NFL Week 8 Grades and recap

Week 8 NFL Grades: Patriot, Broncos and Falcons Get Extra Credit for Blow-Out Wins

10/29/12 in NFL   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Oct 28 2012; Denver, CO, USA;  Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) during second quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are 4-3 and lead the AFC West.

Broncos: A
The Broncos may have put together their first complete game with Peyton Manning at Quarterback. They annihilated the Saints and took over sole possession of first place in the AFC West. Manning threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns and the Broncos are starting to look like serious contenders in the AFC. They play the Bengals, Panthers and Chargers over the next three weeks.
Patriots: A
The Patriots destroyed the Rams and took what could have been a trap game situation in London and turned it into a statement win. It would be premature to say all of the Patriots’ problems have been solved, but they are heading into the ‘soft’ portion of their schedule, and should go on to extended their lead in the AFC East
Falcons: A
Many people were expecting the Falcons to lose this game against the Eagles. Andy Reid’s magic 13-0 record coming off a bye week had the media riled up all week, but I guess somebody forgot to tell Atlanta that they were supposed to lose. The Falcons have looked fantastic, but they are entering a brutal stretch in their schedule (they play Dallas, New Orleans twice, Arizona, and Tampa Bay) so expect a loss in the next few weeks.
Giants: B
The Giants dodged a bullet against the Cowboys. New York looked great in the first half and then slowed down just enough in the second half to let Dallas catch up. But you can’t fault the G-men too much here. They were in Dallas during a huge nationally televised game and managed to pull off a win, even if it was with the help of Dez Bryant.’s fingers.
Bears: C
You can’t fault the bears too much because a win is a win, and beecause they also looked great during the last half of the fourth quarter. But wasn’t it obvious that Chicago would throw in a stinker against the Panthers? They throw in a couple of stinkers every year, and almost didn’t show up to this game. The scary thing is that they played horrible and still managed to get a win. The Bears will really get to test themselves in week 10 when they play the Texans.
Jets: D-
The Jets didn’t even bother to show up for their division rivalry game against the Dolphins. At this point it seems like Rex Ryan has just given up. If he knows he’s going to be fired at the end of the season why is he sticking to guns in the Sanchez/Tebow situation? Its time to take a gamble and bench Sanchez and give Tebow a shot, who knows what could happen?
Chargers: F
The Chargers have been the most disappointing and underachieving team in the NFL over the last five years. How is it possible that a team with that much talent just skates through the season year after year? They have lost three games in a row, but we know exactly how this will play out. The Chargers will probably win three or fours games in a row and get their fan’s hopes up, and then just fall a part at the end of the season. It happens every year.
Steelers’ Jerseys: F
Man, were those Jerseys horrific. 

October 28, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (right) meet at mid-field after their game at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 27-12. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

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