40 things we learned in Week 8 of the 2016 NFL season

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Here are the 40 things we learned in Week 8 of the 2016 NFL season:
1. Nothing says “National Football League 2016 season” more than having two games, both nationally televised, end in ties in successive weeks for the first time since 1997.
2. Unless it is having a player getting a 15-yard “celebration” penalty for hugging an official after a TD. (Seattle’s Earl Thomas did it after scoring on a fumble return.)
3. No Hug League > No Fun League
4. Fittingly, Rob Gronkowski became the Patriots’ career TD leader with a 53-yard pass from Tom Brady right down the seam. The pass play nobody can stop – even those defensive whizzes, the Ryan brothers.
5. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick went 3-for-14 in the first half. Even Joe Namath was calling for him to be benched. (Not sure why we care what Namath has to say, but he just won’t stop bothering people on Twitter).
6. The owner, general manager and coach must have hugged Fitzpatrick at halftime or something. In the second half he went 13-for-20 and rallied the Jets past the Browns.
7. The Josh Norman-A.J. Green matchup was worth waking up early to watch. A battle every play. Respect to both.
8. And it’s weird. Norman was flagged five times (three were accepted) and dropped two potential interceptions, yet we think he played a good game.
9. And then he just completely ripped field judge Brad Freeman after the game. Roger Goodell’s eyes went "ka-ching!"
10. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr: 513 yards passing and 4 TDs in an OT win over Bucs. Already getting the popcorn ready for Carr vs. Broncos defense next Sunday night.
11. Aaron Rodgers had 60 yards rushing against the Falcons. A career high. And you thought the Packers were hurting at RB.
12. Speaking of the Falcons, can’t stress enough how much they needed that win on Sunday. Lose that and all those memories of last season’s second half fade are all anybody wants to talk about.
13. The Saints made a defensive stop to win a game. Let that one sink in for a bit.
14.  Don't think we are going too far out on the limb to say this Dak Prescott-Carson Wentz thing should be fun for years to come. Chapter 1 sure was interesting.
15. For the record, the Carolina Panthers were the first to score in the early games played Sunday on the mainland with a defensive touchdown.
16. The first to score an offensive touchdown? The Browns, of course. Come on, who else could it have been?
17. Not sure which drives Bengals fans crazier: The stupid penalties this team takes every game or the fact QB Andy Dalton takes sacks on plays where the only thing that will hurt is a sack.
18. Marvin Lewis has been responsible for three of the last seven ties in the NFL. Pretty much sums up his run with the Bengals.
19. State-owned TV (NFL Network) reported that Bears will have meetings this week to look at the whole operation. That is not a good sign for John Fox.
20. If you think you had a bad day, consider this: Jets. Browns. Rainy day. Your afternoon had to be better than that.
21. Nobody likes a tie, but it is still better than putting the ball at the 25 like they do in the JV games on Saturday.
22. We feel strongly that Bengals RB Jeremy Hill must celebrate TDs with the Ickey Shuffle or be penalized 15 yards. #justsayin.
23. Tom Brady finally completed a TD pass to a wide receiver. It took four games. So there’s that.
24. Tweet from NFL Research:  Including his score today, @RAIDERS Donald Penn has 4 career TD, T-most by any player weighing 300+ lbs in NFL history.
25. Yay for the fat guys!
26. Browns QB Josh McCown’s 228 passing yards in the first half were the most by a Browns QB in the first half of a game since Bernie Kosar in 1986. The Browns were honoring that 1986 team at halftime. Weird.
27. Sebastian Janikowski has made more 50-plus yard FGs than anybody in history ... even after missing two 50-plus yard attempts in crunch time on Sunday.
28. How did the Cardinals get this bad this quickly? Just wondering.
29. Did the Chiefs really allow QB Alex Smith go back in the game after taking a hit to the head? And then they were surprised when he got hurt again? OK, got it.
30. So the Raiders had a record 23 penalties for 200 yards. And won. Uh, that’s not a good look for you, Tampa Bay.
31. If the Colts are not going to cover tight ends, well, then they are headed to 6-10.
32. Panthers QB Cam Newton is finally tired of all the non-calls and said he plans to talk to the commissioner about it. Interesting.
33. Wade Phillips being taken off the field on a stretcher is not something we wanted to see. Be well, Wade.
34. Chargers WR Travis Benjamin had one of those TD catches you just want to see. So put it on today’s to-do list.
35. Chiefs LB Dee Ford had a day he will tell his grandkids about: 3.5 sacks of Andrew Luck.
36. Kirk Cousins's performance was overshadowed – somewhat – by the tie and Norman's postgame comments , but the Redskins QB threw for a career-best 458 yards. Those red-zone trips still a problem for this team, though.
37. Oh, Chargers. You have a first-and-goal from the 2 and have been running successfully. So you throw four straight passes? And then wonder why you lost.
38. Great stat from USA TODAY Sports' Tom Pelissero after the Jaguars changed offensive coordinators: Running backs had just 18 carries over the past two games combined.
39. We can’t argue with firing the offensive coordinator, but there were a lot of Titans running free on Thursday night against that Jags defense. But we guess Gus Bradley couldn’t fire himself.
40. The Eagles’ game against the Cowboys on Sunday marked the second of three straight against opponents coming off byes.
40 things we learned in Week 8 of the 2016 NFL season 40 things we learned in Week 8 of the 2016 NFL season Reviewed by Usa Tv on October 31, 2016 Rating: 5

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