NFL Week 8 Summary
Easily the wildest game of Week 8 and one of the best individual performances by a receiver in league history came in the Detroit Lions' 31-30 home win over the Dallas Cowboys.
The Lions, who were 3-point betting favorites, trailed 27-17 with less than four minutes left. They pulled within 3 points in Reggie Bush's TD run, only for the Cowboys to take a 30-24 advantage with 1:02 left. It took Detroit QB Matthew Stafford barely any time to lead the game-winning drive, punctuated by his 1-yard TD run with 12 seconds left.
Stafford threw for 488 yards and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson caught 14 passes for 329 yards, the latter number a record for an NFL game that ended in regulation. The all-time mark was by the Rams' Flipper Anderson with 336 yards on Nov. 26, 1989, against the Saints in a game that went into overtime. The Lions turned the ball over four times and didn't force one, becoming the first team to win doing both since 2007.
Drew Brees had the other big individual mark in Week 8. The Saints QB threw for 332 yards and five touchdowns in the Saints' 35-17 win over Buffalo, with New Orleans a 10.5-point favorite. Brees became the first player in NFL history with eight games of at least five scoring passes.
The Saints were one of four double-digit favorites in Week 8. San Francisco was -16 against winless Jacksonville in London and cruised 42-10. Denver was -11 at home against Washington and won 45-21 thanks to a 31-point fourth-quarter. The only big favorite not to cover was Seattle -13 holding on at St. Louis on Monday night, 14-9. The biggest outright upset of the week was the Giants at +5.5 winning 15-7 at Philadelphia to extend the Eagles' home losing streak to 10 games. New York was the first team this season to win without scoring a touchdown.
Overall, the favorites were 8-5 in Week 8. The over hit in eight of the 13 games. The highest total of the week was 58.5 in Redskins-Broncos and that was exceeded. The lowest was 39 in Panthers at Buccaneers and Browns at Chiefs and both went over.
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