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NFL Week 7 reaction: Notes and observations

The NFL Week 7 slate is done, and it’s time to give some reaction to the weekend that was.

– The Kansas City Chiefs got it all going on Sunday in their 44-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Patrick Mahomes threw for 423 yards, while Kansas City torched San Francisco for 529 total yards. After falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter, the Chiefs destroyed the Niners through the air. They also hit them on the ground, where the visitors ran for three touchdowns. At 5-2, Kansas City should feel very good about where it’s at headed into the bye.

 

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– Staying in the AFC West, the Los Angeles Chargers have serious problems. In a 37-23 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks, both corner J.C. Jackson and wide receiver Mike Williams left with lower-body injuries. Defensively, the Chargers got smoked on the ground once again, this time giving up 214 rushing yards on 6.3 yards per carry, with rookie Kenneth Walker accounting for 168 yards and two touchdowns. At 4-3, the Chargers hit their bye with four of the upcoming five games on the road. The lone home game? Kansas City in Week 11.

– The New York Giants came within three feet of a crushing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but they held on for a 23-17 win down in Duval. Daniel Jones didn’t turn the ball over, Saquon Barkley had another big game running the ball, and the defense continues to make plays, including a forced fumble of Jaguars running back Travis Etienne inside the New York 5-yard line. At 6-1, New York isn’t the most-talented team in the league, but it is very well-coached.

 

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– The Green Bay Packers are in serious trouble after NFL Week 7. At 3-4, the Packers have lost three straight to the Giants, New York Jets and Washington Commanders. With due respect to all three outfits — particularly the two from Gotham — seeing Aaron Rodgers lose to Daniel Jones, Zach Wilson and Taylor Heinicke is brutal.  Now, Green Bay gets the well-rested Buffalo Bills on Sunday night at Highmark Stadium. Good luck. There’s a real chance the Packers are 3.5 games behind the Minnesota Vikings in the race for the NFC North after next weekend.

– With the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 1, look for action this week. Any teams that have two wins or fewer are prime sellers, likely trying to shed salary while picking up draft capital for 2023.

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