NFL Week 7: What we learned
Seahawks 34, Cardinals 22
In Glendale, Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch carried the Seahawks to their sixth victory on Thursday night. Wilson tossed three touchdowns as Seattle continued its dominance of NFC West foes.
Falcons 31, Buccaneers 23
In Atlanta, the Falcons ended their three-game skid and continued the Buccaneers' miserable season. Harry Douglas and Jacquizz Rodgers emerged for a depleted receiving corps and backfield, collectively catching Matt Ryan's three touchdowns.
Bengals 27, Lions 24
In Detroit, late-game execution was key. Following a botched Lions' punt, Mike Nugent converted the game-winning 54-yard field goal as time expired. The kick ended a game that featured highlight passes from both Matthew Stafford and Andy Dalton and put the Bengals in the AFC North driver's seat.
Redskins 45, Bears 41
In Landover, after the Bears lost Jay Cutler -- expected to be sidelined for at at least four weeks -- the Redskins took over on the strength of Robert Griffin III's apparently healed knee. Griffin's rushing output greatly increased, opening up lanes for backup running back Roy Helu Jr. who scored three timely touchdowns, most notably the game-winner with 45 seconds remaining.
Bills 23, Dolphins 21
In Miami, former Bills placekicker Dan Carpenter converted a 31-yard, game-winning field goal after Mario Williams' sack of Ryan Tannehill forced a fumble that Buffalo recovered. Reserve quarterback Thad Lewis gave a gutty, if unremarkable performance as they downed the Dolphins.
Cowboys 17, Eagles 3
In Philadelphia, the Cowboys handily beat the Eagles, giving Philadelphia their franchise-worst ninth straight home loss. Dallas now holds sole possession of the NFC East lead. Tony Romo lead the Cowboys to victory with 317 passing yards. The Eagles lost back-up quarterback Nick Foles to injury, but expect starter Michael Vick to return soon.
Panthers 30, Rams 15
In Charlotte, an efficient game from Cam Newton gave the Panthers a sound victory. Overall, the game was anything from efficient, as fights broke out, flags painted the field, and the Rams lost Sam Bradford for the season with an ACL injury.
Jets 30, Patriots 27
In East Rutherford, Nick Folk nailed a game-winning, 42-yard field goal directly after missing a 56-yarder to beat the Patriots in Rob Gronkowski's return to action. Folk was granted reprieve by an unsportsmanlike conduct call for shoving a teammate, ostensibly to gain leverage. Bill Belichick questioned the new, semi-controversial rule but later publicly changed his sentiment.
Chargers 24, Jaguars 6
In Jacksonville, the Chargers continued their surge and kept the lowly Jaguars winless. Phillip Rivers and Ryan Mathews turned in successful days as San Diego continues to compete for a Wild Card spot.
49ers 31, Titans 17
In Nashville, Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers rode a monster first half to an easy win over the Titans in Jake Locker's return from injury. The 49ers won their fourth straight contest, and now travel to London, hoping to continue their success against the Jaguars.
Packers 31, Browns 13
In Green Bay, the short-handed Packers dominated the Browns, led by another All-Pro performance from Aaron Rodgers. Jermichael Finley left the game with a haunting neck injury, but was reported to have feeling in his extremities.
Chiefs 17, Texans 16
In Kansas City, the Chiefs narrowly won to stay undefeated behind another stellar performance from Jamaal Charles. Quarterback Case Keenum looked serviceable in his first professional start as the Texans dropped another matchup.
Steelers 19, Ravens 16
In Pittsburgh, a 42-yard Shaun Suisham field goal ended a back-and-forth AFC North contest. The defending Super Bowl-champion Ravens continued to sputter offensively and defensively.
Colts 39, Broncos 33
In Indianapolis, Andrew Luck upstaged Peyton Manning's emotional return to his former building, handing the Broncos their first loss. Along with Luck, the Colts benefited from a solid performance by their defense, namely Robert Mathis and Vontae Davis, but lost Reggie Wayne to a season-ending ACL injury.
Giants 23, Vikings 7
In East Rutherford, The Giants easily defeated the sloppy Vikings in an unwatchable Monday Night Football game. Josh Freeman looked unprepared and erratic in his first start with the Vikings after recently joining the squad and both teams look to be out of playoff contention.