NFL Week 7: Cat clash and Peyton Manning 'back home again in Indiana'
The three must-see games of Week 7 feature division leaders looking to stay on top, including a former quarterback returning to his old stomping grounds.
Week 7 of the NFL season is loaded with intriguing match-ups and many of the teams who came out of the gate slowly are hoping to get back on the right track before things get out of hand.Skip to next paragraph
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Fresh off of big wins, Cincinnati and Detroit face off at 1 p.m. Eastern time looking to stay on top of their respective divisions. Last week, Cincinnati needed overtime to outlast the Bills (2-4) in Buffalo. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton hopes to build off of a strong offensive performance where he threw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns, but could not put enough points on the board to finish Buffalo off in regulation time.
Detroit beat up on Cleveland in the second half after trailing by 10 points at halftime, winning 31-17 at First Energy Stadium. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was a force in the second half, and running back Reggie Bush was dynamic as ever, racking up 135 total yards and a touchdown.
The player to watch is Detroit’s standout wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who missed Week 5 and was limited in last week’s contest, catching only 3 balls for 25 yards. Coach Jim Schwartz was just happy to have Calvin on the field but cautioned Macomb Daily reporters on his effectiveness.
“It’s too soon to really know if it’s any worse or any better than it’s been,” Schwartz said. “I said it was encouraging that he was able to get on the field even though he didn't make a lot of plays.” If Calvin remains a non-factor, the Bengals defense will key in on play-maker Bush and Detroit will struggle to create big plays.
You can bet on big plays when the Cowboys (3-3) travel to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to face the explosive Eagles (3-3) at 4 p.m. Eastern time. This battle of division rivals will determine a new leader in an NFC East that has lacked quality and disappointed football fans.
The Cowboys and Eagles are not concerned with meeting fan expectations though, as both teams know that each divisional game matters in the always-competitive NFC East. The Cowboys may be without All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who has been a monster for their defense and has yet to miss a game in his career, 134 out of his last 134.
The Cowboys have been winning games with their offense thus far, scoring almost 33 points a game on average, thanks to stellar play from quarterback Tony Romo and second-year standout wide receiver Dez Bryant.
The Eagles will be without Michael Vick again on Sunday, starting Nick Foles who will be the difference-maker for the offense. Vick had plenty of praise for his friend Foles when asked about his abilities.