NFL Week 8: Biggest Winners and Losers

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2011

NFL Week 8: Biggest Winners and Losers

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    With another week of NFL action just about over, it's time to look at the players and teams that were the biggest winners or losers this weekend in Week 8 of the season.

    Who do you think are this week's biggest winners and losers around the league?

    Read on and find out for yourself in my weekly feature.

Winner: Eli Manning

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    Manning was brilliant for the Giants in their comeback win against Miami on Sunday.

    He threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns, while completing nearly 69-percent of his pass attempts.

    His 25-yard strike to wideout Victor Cruz helped seal the Dolphins fate late in the fourth quarter.

Loser: Miami Dolphins

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    The Dolphins just can't seem to catch a break this season.

    They game into their Week 8 matchup with the New York Giants at 0-6, and after giving up a fourth-quarter lead, they have now fallen to 0-7 on the year.

    QB Matt Moore and head coach Tony Sparano were the biggest losers for Miami on this day as Moore threw for just 138 yards and a TD, while Sparano's seat got even hotter with yet another defeat.

Winner: Steven Jackson

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    Jackson dominated the Saints offense all game in Week 8.

    The former Oregon State star had 191 total yards, including 159 of them on the ground and two big TD runs against New Orleans.

    He helped pave the way for the Rams' first win of the '11 campaign.

Loser: Drew Brees

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    Brees and the Saints had a tough time with the Rams in Week 8.

    They lost 31-21, and Brees and the New Orleans passing offense was seemingly nonexistent until the game was in hand near the end of the fourth quarter.

    Even though the former Super Bowl MVP still threw for 269 yards a touchdown, he was still sacked six times and tossed two costly interceptions to the St. Louis defense.

Winner: Adrian Peterson

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    AP was All-Day once again for the Vikings in their win against the Panthers on Sunday.

    The All-Pro RB had 86 rushing yards and 76 passing yards while picking up two scores for Minnesota's offense in this contest.

    He wore Carolina's defense out and looks to be hitting his stride just in time for this struggling Vikings offensive unit.

Loser: Tim Tebow

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    There was no Tebow magic in Week 8 for Denver.

    The Broncos' start completed just 12-of-30 passes for 124 yards and committed two turnovers as well.

    Tebow was consistently inaccurate and still has a lot of work to to do before he will be a successful QB in this league.

Winner: Fred Jackson

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    Jackson had one of the best individual performances in the NFL from this weekend.

    He had 194 total yards for scrimmage, leading the Bills offense to a 23-0 shutout of the visiting Redskins.

    The Buffalo starting RB is one of the more underrate backs in the league and showed us why this week.

Loser: Arizona Cardinals

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    The Cardinals had the biggest second-half collapse out of any team in the league this weekend.

    They were winning 24-6 going into halftime and ended up getting outscored by 21 in the next two quarters, falling to the Ravens by the score of 30-27.

    This is a bad Arizona team, and their record is starting to reflect it now at 1-6 on the season.

Winner: Ben Roethlisberger

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    Big Ben helped lead his team to another big win in Week 8.

    His 365 passing yards and two touchdown tosses were just enough for the Steelers to sneak by division rival New England by the score of 25-17.

    Roethlisberger spread the ball around to nine different receivers in the victory.

Loser: New England Patriots

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    The Patriots were just manhandled on both sides of the ball by Pittsburgh this week.

    They gave up 427 total yards offense to the Steelers and racked up only 213 yards while Tom Brady and Co. were on the field.

    Thanks to Brady, they were able to at least stay in the game, but the sting from this loss will be felt all week in New England.