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Seven weeks in now and the regular season has given us thrills
and spills in what is proving to be an unpredictable season.
Teams across the eight divisions are fighting it out for that crucial
play-off spot that will take them into the post season,
Talking of Super Bowl glory, joining me is our very
own British-born Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyiora and former NFL
We start our highlights with two teams yet to win a Super Bowl.
The high powered offense of Atlanta Falcons,
led by Matt Ryan, has Atlanta in full control of the NFC South.
Their oponents San Diego sit at the bottom of the AFC West.
Led by big passing quarterback Phillip Rivers, San Diego
have been the masters of their own downfall this season.
Last week however they beat Super Bowl 50 winners Denver to keep
The disturbed rhythms of the season. The Falcons playing well but beaten
by Seattle Seahawks last week. Now time for something to settle the
stomach. A home game against the San Diego Chargers. Not so much on the
charge is bent under the weight, the bottom team in their division. The
Chargers would taint the Denver Broncos in week six. -- ten.
At the three. Philip Rivers. It is Gordon. Touchdown, Chargers. Seventh
touchdown run of the season for one of the leaders in the NFL.
Atlanta went on at charge to get the home team on the board.
Philip Rivers being rushed. Intercepted. Jones inside the 20.
Down at the 10-yard line. Philip Rivers trying to dump it
down. A tonne of speed right here. In open space now. They're trying to
establish this culture in Atlanta of being aggressive in all three
phases. That tight bond between the team.
After the interception Atlanta went three and out. San Diego kicked a
field goal of their own. Josh Lambo giving them a lead of 10-6.
Ryan steps back and three receivers to the right. Julio Jones, he has
got it. Down at the 15-yard line. 3rd down. And the endzone!
Touchdown! What to throw by Matt Ryan.
Looking for the defense to come up with a big play. Heads for the
endzone and touchdown! They've got to get to that 35-yard line. Philip
Rivers being rushed. The ball knocked loose. Picked up by
Claiborne for touchdown. Some twisting inside. Vic police
leak has great speed around the edge. He's going to try to swap the
ball. He went for a tackle on Philip Rivers.
Gordon for the goal and he is in. Touchdown, San Diego. Melvin Gordon
with his second touchdown of the game.
The only points in the third quarter came off the foot of Josh Lambo on
the 37 yard attempt. But Atlanta kept the score ticking over with a
ten point lead on their next possession.
Philip Rivers has now passed for 317 yards. Rivers froze. Touchdown,
Melvin Gordon, with his third touchdown of the game.
Intercepted! Perry man, the man who has been injured throughout the
game, he comes up with the interception. Antonio Gates, the 1st
down. You go further you trust the most.
Eight plays later and Josh Lambo kicked his third career goal of the
day from 33 yards to send the game into overtime, tied at 30-30.
Julio Jones wide right. The rest of the team tied. The vaunted freedom
at right back. -- Devonta Freeman. The Chargers stop the Falcons.
At the 43-yard line. Look at Denzel Perryman finding his way through to
get into the backfield. He has got to be the most banged up player on
the team and yet he has made a couple of huge plays in this game,
and interception and that great stop. 42 yard field goal. Josh
Lambo. And it is good. The San Diego Chargers win it in overtime. I have
been saying forever, we just play, it does not matter what the score
is, how much time is left, we just play. That is what we talk about at
half-time, just go one play at time. Everyone has got to believe winning
game. -- we're winning this game. Do you like his mentality? Absolutely,
that is a winning mentality. This team has played too many close
games. It is showed a lot of strength and stomach and heart. They
go out and keep it close, the hallmark of a good team. There are
the team to watch, arguably, because of these close games. But they do
have a winning mentality. The scoreline is starting to show that
now. They have a chance but just need to find a way to close these
games out. They have players who can find the endzone. And that is what
you need. And Philip Rivers, they have a quarterback in him who can be
a very angry man, but at the same time a very talented man. Extremely
talented quarterback. He is a bit overly emotional. But a very
talented quarterback. Getting it done for San Diego. Let's talk about
Joey Bosa, a great game for the Chargers, he was the third pick
overall in the draft. Some contractual disputes earlier in the
season. He is now playing and in preseason you were with him. I spent
some time with him and I said about him that this will be an exceptional
football player. Excellent movement skills, all the things you would
want. Speed, technique and he listens. He is willing to sit down
and listen. Take some of the advice I gave him and he is using that out
on the field. The last thing he needed was a contractual dispute. It
may have been something to do with his agent, and he was kept out of
it. When you work with him, what are you doing? I show him hand movements
because a lot of guys coming out of college think they are just going to
be able to run around people. It does not work like that. I'm showing
him how to use his hands comic used technique and get around offensive
tackles. You see him doing it out there on the field. A big future. No
doubt. And the Falcons, where they affected by that defeat against
Seattle, there was still all the controversy over whether Julio Jones
had the pass interference. It was an emotional game and to lose like
that, when you think it is not your fault, it takes a bit out of you.
