NFL Week 8
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The Saints survived this time Stepon Diggs and got some revenge for last season's playoff Heartbreak. Back at the same stadium where the Minnesota-wide receiver had finished last-minute the New Orleans campaign 2017 in an impressive manner, the Saints built enough head start to ensure that the Vikings did not have to endure late heroics.
Drew Brees had a relatively quiet outing, but his New Orleans teammates made many of their own in a 30-20 win. The Vikings contributed to their loss with a pair of trades, the most damaging being a Kirk Cousins interception, which was returned in the third quarter for a touchdown, resulting in a 27-13 Saints lead.
Cousins managed to throw 359 yards and two touchdowns, one of which went to Diggs, who led all players with 10 catches for 119 yards. His compatriot Adam Thielen had 103 yards and became the first NFL player to start a season with eight 100-yard starts. Thielen, however, lost a fumble.
Alvin Kamara scored two touchdowns for New Orleans and backfield mate Mark Ingram won 92 yards from Scrimmage. The Saints improved to 6-1 while the Vikings fell to 4-3-1.
Close, but no cigar: Well, at least Aaron Rodgers and the Packers obscured. Green Bay went to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to play a Rams team that was installed as an eight-point favorite (depending on where the line was in various Las Vegas sportsbooks), which Rodgers's squad made biggest underdog made in his career as a starter.
It's probably just a small consolation that the Packers lost just two points, 29-27, in one of the most anticipated games of the week. In fact, the Rams might have won by a larger, widened lead, but with less than a minute of lead, Todd Gurley was anxious not to return the ball to Rodgers and instead went voluntarily to the 4-yard line
while these It was the right move for the Rams, who could then kneel to score a victory that gave them a 8-0 record. So Los Angeles is still the NFL's only undefeated team, while Green Bay fell back to 3-3-1 and will regret a lost chance of a big boost in the NFC playoff race.
A Packers victory would have gone well in the stadium too, as it was pretty crowded with fans of the pack. The assembled cheeseheads were pleased when their team entered a 10-0 lead, but a safety brought the Rams to the boards and they could prevail after a back and forth second half.
Rodgers had a rest to rest his left knee was injured, but he still wore a light clip as he entered the field. "When I'm completely cured, I do not need orthosis," he told reporters last week. "Feel better without it obviously, after having suffered a knee injury in my footballing life, you're obviously better protected, you see some guys who always wear it without any problems, but I just feel better without having it So if that does not work, that means I'm fine, and if it does, I'm not quite back yet. "
If Green Bay wants to go back to the postseason, it's got to be a tough part of their schedule overcome, and the team does not have a good start. The Packers of the next four games are against teams with a 17-11-1 record and only one of those games is at Lambeau.
And the Rams? They continue to look like the best all-round team in the league, even more so when they lost to Green Bay after five minutes in the game.
Carr plays well in the loss: The Raiders lost again, but at least Derek Carr has played well. The quarterback from Oakland had a difficult week in which he had a "broken relationship" with his teammates. He felt compelled to publicly deny that he had shed the Seahawks during a loss while losing tears. On Sunday, Oakland returned to the first game without injury Marshawn Lynch, Carr completed 21 of 28 passes for 244 yards, three touchdowns and none Interceptions, for a 136.6 rating. But Colts quarterback Andrew Luck also played well, throwing for 239 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, and Indianapolis won, 42-28
Vinatieri raises scoring record: Nobody in NFL history has more points that Adam Vinatieri. With his second field goal in the first half against Raiders Sunday and an extra point, the Colts 45-year-old kicker scored his 2,547. Career point and pulled him past the former Saints and Falcons kicker Morten Andersen (2,544)
Andersen appeared in a video that was shown during the game in which he congratulated Vinatieri and said he was looking forward to seeing him Accompanied in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Vinatieri is in his 13th season in Indianapolis, having spent his first 10 with the Patriots, a time that has seen numerous clutch brands in playoff games.
"I know Adam got to the point much faster than me." Andersen, who has left his mark over 25 seasons, said the Indianapolis star. "Whether it's because he was more efficient or because he scored more points, I do not know, I know his field goal percentage is a bit higher than mine, and if you play in successful teams, you'll get lots of chances, and if You'll gain a lot of points by maximizing those chances. "
Kickers holds the first 36 places on the NFL timeline. In 37th position, Jerry Rice (1.256 points) is the most successful player in a different position.
It's time again for Fitzmagic: After Jameis Winston fought powerfully against the Bengals defense, Ryan Fitzpatrick made a substitute and led Tampa Bay to a touchdown that set the score at 34-34 with just over a minute bound. However, the magic ended abruptly when Randy Bullock of Bengals hit a 44-yard field goal for the win when the time had run out.
Winston had thrown four interceptions – three of them were on overthrows and the fourth was a Pick-6 – which was the return of Fitzpatrick, responsible for Fitzmagic, while Winston was suspended.
After the game, Buc's coach Dirk Koetter would not say who would be his quarterback in Week 9 when his team visited Carolina. "I mean, today is not the day I have to decide that, is it?" Said Koetter (via Pro Football Talk). "We do not have to talk about it today."
