Week 8 of the 2011 NFL regular season was a good one. One winless team finally got a victory under their belt and another winless team almost did the same. There were also some incredible individual performances by a couple of running backs and a great come-from-behind victory as well. All in all, there are a thousand reasons that Week 8 was awesome, but since I don't have the time to write them all down, here are the top five.
|Anquan Boldin and Ray Rice Go Into Beast Mode|
At halftime of the Cardinals-Ravens game, the Cardinals were leading 24-6 and it looked like, for the second week in a row, that the Ravens were going to be beaten by a far inferior team. Apparently, though, Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin and running back Ray Rice weren't having that. Boldin had just two catches before halftime, Rice had no touchdowns and I presume that, while in the locker room, they told Joe Flacco that they'd take care of business in the second half because that's exactly what they did.
By the end of the game, Boldin had seven catches for 145 yards and even though he didn't score a touchdown, Rice picked up the slack and scored three for him. Those two almost single handedly helped the Ravens come back and beat the Cardinals.
The Philadelphia Eagles were set to host their division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. The Eagles haven't been impressive as a whohle heading into Week 8 as one of the more disappointing teams in the NFL.
They were facing the top-ranked run defense in the league but that didn't scare Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. He ran the ball 30 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns and, not only single-handedly won all of his fantasy owners their games, but he also helped the Eagles secure a division win.
Speaking of great running back performances....
Steven Jackson led the Rams to their first victory of the 2011 season in Week 8..... OVER THE SAINTS. He ran the ball 25 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints defense and helped the Rams secure the win. Not only did he have a great game on the ground, but when it looked like the Saints might claw back into the game and the Rams started to make a couple mistakes, Jackson became the leader that the team needed and would not let them beat themselves.
Thanks to Jackson, there are only two teams left in the race for Andrew Luck.
|Pittsburgh Climbs the Ladder|
After starting the season with a loss to the Baltimore Ravens and then losing to the Texans in Week 4, many said that the Steelers looked old and slow and that they just weren't the same team that they had been in the past. This week they hosted the New England Patriots, who were the top team in the AFC with the top offense in the NFL.
The Steelers beat the Patriots and looked like the same old Steelers in the process. Now the Steelers are the top team in the AFC and there's not as many people saying they look old and slow as there was earlier this season.
|Rookie Quarterbacks Look Impressive|
Four rookie quarterbacks started in Week 8 of the 2011 season and, for the most part, they looked pretty impressive. Combined, Andy Dalton, Cam Newton, Christian Ponder and Blaine Gabbert completed 68 of 122 passes for 791 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Two quarterbacks won and two lost (Ponder and Newton played each other) but, for the most part, they showed why they're starting as rookies and they're making their fans excited about the future of their franchises.