The mark of a good team, these close games. But I do not think that
carried over, good teams sometimes lose close games.
So lets now take a look at our first round-up of week
We start with Houston at Denver. The return of Gary Kubiak. Does want a
book energised the game. -- Booker energised the game. The Texans are
now four and three. Do not criticise Brock 's foreigner yet, we will do
that in at! The chance capitalised in four interceptions. Zigzagging
across in this play before going towards the endzone.
The Rams now three and four. A great game between the Redskins and the
Lions. This 18 yard touchdown pass. Then Minnesota against Philadelphia.
Sam Bradford returning to Philadelphia for the first time
since his trade to the Vikings. Did not have a great day. The first play
from Josh Huff, for Philadelphia, touchdown and the Eagles are back
track. And Minnesota lose their unbeaten record. So no team unbeaten
now. It is a tough league. It is hard to stay up. People know what
you do not do well and they attack it. Minnesota were not helped by Sam
Bradford returning to Philadelphia and the defense knowing how Bradford
works. There were not helped by the terrible offensive line. Still out
there on their last legs trying to play the left tackle. And they just
got abused. Bradford could have done nothing with that offensive line. I
agree it was not that good. But they know Sam Bradford, they practised
against day. That is what you think. That is what I think. As the
defensive lineman, a quarterback is going to be where he is. It does not
matter whether I know him or not, I know where the quarterback is going
to be. But you know his tendencies, where he is probably going to be.
All quarterbacks are right in the same spot. All you have to do is get
to them. As a defender we love the fact that we know what they're
thinking. For defensive line, and Minnesota got beaten by being
overpowered in the defensive line, that would not have made a
difference. Did Brock Osweiler make a difference, or is he struggling?
They really knew what they were dealing with with Brock Osweiler.
They knew everything he did. And the TB players, they know what he can do
well. He got hammered the moment he stepped on the field. By the Denver
fans as well as the players. Will it have affected him but a is a little
baby! But going back to your point, in that game, 100%. The DBAs are the
ones who know the quarterback's tendencies. NFC East, so brilliantly
competitive after it was for last season, you have played Dallas, you
have paid for the Giants, would you say there is hatred between all four
teams? You hate whoever you are playing
against in that division. It has so much history and it is so physical.
One of the other three as a Giant, you would dislike? Philadelphia fans
are the worst fans in history. We would be on the bus and they would
be throwing batteries, a little boy showed me a finger I did not want to
see and he was only five years old. There was a mess playing against
them but as far as rivalries, each game, Washington, Philadelphia,
Giants, all big rivalries. It is Philadelphia against Dallas this
weekend. Selected by Jason and
Osi as a Super Bowl contender, the Russell Wilson
led Seattle Seahawks They headed to Arizona who went
into the game off the back of a two In a tight defensive battle it was
close to half time before the scoring opened with a field goal for
Arizona. Seattle tied the game with less than five minutes to play when
this was converted and the game was destined for overtime. Both teams
needed to possess the football in the extra period and Arizona scored
with a field goal but Seattle tied the game with a 36 yard attempt. All
square, next Gore wins, Arizona have the ball. This is The Drive. Play
action. Deep downfield. Caught in the 50-yard line. He laid the first
catch of his career in regulation. 26 yard game. Michael Floyd, one in
the post route. Drew Richard Sherman out of that area. One of those
throws. Three yard game for David Johnson to the 45-yard line. You can
only imagine how exhausted the Seattle defense has to be. They have
been out there a lifetime in this game and have not folded yet. Earl
Thomas, Richard Sherman, some of these guys have a knack. Palmyra.
