5 Things We Learned From Week 8 In The NFL

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5 Things Week 8 in the NFL Taught Us

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Week 8 in the NFL has come and gone, and for some teams, that means half the season is already over. Other teams, like the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are still wondering when their season is going to start. Yet, some teams are still trying to figure out what happened on Sunday.

Take the Dallas Cowboys, for instance. The Boys were sitting pretty with a six point lead and just over a minute left to go in the game; it seemed like a sure win too. Even the Fox broadcasters were giving the game to Dallas. Dick Stockton and Brian Billick were praising the Cowboys for the win. Someone, however, forgot to tell Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions as they marched 80 yards in about 50 seconds for the game winning touchdown.

The St. Louis Rams have to be scratching their heads, too. With the entire world focused on St. Louis because of the World Series down the street, the Rams did their best to get noticed by everyone as they nearly defeated the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle needed a goal line stand with less than a minute left in order to preserve a 14-9 victory. What's more surprising is that St. Louis put themselves in a position to win by marching down the field with relative ease to give themselves a first and goal situation. Alas, it wasn't meant to be, as the Rams' efforts were thwarted.

For the first time all season, the Buffalo Bills failed to score 20 or more points in a game. Meanwhile, Drew Brees did what he always does, as he carved the Bills' defense up and threw for five touchdowns. The G-men won a second straight game after starting the season 0-6. The crazy part about this is with Dallas sitting at 4-4, the Giants aren't too far out of the division hunt at 2-6. That's how bad the NFC East is right now.

Enough of the preliminaries, though. Let's move onto the real stuff we learned from Week 8 in the NFL.

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5. The Race for No. 1

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It's hard to believe after eight weeks we still have two teams that have yet to crack the win column. Jacksonville and Tampa Bay are both seeking their first win of the season. Now, though, it almost seems certain that one of these two teams will end up with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. Who will wind up with it, though, is yet to be seen.

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4. Surprise, Surprise

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The half-way mark of the NFL season has brought some significant surprises. Just look at who is leading the division races and you'll walk away scratching your head. Perhaps, though, it's not necessarily who, as much as it is by how much. Perhaps the biggest surprise in this category is how much the Cincinnati Bengals are leading the NFC North. The Bengals have a 6-2 record, while the next closest team, the Baltimore Ravens, are sitting at 3-4. Let's also not forget the fact that the Kansas City Chiefs are still the only unbeaten team in the league.

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3. Home, Sweet Home

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We've had a homecoming of sorts for the second straight week, and for the second straight week, it didn't end well for the person coming back home. Last week, Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis was ruined by Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. This week, Mike Shanahan made his triumphant return to the Mile High City, the place where he led the Denver Broncos to two Super Bowl victories. Like Manning, though, his return was spoiled by the home team.

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2. Missing: The Philadelphia Eagles' Offense

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If seen, please contact the Philadelphia Eagles' front office. In two weeks, the high-powered Eagles offense has scored a combined total of 10 points. After scoring a measly three points against the Cowboys last week, the Eagles managed only seven against the New York Giants.

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1. And The Oscar Goes To...

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Megatron. Sunday, Calvin Johnson had the second most receiving yards in NFL history, and the most in a regulation game ever. His 329 yards was not only more than the Cowboys' entire team, but more than 15 teams gained on Sunday.


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