From No Good To Very Bad: The Worst Of Week 8 In The NFL
One thing I can say with absolutely certainty is that Week 8 was a vast improvement over Week 7 as far as the watchability of the matchups were concerned. It was good to see a few of the NFL's better teams return to action after the Week 7 bye left us with such thrilling games as a Redskins vs. Buccaneers and Titans vs. Falcons.
Week 8 kicked off with the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins playing in the Thursday night primetime game at Gillette Stadium. In what was hardly a shocking turn of events, the Patriots walloped their AFC East rivals 36-7. It wasn't a good look for the Dolphins, but it was great for those of us were already growing weary of the talking heads on our televisions, radio waves and in the blogosphere that thought Miami would be a contender based on their convicing wins over the Texans and the Titans.
Yeah, the 3-5 Texans and the 1-6 Titans. I'm sure they never saw this Week 8 loss coming.
The Patriots defense was so relentless against Ryan Tannehill all game that this actual moment occurred:
That's an NFL quarterback pinned back inside his own five-yard line watching the snap fly by him into the endzone for a safety. The fundamentals are not strong in this one.
Of course the best part of the whole thing was the slow motion, closeup shot of his face as he realizes what's happening because it is delightfully on par with the face you would totally imagine him making in such a situation.
That will sustain the internet for a while.
The Dolphins weren't the only ones to endure some embarassment in Week 8 though. In fact, some victims of the football gods may surprise you. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers came into their Sunday Night Football showdown with the Denver Broncos as one of the only teams considered a serious NFC Super Bowl contender, but they left Denver with their first loss of the season and some questions about their offense's ability to perform against top-tier defenses.
In the 29-10 loss for the Packers, Rodgers finished the game just 14/22 for 77 yards. His yardage total was the lowest of his career as a starter. The two other games in which he recorded lower passing yardage totals were games that he left due to injury. Rodgers was sacked three times for 27 yards while Peyton Manning was never sacked once, and the Broncos out-rushed the Packers 160 yards to 90.
While the Packers offense had their biggest struggles of the 2015 season so far, the Giants and the Saints had the exact opposite problem. They couldn't NOT score; because both teams woke up on Sunday morning and decided they were flat out refusing to play defense. Eli Manning and Drew Brees combined for 13 touchdown passes in the 52-49 shitshow that was eventually won by the Saints on a fifty-yard field goal by Kai Forbath as time ran out in the 4th quarter. The only touchdown not scored by the passing offenses was a pick-six, scored on the only interception thrown in the game.
That probably sounds like it was exciting, but if you're a true football fan you know that there is rarely anything entertaining about two teams just chucking the ball and doing absolutely nothing else. Any team can do that.
In fact, sometimes sucking impressively at something is the best way to get someone to talk about you. That's the case for these Week 8 losers!
Worst Week 8 Completion Percentage
Colin Kaepernick (SF): 48.8%
Lowest Passer Rating
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): 57.8
Most Sack Yards Lost
Zach Mettenberger (TEN): 46 yards
Fewest Rushing Yards (Min. 10 attempts)
Mike Davis (SF): 4 yards on 10 attempts (0.4 yards per carry)
Fewest Receiving Yards (Min. 10 targets)
Jerome Simpson (SF): 3 receptions for 34 yards on 10 targets
Fewest Total First Downs
San Francisco 49ers: 11 first downs
Cardinals/Falcons: 4 turnovers each
Most Penalty Yards
Atlanta Falcons: 124 penalty yards
Lowest Time of Possession
New York Giants: 25 minutes, 21 seconds
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