15 Biggest Winners and Losers From NFL Week 8
The Biggest Winners and Losers From NFL Week 8
NFL week eight is now in the books. It was a week that featured a fair slate of matchups from across the league, but it certainly wasn't one of the better ones from the 2013 season.
There's no doubt at all that the Cowboys and Lions stole the show on Sunday. The two high-powered offenses went toe-to-toe and the game went down to the final seconds. It was a matchup that highlighted two of the game's best receivers and we were left talking about both afterwards, for very different reasons.
Many of the teams on this list have reached fork status, as in stick a fork in them, they're done. Even in today's league which is very competitive across the board, there's no way a team that's playing poorly at 1-6 is going to come back and make the playoffs. It's just not going to happen. Those squads at 2-5 or 2-6 are not technically dead, but they're on life support in a big way.
We also have a pretty long list of coaching candidates to be fired in the upcoming offseason. Hot seats are becoming scorching hot at this point and a finish at .500 may not even be enough to save some of these guys. At this juncture in the year we've also reached the trade deadline, so rosters will be pretty much set from here on out.
As always, we'll take a look at all the highs and lows of the week that was in the NFL. Here are the 15 biggest and losers from week eight:
Winner - New Orleans Saints
The Saints continued their winning ways against the Bills on Sunday to run their 2013 record to 6-1. Given the way the rest of the NFC South looks, it's safe to say that New Orleans is firmly in the driver's seat to take home a divisional title.
Loser - New York Jets
This Jets team is the definition of inconsistent. One week they play pretty good football, the next they come out and get waxed. Saying that they got waxed by the Bengals in week eight, would be putting it lightly.
Winner - Aaron Rodgers
The Packers steamrolled the Vikings on SNF and Aaron Rodgers was the reason why. The QB was on his A-game and made a clear case for being the league's MVP in 2013.
Loser - Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers had to win on the road in Oakland if we were going to take them seriously the rest of the season, and they failed in a big way. At 2-5, they've nearly reached fork status.
Winner - Carolina Panthers
Wins are wins in the NFL. You have to give the Panthers credit for rebounding from a rough start to run their record to 4-3 on the season. However, if you look at who they've beaten, I think it's fair to say they still have much to prove.
Loser - Greg Schiano
Until Schiano and the Bucs win a game, they will remain on the list of losers. How many more weeks will Tampa roll with the college head coach?
Winner - New England Patriots
After a terrible start in the first half, the Patriots rebounded in a big way to knock off the Dolphins in week eight. It's been a bumpy ride so far in 2013, but the Pats are still 6-2 and in good position to fight for a top spot in the playoffs.
Loser - Miami Dolphins
After a hot start, the Dolphins have now dropped four straight. For those who jumped on the bandwagon after week three, it may be time to jump back off and find a new team to latch on to.
Winner - Andy Dalton
Dalton has had his fair share of critics over his first three seasons in the NFL. He's even had a lot of people dissing him in 2013. But week eight was a great one for the Cincy QB. Dalton tossed five touchdown passes and led the Bengals to their fourth straight win.
Loser - Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons were holding on by a thread after a win in week seven and now the thread has been cut. Atlanta is now 2-5 and most certainly done with a bad defense and lack of healthy playmakers.
Winner - Kansas City Chiefs
It doesn't matter how you get them, wins are wins. The Chiefs notched their eighth of the season on Sunday against the Browns and now you certainly have to look at them as serious contenders in the AFC. Still, if you're a fan, you'd like to see them outscore a team for once.
Loser - Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings should begin looking towards next season. This team is just awful across the board. The entire coaching staff is on notice and there's a good chance all three quarterbacks on the roster will be looking for new teams in 2014 as well.
Winner - Arizona Cardinals
It hasn't been pretty, but the Cardinals have clawed their way back to 4-4. They're still right in the thick of things for a wild card spot in the playoffs, which is a major achievement considering how awful they were in 2012.
Loser - Michael Vick
Vick heard his hamstring pop in week eight and that sound could end his and the Eagles season. This team has way more questions than answers after week eight and they seem like a long-shot to make the playoffs.
Winner - Calvin Johnson
Megatron left us all with no doubt on who the best wide receiver in football is with his performance on Sunday. Johnson racked up 329 yards receiving, which was good for the second most in a single game in NFL history. It's safe to say that without him, the Lions would be screwed.