The Detroit Lions' schedule got a bit easier in Week 8. The Green Bay Packers looked quite fallible, while the Bears and 49ers continued their downward spiral. Overall, the remainder of the Lions' schedule went a collective 3-4 in Week 8.
Aaron Rodgers was completely stymied by the Broncos defense. Here are some fun stats about how neutralized Rodgers was on Sunday:
Aaron Rodgers:77 passing yards, fewest in a game in which he had at least 20 pass attempts— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 2, 2015
Alex Smith had more yards rushing yesterday (78), than Aaron Rodgers had passing (77). Sure, that makes sense.— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) November 2, 2015
Okay, maybe that second one isn't that fun.
Anyway, the Packers defense looked just as vulnerable. Peyton Manning had himself a day against a beaten-up Packers secondary. Manning completed 72 percent of his passes for 340 yards, most going to Demaryius Thomas, who had eight catches for 168 yards on the night.
The Raiders continue to be the most surprising team in the NFL, led by a shockingly potent offense. Derek Carr had another impressive game, throwing for four touchdowns and a passer rating of 130.9 against a good Jets secondary. Carr is now fifth in the league in passer rating and touchdowns.
Oakland has now won two games in a row, scoring 34 or more points in both games.
Week 12 vs. Eagles (3-4) - bye week
Week 13 vs. Packers (6-1) - lost to Broncos, 10-29
Week 14 at Rams (4-3) - beat 49ers, 27-6
The St. Louis Rams seemed to have found their footing, as they beat the 49ers for their third win in four games.
The Rams fell behind quickly, allowing Colin Kaepernick to take the game's opening drive 44 yards for a field goal. St. Louis got a defensive score after James Laurintius tackled Mike Davis in the endzone for a safety. The teams traded punts for a while until Todd Gurley opened the game up for the Rams:
The Rams would add two more touchdowns on the day, including a huge pass play to Tavon Austin.
In what was the day's most entertaining game, Drew Brees bested Eli Manning in a shootout in New Orleans. The two quarterback combined for 855 passing yards and 13(!!!) touchdowns.
A late pick-six gave the Giants a lead with just over two minutes left in the game, but that was more than enough time for Brees to drive his team to his seventh passing touchdown of the day.
The game seemed destined to go to overtime, but after the Giants went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, a huge facemask penalty on the punt return gave the Saints one shot at a 50 yard field goal. Kai Forbath did not miss.
Week 16 vs. 49ers (2-6) - lost to Rams, 6-27
The 49ers are a team that looks lost. Their defense is missing several key contributors from last season, while Kaepernick and the offense cannot seem to move the ball even a little. San Francisco has scored seven or less points in half of their games this season.
As a result, the 49ers have now benched Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert. That, my friends, is rock bottom.
The Bears lost a heart-breaker to Vikings at home. Seemingly in control of the game, Chicago took the lead 20-13 with just 4:55 remaining on a Jay Cutler 4-yard touchdown run.
But the Bears' defense could not get one more stop the rest of the game. First, they allowed the Vikings to drive 84 yards in just 3:06 for the game-tying score (yet another huge play from Stefon Diggs). After the Bears followed that up with a three-and-out, the Vikings were able to get in field goal range quickly and win the game after a 36-yard Blair Walsh field goal.