There were more than a few games that came down to the wire in Week 7 but when it was all said and done, they ended just about how we expected. Eli led his team to a win, Sanchez botched a comeback, and the Houston Texans laid the absolute smack down. Despite the lack of upsets, here at Upon Further Review, we still found reasons to celebrate. Did you see Joseph Morgan channel the likes of Houdini? How about Suggs doing a little Baltimore shake? I swear that dance is appropriate for just about any type of music. [lead image copyright: (AP Photo/Dave Einsel) | via: NFL.com]
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let’s get started on this week’s Upon Further Review. Of course, we need to start with the best of the week’s celebrations and random GIFs.
It’s A Celebration, B*tches
That was the only dancing in Baltimore that day.
Mike Tolbert with a little less grace than JPP
Donald Jones channels the Sugar Hill Gang’s ‘Apache’
Clearly this didn’t happen in real life, but SB Nation’s keyboard cat with MJD getting carted off needs to be shown
Highlight of last night’s game
Mr. Johnson Is Back
If you had Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson on your fantasy football team, you weren’t exactly pleased with his first six games but that all changed yesterday as CJ2K found plenty of running room against the Buffalo Bills.
In the first quarter of play, Chris made plenty of fantasy owners happy as he ran away from the Bills defense on this 83-yard touchdown run.
Greg Little’s Juggling Act
After collecting their first win of the season last week against the Bengals, the Cleveland Browns were looking to double their win total against the Indianapolis Colts.
In the first half of play, the oldest rookie quarterback of all-time Brandon Weeden found wide receiver Greg Little in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.
Watch as Little juggles the ball but somehow keeps both of his feet in-bounds for the score.
Sheldon Brown Levels Andrew Luck
The other rookie quarterback in the Colts/Browns game, Andrew Luck didn’t exactly put up eye-popping numbers but he did lead the Colts to a 17-13 victory.
Late in the game, Luck felt the wrath of the Cleveland Browns defense as cornerback Sheldon Brown decided to welcome the rookie to the National Football League with this body slam tackle.
Mark Sanchez, Kicker?
When some New York Jets fans wanted quarterback Mark Sanchez to become a jack-of-all-trades, I’m pretty sure that they didn’t want their starting quarterback kicking fumbles.
In the second quarter at Foxborough, Sanchez attempted a quick hand-off to Jets running back Shonn Greene but lost control of the ball during the play.
As the ball was left bouncing on the turf, Sanchez turned into a kicker to prevent the touchdown for New England but ended up giving them two points on the safety.
Saints WR Joseph Morgan Is An Escape Artist
In the world of magic, there have been many famous escape artists including Harry Houdini, David Copperfield, and David Blaine.
You can now add New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joseph Morgan to that list as he pulled off his own great escape against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After Drew Brees found Morgan on a pass in the second quarter, it appeared that he was going to be tackled by two different Bucs defenders.
Morgan made the first tackler miss with a well-time spin move and then somehow stayed on his feet to cause Tampa Bay defender E.J. Biggers to flip over him.
Dez Bryant Gets Destroyed On Helmet-To-Helmet Hit
Over the years, we’ve seen some vicious helmet-to-helmet hits in the NFL but this one that happened to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was pretty brutal.
Watch as Dez takes a helmet-to-helmet hit from behind from a Carolina Panthers linebacker James Anderson.
MNF Preview: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
For week seven of the 2012 NFL season, Monday Night Football travels to Detroit for a good old fashioned NFC North slugfest between the Bears and the Lions.
The Lions are currently 2-3 but only lost those three games by a combined 18 points. After last week’s close win over the Eagles, the offense led by Matt Stafford seems to be back on track. If the Lions are to win this game, Calvin Johnson will have to step up against a Bears secondary that is tops in the NFL in creating interceptions.
For the Bears, a victory on Monday Night will put them in full control of the NFC North and make them tough to catch late in the year. Chicago’s offense has been clicking for most of the season and a big reason why has been the improved play of Jay Cutler. The Bears have plenty of weapons on offense that include Michael Bush, Brandon Marshall, and Alshon Jefferies which will cause problems for the Lions defense.
Much like the Texans/Jets Monday Night affair from week five, this game will be closer than people think but I expect the Bears defense to control the game and but up enough points to win.
Coed Prediction: Chicago Bears 24 Detroit Lions 13