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The NFL's Biggest Surprises Of Week 7: Seahawks, 49ers Struggling

Jets Fighting Until The End

While The Patriots beat the Bengals and Bills in weeks previous, outscoring them 80-39, they struggled against the 1-6 Jets. Geno Smith played his best game of the season, throwing for 226 yards and one touchdown to zero picks. Chris Ivory picked up the slack too, recording his highest yards total this year while also scoring the team's first touchdown. The Jets came within a blocked field goal of winning the game, and a two-point conversion from going into overtime.


Could The Cardinals Be The Best In The West

The Seahawks and 49ers are a combined 7-6, while winning just one in the past two weeks, while the Rams, 2-4, have struggled to consistently hold up. The Cardinals are atop the division at 5-1, and have Carson Palmer back in the lineup. This is a very potent division, but the Cardinals are the only one with a reliability on both sides of the football.


Chargers Lost After Just Edging Out The Raiders Last Week

The Chargers have been strong all season, but there was some question after their 31-28 win against the 0-6 Raiders. The Chiefs were coming off of a disappointing loss in San Francisco, but they were as efficient as ever against the Chargers. Both Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles had nice days, while Philip Rivers, an MVP candidate, struggled to move the ball.


Bengals Shut Down, Falling Far

After winning by a combined 47 points in their first three games, but Bengals have gone 0-2-1. The Bengals were beat down the Patriots in Week 5, while struggling against the Panthers last week, but they were not able to do anything against the Colts. Andy Dalton averaged just 3.3 yards per attempt, while his offense just converted one of 13 third downs. On defense, they struggled mightily, as the Colts were able to consistently move the ball and put up points.


Do The Jaguars Have Themselves A Team

The Browns were thought to be a playoff team after starting off 3-2 and losing by a combined five points, but they fell to the previously winless Jaguars 24-6. The Jaguars had yet to top 17 points, and allowed four teams to put up 30+ points. Brian Hoyer and Ben Tate, a 1-2 punch that worked extremely well last week, did not play well at all. Hoyer completed just 39% of his passes and threw an interception, while Tate averaged just 2.25 yards a carry. Denard Robinson, who had just 160 rushing yards off of 48 attempts prior to Sunday, had a career day against the Browns. Robinson nearly doubled his career total in rushing yards, while scoring his first touchdown in the NFL.


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