LockedIN On The NFL Week 8 Rundown

The Good The Bad And The NFL

Happy Monday Sports Fans, and as The Miami Dolphins are leading the Pittsburgh Steelers 14-0 heading into the 2nd quarter, we thought we would take a moment to talk about some NFL from the weekend and look ahead to Week 9.

The NFL played 13 games this week, 2 of those were between teams with winning records. 1. The Chief vs Packers, lost its appeal when Patrick Mahomes was ruled out with a knee injury. The Other was the 49ers-Panthers, the hypothetical game of the day. The Niners are undefeated, and the Panthers were 4-0 since swapping out an injured Cam Newton for a healthy Kyle Allen.

In that game, Tevin Coleman was an unstoppable force in San Francisco’s 51-13 win over Carolina, piling up 118 yards from scrimmage and scoring four touchdowns. He anchored the offense while San Francisco’s defense embarrassed the Panthers, helping the 49ers prove they could beat a good team after weeks of beating up mostly on the N.F.L.’s also-rans. San Francisco is 7-0, while Coleman’s former team, the Atlanta Falcons, lost at home to Seattle, dropping to 1-7.

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback GARDNER MINSHEW passed for 279 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 119.6 rating in the Jaguars’ 29-15 win over the New York Jets. New York Giants rookie quarterback DANIEL JONES passed for 322 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 124.2 rating in the Giants’ Week 8 loss at Detroit.

With Minshew and Jones, Week 8 is the second week in NFL history in which two rookie quarterbacks each passed for at least three touchdowns and zero interceptions in the same week, joining Week 16 of the 2018 season (Jets quarterback SAM DARNOLD and Browns quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD).

Jones, who passed for 336 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions in Week 3, joined DAK PRESCOTT (two games in 2016) as the only rookie quarterbacks to have two games of at least 300 passing yards, two touchdown passes and zero interceptions in NFL history.

What is happening with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? If there ever was a way to LOSE the game, Tampa can find it. Is the Jameis Winston time in Tampa up ? Winston has 7 INT in his last two games (5 INT in previous 5 games). Jameis now has 6 career games with 4+ giveaways (most such games by any QB since 2015).

With the NFL Trade deadline is coming up here’s a thought…. As well as Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback GARDNER MINSHEW  is doing, what do the Jags do with him once Nick Foles is ready to return. The Jaguars need some help to make the playoffs, and using Foles as TRADE BAIT, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be a GREAT Landing spot?

The New England Patriots beat the Cleveland Browns 27-13 giving BILL BELICHICK  the third coach in NFL history to register 300 career wins, including the postseason, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers DON SHULA (347 wins) and GEORGE HALAS (324). New England advances to 8-0 for the third time in franchise history (2007 and 2015).

Through their first eight games, the Patriots have a +189 point differential, tied with the 1942 CHICAGO BEARS (+189) for the third-highest point different through a team’s first eight games in NFL history. And also have a turnover differential of +17, tied with the 1983 MINNESOTA VIKINGS (+17) for the fifth-highest turnover margin by a team through its first eight games since 1970.

San Francisco rookie defensive lineman NICK BOSA had three sacks and an interception in the 49ers’ 51-13 win over Carolina. The 49ers advanced to 7-0 for the first time since 1990, when they began the season 10-0. Bosa is the third rookie since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least three sacks and an interception in a single game, joining JULIUS PEPPERS (October 13, 2002) and KEVIN WILLIAMS (December 28, 2003).

At 22 years and four days old, Bosa is the second-youngest player to record at least three sacks in a single game since 1982, trailing only VERNON MAXWELL (21 years, 321 days old). Bosa has seven sacks in his first seven games, tied for the second most by a player in his first seven games since 1982. Only MARK ANDERSON (7.5 sacks in 2006) had more.

