If you are a fan of a shootout, there was a game for you. If you wanted stellar defense, there was a game for you. If you love old-school, hard-hitting football, there was a game for you. Basically what I am saying is that Week 8 was just flat out fun!
New Orleans Saints (4-4) 52 New York Giants (4-4) 49
This game looked like something straight out of the Big 12, with two high powered offenses and frankly no defense. Saints QB Drew Brees was able to out-duel (40-50, 511 YDS, 7 TD 1 INT) Giants QB Eli Manning (30-41, 350 YDS, 6 TD). Both teams combined for 13 TDS, which went on to be a new NFL record. The Giants were up with less than 2 minutes in the game, when a great punt return by the Saints brought them into position for a game-winning field goal.
Going forward, the Saints will play the Tennessee Titans and the Saints will play the Tampa Bay Bucaneers.
Denver Broncos (7-0) 29 Green Bay Packers (6-1) 10
Many had written off Payton Manning as just a washed-up QB, but boy were they wrong. Along with Manning throwing over 340 yards, the Broncos held Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to a career-low 77 passing yards. The Packers simply could not get anything going all night, with RB Eddie Lacey stymied in the backfield, and an outstanding Broncos secondary covering any openings that Rodgers could find.
The Broncos will take their undefeated record on the road next week against the Indianapolis Colts. The Packers will try to regroup from their first loss by traveling to Charlotte to take on the Carolina Panthers.
St. Louis Rams (4-3) 27 San Francisco 49ers (2-6) 6
It seems like the Todd Gurley show is hot as ever in St. Louis as he continues to rack up yards on the ground, despite only playing 4 games. Gurley ran over 133 yards and 1 TD on a 49ers team that is a huge shell of its former self. Along with Gurley, the Rams defense accounted for 3 sacks and a safety. If you look past their record, the Rams can continue with their upswing if they keep giving the ball for Gurley.
For Week 9, the Rams will take on the Minnesota Vikings and the 49ers will face the Atlanta Falcons.
Other Week 8 Scores:
Buccaneers 23 Falcons 20 Final/OT
Cardinals 34 Browns 20
Vikings 23 Bears 20
Seahawks 13 Cowboys 12