Great protection, fires. Incomplete, intended for Fitzgerald. Everyone
wants a flag. 3rd down. Two star is going at it right there. Little push
by Larry Fitzgerald. Five receivers, a bunch to the left three, a pair to
the right. Palmyra coming then. Caught in the 31-yard line. Off he
goes. Carson Palmer, they almost got to him. Nelson takes the ball. 40
yards. He is going to run the end cut. Richard Sherman loses his
footing and cannot come back to make the tackle. JJ Belson has made some
big plays in this game, stepping up, John Brown unable to go. The play
Clark was at one. One period of time to get down there -- clock. How long
did he talk with us about what has happened to his field goal teams?
All those sorts of things. Now you line up on a 1st goal. John. All
he has to do is hold onto the ball. He holds on all the way to get to
the end zone. He is out just before he gets to the goal-line. Not the
pylon off it's mirroring. Earl Thomas came out of nowhere to push
them out of bounds. That is interesting. They come right up to
the line. They give it to Johnson. And he cannot get in, Bobby Weitzner
stops at the half yard line. One more look. You cannot challenge --
Bobby Wagner. Offense, 5-yard penalty. He has a new snapper and a
new holder. Aaron Bure is snapping. These are different guys. There is
Bobby Wagner ride in the middle. He will be trying to jump over the top.
They need to make some contact with him. Hates the upright! It is no
good. How in the world? That is the reason. It has been a nightmare. It
has been a nightmare for this team. Here comes Bobby Wagner right over
the top and some pressure on the side, was that Richard Sherman
coming around the edge? He thinks he has won the game. Oh! Now the ball
is at the 20-yard line. I just got it. Christian Michael picks up one,
Arizona does not have a time-out. My understanding of the rule is if you
jump over and make contact, if you jump cleanly, you are fine, my
understanding is clearly wrong. He puts his arm up, makes contact, I do
not know. 2nd 9, catch made at the 26 hardline. Baldwin. Now you have a
3rd down, you can take it down to the two minute warning. Down the
line. If they stop him here, you will get the ball back. Interesting
play called here. Wilson. Sideline and that is caught. Covered by
Marcus Cooper. Third and fourth, gutsy call. They brought all the
pressure. This offensive line has been tough, perfectly picked up that
time. 31 yard gain. My call. He will get them close to field goal range.
147. Gained a six. 2nd down and four. And they give it to Collins.
It is a yard, maybe a yard and a half, right now you are looking
around a 55 yard field goal attempt. At the 36. The clock is running
down, one minute left in overtime. Wilson fires it to the outside.
Baldwin stays inbounds and Baldwin takes the ball inside the 10. Broke
away from Matthew. And now you have a 1st goal. How it figures to come
in at any moment. Opening-night disaster. Through the middle goes
Christian Michael. This would be about as bad a loss as a team could
suffer. If the team comes in to try and win the game, 28 yard attempt.
John Ryan to hold. He misses it. That is impossible. That is
impossible. There is something inside his brain about this
building. Oh my goodness graces. You know what, maybe this is justice for
all concerned. If a game deserves to wind up, Ryan pushes it down, he
closes it. We watch this. Every cake that he has made tonight, he has
gone up and fooled around with the turf and felt uncomfortable. I do
not know if he stuck his foot on the ground, he judged that a little bit.
