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WEEK 8 RECAP
Denver 27 Los Angeles (A) 46 70 Calm
After losing their first 4 games, LA has stormed back to win their last 4, including a 46-27 win over previously unbeaten Denver....
LA’s offense was in high gear, never having to punt in the game, scoring 7 touchdowns[3 missed xp] and only turning the ball over on a missed and
a blocked field goal attempt.... Denver on the contrary turned it over on 2 interceptions and 2 fumbles; as they were able to move the ball also....
Fitzpatrick led the LA offense completing 92%[23-25] of his passes for 232 yards and 2 tds, while adding 36 yds and a td on the ground; normal workhorse Nick Chubb
was only called on for 79 yards in the game, but made the most of them with 5 tds.... Cooper added 8 catches for 100 yds....
For the Broncos, Trubisky completed 21 of 27 for 140 yards and 2 tds and added a rushing td; but was hurt by the 2 picks.... Jonathan Taylor had 78 yards rushing for
the Broncos, including a 54 yard score on Denver’s 2nd play of the game....
Basically a very close even game except for the turnovers....
Minnesota 31 Detroit 12 70 Calm
Drew Brees throws for 357 yards and three TDs as Vikings declaw Lions.
Buffalo 16 Miami 10 83 Calm
Buffalo comes to Miami in game #2 between the teams.
The 1st quarter was fairly benign with Goff throwing picks on his 1st two possessions, however both teams manage a FG to end the quarter at 3-3
The 2nd quarter wasn't much better but the Dolphins did manage a TD with 1:10 to go in the half to go up 10-3 just before the intermission.
The 3rd quarter started better for the Bills, after a dismal 1st half, (2 for 9 for 39 yards) Kyler Murray opened the 3rd with a 11 play drive consuming almost half the quarter but the drive stalls and the Bills get the FG to cut the Dolphin lead to 10-6
After an exchange of punts moves the game to the 4th quarter, the Bills get headed in the right direction and go on a 12 play, 76 yard drive but this time they get the TD to go ahead 13-10. After Goff's 3rd interception of the day on Miami's next drive in Miami territory the Bills add another FG to make it 16-10 with 1:52 to go in the game. Miami goes 74 yards to the buffalo 1 yard line with a 1st and goal with 13 seconds left on the clock. Having used their time outs to get there, the Dolphins couldn't risk a run and had 4 plays to get in for the score. Sadly for the Dolphins, each pass fell incomplete as time expired after a 4 play goal line stand by the Bills at their own 1. Miami outplayed Buffalo in every category, unfortunately that also includes penalties and turnovers. Kudos to coach smith on sweeping our series this year and the Bills move to 4-4 and the Dolphins fall to 3-5. Next week the Bills stay on the road at Detroit, and the Dolphins go on the road to visit the Patriots.
Green Bay 24 Tampa Bay 34 77 5-15
This second 2021 season battle of the NFC North Bays was a game for first place in the division. Green Bay walloped Tampa Bay at Lambeau Field 27 – 10 in week three. Both teams had nearly their full complement of players dressed for the game. It was clear, 77° with 5 to 15 MPH winds.
The first half was a wild affair. The second play of the game saw Packer running back Dalvin Cook hit a gaping hole off left tackle, shake off arm tackles by Tampa’s Kyle Van Noy and Julian Love, and finish the run with a somersault into the end zone for shockingly quick 7- 0 Green Bay lead.
After a Tampa turnover on downs and a Green Bay punt, the Buccaneers started their second possession at their own 8-yard line. This time it was Bucs running back Cam Akers who sprang for a huge run. Benefiting from three missed tackles he’s brought down after gaining 87 yards, down to the Green Bay 4-yard line. Tampa’s Derek Carr finds Tyler Lockett to tie the game at 7 all.
This began a string of five consecutive possessions resulting in scores of four touchdowns and a field goal. Both defenses had their hands full facing Carr and Packer Ben Roethlisberger. A game changing play took place with Green Bay punting from their own 23 halfway through the second quarter. Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur sailed the snap over Jake Bailey’s head where it was scooped up and run into the end zone by Tampa’s Donte Jackson. The score at halftime was 21 – 17 Tampa with the Bucs set to receive the second half kickoff.
