NFL Winners and Losers – Week 8

That's OK Chad, maybe we'll go next time it's 4th and one 

Another week of football is in the books with just one game left, and that being the Packers-Broncos game tonight in Colorado.  There is a lot to talk about, and with that here are our winners and losers for the NFL for week 8.

Winners
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The Patriots and Colts – Let the hype machine for the “Regular Season Super Bowl” to begin now.  Both teams are undefeated, and Sunday it was like a game of one-up as the Colts won by 24 in Carolina in an early game, only to have the Pats win by 45 in a late game at Foxboro.  The Pats are the best team in the league, but you can bet that the Colts are going to put up one heck of a fight at home to make sure they hold home field advantage in the playoffs.

Losers
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The NFL Brass Who Decided a Game in London was a Good Idea – Come on NFL, get your heads on straight.  This was just a bad idea.  The Giants and Dolphins both had to simply cringe when they saw this one, and all you had to do was listen to Giants coach Tom Coughlin give some stern statements postgame about the issues that his team had to put up with this week.  You want to play a game in Toronto or Mexico, fine – but leave these important regular season games in North America.

Winners
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Derek Anderson and Braylon Edwards – This tandem is quickly becoming one of the top duo’s in the league.  Sunday against the hapless Rams, the pair again connected for 8 catches and two scores in a 27-20 comeback win in St.Louis.  Don’t look now, but the Browns are 4-3 and with their easy schedule they are a legit threat for a wild card.  They have the Seahawks next, then a HUGE game at Pittsburgh.  Anderson will be a very sought after free agent in the offseason.

Losers
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The Raiders Offense – 11 penalties on Sunday and a passing game that cannot get the ball down the field.  The Raiders are going backwords, and coach Lane Kiffin is starting to lose sleep over how to get this corrected.  Last season it was Andrew Walter and Aaron Brooks, this year Daunte Culpepper and Josh McCown, and there does not seem to be much difference.

Winners
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The Detroit Lions – For the first time since 2000, the Lions are 5-2 and they look like a legit team in the weak NFC.  Their games against the Packers on Thanksgiving and on 12/30 look like they will decide the NFC North.  Jon Kitna’s offseason promise to win 10 games looks like it going to happen, and this team got a big boost Sunday against the Bears with the return of running back Kevin Jones, who went over 100 yards.  With three of the next four at home, the Lions could be 8-3 heading into Minnesota the first week of December.

Losers
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Marvin Lewis – Playing their rivals in the Steelers in a critical game at home, Lewis pulled out the ultimate chicken card Sunday, kicking a chip-shot field goal instead of going for it late in the first half.  Down 14-3 at with a 4th-and-1 at the Steelers two, Lewis called timeout only to pull the rug out from his offense and kick a field goal to make it 14-6.  The Steelers took the next possession and put the game away with a TD drive that made it 21-6 with :06 left in the first half.  “In hindsight, we probably should have gone for it,” Lewis said.  Uh, ya think Marvin?  How about just stating that your offense dosen’t have a shot in that situation and to take the bench?  Oh yeah, you basically did that.    


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