Maybe the happiest guy in the building. Oh my goodness. What do
you tell him? He is a professional, this is not high school. You get
paid to make it. What an incredible game. They played to a 6-6 tie. I
wanted to check out Bobby Wagner. Look at this incredible athletic
play. I remember specifically been able to do things like this. Then I
woke up. Mark Chapman and Jason Bell will show was a recreation. Come
down here. Come and show us how this is done. I do not see why have to be
involved. You are the former players. You kind of looked like a
player. I will be the kicker. You want me to hold the ball. That is
very received the snap. U2 are going to play what part in this? You are
at the center. I am one of the big uglies. You will slap the ball to
Mark and I will have to anticipate the snap count because I have seen
it on film always. Clear him without touching and that is a penalty. You
will do the jump. Reemphasise, when you are doing that in the role of
Bobby Wagner, you are watching how he moves to anticipate that he is
about to stab the ball? All week we have seen something with the long
snapper that gives us this key. You're going to snap the ball to me.
He is going to jump over you. I am a little scared. You do not have a
helmet on. You take your position. Do not mess all this up. I cannot
promise that. I have a tight jacket on. I cannot promise anything. Can
you make sure I can catch this? He will snap it, you will watch him and
jump over him? Yes. I am so scared. This is so wrong. Oh! That is my
guy. He got it. I was not expecting you to actually divert me. Mark, I
do this for a living! On a serious point, I know you have not done that
for a while, but the jumping over, how much of the practising the jump
and getting all of that will they be working on during the week
Others-macro we left twice a week, but you better have that skill down
before you can do that. You have to get your guy who has a great
vertical leap and he is the guy who does it. What you were talking about
in that one play, apart from fear on my behalf, you are talking about the
physicality of the actual block and doing it. The finest margins of
anticipation and the preparation and the chess match that is a game of
NFL. That was something they must have worked on a whole bunch of
times, looking for little tics, I used to do that to anticipate the
snap count. Looking to see any detail that would give me that edge
and that is what the Seattle Seahawks had. We can look at it from
all sorts of different plays, does every team have different little
things that are unique to them on the snap count?
You have seen enough film at this stage in the season to know that it
is real. It is something that they had seen. We can breathe a sigh of
relief. Thanks very much. The insurance people are believed! --
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eight, which includes the Wembley game between
Washington and Cincinnati. Always keen to learn
new skills, Osi took a trip to West Ham to learn
the art of goalkeeping. How long would it take to teach me
how to be a good goalkeeper? Penalty shoot out now. I'm not scared.
Be careful. I could not even see it! Might level of respect for the
goalkeeper went up, that is ridiculous.
Buffalo have been on a roll since firing their offensive
Four straight wins has seen Rex Ryan's Bills cement second
They faced the Miami Dolphins who badly need
another win to keep in touch with their divisional rivals
after dispatching Super Bowl contenders Pittsburgh
Miami Dolphins, makers of a legend and perhaps bound by it. Undefeated
in 1972 season, they have not been back to Super Bowl since the 1984
season but they're now giving it a shot. Jay Ajayi, a 200 yard game
last week, he is on fire. The Buffalo Bills, they went to four
straight Super Bowl spot they had not been back since Super Bowl XX
eight. Speed option right. Into the
endzone, he fumbles but touchdown, Buffalo! You could see this coming
the entire way. Formation to the left, you knew it would be some kind
of quarterback run. That is why they have been so good in the red zone
the season, the threat that Taylor brings to this offense.
First inside the 30, now the 25. Sack Brown makes the tackle. You do
not see the debt on film but you can see that in person. Mike Pouncey
makes the key block. Jay Ajayi playing today with great vision.
Seven plays later and Andrew Franks kicked a 33 yard field goal to cut
the lead to four points for buffaloes heading into half-time.
This is the number one rush offense in the league against the number 31
rush defense in the league. It has been bizarre here this afternoon. He
walks into the endzone, touchdown, Buffalo! 67 yards.
Goodman so fast on the outside. The eight run of the drive, Jay Ajayi to
the endzone. Touchdown, Dolphins! It is a four yard run for Jay Ajayi.
His fifth touchdown of the year. 2nd down, he will take it again. He
stumbles into the open field. One man to beat and he is inside Buffalo
territory. Ronald Darby makes the tackle. Jay Ajayi makes two
defenders miss. Then he breaks it open. What a huge played by Jay
Ajayi in the offensive line. The 28-yard line. Jay Ajayi Bacchin.