The defensive coordinators made good adjustments in the locker room. The first four possessions of the third quarter ended with punts. Once again the Packer punt team made the kind and difference they don’t want to make. Bailey kicked one off the side of his foot from his own 12-yard line setting up Tampa Bay at the Packer 36. Lockett hauled in his second touchdown pass of the day, this time on a 29-yard toss. The scoreboard reads Tampa 28 Green Bay 17.
On the ensuing possession Green Bay drives to the Buccaneer 33 but comes up short on a 4th and 2 pitch to Cook. 8 plays later Tampa’s Chris Boswell stretches the lead to 14 with a 50-yard field goal. Tampa 31 Green Bay 17 with 12 minutes left.
With Tampa playing soft and safe defense, the Packers cut the lead to 7 points after 16 plays but had to chew up 6:29 of clock. Tampa 31 Green Bay 24 with 5:29 left.
The Bucs were able to sustain a drive and tack on a field goal leaving Green Bay behind 10 points with two minutes left and no timeouts. The game ends with a score of Tampa 34 Green Bay 24.
Tampa put up 384 yards of offense while Green Bay went for 375. It was a good day for rushing with Tampa’s Akers averaging 8.7 per carry for 166 yards and Green Bay’s Cook averaging 6.8 per carry for 170 yards. Buccaneer Tyler Lockett and Packer Darren Waller each had two TD receptions.
The 7 and 1 Buccaneers travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings next week. The 5 and 3 Packers host the Chicago Bears.
New York (N) 7 Kansas City 30 41 20-30
The Chiefs defense forced 3 turnovers and held visiting New York to 144 yards passing as Kansas City defeated the Giants by a score of 30-7.
Tennessee 21 Jacksonville 42 80 5-15
The Jags race out to an early 21-0 lead and never look back as the Jags down the visiting Titans 42-21. The Titans defense was nowhere to be found as Jacksonville racks up 462 yards of offense to Tennessee's 250. Rick coached a great game but his D let him down.
Josh Allen was dominant once again throwing for 4TDs, 0 Ints and 259 yards.
Next week the Jags travel to Cincinnati while Tennessee is in the Peach State.
Baltimore 24 Cincinnati 19 41 5-15
Division rival Baltimore visited the Bengals in week eight IFL action. After an exchange of punts, Baltimore went for it on fourth and inches but was turned back. The Cincinnati offense took advantage as Rodgers connected with Chark from 35 yards out for a 7-0 lead. The Ravens put together a long 17 play-78 yard drive but had to settle on a Badgley 24 yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3 with about 10 and a half minutes left in the half. After forcing a Bengals punt Baltimore needed two plays to take the lead. A Mayfield to Fuller 62 yard reception and then a 20 yard pass to Logan Thomas to take a 10-7 lead with about six minutes remaining in the half. The Cincinnati offense was forced to punt again. However, the Bengals won a challenge regarding a Jesse Bates interception and took over at midfield. Instead of punting Cincinnati fell a yard short on fourth and eight and the Ravens took over just before the 2:00 warning. With a little less than a minute remaining in the half, Mayfield connected with Thielen for the 40 yard score to increase their lead to 17-7. Just like in real life Rodgers was able to move the offense to the Baltimore 33 to allow Fairbairn to hit the 51 yard field goal to cut the Ravens lead to 17-10 at the half.
The third quarter was a defensive struggle. The Bengals did get another field goal to cut the lead to 17-13. Baltimore got a big break at the end of the quarter as Dwayne Harris fumbled a punt return deep in their own territory and the Ravens took advantage as Dobbins scored from seven yards out to increase their lead to 24-13. Cincinnati answered with a 10 play-75 yard drive with Rodgers finding Dionate Johnson from a yard out. The try for two failed. The Bengals forced another Baltimore punt and drove from their own 21 to the Ravens 12. However, Ravens safety Keanu Neal intercepted Rodgers with 38 seconds remaining and Baltimore hung on for the win.
