Week 7: Games at a glance

Updated: October 25, 2004, 4:25 PM ET
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Eagles 34, Browns 31

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David Akers' 50-yard field goal sailed through the uprights in overtime. Akers' kick barely cleared the crossbar with 5:02 remaining in OT. Donovan McNabb. McNabb continued his amazing season, completing 28 of 43 passes for 376 yards and four TDs.
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: The Eagles should be very concerned with the play of their defense. The past few weeks the Eagles offense has helped disguise their poor run defense to a certain extent because of their ability to score quickly. That enables the Eagles to blitz because they are facing a one-dimensional offense at that point. But in close games when teams are able to run the Eagles are going to be in trouble because of their young secondary.

UP NEXT: Eagles (6-0) vs. Ravens (4-2) | Browns (3-4) -- bye week

Patriots 13, Jets 7

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Corey Dillon barreled forward for four yards on third-and-two with under two minutes left in the game. The Patriots were able to run out the clock. Dillon. Led the way on offense for the Patriots, rushing for 115 yards on 22 carries. It was Dillon's third 100-yard game of the season.
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: This team is filled with special veterans. Whether it's Ty Law, Rodney Harrison, Mike Vrabel or Willie McGinest, there always seems to be someone ready to make a big difference-making play. The Patriots put in an inordinate amount of time studying and preparing and it shows in their play on-field.

UP NEXT: Jets (5-1) vs. Dolphins (1-6) | Patriots (6-0) at Steelers (5-1)

Jaguars 27, Colts 24

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Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee booted a 53-yard field goal with 38 seconds left in the game. The Colts got the ball back on their 15-yard line, but weren't able to seriously threaten. Byron Leftwich. The second-year QB came up big for a second straight week, completing 23 of 30 passes for 300 yards and two TDs.

ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: Byron Leftwich has done a very good job of managing the offense and winning games late. It's obvious his confidence is increasing every game and so is his coaching staff's confidence in him. That said, the Jaguars need Fred Taylor to have big games or at least to continue to get 20-25 carries per game to keep pressure off Leftwich.

UP NEXT: Jaguars (5-2) at Texans (3-3) | Colts (4-2) at Chiefs (2-5)

Dolphins 31, Rams 14

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Jay Fiedler connected with Chris Chambers on a 71-yard TD to put the Dolphins up 31-14 with just under 4:30 left. Fiedler. Completed 13 of 17 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns as the Dolphins got their first win.
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: This will abate the heat for another week, but the Dolphins still need to work on some things for Dave Wannstedt to feel secure about his job. They have to get a consistent effort like this from their offense.

UP NEXT: Rams (4-3) -- bye week | Dolphins (1-6) at Jets (5-1)

Vikings 20, Titans 3

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When Steve McNair was knocked out the game on the first play of the second quarter with a bruised sternum. Mewelde Moore. The rookie from Tulane continued his strong play with 138 yards on 20 carries.
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: It's important to understand that the Vikings have found their stride offensively. WRs Marcus Robinson and Nate Burleson have done a great job filling in and providing Daunte Culpepper with options and today they stepped up and made some plays.

UP NEXT: Vikings (5-1) vs. Giants (4-2) | Titans (2-5) vs. Bengals

Lions 28, Giants 13

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When Artose Pinner carried the ball in from eight yards out to give the Lions a 28-13 lead with under two minutes left in the game. Joey Harrington. A week after a disappointing performance against the Packers, Harrington completed 18 of 22 passes for 230 yards and two TDs.
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: This was probably simply an off day for the Giants. They never play well coming off a bye week and this week, despite having a different coach this season, was no different. The Lions did a great job playing strong defense and maintaining pressure on Giants' QB Kurt Warner.

UP NEXT: Lions (4-2) at Cowboys (2-4) | Giants (4-2) at Vikings (5-1)

Bucs 19, Bears 7

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Michael Pittman scored on a nine-yard run with just under nine minutes left to put the Bucs up 19-7. The Bears anemic offense wasn't going to come back from that. Pittman. Rushed for 109 yards (Tampa Bay's first 100-yard game of the season) on 23 carries and scored one TD. Also caught two passes for 55 yards.
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: The Bears are in a situation where injuries have limited what they can do on both sides of the ball.

