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Wow! What a week in the NFL

October 24, 2006|by ROBERT KELLER

It's now Week 7 in the NFL and this week's games couldn't have been better! There was a near-record-breaking field goal, an overtime win and two teams still undefeated.

In Atlanta, the Pittsburgh Steelers played the Falcons. The Falcons' quarterback Michael Vick had not thrown more than two touchdowns in a game in his career. This game, however, Vick threw for four touchdowns, three of which were thrown to tight end Alge Crumpler. The other one was thrown to wide receiver Michael Jenkins. A fifth touchdown was scored by running back Warrick Dunn. Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger got injured in the third quarter as three defenders came rushing at him from different directions. The game ended in overtime - 41-38 Atlanta.

In Tampa Bay, the Philadelphia Eagles took on the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber intercepted two passes and returned both for touchdowns. Toward the end of the game, Eagles running back Brian Westbrook caught the ball and ran it in for a touchdown. At the end of the game, losing by one point, Tampa Bay had only eight seconds to score. But they were 62 yards away from the field goal. The Bucs needed this for the win. The ball was snapped and Matt Bryant kicked the ball. The ball went flying and the field goal was a success! The NFL record longest field goal is 63. The Buccaneers won 23-21.

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In Indianapolis, the Colts took on the Washington Redskins. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning took a huge hit and lost his helmet as he was bent backward. He also took a hit below the knees, which was supposedly unintentional, but it resulted in a penalty. Redskins' quarterback Mark Brunell, who completed 27 of 37 passes for 226 yards, couldn't make many plays. Indianapolis won 36-22.

This week's games were some of the best I've seen in a while. Baltimore had their bye week, as did New Orleans. The Ravens and Saints play next week. Baltimore quarterback Steve McNair, who was knocked out of his previous game with an injury, is expected to play against New Orleans. That's some good news for Ravens fans out there.

Chicago and Indianapolis are still undefeated - each has six wins.

My playoff predictions that I made last week are mostly the same. Baltimore still has a shot, but Atlanta has jumped up in my favored list. The Redskins are out of the wild card race now after losing to Indianapolis. I predict that Chicago and New England are looking like Super Bowl contenders.

Is there no end to the football drama?

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