Week 7 of the NFL season ended up as one to forget for two of the biggest stars in the game. The 49ers won’t want to remember it either. But in New York, both teams again picked up wins to continue their impressive run of results.
Panic Stations for Two Legends?
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered an embarrassing 21-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 7. Having recently fired their coach and just traded away Christian McCaffery, little was expected of the Panthers. However, they took those expectations and created a chip on their shoulder which translated into one of their best performances in a long, long time.
While Brady sprayed his teammates, the man himself struggled. He finished with a passer rating below 100 for the sixth time in seven games this season. Exceptionally poor numbers for a player of his calibre. Has Father Time finally caught up with the 45-year-old?
Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers lost their third game on the bounce in going down to the Washington Commanders 23-21.
You barely beat Zappe. You lost to Dimes. You lost to Zach Wilson. You lost to Taylor Heinicke. And Josh Allen is up next. It’s time to sell.
— Andy Herman (@AndyHermanNFL) October 23, 2022
Like Brady, Rodgers is below .500 at 3-4 for the season.
It’s not often that a backup quarterback starts trending on social media, but Jordan Love’s name started doing the rounds towards the end of the defeat. At the very least, he can produce the 179 yards and two touchdowns Rodgers did in this one at a much cheaper price.
The NFL’s schedule makers will have marked Packers v Bills as a blockbuster for Week 8. However, at this stage, the Packers are heavy $4.65 and +10.5 underdogs.
The San Francisco 49ers pulled off a blockbuster trade in the build-up to their Week 7 clash against the Kansas City Chiefs.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 21, 2022
On the field, however, the Niners produced their worst defensive performance of the Kyle Shanahan era.
What is meant to be one of the best defences in the NFL conceded 44 points. Sure, Patrick Mahomes could put 44 points on anybody. But with San Francisco welcoming back injured players, looking to really kick start their season and with a chance to announce themselves as Super Bowl contenders, they flopped. Before Kansas City kneeled out the final plays, they averaged over ten yards per play. PER PLAY!!
There is still a lot to like about the 49ers. While they were terrible in this one, they will get better in the coming weeks as Christian McCaffrey integrates into the offence. The defensive players recently returning from injury will be better for the run in Week 7, too. Still, they’ve taken a few steps back with this performance. The Chiefs, on the other hand, are into $7.50 from $9 last week.
Giants & Jets Keep Winning
Perhaps this becomes normal towards the end of the NFL season, but for now, the New York Giants and New York Jets producing regular wins is still a surprise.
The Jets upset the Packers last week. Although, that win doesn’t look quite as good now. This week, they beat the Denver Broncos 16-9 to move to 5-2 for the first time since 2010. Zach Wilson again struggled at quarterback but that didn’t matter. Breece Hall ran in a 62-yard touchdown – their only touchdown of the game – and the Jets got it done again.
Tests showed that Jets’ RB Breece Hall suffered a torn ACL and a minor meniscus injury, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 24, 2022
As for the Giants, they made it 6-1 with a 23-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Like the Jets, they didn’t look all that pretty doing it.
Daniel Jones put his hand up for an extension with another 4th quarter comeback. He finished up with 202 yards in the air, 107 on the ground and rushed one in to score. Saquon Barkley ran for 110 yards with 72 of those yards coming in the 4th quarter. Jones and Barkley are becoming quite the duo and the Giants look like a lock for the playoffs at this point.
Dak Is Back…
And the Dallas Cowboys started to roll.
Dak Prescott comes back and mysteriously the Dallas Cowboys have their first 3-Touchdown game of the year. Coincidence? I think not.
— Dan Rogers (@DannyPhantom24) October 24, 2022
The Cowboys scored 24 points while beating the Detroit Lions but it’s the defence that continues to do the damage. The Lions came into this game averaging 28 points per game but failed to score a touchdown as the Cowboys defence dominated from start to finish. Forcing a fumble out of Jamaal Williams inside the 1-yard line a particular highlight.
Dak Prescott returned from his five-game absence which helped the offence. Although, Dallas still struggled on third down completing just 3-of-9. We can confidently say the Cowboys are good, but are they good enough to compete for the Super Bowl? Their $18 suggests they’re in the conversation.
NFL Super Bowl LVII Odds
We’re checking in on the changes in the Super Bowl LVII Odds from Week 6 to 7.
The market tells us there is still faith in the 49ers after they shortened into $13 despite their horror Week 7 performance. Notably, the Chiefs were significant movers as a result of that final score.
The Buccaneers are slipping away from the leading pack. At $12 after Week 6, their shock loss to the Panthers pushed them out to $17 in the Super Bowl LVII market. While the Eagles spent Week 7 of the NFL season on a bye, the Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens used it to shorten their price. The Cowboys entered the Top 10 as a result of their win over the Lions.
Top 10 Odds
|TEAM||WEEK 6 PRICE||WEEK 7 PRICE|
|Kansas City Chiefs||$9||$7.50|
|San Francisco 49ers||$15||$13|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||$12||$17|
|Los Angeles Rams||–||$23|