UP NEXT: Bears (1-5) vs. 49ers (1-5) | Bucs (2-5) -- bye week

Chargers 17, Panthers 6

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Jesse Chatman scored on a five-yard run with just 1:42 left in the game to put the Chargers up 17-6. Chatman. The Panthers did a decent job stopping LaDainian Tomlinson, but Chatman found some running room late, carrying the ball eight times for 69 yards.
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: QB Drew Brees has been the most impressive part of this start. Coming into the season it was assumed that RB LaDainian Tomlinson would have a great season and that the defense would be decent. It was also assumed that rookie QB Philip Rivers would be starting at some point this season, but Brees has destroyed that notion with his play.

UP NEXT: Chargers (4-3) vs. Raiders (2-5) | Panthers (1-5) at Seahawks (3-3)

Ravens 20, Bills 6

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Chad Williams picked off Drew Bledsoe at the goal line and returned it 94 yards to the Bills' 6-yard line with just over six minutes left and the Ravens leading 17-6. Deion Sanders. With the offense going nowhere without Jamal Lewis, Sanders had two INTs, returning one 48 yards for a TD.

ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: There are a number of reasons why Drew Bledsoe has struggled in this offense. First, the Bills offensive line has done a poor job of consistently protecting him. Bledsoe isn't a mobile quarterback and he has problems getting outside the pocket and evading the rush. Right now he needs a great line in front of him to shield him from the rush and to give him time to make his reads.

UP NEXT: Bills (1-5) vs. Cardinals (2-4) | Ravens (4-2) at Eagles (6-0)

Chiefs 56, Falcons 10

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Priest Holmes scored on a one-yard run on the last play of the first half to put the Chiefs up 35-7. Holmes and Derrick Blaylock. The two running backs combined for 229 yards and an NFL-record eight rushing TDs.

ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: This was an all-out assault by the Chiefs. I'm not totally sure what lit a fire underneath this team's butt, but their success came from the strong play of the offensive line. Last season the Chiefs had one of the best o-lines in the league and it wasn't evident at the beginning of the season.

UP NEXT: Falcons (5-2) at Broncos | Chiefs (2-4) vs. Colts (4-2)

Cardinals 25, Seahawks 17

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Matt Hasselbeck's pass was picked off by David Macklin with just 1:20 left in the game. The Cardinals took over and ran out the clock. Emmitt Smith. Neil Rackers (field goals of 55, 55 and 50 yards) deserves mention, but Smith gets the nod for his 78th career 100-yard game. That broke Walter Peyton's NFL record.

ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: At the beginning of the season the Seahawks were playing good football and not making silly mistakes. Now the Seahawks have quickly reverted to poor play on the road, dropping passes and missing tackles. These are all things that plagued them last season. All of a sudden coach Holmgren's team is doing more to lose games than to win them.

UP NEXT: Seahawks (3-3) vs. Panthers (1-5) | Cardinals (2-4) at Bills (1-5)

Packers 41, Cowboys 20

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Ahman Green busted off a 90-yard TD run on the last play of the third quarter to put the Packers up 41-13. Green. After struggling for the last four games, Green rushed for 163 and two TDs on just 15 carries.
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: I think it's time for Drew Henson to get his shot. He needs to get some exposure to the lights and sounds of the NFL in a no-stress situation. This season is shaping up to be the perfect situation for him.

UP NEXT: Packers (3-4) at Redskins (2-4) | Cowboys (2-4) vs. Lions (4-2)

Saints 31, Raiders 26

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Aaron Brooks rushed up the middle for two yards on third-and-one with under two minutes left. The Saints ran out the clock. Brooks. The Saints quarterback completed 23 of 39 passes for 282 yards and one TD.

ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: A win outside the comforts of home may have saved Jim Haslett's job. But this win doesn't erase the fact that this should be a more dominant football team. They are extremely talented at key positions, but are too up and down to be considered a true threat.

UP NEXT: Saints (3-4) -- bye week | Raiders (2-5) at Chargers (4-2)

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