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NFL Week 7 in review: Highlights, injuries, analysis

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The Week 7 schedule included some massive performances. Read on for highlights, injury intel and analysis from our NFL Nation reporters at every game.

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Packers 42, Raiders 24

Raiders inactives: RT Trent Brown, WR Tyrell Williams, DE Arden Key, QB DeShone Kizer, WR/RS Dwayne Harris, WR Zay Jones, CB Keisean Nixon

Packers inactives: WR Davante Adams, WR Ryan Grant, OG Cole Madison, OL Adam Pankey, S Darnell Savage, TE Robert Tonyan, OLB Tim Williams

Highlights:

Yet another TD for Aaron Rodgers! His fifth passing strike of the day is a 74-yarder to Marquez Valdes-Scantling:

Aaron Rodgers is on fire: his fourth passing TD of the game -- and No. 350 of his career -- goes to Jimmy Graham, and the Packers are rolling:

After an earlier Darren Waller TD was called back for holding, this one counts:

Aaron Rodgers fakes the handoff to Aaron Jones, keeps it for six and brings back the championship belt celebration!

Jake Kumerow -- with his exquisite mane flowing in the breeze -- stays just in bounds to score the Packers' third TD of the first half:

Another running back receiving touchdown! This time it's Jamal Williams hitting pay dirt:

After a long TD to Darren Waller was called back for holding, Derek Carr finds Fabian Moreau for the score:

Aaron Rodgers delivers a perfect ball to Aaron Jones, who hauls it in to get the Packers on the board:

Injuries:

Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders. A banged-up right shoulder suffered on his first carry of the game might have sent Jacobs to the locker room for a few snaps but it did not keep him from having a career-high 124 yards, on 21 carries, including a 42-yarder on his third attempt of the day. And the rookie first-rounder does not think it will keep him off the field going forward, either. "It will be all right," he said. "I mean, I'm not going to miss no time or nothing like that." DeAndre Washington had six carries, for 29 yards, while Jalen Richard carried the ball twice, for 2 yards. Oh, and the Raiders worked out LeGarrette Blount this week. -- Paul Gutierrez


Bills 31, Dolphins 21

Dolphins inactives: S Reshad Jones, CB Xavien Howard, RB Myles Gaskin, C Daniel Kilgore, OL Keaton Sutherland, OT Andrew Donnal, DE Avery Moss

Bills inactives: WR Robert Foster, LB Matt Milano, OT Ryan Bates, RB T.J. Yeldon, OG Ike Boettger, TE Tommy Sweeney, LB Corey Thompson

Highlights:

Well, that's not exactly how the Dolphins drew up the onside kick. Micah Hyde grabs it in stride and runs it all the way back to close out the game:

The Dolphins aren't giving up yet! Ryan Fitzpatrick finds some daylight and blasts his way into the end zone:

Cole Beasley gets in on the touchdown fun, and the Bills extend their lead:

Josh Allen with some zip on his pass to John Brown, and the Bills are back ahead:

It looked like the Dolphins were heading in for another TD, but Tre'Davious White comes up with the clutch, goal-line interception:

Uh oh. Ryan Fitzpatrick rolls out, delivers it to DeVante Parker... and the Dolphins are in the end zone again:

Kalen Ballage powers his way in for a touchdown to put the Dolphins ahead:

Dolphins rookie defensive lineman Christian Wilkins has been ejected for throwing a punch:

Injuries:

Duke Williams, WR, Bills. The Bills managed to get out of Sunday's game relatively scratch-free, with the exception of Williams, who hurt his shoulder after reeling in a 23-yard pass. The rookie left the game briefly and was able to return, but underwent further evaluation following the game. Robert Foster was a healthy scratch Sunday but would be the obvious candidate to replace Williams if he is to miss any time moving forward. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

Pregame:

Sports fans in Buffalo have a lot to be excited about this fall, with the Bills off to a 4-1 start, and the Sabres tied for first place in the NHL. Josh Allen showed off his custom Sabres sweater heading into the locker room:

Bills fans welcoming their former QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back to Buffalo.

Cameron Wolfe, ESPN Staff Writer54d ago

The largest reported bet at sportsbook PointsBet is $25,000 on the Bills' money-line -1,000. The same bettor also placed seven point-spread bets, totalling close to $20,000, on the Dolphins +17.

