NFL Weekly Recap: Week Eight

Another week has gone by in the NFL season and we had plenty of interesting games to look at.

Some of the main stories from this week include the Rams shocking the Saints just like the Cardinals did last season, CJ2K continuing to be CJ2.8 yards per carry for the Titans, Tim Tebow struggling badly against the Lions, the Steelers out-Patrioting the Patriots, a horrible game from Tony Romo and the Cowboys, and a sloppy but entertaining game between the Chiefs and Chargers on Halloween that ended with a massive choke by Philip Rivers. "Worst day ever" indeed Rivers.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Houston Texans Recap - October 30, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Arian Foster ran for 112 yards and a score, while Matt Schaub threw for 225 yards and rushed for a touchdown as the Houston Texans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-14. "There was one thing we couldn't do, we couldn't turn the ball over and we went out there and did it. We did it twice and it led to two touchdowns for them," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said. "But we had a defense that stood up today and said we're going to win the game." Houston's defense limited Jacksonville's offense to just 174 total yards.

Minnesota Vikings vs Carolina Panthers Recap - October 30, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Ryan Longwell hit a 31-yard field goal with under three minutes to play while Olindo Mare missed a 31-yarder with 26 seconds left as Minnesota escaped with a 24-21 win over Carolina on Sunday. Christian Ponder was 18-of-28 for 236 yards and a touchdown while Adrian Peterson totaled 162 yards with a rushing and receiving TD for the Vikings (2-6), who snapped a two-game losing streak. "This was a great team win against a great opponent," said Ponder. "The defense came up with stops when we needed them to and everyone pitched in on that last drive. This was a good game all around."

Indianapolis Colts vs Tennessee Titans Recap - October 30, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Nate Washington scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the Tennessee Titans past the Indianapolis Colts, 27-10. Matt Hasselbeck completed 23-of-33 passes for 224 yards and a score for the Titans (4-3), who had dropped five straight to the Colts. Javon Ringer rushed for 60 yards in the victory, while Chris Johnson continued to struggle, compiling just 34 yards on 14 carries.

New Orleans Saints vs St. Louis Rams Recap - October 30, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Steven Jackson rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns and the St. Louis Rams won their first game of the season Sunday, a 31-21 shocker over Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Indeed, it's been a good week for sports in St. Louis. Several Cardinals players showed up to the game with the World Series trophy in tow, holding it up for the fans to see, and the Rams (1-6) did their best not to kill the mood. They blocked a punt and intercepted Brees to score two touchdowns in the last 70 seconds of the first half, taking a 17-0 lead into the locker room that was rarely in jeopardy the rest of the way. "We always thought that that was in us," said Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo.

Miami Dolphins vs New York Giants Recap - October 30, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Eli Manning found Victor Cruz for a 25- yard touchdown with 5:58 left in the fourth quarter, capping a comeback and lifting the New York Giants to a 20-17 victory over the still-winless Miami Dolphins. Manning passed for 349 yards and two touchdowns for the NFC East-leading Giants (5-2), who trailed 14-3 early in the second quarter and used a 10-point fourth quarter to earn the victory. "Eli made some big plays, obviously. He threw the ball a lot today, no turnovers, no interceptions. He made big plays when we needed to have them," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "He once again did a very good job."

Washington Redskins vs Buffalo Bills Recap - October 30, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Tight end Scott Chandler caught a pair of touchdown passes and Buffalo's defense recorded nine sacks in a dominating 23-0 victory over the struggling Washington Redskins from Rogers Centre. It was the Bills' first shutout since December 17, 2006. "As long as our defense is playing like that we feel like we can beat anybody," Bills running back Fred Jackson said. "They did a tremendous job creating turnovers, getting sacks and pitching a shutout." Jackson carried the ball 26 times for 120 yards to become the first Bills running back with three consecutive 100-yard games since Thurman Thomas in 1994. Jackson also caught three passes for 74 yards.

Detroit Lions vs Denver Broncos Recap - October 30, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes and the Detroit defense scored twice as the Lions routed the Denver Broncos, 45-10. Stafford was nearly flawless as he was 21-for-30 with 267 yards, while Calvin Johnson caught six balls for 125 yards and his league-leading 11th touchdown of the season for the Lions (6-2), who snapped a two-game losing streak. "I think the biggest thing we wanted to do is play like we played at the beginning of the season," said Stafford. "We hadn't really had the attitude and tempo we had and not worry about what they were going to do. The guys up front on both sides of the line did a great job out there today and that's where you win games."

Cincinnati Bengals vs Seattle Seahawks Recap - October 30, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Brandon Tate's 56-yard punt return for a touchdown with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter sealed the win for Cincinnati as the Bengals defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 34-12. With his 65th win, Marvin Lewis moved ahead of Sam Wyche on the all-time Cincinnati wins list. Andy Dalton completed 18-of-29 passes for 168 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Cincinnati (5-2), which won its fourth straight game. "It was not easy we continue to find ways to win it. We don't make it easy for ourselves , but we continue to win games," Lewis said.

Cleveland Browns vs San Francisco 49ers Recap - October 30, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Frank Gore ran for 134 yards and a touchdown to lead the San Francisco 49ers past the Cleveland Browns, 20-10. Alex Smith completed 15-of-24 passes for 177 yards and a score for the 49ers (6-1), who have won five straight games for the first time since 2001. "It's fun to be on a roll," said Smith. "It's why you play, it's why you put in all the time and sacrifice."

New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers Recap - October 30, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers chewed up the clock and the New England defense, beating the Patriots 25-17 on Sunday for their seventh straight win at Heinz Field. They beat Tom Brady for only the second time in eight tries, denying Brady and Bill Belichick the NFL record for most wins by a quarterback-head coach combo in the Super Bowl era. Roethlisberger was 36-of-50 for 365 yards, two touchdowns and an interception that New England turned into a TD. Shaun Suisham kicked three field goals in the win, including one each in the last two quarters. The Steelers (6-2) held the ball for almost twice as long as the Patriots and denied Brady a final chance to win the game, sacking him to force a fumble that ended up as a safety.

Dallas Cowboys vs Philadelphia Eagles Recap - October 30, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Eagles maintained their dominance coming off a bye as they took a convincing 34-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field. Under head coach Andy Reid, the Eagles (3-4) have a perfect 13-0 record after the break during the regular season. Michael Vick completed 21-of-28 pass attempts for 279 yards and two touchdowns, while LeSean McCoy rushed for a career-high 185 yards and two scores on 30 carries in Philadelphia's second straight win since a four-game slide.

San Diego Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs Recap - October 31, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Ryan Succop booted a 30-yard field goal in overtime to give the Kansas City Chiefs a gift-wrapped 23-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers. San Diego, trailing the entire game, was in position to go ahead in the final minute of regulation before Philip Rivers fumbled a snap exchange -- the quarterback's third turnover. The Chargers went three-and-out on the first possession of OT, and Matt Cassel completed a pair of third-down passes to keep Kansas City moving on its touch. Eventually, Succop split the uprights on the game-winner with 5:16 remaining to send the Chiefs (4-3) to their fourth straight win and San Diego (4-3) to its second straight loss.

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