Along with his brother, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end JOEY BOSA (two sacks), Week 8 marks the second time since 1982 that a pair of brothers each recorded at least two sacks in the same week, joining JIMMY WILLIAMS (two) and TOBY WILLIAMS (two) in Week 2 of the 1985 season.

New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 373 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 116.4 rating in the Saints’ 31-9 victory against Arizona.

Brees has 159 career games with at least two touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (159) for the third-most such games in NFL history. Only TOM BRADY (170) and PEYTON MANNING (165) have more.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP had seven receptions for a career-high 220 yards and one touchdown in the Rams’ 24-10 victory over Cincinnati at Wembley Stadium in London. His 220 receiving yards are the most receiving yards in a single international game in league annals, surpassing BRANDON LLOYD, who had 169 receiving yards with Denver on October 31, 2010 at Wembley Stadium.

Los Angeles running back TODD GURLEY had a rushing touchdown in the victory. Gurley has 63 total touchdowns in 65 career games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers MARCUS ALLEN (63), TERRELL DAVIS (63) and LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (63) for the second-most total touchdowns by a player in his first 65 games since 1970. Only CHUCK FOREMAN (64 touchdowns) had more in his first 65 career games.

Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON passed for 182 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 131.7 passer rating in the Seahawks’ 27-20 win at Atlanta. Wilson is the first player in NFL history to record at least one touchdown pass and zero interceptions in eight consecutive road games.

Wilson, playing in his eighth season, has 213 career touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (213) for the third-most by a player in his first eight seasons in league annals. Only PEYTON MANNING (244) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (241) had more touchdown passes in their first eight seasons.

Atlanta quarterback MATT SCHAUB had 460 passing yards in Week 8. At 38 years and 124 days old, Schaub is the third quarterback age 38 or older to pass for at least 450 yards in a single game in NFL history, joining PEYTON MANNING (479 passing yards at 38 years, 195 days old) and TOM BRADY (466 passing yards at 38 years, 48 days old).

Falcons wide receiver JULIO JONES recorded 10 receptions for 152 yards against Seattle. Jones is the sixth player in league annals to have 30 career games with at least 125 receiving yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (49 games), RANDY MOSS (35), MARVIN HARRISON (32), LANCE ALWORTH (30) as well as ISAAC BRUCE (30).

Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI converted field goals of 55, 45 and 51 yards in the Colts’ 15-13 over Denver in Week 8. His 51-yard game-winning field goal came with 22 seconds remaining in regulation.

At 46 years and 303 days old, Vinatieri is the oldest player to make a game-winning field goal of at least 50 yards in the final minute of regulation or overtime in NFL history. He is also the oldest player to convert at least two field goals of 50-or-more yards in a single game in league annals.

  • Other notable performances from Sunday include:
    • Houston wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS had 11 catches for 109 receiving yards in the Texans’ 27-24 win against Oakland.

      At 27 years and 143 days old, Hopkins, who has 8,054 career receiving yards, surpassed CALVIN JOHNSON (27 years, 358 days old) as the third-youngest player to reach 8,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.

    • Tampa Bay wide receiver MIKE EVANS had 11 receptions for 198 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ Week 8 loss. Evans has 433 career catches with Tampa Bay and surpassed JAMES WILDER (430) for the most receptions in franchise history.

      Evans, who had eight catches for 190 yards and three touchdowns in Week 3, joined CHARLEY HENNIGAN (1961) as the only players with two games of at least eight receptions, 190 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a single season in league annals.

    • New York Giants running back SAQUON BARKLEY had 143 scrimmage yards (79 receiving, 64 rushing) and a touchdown catch in the Giants’ Week 8 loss.

      Barkley, who has 2,562 scrimmage yards in 21 career games, tied OTIS ANDERSON (21 games) and BILLY SIMS (21) for the fourth-fewest games to reach 2,500 career scrimmage yards in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (19 games), EDGERRIN JAMES (19) and EZEKIEL ELLIOTT (20) reached the mark in fewer games.

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