The NFL season is picking up as we inch closer to Halloween. It’s getting colder outside, and good teams are starting to separate themselves from bad ones.
Week 7 is a loaded slate, featuring several divisional games, potential playoff previews and revenge games. Six teams are on a bye this week, so fans will have three fewer games than usual to keep an eye on.
Here’s a breakdown of the key matchups in Week 7.
Thursday Night Football: Denver Broncos vs. Cleveland Browns
Despite being down their starting quarterback and top two running backs, the Cleveland Browns beat the Denver Broncos 17-14 on Thursday Night Football to improve to 4-3.
Case Keenum, making his first start since 2019 with Baker Mayfield sidelined, went 21 of 33 through the air for 199 yards and one touchdown. It was running back D'Ernest Johnson who stole the show though, rushing for 146 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries while filling in for the injured Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
Meanwhile, the Broncos had just 223 yards of total offense as they fell to 3-4 with a fourth straight loss.
NFL Week 7 Sunday Afternoon Matchups
Week 7 was the most balanced Sunday afternoon of the season so far, with six games in the 1 p.m. ET window and four games in the 4 p.m. ET slate.
It was a wild early slate in Week 7. The Cincinnati Bengals made a statement, dismantling the Baltimore Ravens 41-17 on the road to pull even atop the AFC North. The New England Patriots picked up their first home win of the season, improving to 3-4 after a 54-13 win over the New York Jets. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs dropped to 3-4 after being blown out by the Tennessee Titans, 27-3. Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo buried a game-winning 36-yard field goal in the final seconds to hand the Miami Dolphins their sixth straight loss.
The late afternoon games featured mostly blowouts. In the Jared Goff-Matthew Stafford revenge game, it was Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams that came out on top against the Lions 28-19. The Philadelphia Eagles' fourth-quarter rally wasn't enough as they fell to the Las Vegas Raiders 33-22. Tom Brady threw his 600th career touchdown as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers walked all over the Chicago Bears for the 38-3 win. DeAndre Hopkins and JJ Watt defeated their former team, the Houston Texans, by a score of 31-5 as the Arizona Cardinals remain undefeated.
Sunday Night Football: Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers
It was an extremely wet and windy night in Santa Clara, but the Indianapolis Colts fought off the weather for a 30-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers turned the ball over four times and the Colts took full advantage, with 20 of their points coming off turnovers. Carson Wentz threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns while Jimmy Garoppolo struggled in his return from a knee injury, completing 16 of 27 passes with a touchdown, two interceptions and lost fumble.
Monday Night Football: New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks
This time last year, a matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks would’ve been appointment television. That’s not the case entering Week 7. Gone are the retired Drew Brees and the injured Russell Wilson -- say hello to Jameis Winston and Geno Smith. Winston has the Saints at 3-2 coming off the bye week, while Smith helped the Seahawks get to overtime last week before a late fumble dropped them to 2-4. Both teams desperately need this one in Seattle on Monday night.
Check out the full 2021 Week 7 NFL schedule in the table above. Watch all Week 7 games online at FuboTV (free trial here).