The 32 things we learned in week 8 of the 2018 NFL season:
1. The deadline for trading with players is at 16.00. ET on Tuesday. Hard to say if teams could be particularly active or, with so many still feasible, it is quite conceivable that a sellers' market will not develop. In week nine, 17 of the league's 32 teams are .500 or better, while another five are within a .500 game.
. 2 On Sunday night week 8 was previously without overtime. This is the first season that OT appears in each of the first seven weeks.
. 3 Speaking of OT, the Browns may hit the wall. They have played bonus football in half of their eight games, but avoided Sunday's 33-18 defeat in Pittsburgh. Cleveland's first two losses were three points each year. But they succumb to an average of 14 points in the current three-game run, despite a three-point OT defeat in week 7.
4. Go over, Franco. Drive past, bus. Go over … no matter, Le Veon, you've already cleared the way. After finding the end zone twice against Cleveland, James Conner became the first Pittsburgh player to win three consecutive games, scoring at least two TDs. Conner now has a total of nine, two shy of Bell's high-water mark for a season.
. 5 Although the Rams were double digits for the first time this season, they survived the Packers and improved to 8-0 in 1969 for the first time.
6. The match between Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay and Jared Goff of LA was Cal Bear quarterbacks' first ever NFL bout since … well, if you said Steve Bartkowski vs. Vince Ferragamo in 1983, you win our admiration.
. 7 The Chiefs failed for the first time this season on their opening race and caused panic in the streets of Kansas City – but only briefly. QB Patrick Mahomes has polished his MVP case with four more TD passes against Denver. He now has a league eleven 26 (matching Alex Smith's 2017 for K.C.), which is also a record for a player's first nine NFL games.
. 8 Speaking of MVP, Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald of the Rams could exploit the other case for league honors, even though both repeat themselves as offensive or defensive players of the year. Gurley scored his 15th TD on Sunday, but showed what kind of team he is by going to 16th in the last minute. He fell to the ground and scored no goal, so his team could run out of clock. Donald meanwhile collected two more bags – he has 10 in his last five games – and could make a prophet of his team-mate Aqib Talib, who predicted that Donald will end with 22.
. 9 We understand it was a frenetic weekend of sports in Los Angeles … but could not the Coliseum Grounds crew avoid the "USC Rams" look? (Or did the former Trojan LB Clay Matthews, who admonished a large Pro Packers crowd on Sunday, greas a few palms?)
10. NBC is pretty chic "Sunday Night Football" Field Goal "Tracer"> NBC is still terrible "Green Zone."
. 11 It only took four games and 10 interceptions, including four Sunday in Cincinnati, for Tampa Bay QB's Jameis Winston from the bank to the starting eleven and then go back to the bench. He has at least two interceptions in his last five appearances and 17 sales in his last six appearances.
12th The Buccaneers made the toughest quarterback decision to navigate as a low season. Backup contracts Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Griffin will expire. The Bucs have already accepted Winston's $ 21 million option for 2019, but it could be cut without any salary cap impact – as long as it's not hurt – if the franchise decides to restart the position.
. 13 Denver's case Keenum works on an INT strip herself. He has at least one in every game in this season (10 in all, Winston Fit) and, going back to last season's play-offs with Minnesota, was picked up in 10 straight games.
fourteenth Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky has 15 TD passes this season, tying the career of lone Chicago passport Jim McMahon after winning two more against the Jets on Sunday. But Trubisky has probably dug into the hearts of the Windy City fans with the "Coach Mitchka" shirt before the game.
15. Panthers QB Cam Newton, last week's "fast dinosaur" by Baltimore S Eric Weddle (it was meant as a compliment), Jurassic went on the Ravens – progeny of dinosaurs, right, William Hayes? – for three TDs in Carolinas convincing 36-21 victory.
sixteenth When talking about dinosaurs, it's the Raven that are suddenly threatened with extinction. They have now dropped three out of four and are currently out of the AFC playoff field.
17th Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson threw his first TD pass for career on his first buddy in 2018 Hayden Hurst, who scored his first professional touchdown. Who gets the ball in his trophy case? Considering that it came in the fall time of an ugly loss, does anyone want that memory at all?
18th Adrian Peterson will not forget Sunday's victory over the Giants. The veteran of the Redskins drove for a season – high 149 yards, passing Tony Dorsett for ninth-time ever in NFL history. "AD" also scored two goals, including a 64-yard run. His next TD run of at least 50 yards will give Peterson 16 and break his tie with Barry Sanders for most in league history.
19. When it comes to London experience, the Jaguars definitely know they should go to clubs in the UK (though they're not sure what the bar is).
20th If the experience in London does not matter: The Eagles, playing their first season game overseas, beat Jacksonville 24-18. This was the sixth year in a row that Jags played a "home game" at Wembley Stadium.
21st The Eagles may have found a solution to their puzzle. Rookie Josh Adams – the 6-2, 225-pounder started the year in the practice group – piled 61 yards on just nine wearing Sunday after a total of 46 yards in his first five appearances.
22nd Jaguar K Josh Lambo's career-best 57-yard field goal was also the longest ever at Wembley. Leave it to a former football player (Lambo was drafted by MLS FC Dallas in 2008) to shine on a football field.
23rd Houston, we have no problem. After losing the first three games, the Texans have two victories after two wins at AFC South. They have only one opponent in their game plan, Washington, who currently holds a victory record.
24th After surpassing Brock Osweiler and the dolphins on Thursday, we want to reassure the Texans. They gave a second-round pick-up to Cleveland in a payroll last year, Oswellers was a $ 72 million mistake – and that was before Deshaun Watson was on Houston Roster. Obviously, it was the right move, especially after Watson made his career jump with five TD passes and became the third player in league history (with Hall of Fame Kurt Warner and Dan Marino) to score at least 30 in his first 15 games.
25th Newly acquired run stuffer Damon Harrison made his Lions debut on Sunday and had a nice stat line (7 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 sack). Unfortunately, he could not do what his new team really needed when Seattle overturned Detroit for 176 yards.
26th Russell Wilson (14 for 17, 248 yards, 3 TDs) finished for the first time in his seven-year career with a perfect 158.3 QB rating as the Seahawks defeated Detroit for their fourth win in their last five games.
27th What? We predicted Seattle would eventually win four games …
28. Congratulations to the Colts who won their third game. (Sigh … we predicted that they will only get two …)
29. Congratulations to Indianapolis K Adam Vinatieri. Despite a groin injury, he was able to overtake Morten Andersen as the top scorer of the NFL. Vinatieri (2,550 points) will eventually join Andersen and Jan Stenerud as the only pure carpenters in the Hall of Fame.
30th Congratulations to Raiders QB Derek Carr, who scored the first rushing TD of his career on Sunday and blew another three in the air. Yes, his gutted Oakland club lost, but Carr kept the Raiders competitive against Indianapolis and barely looked like a guy who had lost the faith of his teammates.
31st Finally congratulations to the new Cardinals offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. In Leftwich's first game call, Arizona played a season-best 321 yards in an 18-15 squeak against San Francisco.
32nd Hey, @BortlesFacts Your favorite quarterback had 24 completions on Sunday, being his biggest in five visits to London. (Had to dig for it …) BB5 also threw his 100th career TD pass and made him the fastest jaguar (70 games) to reach that plateau … that is, he basically beat Mark Brunell … because Leftwich had only 51 as Jaguar
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