear to lose each week. 

Ryan Wilson

  • Winner: Buccaneers. The Bucs are caring for enterprise. Their win over Chicago marked the third time this season that Tampa Bay has received a recreation by 20 or extra factors. They do not play right down to their competitors and so they’re destroying everybody of their path. 
  • Loser: Patrick Mahomes. There is a first time for all the things and this marks the primary time that Mahomes has been listed within the losers part, which is nearly becoming, as a result of that is additionally the primary season in Mahomes’ profession the place the Chiefs are enjoying like a crew which may not make the playoffs. 

Will Brinson

  • Winner: Derek Carr. The Raiders quarterback is enjoying one of the best soccer of his profession and in what could or will not be a coincidence, he appears to have gotten even higher for the reason that resignation of Jon Gruden.
  • Loser: Sam Darnold. The Panthers quarterback was so unhealthy towards the Giants that it is nearly like he was daring Panthers proprietor David Tepper to exit and commerce for Deshaun Watson

John Breech

  • Winner: Metropolis of Cincinnati. The town with one of the best chili now has one of the best soccer crew within the AFC. Because of their win over the Ravens, the Bengals are actually formally within the No. 1 spot within the convention and so they’re trying increasingly like a crew that is going to get again to the playoffs for the primary time since 2015. 
  • Loser: Jared Goff. Dropping to his outdated crew was unhealthy sufficient, however so as to add insult to damage, he was principally the explanation they misplaced. The Lions had a wild recreation plan the place almost all the things labored — they ran two pretend punts and a profitable onside kick — however they did not pull off the upset as a result of Goff threw an unsightly fourth quarter interception ultimately zone in a recreation the Lions trailed 25-19. He then adopted that up one possession later by throwing one other interception. It wasn’t an excellent day for Goff. 

Not solely did we checklist our winners and losers, however we additionally recapped each recreation from Sunday. To hearken to right now’s episode — and to subscribe to one of the best day by day NFL podcast on the market — be sure to click here. You can too WATCH today’s episode on YouTube by clicking here

2. Week 7 grades: Patriots get an ‘A+’ for embarrassing the Jets

Each week I crew up with six of my colleagues right here at handy out grades, and this week, the Patriots obtained an ‘A+’ for embarrassing the Jets. 

Here is a have a look at the grades from two notable video games that had been performed Sunday:

Patriots 54-13 over Jets (Click here for full recap)

  • Jets takeaway: The Jets misplaced quarterback Zach Wilson to a knee damage within the first half after which issues solely obtained worse from there. The Jets protection had no solutions for something the Patriots did as New England piled up 551 yards and 54 factors. The yardage whole was essentially the most the Jets have given up in a recreation since 1998. The factors whole was essentially the most that they had given up in a recreation since 1979 after they surrendered 56 to, yup, you guessed it, the Patriots. Grade: D-
  • Patriots takeaway: At occasions on this recreation, it nearly regarded just like the Patriots offense was enjoying towards air. The Patriots had been capable of transfer the ball at will and that is largely as a result of each Mac Jones and Damien Harris had profession days. Jones threw for 307 yards, marking the primary time in his brief profession that he is hit the 300-yard mark. As for Harris, he went over 100 yards for the second week in a row and third time this season.  Grade: A+

Colts 30-18 over 49ers (Click here for full game stats)

  • Colts takeaway: The Colts offensive recreation plan on Sunday evening was fairly easy: They both gave the ball to Jonathan Taylor or threw it lengthy and hoped for a defensive go interference penalty. Surprisingly, the technique truly labored properly as a result of the Colts ended up drawing three PI flags for 97 yards. Working the ball additionally labored as Taylor piled up 107 yards and a landing on 18 carries. Grade: B
  • 49ers takeaway: The 49ers regarded sharp on their first drive of the sport, however then all the things fell aside after that. After driving 78 yards for a landing on their opening possession, the 49ers would solely have ONE different drive within the recreation of greater than 40 yards and that did not come till fourth quarter when it was approach too late. Jimmy Garoppolo was an absolute catastrophe, throwing two picks and shedding a fumble. These three turnovers alone led to 14 factors for the Colts. Grade: D

As for the opposite 18 grades we handed out on Sunday, you can check those out by clicking here

3. Tom Brady throws 600th profession TD go, has to make commerce with fan to get it again

There wasn’t very a lot drama on the sphere through the Buccaneers’ 38-3 blowout win over the Bears on Sunday, however there was positively some drama off the sphere after Tom Brady threw his 600th profession landing go.

Listed below are some particulars on what went down in Tampa. 

