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10 Things We Learned From NFL Week 8


1. The Packers Had No Answers 

The Packers offense has zero answers for the elite Denver defense. They made Aaron Rodgers look mortal! The Broncos limited him to only 77 passing yards, and the offense to only 140 yards total. On the other side of the ball, the Packers couldn’t stop the running or passing attack of the Broncos, and they ended up allowing 500 total yards.


2. Peyton Manning Quiets The Haters

I’ve been a broken record this season with my support in Peyton Manning and belief that it was more a product of the system, not the quarterback. I’ve received a lot of hate for this. I mean A LOT. The majority of the haters were silenced on Sunday night after Peyton looked really good. He finished with 340 yards passing, but couldn’t get his guys in the end zone. He did have passes where they were tackled near the goal line though, so he easily could have finished with one more two touchdowns as well.


3. The Only Thing Better Than a Great Offense is a Great Offense With Drew Brees

Poor Eli. It’s tough to throw for 350 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions, and still lose. Not only did he lose, but he was overshadowed by Drew Brees’ performance as he threw for 505 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Between Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees, the old guys looked good in week eight.


4. The Injuries Continue…

Every single year during daylight savings time the number of injuries in the NFL is bad, but this week was brutal. The Dolphins lost Cameron Wake for the season with a torn Achilles. Steve Smith Sr. also suffered a torn Achilles that will end his season and possibly his career. Joe Haden and Donte Whitner suffered concussions, and Ricardo Lockette for the Seahawks also suffered one along with a neck injury after taking a scary hit. Fitzpatrick tore ligaments in his left thumb. Calvin Johnson injured his ankle,  nobody knows to what extent, but it doesn’t seem too serious. Khiry Robinson broke his lower leg.  After getting Roethlisberger back from a hurt MCL, the Steelers lost Le’Veon Bell  who tore his own MCL. This injury will cause yet another top running back to miss the rest of the season. Matt Forte hurt his MCL, but looks to have dodged a tear, so he will most likely return this season. Reggie Bush was the final running back with an MCL tear after slipping on the concrete behind the benches in St. Louis just like McCown did last week. They need to get that covered up before anyone else gets hurt on it, it is completely beyond me why that is allowed to be there in the first place. The final big-name injury is Keenan Allen, who was placed on season-ending IR after suffering a lacerated kidney. It was a sad week for for everyone, no matter which team you are a fan of. I wish the best for all of these players, and pray for a speedy recovery.


5. The 49ers Make a Quarterback Switch


After another poor showing from Colin Kaepernick on Sunday, the 49ers decide to make the switch to Blaine Gabbert for week nine. Times like these make me thankful that I’m not a Niners fan!


6. The Coaching Change Hasn’t Helped the Lions Yet

After the Lions made the switch to Jim Bob Cooter at Offensive Coordinator and fired their two Offensive Line Coaches, the Lions hoped the shakeup would get this team back on track. Well, that wasn’t the case as they lost 45-10 to the Chiefs over in London. They will look to figure things out during their bye this week.


7. Not The Exciting Return Dez Wanted

Dez Bryant had been working really hard to get back on the field ahead of schedule, but he didn’t exactly have the return he wanted. He finished the game with only two catches for 12 yards after being shadowed be Richard Sherman the whole game. I didn’t think Dez looked bad, and I don’t think the coverage was that tightly-locked, but Matt Cassel at quarterback…that was bad.


8. Some Scrambling From Unlikely Quarterbacks

We all know that scrambling quarterbacks are becoming more and more common in the game of football, but the top two quarterback rushers in week eight may surprise you. The second-highest rusher was Matt Cassel with 43 yards. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, that was only 54 yards behind his passing total. The leading quarterback rusher this week was Alex Smith. He is known to be fairly mobile, but he rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Lions. I know many, myself included, who would have loved to get that kind of rushing production from my running back this week!


9. The Texans Are Tied for the Division Lead

Remember the Texans that were down 42-0 against the Falcons at halftime? How about the Texans that trailed the Dolphins 41-0  at halftime? Well, thanks to Andrew Luck and the Colts, the Texans are tied with them atop the division with a 3-5 record. I don’t know about you, but I’m cheering for them to win this division and make it into the playoffs! I don’t care if they lost Foster, put JJ Watt in at running back!


10. Is This How Steve Smith Sr’s Story Ends?


Steve Smith said at the beginning of the season that this would be his final one. After suffering a back injury in week four, then a knee injury earlier in the week, he then tore his Achilles on Sunday ending his season and possibly his career. Smith is one of the toughest guys is the NFL, so I have a funny feeling that maybe this isn’t the last we’ll see of him. I don’t think he’ll want to go out like this after the career he’s had. I hope I’m right, and I hope we see him suited up again at the beginning of next season.

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