Upsets highlighted NFL Week 8, with the crazy weather conditions playing a large part in the madness. We also saw players attempting to put up their best possible performances, with the NFL trade deadline coming today.
Let’s recap this wild NFL Week 8.
Things to Note From NFL Week 8
1. Ravens Lose in Lamar Jackson’s Worst Career Game
Lamar Jackson turned the ball over four times against the Steelers. Yet, the Baltimore Ravens almost won. It’s the first time in NFL history where a team had over 250 rushing yards and more passing yards than their opponent and still lost. The officiating wasn’t great, but the Ravens lost because Jackson had the worst game of his career. It didn’t help that Ronnie Stanley and Tyre Phillips had to leave the game with injuries. Oh, and Matt Judon got ejected.
2. Chargers Blow Another Lead
The Chargers took a 21-point lead, then the Broncos took a seven-point lead. LA stole the lead back, but Drew Lock took the ball with two and a half minutes to go and was on a mission. He led the Broncos 81 yards down the field and completed the pass to K.J. Hamler for the one-yard touchdown as the clock expired. Brandon McManus hit the extra point and the Broncos got their third win of the season.
3. Falcons Win!?
The Atlanta Falcons got their second win of the year. They beat the Carolina Panthers by outgaining the Panthers by 100 yards and hitting three more field goals. Julio Jones had 137 receiving yards, and the Falcons won the time of possession by 13 minutes.
4. Titans Lose By 11 to Rookie
The Titans have now lost back-to-back games. The Bengals beat the Titans, despite being outgained by 100 yards. Cincinnati handily won time of possession, by ten minutes. Jessie Bates got his second interception of the year, while the Bengals didn’t turn the ball over.
5. Tua Time
Tua Tagovailoa got his first win in his first NFL start, though he wasn’t asked to do much. The Dolphins dominated the Rams, due to four turnovers by Jared Goff. Tagovailoa threw for 93 yards and a touchdown. The Dolphins had one rushing touchdown and a defensive touchdown by Andrew Van Ginkel.
6. Blowout in Detroit
The Indianapolis Colts blew out the Detroit Lions by 20 points. Philip Rivers and Matthew Stafford both tossed three touchdowns. Stafford turned the ball over twice, and the Lions lost the time of possession by 15 minutes. The Lions had only 29 rushing yards on just 13 carries.
7. Saints Win in Overtime
The Bears scored 10 points within four minutes to tie up the Saints in Chicago. In overtime, the Saints got a field goal on their second possession to win. Drew Brees retook the all-time touchdown lead from Tom Brady, which Brady stole back on Monday night. Brady and Brees will be battling it out to see who will have the most touchdowns in NFL history. Keep in mind that these two face each other in Week 9, with Brady getting a new toy in Antonio Brown.
8. Field Day in NFC North Showdown
Dalvin Cook and Davante Adams had a field day in Green Bay. Cook had over 200 total yards and four touchdowns. Adams had 53 yards and three touchdowns. No other player found the end zone in the game. The difference in the game was fourth downs. The story of the game was the Vikings dominating the clock and keeping Aaron Rodgers off the field.
9. Snore Fest in Cleveland
The Las Vegas Raiders scored the only offensive touchdown in the game. Both teams had less than 125 passing yards, as the weather played a major factor. The Cleveland Browns went 3/10 on third down and fumbled once, which was the only turnover in the game. Bottom line: both teams chewed up the clock, and it was a boring game with long drives.
10. Boring Sunday Night Football
The NFC East has gotten way too much of the prime time spotlight. The Dallas Cowboys played their third-string quarterback, Ben DiNucci. The Philadelphia Eagles turned the ball over four times and still won. The Eagles got a defensive touchdown and forced a safety.