NFL Week 8 grades: Jets and Cowboys each get an ‘A’ for wild wins, Chiefs get a ‘B-‘ for Monday win


In a Halloween upset that nobody noticed coming, the New York Jets did not simply put a scare into the Bengals, they took them to the graveyard and buried them. 

With Zach Wilson out, the Jets had been a preferred choose to get blown out this week — the oddsmakers had them pegged as a double-digit underdog — however backup quarterback Mike White had different concepts. In one of the spectacular performances ever by a QB making his first begin, White threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns because the Jets surprised the Bengals 34-31. 

White has been within the NFL since 2018, however he did not make his first begin till Sunday and he positively made probably the most of it. The Jets quarterback had the Bengals’ protection on its heels all day as he accomplished his first 11 passes. White confirmed off uncanny accuracy — he accomplished 82.2% of his passes — and the one two errors he made weren’t his fault as each his interceptions bounced off the receiver he was focusing on. 

The backup quarterback confirmed off a toughness that the Jets have not actually proven this season. After leaving the sport to enter concussion protocol within the third quarter, he ended up returning to the sport and he may need been even higher: He accomplished 11 of his ultimate 13 passes for for 146 yards and two touchdowns. 

White’s largest throw, which ended up being the game-winner, was emblematic of his day: He stayed affected person within the pocket and waited for his receiver to interrupt open. The receiver on this case ended up being tight finish Tyler Kroft, who caught a 13-yard landing to offer the Jets the lead for good. 

White capped off the TD by CATCHING the two-point conversion on a throw from Jamison Crowder

Principally, there was nothing White did not do towards the Bengals. Moreover throwing and catching passes, he additionally made an awesome defensive play which may have saved the sport for the Jets. After throwing an interception to Bengals security Jessie Bates within the first quarter, it appeared like Bates may return it for a TD, however as you may see under, White ran him down and compelled the play again inside, which allowed Elijah Moore (the No. 8 referenced within the tweet under) to make the sort out on the Jets’ 1-yard line. 

That ended up being an enormous sort out as a result of the Bengals ended up coming away with zero factors on the drive as a result of the Jets’ protection would make a goal-line stand on the 1-yard line. 

Total, White’s 405-yard day makes him the primary QB in NFL historical past to hit the 400-yard mark whereas additionally throwing not less than three touchdowns in his first begin. He is additionally simply the second quarterback since 1985 to win a recreation in his first begin after trailing by double digits with lower than 5 minutes left to play (Steve Younger is the opposite). 

One different factor that made White’s debut so spectacular was that he did it towards a Bengals protection that was surrendering simply 251.3 yards per recreation over the previous 4 weeks. 

The Jets may not be headed for the playoffs this 12 months, however they’ve confirmed that you just completely cannot afford to miss them. With wins over the Bengals and Titans this season, it will not be stunning if we see the Jets pull off just a few extra upsets earlier than the top of the 12 months.  

Alright, let’s get to the grades for each recreation from Week 8. Should you’re searching for a deeper dive on Inexperienced Bay’s wild 24-21 win over the Cardinals that was performed on Thursday, make sure you click on right here

N.Y. Jets 34-31 over Cincinnati

Kansas Metropolis 20-17 over N.Y. Giants (Monday)

L.A. Rams 38-22 over Houston

Buffalo 26-11 over Miami

Carolina 19-13 over Atlanta

Pittsburgh 15-10 over Cleveland

Steelers-Browns grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

San Francisco 33-22 over Chicago

49ers-Bears grades by Cody Benjamin (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Philadelphia 44-6 over Detroit

Eagles-Lions grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Tennessee 34-31 (OT) over Indianapolis 

Titans-Colts grades by Jordan Dajani (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Seattle 31-7 over Jacksonville

Denver 17-10 over Washington

New England 27-24 over L.A. Chargers

Patriots-Chargers grades by Tyler Sullivan (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

New Orleans 36-27 over Tampa Bay

Buccaneers-Saints grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Dallas 20-16 over Minnesota

Cowboys-Vikings grades by Jared Dubin (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

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