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The outcomes for many of these matchups seemed obvious on paper. However, things changed after the games were actually played.
These were the most surprising results from Week 8.
Cleveland Browns 7, San Diego Chargers 6
San Diego had a 24-0 halftime lead against the Denver Broncos two weeks ago. If the team had held on, it would have been 4-2 heading into the bye. Unfortunately, Peyton Manning led a comeback in that game, and the Chargers seem to be falling apart.
The Chargers came into the week averaging 24.7 points per game but only managed two field goals against the Cleveland Browns. Philip Rivers struggled with his accuracy all game and could not find any of his receivers with consistency.
Cleveland, however, has continued to improve defensively and should be able to build off its second win of the year. Trent Richardson proved his toughness by rushing for 122 yards through injury, and he showed he is a franchise player for this organization.
These are two teams headed in different directions for the rest of the season.
Miami Dolphins 30, New York Jets 9
After looking good in a loss to the New England Patriots, the Jets once again took a step back with an embarrassing performance against the Dolphins.
The team moved the ball but was unable to get into the end zone more than once. Meanwhile, the defense could not defend Matt Moore, who came in at quarterback when Ryan Tannehill was injured.
New York has a bye this week, so it might be time for the last-place team to make some changes. Fans will want to see more of Tim Tebow after he only had one carry for two yards in the loss.
However, it is unlikely he is able to fix all of the problems of this struggling team.
Chicago Bears 23, Carolina Panthers 22
The Bears won as expected, but this game was much closer than most could have anticipated.
Carolina had lost four straight games coming into the week and was having leadership problems behind quarterback Cam Newton. Surprisingly, the Panthers jumped out to a 19-7 lead over one of the better teams in the NFL.
Of course, that lead did not last after Tim Jennings returned an interception for a touchdown and Robbie Gould kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired.
Still, the Panthers should feel encouraged after this performance for better days on the horizon.
|Chicago 23, Carolina 22|
|Cleveland 7, San Diego 6|
|Detroit 28, Seattle 24|
|New England 45, St. Louis 7|
|Miami 30, NY Jets 9|
|Atlanta 30, Philadelphia 17|
|Pittsburgh 27, Washington 12|
|Green Bay 24, Jacksonville 15|
|Indianapolis 19, Tennessee 13 (OT)|
|Oakland 26, Kansas City 16|
NY Giants 29, Dallas 24
Denver 34, New Orleans 14