NFL Wrap-Up: Week 7 West Divisions

Tebow turns on super powers, Palmer awful in Raiders debut.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Kansas City 28   Oakland 0

Remember “the greatest trade in football,” as remarked by Raiders head coach Hue Jackson last week? I wonder how that comment still resonates after today’s brutal loss to Kansas City.

Due to the lack of time in order to learn the new playbook, Kyle Boller got the start for Oakland, only to be replaced after throwing three interceptions before half time. Carson Palmer would get the nod in the third quarter for his first outing as a Raider, only to throw three INT’s himself. Yup. That makes six interceptions total for both Oakland quarterbacks, two of them returned for touchdowns.

After giving up two first round picks for Palmer, I’m sure Oakland is hoping he can get the hang of things after their bye week when they face Denver on November 6th. Palmer’s QB rating today was a belittling 17.3, even lower than Boller’s 22.3.

Matt Cassel didn’t have a great day by any means as well, going 15/30,  tossing 2 INT’s and 161 yards passing, good for a 38.3 rating. This was KC’s third straight win after starting the season 0-2, being outscored 89-10 by Buffalo and Detroit.


Pittsburgh  32   Arizona 20

Mike Wallace accomplished the longest catch in Steelers history today against the Cardinals when he took a 95 yard pass from big Ben to the house.

It’s not looking too good for the Cardinals, who have now lost their 5th straight and play on the road four out of their next five games, their next being at Baltimore. Beanie Wells left in the second quarter with a sprained right knee after rushing for a quick 42 yards.


St.Louis 7   Dallas 34

No Bradford today for the Rams meant, well, business as usual. With a rush defense that is worst in the league, Dallas was able to run all over them. Rookie DeMarco Murray broke the Cowboy rookie rushing record and 9th most all-time in a game with 253 yards. He also had a score.

Jay Feely was meek as a sub at quarterback, going 20/33 and 196 yards. Hopefully newly acquired and star wideout Brandon Lloyd can jump start the offense for St.Louis when Bradford returns. Lloyd had six receptions and 74 yards in his debut as a Ram.


San Diego 21   New York Jets 27

Plaxico Burress finally got the game he expected from himself, reeling in three touchdowns. San Diego fans would probably tell you that the Chargers beat themselves however, and that it was nothing to do with quarterback Mark Sanchez or Burress.

The Chargers had a brutal 13 penalties and blew a 21-10 lead after Mike Tolbert scored a 1-yard touchdown before half time.

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had five catches for 54 yards in his first game back from plantar fasciitis.


Seattle 3   Cleveland 6

Nothing to see here. As boring as football can get, but the Browns will take the win. Cleveland fans can thank kicker Phil Dawson for nailing two 50+ yard field goals.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, “we never got going.”


Denver 18   Miami 15

Let the new nicknames commence for Tim Tebow. He is already worshiped in Florida and was considered nearly superhuman in college, but by leading a riveting comeback in Miami, a game in which he was honored for his college achievements, Tebow may have even more ‘movie script-like’ tape to add to his resume.

Less than average for most of the game, Tebow led the Broncos to the biggest NFL comeback in over forty years.

Denver, down 15-0 with less than three minutes to play, became the first team since 1970 to successfully comeback from such a deficit.  Tebow scored both touchdowns and the two point conversion to take the game into overtime, where Matt Prater booted a 52 yard field goal to get the win.

The Dolphins extend their losing streak to nine games dating back to last season.


Offensive Player Of The Week

Tim Tebow , Denver QB– 13-27, 2 TD’s, 161 Yards Passing, 65 Yards Rushing


Defensive Player Of The Week

Brandon Flowers, Kansas City CB – 3 Tackles, 2 INT’s – 52 Yards, 1 INT TD


Division standings

NFC West
San Francisco 5-1
Seattle 2-4
Arizona 1-5
St. Louis 0-6

AFC West
San Diego 4-2
Oakland 4-3
Kansas City 3-3
Denver 2-4