We are now down to one undefeated team in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs. That's right, the Chiefs are it. I had a feeling they were going to be better this season, even picking them to make it to the playoffs, but I never expected them to be 7-0.
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I do want to mention real quick the return of Peyton Manning to Indianapolis. Is it just me or does Peyton not play as well in the "big" games. Yes his end of game stat line was just fine, 386 yards, 3 touchdowns, but he was outplayed by Andrew Luck and looked rattled at times by the Colts defense. This game was still very exciting (except for me when Luck threw a bad pass to Wayne and well we all know what happened after that) and if it wasn't for a Ronnie Hillman fumble this game could easily have gone Denver's way, despite what I consider not Manning's best game.
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Andy Dalton (QB - CIN) - Andy Dalton has now had two great games in a row passing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in each. After a rough start to the season, the Bengals and Dalton have turned things around and have started playing like most expected them to.
Robert Griffin III (QB - WAS) - Another quarterback that got off to a slow start, RGIII has looked a lot better since the bye week, running for 77 and 84 yards the last two games. His running was such an important factor for his and the Skins success last year. If he is truly back to his old ways, then look out the Skins could go on a run.
Vincent Jackson (WR - TB) - So the move to Mike Glennon is not winning games for Tampa Bay, but it sure is working out well for VJax. The last two games he has caught 19 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns. Now that pace is not sustainable, but this is a good sign for owners who were ready to write him off this season.
Honorable Mention: Andrew Luck (QB - IND), Roy Helu (RB - WAS), Eric Decker (WR - DEN), Harry Douglas (WR - ATL)
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Lamar Miller (RB - MIA) - Oh how far Lamar has fallen. He was the talk of the preseason, being tabbed as the next big thing at running back, somebody you could count on as a RB2 by some. I started falling for it myself and ended up drafting him in one of my leagues as my flex running back. This week he didn't get as many carries as Daniel Thomas and is just running very poor overall. I'm not going anywhere near either of these guys until something changes.
Giovani Bernard (RB - CIN) - Bernard has been great this season, especially in PPR leagues. Sunday, however, was not good, getting only 27 rushing yards and 32 more in the air. He is still a good flex play, but until they really phase Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis out of the running game
Pierre Garcon (WR - WAS) - RGIII had a good game, so you would immediately think Garcon had a good game. It wasn't horrible, but not great catching five passes for 58 yards. Jordan Reed had a ridiculous day, catching all nine targets for 134 yards and a touchdown. The emergence of Reed may take away some of the targets for Garcon, but ultimately I think it will be good for Garcon. He was really the only receiving threat for the Skins, Reed should take some of the coverage away if he can continue to produce.
Honorable Mention: Justin Blackmon (WR - JAC), Josh Gordon (WR - CLE), Antonio Gates (TE - SD).
Reggie Wayne (WR - IND) - Won't go into much detail here since I already mentioned this above, but T.Y. Hilton's value just went up a lot. He will now see starter type snaps. He has shown at times he can be a top WR in the league, now is his time to prove it.
Doug Martin (RB - TB) - There are conflicting reports about his injury. One is saying he has a torn labrum and is out for the year. Then Greg Schiano came out yesterday and said they don't believe its season-ending, but that he is unlikely to play in Week 8. With you can't drop him with that kind of news, but you must go get Mike James off the waiver wire this week if you are a Martin owner.
Arian Foster (RB - HOU) - Foster is once again dealing with a hamstring issue. He is saying it is not too severe, but hamstrings can really limit a player and linger for weeks if not rested properly. Luckily for the Texans they have a bye in Week 8, so hey can rest it completely for two weeks. Ben Tate is also banged up with four broken ribs. Tate says he expects to play after the bye week, but I'll believe that when I see it.
Jermichael Finley (TE - GB) - Probably the scariest injury of the weekend. Finley was carted off the field with a neck injury and spent the night at the hospital. Word is he has a bruised spinal cord. Finley is likely done for the season, and honestly he should be with that kind of injury.
Jay Cutler (QB - CHI) - Cutler left Sunday's game after getting sacked in the second quarter. He will be out at least four weeks with a torn groin (writer's note.... I don't even want to think about that kind of injury). Josh McCown looked OK as his replacement, but I wouldn't go rushing to the waiver wire to pick him up.
Sam Bradford (QB - STL) - A torn ACL has knocked Bradford out for the season. He as actually having a pretty nice fantasy season for himself, so this is a disappointing loss for owners. You likely didn't draft him as your starting QB, so hopefully the guy you drafted first is performing as you hoped.
Nick Foles (QB - PHI) - Foles left the game due to a concussion, and will have to pass the NFL's concussion protocol to play in Week 8. I wouldn't count on that to happen, and now the starting QB for the Eagles becomes an interesting situation. Vick is still not 100%, but sources say he will play even if that is the case. That will severely limit his mobility, but I'm guessing the Eagles are OK with that considering how poor Matt Barkley played in the fourth quarter Sunday.
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