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National Football League
Oct. 29, 2023 8:48 p.m. ET
Week 8 of the NFL comes with a handful of all-important matchups Sunday as we close in on the halfway mark of the 2023 season.
Highlighting the early window on FOX, football fans got to see Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud — the top two picks in this year’s draft — face off for the first time when Carolina beat Houston for its first win of the season. Here’s what was to expect. Elsewhere, Jacksonville beat Pittsburgh on the road, as Trevor Lawrence experienced “the little yellow towels” for the first time.
Closing out the evening, the Chicago Bears are facing the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football. QB Tyson Bagent, who led Chicago to a convincing win in his first NFL start last week, is at the helm again in Week 8, starting in place of Justin Fields (thumb).
Here are the top moments!
Tyson Bagent’s first throw of the game was a beauty to Darnell Mooney down the right sideline.
Since 2021, no player has found the end zone more often than Austin Ekeler. This catch-and-run marked his 40th in the past three seasons.
Seahawks score first
Wide receiver Jake Bobo got the call on the run and slammed in a 3-yard Seahawks score.
Kareem Hunt powered in a one-yard score on the ground, pulling the Browns to within three.
Late lead change!
Five plays after Seahawks safety Julian Love came down with an interception, Smith hit wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who ran into the end zone for a go-ahead, 9-yard touchdown with 38 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Running it in
Three plays after the Broncos recovered a fumble, Wilson hit wide receiver Jerry Jeudy in the back of the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown.
Let Russ cook
Wilson found wide receiver Courtland Sutton in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard score, giving the Broncos a 21-9 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Broncos D closes it out
On a line
Eight plays later, Christian McCaffrey got the 49ers on the board with a 2-yard rushing score.
Making a play
Trying to buy time, Burrow, going to his right, hit wide receiver Andrei Iosivas on the right side of the end zone for another Bengals score.
The bank is open
Back in it
Purdy helped orchestrate a 10-play touchdown drive, ending with him hitting McCaffrey for a 4-yard score. San Francisco trailed 24-17 with 8:12 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Cincinnati gets it back
On the 10th play of the following possession, Joe Mixon ran in a 5-yard touchdown, getting the Bengals back up two scores.
Smack it in
On the 12th play of the opening possession, Joshua Dobbs snuck in a goal-line score for the Cardinals.
Ravens punch it in
The Gus train
Three plays after safety Geno Stone intercepted Dobbs, Edwards ran in a 7-yard score, his second of the game. Baltimore led 21-7.
You WILL reach the end zone!
Cardinals tight end Trey McBride came down with a reception near the goal line, and his teammates were determined to get him in the end zone. Arizona then converted a two-point attempt.
Commanders O rolling
After holding Philadelphia to a field goal, Washington got its second touchdown. On the 10th play of the drive, Howell connected with wide receiver Jahan Dotson on a 21-yard touchdown.
Absurd TD grab!
Joey Slye drained a 61-yard field goal for the Commanders before halftime.
Just throw it up
Hurts threw it up for Brown, and the star wideout came down with another touchdown, this one going for 25 yards.
Washington got the lead back on the ensuing possession. On the 14th play of the drive, Howell hooked up with tight end Logan Thomas for a 7-yard touchdown.
Back and forth
On the seventh play of the ensuing possession, Hurts found an open DeVonta Smith for a 38-yard touchdown.
Vikings break the ice
Minnesota scored the first points of the game late in the first quarter when Cam Akers ran in a 6-yard score.
Minnesota’s quarterback left the game early in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and was ruled out. Jaren Hall came in at quarterback.
All Cowboys early on
Two plays after blocking a punt out of the end zone for a safety, the Cowboys took a 26-3 lead when Prescott hit wide receiver CeeDee Lamb for a 10-yard touchdown.
It’s a rout
Prescott hit Lamb for a 22-yard touchdown, giving the Cowboys a 33-3 lead.
After putting together a 12-play touchdown drive before halftime, the Rams reached the end zone again to open the second half when Stafford hit wide receiver Puka Nacua for a 20-yard score. They trailed 33-17.
Cowboys regain control
Prescott hit wide receiver Brandin Cooks for a 25-yard touchdown, giving the Cowboys a 43-17 lead.
Colts take advantage
Six plays after the Colts stripped Carr and recovered the loose ball, Zach Moss punched in a 1-yard rushing score. Then the Saints responded, with Taysom Hill thundering in a 20-yard score on the ground.
Rashid Shaheed got behind the Colts secondary, and Carr hit the wide receiver in stride for a 58-yard Saints touchdown.
Rippin’ it up
Kamara sliced through the Indianapolis defense for a 16-yard touchdown.
It took 17 plays and 9:20, but the Texans reached the end zone when fullback Andrew Beck punched in a goal-line score on the ground.
Young hit tight end Tommy Tremble for a goal-line score. That said, the Panthers missed the extra point.
Another long TD drive
The Texans put together another extensive drive ending in a goal-line touchdown, this time Stroud sneaked in the score.
Eddy Pineiro made a 29-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter to get the Panthers their first win.
FGs for days
It was a messy first half in Pittsburgh with no touchdowns scored and Jacksonville turning the ball over twice but leading 9-3 at halftime.
Kenny Pickett out
Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback left the game and didn’t return due to a rib injury. Mitchell Trubisky came in at quarterback.
Lawrence hit running back Travis Etienne in stride for a 56-yard touchdown. The Jaguars then converted a two-point attempt and led 17-3.
Pittsburgh scored its first touchdown when Trubisky hit George Pickens and the wide receiver jumped through the Jacksonville defense for a 22-yard score. That said, the Jaguars got a field goal in the fourth quarter and held on to win.
Same ol’, same ol’
Tagovailoa threw it up, and wide receiver Tyreek Hill brought it down for a 42-yard Dolphins touchdown.
Get it out fast!
Tagovailoa hit wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. for a goal-line Dolphins touchdown.
Staying in it
Faced with a fourth-and-goal, Jones hit wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 3-yard touchdown. The Patriots trailed 24-17.
Putting it away
Tagovailoa got the ball to a wide-open Jaylen Waddle, who jogged into the end one for a 31-yard Dolphins score.
Giants D makes a play
Somehow a TD
Wilson got the ball out to Breece Hall, and the running back ran through the Giants defense for a 50-yard touchdown.
Taking it himself
Going to OT!
Graham Gano missed a 35-yard field goal for the Giants, and then Wilson hit Garrett Wilson and Allen Lazard for a pair of completions that combined for 58 yards and set up a 35-yard field goal from kicker Greg Zuerlein to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Jets win in overtime!
The Giants went three-and-out to open overtime, and the Jets got into field goal position for Zuerlein, who made the game-winning 33-yard field goal.
TD No. 1
They do it again
Levis and Hopkins hooked up for another touchdown, this one going for 16 yards.
Levis and Hopkins connected on a 61-yard touchdown, their third scoring connection of the game.
Bijan Robinson ran in a 13-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to get the Falcons within one score.
What a debut!
Levis threw his fourth touchdown of the game midway through the fourth quarter, this one a 33-yard scoring play to wide receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine.
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