ATLANTA, October 28, 2013 — Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo played a game for the ages. Peyton Manning showed what he does when angry. Mike Shanahan failed to get revenge on the road against both teams who fired him in the same year. Terrelle Pryor entered the record books on the first play from scrimmage. Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees did what they do, and Andy Dalton had the entire NFL asking who Marvin Jones is. Seattle and St. Louis had a 60 minute defensive bonelock in a real Monday night fight. This is the NFL 2013 Week 8 Wrapup.
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the Thursday night game. Cam Newton threw a pair of short touchdown passes and ran for another one and Deangelo Williams added a 12-yard touchdown as the Panthers cruised to keep the Greg Schiano Bucs toothless, winless, worthless, and 14 losses from surpassing the orange creamsicle winking pirate Bucs of the 1970s. 31-13 Panthers
Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions — A 13-7 Dallas slugfest after three quarters turned into a fourth quarter shootout and another instant NFL classic. After a Detroit field goal, Tony Romo and Matthew Stafford began slinging all over the place, with Megatron Calvin Johnson having 329 receiving yards. Romo hit Terrance Williams for a 60-yard score and Dez Bryant for a 50 yard touchdown as Dallas led 27-17. A pair of 80-yard drives got Detroit within 27-24, and with one minute left Dallas could only manage another field goal to lead by six. From the Detroit 20, Stafford hit Johnson for 17, and with him now being triple teamed, Stafford went to Durham for a 40-yard gain. Stafford went back to Johnson for 22 down to the one. With Dallas expecting a spike, Stafford leapt over the top as the ball just broke the plane of the goal with 12 seconds to play. 31-30 Lions
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs — The unbeaten Chiefs have been eking out wins as they clung to a 20-17 lead over the Browns after three quarters. With 17 seconds left in regulation Ryan Succop hit his third field goal from 40 yards out to put the Chiefs up by six. Jason Campbell needed 80 yards for the win and a West Coast Offense dink and dunk pass came up 71 yards short as Walrus Lite Andy Reid and the Chiefs got to 8-0. 23-17 Chiefs
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots — A couple Ryan Tannehill touchdown passes had the Dolphins leading 17-3 at halftime but in the third quarter Tom Brady led the Patriots back. Helped along by a Tannehill fumble, the Patriots led 20-17 entering the final quarter. Stephen Ridley ran it in from three yards out to provide some insurance. With Miami trying to make it a one score game, a field goal try with four minutes left was blocked. 27-17 Patriots
Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints — Five touchdown passes by Drew Brees were more than the overmatched Bills could handle. Brees hit Lance Moore for 15-yard score, Kenny Stills for 69 and 42 yard connections, and Jimmy Graham for scores of 15 and 13 yards as the Saints broke a close game open in the second half. 35-17 Saints
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles — Josh Brown hit five field goals as the Giants led 15-0. The vaunted Chip Kelly Eagles offense came with four minutes left when a punt attempt by the Giants saw the snap sail over the punter’s head for a gift Eagles touchdown. Despite the blunder, the Giants won their second straight game in the pathetic NFC Least. 15-7 Giants
San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars — God may save the Queen, but nobody can save the Jaguars. Frank Gore and Colin Kapernick each ran for two touchdowns and Kaepernick threw a two yard touchdown to Vernon Davis as the 49ers showed the crowd in London’s Wembley Stadium how to stomp on an NFL doormat. A 47-yard fumble return for another score just added to the humiliation. 42-10 49ers
New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals — Red Rifle Andy Dalton threw five touchdown passes, four of them to Marvin Jones, and most of them in the first half. Geno Smith threw touchdown passes to Chris Crocker and Adam “Pacman” Jones, who both play defense for the Bengals. Cincinnati got to 6-2 atop the AFC North at the season’s midpoint with a loud statement. 49-9 Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders — Terrelle Pryor set a quarterback NFL record with a 93-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. The Raiders blocked a punt to set up another touchdown and Darren McFadden took a wildcat snap for a four yard score as the Raiders led 21-3 at halftime. Oakland played the entire second half in a shell, but Pittsburgh missed two field goals and had some costly turnovers. Pittsburgh got to within a field goal with 1:24 to play, but the onside kick failed. 21-18 Raiders
Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos — A pair of Peyton Manning turnovers early in the third quarter had the Redskins up 21-7. Then reality set in. Despite three interceptions and a lost fumble, Manning also threw four touchdown passes. A bold gamble by John Fox on 4th and goal at the one on the first play of the fourth quarter led to Manning’s tying touchdown to Joel Dreesen. A shanked 15-yard Washington punt led to the first of a pair of 35-yard Manning touchdown passes. With RGIII throwing interceptions, Kirk Cousins came in and threw another interception for the final Denver score. Denver’s 38 unanswered points denied Mike Shanahan from getting revenge on the road against both ams who fired him in the same season. 45-21 Broncos
Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals — Carson Palmer threw touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd and Andre Ellington ran for an 80-yard touchdown as the Cardinals led 21-6 at halftime. League rules prevented the second half from being canceled as Arizona added two more field goals and gave up a garbage touchdown. 27-13 Cardinals
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings was the Sunday night game. Minnesota returned the opening kickoff 109 yards for a touchdown and then reality set in. Aaron Rodgers went 24 of 29 with a pair of touchdown passes. A 93-yard punt return for a score had Green Bay up 24-17 at halftime. Touchdown runs by Eddie Lacy and Starks built the lead up to 41-17 and the Packers cruised from there to get to 5-2 atop the NFC North as Minnesota fell to a miserable 1-6 cellar. 44-31 Packers
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams was the Monday night game. Pete Carroll and Jeff Fisher both know defense, and this game was an old-fashioned streetlight. In the second quarter a 39-yard interception return by Richard Sherman set up a two yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate. Seattle led up 7-3 at the break despite only 42 yards of total offense. Wilson went deep to Tate for an 80 yard touchdown and Greg “the Leg” Zeurlein made three field goals and missed one. With 5:42 to play, the Rams got it back at their own three yard line down by five. Kelly Clemens moved the Rams down the field and the entire game came down to one final play. With four seconds left, on 4th and goal at the one, Seattle sent an all out blitz and Clemens threw incomplete. Seattle survived to get to 7-1 atop the entire NFC. 14-9 Seahawks
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