Over 200 yards again. -- back in. Inside the 15. Cory Grasse takes him
down. They give it up to Williams. Trying to carry it into the endzone.
Touchdown, Dolphins! Taylor today is the leading rusher for the Bills.
Goodwin, can he complete? Broken up. It will be forced down. Officially
3rd down and six. Jay Ajayi in the battlefield, to receivers to the
left. -- in the backfield. Into the open field! Touchdown, Dolphins!
66 yard smile for Ryan. A good effort from Jay Ajayi, picking up
the blitz. He steps up. Good block, and it is all about the adjustment.
Fighting for the ball. Then running for a touchdown. Border Force
quarter for the Miami Dolphins. 12 penalties for the Dolphins including
three in this drive. -- what a fourth quarter.
Bush loses the football. Touchdown, Buffalo. Bush lost the football,
take a look. A good effort from him. He goes down as the ball comes
across. That might be a matter of
millimetres whether that is a touchdown or not. It will be
interesting, it looks like millimetres. Is there enough to
overturn this call? The ruling stands, touchdown.
It stands, it is not confirmed. Not enough evidence to overturn it. Now
the 2-point conversion. 14 seconds to play.
Play in motion. Taylor looking for Bush. It is the three points game.
14 seconds to play. Buffalo still have a chance to tie the game.
Handled easily by the Miami Dolphins and Jarvis Landry. The Bills have no
time-outs so Dolphins can just take it easy. Dolphins walk away with the
28 - 25 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Jay Ajayi with back-to-back
200 yard game. He is the fourth player in NFL history to accomplish
that feat. Joining OJ Simpson and Ricky Williams.
And joining us now from Miami is the NFL current leading running back and
fellow Brit Jay Ajayi. Thank you for talking to us. It has been a special
couple of weeks for you. It has been going pretty good these past couple
of weeks. I cannot complain. What do you think has changed the last
couple of weeks, two may be the start of the season, what has
changed to you? Personally I think I feel very confident down the field
and it has been great as well having the line all together back starting
up there. Those guys have been doing a great job of being physical
upfront. The receivers have been doing a great job outside, blocking,
it is just then been about running hard and running downhill and making
people miss and trying to get the endzone. How much from a British
perspective, have you paid attention to NFL records, you have become only
the fourth running back to go over 200 yards in back-to-back games
alongside Ricky Williams and Earl Campbell and OJ Simpson. How much do
you pay attention to those records? I think it is the crazy thing to
have and to do, to be mentioned alongside those guys who are Hall of
Fame players. Some of the great players and the running back
position. To be able to be around those names, it is humbling and I
just want to keep working and keep building on the performances like
that. And just continue to see where my career can go. You carry the ball
a lot for your team. What have you done to get you ready for that
workload? I work hard and offseason I wanted to prepare myself for this
opportunity. We knew the position would be open. So I just trained
really hard. I did a lot of stuff conditioning, just try to make sure
my mind was right and that I would be able to take on this role and be
ready when the opportunity itself. Now I'm just taking it week by week
and just trying to build of each performance. What is it like being a
Brit in an American sport? It is cool, man. I definitely feel like I
am unique and my background story is very unique and interesting. I just
want to keep the burden of this story, it is crazy to believe I'm
here right now at this point and I just want to keep building permit. I
enjoy seeing all the support from the UK fans and all my family back
over there. It is great getting texts from those guys. I just want
to keep it up. We help you keep it up as well and keep flying the flag
for the UK. Congratulations on the past couple of weeks and hopefully
we will talk again before the end of the season. Thank you for having me.
Time for a final round up now think seven.
Still no Ben Roethlisberger for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England
Patriots were just too much for them. Tom Brady completing 19 of 26
passes, 222 yards including one to rob. The Patriots now six and one,
two games clear in the AFC East. The new York Jets 124-16 against
Baltimore but lost their quarterback Geno Smith with an injured right
knee after taking that sack. Ryan Fitzpatrick, not very happy, he will
face and lead New York Jets to their win. 24 16. Oakland beat troubled
Jacksonville 33-16. Murray scoring twice on his return from injury.
