NFL Today, Week 8
Monday, Oct. 30
Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. EDT, ESPN. Kansas City has won three straight in the series. Broncos RB Jamaal Charles needs 44 yards from scrimmage to reach 10,000. Most of those yards came as a member of the Chiefs. … Denver LB Von Miller has a sack in five straight games. Denver (3-3) has won a franchise-record 31 straight games when winning the turnover battle. … Denver is 3-0 when leading at halftime. … The Chiefs (5-2) had won 12 straight vs. the AFC West before last week’s loss at Oakland. … Chiefs QB Alex Smith has 15 TD passes and no interceptions. … RB Kareem Hunt is the only player in NFL history to start his career with seven straight 100-yard scrimmage games.
– Russell Wilson, Seahawks, was 26 for 41 for 452 yards and four touchdowns and an interception in Seattle’s 41-38 win over Houston. Deshaun Watson, Texans, was 19 for 30 for 402 yards and four touchdowns and three interceptions. Watson has thrown three touchdown passes in four consecutive games and is the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat. He has 16 touchdown passes in his past four games, the most by a rookie in any four-game span.
– Tom Brady, Patriots, was 32 for 47 for 333 yards and a touchdown pass in New England’s 21-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Brady has 44 games with at least 300 passing yards and no interceptions. That is tied with New Orleans’ Drew Brees for the most such games with a team in NFL history.
– Case Keenum, Vikings, was 27 for 43 for 288 yards with two touchdown passes and an interception in Minnesota’s 33-16 win over Cleveland in London.
– Matt Ryan, Falcons, finished 18 for 29 for 254 yards and two touchdowns in the driving rain in Atlanta’s 25-20 win over the New York Jets.
– Andy Dalton, Bengals, was 17 for 29 for 243 yards and two touchdowns in Cincinnati’s 24-23 win over Indianapolis.
– LeSean McCoy, Bills, had 27 carries for a season-high 151 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown, in a 34-14 win over Oakland.
– Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas, had 33 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns in Dallas’ 33-19 win over Washington.
– Melvin Gordon, Chargers, finished with 14 carries for 132 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown in Los Angeles’ 21-13 loss to New England.
– Jordan Howard, Bears, had 23 carries for 102 yards in Chicago’s 20-12 loss to New Orleans.
– DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, Texans. Hopkins had eight catches for 224 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown, and Fuller had five receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns in Houston’s 41-38 loss to Seattle. Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett of the Seahawks also had huge games. Lockett had six catches for 121 yards and Richardson had six catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
– Jamison Crowder, Redskins, had nine catches for 123 yards in Washington’s 33-19 loss to Dallas.
– Jack Doyle, Colts, had 12 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis’ 24-23 loss to Cincinnati.
– Robby Anderson, Jets, had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in New York’s 25-20 loss to Atlanta.
– Adam Thielen, Vikings, had five receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s 33-16 win over Cleveland in London.
– Matt Bryant, Falcons, was 4 for 4 on field goals and added an extra point in a driving rainstorm in Atlanta’s 25-20 over the New York Jets.
– Kai Forbath, Vikings, was 4 for 4 on field goals and 1 of 2 on PATs in Minnesota’s 33-16 win over Cleveland in London.
– Mike Nugent, Cowboys, was 4 for 5 on field goals and 3 of 3 on PATs in Dallas’ 33-19 win over Washington.
– Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, Seahawks. Thomas returned an interception 78 yards for a touchdown and Sherman had two interceptions in Seattle’s 41-38 win over against Houston.
– Matt Milano, Bills, returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown in Buffalo’s 34-14 win over Oakland.
– Jalen Mills, Eagles, returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in Philadelphia’s 33-10 win over San Francisco.
– Byron Jones, Cowboys, returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown in Dallas’ 33-19 win over Washington.
– Carlos Dunlap, Bengals, returned an interception 16 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of Cincinnati’s 24-23 win over Indianapolis.
STREAKS & STATS
The Eagles (7-1) overcame a slow start to rout the 49ers on the way to their sixth straight win. … The Saints extended their winning streak to five with a 20-12 victory over the Bears. … The Patriots edged the Chargers 21-13 and have won four in a row. … The Bills improved to 5-2 to match their best start during a 17-year postseason drought – the longest active streak in North America’s four major professional sports leagues with a 34-14 win over Oakland. … The Browns and 49ers are the league’s remaining winless teams at 0-8. … The Colts fell to the Bengals 24-23 and have lost three in a row for the first time since 2015. Oakland has dropped four of five after its loss to Buffalo. … The Colts’ Frank Gore passed Barry Sanders for sixth on the NFL career list for carries. He started his 100th consecutive game, the first running back to do so since Curtis Martin started 119 in a row from 1998-2005.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 23 of 28 passes for 299 yards in the Saints’ 20-12 win over Chicago. Brees has 6,011 completions and joined Hall of Famer Brett Favre (6,300) and Peyton Manning (6,125) as the only players in NFL history with at least 6,000 completions. … Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers had a sack and forced fumble in the Panthers’ 17-3 win at Tampa Bay. Peppers has 151 sacks and passed Hall of Famer Chris Doleman (150+) for the fourth-most sacks since the sack became an official stat in 1982. … Adam Vinatieri kicked three field goals for the Colts and moved into a tie with Gary Anderson for second-most points in NFL history with 2,434. … Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen had a sack in the Vikings’ 33-16 win over Cleveland. Griffen, who has 10 sacks and has at least one sack in each of the Vikings’ eight games this season, is the third player to get a sack in each of his team’s first eight games of a season since the sack became an official stat. He joins Indianapolis’ Dwight Freeney (2009) and Robert Mathis (2005) as the only players to accomplish the feat. … Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa had a sack in the team’s loss at New England. Bosa has 19 sacks in 20 games, the most sacks by a player in his first 20 games to begin a career since the sack became an official stat.
Chicago lost tight end Zach Miller to a gruesome dislocated left knee injury. Miller was trying to make a 25-yard TD catch when his left leg got bent in an unnatural position as he landed in the end zone at New Orleans. … The Bears also lost two offensive linemen. Right guard Kyle Long left the game with a hand injury in the first quarter and center Cody Whitehair left later with an elbow injury. … Vikings right tackle Mike Remmers left after sustaining a concussion on the second drive of the win over Cleveland. … New England lost right tackle Marcus Cannon to an ankle injury in the first half of a win over the Chargers. Los Angeles linebacker Hayes Pullard and Patriots receiver Chris Hogan were both hurt on a collision in the fourth quarter. Hogan had a shoulder injury. … The 49ers lost left tackle Joe Staley (eye) and right tackle Garry Gilliam (knee). Defensive linemen Solomon Thomas (knee) and DL C.J. Jones (knee), safety Jimmie Ward (forearm) and wide receiver Pierre Garcon (neck) also didn’t finish the game. … Dallas lost wide receiver Cole Beasley to a concussion in its win over Washington. Redskins tight end Jordan Reed injured his right hamstring in the second quarter.
”The longest time was waiting for the ball to come down, The 16 yards went pretty quick.” – Cincinnati defensive lineman Carlos Dunlap who batted Jacoby Brissett’s pass into the air, caught it and ran it back 16 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Bengals’ 24-23 win over the Colts.
”Go ahead and give him rookie of the year. I love watching him.” – Seattle’s Russell Wilson on Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson after the Seahawks rallied past the Texans 41-38. Wilson finished 26 of 41 for a career-high 452 yards and four TDs and an interception and Watson had 402 yards and four touchdowns and three interceptions.
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