15 Biggest Winners and Losers from Week 7 in the NFL
NFL Week 7: The Biggest Winners and Losers
Another week of entertaining NFL action is in the books. Once again, the NFL proved why it's the best professional sports league in America. This week was all about game-winning field goals and late-game magic. Five games were decided by three points or less.
Week seven is far enough into the season where the labels of winners and losers really start to mean something. If a team is losing on multiple levels at this juncture of the season, they're likely going to have a hard time turning things around. At the same time, just because a team is winning in week seven, it doesn't mean they have things sewn up for the rest of the season.
After all the back-and-forth, there's only one remaining unbeaten team. For the first few weeks it seemed possible that several teams could run their unblemished records well into the season, but nearly everyone has been knocked down a peg at this point.
Coaching seats are also starting to get pretty hot after week seven. Some of the people on this list have cooled their seat down, while others are dealing with all time high temperatures.
Another thing to keep an eye on as we approach the midway point of the season - leading candidates for individual awards. Real threats to win MVP and other major awards have emerged. So with all that in mind, let's take a look at the 15 biggest winners and losers from week seven in the NFL:
Winner - Pittsburgh Steelers
The new slogan in Pittsburgh? We ain't dead yet! That pretty much sums up the Steelers' season. After a hard fought victory over the Ravens, Pittsburgh is 2-4 with plenty of football left to be played.
Loser - Doug Martin
The Bucs are absolutely terrible and now one of their best players might be out for the season. You have to feel for Martin, but maybe he'll come back next year with a new coach at the helm. How many more losses can Greg Schiano withstand?
Loser - St. Louis Rams
Just when it looked like the Rams were getting things together, Sam Bradford goes down with a torn ACL. Now, the team is trying out quarterbacks off the street. It's too early to say for sure, but the odds are that this team is done in 2013.
Winner - Ron Rivera/Panthers
Two weeks after a bad loss in Arizona, the Panthers are back. They've won convincingly in two straight games and Ron Rivera's coaching seat has cooled off dramatically.
Winner - San Francisco 49ers
Quietly, the 49ers have gotten things together in 2013. They've ran their record to 5-2 and won four straight games. Now, they'll head across the pond for what should be another win against the lowly Jaguars.
Loser - Denver Broncos' Defense
We could all see through the first six weeks that Broncos' defense wasn't that great. But when Peyton Manning throws seven touchdown passes in a game, it helps to cover things like that up. But in week seven, the Denver-D was exposed as the clear weakness on the team. The unit needs to tighten things up in a big way moving forward.
Winner - Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals pulled out a great win on the road in Detroit. It took every second on the clock to get it done, but now they sit at 5-2 and atop the AFC North.
Loser - Gary Kubiak/Texans
The Texans lost a heartbreaker in week seven. Now, we're basically counting down the days to when Gary Kubiak gets his pink slip. Houston isn't dead yet, but it seems to only be a matter of time at this point.
Winner - Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks had a great week. They won a divisional road game in convincing fashion and continued to prove themselves as the most complete team in the NFC. At this juncture, it looks like the road to the SB will run through Seattle, which is arguably the toughest place to play in the league.
Loser - Detroit Lions
After a hot start in 2013 the Lions are starting to fade a little. A 4-3, they're still very much alive for a divisional title, but they just haven't looked great in a few weeks. Week eight brings the biggest game of the year so far, as the Cowboys will roll into town. If Detroit can get to their bye in week nine at 5-3, they'll be in much better shape.
Loser - Chicago Bears
The Bears are in some trouble after losing Jay Cutler in week seven. The QB is going to miss at least a month and on the other side of the ball, Lance Briggs is set to be out 4-6 weeks. Josh McCown played well in relief Sunday, but it's actually the defense that has Chicago fans worried.
Winner - San Diego Chargers
The Chargers are hitting their bye week at a great time. They're coming off two straight wins and they've clawed back to relevancy in the AFC at 4-3. The bottom half of the conference is loaded with losing teams, so even though the Chargers are third in the AFC West, they still have a great shot at a Wild Card spot.
Loser - Minnesota Vikings
Everyone on the Minnesota Vikings is currently losing. You can start with Leslie Frazier and just move on down the line. The Vikings' season has become a massive train wreck and things figure to continue along the same path until their QB play gets better.
Winner - Andrew Luck
SNF was supposed to be all about Peyton's return to Indy, but it ended up being about the stellar play of Andrew Luck. Not that he needed a coming out party, but this big win for the Colts let everybody know that Luck is indeed the QB of the future.
Winner - Kansas City Chiefs
If you had the Chiefs as the only remaining unbeaten team at the end of week seven, you are a prediction genius. This team just finds a way to get it done. The formula has been stellar defense and timely playmaking all season, and thus far, it's working to a tee for Andy Reid and company.