NFL Week 8 Recaps 2018 NFL Week 8 Game Recaps: Miami Dolphins 4-4-0 23 VS Houston Texans 5-3-0 42 Final, Philadelphia Eagles 4-4-0 24 VS Jacksonville Jaguars 3-5-0 15 Final, Denver Broncos 3-5-0 23 VS Kansas City Chiefs 7-1-0 30 Final, Cleveland Browns 2-5-1 18 VS Pittsburgh Steelers 4-2-1 33 Final, Washington Redskins 5-2-0 20 VS New York Giants 1-7-0 13 Final, Seattle Seahawks 4-3-0 28 VS Detroit Lions 3-4-0 14 Final, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-4-0 34 VS Cincinnati Bengals 5-3-0 37 Final, New York Jets 3-5-0 10 VS Chicago Bears 4-3-0 24 Final, Baltimore Ravens 4-4-0 21 VS Carolina Panthers 5-2-0 36 Final, Indianapolis Colts 3-5-0 42 VS Oakland Raiders 1-6-0 28 Final, San Francisco 49ers 1-7-0 15 VS Arizona Cardinals 2-6-0 18 Final, Green Bay Packers 3-3-1 27 VS Los Angeles Rams 8-0-0 29 Final, New Orleans Saints 6-1-0 30 VS Minnesota Vikings 4-3-1 20 Final, New England Patriots 6-2-0 25 VS Buffalo Bills 2-6-0 6 Final

2018 NFL Week 8 Game Recaps



Aaron Rodgers headed to Los Angeles following the bye week. Jared Goff led the 7-0 Rams to another win to be 8-0. Find out how.




Chris Ransom Last Updated: October 26, 2018.




Miami Dolphins 4-4-0
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Houston Texans 5-3-0


Game Recap: HOUSTON-Miami headed to Houston. Brock Osweiler was starting against his former team.


Miami took the leaad early thanks to Kenyan Drake. Once Houston tied the game at 7 you knew this game was going to be pretty one-sided following Brock Osweiler's interception in the first quarter.


Houston played smart avoiding turnovers while Miami struggled to execute. Houston's offense did a briliant job.


Quarterback Deshaun Watson went 16/20 with 239 passing yards, 5 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Running back Lamar Miller, my player of the game 18 carries, 133 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. Wide receivers Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins both did well. Will Fuller had 5 receptions, 124 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown on 6 targets. DeAndre Hopkins had 6 receptions, 82 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns on 7 targets. Tight end Jordan Thomas had 4 receptions, 29 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns. Houston's offensive line allowed 0 sacks displaying a masterful job in pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. Houston can make a run to Atlanta if their offense clicks like this in January. The reason Houston is 5-3 was because of how masterful the offense did versus the Miami Dolphins.




Philadelphia Eagles 4-4-0
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Jacksonville Jaguars 3-5-0


Game Recap: LONDON-Three of the Jacksonville Jaguars five safeties drew Go To Jail cards in Monoply for refusing to pay their bar tabs in London.


Carson Wentz caught a pass that the defense deflected fora first down. He caught that footbaLL Like a ring in Green Hill Zone and ran for that first down like Sonic The Hedgehog. Jacksonville forced a fumble the Jaguars recovered. Blake Bortles ran for some first downs and did enough to obtain a field goal.


Chris Long sacked Blake Bortles to end the drive. Carson Wentz drove Philadelphia downfield and the Eagles tied the game at 3-3.


Jacksonville had to settle for a field goal on their next drive. Josh Lambo took a 6-3 lead.


Carson Wentz threw a touchdown to Dallas Goedert. Philadelphia took a 10-6 lead at halftime.


Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass to Wendell Smallwood. Philadelphia led 17-6. Blake Bortles responded with a touchdown pass to Dede Westbrook. JPhiladelphia led 17-12 after three quarters of play.


Jacksonville got a field goal in the fourth quarter. Philadelphia led 17-15.


Philadelphia rallied baack with another touchdown drive to begin the fourth quarter. Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass to Zach Ertz. Philadelphia led 24-15.


