Several things caught the eye in Week 8 of the 2016 NFL season, but here are five of the major talking points from the week’s action. In the news this week are Matt Stafford, Josh Brown and two QB situations, among other things.
1) Matt Stafford for MVP?
This is something that not many people in the NFL, if any, would have ever thought of, but it might just happen. Stafford has been phenomenal so far this season, leading the Lions to a 4-3 record, with each of those wins coming from a game-winning 4th quarter drive. This week saw Stafford play his 100th game in the NFL, and he broke another record in the process. The Detroit man also broke the record for most passing yards in the first 100 games of an NFL career this weekend. He is the fastest QB to reach 15,000, 20,000 and 25,000 career passing yards. Who is to say that Stafford will not be MVP in 2016? And secondly, will he break more records as the years go on?
2) Vikings lose final unbeaten record of 2016
The final unbeaten record of the year fell this weekend, as Minnesota lost for the first time. The Eagles were the team to hand the defeat to the NFC North side, who have been struggling with injuries since the start of the season. Most people were surprised that the Vikings had got to their bye week at 5-0, with the likes of Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson, Stefon Diggs, Laquon Treadwell and Matt Kalil all having missed playing time on the offensive side of the ball. The defence is still the #1 ranked D in the NFL, but the offence will need to improve. Will the Vikings still make the playoffs?
3) Josh Brown has been cut by the Giants
The New York Giants have released K Josh Brown after new information came out about a domestic violence case involving Brown from 2015. Last week, 165 pages worth of information was obtained from the King County Sheriff’s Office which detailed the kicker’s arrest. Among those documents was a signed file in which Brown admitted to physically, emotionally and verbally abusing his then-wife. Brown was placed on the Commissioner Exempt list on Friday, and did not travel with the team to London for their win against the Rams at Twickenham on Sunday. He will be on the Comm.Ex. list until the matter is solved, meaning that even if Brown signs with another team, he will not be able to practice or attend games.
4) Another game for Cleveland, another QB on the field
Seven games into the 2016 NFL season, and the Browns are now onto their sixth QB for the year. Sunday’s game at Cincinnati saw Kevin Hogan come onto the field to replace Cody Kessler, who had to go off with an injury. The Browns lost two starting QBs in the first two weeks to shoulder injuries. Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown are both out long term. Charlie Whitehurst took snaps in Week 5 after Cody Kessler went out injured on his third start. Terrelle Pryor Sr, who is primarily a receiver, has also taken snaps at QB this season, with Hogan becoming QB#6 for 2016. Will the Browns find a solution and win a game in 2016?
5) The QB carousel in New York turns back to Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched in Week 6, giving Geno Smith some game time. Smith then took over the starting role for Week 7, as the Jets hosted the Ravens at MetLife Stadium. However, before half-time, Smith went down with a torn ACL, giving Fitzpatrick a reprieve. The QB, famous for his bushy beard, threw a TD and led the Jets to just their second victory of the 2016 season. The timetable for Geno Smith’s return has not been disclosed, meaning Fitz will get the starting job back for next week. Will the Jets make the playoffs under Fitz?
Finally, one of the great Running Back’s of recent times called it a day on his career this week. Arian Foster is ranked in top two for total yards per game, total TDs, rushing yards per game and 100 yard games since the start of the 2010 season.
That ranks him higher than Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and Jamaal Charles in the same period of time. A fantastic career, which spanned time at Houston and Miami, has come to an end. Arian Foster = Legend.