10 Things You Need to Know from Week 8
Welcome to Monday morning. Before you get into the swing of the work week, check out what you might have missed from Week Eight. Here’s what you need to know from the Sunday games this week.
Hyde Debuts, Disappoints
Veteran RB Carlos Hyde made his Jacksonville debut but you might not have noticed. First, the Jags played the Eagles in Week Eight’s early kickoff but also, Hyde struggled in his first game with his new team. Hyde carried six times for only 11 yards and drew a pair of targets but didn’t catch either. The Jags running game has been a weak point all year and Hyde clearly won’t be taking the pass-catching role from RB T.J. Yeldon. Hyde might be in an even worse spot than he was in Cleveland.
Redskins veteran RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown as Washington defeated division foe New York. The 5-2 Skins have lived and died on the back of Peterson this season and now lead the NFC East. This was Peterson’s fifth game of the season with over 95 rushing yards and some are even starting to throw Peterson into the MVP conversation. Of course, that won’t ever happen but it goes to show how impressive the veteran has been this year.
The Browns got pummeled by the Steelers and the performance of the defense was simply embarrassing. There have been rumors of discord between members of the coaching staff and OC Todd Haley is reportedly on the hottest of hot seats. Of course, many fans are hoping for widespread changes, including at the head coach spot.
Second-year RB James Conner loves playing the Browns. After ripping them for 192 yards and two scores in the season-opener, Conner somehow improved on those numbers, gaining 212 yards and two more touchdowns on Sunday. The potential return date for holdout RB LeVeon Bell continues to be a moving target and he’s losing leverage with every successful Conner run.
Cam Comes Through
Facing the top-ranked Ravens defense looked like a tough task for the Panthers and QB Cam Newton but he ended with one of his best games of the season and a decisive win over Baltimore. Newton passed for 219 yards and two scores and ran for a team-high 52 yards as Carolina waxed the Ravens at home.
Fitzmagic is Back
After starting QB Jameis Winston threw four interceptions, he was benched in favor of veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who immediately returned to his early-season form. Fitzpatrick led an 18-point comeback and nearly forced overtime before a last-second Bengals field goal won the game. The league’s top-scoring offense now has some serious questions about who will start for this team in Week Nine and moving forward.
Bengals Stepping Up
In their narrow win over the Buccaneers, of course Cincinnati got a great performance from WR AJ Green, who caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown but it was the games of RB Joe Mixon and WR Tyler Boyd that really made the difference. Boyd caught nine balls for 138 yards and a score, while Mixon totaled 138 yards and two scores. This balance is leading to success for the Bengals and helping fantasy players along the way.
New Look Cards
All fantasy players and Cardinals fans hoped for a completely new look thanks to new OC Byron Leftwich. It can be argued just how different the game plan was against the 49ers but rookie QB Josh Rosen and veteran WR Larry Fitzgerald led a late-game comeback that resulted in a much-needed victory. Fitzgerald enjoyed his best game of the season with 102 yards and a score on eight receptions, while RB David Johnson totaled 100 yards exactly.
Mack Attack, Part Two
For the second straight week, Colts second-year RB Marlon Mack looked like the best player on the field, totaling 149 yards and two touchdowns as the Colts defeated the Raiders in Oakland. This is the second straight game Mack has set a new career high in rushing yards, besting his 126 last week with 132 yards against the Raiders.
A Sammy Game
It was long overdue, but we finally got a “Sammy game” as the Chiefs held on to defeat the Broncos. WR Sammy Watkins led the team with eight receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns. It has been difficult for Watkins to stand out thanks to the talent of his teammates, including WR Tyreek Hill, TE Travis Kelce and RB Kareem Hunt but Sunday was his day.
Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23) is a freelance contributor for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.