2022 NFL Week 8 Recap

A scary good contender, a vexing hex and trade winds blow in an NFL Week 8 Recap worthy of Halloween.

Bengals 13
Browns 32

This eyesore now means Cincinnati has an NFL-record 13 straight road primetime losses and has dropped their last five games to rival Cleveland. Why, other than the Bengals having the most Halloween-looking uniforms, would this lousy matchup be scheduled for a Monday night?

Packers 17
Bills 27

If you thought Aaron Rodgers was calling out the Packers before, just wait till his next therapy session with Pat McAfee.

Buffalo should feel good about this because they played a C-level game and still beat a future Hall of Fame QB by double digits. The Bills are scary good.

Commanders 17
Colts 16

Washington’s first win over the Colts in 20 years and first in Indy since 1994 was brought to you by Indianapolis’ own Terry McLaurin, “that dude” who is now 5-0 whenever he steps foot on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium. Matt Ryan will never set foot there again, and this latest dose of Heinicke magic should ensure the same is true for Carson Wentz in Washington.

Giants 13
Seahawks 27

Remember when Geno Smith was the first Black quarterback to start for the New York Giants?

Geno played like he remembers well.

Nobody saw Seattle sitting atop the NFC West this deep into the season. No. Body. Give Geno Comeback Player of the Year and make Pete Carroll Coach of the Year right damn now.

49ers 31
Rams 14

Yeah, San Francisco has won eight straight regular season matchups with the rival Rams. Yes, Christian McCaffrey is a rare triple threat.

But the Niners still made a desperation move that will ultimately undermine their ability to field a consistent winner. Never overpay for a running back.

Titans 17
Texans 10

Derrick Henry continued his unprecedented run of dominance at Houston’s expense, matching the record with his sixth 200-yard rushing game to help Tennessee overcome a shaky debut by rookie Malik Willis. The Titans will win the AFC South by default.

Steelers 13
Eagles 35

Philadelphia is 7-0 for only the second time in franchise history, joining Andy Reid’s 2004 squad that lost the Super Bowl. Wouldn’t it be something if Eagles history repeats itself — only with Reid beating his former team in the end?

Bears 29
Cowboys 49

Dallas tried hard to jinx themselves by wearing their navy jerseys at home but there’s no greater hex than the one in the owner’s box.

Jerry Jones continues to push Zeke, even though it’s been clearly demonstrated that the Cowboys’ offense runs better with Tony Pollard as the lead horse: Dallas is 8-0 and averages 37 points per game when Pollard gets 15 or more touches.

Here’s hoping Jerry continues to undermine his own best effort at “gloryhole.”

Patriots 22
Jets 17

It’s a week later than expected, but Bill Belichick got milestone career win No. 325 thanks to New England’s 13th straight victory over the New York Jets. As surprisingly good as Gang Green has been (this was the first time in 21 years they entered this matchup as the better team!), their 1-3 home record leads me to believe that they are who we thought they were.

Raiders 0
Saints 24

Las Vegas has to come east for a 1 p.m. kickoff and the Raiders suffer their first shutout loss since 2014 — and against the team that allowed the second-most points in the NFL entering the day. Coincidence? Nah, just the Dave Preston Corollary striking again.

But watch New Orleans leading up to Tuesday’s trade deadline — Alvin Kamara’s monster game felt a lot like a showcase to see if a RB-needy contender (*cough* BUFFALO *cough*) bets the farm that he’s the missing piece to their championship puzzle.

Cardinals 26
Vikings 34

If Arizona’s struggles are character building, Kliff Kingsbury should be a refreshing addition to literally any political ballot.

Dolphins 31
Lions 27

Detroit had a rare 27-point first half and still found a way to lose. Never forget, the Lions fired Jim Caldwell following three winning seasons in four years and the woebegone franchise’s last trip to the postseason in 2016. Compared to what Detroit is now, that should get Caldwell a damn statue next to the one coming for Barry Sanders.

Panthers 34
Falcons 37 (OT)

Atlanta has three straight home wins for the first time since 2017-18 and sits atop the worst division in football. Considering how Carolina kicked this one away, neither will last for much longer.

Broncos 21
Jaguars 17

Somehow, this lousy matchup generated the largest crowd in the history of NFL international games (86,215) and increased the likelihood that Bradley Chubb stays in Denver. Can’t wait to see what Russell “Mr. High Knee” Wilson does to celebrate.

Ravens 27
Bucs 22

Tom Brady’s in the midst of his first 3-game slide since 2002 and Todd Bowles is uncharacteristically swearing up a storm — but the reality is, Tampa is still pretty damn dangerous.

But so is Baltimore. Regardless of opponent, rushing for 231 yards in an NFL game — 204 in the second half — on the road, on a short week, is impressive. If the Ravens can get even close to healthy, this could be the team to beat in the AFC.

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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