The Packers lost 30-16 at home this week to the visiting Dallas Cowboys. As Troy Aikman said at the end of the game, “It’s been a long time since we saw the Packers play this poorly at home.” Well, he’s right. The Packers played a very bad game, so bad that there isn’t much to dive into here. Instead, this can be listed as one of those games where you just throw the tape out and move on.
The Denver Broncos are in full panic mode now as they have lost two straight games. Trevor Siemian has come way back to earth, and has looked really bad the last two weeks. In fact, he ha looked so bad the Broncosare considering trading for a quarterback before this week’s trade deadline. Due to the success of Dak Prescott, Tony Romo is one of the names being thrown out there, although many believe he would be a bad fit in Gary Kubiak’s system. The irony is they lost late to the San Diego Chargers, who have found ways to lose this season late in the game, and in this game did the exact opposite.
Apparently Chip Kelly doesn’t think defense is necessary in the NFL. In Colin Kaepernick’s first start in nearly a year, the 49ers game up 45 points to the Buffalo Bills. LeSean McCoy had a big game, with 19 carries for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Chip Kelly is a great college head coach, but he does not belong in the NFL. After the 49ers fire him, look for him to head back to the college game. The Panthers lost yet again, this time to the New Orleans Saints, in a wild one, 41-38. At this point, we are running out of ways to explain what is happening to the Panthers this season. Cameron Newton just simply walked out of the post game press conference and I don’t blame him. This man needs to time to go think. In what was the game of the week, the Seahawks defeated the Falcons 26-24. The Falcons offense, which has been the best in the league this season, managed 24 points, and the running backs, which have been awesome for the Falcons, managed just 50 yards rushing.
Besides the Packers-Cowboys game, there were several other upsets to note. Following the Broncos Thursday night loss, the door was thrown wide open for the Raiders to walk right through and take over first place in the AFC West. Instead, they laid an egg against the Kansas City Chiefs, losing 26-10. Derek Carr, who has been the league’s MVP to this point in the season, looked anything but. The Chiefs meanwhile ran the ball for 183 yards. Spencer Ware had 133 of those for the Chiefs. In the other big upset of the day, the Dolphins defeated the Steelers 30-15. Ben Roethlisberger, who was second in the MVP balloting early, had a very bad game, throwing for 189 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
This has been a very weird season so far, and to be honest, it’s probably going to get even weirder.