Five Lessons from Week 8 in the NFL

By on November 6, 2020

By Aaron Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

(Photo credit: Mike Nowak/Los Angeles Chargers)

  1. The Chargers will break your heart: The Broncos were down 24-3 to the Chargers with 6 minutes left to play in the third quarter last week. In the 4th quarter, they outscored the Chargers 21-6, finishing with a game-winning touchdown with exactly 00:00 time left on the clock. The Chargers have blown at least a16-point lead in the past four games, an unprecedented streak of choking.

    (Photo credit: Miami Dolphins)

  2. Yes, the Dolphins could win division: The 6-2 division-leading Bills have played very uninspiring ball the past four weeks, including an 8-point win against the Jets when they didn’t score a single touchdown. This past week, they beat a struggling Patriots team by 3 points after Cam Newton’s last-second fumble. Meanwhile this 4-3 Dolphins team looks good enough to win, even accounting for new QB Tua Tagovailoa’s growing pains.

    Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert. (Photo credit: NFL.COM)

  3. Rookie QBs Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow are thriving: Both Herbert and Burrow have been fantastic this year. Burrow has completed 67% of his passes for 2,272 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions, while leading his Bengals to respectability. Herbert’s Chargers stats look similar: a 67% completion percentage, 1,820 yards, 15 touchdowns and 5 picks. This will be one of the better Offensive Rookie of the Year races in a long time, with my vote going to Herbert.

    Daniel Jones (Photo credit:

  4. The Giants may have to turn the page of Daniel Jones: Even though they played hard against the Buccaneers, the Giants lost because of Quarterback Daniel Jones’s two really bad interceptions. Jones has skills and athleticism, but so far in his career, he’s turned the ball over in 19 of the 20 games he started. His decision-making really needs to improve.

    S. Rodney McLeod (Photo credit: Brian Garfinkel/Philadelphia Eagles)

  5. They may be bad, but the Eagles rule the NFC Least- Even though the Eagles struggled to beat a Dallas team led by the immortal Ben DiNucci at quarterback before prevailing 23-9, they have enough to win the most woeful division in football. That is, QB Carson Wentz calms done and stops making so many bone-headed decisions.

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