  • Brady turns into first participant in NFL historical past to throw 600 touchdowns. The Buccaneers quarterback wanted two TD passes to succeed in the milestone quantity and he obtained his second one close to the tip of the primary quarter when he hit Mike Evans for a nine-yard rating.   
  • Evans GAVE AWAY the landing ball. Evans clearly did not notice that he had the milestone ball as a result of he ended up giving it away to a fan within the stands. The receiver clearly felt unhealthy about this as a result of apologized for giving it away on Twitter after the game
  • Buccaneers fan wished to maintain the ball. The Buccaneers fan who ended up with the ball (Byron Kennedy) truly wished to maintain it. When the crew requested him to return it, he wasn’t so certain. “I mentioned principally that I actually need to maintain it,” Kennedy told the Athletic. Kennedy truly filmed himself getting the ball and you can see that video by clicking here
  • Buccaneers bribe Kennedy. To get the ball again, the Buccaneers made Kennedy a suggestion he could not refuse: They gave him one other soccer plus a $1,000 present card to the crew retailer plus they promised to provide him a signed Tom Brady jersey. 
  • Brady additionally promised to provide Kennedy a present. Brady does not truly maintain his milestone footballs fairly often, however he wished the 600th TD ball and now that he has it, he is promised to reward Kennedy for the goodwill gesture. “I do not maintain too many issues. In that circumstance, I simply felt like that is likely to be an excellent one to maintain. He will get one thing good in return. We’ll get him a helmet, a few jerseys or another stuff. It was actually cool of him to try this.”
  • The soccer was valued at greater than $500,000. Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions estimates that the Brady ball could fetch more than $500,000 if it was to be bought, which implies Kennedy simply gave away $500,000 in change for a soccer, a jersey and a $1,000 present card. Not an important deal for him. If the Buccaneers need to do that man proper, they will be sure to throw in season tickets for the following 10 years plus possibly a visit to each Super Bowl throughout that interval.

Though giving up the ball most likely felt like a intestine punch, Kennedy positively made the suitable resolution. If he had saved the ball, he most likely would have needed to transfer out of Tampa as a result of he would have perpetually been generally known as the Buccaneers fan who did not give Tom Brady his soccer again. He would’ve been this technology’s Bartman. 

4. Seven loopy info from Week 7

Each Sunday evening, I get an e mail from our analysis division right here at CBS Sports activities, and each Sunday, that e mail all the time contains some amazingly wild info concerning the video games that had been simply performed. 

With that in thoughts, listed here are seven loopy info about Week 7: 

  • Washington pulls off NFL rarity. Through the Soccer Workforce’s 24-10 loss to the Packers, they did not punt a SINGLE TIME, making them simply the fourth crew within the Tremendous Bowl period to have zero punts in a recreation the place they scored 10 or fewer factors. 
  • Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson each coping with defeat. The 2018 MVP (Mahomes) and 2019 MVP (Jackson) each misplaced by 24 factors on Sunday, which is the worst loss for each quarterbacks of their careers. Earlier than Sunday, Mahomes’ largest loss was by 18 factors whereas Jackson’s largest loss was by 15. Additionally, Jackson had by no means misplaced within the month of October earlier than this week. 
  • Joe Burrow torches Ravens. The Bengals QB threw for 416 yards and three touchdowns, which is notable, as a result of it makes him the primary participant ever to throw for greater than 400 yards and not less than three touchdowns towards the Ravens in Baltimore. 4 different quarterbacks — Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Eli Manning — have hit these numbers towards the Ravens, however none of them did it IN Baltimore. One factor these quarterbacks have in widespread is that all of them received not less than one Tremendous Bowl. 
  • Cardinals‘ win over Texans ends with ultimate rating that is by no means been seen earlier than in NFL historical past. The 30-5 ultimate rating within the Cardinals-Texans recreation marks the primary time in NFL historical past {that a} recreation has ever ended with that rating. It was the 1,068th different final score in NFL historical past.  
  • Kyle Pitts going off. With 163 yards towards the Dolphins, Falcons tight finish Kyle Pitts grew to become the primary rookie tight finish with back-to-back 100-yard receiving video games since Raymond Chester, who did it with the Raiders in 1970.
  • Bears combating the go. Seven weeks into the season, the Bears nonetheless have but to complete with 200 passing yards in a recreation, marking the first time since 2008 (Titans) {that a} crew has made it by means of the primary seven weeks with out hitting that quantity. 
  • Zach Ertz makes NFL historical past. The Cardinals tight finish scored a landing towards the Texans on Sunday, marking the second straight week that he is scored a TD. The twist right here is that he performed for the Eagles in Week 6, which makes him the the primary participant in NFL historical past to have a receiving touchdown with two completely different groups in consecutive video games of the identical season.

