As NFL Week 6 ended, there are no undefeated teams so we briefly recap the 5-1 teams. That includes the San Diego Chargers, the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. Going into Week 7, these are the NFL leaders.
Starting with the San Diego Chargers, now 5-1(1st AFC West) who this past Sunday, Oct.12th 2014 beat the Oakland Raiders, now 0-5 (4th AFC West) in what turned out to be a close game with San Diego rallying past the Raiders 31-28.
Statistically it was a fairly close game also with the Chargers making 24 first downs on 69 plays and gaining 423 total yards, with 307 passing and 116 rushing yards with no interceptions or turnovers. Whereas, the Raiders had 17 first downs on 54 plays, gaining some total 396 yards with 282 passing and 114 rushing with 1 interception.
The team leaders for the Chargers were QB Rivers, who completed 22 of 34 passes for 313 yards and 3 touchdowns. RB’s Oliver & Rivers with combined 31 carries for 114 yards with Oliver scoring 1 TD, while Receivers Floyd & Green had 9 receptions for 163 yards with Floyd scoring a TD. The Raiders QB Carr completed 18 of 34 passes for 282 yards a 4 touchdowns while he was intercepted 1 time in the game.
The scoring in this game saw both the Chargers and Raiders each scoring a TD in the first 3 quarters, thus going into the 4th quarter the score was tied 21-21. With 10:02 left in the game Oakland scored a TD to make the score Oak 28 SD 21, then with 5:50 remaining SD scored a FG by Novak, thus the score was Oak 28 SD 24. With 1:56 left in the game Chargers RB Oliver ran for a 1 yard TD and sealing the win for San Diego at 31-28.
Next NFL week 7, Sunday, the Chargers 5-1 at home take on the Kansas City Chiefs 2-3 (3rd AFC West) at 4:10PM ET on CBS TV with the Chargers favored at -6 with Ov/Un at 45 for the early odds. The Oakland Raiders 0-5 at home play the Arizona Cardinals 4-1 (1st NFC West) at the O.co Coliseum with the Cardinals favorites at – 3 ½ (-115) and the Ov/Un at 43 ½.
The 2nd team at 5-1 for Week 7 is the Dallas Cowboys. who upset the reigning Champions Seahawks 3-2 (2nd NFC West) with the help of RB Murray’s 100 yard game for the 6th consecutive time this 2014 season the Boys beat the Hawks 30-23.
Statistically the Cowboys played a far better game than the Seahawks, as Dallas had 23 first downs with 70 plays, gaining 401 total yards with 239 passing and 162 rushing with 2 turnovers. The Seahawks had only 9 first downs, with 48 plays gaining 206 total yards, with 126 passing and 80 rushing with 1 interception.
The Cowboys trailed at the end of the 1st quarter, but rallied with their defense confusing Settle QB Russell and the excellent performance of their RB Murray. In reality the Cowboys, out ran, out hit and were not stopped by the Seahawks top league defense or the noisy 12th man stadium in their win.
The Cowboys next Sunday, the 19th of Oct. at home play the New York Giants 3-3 (3rd NFC East) at AT&T Stadium at 4:25 PM ET on Fox TV. The Cowboys are favored in the early odds at -5 ½ with the Ov/Un at 48. The Seahawks now 3-2 (2nd NFC West) on the 19th of Oct. play at Saint Louis Rams 1-3 (4th NFC West) with the game to be played at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, game time at 1PM ET on Fox TV. At this time, the odds have not been posted.
Then the 3rd team with 5-1 record going into NFL week 7 is the Philadelphia Eagles (1st NFC East) who this past Sunday bashed the New York Giants 3-3 (3rd NFC East) 27-0. This is another case where the statistics alone give the game unanimously to the Eagles as they had 24 first downs on 71 plays for 448 total yards, with 245 passing and 203 rushing with 2 interceptions. The Giants had 12 first downs with 59 plays for 253 total yards, with 168 passing and 85 rushing and 1 fumble lost, and this was their 1st shutout in 18 years.
For the Giants this game was an embarrassing loss and to worsen things their great Pro Bowl WR Cruz encountered a knee injury in the 3rd quarter that likely will end his season.
The team leaders with the Eagles was QB Foles, who completed 21 of his 34 passes for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns while he was intercepted twice. RB’s McCoy and Sproles combined for 29 carries for 188 yards with Sproles scoring a TD. Receivers Cooper and Matthews had 9 receptions for a combined 109 yards. For the Giants QB Manning completed 13 of 23 passes for 151 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. RBs Williams and Hillis combined for 21 carries, for some 82 yards while Receivers Randle and Feilis combined for 7 receptions for 98 yards.
Next Sunday, NFL week 7, the Giants 3-3 play at the favored Dallas Cowboys 5-1 at the AT&T Stadium at 4:25 as mentioned previously in this article. Meanwhile, the Eagles 5-1 play at the Arizona Cardinals 4-1 (1st NFC West) at 4:30PM ET on Fox TV at the U of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals are early favorites at -3 ½ (-105) with the Ov/Un 43 ½.
For those that bet the NFL at an offshore sportbook the three 5-1 teams will all be playing in week seven to stay undefeated. With you wagering skill try your best to figure the winners in this group!