New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees came into Sunday afternoon’s game between the Saints and the Ravens having defeated 31 NFL teams, in other words all but one. That one team that Brees had never defeated is the Baltimore Ravens. In what would probably prove to be the future Hall of Famer’s last attempt at becoming only the third quarterback in NFL history to defeat all 32 teams (Brett Favre, Peyton Manning), the Saints had a tall task in front of them, facing Baltimore’s top-ranked defense on the road.
Here’s how the game unfolded:
The Saints started the game with the clear intention to be aggressive, with New Orleans getting the ball first and going for it on fourth down no less than four times, converting three of them.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has made more NFL history. The Week 7 road victory over the Baltimore Ravens helped Brees become the third quarterback to successfully beat all 32 teams, joining Peyton Manning and Brett Favre.
Previously, Brees was 0-4 against Baltimore, with the Saints losing in 2006, 2010, and 2014. The other loss came when Brees was with the Chargers, a 24-10 loss in 2003. Those demons were finally exercised, as New Orleans rallied from a 17-7 deficit to put together and hold onto a victory, but it didn’t come without some last-second excitement. On the final Ravens offensive drive, Baltimore was able to get a touchdown with just 24 seconds left, but failed to convert the extra point — Justin Tucker was jinxed by the FOX broadcast team.
The Cincinnati Bengals have announced their inactives for tonight’s matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.
For the Bengals, the following players are out tonight:
Nearly every player out tonight was either declared out Friday or has been a regular inactive this season. The only question was with safety Shawn Williams, who was questionable with a concussion. He is active tonight.
The surprise healthy scratch is Josh Malone. He’s been active every game this season but hasn’t produced, and John Ross is healthy now, taking Malone out is a reasonable move.
As for the Chiefs, the following players are out:
There aren’t any surprises here, as center Mitch Morse (concussion) was ruled out, while linebacker Justin Houston (hamstring) and safety Eric Berry (heel) were doubtful.
The Indianapolis Colts ended a four-game losing streak with a dominating performance against the Buffalo Bills. Entering the game, the Colts were 0-2 against the AFC East, securing a much-needed win as they head on the road to Oakland.
Let’s look at grades for Week 7. Warning: These grades might be high.
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It was a day to remember for the Colts on offense, and we’re not even talking about the passing game — although Andrew Luck completed four touchdown passes and nearly 160 yards. The Bills came into Week 7 with a defense that ranked top-5 in terms of total yards and yards per play.
While most of the football spectrum will be impressed with Luck’s multitude of touchdowns and lack of sacks, the spotlight needs to be on the running game.