NFL Week 8 Recap: Giants, Bengals, Lions and More

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Another home game against a bad team and another poor effort by the Giants but this time they were able to sneak out a win.

A big reason why was another tremendous effort by Eli Manning. While the Giants were sluggish the entire game, Manning kept them in it by playing smart and making the most of the opportunities the Miami defense gave him which increased dramatically as the game went on.

Heck he threw for 345 yards with a very efficient 69 percent completion rate and he had three dropped passes, one each by Jake Ballard, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham, that would have totaled another 70-80 yards easily. Manning has yet to have an “Eli” outing and has singlehandedly won two games for New York against Arizona along with yesterday against the Dolphins. If he can continue to play this well during the Giants brutal final nine games and lead New York to a division title he will at least be in the discussion for NFL MVP even though Aaron Rodgers is the unquestioned front runner as we move towards Week Nine.

The Cincinnati Bengals, the surprise team no one is talking about, went into Seattle yesterday, one of the toughest places to play in the NFL, and smacked the Seahawks 34-12. Especially impressive about the win is that they reeled off 17 unanswered points to close out the game after Seattle briefly pulled to within one score at 17-12 midway through the 4th quarter. The Bengals have feasted on a soft schedule in the early going (four of their five wins are against the Browns, Jaguars, Colts and Seahawks and they lost to the Broncos in Denver) but they will have a chance to prove they’re for real starting next week. A tough three game set commences in Tennessee with games at home against Pittsburgh and in Baltimore to follow. If they can pull out two wins from this stretch Cincinnati will have an excellent chance at 10 wins, which should be enough for a wild card spot in the AFC.

The debate as to who the worst team in the NFL is can take a rest since the Colts are the unquestioned, um, winner you could say. The Texans pounded the Titans last week 41-7 yet Tennessee easily beat Indianapolis today 27-10. The Saints ran up 62 points in a win over Indy in Week Seven yet they lost to the winless Rams in St. Louis yesterday (St. Louis you are officially not terrible just bad). Not enough evidence? Does a point differential of -131, worst in the league, do it for you? Or how about the fact that their offensive and defensive rankings show that they can’t run the ball (25th in rushing yards per game), stop the run (31st in opposing rushing yards per game), throw the ball (27th in passing yards per game) or stop the pass (all the way up to 23rd in opposing passing yards per game). No need to worry Colts fans, your team will suck more then enough to land Mr. Andrew Luck.

Yesterday’s 45-10 win by the Lions over the Broncos was important not because of who it was against but what it did, which is stop a two game losing streak. Back to back losses is not a big deal for a team perennially among the NFL’s best but it is for a good team newbie that is trying desperately not to fall back into a losing mentality. Three losses in a row would have sent panic through the Motor City that likely would have been felt in the Lions locker room. Instead they are back on track at 6-2 with a bye week to rest up and gear up for a challenging final eight games.

My life changed forever on October 22nd at 1:55am as I welcomed my first child, a boy, into the world. Along with all the amazing joys he will bring me in the coming years the one I look forward to the most is sharing my love of sports with him. For starters, I got to tell him all about the World Series last week and the great games yesterday during his first NFL Sunday. To all the fathers out there I am glad to be part of the fatherhood fraternity. For Dads in waiting you have an unbelievable treat coming your way.

A Staff Writer for RotoExperts, Tamer Chamma is a two time top 50 Finalist in the WFAN Fantasy Phenom contest as well as a weekly guest on the SiriusXM "RotoExperts" morning show. Tamer is also a fill-in co-host for the show. You may contact Tamer @ [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @RotoExperts_TC