NFL WEEK 8 Takeaways: Bengals hold on, another day for Mahomes, Redskins run all over Giants, Panthers are back

A lot of action in the 1 o’clock games sheesh! There were 5 games that combined for 42 points or more, which is usually most overs on many sites. Therefore many overs probably hit today, anyways there was a ton of action. As the NFL year winds down and we are already heading into week 9, these games are crucial for a lot of playoff/wildcard teams. Speaking off…

Bears get back in the win column

The Bears do their job on home turf and walk over the Jets. Mitchell Trubisky meant business from the moment he walked into the stadium today dressed as Bears legend Mike Ditka. Trubisky threw for 220 yards for 2 touchdowns while Jordan Howard had 22 carries for 81 yards and 1 touchdown. The Bears defense held all Jets receivers to 61 yards or less while the Jets running backs combined for 14 carries and 153 yards. The Jets Sam Darnold did not throw an interception which is a good sign but only 1 touchdown pass for 153 yards today. The Bears now improve to 4-3 and 3-1 at home. The Bears clearly have what it takes to play deep into the January but it is now staying consistent and winning the games they are suppose to win. The Bears now sit waiting for the Vikings and Packers to play and if both teams lose they will be tied for first place with Minnesota.

Bengals hold on after 4th quarter blunder

Bengals almost let the game slip form their hands. As the Buccaneers had their backs against the wall heading into the third quarter down 34-16 they went back to Ryan Fitzmagic and he connected right away on his first drive. The Buccaneers put up 18 points in the third to come back and tie the game up but the Bengals hit a late quarter filed goal to see the deal and give them the win 37-34. The Bengals scored just 3 points in the third. The Buccaneers are a tough to team to read with clear QB issues, they started out hot and now have simmered down moving to 4th in the NFC South with only hopes set on a wild card spot at the moment. The Bengal’s nail biting win gives them some separation from the Ravens as they are tied for first with Pittsburgh now.

Mahomes and the Chiefs improve to 7-1

Broncos certainly made it interesting and surprised a lot of fans today only losing to Kansas City by 10, but Patrick Mahomes had another day and another 4 touchdown pass evening. Mahomes although throwing for 4 TD’s and 303 yards has thrown now 4 interceptions over his last 4 games. There is a sign of some coming down to the earth for the young QB but definitely nothing to worry about as he continues to throw the ball downfield and be successful at it. This loss for Denver puts them now 3-5 on the year, in third in the AFC West and 1-2 in divisional play for them. The Broncos saw some more success from their running back Pat Lindsay rushing for 85 yards and a touchdown as well as Case Keenum throwing for 262 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 INT. The Broncos seem like they will be looking on from the outside come playoff time.

Redskins cover spread with easy win over Giants

Redskins cover the spread easily and improve to 5-2 on the year on a 3-game win streak heading back to home field vs Atlanta a team that is struggling greatly. It seems the Redskins run games was in full command today as Adrian Peterson broke for a 64-yard touchdown and had 149 yards on the day. Alex Smith had just 1 touchdown and 178 yards the Redskins for sure managed the clock well today and made it simple. The Giants are well definitely not doing anything exciting this season. For all the fans who believe Eli Manning is not the issue you are delusional the one interception he had thrown literally directly to a double covered receiver and into the safety’s hands is a prime example of how immobile and done Eli is. I hope you took this spread from my 1PM NFL week 8 picks article because this was a give me.

Panthers are BACK!

Panthers are back! Cam Newton did his signature showboat after a 14-yard touchdown run as he signed the ball for a fan. That is example one as to why the Panthers are back and ready to roll. The Panthers held the Ravens to 192 yards and all Ravens receivers to 54 yards or less on the day. While Newton threw for 219 yards 2 touchdowns and a rushing one. Christian McCaffery had a rushing and receiving touchdown as DJ Moore had 90 yards receiving the ball was spread out well against a good Baltimore defense another example as to why the Panthers are back. The Panthers stay in Carolina and welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a week 9 tilt. The Panthers now improve to 5-2 on the year one game behind the Saints who play in Sunday primetime vs Minnesota.

 

 

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