The Atlanta Falcons are for real, but the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams are just really bad.
All three teams made their own statements on Sunday, but only Falcons fans were happy with what their team said.
Those three teams were just part of the wild action from Week 8 in the NFL. Before I get into the week's top stories, let's have a little fun.
My GIFs to You
So You Think You Can Gronk
You vote in the poll, which Rob Gronkowski touchdown dance was the best. We'll call the first one the Robot Soldier and the second one will be known as the Coffee Stirrer:
I Can Beat You Running Backwards
We thought Usain Bolt showboated at the end of a race. He's got nothing on the Pittsburgh Steelers Antonio Brown. Check him out:
Caliendo Does Gruden
This isn't a GIF, but it sure is funny. ESPN's YouTube channel posted master impressionist Frank Caliendo doing a superb Jon Gruden.
This is classic:
The Notable and Quotable
The Atlanta Falcons played like the best team in the NFL on Sunday. They crushed the Philadelphia Eagles 30-17 in Philly, and they are a perfect 7-0. Turnovers had been the problem for the Eagles thus far this season, but they lost this game without turning the ball over at all.
Here are the highlights:
Matt Ryan threw three more touchdown passes to run his total to 17 on the season. He completed a pristine 75.9 percent of his passes.
Retired WR and ex-Falcon Brian Finneran tweeted:
This is the #Falcons offense at its best today. Take what they give you and go with what is working. PASS PASS little run— Brian Finneran (@BFinn86) October 28, 2012
On the other side of the field, the Eagles fell to 3-4 on the season. They aren't out of it in the NFC East, but it's clear things have to change.
What will the changes be? Many weighed in after the game. Tony Bruno thinks the change needs to come at the top. He tweeted:
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Mike Vick has been told by Reid that he may be benched:
ESPN's Mike Greenberg thinks that is unlikely. He tweeted:
Sounds like this is going to be an interesting week in Philadelphia.
Here are the other top stories from Week 8 in the NFL.
Bears Come Back To Thwart Panthers' Upset Bid
This is a bad time to be a Carolina Panthers fan.
They dominated the Chicago Bears in almost every facet of the game for a little over three quarters, but they still lost a heart-breaker, 23-22. The Panthers gained almost twice the yards the Bears did (416 to 210), they ran 24 more plays and they even held a 13:16 edge in time of possession.
None of that was enough, the Bears made the plays when it mattered most.
Here are the highlights:
The Bears outscored the Panthers 16-3 in the fourth quarter, and Robbie Gould nailed the clutch 41-yard field goal as time expired.
Tim Jennings had two more interceptions, but the second one was the biggest.
He took a Cam Newton pass back 25 yards for a touchdown to give the Bears their first lead in the fourth quarter. It was the sixth interception return for the Bears this season.
Here's how that made history, per Randall Liu of NFL communications:
Jennings has an NFL best six interceptions on the season. He needed to make some big plays, as his stat line will be a bit deceiving. Steve Smith gave it to Jennings all day, but the latter came up with the game's statement play.
Greenberg summed this game up nicely:
Not a great game for #Bears, but the defense makes a play, Cutler gets it going late, clutch kick. 6-1 isn't a fluke.— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) October 28, 2012
The Bears are 6-1 and firmly in control of the NFC North. The Panthers are 1-6 and not in control of much at all.
Vick Does It...Not That Vick, the Other One
The Colts and the Titans wasn't a marquee matchup, but they produced a great game with a spectacular finish. Colts rookie RB Vick Ballard took a swing pass from Andrew Luck 16 yards for a touchdown to win it overtime.
Nothing special right?
Ballard launched himself inside the five and twirled like a torpedo to place the ball over the pylon. Take a look at this amazing play:
Bleacher Report's Jay Clemons gives us this tweet:
Vick Freaking Ballard ... #colts— Jay Clemons (@ATL_JayClemons) October 28, 2012
You won't see a more spectacular effort. The Colts win 19-16.
Jets Get Smashed
The Miami Dolphins came into MetLife stadium and put a beating on the New York Jets. Losing 30-9 at home is flat embarrassing, at least Greenberg thinks so:
Finally, #Jets, awful in every way. But mostly they were dramatically outcoached today. Offense, special teams, they should be embarrassed.— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) October 28, 2012
Here are the "highlights" of this debacle.