Baker Mayfield finished 18 of 34 for 297 yards and two TDs and 1 int for the victors. He also rushed for 38 yards. Fuller caught three passes for 95 yards.
Rodgers finished 32 of 44 for 359 yards and two TDs with an int. He was also sacked six times.
Next week the Ravens host Pittsburgh while Jacksonville, coming off a big win, visits the Bengals.
Chicago 27 Indianapolis 3 69 Calm
Colts fall to 0-8 losing 27-3 to the Bears. Colts moved the ball early and came within two yards of scoring their first offensive touchdown of the season, but a 4th and goal at the
Chicago (2-6) utterly dominated the second half and won going away to
win their second game of the season.
New Orleans 20 Pittsburgh 17 40 5-15
Saints stroll into town 5-1-1 and a 3 point road favorite to face the Steelers who have a 4-3 record. This was a good game Saints had some turnover problems and the Steelers some penalty issue's.
Steelers win the toss and on the second play hit Jefferson for a 19 yard play but wait a minute holding against rookie LT Jonah Williams Pittsburgh quickly punts it away after getting behind the chains. The teams trade punts and the 1st ends with no score.
But that changed quickly in the second as McManus connects from 47 yards out after a drive that started with over 6 minutes left in the 1st ended at the 29. Steelers have to punt again as the offense could not get going but at least they have them inside the 20. Well in 2 plays New Orleans strikes both Newton to Brown covering 82 yards (47&35) and the Saints go up 10-0. That seemed to wake up the Steelers offense a little as on the next drive they go on a 10 play drive that Culminates in a Brady to Jefferson 25 yard TD 10-7 Saints with just over 2 minutes left in the half. Newton takes those 2 minutes and drive the ball down the field mixing pass and run as the Saints had all their Timeouts remaining. A couple of key Plays early in the drive the Saints faced a 3rd and 13 the Steelers used one of there timeouts hoping to get the ball back to Brady but they failed to hold up as Beasley gets 15 to keep the drive alive. Then a 3rd and 9 from their own 45 but the Steelers get an encroachment making it 3rd and 4 saints covert and take it down to the 11 with 14 seconds left when they go into a hurry up and Newton is picked off by NB Diante Johnson end of the half . New Orleans 10 Steelers 7.
The teams trade punts to open the quarter on their 3rd possession Newton is picked again this time by DL Wilkins on the 1st play of the drive this time in Saints territory and Pittsburgh takes over on the 17. A 10 yard holding call on Gronk puts them behind the chains again and they can only get 14 yards back with some conservative play calls as the crowd was not happy with 2 runs and a short completion to Gronk but Bass would come on and connect from 31 yards out and we are tied at 10 as we head to the 4th.
Brady goes 3 and out to open the 4th then a Saints punt after a 9 play drive that included 2 successful challenges by both coaches but started on the 5 and ended on their own 26. On the next drive Pittsburgh gets a drive going. but avoided disaster on the 5th play when Brady trying to run gets stripped but Gronk covers up and the drive continues and ends with a 6 yard TD pass to Jefferson 17-10 with 3:58 to go the home team in front for the first time. Newton starts at his own 25 with 3:47 to go.A newton to Aikens 26 yard pass gets them inside the 40 with 2:24 to go. The next play is a 10 yard PI against Shetfield . Clyde Edwards Helaire would get an 8 yard run then bust up the seam 18 yards for the tying TD as we are tied at 17 with 1:50 to go but did they score to soon with Brady on the other side with the wind (5-15) at his back only needing a FG we have seen this plenty of times. But not on this day 3 in completions and the Steelers are punting the ball back with 1:15 to go.But New Orleans could not get past midfield as time ran out we are going to OT .
The Saints 2nd OT game in a row as they tied the Bengals last week. And the Steelers 2nd OT of the year as their opening game in LA against the Rams ended with a Jefferson TD catch in his first game .
