Broncos bottle up Osweiler, Texans in Week 7 win

NFL scores 2016: Broncos bottle up Brock Osweiler, Texans in Monday night victory

Denver shut down its former quarterback to wrap up Week 7 with a 27-9 win over Houston.

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The NFL has wrapped up Week 7, and as we approach the midpoint of the season the playoff picture is starting to take shape. We’re still a long way from any serious playoff races, but the contenders and pretenders are starting to get well-sorted at this point.

In the final game of the week, Brock Osweiler struggled against his former team as the Denver Broncos rolled to a 27-9 victory over the Houston Texans. Osweiler passed for just 131 yards on 41 attempts and Denver leaned on its ground game (190 rushing yards) and defense to get the win.

This Sunday started early with another London game, but this one comes with a twist. Rather than being held at Wembley Stadium like every other London matchup, this game was being played at Twickenham Stadium, a historic rugby cathedral that’s been standing for over a century. That added just a little flavor to a not very pretty 17-10 win for the Giants over the Rams. Despite a four-interception day from Case Keenum, Jeff Fisher insists he’s not going to start No. 1 pick Jared Goff.

The game on the 1 p.m. schedule that was the most touted was the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Minnesota Vikings. Philly picked up a big win, 21-10, to keep its race in the NFC East alive while knocking off the last undefeated team in the NFL.

The Detroit Lions won their third game in a row thanks to Matthew Stafford’s secretly great comeback skills. New York Jets snapped their losing streak with a win over the Baltimore Ravens, who dropped their fourth straight. The Cleveland Browns remain the only winless team in the NFL after they lost to their in-state rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals.

The most anticipated game of Week 7 featured the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the New England Patriots, an epic showdown between Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger … or at least it was, before Roethlisberger tore his meniscus last week. Landry Jones started in his place and the game was significantly less exciting as a result, with the Patriots winning 27-16. The NFL just can’t catch a break this season with star-studded matchups falling apart.

The San Diego Chargers and Atlanta Falcons brought the dramatics once again. Philip Rivers led the Chargers on a game-tying drive with 18 seconds later and — following another uncalled pass interference against Julio Jones — the game headed to overtime. The Chargers won on a 42-yard field goal.

Any hope for Sunday Night Football finding its groove died with whatever the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks gave us. The two NFC West powerhouses provided a battle of defense and field goals all night, and both teams missed easy, chip shot field goal attempts late in overtime in their 6-6 tie.

Week 7 scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Green Bay Packers 26, Chicago Bears 10

New York Giants 17, Los Angeles Rams 10

Cincinnati Bengals 31, Cleveland Browns 17

Detroit Lions 20, Washington 17

Oakland Raiders 33, Jacksonville Jaguars 16

Kansas City Chiefs 27, New Orleans Saints 21

Miami Dolphins 28, Buffalo Bills 25

New York Jets 24, Baltimore Ravens 16

Philadelphia Eagles 21, Minnesota Vikings 10

Indianapolis Colts 34, Tennessee Titans 26

San Diego Chargers 33, Atlanta Falcons 30 (OT)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34, San Francisco 49ers 17

New England Patriots 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 16

Seattle Seahawks 6, Arizona Cardinals 6 (OT)

Denver Broncos 27, Houston Texans 9

Highlights

Landon Collins broke all the tackles on this pick-six for the Giants.

Titans OL Taylor Lewan scored a FAT GUY TOUCHDOWN an EXOTIC SMASHMOUTH TD.

The Vikings and Eagles are competing to see who can turn the ball over more.

The game between the Vikings and Eagles was getting so heated that even the refs were throwing elbows.

Golden Tate caught an unlikely pass that bounced off a defender’s back.

43-year-old Adam Vinatieri has now made an NFL-record 43 straight field goals.

Washington’s doink missed field goal should have counted on the style points alone.

A.J. Green somehow caught a one-handed Hail Mary touchdown right before halftime. A.J. Green is a cheat code.

Michael Crabtree was penalized for a throat slash celebration he didn’t even do.

Kirk Cousins fumbled the ball into his own running back’s crotch. Balls!

Sometimes turning the ball over is good — if you’re the Browns and Jets, at least.

The Jaguars were in full-on implosion mode after Malik Jackson and then Jalen Ramsey were ejected.

Marquette King’s conversion on fourth-and-24 is just one of many reasons to love the Raiders punter.

Jay Ajayi became just the fourth player ever to rush for 200 yards in back-to-back weeks. The Dolphins’ new all-Ajayi offense is totally working.

The refs DIDN’T flag Gronk’s touchdown dance. Finally, a celebration that’s legal!

Gronk is well aware that he’s one away from his 69th touchdown ever. Nice nice nice nice nice

Eli Manning insists he didn’t use “Trump” as an audible, buuuuuut that sure sounded like “Trump.”

The Steelers made the worst fourth-down decision of the week.

Here’s why the Seahawks weren’t called for a leaping penalty when they blocked a field goal (Sorry Bruce Arians.)

We still can’t believe those last five stupid, glorious minutes of the historic tie between the Seahawks and Cardinals. But the reactions of the players were so agonizing to watch.

The Monday Night Football crew tried kicking field goals. The results were not pretty.

Brock Osweiler somehow threw a fumble seven yards. A fumble!

Major injuries

Geno Smith’s first start since 2014 was short-lived after he headed to the locker room with a knee injury. Ryan Fitzpatrick was back under center for the rest of the game.

The Jets were also without Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold after he left with an ankle injury.

Cody Kessler was ruled out after being evaluated for a concussion, leaving the Browns with yet another rookie quarterback. Kevin Hogan became the sixth player to take snaps for the Browns this season.

Bills safety Aaron Williams suffered a neck injury and was ruled out for the rest of the game after a cheap shot from the Dolphins.

The Lions and Washington both lost their top cornerbacks. Darius Slay did not return after suffering a hamstring injury, and Josh Norman exited due to a concussion.

LeSean McCoy played despite dealing all week with a hamstring injury … and then left the game with a hamstring injury.

Tevin Coleman did not return against the Chargers with a hamstring injury.

Texans tackle Derek Newton was carted off with a knee injury against the Broncos.