If you think Greenberg was hard on the Jets, his blunt comments were nothing. The Jets' trash-talking ways doesn't prompt anyone to cut them any slack.
Even NBA players are rubbing it in the Jets' faces. Houston Rockets forward Patrick Patterson tweeted:
You'd think the #Jets would learn to not talk so much trash since they never back it up.— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) October 28, 2012
ESPN's Robert Flores takes a shot at rookie WR Stephen Hill with this tweet:
If it wasn't for his hands, Stephen Hill could be an excellent wide receiver. #Jets— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) October 28, 2012
To add insult to injury, the Dolphins did this to the Jets with a backup QB in the game after Ryan Tannehill was injured in the first quarter.
How bad are things in New York?
Fox Sports asks the million-dollar question:
RG3 Needs To Clone Himself
As dynamic as he is, Robert Griffin III can't throw it and catch it too. Washington Redskins receivers dropped countless passes in Pittsburgh on Sunday. This made an upset victory virtually impossible.
Mike Shanahan agreed with me, per Grant Paulsen on 106.7 The Fan in DC. He tweeted this quote from Shanahan:
Mike Shanahan was asked how Robert Griffin played in today's loss: "I thought he played well. But he's got to have some help." #Redskins— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) October 28, 2012
The only thing uglier than the Redskins drops were the Pittsburgh Steelers' uniforms. They wore those throwbacks that remind me of a world football nicknamed the bumble bees.
Can you say hideous?
The Steelers won the game 27-12, and they found a way to contain RG3's spectacular rushing ability. He had six attempts for only eight yards.
Take a look at the highlights:
The Redskins are going to have to string some wins together if they hope to stay in the race for the NFC East. As a footnote to this game, DeAngelo Hall made a complete fool of himself. While arguing a call he completely short-circuited and cussed out an official in a major way.
Former Redskins RB Larry Brown called it what it was, unprofessional:
#Redskins Hall, this is embarrassing and very unprofessional on your part.There's no excuse for this kind of behavior.— Larry Brown (@LarryBrown43) October 28, 2012
He'll be penalized in some manner, and it'll be well-deserved.
Giants Survive Tale of Two Halves
The Dallas Cowboys looked like they were in for a titanic beating in the first quarter. They were trailing 23-0 with 13:15 remaining in the second quarter. The Cowboys had turned the ball over four times to put themselves in this precarious position.
#Cowboys QB Tony Romo is the only quarterback to throw 3 interceptions in a half more than once this season— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 28, 2012
Here's a slightly unfair, but totally hilarious poke at Romo from Alan Lee of Fox:
The Cowboys somehow woke up to score the next 24 points.
The Giants didn't fold, they forced two more turnovers and Lawrence Tynes made two field goals to give the Giants the 29-24 win. They couldn't have done it without Stevie Brown, though.
He had three more takeaways in this game: two interceptions and a fumble recovery. He has been huge for the Giants in replace of Kenny Phillips.
In typical Cowboys fashion, they had to tease their fans in the most morbid fashion. Not only did they come back from 23 points down, they nearly scored a miracle touchdown with six seconds remaining.
Romo hit a streaking Dez Bryant in the back of the end zone, but he came down with his fingertips barely touching the out of bounds line.
How close was it? Take a look..
It was a great effort by Bryant, but this tweet from retired tennis player Andy Roddick shows football isn't exactly the sport he grew up playing.
Why on earth would you put your hand down if you know you're close to out of bounds?Unreal...... #cowboys-giants— andyroddick (@andyroddick) October 28, 2012
NBC's Newy Scruggs is pining for some poor officiating:
Where are the replacement refs when you need em? #Cowboys— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) October 28, 2012
It was an entertaining game to end the matinee schedule.
The Rest of Week 8 in the NFL
Cleveland Browns 7, San Diego Chargers 6
Detroit Lions 28, Seattle Seahawks 24
Green Bay Packers 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 15
New England Patriots 45, St. Louis Rams 7
Oakland Raiders 26, Kansas City Chiefs 16
I'm not a believer in firing someone just because. However, the #Chiefs need to fire OC Brian Daboll and/or HC Romeo Crennel.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 28, 2012
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