In Week 8, the Detroit Lions' future opponents combined to go 4-4. Here's a look at how each team performed:
The Dolphins took a 10-3 lead into halftime and pulled away in the third quarter with their second pick-six of the game. (Louis Delmas actually had the first one.) By the end of the third quarter, Miami had a 24-6 lead, and the game was never really all that close in the fourth quarter considering the Jaguars' lone touchdown was scored with only 2:19 to play.
After an Eagles field goal, the Cardinals were down 20-17 with under two minutes to go in the game. 35 seconds later, the Cardinals had the lead thanks to a 75-yard touchdown pass to John Brown. Philadelphia nearly answered with a touchdown of its own as time expired, but Arizona narrowly held on to improve to 6-1.
Tom Brady threw for 354 yards and five touchdowns en route to a blowout win over Chicago. Brady actually had as many touchdowns as incompletions, which sums up just how well he is playing right now.
The Bears are officially melting down. They were absolutely dismantled by the Patriots on Sunday. Chicago was outgained 487-384, and the score in this one was actually 45-7 just minutes after the second half began. To make matters worse for the Bears, defensive end Lamarr Houston tore his ACL while celebrating a sack. It was pretty much the identical celebration that gave Stephen Tulloch a torn ACL earlier this season. The only difference is that Tulloch's team wasn't losing by 25 points when he decided to celebrate.
All Tampa Bay could muster against the Vikings was 225 yards of offense, two field goals and a late touchdown. That late touchdown actually put Tampa Bay on top, but the Bucs ended up falling in overtime.
In need of a field goal to tie things up in the final two minutes of regulation, Teddy Bridgewater led the Vikings 61 yards in nine plays. Blair Walsh connected from 38 yards out to send the game to overtime, and Anthony Barr won the game with a walk-off fumble return for a touchdown on the first play of the extra session.
This game was actually tied 16-16 at halftime. It was all Saints in the second half, though. A 50-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks and a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham made it 30-16 Saints by the end of the third quarter, and another Drew Brees touchdown pass put New Orleans on top 37-16 about five minutes into the fourth quarter. The Packers answered with a touchdown on their next drive, but it didn't matter since they failed to recover the ensuing onside kick.