Week 7 of the 2011 NFL season was just about as good as the rest, especially if you are a fan of one-sided beat downs or games with no touchdowns scored. If you're not a fan of those kinds of games, there were still some incredible plays and some incredibly awful plays.
Here are the top five best and worst plays from Week 7 of the 2011 NFL season, starting with.....
|No. 5: Forte Introduces Okam to Jones|
In the first quarter between the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were playing each other in Wembley Stadium in England, Bears running back Matt Forte scored the games first touchdown on a 32-yard run. En route to the end zone, Forte cut behind defensive tackle Frank Okam at such a sharp angle that Okam met face-to-face with safety Sean Jones, falling on top of him and taking him right out of the play.
|No. 4: Newton Ties Rookie Record in Week 7|
On a first-and-10 play from 16-yard line, Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton takes the snap in shotgun, fakes a handoff to the running back and takes off, finding a hole on the left side of the line. The Washington Redskins defense was unable to keep him out of the end zone on the play.
This was Newton's seventh rushing touchdown of the season which ties him with Vince Young for the most rushing touchdowns scored by a rookie quarterback. Newton has nine games to go. I'm pretty sure he's going to shatter that record.
|No. 3: Tony Gonzalez Is Second on All-Time Receptions List|
During Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez caught five passes, giving him 1,104 career receptions. That gives him the second most receptions of any receiver in NFL history. He passed former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison during the win and is behind only Jerry Rice.
He's still got 445 more catches to go to tie Rice, who has 1,549 catches, but he doesn't need to break that record to get into the NFL Hall of Fame.
|No. 2: Marques Colston One-Handed TD Grab|
Saints wide receiver Marques Colston scored the first of like 10,000 Saints passing touchdowns on Sunday night against the Colts with this amazing one-handed grab:
If his shoulder still hurts, I couldn't tell. Also, the Drew Brees/Colston connection is the only reason I'm going to win my fantasy matchup this week.
|No. 1: You Already Know What It Is|
The Dolphins looked like they were going to get their first win of the season against the Broncos in front of a home crowd on Sunday. That is until Tim Tebow came out of his shell and scored 15 unanswered points to send the game to overtime, where the Broncos won on a field goal.
First he was like...
Then he was all like....
Then he just....
So far, so good, Mr. Tebow.
And here's the bad:
|No. 5: Chris Johnson|
I wonder if the Titans knew they were buying 1.8 yards per carry when they decided to give Chris Johnson an average of $13.4 million for the next four years. Seriously, Johnson has been bad all season but on Sunday he was at his worst.
He ran the ball 10 times for a whopping 18 yards. Backup running back Javon Ringer almost doubles that total yardage on three carries.
I'm not sure if Johnson's extra money is weighing him down, but something is clearly wrong in Nashville.
|No. 4: Curtis Painter Wasn't Ready|
The Colts got beat (so, so badly) by the Saints on Sunday night and not just because they got outmatched by Brees and the Saints' second-ranked offense (although that was a huge part of it). Another reason they got beat was because they just couldn't do anything right.
Looks like the Colts, who still have a pretty tough schedule moving forward, may be the front runners for Andrew Luck in 2012.
|No. 3: Kyle Boller Starts for Raiders and Throws a Pick-Six|
Even after the Oakland Raiders decided to trade a first-round pick in 2012, a conditional second-round pick in 2013 and the nicknaming rights to "Raiders Nation" (which will be changed from "The Black Hole" to "The Orange Julius") to the Cincinnati Bengals for retired quarterback Carson Palmer, the Raiders decided to start Kyle Boller at quarterback against the Chiefs in a division game.
This is what happened:
Not a good start for the Raiders.
|No. 2: Carson Palmer Comes in For Raiders and Throws Pick-Six|
Carson Palmer took over the quarterback position for Boller in the third quarter.
That's when this happened:
Not a good anything for the Raiders.
|No. 1: The Entire Seahawks-Browns Game|
Have you ever had the misfortune of watching an entire NFL game in which not a single touchdown was scored? It's not fun. Touchdowns are what make this sport exciting and in Week 7's matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Browns in Cleveland was the opposite of exciting.
The Browns won by a score of 6-3 in a touchdown-less game.
Instead of watching a highlight, this will tell you everything you need to know.