NFL Recap Week 8

We’re back with another NFL Recap… lot of action, lot of moments. One of the unbeatens fell, one team snapped a long losing streak, and another team got a nice helping of revenge. So… with that said, let’s get into the Recap:

Denver 7, Baltimore 30- Joe Flacco went 20-25 for 175 yards, Ray Rice ran for 84 yards on 23 carries, and Lardarius Webb had a kickoff return for 95 yards, and the Broncos suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Ravens, who snapped a 3-game losing streak. The Ravens defense held the Broncos to just 200 yards of total offense in the rout. Big momentum for the team as they have a show down at home against the first place Bengals. Broncos (6-1) Ravens (4-3)

Houston 31, Buffalo 10- Ryan Moats stepped in for Steve Slaton and had 126 yards on 25 carries, and three touchdowns and the Houston Texans bounced back from trailing at halftime to beat the Bills soundly 31-10. The Texans put 22 points in the fourth quarter, thanks to Moats, and spoiled the efforts of rookie Jairus Byrd’s two interception day. Terrell Owens scored the Bills only touchdown on a 29 yard run. He had five catches for 39 yards. The win was the Texans’ third in a row, but at a cost as tight end Owen Daniels left the game with a severe knee injury. The big fear is that he could be done for the season. Texans (5-3), Bills (3-5)

Cleveland 6, Chicago 30- Matt Forte ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bears defense force Derek Anderson into two interceptions and 76 passing yards and a one way ticket back to the bench for Brady Quinn. The Bears defense forced Cleveland into five turnovers and held the Browns offense to 191 yards. At 1-7, Browns’ fans are looking for a coaching change, but owner Randy Lerner is not firing head coach Eric Mangini. Browns (1-7), Bears (4-3)

Seattle 17, Dallas 38- The ‘Boys are finally playing with consistency. Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns, and for the first time in his career, had three straight games without throwing an interception, DeMarcus Ware has had a sack for the third straight game, and Miles Austin scored a touchdown for a third straight game, and Dallas has moved into a tie for first place with the Philadelphia Eagles going into their Sunday Night showdown at Lincoln Financial Field. Matt Hasselbeck threw for two touchdowns in a Seattle loss. Seahawks (2-5), Cowboys (5-2)

St. Louis 17, Detroit 10- In a battle of two of the not so great teams, the Rams won after a 25 yard touchdown run by Steven Jackson that gave head coach Steve Spagnuolo his first win as a NFL head coach. The win also snapped a 17 game losing streak for St. Louis, which was the sixth-longest streak in NFL history. The Lions faltered on special teams, as Josh Brown, the Rams kicker, threw a 36 yard touchdown pass on a fake to Daniel Fells. The Lions’ Matthew Stafford returned to the lineup and went 14-33 for 168 yards with an interception, but ran for a four yard rushing touchdown. Rams (1-7), Lions (1-6)

San Francisco 14, Indianapolis 18- The Indianapolis Colts survived thanks to Joseph Addai’s 22 yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne put the Colts over the top for the victory and to keep the Colts undefeated and their 16th straight regular season win. Peyton Manning went 31-48 for 347 yards, but misfired on touchdowns throws. Alex Smith had his first start in almost two years, and was solid, going 19-32 for 198 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Another solid day for Michael Crabtree, who had six catches for 81 yards. 49ers (3-4), Colts (6-0)

Miami 30, NY Jets 25- Ted Ginn, Jr. responded to his benching earlier in the week by taking his anger and his frustration out on the New York Jets special teams. Ginn ran two kickoffs for 100 and 101 yards, and was the key difference maker in the 30-25 win. The Dolphins were outgained in the game 378-104 and had only 10 first down compared to the Jets’ 23. It was tough for New York as they lost the season series to Miami with two losses in 20 days. Dolphins (3-4), Jets (4-4)

NY Giants 17, Philadelphia 40- Donovan McNabb threw for three touchdowns in the first half, and the Eagles started the New York/Philly doubleheader with the Yankees/Phillies with a big win and sending a huge statement to the Giants that they are among the NFC’s best. Eli Manning struggled as he threw for 222 yards and two interceptions. The Eagles are now in a first place tie with the Dallas Cowboys going into their Sunday Night Showdown at Lincoln Financial Field with the NFC East on the line. Giants (5-3), Eagles (5-2)

Oakland 16, San Diego 24- The old Chargers seemed to be back against the team they have thoroughly dominated over the years. The Chargers won their 13th straight game against the Raiders, which is the longest streak versus one team. LaDainian Tomlinson ran for two touchdowns, and Shawne Merriman picked up his first two sacks of the season, and Antonio Cromartie picked off a JaMarcus Russell pass, and the Chargers gained ground on the Denver Broncos with their loss to Baltimore. Justin Fargas scored the Raiders’ lone touchdown in the loss. Raiders (2-6), Chargers (4-3)

Jacksonville 13, Tennessee 30- Vince Young got his first start since the 2008 season opener, and he came through and got the Tennessee Titans their first win of 2009. He through for 125 yards and a touchdown, and Chris Johnson added 228 yards and runs of 52 and 89 yards, and the Titans became the last division winner of 08 to get a win, and left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only winless team in the NFL. Young displayed the confidence and poise that earned him the #3 pick in the NFL draft, and he has clearly overcame the demons that troubled him a year ago. Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns of 80 and 79 yards. David Garrard torched the Titans for 323 yards in the first meeting, was held to 139 yards in the second meeting. Jaguars (3-4), Titans (1-6)

Minnesota 38, Green Bay 26- Brett Favre returned to Lambeau Field with boos and jeers, and he went out and torched the Packers for four touchdown passes and Adrian Peterson ran for 97 yards and a touchdown and the Vikings held off a furious Packer rally and swept their archrivals for the season, Aaron Rodgers went 26-41 for 287 yards and three touchdowns. Favre kept his emotions in check, and was still appreciative of his time in Green Bay. The victory was Brad Childress’ first victory at Lambeau. Vikings (6-1) Packers (4-3)

Carolina 34, Arizona 21- For the Carolina Panthers and Jake Delhomme, this game was justice and revenge in some fashion. Delhomme only threw for 90 yards, including a 50 yard pass to Steve Smith for his first TD of the season, but the important thing for him was the fact that he had zero turnovers after having 13 in the first six games and six in the playoff game in Charlotte last January. After having his job on the line and finding out last Wednesday that he would be the starter, the Panthers not only ran for 299 yards, the offensive line gave Jake time to make decisions, and the defense forced Kurt Warner into six turnovers (five interceptions and a fumble). Delhomme left the game with a chest injury in the third quarter, resulting in Matt Moore entering the game, going 0-1 for 0 yards. Panthers (3-4) Cardinals (4-3)

The Monday Night Recap will be up tomorrow with the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints in a great NFC South battle from the Superdome.

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