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NFL Week 8 Winners and Losers

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It's time for the Week 8 edition of ‘NFL Winners and Losers'. Each week I will take a look at some of the bonehead plays, stupid decisions and horrible calls. I'll also give credit where credit is due and point out the good surprises each week. Here. We. Go.

LOSERS

Brad Childress: Okay. Randy Moss clearly has some problems. He makes ridiculous rants after games. He was upset with a team meal after a Friday practice. He's wacky. I get it. Childress announced to his team on Monday that Moss had been cut. Here's what I don't get:

Childress made the announcement without actually releasing him. So after it was reported and NFL general managers around the league started to look at the waiver wire, they didn't even see Moss' name!

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Also, Childress is not the general manager of the Vikings. So how does he have this special power? It doesn't make sense.

Whether you agree with the decision to release Moss or not, that's one thing. The way Childress went about this is absolutely absurd and proves that 1) he is in way over his head and 2) he is, and has been, one of the worst NFL coaches in the league.

Mike Shanahan: There is just no way to justify benching Donovan McNabb with 1:45 left for Rex Grossman. None. Lets look at the first excuse Shanahan made after the game. Apparently, McNabb doesn't know the two-minute offense better than Grossman. Really? He was traded to Washington in April. It's YOUR job to make sure he knows the two-minute offense. (Oh, and in no way is Grossman a better option than McNabb in any possible situation of any football game.)

Excuse number two? McNabb didn't have the "cardiovascular endurance" to run the two-minute drill. Are you sure? If he was able to play 58 minutes, I bet he has it in him to run the two-minute drill.

Excuse number three? Shanahan and his son Kyle aren't particularly happy with the way McNabb practices. Okay. So you bench him at the most critical point of the game? That just doesn't add up. None of it does. Shanahan, with one stupid move, just caused an unnecessary drama circus at Redskins Park. Now, there is little to NO chance McNabb plays for the Redskins again. Nice work Shanahan. You're a fool.

WINNERS

Green Bay Packers & New Orleans Saints: Green Bay went on the road and beat a very talented New York Jets team. In an extremely sloppy game, the NFC team pulled off the victory. The Packers forced three turnovers and capitalized by making three field goals. The Jets were coming off a bye and had two weeks to prepare for the Packers, but they didn't score any points.

New Orleans also took down an AFC team, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Sunday Night Football. The Saints defense made a huge goal line stand in the first half and the offense came alive in the second. Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and New Orleans won 20-10. This doesn't change the fact that the NFC is a weaker conference, but maybe Green Bay and New Orleans are better than people thought.

Dan Carpenter: The Miami Dolphins kicker nailed five field goals in their win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. He did the same thing in their previous game against the Steelers. So that's 10 field goals in two games. That's absurd! He even made a career-high 54-yard field goal and is not Miami's top scorer.

Matt Stafford-Calvin Johnson Connection: No receiver was more dominant on Sunday than Detroit's Calvin Johnson. He made every big play for the Lions, reeling in nine catches, three of which were touchdowns. He couldn't be stopped in the red zone. On fourth-and-one from the 10-yard-line, Stafford threw a perfect pass to Johnson, who battled DeAngelo Hall for the catch and go-ahead touchdown.

Stafford looked very good in his first game back from a right shoulder injury, throwing for 212 yards and four touchdowns. The Detroit Lions have been competitive in almost every game and now that Stafford is back, they're only going to get better. The Stafford-Johnson connection is going to make defensive coordinators miserable.

Sam Bradford: Question. Did anyone think the St. Louis Rams would be 4-4 halfway through the season? Well I didn't. I give a majority of the credit to the poise of rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. He went 25-for-32, threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns against Carolina at home. Seven different players caught a pass from Bradford. And besides Steven Jackson, I hadn't heard of any of them until now. - Michael Klopman

Michael, a Penn State Graduate writes for Xtra Point Football, Around the Horn Baseball, and works on the sports page at the Huffington Post.

Email Michael at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at Mklopman

 

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