NFL recap week eight

Derrick Henry had a historic day against Texans



Derrick Henry singed with the Baltimore Ravens in March.

TREVOR JUNT, Evergreen deputy sports editor

We just passed week eight of the NFL season, certain teams are showing they are contenders and some players are showing to be as good as we thought.

Titans vs. Texans:

The Titans are pulling far and away from the rest of the AFC South. They are already two and a half games above the second-place Colts. They beat the Texans 17-10.

Malik Willis started this game because of Ryan Tannehill’s ankle injury and the fact that he was ill. Willis really didn’t have to do much and only threw the ball 10 times with six completions for 55 yards and an interception.

The offense relied on Derrick Henry as much as they could, Henry carried the ball 32 times for a total of 219 yards and two touchdowns. He has the most career games with 200+ yards and two-plus touchdowns with six, more than second-best LaDainian Tomlinson, Barry Sanders and Jim Brown all tied with three.

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Henry is truly a beast and it’s smart of the coaching staff to rely on him as much as possible.

The Texans look like one of the least talented teams in the league, as expected.

Davis Mills can’t really do much as their quarterback, throwing 17/29 for 152 yards one touchdown and one interception.

The Texans didn’t play badly, they are just the inferior team compared to the Titans and the defense couldn’t hold Henry up at all.

Giants vs. Seahawks:

This matchup was the only matchup in week eight with two teams with winning records. The Seahawks were able to topple the Giants 27-13.

We can probably say it now: the Seahawks are actually good.

Seattle made the right move of keeping Pete Carroll and John Schneider, who have built this team up quickly to be a contender again.

The defense is very impressive with Jordyn Brooks, Quandre Diggs, Uchenna Nwosu, and rookies Tariq Woolen, Coby Bryant and Boye Mafe.

They were able to keep the Giants to 13 points, didn’t really let Daniel Jones do anything and shut Saquon Barkley down to 53 yards on 20 carries.

Geno Smith threw 23/34 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. One touchdown Tyler Lockett and the other to DK Metcalf. 

Kenneth Walker has also proven himself to be a legitimate NFL running back, already one of the best in the league. He was able to score on a play that he was totally on his own for. Not much space or even a realistic path but he made it happen.


Watch out for both of these teams as playoff contenders.

49ers vs. Rams:

In a tough divisional matchup, the 49ers took control and beat the Rams 31-14.

Mr. Do-it-all, Christian McCaffrey showed up for the 49ers in a big way on Sunday. He ran the ball 18 times for 94 yards and one touchdown, he also caught the ball eight times for 55 yards and one touchdown, along with throwing the ball once for 34 yards and a touchdown.


He was more than integral to this offense succeeding in any way possible.

Jimmy Garoppolo was also 21/25 throwing for 235 yards and two touchdowns.

More importantly, the defense held up extremely well against the Rams. Only allowing two touchdowns,  not letting any running back free, making sure Matt Stafford did little-to-nothing and kept Cooper Kupp in check.

This 49er defense is Super Bowl caliber if they keep up like this.

Steelers vs. Eagles:

We seemingly talk about the Eagles each week, but they are deserving after beating the Steelers 35-13.

Jalen Hurts did what he usually does and went 19/28 throwing for 285 yards and four touchdowns.

A.J. Brown caught three of those touchdowns, ending his day with six receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns.  


He was truly dominant on Sunday and showed why he may be one of the best receivers in the league. Brown has shown that trading for him in the offseason might have been one of the best moves the Eagles have made in a long while.

The Eagles' entire team is extremely good. The offensive line is awesome and shut down most pass rushers and the defense is a lockdown defense that does not allow many points to the opposing team.

Look out for the Eagles as Super Bowl contenders, both the Eagles and the Bills look like favorites, it will be interesting to see the rest of the Eagles' season as they have a relatively easy schedule.