2022 NFL season, Week 8: What We Learned from Sunday's games – NFL.com

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Around The NFL breaks down what you need to know from all of Sunday’s action in Week 8 of the 2022 NFL season. Catch up on each game’s biggest takeaways using the links below:
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Grant Gordon’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Josh Allen had a 22.5% completion probability on his 26-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs in the second quarter, which came under pressure from Jarran Reed and with 41.4 yards of air distance.
NFL Research: The Bills’ 6-1 start is their best since 1993 when Buffalo began the season 7-1, finishing the regular season at 12-4 en route to a loss in Super Bowl XXVII. Buffalo has advanced to (and lost) the Super Bowl in each of its last three seasons starting 6-1.
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Davis Mills was 5-of-8 passing for 17 yards and an INT on passes of fewer than 10 air yards and 0 of 3 on passes of 10-plus air yards in the first half Sunday.
NFL Research: Derrick Henry’s second score Sunday was the 75th touchdown of his career, surpassing Eddie George for the most TDs in franchise history.
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Christian Gonzales’ takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Christian McCaffrey’s touchdown pass is the third 49ers passing touchdown of 30-plus air yards since 2020 (Trey Lance and C.J. Beathard also had one.).
NFL Research: Christian McCaffrey is one of three running backs with a passing touchdown, rushing TD and receiving TD in a single game since the 1970 merger. LaDainian Tomlinson in 2005 and Walter Payton in 1979 are the others.
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Terry McLaurin’s 33-yard catch to set up the game-winning TD has a 28.3 completion percent probability with a 0.9 target separation.
NFL Research: Entering Week 8, Washington had been 1-128 since 2000 when trailing by multiple scores in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter (previous win was Week 2, 2005 at Dallas).
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Nick Shook’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Daniel Jones completed just 4 of 14 passes of 10-plus air yards for 82 yards.
NFL Research: Geno Smith has six games with multiple passing touchdowns this season. He had seven such games in his first nine career seasons combined.
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: On his two TD receptions, Alvin Kamara had only 6.4% and 20.1% chances of scoring on those plays.
NFL Research: Alvin Kamara is the first player in NFL history to record 10 games with at least one rushing and one receiving TD in his first six seasons.
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Micah Parsons traveled 92.0 yards of total distance on his 36-yard fumble recovery touchdown.
NFL Research: The Bears have rushed for 200-plus yards in three straight games for the first time since Weeks 7-9 in 1968. Gale Sayers led the Bears in rushing in 1968.
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Deatrich Wise Jr. generated seven QB pressures on 39 pass rush snaps, while Matt Judon earned four QB pressures and a pass defensed.
NFL Research: With the Patriots’ win over the Jets, Bill Belichick (325) passed George Halas (324) for the second-most wins by a head coach, including playoffs, in NFL history. Next — and last — on the list ahead of Belichick: Don Shula, with 347 career wins.
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Marcus Mariota was 0-of-4 passing with two interceptions on deep passes in Week 8. He had one TD and one INT on deep passes in Weeks 1-7.
NFL Research: There have been four passing TDs of 60-plus yards to tie or take the lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter in the past 10 seasons: the Miami Miracle, the Minneapolis Miracle, Aaron Rodgers’ TNF Hail Mary and P.J. Walker’s TD pass to D.J. Moore on Sunday.
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Nick Shook’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: A.J. Brown is the first player since Next Gen Stats route classification began in 2018 to record three receiving touchdowns on go routes in a single game. He scored all three touchdowns in the first half Sunday.
NFL Research: Jalen Hurts threw four passing touchdowns of 25-plus yards Sunday, falling just one such touchdown pass short of the all-time record in a single game, held by Dan Marino (Week 1, 1994).
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Michael Baca’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the day: Tua Tagovailoa was 15 of 18 for 290 yards and three TDs on passes of 10-plus air yards (tied for most such completions in a game this season; Joe Burrow in Week 7 vs ATL).
NFL Research: Tyreek Hill has four games with 160-plus receiving yards this season. All other NFL WRs have four such games combined. The only player with more such games in a season was Roy Green, who did so five times and led the NFL in receiving yards for the Cardinals in 1984.
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Nick Shook’s takeaways:
Next Gen Stat of the game: Kirk Cousins reached a maximum speed of 18.29 miles per hour on his 17-yard touchdown run, marking his fastest ball-carrier speed on a TD as a Viking.
NFL Research: DeAndre Hopkins reached 800 career receptions in his 138th game, the fifth-fastest to reach that mark in NFL history. Only four players — Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Marvin Harrison and Andre Johnson — got there faster than Hopkins.
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Jeremy Bergman’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Russell Wilson’s 47-yard completion to KJ Hamler on Denver’s game-winning drive had a 19.0% completion probability, the second-most improbable completion for the Broncos this year.
NFL Research: Broncos RB Latavius Murray is the first player to score a rushing TD for two different teams in London in the same season.
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Keyed by the defense of Justin Houston and the rushing of Kenyan Drake, the Ravens won their third in a row as they defeated the Saints on Monday night.
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Though it was closer than many expected, quarterback Jalen Hurts and the Eagles eventually pulled away for a 29-17 win over the Texans on Thursday night.
Nick Chubb paved the way on Monday night as the Browns defeated the Bengals for their fifth consecutive win in the rivalry.
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens came on in the second half and then fended off a Tom Brady-led rally to defeat the Buccaneers on Thursday night.
Quarterback Justin Fields and the Chicago rushing offense keyed the Bears’ lopsided win over the Patriots on Monday night.
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The Cardinals scored 22 straight points to turn an eight-point first-half deficit into a 14-point first-half lead en route to a big win over the Saints on Thursday night.
In OT, a special teams gaffe by the Broncos set up Chargers kicker Dustin Hopkins, who was playing through a hamstring injury, for a 39-yard game-winning field goal and Hopkins lifted the Bolts to a 19-16 victory over the Broncos.
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Carson Wentz, Brian Robinson and the Commanders edged Justin Fields and the Bears, 12-7, on Thursday night.
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