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Week 8 - NFL Season about half complete

October 31, 2006|by ROBERT KELLER

With week 8 in the NFL complete, teams either have a good record or a poor record. The games weren't as exciting this week as last week, but there were still good games.

In Philadelphia, the Jacksonville Jaguars took on the Eagles. The Eagles (4-4) thought it would be easy to beat the Jaguars (4-3), but the Jaguars had a different thing in mind. Jacksonville scored a touchdown in the first quarter, but the Eagles couldn't respond. In the second quarter, kickers Josh Scobee of the Jaguars and David Akers of the Eagles, scored field goals. In the end, the Eagles lost 13-6.

In Oakland, the Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Raiders, one of the worst teams in the NFL right now. Steelers fans thought their team could win this game easily, but it didn't turn out that way. Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger threw four interceptions and one touchdown. He completed 25 of 37 passes for 301 yards, but it wasn't enough. Even though the Raiders had a horrible offense, they still defeated the Steelers 20-13.

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In New Orleans, the Ravens took on the Saints. The Saints and the Ravens had a bye last week. New Orleans went into the bye 5-1. Baltimore went in 4-2. Because Baltimore was 4-2, they needed to win to take the division lead from Cincinnati. The Baltimore defense played a tough game, forcing five turnovers, one by Saints running back Reggie Bush. Ravens quarterback Steve McNair didn't play like he had a concussion two weeks ago; he played like he was in the Super Bowl. The Saints were defeated, for the first time this season in the Superdome, 35-22.

After week 8, which is about halfway through the season, some of my playoff choices have changed. In the NFC East, it's the New York Giants; in the NFC North, the Chicago Bears; in the NFC South, the Atlanta Falcons; in the NFC West, the St. Louis Rams; in the AFC East, the New England Patriots; in the AFC North, the Ravens; in the AFC South, the Indianapolis Colts; and the Denver Broncos in the AFC West. The Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts are still undefeated, but they will both lose at least one game.

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