An action packed Week 8 is finally in the books and now comes the time for observations from each and every game. A few rookies played very well, creative TD celebrations were displayed, and hearts were broken in several games this weekend. Now it’s time to recap!
Baltimore Ravens 40, Miami Dolphins 0
1. Joe Flacco got absolutely lit up by Kiko Alonso, which forced Flacco to leave the game in the 2nd with a concussion. In Alonso’s defense Flacco did slide a bit too late by the time he went for the tackle, but Alonso will still get a fine for a hit to the head and neck area.
2. Former Seahawk Alex Collins ran all over the Dolphins defense racking up 113 rushing yards on 18 carries and 2 receptions for 30 yards. The Miami defense could not find a way to stop Collins.
3. Matt Moore struggled mightily against the Ravens’ defense throwing 2 interceptions and getting sacked 3 times on 44 attempts… Moore shouldn’t have thrown more than 30 passes because Jay Ajayi should’ve had one of his better games.
4. In a game in which Jay Ajayi was expected to have one of his best performances of the season, Ajayi only mustered a mere 23 yards on 13 carries (1.8 yards per carry) against a defense that had allowed Latavius Murray run for 100+ yards a week ago.
Minnesota Vikings 33, Cleveland Browns 16
1. Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray had themselves a great game. Both running backs combined for 89 yards rushing and 180 receiving yards. Cleveland struggled mightily to stop these two.
2. Adam Thielen had a great game as well catching 5 balls for 98 yards and a TD. Thielen’s celebration was simply classy with his soccer slide towards the crowd.
3. DeShone Kizer finally didn’t throw an interception… but he didn’t throw a TD pass either… he rushed for one! Still wasn’t enough to win them the game though…
4. Isaiah Crowell played a good game racking up 64 yards on 11 carries, 1 TD (24 of those yards came on his TD run), and 54 receiving yards as well.
Philadelphia Eagles 33, San Francisco 49ers 10
1. Carson Wentz looked mortal against the lowly 49ers throwing for only 211 yards, 2 TD’s, and one INT, his one highlight being when he chucked a jump ball up for Alshon and came down with the ball. Then, he left three defenders to bite the dust, scoring a TD. Wentz, however, is still tied for first with 19 TD passes and only has 5 interceptions this season.
2. C.J. Beathard was under pressure all game long and the stats told the story as he threw for 144 passing yards, took four sacks, and threw two INT’s. Beathard struggled mightily on third down as well and was forced to throw the ball 36 times, completing only 17 passes total.
3. Jalen Mills made a key play for the Eagles as they were up 9-0 with less than 2 minutes left in the game. He picked off a pass that was intended for Pierre Garçon and weaved his way around the blocks to score for the pick six.
Atlanta Falcons 25, New York Jets 20
1. Devonta Freeman was having a quiet day racking up 41 yards on 12 carries when he was knocked out of the game after a late hit from a Jets defender. It was later confirmed that he suffered a concussion and his status will be monitored closely heading into Week 9.
2. Robbie Anderson had a great day with 104 receiving yards on 6 receptions and a TD. He has turned out to be one of McCown’s favorite targets thus far this season.
New England Patriots 21, Los Angeles Chargers 13
1. Melvin Gordon’s best play against the Patriots was his 87 yard TD run early in the first quarter. On the day, he recorded 132 rushing yards and 1 TD, yet again showing why he was worthy of a 1st round pick.
2. Joey Bosa recorded yet another sack and now is tied for first on the team in sacks with 8.5 along with his teammate Melvin Ingram. In the league, they are both tied for 4th in total sacks and are one of the most productive pass rushing duos in the league.
Carolina Panthers 17, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3
1. Jameis Winston struggled against the Panthers, throwing for only 194 passing yards, getting sacked 3 times and throwing 2 interceptions. Maybe his shoulder injury factored into his below-average performance, but he and the offense only managed to score 3 points…
2. Luke Kuehcly nothced an interception against a struggling Jameis Winston and looked as if he had never suffered a concussion. The hope now is that he stays healthy the rest of the season because he his one of the best, if not the best defender on this Carolina unit.
Buffalo Bills 34, Oakland Raiders 14
1. Derek Carr was another quarterback that didn’t play as well as expected. He did, however, manage to throw for 313 yards and a TD pass, sadly throwing 2 interceptions in the process.
2. LeSean McCoy played very well as he went on to rush 27 times for 151 rushing yards and 1 TD. Bills fans will be expecting to see more of these types of performances throughout the season.
Cincinnati Bengals 24, Indianapolis Colts 23
1. Joe Mixon mustered a mere 18 yards on 11 carries but made up for it by racking up 91 yards on 3 receptions. Mixon has been more involved in the Bengals offense week by week so expect his workload to increase.
2. Jack Doyle had his best performance of the season agains the Bengals, racking up 121 receiving yards and nabbing a TD as well.
New Orleans Saints 20, Chicago Bears 12
1. Marshon Lattimore snagged his 2nd interception of the season, which sealed the victory for the Saints. Lattimore has quietly been having a great season as a rookie out of Ohio State.
2. Zach Miller suffered a gruesome and possibly career ending injury when his leg buckled down inside the red zone. He was rushed to the hospital where the doctors discovered that he suffered significant artery damage.
Seattle Seahawks 41, Houston Texans 38
1. Deshaun Watson is the REAL DEAL. The rookie out of Clemson walked into Century Link Field completely unfazed by everything around him. The noise levels were practically non-existent for him as he threw 4 TD passes, nearly guiding his team to a victory, but falling because of the other quarterback.
2. Russell Wilson broke every fan, player, and member of the Houston Texans. He came up clutch with a game-winning TD drive late in the last 3 minutes, completing his final pass to Jimmy Graham.
3. Will Fuller V is crazy fast and crazy productive. More than half of the passes he’s caught this season have resulted in touchdowns. He caught 5 passes for 125 yards and 2 TD’s while his partner DeAndre Hopkins has 8 catches for 224 yards and 1 TD. They made the Legion of Boom look like rookies.
Dallas Cowboys 33, Washington Redskins 19
1. Kirk Cousins played relatively well and kept the Redskins in the game until the final 2 minutes where he threw a back-breaking interception to Byron Jones. Kirk is now 0-3 against Dak Prescott and will look to finally get a win come Thanksgiving.
2. Ezekiel Elliott managed to rush for 150 yards on 33 carries and score 2 TDs against a Washington defense that ranked 9th defending against the run. Funnily enough, he also lost a fumble on his first carry of the game, his only lost fumble last year coming against the Redskins as well, but still gashed the Washington defense.
Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Detroit Lions 15
1. Juju Smith-Schuster had his breakout-performance against the Detroit Lions. He had 193 yards receiving including a 97 yard TD late in the third quarter. The rookie 2nd round pick out of USC went off on national television and will certainly be cutting more and more into Martavus Bryant’s playing time.
2. Matthew Stafford threw for 423 passing yards 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions while also showing that his ankle is no longer limiting him from escaping the pocket. However, the fact that he couldn’t muster out a single TD forced Matt Prater to score all 15 of the Lions points.
Kansas City Chiefs 29, Denver Broncos 19
1. Trevor Siemian struggled mightily against the Chiefs as he threw 3 interceptions and was sacked 3 times. Head Coach Vance Joseph is not committed to Siemian and has most likely considered benching him.
2. Marcus Peters picked Siemian off twice, which could be enough to earn him AFC defensive okayed of the year. Peters and the defense dominated against the Broncos’ offense and looked like the unit they were before their two losses.