Another zany week in the NFL is in the books and as always, there are things we learned, but there are also more questions as to who will take down each division by the end of the season. Here’s a little rundown of the week’s events in cased you missed them and also a little of what to look forward to for next week and beyond.
Falcons Drop First Game of the Season
One of the big headlines this week was the Falcons losing their first game of the year to NFC South Division foe New Orleans this week by a final score of 31-27. At 8-1, Atlanta is still easily the best team in the NFL and arguably still the best team in the league, so the loss should deter bettors from taking the Falcons in the coming weeks. One of the big takeaways from this game was actually how well the Saints are playing. Since starting 0-4, they’ve won four out of their last five and although they most likely won’t win the South, look for them to stay hot with one of the league’s best offenses.
Texans Beat Up on Bears, Cutler
The Houston Texans continued their dominance this season by shutting down the previously 7-1 Bears and knocking Jay Cutler out of the game in a 13-6 win. The Texans have continued to show they can win in a multitude of ways, while the Bears showed that they’re 7-1 record may have been a facade. Chicago has still only beaten one team that has a better than .500 record, so even though they’re 7-2, I wouldn’t put too much stock in them, while I would jump on the Houston bandwagon as soon as possible. Houston may be one of, if not the most complete teams in the league, so look for them to contend for the top seed in the AFC playoffs this year.
Colts Continue to Roll
Indianapolis kicked off the week by continuing their surprisingly good 2012 by beating the Jaguars on Thursday Night Football 27-10. After winning just two games all of last season, The Colts have already managed six wins with NFL top draft pick Andrew Luck under center. Luck completed 18 of 26 throws and actually rushed for two touchdowns during the win, vaulting the Colts to a 6-3 record. The Colts are now not just a dark horse, but a legitimate playoff team in the AFC. What a difference a year makes.
Rams and 49ers Tie
The San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams ended in the first deadlock since 2008 with a final score of 24-24. The game was marred by missed field goals by both teams that could have won the game and instead the teams were forced to wallow in the unusual and bewildering state of being, that is a tie.
“I don’t know what to make of this,” 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said via ESPN.com. “We have one of the best kickers in the game, and it came down to him at the end and he misses it. That tells you right there that something wasn’t right.”
The 49ers still lead the NFC West division with a record of 6-2-1 over second place Seattle, who is 6-4. The 49ers are still a solid favorite to win the West, but we will have to see if their tie ends up hurting them or helping them at the end of the season. One thing is certain though. It feels like Willis and the boys just got done smooching with their sisters.