David Purdum, ESPN Staff Writer54d ago


Colts 30, Texans 23

Texans inactives: CB Bradley Roby, S Mike Adams, ILB Tyrell Adams, OL Greg Mancz, OT Tytus Howard, TE Logan Paulsen, DE Carlos Watkins

Colts inactives: WR Parris Campbell, OL Le'Raven Clark, DL Trevon Coley, S Malik Hooker, DL Tyquan Lewis, CB Kenny Moore, RB Jonathan Williams

Highlights:

The Texans aren't done yet! Deshaun Watson rolls to his right and fires a strike to DeAndre Hopkins:

Zach Pascal -- rostered in 0.2% of ESPN fantasy leagues -- scores his second TD of the day:

Deshaun Watson pitches it to Keke Coutee, who races in for a Texans TD:

It'll go down as just a 4-yard TD reception, but this catch by Eric Ebron is one of the best you'll see this season:

T.Y. Hilton gets inside position, and he's into the end zone to extend the Colts' lead:

Jacoby Brissett gets it to Zach Pascal on a crossing route, and the wideout goes airborne to get the ball into the end zone:

Injuries:

Will Fuller V, WR, Texans. The Texans lost Fuller with a hamstring injury on the opening drive, and he was ruled out for the rest of the game in the third quarter. With Fuller out, the Texans had two players finish with more than 100 receiving yards: DeAndre Hopkins (nine catches for 106 yards and a touchdown) and Kenny Stills (four catches for 105 yards). -- Sarah Barshop

Pregame:

J.J. Watt stayed up to watch the Astros' thrilling victory over the Yankees on Saturday night, and he's reppin' ALCS MVP Jose Altuve on Sunday:

And Benardrick McKinney does his best to re-enact the game-winning home run:


Cardinals 27, Giants 21

Cardinals inactives: WR Christian Kirk, RB D.J. Foster, LB Zeke Turner, LB Ramik Wilson, OL Lamont Gaillard, DL Michael Dogbe, DL Zach Allen

Giants inactives: WR Sterling Shepard, DB Corey Ballentine, QB Alex Tanney, OL Chad Slade, OT Eric Smith, OLB Chris Peace, TE Garrett Dickerson

Highlights:

Saquon Barkley powers it in from seven yards out to pull the Giants within a score:

Chase Edmonds goes 22 yards largely untouched for TD No. 3:

The Giants' special teams unit comes through huge with a punt block and recovery in the end zone:

We've got a game, folks. Daniel Jones threads the needle to Rhett Ellison, who bullies his way in for a touchdown:

Saquon Barkley is back on the field doing Saquon Barkley things:

Chase Edmonds enjoyed his first TD rush so much, he decided to race into the end zone again!

The Cardinals get the Giants' defenders confused with some pre-snap motion, and then Chase Edmonds takes it 20 yards for a rushing touchdown:

Injuries:

David Johnson, who played just three of 39 offensive snaps in the first half, was testing his lateral movement on the sideline before the second-half kickoff. The Giants start the third quarter with the ball so it's yet to be seen whether Johnson will play but after Chase Edmonds ran for 91 yards in the first half, it may be a tough case to rush Johnson back out with a bad ankle.

Josh Weinfuss, ESPN Staff Writer54d ago


49ers 9, Redskins 0

49ers inactives: QB C.J. Beathard, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, FB Kyle Juszczyk, OT Joe Staley, OT Mike McGlinchey, WR Deebo Samuel, DT D.J. Jones

Redskins inactives: CB Josh Norman, RB Chris Thompson, TE Vernon Davis, S Deshazor Everett, QB Colt McCoy, LB Josh Harvey-Clemons, OG Wes Martin

Highlights:

It's a little bit wet out there at FedExField:

Injuries:

Marquise Goodwin, WR, and Matt Breida, RB, 49ers. Goodwin and Breida departed Sunday's game to be evaluated for concussions, seemingly adding to the 49ers' ongoing injury woes on offense. But, for once, the Niners got some welcome news on the injury front. Both players cleared concussion protocol and were able to return to the game. They should both be able to go next week, barring any other issues popping up during the week. -- Nick Wagoner

Pregame:

Caesars Sportsbook's head of risk Jeff Davis says an hour before the early kickoffs that Washington is the book's biggest need, followed closely by the Falcons: "We will need to win one of those two games or we will need to win every other game." Washington is a 10-point underdog to the 49ers, who have attracted 91% of the point-spread bets at Caesars.

David Purdum, ESPN Staff Writer54d ago


Vikings 42, Lions 20

Vikings inactives: CB Marcus Sherels, LB Ben Gedeon, C Brett Jones, OG Dru Samia, OT Oli Udoh, DT Jalyn Holmes, DT Armon Watts

Lions inactives: DL Mike Daniels, CB Amani Oruwariye, QB David Blough, DE Da'Shawn Hand, OG Beau Benzschawel, OG Oday Aboushi, RB Tra Carson

Highlights:

Dalvin Cook's second rushing TD of the game puts the proverbial nail in the coffin:

The Vikings might want to cover that guy: Yup, it's Marvin Jones Jr. again:

Kyle Rudolph is on the receiving end of this Kirk Cousins pass, and the Vikings go up by 11:

The shootout in Detroit continues, with C.J. Ham getting in on the fun with a TD reception:

Marvin Jones Jr. makes it a hat trick of TD catches -- and all in the first half!