Steelers pause: The Steelers are the newest team playing a game shortly after their The team changed its logo and watched a moment of silence before the kick-off in memory of those killed and injured on Saturday in the Synagoge of the Tree of Life.
"Our hearts are hard, but we must oppose anti-Semitism hate crimes of any kind, "said Steelers President Art Rooney II in a statement ," and come together to preserve our values and our community. "
Then there was a game and the Browns are nothing if not brave in this season – the teams played at the season opener, but the Steelers came away with that score, 33-18.
The Mahomes reports: Patrick Mahomes went on to do Mahomesische things, which brought the Chiefs to 30-23 victory over the Broncos.Mahomes completed 24 of 34 passes for 303 yards and four touchdowns and an interception.
Giants pose no problem: Many Redskins fans feared the game against the one-month Giants might be a trap, so do not worry, Adrian Peterson scored his 103rd touchdown and moved up to seventh place on the all-time list as the Redskins moved to 5-2 with a 20-13 win, however, they will see this catch from Odell Beckham Jr. over and over again.
Wilson rolls: Russell Wilson passes 248 yards and three touchdowns, al s the Seahawks beat the Lions 28:14.  Protesters join Eric Reid and Panthers Role: A group of about 50 people from Serve The People-Charlotte showed their support for Carolina Security Eric Reid by signing and chanting on a sidewalk near the stadium wore while Reid continued to take one knee during the national anthem to draw attention to social and racial injustice. "We want to show Eric Reid that he's not alone," said Jabril Hough, the season ticket holder, to the Associated Press. "We also recognize that we have an owner [David Tepper] who recognizes Eric's right to do so." Inside the stadium, the Panthers dismantled the Ravens, 36-21.
Coach Mitchka: Mitchell Trubisky channeled his inside Ditka before the game and the Bears showed that throwing Khalil Mack out of the tournament was not an issue with an ankle injury. He hit the jets 24-10. Tarik Cohen became the first player this season with 70 or more yards and more than 20 yards in one game. And Trubisky? He went for 220 yards and two TDs.
Eagles move to 4-4: The Jaguars made headlines before kick-off in London when a group of players ran a bar-tab of over $ 40,000 and refused to pay. The problem was allegedly resolved and Jacksonville went out and lost 24-18. The Eagles lost offensive lineman Lane Johnson to a knee injury early on his knee.
Saints-Vikings deja vu: The Saints and Vikings will play for the third time since the start of last season, but all remember The playoff game last January saw the Vikings out with a 29-24 win came. It was Stefon Diggs' Minnesota Miracle Catch in this game that smashed New Orleans. Both teams play down the revenge factor, but the loss has been marinating with the Saints for nine months.
Both teams are also rolling in the NFC and are in first place in their divisions. The Saints have won five games in a row, the Vikings three. While both the "attack first, defense later" philosophy in the NFL this season, there is also the feeling that this could only be Act I, with the second act coming sometime in January 2019.
Something New on Sunday Night: NBC becomes a field goal "tracer" a device that attempts the flight of football on field goal, on "SNF". Debuting SNF Kicks, NBC says it will provide more information, such as trajectory, ball speed and a "good from" stats, which indicates the distance from which the kick would have been good. It will be used in trials of 45 or more yards.
Top Story Lines
DeSean Jackson Wants a Deal Tampa Bay wide receiver DeSean Jackson has recently requested a trade [N45Network and demand was met with a rejection. As a reminder, the trading date is Tuesday.
Tradewatch: The close of the NFL was not a long time ago. It is now. (Read more.)
Carr Downplaying Problems: Raiders QB Derek Carr denies a report of "broken relationship" with Raiders teammates. [Read more.]
Meanwhile in Raiderland: Trading with Amari Cooper may have destroyed everything left over from the team's morale. (Read more.)
Too bad to fail? Do the Redskins have the safest foot in a suddenly slippery NFC East? (Read more)
Carruth's Son Honored: Chancellor Lee Carruth and his grandmother Saundra Adams are honored before the Panthers' play against the Ravens. Adams' daughter, Cherica, was seven months pregnant with Chancellor when she was killed in a 1999 drive-by shoot by Rae Carruth, the broad recipient of the Panthers. The baby was born prematurely, with cerebral palsy and brain damage, because he was deprived of oxygen. His grandmother raised him and Rae Carruth was released in prison last week after nearly two decades. "What a nice gesture from the team!" Saundra Adams said on Friday. "We are both so excited." (Read More.)
Who's Going: The Hawks, Cowboys, Chargers, and Titans have byways this week.
Fuller on IR: Texan's wide receiver Will Fuller has suffered Thursday night for the remainder of the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
Griffen returns: Everson Griffen joined the Vikings last week after absenting since week 3, while trading in mental health problems that were "bigger than football". Coach Mike Zimmer was not sure if he would play Sunday night against the saints. Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring), linebacker Anthony Barr (ankle), security Andrew Sendejo (groin) and left guard Tom Compton (knee) are not playing.