Week 8 of NFL games featured various exciting games, and there are many observations that can be made that have likely changed fans’ opinions.
The weekend games of Week 8 of the NFL season have drawn to a close, and there were games that were a thrill to watch from start to finish.
The Arizona Cardinals prevailed over the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-20, after the Eagles were unable to complete the game-winning touchdown as wide receiver Jordan Matthews was out of bounds after catching a pass in the final seconds.
The Detroit Lions achieved a spectacular comeback in London over the Atlanta Falcons as they won, 22-21, after rallying from a 21-0 halftime deficit.
Meanwhile, there were blowouts such as the New England Patriots defeating the Chicago Bears, 51-23, and the New Orleans Saints made a statement with a 44-23 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Here are five takeaways from Week 8 of NFL games.
5. The Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions are serious NFC contenders
The Cardinals improved to 6-1 with their narrow, hard-fought win against the Eagles. Quarterback Carson Palmer continued to play smart football and came through in the clutch for his team with a 75-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver John Brown with just over a minute remaining. The defense also made the stop it needed to and held the high-octane Eagles offense to 20 points.
The Lions improved to 6-2 after their comeback win against the Falcons, and quarterback Matthew Stafford continued to play just fine without wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush. He threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. The defense also held strong after making second-half adjustments as the Falcons scored zero points after a strong first half.