Heading into Week 8 of the 2013 NFL season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are beginning to show glimpses of days gone by when the fans in Tampa were rarely treated to a victory. Hard times have fallen on the Bay again and Cam Newton made sure they had no thoughts of getting their first win as Carolina pounded Tampa Bay 31 – 13 in the Thursday night game. The loss drops Tampa to 0 – 7 while Carolina is now 4 – 3 and above the .500 mark for the first time in five years. Only two winless teams remain in the NFL after 8 weeks.
The Washington Redskins defense went into Denver giving up over 30 points per game. That storyline remains the same as the Skins’ D surrendered 45 points to Peyton Manning and the Broncos, 38 in the second half when Denver scored 31 unanswered points after falling behind 21 – 7. Washington players signaled the team had turned the corner with last week’s win over Chicago, but their one game win streak is over, and another potentially high=scoring team, the San Diego Chargers are up next. The Redskins fall to 2 – 5, a half game ahead of the New York Giants, who beat Philadelphia on Sunday.
The Detroit Lions not only roar, but they can bite if you’re not on your game. Calvin Johnson gave the Boyz fits with the second most prolific receiving day in NFL history as he reeled in 329 yards and the Lions capitalized on a last minute comeback to beat the Dallas Cowboys 31 – 30 in the Motor City. The Boyz came in without their star RB Demarco Murray and Defensive End DeMarcus Ware and still controlled the game most of the way, but MegaTron would not be denied. The bright side for Dallas is that Washington and Philly both lost, so no harm done in the NFC East, where they still hold the lead and the tiebreakers thus far.
The surprising New York Jets didn’t get a chance to surprise the Bengals in Cincinnati, and the Miami Dolphins, who started strong, have begun to fizzle falling again on Sunday at New England. Cleveland startied ex-Redskins QB Jason Campbell at undefeated Kansas City, and although he played well, the Chiefs remain unbeaten at 8 – 0, The Pittsburgh Steelers fall on the road at Oakland, the Buffalo Bills were clobbered at New Orleans, and the San Francisco 49ers rolled over winless Jacksonville. The St. Louis Rams lost their QB Sam Bradford for the season, so expect Richmond’s Russell Wilson to light it up in the Monday Night game.