NFL Week 7 Heroes and Villains
Villain: Replay officialsThe Los Angeles Chargers could not catch a break in the final seconds of their road trip to Nashville. The 2.5-point favorites trailed by three when Philip Rivers found Austin Ekeler across the middle of the field with 44 seconds remaining. The running back scurried 16 yards into the end zone—or did he?
Hero: Tropical Storm NestorThe Washington Redskins needed some help from Mather Nature to cover the spread for the first time since their season opener. Ten-point home dogs to the undefeated 49ers, Tropical Storm Nestor did just enough to slow down San Francisco.
The soaked end zone grass was spared from any touchdowns during the torrential downpour, and Jimmy Garoppolo's best shot at a touchdown was intercepted. Three field goals kept a zero in San Francisco's loss column, but the Skins covered, and the under hit by 30 points. Weather bettors were handsomely rewarded.
Modern broadcast cameras are *excellent* at cutting through rain, so often people at home don't fully comprehend just how wet it is when it's raining.— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) October 20, 2019
Here's some good vision of the conditions the #Redskins / #49ers are dealing with today. pic.twitter.com/KcxOq65qNQ
Villain: Andy DaltonWhatever little support Andy Dalton still had from a select few Bengals fans is gone after a disastrous fourth quarter against the Jaguars.
The Bengals led 10-9 entering the fourth quarter, on the precipice of giving Zac Taylor his first win as Cincinnati's head coach. Dalton had different plans. The Red Rifle threw three interceptions in six passes, including on returned for a touchdown, to give the Jaguars a 17-point advantage, far too much to overcome and cover the 4.5-point spread.
Hero: Teddy BridgewaterThe Saints quarterback may be creating a controversy in New Orleans. Will they keep Drew Brees on the sideline once he's healthy? Doubtful. Should they keep him on the sideline? Maybe.
Teddy Bridgewater is a covering machine. The Saints were 4.5-point underdogs in Chicago on Sunday afternoon, and they turned a two-point halftime lead into an 11-point victory. Bridgewater finished the day with 281 passing yards, a pair of scores, a 67.8 QBR and his fifth straight win as the Saints starter.