We are half way through a wild NFL season where absolutely nothing is predictable (except the fact that whoever is playing the Jets is going to win) but everything is entertaining. Stick with us as we break down the touchdowns, rundowns, and breakdowns of the week that was.
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Dalvin Cook looked like a man possessed in his team’s shocking win over their divisional rivals. Cook’s four touchdowns exposed the Packers puzzlingly pathetic run defence, angering potentially nobody more than Aaron Rodgers, whose three touchdown passes proved inconsequential.
Cincinnati Bengals 31- Tennessee Titans 20
The Bengals’ run game powered the team to a blazing start as Giovanni Bernard and Samaje Perine put two rushing TDs up early. While Tennessee’s late resurgence looked to be setting up the script for yet another Cincy loss, rookie QB Joe Burrow played every bit the first-overall-pick with two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to seal a second win.
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The New York Jets’ highest paid player on the field was none other than Le’Veon Bell, who we should mention was traded to Kansas City two weeks ago. If that doesn’t sum up the calamity of an organization that is the New York Jets then I really don’t know what will…
Indianapolis Colts 41- Detroit Lions 21
For the first time in a long time, the Lions entered Sunday with some form of momentum, and dare I say confidence. Yeah well that was quickly dashed as they came out whimpering against Indy. Detroit’s defence made Rivers look like he was still an elite quarterback, and their run game made anyone who took the Colts defence in fantasy a very happy owner.
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It was Mapletron to the rescue late in the game as the Steelers secured their seventh consecutive win. By no means was it a perfect game from Pittsburgh, but they did what they needed to do in all three stages of the game to remain the league’s only undefeated side. If a Canadian being in the conversation for Offensive Rookie of the Year wasn’t enough of a plot twist for this NFL season, it’s looking like the Baltimore Ravens, who appeared to be headed to being a perennial power, could find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to discussing the AFC’s elite.
Miami Dolphins 28- LA Rams 17
Tua Time got off to a rocking start down in Miami, even though the rookie only finished the game with 93 passing yards and one touchdown. While this might not be the most sustainable recipe for success, the big days by the Dolphins defence and special teams meant that it was enough to knock off the Rams.
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If you’re a Patriots fan and started thinking of trade scenarios for the first overall pick this year as the ball was punched out of Newton’s arm in the dying minute, raise your hand. Yeah, it’s going to be that kind of season. Just as it looked like all would turn out alright and things would be normal with the Pats beating an AFC East team, the ball, and many fans’ stomachs, hit the floor.
Las Vegas Raiders 16- Cleveland Browns 6
After an explosive win last week, the Browns looked disinterested at best. Mayfield was neither here nor there, with no TDs but no picks either, and the defence didn’t have an answer for whatever the Raiders put together. If you’re a Vegas fan, the win keeps your team in playoff contention, at least for a wild card spot because let’s be real, nobody that isn’t named Kansas City is winning the AFC West.
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With the Falcons not in action on Sunday, another team needed to step in to fill the void of comedy through a monumental collapse. Enter the Chargers, who blew their third 17-point lead of the season. LA head coach, Anthony Lynn, offered a blunt assessment of his team’s inability to close out games, telling reporters that they need to “figure shit out” after letting the Broncos score on the final play to push the California side to 2-5.
New Orleans Saints 26- Chicago Bears 23
First thing’s first, 2020 has hit all of us the way Javon Wims hit C.J. Gardner-Johnson: cold, dirty, and out of absolutely nowhere (now if only 2020 could be served a 2 game suspension but I digress). As for the game, it was a little bit more of a thriller than we were perhaps expecting, with New Orleans needing Will Luz to come in and kick the winning field goal in overtime.
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It’s seemingly back to square one for the 49ers as they lost both Jimmy Garopolo and George Kittle, for what looks like the rest of the year. Both stars had previously missed time and now it looks like their rushed returns will put them right back on the shelf. This isn’t to suggest that the 49ers are the only team dealing with a lengthy IR, the Seahawks are also beat up and they have continued to roll through opponents.
Philadelphia Eagles 23- Cowboys 9
Whoever made the NFL schedule clearly didn’t account for the complete lack of football ability coming out of the NFC East this year as we were served yet another divisional matchup in prime time. With the Cowboys on their third-string QB, Ben DiNucci, many could have predicted this outcome, but few would have told you pregame that DiNucci wouldn’t be the worst quarterback on the field. Carson Wentz simply has not looked very good this year, causing many Philly fans to hope for an injury because that has typically been when the Eagles’ season has turned around.
And that’s all the action from the eighth Sunday in the NFL. What was your favourite moment from Week 8? Come find us on Twitter and Instagram and let us know!