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Week 8: Game Recaps

Contributed by: Michael Courter and Bill Enright
Last Updated: Nov 01, 2010 8:27 PM


DENVER (16) AT SAN FRANCISCO (24) – in London, England

BRONCOS

QB:  After stubbing his toe against the Raiders, Orton was back to form in week eight, connecting on 28 of 40 for 369 yards and a touchdown with an interception.

RB:  Knowshon Moreno carried 11 times for 40 yards and caught four passes for 19 yards. Tim Tebow had the Broncos lone rushing score, a one-yard plunge, when he came into the game as part of the Broncos new goal line package.

WR/TE:  Brandon Lloyd was the Broncos leading receiver in a big way, totaling seven receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown.  Jabar Gaffney had four receptions for 54 yards and Eddie Royal also caught four but for 34 yards. DeMaryius Thomas managed just one catch for 31 yards.  

DEF: Broncos defense was nearly invisible from a stats perspective. No sacks. No interceptions. No fumble recoveries. 24 points allowed.

49ERS

QB:  Troy Smith threw 12 of 19 for 196 yards and a touchdown while also adding a one-yard touchdown run.

RB: Frank Gore carried 29 times for 118 yards and a score.  He also added one reception for seven yards.

WR:  Tight end Delanie Walker was the high man with five receptions for 85 yards but Michael Crabtree caught the lone 49ers receiving touchdown as part of his three catches for 53 yards. Tight end Vernon Davis was limited to one reception for 12 yards. 

DEF: Pretty good effort here by a much-maligned San Francisco defense. Four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery while limiting the Broncos to 16 points.

 

JACKSONVILLE (35) AT DALLAS (17)

JAGUARS

QB:  David Garrard was back from injury in a big way, connecting on 17 of 21 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns. He also added a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

RB:  With Garrard's surprising success, Maurice Jones-Drew had room to run, carrying 27 times for 135 yards while adding two catches for 13 yards.

WR:  Mike Sims-Walker was the biggest beneficiary of the Garrard boom, collecting eight passes for 153 yards and a touchdown.  Tight end Marcedes Lewis was also enjoying the day with two touchdown catches that equaled 51 yards. Mike Thomas also contributed with four catches for 41 yards and a score.

DEF:  Jaguars defense had its best performance of the season, with two sacks, four interceptions, while limiting the Cowboys to 17 points.

COWBOYS

QB:  In his first game as starter replacing Tony Romo, Jon Kitna completed 34 of 49 passes for 379 yards and one touchdown but four interceptions.    

RB:  Felix Jones led the Cowboys with a paltry 22 yards rushing from eight carries. Marion Barber found the end zone, but managed only 16 yards on nine carries.

WR:  Miles Austin led the Cowboys receivers with seven receptions for 117 yards. Jason Witten had a solid performance of 10 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown.  Rookie Dez Bryant has seven grabs for 84 yards.

DEF: Three sacks and a fumble recovery but not a good effort allowing 35 points and 415 total yards. 

 

MIAMI (22) AT CINCINNATI (14)

DOLPHINS

QB:  Chad Henne was lackluster, connecting on 24 of 37 for 217 yards and an interception.  He also was a -7 yards on three scrambles.

RB:  Ronnie Brown led the Dolphins with 61 yards on 16 carries but Rickey Williams got the touchdown as part of his nine carries for 47 yards. And Brian Hartline had one carry for 30 yards, probably a reverse.   

WR:  Brandon Marshall led the Dolphins again with five catches for 64 yards, but again, not touchdowns! Davone Bess (7 catches) and Brian Hartline (5 catches) each had 53 yards receiving.

K: Dan Carpenter was the Dolphins fantasy football star, hitting on all five of his field goal attempts (38, 42, 24, 54, 31) and one extra point.

DEF:  One interception and holding the Bengals to 14 points.

BENGALS

QB:  Another puzzling effort by Carson Palmer, who completed 17 of 38 for 156 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.  

RB:  Cedric Benson underachieved again, carrying 20 times for 69 yards and no touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 12 yards. 

WR:  Terrell Owens had a good day, recording five catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns.  Chad Ochocinco had three receptions for 34 yards.

DEF:  No sacks. One interception and one fumble recovery.

 

BUFFALO (10) AT KANSAS CITY (13)

BILLS

QB:  The Chiefs did a good job of slowing down the red-hot Ryan Fitzpatrick, limiting him to 24 of 48 passing for 223 yards with one touchdown and one interception.  Fitzpatrick also scrambled for 43 yards on six carries.

RB:  Fred Jackson led the Bills with 64 yards rushing from 20 carries.  

