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NFL Week 8 Grades: Broncos Get ‘A-‘ To Save Season In London, Bills Get ‘B’ For Sunday Night Win

NFL Week 8 Grades: Broncos Get ‘A-‘ To Save Season In London, Bills Get ‘B’ For Sunday Night Win

Maybe the Broncos should consider moving all their games to London.

Through the first seven weeks of the season, the Broncos’ offense has looked mostly impotent, but that changed Sunday in England. In a game against the Jaguars, Denver lit up the scoring with three touchdowns in a 21-17 victory. Scoring three touchdowns doesn’t usually qualify as lighting up the scoreboard, but it does when you’re a Broncos team that entered this week’s game as the lowest-scoring offense of the season. NFL.

So why did Denver finally find some success on offense? The main reason is that Russell Wilson finally started playing like the Russell Wilson the Broncos thought they were getting when they made a blockbuster QB trade in March.

Wilson’s ability to throw the ball accurately down the field is one of the reasons he has been so successful in his career and he showed that ability against the Jaguars. One of Wilson’s best throws of the day came in the third quarter when he hit Greg Dulcich with a 38-yard pass that traveled 30 yards in the air.

That drive came on a 92-yard score where Wilson went 5-for-5 for 88 yards. Wilson seemed to have a great connection with Dulcich, who caught three of the passes on the drive for 78 yards. That touchdown put the Broncos ahead 14-10, but it was a lead they would lose late in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by Travis Etienne with just 3:54 to play.

At that point, the Broncos took the field again and it looked like their season was on the line, but Wilson didn’t seem too fazed by the pressure. On the first play of the drive, Wilson could save Denver’s season with a 47-yard pass to KJ Hamler.

Six plays later, Latavius ​​Murray would score the game-winning touchdown from one yard out.

Another reason the Broncos offense was so good is because it was unstoppable in the red zone. In Week 8, Denver had the WORST red zone offense in the NFL, scoring a touchdown on just 23.5% of their red zone trips (to put that into perspective, every other team in the NFL were converting at least 35% of their red zone). zone trips on touchdowns heading into Week 8).

In this game, the Broncos went a perfect 3-for-3 in the red zone and a big reason is because Nathaniel Hackett showed some creativity. Denver’s first touchdown of the game came on a six-yard catch by Jerry Jeudy that seemed to catch the Jaguars off guard.

The Broncos offense was far from perfect on the day. In fact, it looked like it was going to be another nightmare game for the unit from the start. In the Broncos’ first four possessions, they had three punts without a first down and Wilson also threw an interception. Earlier in the season, it probably would have been enough to start a total collapse, but this time, the offense was able to rally.

In those first four possessions, Wilson was just 2-for-6 for 19 yards and an interception, but after that, he was 16-for-24 for 233 yards and a touchdown.

The Broncos have a playoff caliber defense and if the offense continues to improve, this team could sneak into the wild card race.

OK, let’s get to the game notes for Week 8. If you’re looking to dig deeper into the Ravens’ win over the Buccaneers on Thursday, be sure to click here.

Denver 21-17 over Jacksonville (London)

John Breech’s Broncos-Jaguars Ratings (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Atlanta 37-34 over Carolina (OT)

John Breech’s Panthers-Falcons ratings (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Miami 31-27 over Detroit

John Breech’s Dolphins-Lions ratings (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Minnesota 34-26 over Arizona

John Breech’s Cardinals-Vikings Grades (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

New Orleans 24-0 over Las Vegas

John Breech’s Raiders-Saints Ratings (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Philadelphia 35-13 over Pittsburgh

Jeff Kerr’s Steelers-Eagles grades (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

New England 22-17 over NY Jets

Jordan Dajani’s Patriots-Jets Ratings (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Dallas 49-29 over Chicago

Garrett Podell’s Bears-Cowboys Ratings (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Tennessee 17-10 over Houston

John Breech’s Titans-Texans Ratings (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Washington 17-16 over Indianapolis

Commanders-Colts Ratings by John Breech (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

San Francisco 31-14 over LA Rams

Bryan DeArdo’s 49ers-Rams grades (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Seattle 27-13 over NY Giants

Cody Benjamin’s Giants-Seahawks Ratings (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Buffalo 27-17 over Green Bay

Packers-Bills Notes by John Breech (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)





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