2021 NFL Week 8 Recap

Halloween puns, historic runs and head scratching losses highlight a spooky NFL Week 8 Recap.

Giants 17
Chiefs 20

Patrick Mahomes is still struggling and turning the ball over. New York again (as they did in Washington) had a bad fourth quarter offsides that all but gave away a primetime game on the road. Kansas City is fortunate to win but also still in very big trouble.

Cowboys 20
Vikings 16

I really, really hate to say this — and I just threw up in my mouth a little even thinking it — but Dallas is starting to feel a lot like a team of destiny. Given the way the Cowboys folded last year after Dak Prescott’s season-ending injury, going on the road in prime-time with Cooper f-ing Rush throwing a game-winning dime to Amari Cooper is the kind of thing championship teams do.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take multiple showers to try and wash off this shame.

Washington 10
Broncos 17

Two Taylor Heinicke interceptions to Manassas-native Justin Simmons. Two more Chris Blewitt field goals blocked. Two more offensive lineman injured. Two Washington wins entering the bye week.

And, for the second straight week, the Burgundy and Gold offense has outgained its opponent and appeared to regress at the exact point the defense appears to be righting itself. The 2021 season is spiraling out of control and I’m not sure how Washington recovers.

Bucs 27
Saints 36

Here’s a Halloween pun for you Ghostbusters fans: Tom Brady has thrown three Pick 6s as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Two of them have come against the Saints.

New Orleans ain’t scared of no GOAT.

I’ll see myself out.

Unfortunately, so will Jameis Winston after a leg injury that’s feared to be season-ending. The Saints won this game but it figures to be a struggle to do so regularly enough to make this result matter to the race for the NFC South.

Jaguars 7
Seahawks 31

Jacksonville is so bad that even Geno Smith can look like Russell Wilson against that Jaguars defense. This team might have the first overall pick in consecutive years.

Patriots 27
Chargers 24

This Halloween thriller gives New England its first win over a non-rookie QB this season, thanks in part to former Charger Adrian Phillips’ first career Pick 6. Chargers gonna Charger, I guess.

Steelers 15
Browns 10

Good for Pittsburgh grabbing a season-saving win in Cleveland — but why run a fake field goal that literally knocks your kicker out when you could just keep future Hall of Fame QB Ben Roethlisberger — who sports a 12-2-1 record in Cleveland and 24-3-1 against the Browns overall — on the field to get you that play? The Steelers are lucky to escape real damage here but may not be so fortunate if Chris Boswell — the NFL’s most accurate kicker over the last two-plus seasons — is sidelined for an extended period.

Eagles 44
Lions 6

How bad is it for the NFL’s only winless team? The closest thing they’ve had to a win this season is Detroit native Avonte Maddox forcing a fumble returned by former Lions cornerback Darius Slay for a 33-yard touchdown.

Dolphins 11
Bills 26

Look, good game Cole Beasley — but shut up about your Twitter experience when the vast majority of the negativity is derived from posting stupidity.

And if a 58.2 passer rating is Tua getting better, the Dolphins are doomed … and that much more likely to throw up a Hail Mary for Deshaun Watson.

Panthers 19
Falcons 13

I don’t even care about the result of this game. At a time when most — if not all — of us have struggled since the onset of the pandemic, seeing Calvin Ridley prioritize his mental health over the rigors of his job is the kind of energy we need entering the final stretch of a difficult 2021.

49ers 33
Bears 22

Y’all. Look at this play by Justin Fields. Lawdamercy.

This was the highlight of Chicago’s first QB to rush for 100 yards in a game since Bobby Douglas in 1973. The Bears are wasting one of the most electric young QBs in the league.

Titans 34
Colts 31 (OT)

The above photo and the video below sum up why Carson Wentz is the scrub we’ve seen for four years and why his MVP-caliber start to 2017 is the true aberration.


Bengals 31
Jets 34

Who the hell is Mike White?

Well, he’s now the only quarterback since 1950 to throw for 400 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start — and, in the last 71 years, only Cam Newton has more passing yardage in his first career start. Maybe the Jets should include Zach Wilson if they do have an “everything must go” fire sale.

Meanwhile, in Cincinnati …

Rams 38
Texans 22

David Culley: “We won’t let Aaron Donald won’t wreck our game …”

Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, Darrell Henderson Jr., Leonard Floyd and still Aaron Donald: “Oh, word?”

*Houston held to 77 yards through the first three quarters.*

Packers 24
Cardinals 21

At a time when Kyler Murray was trending toward MVP numbers and newcomer Zach Ertz was frolicking in the middle of opposing defenses, Green Bay put a stop to all that to deal the Cards their first loss and grab the inside track in the race for home field advantage in the NFC. This is Aaron Rodgers’ world and we’re all just trespassing.

Rob Woodfork

Rob Woodfork is WTOP's Senior Sports Content Producer, which includes duties as producer and host of the DC Sports Huddle, nightside sports anchor and sports columnist on WTOP.com.

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