We are now midway through the NFL season and the dust is settling revealing the frontrunners for Super Bowl 50. Week 8 continued to expand on that, as the Patriots, Panthers, Broncos and Bengals all scored impressive victories while other teams just finished typing their obituaries.
Lets break it down.
MIA 7, NE 38
Tom Brady is unreal. Miami never stood a chance against the midseason MVP and losing Cameron Wake to an Achilles injury for the rest of the year just sealed their fate. New England is still the top dog in the AFC East.
DET 18, KC 45
Things are looking ugly in Detroit. A complete beatdown across the pond sent the Lions into a free fall as they fired their GM and President. Kansas City is putting up a fight, but they’ve just lost too much to even think about a second half playoff push.
TB 23, ATL 20
The Bucs are a young team and a long ways off from being a playoff team but they just nabbed their best win of the season so far on the road in a hostile environment against a division rival. Atlanta on the other hand just proved they’re a good team, not great.
SD 26, BAL 29
After losing Steve Smith Sr. the week before, Baltimore showed a lot of heart beating the reeling Bolts. Nevertheless, it means nothing. They’re done and so are the Chargers who are just being ravaged by injuries; they too lost their number one wide receiver, Keenan Allen.
MIN 23, CHI 20
Let’s face it, although we don’t really talk about the Vikings, they’re just the better team. But for a while there, it looked as if the Bears would score the upset. It wasn’t to be.
AZ 34, CLE 20
The same principals apply to this game; the Cardinals are just the better team. Even with an early lead, the Browns never had a chance against a superior team in all facets of the game.
TEN 6, HOU 20
This game meant little to the NFL landscape, except for the fact that Titans head coach Ken Wisenhunt was fired the next day. Both teams are flawed, it was just the Texans day.
NYG 49, NO 52
The Giants and Saints defense took the day off. But lucky for us, the offenses really showed up and delivered a high scoring, fast-paced shoot out in which the Giants self-destructed in the waining seconds. What a way to lose.
CIN 16, PIT 10
In a game the Steelers really needed, and in Big Ben’s first week back after missing the last four games due to a leg injury, they just didn’t deliver a strong performance. Allowing Big Ben to throw 45 times isn’t a recipe for success and to top things off, they just lost their All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell for the year. Tough year for Pittsburgh. The Bengals are continuing to play great football. Easily one of the top teams in the NFL.
SF 6, STL 27
San Francisco is a shell of their former self. Their old coach is in Ann Arbor, half of their roster is retired and now Kaepernick is benched for Blaine Gabbert.
NYJ 20, OAK 34
Talk about being hung over. After revamping this season on defense with hopes of taking down the Patriots only to fail miserably, the previously streaking Jets just lost back to back games including this embarrassingly lackluster performance against the now surging Raiders – who are now in the playoff discussion.
SEA 13, DAL 12
The Seahawks won while the Cowboy’s quarterback lost. Same story since Tony Romo went down in Week 2. The Cowboys are now 0-5 without him and the Seahawks beat Matt Cassel by one point, I guess that’s a good thing.
GB 10, DEN 29
Defense in the word of the day in Denver. They got a legit defense while Peyton showed some flashes of past MVP years. It’s also time to face it, Green Bay has just a few issues. The loss of Jordy Nelson was none more apparent than this embarrassing performance at Mile High with Rodgers throwing for an astounding 77 yards. You read that right.
IND 26, CAR 29
It’s funny that the Colts that spend so much time worrying about the deflation of footballs instead of giving their franchise quarterback some help. Carolina on the other hand is really good, but they have played some flawed teams. Cam is the Kaepernick of the East, but just with a winning team.