Dalvin Cook powers it in from eight yards out, and the Vikings take the lead:

Bisi Johnson sneaks out into the flat, Kirk Cousins finds him, and we are tied up in Detroit:

Marvin Jones Jr. finds some open space in the corner of the end zone, and Matthew Stafford gets it to him for their second TD of the day:

Big drive for Matthew Stafford. Passes 40,000 career yards (fastest in NFL history). Hits Marvin Jones for his second touchdown catch of the day -- and TD No. 248 of Stafford's career, passing Boomer Esiason and moving him into 22nd place all-time in touchdown passes, tying him with Tony Romo.

Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer54d ago

Adam Thielen gets open deep and Kirk Cousins fires a perfect strike to tie things up:

Marvin Jones Jr. takes the pass from Matthew Stafford and spins out of trouble and into the end zone to put the Lions up early:

Injuries:

Kerryon Johnson, RB, Lions. Johnson left with a right knee injury in the first half and did not return. Matt Patricia said the club will have to see how Johnson is feeling on Monday, but had no other update. If he's out for any period of time, Detroit will turn to Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic to fill the void. -- Michael Rothstein

Darius Slay, CB, Lions. Slay left Sunday's game with an injured right hamstring and didn't return. With Slay out -- and it's not clear if it an aggravation of his prior hamstring injury or something new -- the club relied on Justin Coleman, the team's nickel corner, on the outside. -- Michael Rothstein

Pregame:

These custom cleats for Stefon Diggs are no laughing matter:


Rams 37, Falcons 10

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Rams inactives: RB Malcolm Brown, LB Kenny Young, OLB Clay Matthews, LB Bryce Hager, OL Austin Corbett, OL Jamil Demby, DT Greg Gaines

Falcons inactives: OL Matt Gono, RB Qadree Ollison, DL Deadrin Senat, CB Desmond Trufant, OL John Wetzel, CB D.J. White, WR Olamide Zaccheaus

Highlights:

A fumble on a Falcons punt return and after a few bounces, the Rams recover it in the end zone:

Matt Schaub (!!!) is back in action with Matt Ryan sidelined, and he fires the garbage time TD pass to Austin Hooper:

Jared Goff shows off some slick moves as he rushes it in to extend the Rams' lead:

Gerald Everett takes a screen pass to the house, and then hits the dirty bird celebration:

Johnny Hekker: Elite punter, effective passer. He finds Nick Scott for the big gain on fourth-and-3:

Todd Gurley II with incredible concentration to haul in a 13-yard touchdown to put the Rams ahead:

Injuries:

Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons. Ryan left Sunday's loss against the Rams with a right ankle injury after being sacked by Aaron Donald in the fourth quarter. His status is uncertain, and he was spotted in a walking boot in the locker room after the game; however, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported after the game that the injury is not believed to be serious. Veteran Matt Schaub, who last started a game in 2015 as a member of the Ravens, would start in place of Ryan. "Hopefully it's not too serious,'' Schaub said of Ryan's ankle. "If I'm called upon and I've got to step in there, whether it be in practice or in the games, I'll be there for my guys.'' -- Vaughn McClure

Pregame:

Maybe get this guy some reps at cornerback:

Meanwhile, Jalen Ramsey is a cornerback, and he's ready for his first game as a Ram:


Jaguars 27, Bengals 17

Jaguars inactives: WR Marqise Lee, RB Devine Ozigbo, CB Parry Nickerson, LB Austin Calitro, OL Brandon Thomas, TE Geoff Swaim, DT Dontavius Russell

Bengals inactives: CB William Jackson, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, DE Carlos Dunlap, DE Carl Lawson, OG John Miller, OT Cordy Glenn, WR A.J. Green

Highlights:

Yannick Ngakoue puts an exclamation point on the game with a pick-six for the Jags:

The Jags go up late with a TD pass from Gardner Minshew II to Keelan Cole:

We've got a touchdown! Andy Dalton gets it to Joe Mixon, who hits pay dirt and hits us with a ... unique dance:

No score after a quarter of play, but Gardner Minshew II is doing some things with his legs:

Injuries:

Najee Goode, LB, Jaguars. Goode left the game in the first half with turf toe and did not return. He had been playing very well since replacing rookie Quincy Williams during the Jaguars' loss to the Panthers in Week 5, and was going to be the starter at weakside linebacker for the foreseeable future. At one point late in Sunday's game the Jaguars used safety Jarrod Wilson as the nickel linebacker. Turf toe can be a lingering problem (it's something that left tackle Cam Robinson may also be experiencing) and with Williams (hamstring) and D.J. Alexander (foot) also banged up, the Jaguars could be in trouble at that spot because the New York Jets and Le'Veon Bell come to Jacksonville in Week 8. -- Mike DiRocco