Pittsburgh wins the toss and receives the ball again Brady in the clutch has been good in the past.On a 3rd and 10 from their 42 Brady hits Knox for a 15 yard completion but Knox fumbles the ball but once again a Steeler is their to save the day (Pittsburgh had 3 fumbles lost none) next play is a PI and gets them down to the Saints 36. An incomplete pass then Brady is sacked as Garrett comes up big getting his 6th sack of the year forcing a 3rd and 20 from the 46. a long pass to Jefferson falls incomplete and the Steelers are forced to punt. The punt is a good one though as Newton has to start from his own 5.Clyde Helaire would run for 42 yards Newton would pass for 17 yards mix in another 12 yard PI call against the Steelers and its down to the 9 yard line with 1:16 to go with a FG winning it. McManius lines it up from 27 yards out and wins it for the Saints on the road .
The Saints win a fun one as Steeler fans go home not happy but entertained anyway.
The Saints did lose AJ Brown midway through the game making it harder on there offense. Edwards Heliere runs for 127 yards on 20 carries. DL Christian Wilkins for the Steelers had 9 tackles 1 pd 1 Stuff 2 hurries and an Interception.
New Orleans 20 Pittsburgh 17 in OT
Pittsburgh (4-4) travels to face division rival Baltimore (3-5) in a revenge game for the Ravens who lost to Pittsburgh 31-21 in the 3rd game of the season.
New Orleans (6-1-1) travels to their division rival LA Rams (4-3) as LA seeks revenge from a 27-11 loss a few weeks back in the Big Easy.
Washington 10 Philadelphia 20 41 0-10
More turnovers, penalties and terrible QB play from Washington as they turn 400 yards into 10 points. Philly plays efficient and mistake free for an easy win.
New York (A) 10 New England 13 48 0-5
In Week 1, Lamar Jackson was intercepted four times in a 19-10 loss at MetLife Stadium. Jets come into Foxboro undefeated, hoping to put New England two games behind in the AFC East. Not helping matters - the heart of the Patriot defense, Devin White, is out with an injury.
Jets take the opening kick but go 3 and out. Lamar answers with completions to Hill (9), Kupp (12), Ekeler (4) and Hurst (9) to put NE into field goal range. Justin Tucker, perfect for the season on field goal attempts, comes in and promptly misses a 38 yard field goal. Game remains scoreless.
Jets respond with a heavy dose of Melvin Gordon, including a huge 26 yard scamper into NE territory. Watson finds Robert Woods for 15 yards, but the drive stalls and Dustin Hopkins comes in to nail the 30 yard FG. 3-0 Jets
Second quarter sees the defenses take over, as neither team can mount much offense. After a couple punts from both sides, Patriots take over with under 5 minutes to play in the half looking to put some points on the board.
Starting from their own 14, Kareem Hunt, Nyheim Hines and Lamar Jackson take turns running the ball out to the NE 33. A short pass to Hines before the 2 minute warning brings up 2nd and 3 from the NE 40. On the next play, Tyreek Hill blows past James Bradberry for a 46 yard gain all the way to the NY 14 yard line. Ekeler runs of 0 and negative 2 yards push NE to a 3rd and 12. An incomplete pass to Hurst and NE is forced to settle for the 34 yard Tucker field goal. BUT NO - Tucker missed again!
Jets lead 3-0 heading to halftime.
Patriots get the ball to start the 3rd quarter and Lamar wastes no time, finding Hill again for 15 yards before rushing for another 6 yards, into Jet territory. Ekeler for 5 yards ultimately brings NE into long field goal range. This time, Tucker converts from 51, and the game is tied at 3-3.
Jets and Pats each go 3-and-out on respective drives before Deshaun Watson and the Jets take over with 7:15 to play in Q3. Starting from their own 10, the Jets look to Gordon who carries for 7 and 5 yards sandwiched around a short James White reception. An big intentional grounding call on Watson sets the Jets back to their own 18, facing a 3rd and 15. Fading back to pass, Watson looks for Marvin Jones on a fly route but Richard Sherman PICKS HIM OFF - racing all the way to the Jet 5 yard line!! First and 10 New England!
