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NFL Split 10 – Week 7

A Clock Dodgers Weekly Feature Article

NFL Split 10

(Top 5 – Bottom 5)

Week 7 – 2016

Written By: Eddie Cepeda (@eddiecee23)

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The Patriots keep winning, the Browns keep losing, but man was everything else in between strange; as always entertaining to watch. The story of the weekend was watching the Dolphins take down the Steelers while Big Ben gets injured in the process. This is now two blemishes on the Steelers’ record that do not bode well for how they play when they fall behind. We’ll be keeping an eye on Big Ben’s knee, and how much of a contender the Steelers remain with Landry Jones at the helm.
 
We also got a nice surprise with Dak Prescott and the Cowboys going into Green Bay and making Aaron Rodgers look like the turnover prone quarterback that currently resides on the Cowboys’ bench. Dak may have thrown his first interception of his NFL career, but man does he look impressive. This has sparked a nation-wide debate with everybody answering one question: How can you go back to Tony Romo after this start to Dak’s career? At least my choice to go back to last week’s Split 10 is easier than that one.
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Top 5
  1. Minnesota Vikings
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers
  3. New England Patriots
  4. Atlanta Falcons
  5. Denver Broncos
Bottom 5
  1. Miami Dolphins
  2. Chicago Bears
  3. New York Jets
  4. San Francisco 49ers
  5. Cleveland Browns

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With three strange losses in last week’s Top 5, let’s shake things up with the Week 7 Split 10!
 
Top 5
NFL Split 10
  
  1. Minnesota Vikings 5-0
    The Vikings are coming off a bye and facing an Eagles team that is somewhat coming back to the pack after a hot start. Look for Minnesota to cause more discomfort for, rookie QB, Carson Wentz. Also, keep an eye out for how their offensive line does against a defensive front in Philadelphia that has been pretty impressive to start the season.We’re in for a treat next week! They may have been on a bye, but that doesn’t mean they lose their top spot this week.
  2. New England Patriots 5-1
    Do we want to place bets on how many 350-yard and three touchdown games Brady will have? He already has two straight with only playing two games so far this season. The Patriots are 5-1 and show no signs of why they would let up any time soon. Up next is a Steelers team that will almost certainly be without their quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger. The revenge tour will continue, and the rest of the NFL will have to wait in fear.
  3. Atlanta Falcons 5-1
    I’m not convinced that if these two teams met on a neutral field that the result would have been the same. Even in Seattle, the Falcons overcame their early struggles to push the Seahawks to the limit. Pass interference, no pass interference, we can all agree that this Falcons team is for real. They went through both of last year’s Superbowl participants and pushed a top seed in the NFC to the brink. Put some respeck on their name! I’ll leave that last sentence there, but I’m disgusted with myself for typing it.
  4. Dallas Cowboys 5-1
    When you take down a Brady record, you deserve some Brady-like respect. Man has Dak Prescott earned it. While he gets most of the praise as quarterbacks usually do, let’s give a round of applause for the entirety of the Cowboys’ team. This defense has overachieved in relation to what most of us thought they would be. On top of that, the elite offensive line that we knew they had has made it possible for their rookie quarterback and running back to have sensational starts to their season. They make their Top 5 debut as they go into their bye week.
  5. Seattle Seahawks 4-1
    After a bumpy first two weeks, the Seahawks seem to have found their groove. They are now on a three game winning streak and remain undefeated at home. They look forward to a division game against the Cardinals in Arizona next week. With the Michael Bennet injury lingering, we’ll see how this defense responds to losing one of it’s most important anchors. We should all be excited for how one of the league’s best secondaries matches up against one of the elite receiving corps.

 

Outside looking in:

 
Denver Broncos – A somewhat humiliating offensive showing drops the Broncos out of the Top 5. The return of head coach Gary Kubiak should give them a boost to lift themselves out of the slump they fell into for the last two weeks.
 
Oakland Raiders – They had their chance! Sole possession of the number one spot in the AFC West and for sure a spot in the Top 5. If we’ve seen anything so far, this AFC West division is going to beat each other up.
  
Pittsburgh Steelers – Ben Roethlisberger posts his second multi-interception game and gets hurt in Miami. The Steelers are crossing their fingers that this meniscus tear is nothing serious. We have a lot that needs to be shown to us by them if they are to claw their way back into the Top 5.
  
Bottom 5
 NFL Split 10 
  1. Carolina Panthers 1-5
    HOW DID WE GET HERE GUYS?! The Broncos were supposed to be the ones with the Superbowl hangover. However, the Panthers find themselves in an almost for sure eliminated position for this years playoffs. Cam is struggling behind an offensive line that has been found out by the league. On top of that, I completely underestimated the impact that losing Josh Norman AND Charles Tillman would have on them. Welcome to the worst of the worst boys.
  2. San Francisco 49ers 1-5
    Don’t get me wrong, they’re still bad. However, with Colin Kaepernick under center, the 49ers look far more competent than before. I am confident that they will put a couple more wins together and have some real positivity to look forward to later in this season. I know Chip Kelly hopes so. In all seriousness, there were some real bright spots in the offense on Sunday. There is still some accuracy and touch pass issues with Kap, but it’s not impossible to fix.
  3. Chicago Bears 1-5
    In a game they led 13-0 going into the 4th quarter, the Bears found a way to lose. Even more embarrassing, they weren’t facing stiff competition by any means. So they gave up 17 points to a struggling Blake Bortles and an unbelievably ailing Allen Robinson. These Bears may be looking to move on from head coach John Fox sooner than we thought.
  4. New York Jets 1-5
    How awful can you be? The Jets visit an inconsistent Arizona Cardinals team to get absolutely embarrassed. Adam Schefter reports that even with Monday night’s absolute disgrace of a performance, Ryan Fitzpatrick will start their next game. I have one question for head coach Todd Bowles– WHY?! WHAT in the name of all that is football makes it ok to trot this guy out there week after week?! Is Geno Smith REALLY that terrible? Do something man, that seat gets hotter by the Ryan Fitzpatrick interception, which is almost as consistent a measure of time as minutes and seconds are.
  5. Cleveland Browns 0-6
    Guys, the opportunities to avoid an 0-16 record are slipping away. Sunday’s game was one of those legitimate opportunities. The Browns paid a visit to the Titans and actually kept the game somewhat competitive. Cleveland fans and fantasy owners alike are sending thoughts and prayers to Terrelle Pryor’s Hamstring in hopes that he’ll be ready to go come game time. At this point, the Browns have to be planning what they’re going to do with the 1st overall pick in the 2017 draft.
 

In danger of falling:

Houston Texans – The NFL should be forced to move these terrible games out of prime-time television. The Texans came out on top, but we all lost having to watch Brock Osweiler try to play quarterback.
 
Indianapolis Colts – The other half of Sunday Night Football’s atrocity of a show. Andrew Luck can’t counter the incompetence of a bottom dwelling coach and general manager. Sadly, the Colts are wasting a good opportunity with one of the best young quarterbacks of today.
 
Jacksonville Jaguars – With two close wins in a row against bad teams, I’m still not convinced the Jaguars aren’t a Bottom 5 worthy team. They have spent quite a sum of money the last three years in free agency. In all honesty, it’s not really showing. Do any of us actually think this team is any better than what it’s shown?
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Written By: Eddie Cepeda – Follow Eddie on Twitter: @eddiecee23

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