Philadelphia won 24-18. Middle linebacker Jordan Hicks was my player of the game. Hicks had 8 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 12 total tackles, 1. sacks, and 1 tackle for a loss. Hicks was a huge reason that Philadelphia improved to 4-4 on the year.





Denver Broncos 3-5-0
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Kansas City Chiefs 7-1-0


Game Recap: KANSAS CITY-Denver didn't have Jared Veldheer at right tackle. Luckily for Denver, Justin Houston and Eric Berry were inactive making Kansas City's defense a hot mess that is relying on their offense at the moment.


Philip Lindsay gave Denver a 7-0 lead with his 1-yard rushing touchdown. Kansas City got a field goal. Denver led 7-3 after one quarter of play.


Patrick Mahomes threw a touchdown pass to Travis Kelce. Kansas City led 10-7. Mahomes did a nice job on his next drive taking up 4 minutes and 24 seconds of clock throwing a touchdown to Sammy Watkins. Kansas City missed the extra point. Kansas City led 16-7.


Case Keenum threw a touchdown pass. Kansas City led 16-14 at halftime.


Mahomes threw two more touchdowns in the third quarter to put Denver away. Kansas City led 30-14 after Mahomes threw another touchdown to Sammy Watkins and a touchdown to Kareem Hunt.


Denver got 9 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. That didn't matter since Kansas City still won 30-23.


Wide receiver Sammy Watkins is the player of the game. Watkins had 8 receptions, 107 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns.




Cleveland Browns 2-5-1
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Pittsburgh Steelers 4-2-1


Game Recap: PITTSBURGH-Right tackle Marcus Gilbert was out for this game. James Conner would have to dominate with a less then stellar offensive line against the Browns.


Cleveland got a field goal to take a 3-0 lead. Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception and Cleveland got another field goal following that drive. The Browns led 6-0 after one quarter of play. Pittsburgh was 0/3 on third down conversions in the first quarter.


Cleveland had a chance to take a 9-0 lead. The field goal was no good and wide right. This was the turning point in the contest since Ben Roethlisberger did his weekly thing with Antonio Brown where Brown caught 3 receptions, for 57 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown on this one six play drive. Pittsburgh led 7-6 and never relinquished the lead from this point.


Joe Haden did some rookie hazing on his former team by intercepting Baker Mayfield, the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Lack of execution kept the Browns from pulling away despite the early lead.


Ben Roethlisberger orchestrated a 16-play 87-yard drive that lasted 7 minutes and 12 seconds. Pittsburgh led 14-6 at halftime.


Cleveland recovered a fumble off of Pittsburgh in the second half. The Browns weren't able to capitalize off it though and Pittsburgh got a safety to expand their lead to 16-6.


Baker Mayfield threw a touchdown pass to Antonio Callaway. I'm not that impressed though because Pittsburgh had four different penalties on this drive. It felt like the Browns were handed free yards rather then having to earn those yards. Cleveland missed the extra point and Pittsburgh led 16-12.


James Conner had a 12-yard rushing touchdown. Pittsburgh led 23-12 following that play. Pittsburgh led 23-12 after three quarters of play and won 33-18.


Running back James Conner was the player of this game on offense with 24 carries, 146 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns. T.J. Watt had 6 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 7 total tackles, 1 sack, and 2 tackles for a loss. Watt continues to make the Browns look foolish for passing on him in the 2017 NFL Draft.





Washington Redskins 5-2-0
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New York Giants 1-7-0


Game Recap: NEW YORK-Washington headed to New York hoping to expand their lead in the NFC East. New York was looking for a second win.


Washington defeated New York 20-13 in this defensive game. Running back Adrian Peterson had 26 carreis, 149 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. Washington increased their lead in the NFC East Division thanks to this road win.




Seattle Seahawks 4-3-0
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Detroit Lions 3-4-0


Game Recap: DETROIT-Seattle had a bye week before this game. Russell Wilson had two weeks to prepare for the Detroit Lions.


Matthew Stafford threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones on a play that gave Detroit a 7-0 lead after one quarter of play.


Russell Wilson threw all three of his touchdown passes in the second quarter. Russell Wilson finished the day 14/17 with 248 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Seattle had the football for 10 minutes and 2 seconds in the second quarter. Seattle was also 2/2 on third down conversions in the second quarter.