WR/TE:  Roscoe Parrish (4 catches) and Lee Evans (5 catches) had 66 and 56 yards, respectively. Steve Johnson caught another touchdown pass as part of his five catches for 37 yards.  Rookie running back C.J. Spiller had four catches for 28 yards.   

DEF:  Three sacks. No interceptions or fumble recoveries while allowing 414 total yards and 13 points.

CHIEFS

QB:  Cassel completed 14 of 26 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown in a disappointing performance against a bad Bills secondary.

RB:  Jamaal Charles seized the day with 22 carries for 177 yards rushing while leading the Chiefs with four receptions for 61 yards.  Thomas Jones had 19 carries for 77 yards. 

WR/TE:  After Charles, rookie tight end Tony Moeaki was next highest with three catches for 45 yards. Dwayne Bowe was limited to three receptions for 16 yards but included a one-yard touchdown catch.

DEF:  Three sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles while holding the Bills to 10 points and 328 total yards.

 

WASHINGTON (25) AT DETROIT (37)

REDSKINS

QB:  Donovan McNabb completed 17 of 30 for 210 yards and a touchdown with one interception and was largely ineffective, leading to his benching for Rex Grossman late in the fourth quarter.  Grossman then fumbled which was returned 17 yards for a touchdown by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Grossman finished 4 of 7 for 44 yards.

RB:  Ryan Torain was a big disappointment on the ground, carrying nine times for 10 yards, but three receptions for 19 yards and a score as a receiver. McNabb led all Redskins in rushing with 45 yards on four carries and Keiland Williams carried six times for 25 yards and a touchdown.

WR: Anthony Armstrong led Washington receivers with three receptions for 92 yards. Santana Moss had six grabs for 56 yards. Tight end Chris Cooley had four receptions for 48 yards.

DEF:  The Redskins defense had one sack and one interception but saved their performance with Brandon Banks 96-yard kickoff return. 

LIONS

QB:  Matt Stafford played well in his return from injury, completing 26 of 45 for 212 yards and FOUR touchdowns with one interception.

RB:  Kevin Smith carried 12 times for 51 yards with two receptions for 16 yards and Jahvid Best rushed 12 times for 48 yards and added five receptions for 31 yards.   

WR/TE:  Calvin Johnson turned in a Megatron-like performance with nine catches for 101 yards and THREE touchdowns.  Nate Burleson chipped in with seven catches for 47 yards. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew caught a two-yard touchdown pass.

DEF: Six sacks, one interception and the fumble recovery returned 17 yards for a touchdown.

 

CAROLINA (10) AT ST.LOUIS (20)

PANTHERS

QB:  Back to square one with Matt Moore with a disappointing 23 of 37 for 194 yards and one touchdown with THREE interceptions.     

RB:  So much for Jonathan Stewart taking advantage of DeAngelo Williams absence.  Stewart carried 14 times for 30 yards and caught one pass for eight yards. 

WR/TE:  Steve Smith led the Panthers with nine receptions for 85 yards but lost a costly fumble.  Rookie Brandon LaFell made four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown.

DEF: One sack, 20 points 246 total yards allowed.

RAMS

QB:  Sam Bradford was better than last week, connecting on 25 of 32 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

RB:  Steven Jackson did not meet expectations, carrying 23 times for 59 yards and one catch for four yards- with no touchdowns.   

WR:  Brandon Gibson was the Rams leading receiver with six receptions for 67 yards, but tight end Daniel Fells (4 rec. for 35 yards) and Danny Amendola (6 catches for 28 yards) both caught touchdowns.

DEF:  Pretty good effort by the Rams. Three sacks, three picks, a fumble recovery and 201 total yards and 10 points allowed.

 

GREEN BAY (9) AT NEW YORK JETS (0)

PACKERS

QB:  Aaron Rodgers did not fare well against the Jets top-ranked defense, completing 15 of 34 for 170 yards and no touchdowns. 

RB:  Brandon Jackson carried 15 times for 55 yards and caught two passes for 15 yards.

WR/TE:  Greg Jennings led Green Bay with six catches for 81 yards.  Jordy Nelson was next best with five receptions for 55 yards.

K: Mason Crosby supplied the Packers only scoring, hitting 3 of 4 field goal attempts (20, 40, 41).      

DEF:  The Packers injury-riddled defense was the story of the day, pitching a road shutout against one of the AFC's best teams. Two sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

JETS

QB:  Mark Sanchez threw for 16 of 38 passes for 256 yards and two interceptions. He added 22 more yards on the ground from two scrambles.

