Your NFL Week 8 Preview

Lets Get Ready For Some NFL Action

Good Morning and welcome to your NFL Week 8 Preview! Some Big games this weekend and LockedIN Magazine takes you around the field looking at the match ups and what to expect!

The 2018 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season continues Thursday, October 25 when the surging Houston Texans host the Miami Dolphins at NRG Stadium at 8:20 PM ET on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video (availability subject to blackout).

Play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman, along with reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink call the action from NRG Stadium. Additionally, FOX’s NFL Rules expert Mike Pereira joins to give explanations on officiating and rules throughout the game.

At 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, NFL GameDay Kickoff previews the Dolphins-Texans matchup with host Colleen Wolfe and analysts LaDainian Tomlinson and Willie McGinest live from outside NRG Stadium.

At 7:30 PM ET on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video, FOX NFL Thursday with Michael StrahanTerry Bradshaw and Howie Long airs live from New York City, providing the final say leading up to Dolphins-Texans.

At halftime on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video, Strahan, Bradshaw and Long break down the first half. Immediately following the game, Bradshaw and Long recap Dolphins-Texans.

Exclusively on NFL Network, Wolfe, Tomlinson and McGinest host the postgame show from the field at NRG Stadium and are joined by a star of the game live on-set.

 

 

QB WATCH

Six active quarterbacks – New England’s TOM BRADY, New Orleans’DREW BREES, the Los Angeles Chargers’ PHILIP RIVERS, the New York Giants’ ELI MANNING, Pittsburgh’s BEN ROETHLISBERGER and Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS – rank in the top 10 in NFL history in passing touchdowns.

With four touchdown passes on Monday Night Football at Buffalo (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Brady (504 touchdown passes) would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (508) for the second-most touchdown passes in NFL history.

Roethlisberger (341) needs two touchdown passes against Cleveland (1:00 PM ET, CBS) on Sunday to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (342) and move into sole possession of eighth place on the league’s all-time touchdown passes list.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 539
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 508
Tom Brady* New England 504
Drew Brees* San Diego, New Orleans 501
Dan Marino^ Miami 420
Philip Rivers* San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 359
Eli Manning* New York Giants 346
Fran Tarkenton^ Minnesota, New York Giants 342
Ben Roethlisberger* Pittsburgh 341
Aaron Rodgers* Green Bay 325
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

MILESTONE WATCH:

Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI has scored 2,540 total points during his 23-year NFL career.

With five points on Sunday at Oakland (4:05 PM ET, CBS), Vinatieri would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer MORTEN ANDERSEN (2,544 points) as the league’s all-time leading scorer.

The players with the most points scored in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) TOTAL POINTS SCORED
Morten Andersen^ New Orleans, Atlanta, New York Giants, Kansas City, Minnesota 2,544
Adam Vinatieri New England, Indianapolis 2,540
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD has 15,800 receiving yards in his 15-year NFL career.

With 135 receiving yards on Sunday against San Francisco (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Fitzgerald would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL OWENS (15,934) for the second-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) RECEIVING YARDS
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 22,895
Terrell Owens^ San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati 15,934
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 15,800
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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FRANK THE TANK: Miami running back FRANK GORE has 18,087 career scrimmage yards in his 14 NFL seasons.

With 104 scrimmage yards on Thursday at Houston (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime), Gore would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (18,190) for the sixth-most scrimmage yards in league annals.

The players with the most scrimmage yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 23,540
Emmitt Smith^ Dallas, Arizona 21,579
Walter Payton^ Chicago 21,264
Marshall Faulk^ Indianapolis, St. Louis 19,154
LaDainian Tomlinson^ San Diego, New York Jets 18,456
Barry Sanders^ Detroit 18,190
Frank Gore San Francisco, Indianapolis, Miami 18,087
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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VALUABLE COMPANY: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES leads the NFL with 22 touchdown passes through the first seven weeks of the season.

Mahomes needs three touchdown passes on Sunday against Denver (1:00 PM ET, CBS) tojoin TOM BRADY (2007) and PEYTON MANNING (2004 & 2013) as the only players in NFL history with at least 25 touchdown passes in their team’s first eight games of a season. Brady and Manning went on to earn Associated Press MVP honors in those seasons.

The players with the most passing touchdowns in their team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Tom Brady# New England 2007 30
Peyton Manning# Denver 2013 29
Peyton Manning# Indianapolis 2004 26
       
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 22*
*In first seven games of season
#Named Associated Press MVP

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TOUCHDOWN TODD: Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY leads the NFL with 956 scrimmage yards and 14 touchdowns through the Rams’ first seven games this season. Gurley has scored at least two touchdowns in three consecutive games and in four total during the 2018 season.

With two touchdowns on Sunday against Green Bay (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Gurley can become the fifth player since 1970 to score multiple touchdowns in five of his team’s first eight games of a season. The other four players to accomplish the feat are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with at least two touchdowns in five of their team’s first eight games of a season since 1970:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES WITH 2+ TOUCHDOWNS
Terrell Davis^ Denver 1998 5
Emmitt Smith^ Dallas 1995 5
Eric Dickerson^ Los Angeles Rams 1983 5
Marcus Allen^ Los Angeles Raiders 1982 5
       
Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 2018 4*
*In first seven games of season
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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THIELEN GOOD: Minnesota wide receiver ADAM THIELEN had nine catches for 110 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ Week 7 win and leads the league with 67 receptions and 822 receiving yards this season.

Thielen has recorded at least 100 receiving yards in each of Minnesota’s first seven games this season and can surpass CHARLEY HENNIGAN (seven consecutive games in 1961) to become the only player in NFL history with 100 or more receiving yards in each of his team’s first eight games to start a season.

With 100 receiving yards on Sunday Night Football against New Orleans (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Thielen would join CALVIN JOHNSON (2012) as the only players to record eight consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ REC. YARDS
Calvin Johnson Detroit 2012 8
Adam Thielen Minnesota 2018 7*
Demaryius Thomas Denver 2014 7
Michael Irvin^ Dallas 1995 7
Charley Hennigan Houston Oilers 1961 7
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Thielen, who also has a touchdown catch in each of his past four games, can join PATRICK JEFFERS (five consecutive games with Carolina in 1999) as the only players since 1970 with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in five consecutive games.

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GREEN MACHINE: Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. GREEN has 596 catches for 8,824 yards and 62 touchdowns in his eight-year NFL career.

Green, who will play his 110th career game on Sunday against Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET, FOX), needs four receptions to join Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON andLARRY FITZGERALD as the only players in NFL history with at least 600 receptions and 60 receiving touchdowns in their first 110 career games.

The players with at least 600 receptions and 60 receiving touchdowns in their first 110 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM RECEPTIONS TOUCHDOWNS
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 677 74
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 623 66
       
A.J. Green Cincinnati 596* 62*
*In 109 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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