Giving Jack Del Rio victory against his former team. This is one of the
plays of the whole weekend, as Marquette King scrambled for a 1st
down from about that. Oakland are now four and oh on the road. And
Kansas City still very much in it in the AFC West. A fascinating
division. They beat New Orleans 27-21. Spencer Ware running for 77
yards to go with his 46 yard touchdown reception. Alex Smith
throwing two touchdown passes as well. In what was another efficient
outing for him. Daniel Sorensen returning that 48 yard interception
for another touchdown. Looking at the standings now at the
end of weeks seven. Let's talk about the New York Jets
and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Geno Smith getting injured. Ryan Fitzpatrick
did well, he had a difficult season. This was his post-match interview
afterwards. He has a go at everyone! It is just tough. The biggest thing
in this game in order to last is to have belief in yourself. When the
owner stops believing in you and GM and coaches stop believing in you,
sometimes all you have yourself. That is something I had to deal with
before and I am dealing with it now. I just do my best to prepare and be
the best quarterback I can be. People give up on you and that stuff
is not necessary the easiest in the world. Something you try to deal
with as mature as you can. And move on.
I realise it may have been a difficult start for him. Can you go
and do that as a team leader? Absolutely not. Even if that is
true, you do not say that to the media. You buy the guy in the locker
room, the quarterback, you do not do that. It is ridiculous. I always
liked him as an individual but he is acting like they did not have a good
reason to put him on the bench. He was a turnover machine. He performed
badly and they put him on the bench and now he is semi-do not believe in
him! Their coach said he does not mind
him saying it, as long as he cuts out all the turnovers he has caused
so far. Nobody cares as long as you produce. If you're not out there,
you do not complain. You go out and get it done. Do you think he will be
leaving that franchise? For sure. Let us look at the hot pics. Other
member of the team suggested we needed new photographs. These are
staying for the whole of the season. This is what they had as their heart
five before this week and now after this week, it has changed, not very
much. I think Jason has switched Dallas and Seattle but everything
else is the same. You are convinced that the Patriots are ahead of
everyone. Nobody is close. Who is close? Minnesota! Come on! Did you
see their performance? When did you see them perform like that?
Minnesota with the defense, they can figure it out then they will get it
done. When it happens, it happens? You must be convinced by the
Patriots? I am, but I am saying the Vikings can beat that team. Hold on!
The Vikings can beat who? I think so. Why do you think that? I think
that you have got to win three of the phases. And I do not think that
New England's special teams are good enough to be that impactful during
the game. If you look at the statistics? They have had three
different quarterbacks. You know how he beat them, pressure from the de
line up the middle. That is what Minnesota doors. New England
Patriots will win the Super Bowl this year. You are same out right
now? Calling it right now. The other thing with them and I am not on his
side, is that they have not conceded more than 20 points to any team this
season. I did not say it would be a high-scoring game, I am saying I
think they can win this game. Let us look at some of the social media. I
like the tweet about Aaron Rodgers suggesting that he is wearing the
same cardigan that we saw in the big Lebowski. I like that cardigan!
Aside from Aaron Rodgers wearing that, there is plenty of other
football stars, Harry Kane was there and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was
there, Calum Chambers is in there as well and may more will be there this
week. One last reminder... One last reminder the NFL Show
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on Sunday from 7.30. So week seven is done
and our final undefeated team has Those undefeated 1972
Miami Dolphins will be popping the champagne
once again knowing their perfect record is safe for
another season. Another season will pass. Oh that is
as the Miami Dolphins, 17 and oh. In 1972, the undefeated season, the
Minnesota Vikings beat at last, now five and one. The only old left in
the belongs to the Cleveland Browns. Jay Ajayi, the New England Patriots
reinflate it by the return of Tom Brady, a little history at the home
of sport. History back then, history who knows in the making now? Only in