After Hunt is stoned on first down, Lamar drops back to pass..........looking, looking.......he spots Ekeler in the end zone...........throws..........INTERCEPTED BY Tyron Mathieu!!!! (Mathieu picked Jackson twice in week 1 also). Patriots waste a GOLDEN opportunity here, and NY takes over.
Game still tied at 3-3.
Jets are forced to punt and NE takes over at the their own 13 yard line as the game moves to the 4th quarter. Lamar rushes for 8 and 2 yards to move the chains, out to the NE 23. After a false start, Jackson hands to Hunt who is STONED by Suh in the backfield, forcing a fumble!!! Mad scramble.......and the Jets have it! First and 10 from the NE 8 yard line!!
Gordon is stuffed on the first play, but the Jets go right back to him on 2nd down and Gordon races around the end for the 8 yard TD!! With just over 12 minutes to play, Jets lead 10-3.
Patriots go 3 and out as Lamar cannot find any open receivers. Jets respond by burning 3:30 of clock time, while moving the ball into NE territory thanks to completions to Higbee (10) and Jones Jr. (19). Another 11 yard completion to Jones sets Hopkins up for the 48 yard field goal. With 7:40 remaining in the game, Hopkins MISSED the field goal, and NE still had life.
On their ensuing drive and facing 2nd down and 6, Lamar dropped back to pass but once again couldn't find an open receiver. Jamie Collins blasted Lamar for the sack and a 12 yard loss!! NE cannot convert on the 3rd and long, and are once again forced to punt it away.
5:13 to play and the Jets turn to Melvin Gordon. Gordon runs for 2 on first down, but a holding penalty pushes them back 10 yards. Consecutive short runs by Gordon eat another 1:30 off the clock before the Jets are forced to punt it away. Lamar and the Patriots have one final chance with 2:55 to play.
Jackson hits Richie James for a short 4 yard completion on first down. On 2nd and 6, Jackson drops back and hits Cooper Kupp on a button hook. Bradberry whiffed on the tackle and Kupp is able to race 49 yards...........all the way to the Jet 16 yard line!
Lamar is stoned on a sweep on 1st down, but on 2nd down he finds Austin Ekeler out of the backfield for an 11 yard gain and a first down. With just over a minute to play, Kareem Hunt plows into the end zone from 5 yards out and Tucker hits the extra point. Game tied at 10 apiece.
But with a minute to play......does Watson have time to answer?
A kick return of 35 yards sets the Jets up at the 31 yard line, but the Pats D holds. Patriots get the ball with 23 seconds left, but this game is going to overtime.
Patriots win the toss and take the ball first. A poor kick return has NE starting from their own 14 yard line. A 4 yard run by Hunt is followed by a 7 yard Jackson run, giving the offense a little breathing room. A quick out to Hurst for 3 followed by a 3 yard Jackson run brings up 3rd and 4. Jackson finds Kupp for the crucial first down - 13 yards out to the Patriot 44.
A Jackson 3 yard run and an encroachment penalty on the Jets D brings up a 2nd and 2 from the Jet 48. Ekeler is stopped for a loss bringing up 3rd and 3. Lamar tried to convert but is stopped after only a 1 yard gain. Patriots facing a 4th and 2 from the NY 48 yard line and only 3:38 to play in overtime.
Patriots make the decision to go for it.......
Jets expecting run, but Jackson drops back to pass............looking for Hayden Hurst.......... but he's not open..............Jackson tucks and runs.......across the 40, the 35 to the Jets 31 yard line and a first down!
A Hunt rush nets only 2 yards on first down. Jets call timeout.
2nd down from the NY 29, and Quentin Nelson is whistled for the false start. Ball pushed back to the 34 yard line..........2nd and 13.
Kareem Hunt carries for one yard, followed by the Jets final timeout of overtime.
On 3rd and 12 from the 33, Lamar sweeps left and gains 8 critical yards. Clock winds to the 2 minute warning.
Justin Tucker, 1 for 3 on the day, comes in to attempt the 43 yard field goal..............
