Headlines from NFL Week 8

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October 16, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates after a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
October 16, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates after a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Week Eight of the NFL season is nearly in the books, but here is everything you need to know before turning the page to Week 9.

Patriots get revenge on Bills, Brady shines

Tom Brady
Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady
  • Most people that have had the pleasure of observing the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era saw this result coming. Since Belichick took over as head coach in New England, he’s only lost twice to the same opponent during the regular season, and that was back in 2000, when he lost to the Jets and Dolphins twice. So we knew Buffalo was in trouble on Sunday. The Patriots rolled over the Bills, 41-25, and that score makes it seem closer than it actually was. Brady was magnificent, completing 22 of 33 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns. Brady now has 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions on the season. It’s not unrealistic to think that Brady might win the MVP despite sitting out the first four games due to suspension.

Raiders win in OT over Buccaneers despite setting NFL record for penalties

Oct 30, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (28) breaks up a pass intended for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) in the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (28) breaks up a pass intended for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) in the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Raiders won a totally bizzare football game Sunday in Tampa Bay. They set an NFL record with 23 penalties for 200 yards, but still managed to beat the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. Speaking of MVP’s, quarterback Derek Carr had a career day, throwing for 513 passing yards and four touchdowns. Oakland moved to 6-2 on the season, and 5-0 on the road. They play Denver at home next Sunday night.

Another tie, this time in London

Duston Hopkins K, Washington Redskins
Oct 30, 2016; London, United Kingdom; Washington Redskins placekicker Dustin Hopkins (3) reacts after missing a 34-yard field goal in overtime against the Cincinnati Bengals during game 17 of the NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium. The Redskins and Bengals tied 27-27. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
  • Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins missed a routine 34-yard field goal with 2:09 remaining in overtime, leaving the Bengals and Redskins to tie at 27-27 in the final London game of the year. It was actually a great game to watch, unlike the Cardinals-Seahawks game last Sunday that also ended in a tie. The game featured several lead changes and plenty of offense, but, unfortunately for Hopkins, the story moving forward is going to be about how he cost his team a chance to win the game. Here’s what he said after the game:

“I need to make those kicks, bottom line,” said Hopkins, who also was short on a 55-yard attempt on the final play of the first half. “I try my very best every time I go out, and that’s kind of the only standard I can hold myself to. Obviously, I expect more from myself. I can’t expect anything more from these guys. They played their heart out, so I’m disappointed for them. I’ll kind of let it sit for two days then get over it and get ready for the next game.”

Prescott wins again in OT over the Eagles

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Oct 30, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) meet with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) after the game at AT&T Stadium. Dallas Cowboys won 29-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
  • Brace yourself. We’re going to hear a lot of quarterback controversy talk in the upcoming weeks. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no reason to even be remotely interested in the discussion. Prescott wasn’t at his best last night, but made big plays when he had to, leading a 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter, to eventually beat the Eagles in overtime. Prescott has led the Cowboys to a 6-1 record, including six straight wins. In five of the past six weeks, Prescott has finished with a QB rating over 100 points, which is very good. Not only does Prescott get the job done through the air, but also adds another dimension to the offense because of his ability to run. You lose that dimension if you start Tony Romo. Bottomline, you don’t pull a quarterback in lieu of another when he’s having this good of a season. You just don’t. The media is going to make a big deal about it in the upcoming weeks, but for me, it’s pretty obvious that Prescott is the Cowboys future at quarterback, not Tony Romo. screenshot-2016-10-31-at-9-46-43-am

 

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