Seattle won 28-14. Running back Chris Carson had 25 carries, 105 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown.





Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-4-0
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Cincinnati Bengals 5-3-0


Game Recap: CINCINNATI-Cincinnati barely beat Tampa Bay. Jameis Winston threw 4 interceptions and got benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick who actually rallied Tampa Bay back to tie it at 34-34. Cincinnati kicked a game-winning field goal. Cincinnati won 37-34.


Running back Joe Mixon dominated this contest. Mixon had 21 carries, 123 rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns. He ran right through Tampa Bay's run defense without Kwon Alexander just like I expected him too.




New York Jets 3-5-0
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Chicago Bears 4-3-0


Game Recap: CHICAGO-Sam Darnold and Mitchell Trubisky faced off. Most experts had each of these signal-callers as QB1 in the last two NFL Drafts.


Chicago won 24-10. Both quarterbacks had 29 pass attempts. Sam Darnold was 14/29 with 153 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interception. Mitchell Trubisky went 16/29 with 220 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions.


Chicago won 24-10. Both quarterbacks had 29 pass attempts. Sam Darnold was 14/29 with 153 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interception. Mitchell Trubisky went 16/29 with 220 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions.


Chicago won 24-10. Both quarterbacks had 29 pass attempts. Sam Darnold was 14/29 with 153 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interception. Mitchell Trubisky went 16/29 with 220 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions.





Baltimore Ravens 4-4-0
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Carolina Panthers 5-2-0


Game Recap: CAROLINA-Both of these teams have lethal defenses. The turnover battle will be crucial in this game.


Running backs Alex Collins and Christian McCaffrey traded rushing touchdowns in the first quarter. The game was tied 7-7 after one quarter of play.


Cam Newton threw both of his two passing touchdowns in the second quarter. Cam Newton would finish the day 21/29 with 219 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Newton also had a rushing touchdown with 10 carries for 52 rushing yards. Flacco threw some turnovers while Newton played turnover free football which was the difference in this game.




Indianapolis Colts 3-5-0
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Oakland Raiders 1-6-0


Game Recap: OAKLAND-Oakland traded Amari Cooper for another first round pick. Now the Raiders would play the Indianapolis Colts who would have more to play for.


Andrew Luck orchestrated an 11-play drive that lasted 6 minutes and 39 seconds. Indianapolis made a defensive stop. Andrew Luck had a second drive that lasted 7 minutes and 17 seconds. Indianapolis led 10-0 after one quarter of play. Indianapolis had the ball for 13 minutes and 56 seconds in the first quarter. Indianapolis also went 3/4 on third down conversions while Oakland went 0/1. Indianapolis had a masterful first quarter.


Derek Carr threw a couple of passing touchdowns in the second quarter to give Oakland a 14-10 lead. Indianapolis kicked a field goal. Oakland led 14-13 at halftime. Oakland was 2/2 on third down conversions in the second quarter.


Oakland got the ball to begin the second half. Derek Carr got a rushing touchdown. Oakland led 21-13.


Andrew Luck threw a touchcdown pass to Eric Ebron on the next drive. Indianapolis went for a two point conversion and tied the game up at 21.


Derek Carr put together another scoring drive that lasted 5 minutes and 11 seconds or longer. This drive lasted 6 minutes and 39 seconds as Carr threw a touchdown to Brandon LaFell. Oakland led 28-21 after three quarters of play.


Indianapolis balled out in the fourth quarter. They outscored Oakland 21-0 in the fourth quarter to win by a final score of 42-21.


Quarterback Andrew Luck avoided turnovers to go 22/31 with 239 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Running back Marlon Mack had 25 carries, 132 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns. Marlon Mack was the player of this game. The offensive line did a superb job once again with Anthony Castonzo, Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly, Mark Glowinski, and Braden Smith clicking.





San Francisco 49ers 1-7-0
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Arizona Cardinals 2-6-0


Game Recap: ARIZONA-Richard Sherman returned this week. Unfortunately, C.J. Beathard is still starting.


Arizona won 18-15. Larry Fitzgerald got the best of Sherman in his return with 8 receptions, 102 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.