Titans 23, Chargers 20

Chargers inactives: DB Nasir Adderley, K Mike Badgley, DE Melvin Ingram, RB Justin Jackson, DT Justin Jones, DT Brandon Mebane, QB Easton Stick

Titans inactives: ILB Jayon Brown, LB Sharif Finch, CB Chris Milton, OG Kevin Pamphile, LB Derick Roberson, RB Rod Smith, OG Aaron Stinnie

Highlights:

Philip Rivers launches a rocket to Austin Ekeler, who hauls it in for a 41-yard touchdown:

The Chargers want no part of Derrick Henry with a full head of steam coming around the corner, and he trots into the end zone:

Tajae Sharpe with some nifty toe-tapping in the back of the end zone, and the Titans go up by a score in the fourth quarter:

First-round pick Jeffery Simmons made his season debut on Sunday, and made his presence felt with a third-quarter sack of Philip Rivers:

Ryan Tannehill with some zip on this touchdown strike to Corey Davis, and we're all tied up at the half:

Melvin Gordon finds a whole lot of space in the end zone, and Philip Rivers gets it to him for the easy TD:

It's a fake punt! Brett Kern fires a perfect pass to Kevin Byard, who gets just enough for the first down:

Injuries:

Delanie Walker, TE, Titans. Walker was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday after tweaking his ankle last week against the Broncos. He didn't practice on Friday and was listed as questionable before the Chargers game. The veteran tight end re-aggravated the ankle injury in the first quarter, and didn't return. Jonnu Smith took the bulk of the snaps in Walker's place and caught three passes for 64 yards. After the game, Walker said the ankle that he tweaked is the same one that he had surgery on after being placed on injured reserve last season. -- Turron Davenport


Ravens 30, Seahawks 16

Ravens inactives: WR Marquise Brown, CB Maurice Canady, DT Daylon Mack, QB Trace McSorley, ILB Patrick Onwuasor, OG Ben Powers, CB Jimmy Smith

Seahawks inactives: DE Ezekiel Ansah, OT Duane Brown, DB Lano Hill, WR Gary Jennings, SS Bradley McDougald, OG Jordan Roos, WR John Ursua

Highlights:

We've got a defensive touchdown! Marlon Humphrey scoops up the fumble and races down the sideline to pay dirt:

Lamar Jackson calls his own number on fourth down, and wills his way into the end zone:

After joining the Ravens this week, Marcus Peters makes his presence felt quickly, picking off Russell Wilson and racing down the sideline for six:

Lamar Jackson: Ridiculous.

Russell Wilson finds Tyler Lockett to put the Seahawks ahead:

DK Metcalf continues to haul in highlight-reel catches; this one goes for 37 yards:

Injuries:

Pernell McPhee, OLB, Ravens. McPhee injured his arm in the first half, and didn't return, and after the game coach John Harbaugh said there was no update on his status. The loss of McPhee hurts Baltimore's ability to put pressure on the quarterback, especially on the interior. Rookie third-round pick Jaylon Ferguson replaced McPhee in the lineup. -- Jamison Hensley

Pregame:

Earl Thomas is in the building:


Saints 36, Bears 25

Saints inactives: QB Drew Brees, TE Jared Cook, CB Ken Crawley, OT Ethan Greenidge, DE Trey Hendrickson, RB Alvin Kamara, WR Tre'Quan Smith

Bears inactives: OT Alex Bars, DE Jonathan Harris, WR Riley Ridley, CB Duke Shelley, TE Bradley Sowell, LB Josh Woods

Highlights:

A little bit more stat padding before the end of this one: Mitchell Trubisky gets it to a wide open Javon Wims in the front corner of the end zone:

Allen Robinson II finds some space, Mitchell Trubisky finds Robinson, and the Bears eat into the Saints' lead:

Teddy Bridgewater hooks up with fellow QB Taysom Hill for another Saints TD:

After a long reception by Ted Ginn Jr., Latavius Murray pops it in from 3 yards out to extend the Saints' lead:

Cordarrelle Patterson sees some open space in the coverage, hits the after burners and races 102 yards for an electrifying touchdown:

Teddy Bridgewater with a strike to Josh Hill, who trots in for six:

Injuries:

Eli Apple, CB, Saints. The Saints' No. 2 cornerback was assisted by trainers on the field before limping back to the locker room. Apple did not offer any specifics on his injury after the game, but he was available to the media in the locker room and walking under his own power. -- Mike Triplett