Good! For the first time in the game, NE has the lead,13-10
Deshaun would get one final chance.
Jets take over from their own 25 yard line and 1:47 to play. Gordon sweeps to the right but is dropped after a short gain. An 8 yard completion to Jones Jr nets 8 yards.........but the clock is ticking. Down to 53 seconds........
From their 36, Watson drops back and hits TY Hilton.............16 yard gain and another first down at the NE 48 yard line!! But he didn't get out of bounds.
Jets race to the line and Watson quickly finds Mel Gordon for a quick out and 2 yard gain.
Jets facing 2nd and 8 with 16 seconds to play, from the NE 46 yard line. Watson drops back but cant find anyone...........dumps to Gordon who is stopped for just a 1 yard gain. Watson races to the line and spikes with 6 seconds to play!!
From the Patriot 45, a field goal isn't an option. Watson drops back looking for the last second miracle bomb to Marvin Jones, but the pass is knocked down and the Patriots escape with the 13-10 win.
Neither QB threw a TD pass on the day, with both Watson and Jackson being intercepted once on the day. Jackson did carry for 79 yards on 14 carries including the huge 4th down conversion in overtime. Tyreek Hill (4 catches, 86 yards) and Cooper Kupp (6 catches ,91 yards) each managed big plays against the incredibly tough Jet secondary, something they were unable to do in Week 1. For NY, Melvin Gordon (24 carries 98 yards, TD) was the offensive standout, while Tyler Higbee (4 for 58) was the leading NY receiver.
With the two teams now each 7-1, both teams are at home in Week 9, with the Patriots hosting Miami and the Jets hosting Indy.
Dallas 6 Arizona 23 75 Calm
The Cardinal defense played surprisingly well against Herbert. Herbert was held to under 200 passing yards during the game with most of Dallas' yards coming during garbage time in the fourth quarter. The Red Bird offense chipped away at the Cowboys D adding points in every quarter. After building a 23 point lead, there was simply not enough time left on the clock for the Cowboys.
The Cardinal offense was balanced between the run and pass during the game. The real difference between the two teams turned out to be Mahomes third down efficiency. Mahomes was able to convert 9 of 14 third down attempts. The Cowboys only managed 3 of 12. Mahomes was also able to hit his receivers downfield setting up some big plays which netted additional points.
Atlanta 30 San Francisco 20 62 10-20
The 49ers built a 17 to 6 lead with just under 2 minutes left in the first half by blocking a punt for a TD and a 16 play 75 yard scoring drive. Unfortunately for the good guys Old Man Rivers finally loosened up and orchestrated a 5 play 75 year scoring drive to close out the first half, followed by a10 play 75 yard drive to open the second half to take a 20 - 17 lead. Game over. The Falcons kept the 49ers off balance the whole game.
Houston 24 Las Vegas 35 58 0-10
Matt Stafford has a day, throwing for 390 yards and four touchdowns as the Raiders get by Houston.
Los Angeles (N) 31 Carolina 3 58 0-5
Carolina's slide continues as they are thoroughly defeated at home by the Rams. Carolina musters a whopping 161 yard to 434.
Daniel Jones looked like the NFL MVP as he passed for 259 yards and two td's while adding 73 yards and another touchdown on the ground.
For the Panthers, Wilson was the standout by being sacked 6 times.
Cook,D(GB) 25-170 1 TD
Edwards-He(NO) 20-127 1 TD
Chubb,N(LAC) 18-64 4 TD
Kelce(Oak) 9-109 2 TD
Stafford(LV) 33-28-390 4 TD
Rodgers,A(Cin) 44-32-359 2 TD 1 Int
Brees(Min) 36-31-357 3 TD 1 Int
Allen,J(Jax) 27-19-251 4 TD – IFL Offensive Player of the Week
Edmunds(Dal) 16 Tk
Alexander(Buf) 10Tk 1 Int – IFL Defensive Player of the Week
Folk(Atl) 3-3 FGs, 12 Pts – IFL Special Team Player of the Week
WEEK 8 IFL STANDINGS