Green Bay Packers 3-3-1
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Los Angeles Rams 8-0-0


Game Recap: LOS ANGELES-Green Bay had two weeks to prepare for this game. Cooper Kupp was inactive for the Los Angeles Rams.


Jamal Williams scored the only rushing touchdown in the first quarter. Green Bay led 7-0 after one quarter of play.


Green Bay got a field goal early in the second quarter. Green Bay led 10-0.


Kenny Clark got by Rams center John Sullivan to sack Jared Goff on third down. That forced the Rams to punt the football.


The Rams got a safety off of Aaron Jones. Jared Goff threw a touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds on the next possession. The Rams went for two by giving the football to Todd Gurley. The attempt to go for the two point conversion failed. Green Bay led 10-8 at halftime. Green Bay was 0/3 on third down conversions in the second quarter.


Los Angeles went three and out on their first drive in the second half. Green Bay got the football back. Aaron Donald sacked Aaron Rodgers forcing Green Bay to settle for a field goal. Green Bay led 13-8.


Jared Goff threw a pass to Gerald Everett on third and ten. Jared Goff threw a touchdown pass to Todd Gurley. The Rams went for another two point conversion. They converted this one. Los Angeles led 16-13.


Jared Goff threw another touchdown to Josh Reynolds. Los Angeles led 23-13. Aaron Jones got a rushing touchdown. Los Angeles led 23-20 after three quarters of play.


Los Angeles got a field goal. Los Angeles led 26-20.


Aaron Rodgers threw a 40-yard touchdown pass. Green Bay led 27-26.


Both teams went three and out on their next two drives. Then the Rams got another chance to win it. Todd Gurley's 23-yard run on third down allowed the Rams to get a third down conversion.


Los Angeles won on a Greg Zeurlein field goal thanks to Todd Gurley's third down conversion. Quarterback Jared Goff was my player of the game. Jared Goff went 19/35 with 295 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions.





New Orleans Saints 6-1-0
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Minnesota Vikings 4-3-1


Game Recap: MINNESOTA-New Orleans was hoping to get revenge on Minnesota. Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota's best cornerback was inactive for this game. Dalvin Cook was also inactive for this game.


Drew Brees threw two third down conversions to Michael Thomas on a 20-yard completion before firing a passing touchdown to Alvin Kamara. New Orleans took a 7-0 lead following a drive that lasted 4 minutes and 27 seconds.


Kirk Cousins threw a touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs. Minnesota tied the game at 7-7. The game was tied at 7 after one quarter of play.


Latavius Murray ran for a rushing touchdown. Minnesota missed the extra point so the Vikings led 13-7 after one quarter of play.


Will Lutz kicked a field goal. Minnesota led 13-10.


Alvin Kamara got a quick rushing touchdown. Kamara gave New Orleans a 17-13 lead at halftime.


Will Lutz got a field goal in the second half. New Orleans took a 20-13 lead. Then P.J. Williams intercepted Kirk Cousins for a pick 6. New Orleans took a 27-13 lead.


New Orleans won 30-20. Eli Apple was my player of the game since he had 9 solo tackles and 1 deflection from a pass breakup. The coverage by Marshon Lattimore, Eli Apple, and P.J. Williams was brilliant in this game. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen both deserve major props for getting over 100 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown against this secondary despite the losing effort.




New England Patriots 6-2-0
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Buffalo Bills 2-6-0


Game Recap: BUFFALO-New England headed to Buffalo for a Monday Night matchup. Tom Brady took on Derek Anderson.


This game was a game of field goals for the first three quarters. New England led Buffalo 3-0 after one quarter of play. New England took a 9-0 lead before Buffalo got their first field goal. Then both teams traded field goals in the third quarter with New England leading Buffalo 12-6 after three quarters of play.


New England took up 4 minutes and 50 seconds of play in the fourth quarter with a 10-play drive that resulted in a James White rushing touchdown. New England took a 18-6 lead. New England went for a two point conversion and missed it.


Devin McCourty sealed Buffalo's fate with a pick 6. New England won 25-6 and Devin McCourty is my player of the game for his pick 6 since it put the game out of reach on an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown. Tom Brady ran across to the opponents end zone to celebrate with McCourty.






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