RB: LaDainian Tomlinson was held to 16 carries for 54 yards and five catches for 37 yards.  Shonn Greene carried six times for 22 yards.

WR/TE:  Jerricho Cotchery led the Jets with four receptions for 89 yards.  Tight end Dustin Keller was next highest with four catches for 45 yards. Santonio Holmes had three catches for 43 yards and Braylon Edwards was held to one grab for 32 yards.  

DEF:  Two sacks, no turnovers while holding the Packers to 237 total yards and nine points.

 

TENNESSEE (25) AT SAN DIEGO (33)

CHARGERS

QB: Philip River continued to perform at an elite level, completing 27-of-36 passes for 305 yards and two TDs. It was the 5th time this season Rivers passed for at least 300 yards. He also had one interception.

RB: All three of the Chargers Running Backs scored a Touchdown against the Titans. Mike Tolber and Ryan Mathews scored on runs, while the speedster, Darren Sproles, scored via a pass. Tolbert led the team in rushing yards with 63 and finished with 36 receiving yards. Mathews finished with 43 yards on the ground. Sproles gained 41 rushing yards and 36 receiving yards.

WR: With Malcom Floyd, Legedu Naanee and Buster Davis all out, Patrick Crayton and Seyi Ajirotutu filled in once again in the starting lineup. Ajirotutu caught three passes for 48 yards, while Crayton caught four passes for 46 yards,

TE: Once again it was Antonio Gates who led the Chargers in receiving. He caught five passes for 123 yards and a score. Gates now has an NFL best 9 TDs on the year and has gained at least 100 yards in three games this season.

DEF: The Chargers Defensive Unit didn't register a sack or turnover during the game and likely put up zero or negative points if they were in your starting lineup.

TITANS

QB: Vince Young completed 10-of-21 passes for 253 yards and 2 TDs but left the game with an ankle injury. Kerry Collins filled in and completed 8 passes for 52 yards.
RB: Chris Johnson managed to scored a TD but failed to reach the 100 yard mark for the 4th time this season. He finished the game with 59 rushing yards and 74 receiving yards.

WR: Nate Washington was the Titans lead man grabbing four passes for 117 yards and a TD. Lavelle Hawkins also caught four passes but gained just 56 yards. Rookie Damian Williams caught two passes for 43 yards. After a stellar three TD performance in Week 7, Kenny Britt left the game with a serious hamstring injury and did not register a catch.

TE: Jared Cook caught one pass for 36 yards. Bo Scaife did get a catch

DEF: The Titans Defense had one sack, one safety, one interception, and one blocked kick.

MINNESOTA (18) AT NEW ENGLAND (28)

PATRIOTS

QB: Tom Brady had a mediocre day completing 16-of-27 passes for 240 yards and a TD. Brady is not having the type of season Fantasy Managers were hoping for, he has yet to pass for over 300 yards this season.

RB: BenJarvus Green-Ellis had his most productive game of the season rushing 17 times for 112 yards and two TDs. Danny Woodhead contributed with 13 yards and a TD on the ground plus he had five receptions for 45 yards.

WR: Brandon Tate had the best receiving game of his career, gaining 101 yards and a score on three receptions. Wes Welker and Deion Branch combined for just 4 receptions for 45 yards.

TE: Aaron Hernandez caught two passes for 33 yards. Rob Gronkowski caught just one pass for five yards.
DEF: The Patriots came away with one sack and one interception.

VIKINGS
QB: Brett Favre completed 22-of-32 passes for 259 yards and an INT before being knocked out of the game with a chin laceration. Tavaris Jackson filled in for Favre and completed 4-of-6 passes for 36 yards and a TD.

RB: Adrian Peterson rushed 25 times for 92 yards and one TD while also gaining 50 receiving yards on five receptions.  Peterson only has three games with over 100 rushing yards.  Toby Gerhart didn't contribute anything on the ground but he did catch five pases for 67 yards.  Fullback Naufahu Tahi caught the team's only receiving TD.

WR: Percy Harvin was the team's leading receiver, catching six passes for 104 yards. Randy Moss was held to just one catch.

TE: Visanthe Shiancoe caught four passes for 38 yards.

DEF: The Vikings Defense allowed 28 points and didn't register any sacks or turnovers.

 

TAMPA BAY (38) AT ARIZONA (35)

BUCCANEERS

QB: Josh Freeman was nearly perfect on Sunday, completing 18-of-25 passes for 278 yards and one TD. He connected with 10 different players and hasn't thrown an interception in three games.
RB: Rookie LeGarrette Blount had the best game of his young career. He rushed for 120 yards (his first career 100 yard game) and added two TDs. Carnell Williams took a backseat to Blount, rushing just four times for ten yards.