If the Cardinals commerce him this week, he might catch a TD with a 3rd crew in Week 8… however I am guessing that is not going to occur. 

5. Monday preview: Prepping you for Saints at Seahawks

Taking part in in Seattle was once an enormous home-field benefit for the Seahawks however not this 12 months. By two residence video games, the Seahawks are 0-2 and in the event that they fall to 0-3 with a loss tonight, that may also drop them to final place within the NFC West, a full 5 video games behind the Cardinals. Principally, that is recreation they cannot afford to lose.   

My good buddy Jared Dubin wrote our deep-dive preview for this recreation right here at, and here is how he sees the sport enjoying out:

  • Why the Saints can win: Probably the most gifted offensive participant on the sphere on this recreation is probably going going to be Alvin Kamara and if the Saints are going to win, it is probably going to be as a result of they gave him a number of touches. The Seahawks have one of many worst defenses in soccer, which implies Kamara might put up some huge numbers tonight each on the bottom and thru the air. 
  • Why the Seahawks can win: The Seahawks would clearly like to run the ball, however the Saints have among the best run defenses in soccer, which implies this recreation is probably going going to fall sq. on the shoulders of Geno Smith. If Smith can complement the Seahawks floor recreation by making the occasional huge play, the Seahawks will certainly have an opportunity to tug off the upset. 

You can get a full preview of the game from Dubin by clicking here. The Seahawks are at present a four-point underdog in a recreation the place heavy rain is predicted. 

Dubin’s decide: Saints 27-13 over Seahawks.
My decide: Saints 19-16 over Seahawks.

In case you’re fascinated by betting on the sport, Tyler Sullivan put collectively a full playing preview. 

  • ONE PROP TYLER LIKES: Jameis Winston UNDER 26.5 passing makes an attempt (-130): “Not solely might the climate deter the Saints from deploying a prolific passing assault, Winston has gone underneath this quantity in all however one recreation this season.”
  • ONE PROP I LIKE: Alvin Kamara OVER 127.5 dashing and receiving yards (-115): The Seahawks have one of many worst defenses within the NFL and since Kamara is the largest weapon on the Saints, I will go forward and assume that he will have an enormous recreation. 

You can check out Sullivan’s full gambling preview by clicking here.

6. Fast-fire roundup

It was a busy weekend within the NFL and because it’s almost not possible to maintain observe of all the things that occurred, I went forward and put collectively a roundup for you. 

  • Zach Wilson may very well be out for as much as a month. The Jets QB injured his knee on Sunday and that damage turned out to be a strained PCL, which is expected to keep him sidelined for the next two to four weeks.  
  • Russell Wilson may very well be again ahead of anticipated. The Seahawks QB is having the pin in his finger eliminated this week, according to  With the pin out, Wilson might make a direct return from IR and if that occurs, he’d be eligible to return to observe after Seattle’s Week 8 recreation towards the Jaguars.   
  • Patriots secondary takes a success. Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones has determined to endure shoulder surgical procedure, which goes to knock him out for the remainder of the 2021 season, according to
  • Jaguars lose D.J. Chark for the 12 months. After fracturing his ankle just a few weeks in the past, it seems Chark will not be making a return this 12 months. Jaguars coach City Meyer introduced on Monday that Chark will miss the remainder of the 2021 season.   
  • Vikings and Broncos pull off weekend commerce. With the Broncos determined for linebackers, they determined to tug off a commerce for Minnesota’s Stephen Weatherly. To accumulate the Vikings linebacker, the Broncos are sending a 2022 seventh-round decide to Minnesota. They’re going to get a 2023 seventh-round decide again from the Vikings.
  • Former Patriots receiver Chris Hogan calls it a profession. After 10 NFL seasons, Hogan has determined to hold up his cleats for good. Hogan performed for a complete of 5 groups in his profession — the Bills, Patriots, Saints, Panthers and Jets — however his most spectacular work positively got here with New England. The 2-time Tremendous Bowl winner went over 500 yards in two of his three seasons with the Patriots, which is a quantity he by no means hit with another crew. Hogan additionally had 128 yards and a TD within the Patriots’ Tremendous Bowl loss to the Eagles. For extra particulars on Hogan’s profession, be sure to click here | Winners and losers from NFL Week 7, plus Tom Brady 600th TD drama with fan and Saints-Seahawks picks for ‘MNF’


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