Takeaways From Week Seven of the NFL Regular Season

Some teams are rolling, some teams are stalling, and some teams are enigmatic. Here's what went down in Week Seven of the NFL season.

  • Chief Concern? The defending AFC champions are not in a good place. They're tied for last place in the AFC West with the Denver Broncos at 3-4 and got wrecked by the Tennessee Titans, 27-3. Their defense is a major concern right now, but their big problem is with Patrick Mahomes. The former MVP suffered a concussion on Sunday, leaving the game after a knee to the head. The Chiefs have a difficult schedule ahead, with games against the Packers, Cowboys, Raiders (twice), Chargers, and Bengals. It'll be tough for Kansas City to claw back, especially if Mahomes misses time.

  • Fool's Gold: The other team from Super Bowl 54, the San Francisco 49ers, hasn't been hot, either. Jimmy Garappolo looked bad, going 18-for-27 for 181 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Strangely enough, Kyle Shanahan moved away from running misdirections and Elijah Mitchell, causing some people to scratch their heads. Something must change in the Bay Area if the Niners are to make the playoffs this season. Otherwise, it'll be another lost season under the Jed York regime.

  • Hear Them Roar: Normally, the Cincinnati Bengals would flounder in a big game against the Baltimore Ravens. However, they demolished Baltimore, 41-17, thanks to Joe Burrow's monster day. He went 23-for-38, throwing for 416 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Jamarr Chase was also a boon for Cincy, catching eight passes for 201 yards and a touchdown. Suddenly, the Bengals are rolling and tied for first place in the AFC North. Is this the year they go beyond the Wild Card Round?

Top Five Power Rankings:

  1. Arizona Cardinals

  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  3. Los Angeles Rams

  4. Green Bay Packers

  5. Dallas Cowboys