Balling with balance: Impressive defense, offense shines in NFL Week 8


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Victoria Lisi, Sports Editor

Close contests during week 8 of the NFL season proved once again that there is parity in the league.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson didn’t allow a slow start to stop him from upsetting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-22.

Jackson completed 27 of 38 passes for 238 yards. He also picked up 43 rushing yards on nine carries.

With the loss, the Buccaneers continued their stretch of inconsistency over the past three weeks. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady struggled throughout the night against the Ravens defense.

Russell Wilson played one of his best games since joining the Denver Broncos, completing 18 of 30 passes for 252 yards. He also made two clutch throws to lead the Broncos in the fourth quarter to a come-from-behind win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, 21-17.

Quarterback Dak Prescott paved the way for the Dallas Cowboys in a remarkable 49-29 win over the Chicago Bears. Prescott threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another en route to a 20point rout.

Cowboys’ running back Tony Pollard rushed for 131 yards on 13 carries in his week eight performance. His performance helped to move the Cowboys into second place in the NFC East behind the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles continued their winning streak in week eight, dominating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 35- 13. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts threw four touchdown passes, three of them to wide receiver A.J. Brown, en route to the 22-point home win. Brown caught six passes for 156 yards with three touchdowns to lead the Eagles receiving corps.

The New York Giants battled with the Seattle Seahawks, losing 27-13. The two teams were tied late in the fourth quarter, 13-13, until Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith connected on a big pass to wide receiver Tyler Lockett. The touchdown pass put the Seahawks up seven points with five minutes to play. The Seahawks defense forced another late turnover on special teams to seal the victory.

The Buffalo Bills proved once again why they are a top team this NFL season with a dominant home win over the Green Bay Packers, 27-17.  Bills quarterback Josh Allen completed 13 of 25 passes for 218 yards with two touchdowns.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, however, continues to struggle this season. He completed 19 of 30 passes for 203 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Arguably the biggest feat of the week was seen in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons prevailed in overtime with a close 37-34 win over the Carolina Panthers. At the end of regulation, Panthers quarterback P.J. Walker connected on a Hail Mary to D.J. Moore with seconds left in the game.

But the Panthers missed the subsequent extra-point attempt, pushing the game into overtime. Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 20 of 28 passes for 253 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, leading the Falcons on the last-minute drive to victory.

In other games, San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey became the third player in NFL history to throw, receive and rush for a touchdown. He led the 49ers to a 31-14 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

As we head into week nine, with games such as the Tennessee Titans battling the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium, fans can only hope that their teams can continue to level out the talent on field and secure victories in upcoming games.