We’re quick approaching the mid-point of the season and have a reasonably good sense the place issues are going — or can we? I’m nonetheless actually undecided who’s a contender within the AFC outdoors of the Payments and Ravens. As for the NFC … may as effectively simply insert a thousand shrug emojis. I imply, I just like the Cowboys, Cardinals and Bucs, however it nonetheless feels huge open.
Now, right here’s what I’m trying to discover out in Week 7.
Can the Chiefs prevail in a “show it” week?
This has unquestionably been a disappointing yr for the Chiefs who’ve seen the wheels fall off their protection to such a stage that their offense can’t sustain. That stated, the workforce continues to be at 3-3, so it’s not just like the season is over.
Nonetheless, we may very well be warming up the band except Kansas Metropolis can get again on observe. Unexpectedly the AFC West has change into some of the contentious divisions within the NFL, and the Chiefs can’t afford to drop many video games.
That raises the stakes of Week 7 towards the Titans much more, with Tennessee showing poised to take the subsequent step and change into main gamers within the AFC. So with each groups needing to make a press release and hold their playoffs hopes on the right track, who will come out on high?
Can we begin taking the Bengals extra significantly?
The Bengals have been a pleasant shock this season with Joe Burrow returning and main Cincinnati to a 4-2 document. The rebuild is transferring sooner than most anticipated, however this week that might come to an finish towards the Ravens.
I’m not anticipating a win right here for the Bengals, however I wish to see how shut they’re in a position to hold this. If they are often aggressive it could be time to start out taking a look at a possible wild card spot for the Bengals.
What can we make of Rams vs. Lions?
Previous to the final week I didn’t suppose there was a lot unhealthy blood between these groups, however apparently there’s a whole lot of lingering harm over the way in which Jared Goff was traded. I imply, I could be upset too if I went from the Super Bowl to enjoying for the Lions.
Plainly unhealthy blood is barely operating in a single path, as you’d count on with the Rams on a heck of a run with Matthew Stafford on the helm. I’m principally curious to see if there’s any extra angst due to it.
Will the Cardinals ever lose a sport?
They’re enjoying the Texans, so nope … not but.
Will the Dolphins have a beginning quarterback this weekend?
One of many weirdest twists this week are rumors that the Texans may very well be making ready a commerce that may ship Deshaun Watson to the Dolphins, with Miami transport Tua Tagovailoa to Washington.
So, I’m working off the idea right here that there’s ZERO likelihood the NFL will let Watson play if he’s traded — in order that imply Jacoby Brissett would begin clearly. However that is far much less in regards to the depth chart and extra the potential drama if Watson is dealt and doubtlessly requested to start out by the Dolphins.
Can the Raiders hold pulling collectively?
One of many worst incidents of the NFL season, Jon Gruden’s shameful emails resulting in his resignation, is now turning right into a rallying cry for the Raiders. These are enjoying who’ve labored their asses off all yr, and had early success, solely to see their coach distract the workforce and derail them for 2 video games.
Nonetheless, a win in Week 6 towards the Broncos confirmed this workforce could be again, and ready to make a press release. I’m to see if that may proceed with the Eagles.