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Week 8 of the season signals the halfway point in the NFL season. Two teams are halfway through a perfect season while another two teams are halfway through a winless season. A bunch of blowouts and terrible matchups made for a stinker of a week, but here are some takeaways from week 8 of the NFL season.
1. Bosa Bros? More Like Smash Bros!
The Bosa Brothers have already made their mark on the NFL. Both of them snagged a defensive player of the week awards from each conference this week, becoming the first brothers to accomplish that feat.
The older Bosa, Joey, has already put the league on notice after winning Defensive Rookie of the Year winner in 2016 and also a pro-bowl appearance 2017. The 24-year-old has become the most dangerous DE's in the league. His 2-sack, season-high 7-tackle performance this past week is a good reminder of that.
Younger Brother Nick Bosa has turned heads this season with his play on the field as well. The rookie did his brother one better in getting 3 sacks in their blowout win against the Panthers. In 8 games this season Nick has recorded 7 sacks and 20 tackles and is the driving force behind one of the toughest defenses in the league. Nick looks good to be the front runner for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
2. Bears Playoff Hopes Are Slipping
What difference a year makes for the Chicago Bears. Last season the Bears won their division with a crushing defence and a somewhat competent offence. Those days seem far behind us.
Being last in a tough NFC North division that has the Vikings and Packers has to be a crushing feeling, especially with the way they’ve been losing games. Take this past week, Eddy Pineiro the potential game-winning kick with seconds left on the clock. A 41 yarder that was no good.
It also didn't help that Bears Coach Matt Nagy made an error in running the time despite having one timeout left and playing a few more plays to help his kicker get a closer field goal attempt. Trubisky had a bad turnover on his own 28-yard line in the 4th quarter setting up the Chargers for their go-ahead touchdown. The Bears are reeling fast and now will be in a do or die situation this weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles.
3. Are The Bills Deceiving Us?
The Bills are 5-2 and holding second place in the AFC East division, and despite it being surprising, it’s also a little deceiving. In their first seven games, their wins have been against the winless Bengals and Dolphins, the limping Giants and Titans, and the Luckless Colts.
The Bills did give the Pats a run a few weeks ago but couldn't score more than 16 to beat them. The Bills faced a desperate Eagles team and proceeded to give up a season-high 31 points. Josh Allen had two touchdowns but couldn't connect with his receivers the whole game. If he wasn't throwing incomplete passes, he was getting harassed by the Eagles defence.
This game exposed the Bills. They played a better team on paper and got outplayed. Luckily though for the Bills they play another stinker team in Washington next week.
4. JJ Watt Is Done For The Season
The Houston Texans were dealt a big blow losing their defensive star JJ Watt with a pectoral tear that will likely end his season early. It’s a bummer for the 3-time Defensive Player of the Year who recorded sacks in 3 of the first 4 games this year. The numbers are down from what they were a year ago at this time but he has been all over the field making plays.
The Texans defence has had issues defending against the pass and have given up more points than usual. It's going to be difficult for those numbers to improve with the absence of their star defensive end.
Watt has battled serious injuries in the past and being 31 next season, the window on Watt's time being a high-end calibre player in the NFL could be closing soon. The Texans lost their big star and the NFL lost one of their bigger attractions.
5. This Week Stunk
The week 8 schedule didn't have too many highlights, 8 games were decided by double-digits and most of the other matchups weren't as appealing as usual.
The Packers-Chiefs game was better than expected but Mahomes sitting out robbed us of a classic. The Jets stink. The Colts and Broncos game was barely watchable, the Niners crushed the Panthers, the Saints did their own crushing with the return of Drew Brees. The Rams played the Bengals in another dull London game. The Thursday nighter was a snore-fest, yet again, and the Patriots won with ease.
The Monday nighter looked interesting for a while until Miami went into full tank mode again and gave the Steelers the win. Week 9 might not be any better as we could be witnessing another boring week. Let's hope I'm wrong with this one.