WR: Like Blount, fellow Rookie Mike Williams had his first career 100 yard game, he caught four passes for 105 yards and a TD. Micheal Spurlock had three catches for 60 yards and Arrelious Benn had one catch for 53 yards.

TE: Kellen Winslow had just one catch for 5 yards.

DEF: Other than allowing 35 points, the Bucs Defense had an outstanding day in terms of Fantasy Production. The unit had two TDs, four interceptions, and one sack.

CARDINALS

QB: Max Hall got the start but was benched in favor of Derek Anderson. Before leaving the game, Hall had 71 yards, one TD and two INTS. Anderson completed 16-of-24 passes for 234 yards, one TD, and 2 INTs.
RB: Beanie Wells led the Cards with 50 rushing yards and a score on 16 carries. Larod Stephens-Howling also scored on a run and gained 41 yards on four attempts. Tim Hightower had just one carry and one reception.

WR: Larry Fitzgerald rewarded Fantasy Managers with a two TD performance. Fitz caught six passes for 72 yards. Steve Breaston was back in the lineup for the first time since Week 3, and ended up reaching a career high by gaining 147 on eight receptions. Early Doucet caught four passes for 39 yards.

TE: Stephen Spach had one catch for three yards.

DEF: The Arizona Defense had two sacks, recovered two fumbles (one of which they returned for a TD), and blocked a kick.

 

SEATTLE (3) AT OAKLAND (33)

RAIDERS:

QB: Jason Campbell had his best game in a Raider uniform, completing 15-of-27 passes for 310 yards and 2 TDs.
RB: Darren McFadden rushed 21 times and gained 111 yards. It was his 2nd consecutive game with at least 100 rushing yards. Michael Bush also had a solid fantasy outing by rushing for 51 yards and a score. Fullback Marcel Reece rushed for 32 yards, but he scored and gained 90 yards on three receptions.

WR: Darrius Heyward-Bey took over as the team's #1 Wide Receiver since Louis Murphy was sidelined with an injury, the result? Five receptions, 105 yards, and a TD. It was his first TD of the season.

TE: Zach Miller caught just one pass for 8 yards.

DEF: The Raiders Defense pounded Seahawks' QB Matt Hasselbeck, sacking him eight times and picking off one of his passes. The unit only allowed the Seattle to score three points.

SEAHAWKS

QB: Matt Hasselbeck had an awful performance against the Raiders, completing just 13 of his 32 attempts. He totaled just 160 yards and also threw an interception.

RB: Leon Washington was the team's leading rusher, but that's not saying a whole lot considering he only gained 29 yards. Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett combined for 18 yards on 14 carries.

WR: Rookie Golden Tate led the team's receiving corps with two receptions for 36 yards. Mike Williams cooled off from his hot streak, catching just one pass for 27 yards.

TE: John Carlson led the team with 47 yards on three receptions.
DEF: The Seahawks registered just two sacks and did not force any turnovers.

 

PITTSBURGH (10) AT NEW ORLEANS (20)

SAINTS

QB: After throwing four INTs in Week 7, Drew Brees was very efficient against the Steelers in Week 8. He completed 34-of-44 passes for 305 yards and two TDs. He did throw one interception.

RB: With Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush still sideline, the Saints continued to struggle rushing the ball. Julius Jones ran for a team high of 16 yards. Ladell Betts and Chris Ivory combined for 15 yards on 10 attempts.

WR: Robert Meachem and Marques Colston both had six receptions. Meachem finished with one more yard (76) than Colston (75), but it was Colston who caught a Touchdown. Lance Moore led the team in receptions with seven, gained 54 yards, and also scored a TD. Devery Henderson caught three passes for 33 yards.

TE: Jeremy Shockey hauled in three passes for 30 yards, while David Thomas grabbed four passes for 15 yards.

DEF: While allowing just 10 points, the Saints Defense sacked Ben Roethlisberger three times, picked off one of his passes, and also recovered a fumble.

STEELERS

QB: Ben Roethlisberger had a very quiet day, completing 17-of-28 passes for 195 yards and 1 INT.

RB: Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 71 yards and scored the team's only TD.

WR: Given Big Ben's low stat line it should come as no surprise to learn the Steelers' receivers didn't do much. Mike Wallace caught three passes for 43 yards, while Hines Ward had three grabs for 15 yards. Antwaan Randle-El gained 33 yards on three receptions.

TE: Heath Miller caught two passes for 39 yards and had a costly fumble late in the 4rh Quarter.

DEF: The Steelers sacked Drew Brees twice and intercepted one of his passes. They also recovered a fumble.



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