NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 7)
Russell S. Baxter
NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 7)
By Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter
Welcome to the conclusion of the seventh week of the NFL’s 100th season and the latest collaboration by Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter aka PFG VIBE. That’s Voigt’s Insights Baxter’s Expertise and we consistently bring our passion in covering the National Football League.
So here’s our latest work and the latest installment of our newest weekly staple. Both of us have once again made our picks for the top offensive and defensive players each week, as well as the top performance by a team.
Player and Team. PAT…on the Back.
Here are our Week 7 selections.
Offensive Player of the Week:
VI: QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers and QB Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans Saints (tie)
In a 42-24 victory over the Oakland Raiders, he became the first Packers’ quarterback to finish with a perfect passer rating of 158.3. And with the rise and sudden fall of the Chicago Bears, Rodgers and company are quickly becoming the favorites in the NFC North.
Meanwhile, what more can you say about Bridgewater? This young back-up came in and took over for injured quarterback Drew Brees and has not only been at the helm for five straight wins, he was also able on Sunday to maintain his perfect record against the Bears. With the possibility of Brees returning this weekend, Bridgewater deserves nothing but respect!
BE: QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Seven games into the season and the Packers have already equaled their win total from the year ago. On Sunday against the Raiders, Rodgers threw for 429 yards and five touchdowns, plus ran for another score. This is a rejuvenated team led by one of the best players ever at his position.
Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week:
VI: OLB Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals
Four. That is the number of times New York Giants’ quarterback Daniel Jones was sacked by Jones in the Cardinals’ 27-21 win. Jones also totaled one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
BE: OLB Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals
Suddenly, Kliff Kingsbury’s team has won three straight games and the Cardinals are back at the .500 mark. It was the defense that told the tale on Sunday in a win over Big Blue. As previously mentioned, Arizona’s standout pass rusher had half of the team’s eight sacks of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. He now leads Kingsbury’s team with 8.5 quarterback traps.
Team of the Week
VI: Indianapolis Colts
While Indianapolis was on its midseason vacation, the rival Houston Texans had defeated the Chiefs in Kansas City. That was the same feat the Colts managed the previous Sunday. So it was a battle for first place in Week 7 and Frank Reich’s team returned from its off week and defeated the Texans, 30-23. Indianapolis is in first place in the AFC South and is a playoff contender no team can afford to sleep on.
BE: Baltimore Ravens
It was a game that many felt would trip the Ravens up as they headed out to the Pacific Northwest that take on the 5-1 Seahawks. Of course, Jackson and the Baltimore defense had other plans. The former ran for 116 yards and his team’s only offensive touchdown of the game. Meanwhile, John Harbaugh’s team got defensive scores from newcomer Marcus Peters and fellow cornerback Marlon Humphrey via an interception and fumble return, respectively, in q 30-16 triumph. The 5-2 Ravens are the only team in the AFC North with a winning record.
Julie Voigt (JulieNoted_PFG) and Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) are the co-founders of @pfgVIBE. Julie is also the Colts’ reporter for OurTurf Football while Russell writes for FanSided and NFL Spin Zone.