I have started to notice that television broadcasts are showing Doctors on the sidelines watching replays to determine if a player should be taken out of the game for further evaluation.
I think it’s great. Someone needs to look out for the players.
However, the players know they are being watched. My worry is that even if they are hurt, they may force themselves to get up quickly and act like everything is fine, just so they aren’t pulled from the game.
Jonathan Taylor indicated that he drove the decision to sit out last week. He said, “You just know your body”. I’m glad he said that and made that decision. Hopefully, it’s an example for other players to put their health first, rather than rushing back too soon.
Arizona Cardinals (2-4)
Marquise Brown suffered a foot injury on a meaningless Hail Mary play at the end of the game. DeAndre Hopkins makes his season debut tonight. Robbie Anderson was acquired from Carolina after being kicked off the sideline on Sunday. This has been your Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Room Update (ACWRRU for short, of course).
Atlanta Falcons (3-3)
They beat the 49ers by 14 points, which is a sign that the injuries to the 49ers defence have made them extremely vulnerable. Good for the Falcons for taking advantage.
Buffalo Bills (5-1)
The Bills went into Kansas City and came away with the victory, but it won’t mean a thing if they can’t beat the Chiefs in January.
Baltimore Ravens (3-3)
It just feels like the Ravens can’t get healthy.
Carolina Panthers (1-5)
The season is lost, so now what? Do they trade D.J. Moore and Christian McCaffrey? Just one? Both? Neither? We’ll find out soon enough.
Cincinatti Bengals (3-3)
The Bengals have bounced back after an 0-2 start. With the Falcons, Browns, and Panthers coming up, a 6-3 record could be on the horizon.
Cleveland Browns (2-4)
David Njoku is having a nice breakout season for them from the Tight End position.
Chicago Bears (2-4)
I am genuinely concerned they may get shut out by the Patriots on Monday.
Dallas Cowboys (4-2)
Dak Prescott returns this week which means Cooper Rush returns to his role of backup quarterback. I don’t know if the Cowboys give out an internal team MVP award, but if they do, Rush should definitely get it this season.
Denver Broncos (2-4)
Already playing through a shoulder injury, Russell Wilson sustained a hamstring injury on Monday night. I’m not a doctor but it might be wise to sit out the next two games before the Bye week and come back in Week 10 against the Titans.
Detroit Lions (1-4)
First game after the Bye week and the Lions are headed to Dallas. I have images in my head of Micah Parsons wreaking havoc.
Green Bay Packers (3-3)
Are…are the Packers okay? Back-to-back losses against the teams from New York and I’m starting to think they are in trouble.
Houston Texans (1-3-1)
With the trade deadline coming up, will the Texans trade any of their veteran pieces? Brandin Cooks?
Indianapolis Colts (3-2-1)
The Colts head to Tennessee this week to face the Titans, where the winner will take over 1st place in the AFC South.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4)
Travis Etienne is averaging 7.85 rushing yards per attempt over the last two weeks. However, he only had 10 attempts in each game. Surely, he’ll get more opportunities going forward…right?
Kansas City Chiefs (4-2)
Last season, I said the Chiefs needed to go out and get an experienced receiver with name value. They got Josh Gordon. It didn’t work out. I think they need to do the same thing this year. Odell Beckham Jr. rumours are swirling…
Las Vegas Raiders (1-4)
The Raiders are coming out of the Bye week and should be playing as if their season depends on it…because it does.
Los Angeles Chargers (3-3)
The Week 8 Bye can’t come soon enough. Justin Herbert hasn’t looked the same since his rib injury a few weeks ago. Keenan Allen is still out after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 1. I said a few weeks ago he should sit out until after the Bye and it looks like he is. Don’t rush back from hamstring injuries, kids.
Los Angeles Rams (3-3)
If the Rams lose out on Odell Beckham Jr., I’m assuming they make a play to acquire someone else. But who?
Miami Dolphins (3-3)
It sounds like Tua Tagovailoa will be back this week. We’ll see if he can get the Dolphins back to what they were during the first three weeks of the season.
Minnesota Vikings (5-1)
I think I said this last week, but it still feels like no one is talking about the Vikings. And now that they’re on a Bye, no one will.
New England Patriots (3-3)
Never doubt Bill Belichick. Personally, I’d keep Bailey Zappe as the starting quarterback until he gives them a reason to go back to Mac Jones. But I’m not in charge and don’t make that decision.
New Orleans Saints (2-4)
Please give us a good Thursday night game tonight. Please.
New York Giants (5-1)
Daniel Jones’ numbers may not jump off the page, but he’s doing a really good job at managing games for the Giants. Will it be enough to earn him a new contract in the offseason? We’ll see.
New York Jets (4-2)
The Jets just went into Lambeau Field and beat the Packers. Okay, cool. But now Elijah Moore has asked to be traded (the Jets don’t want to trade him), and the Patriots and Bills are on the horizon after this week. We’re going to find out very soon if the Jets are for real. There is a chance they could become overconfident and crumble. Of course, there’s a chance they don’t and end up persevering.
Philadelphia Eagles (6-0)
For their own sake, the Eagles should probably lose at least once this season so they don’t enter the playoffs with the whole “undefeated season” narrative hanging over them. To be honest, though, I don’t think that loss is coming any time soon.
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4)
I believe in Kenny Pickett.
San Francisco 49ers (3-3)
The offence may have to carry the team for a few weeks, with so many injuries to key defensive players.
Seattle Seahawks (3-3)
I don’t think anyone thought the Seahawks would win the Russell Wilson trade, especially not this early, but it’s only Week 7 and I think it’s safe to say they did (for now).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3)
I still think the Buccaneers come out of all of this with a winning record and a playoff spot, but it won’t be as easy as it should have been.
Tennessee Titans (3-2)
No one is talking about the Titans, but here they are with a chance to go 4-2 and sit firmly atop their division.
Washington Commanders (2-4)
It’s Taylor Heinicke time! I thought he was pretty good last year, so we’ll see what he can do.