The NFL season enters Week 7 and will feature some prominent storylines.
The Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots both look to rebound from their respective losing streaks. The New York Jets are still searching for their first win, while the Washington Football Team still has an opportunity to jump to first place in the NFC East.
Dallas at Washington
Instead of putting the team on his back, Elliott was the main catalyst in the Dallas Cowboys trailing 14-0 to the Arizona Cardinals. Elliott fumbled the ball on two straight drives and at one point was benched for backup Tony Pollard.
Elliott is taking a proactive step to ensure that this does not become a trend. When speaking to the media on Wednesday, Elliott revealed how he handled the situation after the team’s 38-10 loss.
“I just wanted to let them know how terrible I felt,” said Elliott. “And that I’m supposed to be a guy this team and this offense can rely on and lean on when things get rough, and I just wasn’t that last Monday night. [I told the team] that I was sorry and I promise [to get it right].”
The Cowboys still lead the NFC East despite their 2-4 record. The 1-5 Washington Football Team is coming off a heartbreaking 20-19 loss to the New York Giants and should very well have the same record as “America’s Team.” Instead, the franchise could instantly put Dallas in a downward spiral with an upset win.
Bills at Jets
It really couldn’t get much worse in New York. The Joe Flacco experiment did not work as the Jets were crushed 24-0 to the Miami Dolphins. Luckily, or not for some fans’ case, Sam Darnold is expected to return and will try to lead the 0-6 Jets to their first win of the season.
The Bills are currently in the midst of a two game losing streak, and a win could send head coach Adam Gase right out of New York. Fans on the east coast will definitely want to keep an eye with NFL Game Pass on this intra divisional matchup because it could be the last game Gase ever coaches. On the other hand, a loss to the winless Jets could unleash havoc in Buffalo.
49ers at Patriots
The Patriots are 2-4 for the first time since 2000. Quarterback Cam Newton has bounced between average play on the field and the COVID-19 list. If the Patriots want to avoid a 2-5 start, the team will need their new quarterback to play better.
The 49ers appear to be back to playing like their former Super Bowl selves. A 24-16 win over the Los Angeles Rams put the team back into the conversation to win the NFC West. After being benched a week before, Jimmy Garrapolo threw three touchdown passes and finished with a quarterback rating of 90.4.
Newton finished New England’s 18-12 loss to the Denver Broncos with a quarterback rating of 20.0. This game has implications for the Patriots’ success this season, and potentially the rest of Newton’s career.