Week 8 was yet another crazy week in the NFL with close games coming down to the wire, standout players, blowouts and upsets. There were 7 games decided by one possession, one game decided by only one point, and another game that ended in a TIE! This was the first time since 1997 there were ties in back to back weeks.
Let’s start off with the tie. Playing in London, the Cincinnati Bengals took on the Washington Redskins. Although this game was not as crazy as last week’s, there were still some unbelievable moments leading to the tie. After going into OT, both teams ended their first possession with a punt so the next team to score would win. Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins was setting up for a game-winning 22 yard field goal. Should have been an easy win, but he missed. Then with two minutes left, the Bengals were driving their way into field goal position when their quarterback Andy Dalton fumbled the ball, giving the Redskins another chance at a field goal. But the Redskins could not capitalize on the good field position and the game ended in a tie.
Another game that came down to the wire was the Oakland Raiders overtime defeat of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 30-24. Raiders QB Derek Carr threw for 513 yards and four touchdowns, including a 41-yard game winning pass in overtime. Another close game included the offensive battle between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons won 33-32 with help from their QB Matt Ryan, who threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Finally, there was a third OT game this week where the Dallas Cowboys came back to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 29-23.
Upsets in Week 8 included the New Orleans Saints stunning the Seattle Seahawks in a close game of 25-20, keeping the Saints’ playoff hopes alive. The Chicago Bears also defeated the terrific defense of the Minnesota Vikings 20-10 in a Monday Night Football upset. Bears RB Jordan Howard rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown. There were a lot of teams with a bye this week: the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers.
A few standout players from week 8 that would help your fantasy team include Raiders QB Carr, who threw for 513 yards and 4 TDs;Raiders WR Amari Cooper, who caught for 173 yards and a TD; and Bears running back Jordan Howard, who rushed for 153 yards, received for 50 yards and a TD.