*HEROES (TEAM) – BALTIMORE: The 5-1 record is highly impressive when considering the multiple positional injuries at running back, wide receiver, offensive line, defensive line and defensive back.
*HERO (PLAYER) – DERRICK HENRY: He scored three touchdowns and rushed for 143 yards in the comeback win over the Bills. Henry has five straight games of 100+ yards, the most in the NFL since 2014.
*HERO (COACH) – RICH BISACCIA: The Raiders interim head coach and the remaining staff got their team to regroup after the Jon Gruden departure and before the rout at Denver.
*ZEROES (TEAM) – NEW ENGLAND: Dallas was flagged 12 times for 115 yards and went three of 13 on third down, yet the the Patriots still lost because Dallas gained 567 yards, the most ever allowed during the Bill Belichick era.
*ZERO (GENERAL MANAGER) – CHRIS GRIER: The Dolphins are fortunate to be 1-5 with latest loss the walk off to the Jags who had lost 20 consecutive games. The selection of Tua Tagovailoa ahead of Justin Herbert was a catastrophic mistake and the pick traded to the Eagles for Jaylen Waddle is currently the second pick of the 2022 draft.
*ZERO (COACH) – VIC FANGIO: Since starting 3-0 against bad teams, the Broncos take a three-game losing streak to Cleveland for a Thursday night game. Fangio is 15-33 since succeeding current Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.
CFB WEEK #7
*HEROES (TEAM) – UTAH: The Utes started the week attending a memorial service after the loss of a second teammate within 12 months and ended the week outscoring Arizona State 28-0 in the second half to become the frontrunner to win the Pac 12 South.
*HERO (PLAYER) – CAMERON WILLIAMS: The new starting Oklahoma quarterback had more touchdown passes (four) than incomplete passes (three). Valley product Spencer Rattler began the season as the Heisman Trophy favorite – he is now officially a backup quarterback on his own team.
*HERO (COACH) – PURDUE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR BRAD LAMBERT: His unit, by top shelf defensive end George Karlaftis, outplayed the vaunted Iowa defense throughout the road win.
*ZEROES (HOME FANS) – TENNESSEE: Littering the field from golf balls to plastic bottles and more was a bad look for the “orange clad fools,” something I called University of Tennessee fans back in my syndicated days.
*ZEROES (TEAM) – FLORIDA: Going back to last season, Dan Mullen’s program is 2-6 in its last eight games against Power Five programs.
*ZERO (COACH) – HUGH FREEZE: His Liberty team, favored by 32½ points, lost 31-28 to Louisiana-Monroe, one of the bottom teams of all 130 FCS teams.