Another week is almost in the books. Week 7 was a memorable one, for a variety of reasons both good and bad. If you were living under a rock the past two days, here’s what you need to know about Week 7 in the NFL:
Sunday Night game ends in a tie after sloppy OT period
Since 1974, there has only been 21 tie games in the NFL, including Sunday’s 6-6 draw between the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals. If you stayed up to watch this debacle of a game, well, we can grief together. A defensive standstill turned into a kicker horror show in extra-time, as Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro and Seahawks kicker Stephen Hauschka both missed game-winning field goal opportunities from inside 30 yards with under four minutes remaining.
Bruce Arians on his kicker who missed: "You get paid to make it."
Pete Carroll on his kicker who missed: "I love him and he's our guy."
— Mitch Goldich (@mitchgoldich) October 24, 2016
Pete Carroll’s reaction was absolutely priceless:
Arians after his kicker missed a 21-yard field goal to win the game:
Fitzpatrick rips management after Jets win over Ravens
Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t scheduled to play on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. But after an injury to Geno Smith in the first half, Fitzpatrick was thrust into action and played well to help snap a four-game losing streak for the Jets. But that’s not the story. Fitzpatrick gassed his superiors in the post-game press conference, calling out their lack of faith in him despite throwing 11 interceptions in his first six games this season. Here’s what he had to say:
“The biggest thing in this game in order to last, is to have belief in yourself,” Fitzpatrick said. “Because when the owner stops believing in you and the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. That’s something that I’ve had to deal with before. That’s something I’m dealing with now.”
Fitzpatrick went on the say that he plays better as an underdog, and that he’s going to be ‘pissed off’ moving forward. Once again, Fitzpatrick threw 11 INTERCEPTIONS in the team’s first six games. I don’t think management had much of a choice?
Three of the NFL’s longest winning streaks were snapped on Sunday
It was a bad day to be a road-favorite. The previously unbeaten Minnesota Vikings were thoroughly dominated by a swarming Eagles defense in Philadelphia, while the Bills and Redskins both had their four-game winning streaks snapped against the Dolphins and Lions, respectively.
Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi lands in rare company after another 200-yard rushing performance
Who is this guy? Ajayi, who wasn’t even the starting running back at the beginning of the season after losing his job to Arian Foster, exploded for his second consecutive 200-yard rushing performance, this time against the Buffalo Bills. More importantly, Ajayi helped power the Dolphins to their second consecutive win, giving their offense a much needed identity moving forward.