The Steelers Keep Rolling – NFL Week 8 Recap
The Steelers, Cowboys and Seahawks got important wins on Sunday. Here's a recap of the action from Week 8 of the 2017 NFL season:
The Steelers Were too Much for the Lions
JuJu Smith-Schuster caught a 97-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger late in the third quarter, and the Pittsburgh Steelers rallied to beat the Detroit Lions, 20-15, on Sunday night. As a result of the victory, Pittsburgh (6-2) went into their upcoming bye week with a three-game winning streak.
Detroit (3-4) scored no touchdowns -- tallying just five Matt Prater field goals in the game -- as they lost their third consecutive contest. QB Matthew Stafford threw for 423 yards for the Lions.
Smith-Schuster finished with seven receptions for 193 yards and the long score, and Roethlisberger threw for 317 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Steelers. Le'Veon Bell ran for 76 yards and a score.
Pittsburgh is now two games up on Baltimore in the AFC North race after the win.
The Seahawks Barely Beat the Texans & Deshaun Watson
Russell Wilson threw for 452 yards and four touchdowns, including an 18-yard strike to Jimmy Graham with 21 seconds to play, and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Houston Texans, 41-38, on Sunday. Deshaun Watson threw for 402 yards, with four touchdowns and three interceptions, for Houston (3-4), but it wasn't enough to get the win.
Tyler Lockett (121) and Paul Richardson (105) each broke the 100-yard receiving mark for Seattle (5-2). Richard Sherman had two interceptions for the Seahawks, the second of which sealed the victory.
DeAndre Hopkins caught eight passes for 224 yards and a score for the Texans. Teammate Will Fuller V caught five passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
Prior to the game, the majority of the Houston team kneeled and linked arms. The action followed the comments of Texans owner Bob McNair, who allegedly mentioned the "inmates running the prison" in an ESPN The Magazine story about player protests during the national anthem this season. McNair issued an apology Friday morning.
The Cowboys May Have Ended the Redskins Playoff Hopes
Ekeziel Elliott ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins, 33-19, on Sunday. Washington (3-4) committed three turnovers in the sloppy game, which was played in a steady rain in Maryland.
Dallas (4-3) won thanks to the Redskins turnovers and a blocked field goal. Dak Prescott completed 14 of 22 passes for 143 yards for the Cowboys. Byron Jones' 21-yard interception return for a score with 21 seconds left sealed the win.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins finished 26 of 39 passing for 263 yards and a touchdown, but he threw an interception and he fumbled. The loss moved the Redskins to third in the NFC East behind the Eagles and the Cowboys.
The Bills are for Real
The Bills defense forced four turnovers, including Matt Milano's 40-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and Buffalo beat the Oakland Raiders, 34-14, on Sunday. LeSean McCoy ran for 151 yards, including a 48-yard TD run for Buffalo (5-2), which improved to 4-0 at home for the first time since 1995.
Bills' quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for one touchdown and also scored on a 1-yard run for Buffalo, which hasn't made the NFL playoffs in 17 years.
Derek Carr finished 31 of 48 passing for 313 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions for Oakland (3-5). The Raiders lost for the fourth time in five games -- more losses than the team had in all of last season.
The Falcons Almost Lost to the Jets
Matt Ryan threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns and the Atlanta Falcons edged the New York Jets, 25-20, on Sunday. Despite the rainy and windy playing conditions, Atlanta (4-3) broke a three-game losing streak with a strong fourth quarter.
Ryan fumbled four snap exchanges with center Alex Mack, losing two of them, which helped New York (3-5) stay close; the Jets led 17-16 heading into the final quarter.
New York quarterback Josh McCown finished 26 of 33 passing for 257 yards with two touchdowns, but he couldn't rally the team to a win. A muffed punt allowed the Falcons to add insurance points late.
Thursday, October 26
Baltimore 40, Miami 0
Sunday, October 29
New England 21, L.A. Chargers 13
New Orleans 20, Chicago 12
Philadelphia 33, San Francisco 10
Minnesota 33, Cleveland 16
Carolina 17, Tampa Bay 3
Cincinnati 24, Indianapolis 23
Green Bay, Tennessee, L.A. Rams, N.Y. Giants, Arizona, Jacksonville