Robert Griffin III – This was RGIII’s worst game of his career (when not concussed) and you can lay much of the blame on the lack of receiving talent in Washington. Playing on the road in Pittsburgh in the rain didn’t help, but if your receivers can’t catch the ball, you can’t complete passes.
Calvin Johnson – If I told you Matthew Stafford would throw for 352 yards and three touchdowns and Calvin Johnson would catch three passes for 46 yards you would have punched me in the face, hard. So I’m glad you are on the other side of this computer, because that’s what happened. The Seahawks took him out of the game with extra coverage which allowed Young Senior a breakout game. And Megatron has a rusty knee joint he needs to get lubed up.
Jamaal Charles – So the Chiefs head coach doesn’t quite know why Charles only had five carries for four yards. This Chiefs team is about as painful to watch as any team in the league. They have yet to lead during a game and they give one of the best players in the league five carries. He’ll get more carries next week and he’ll break out in a few games, but the Chiefs aren’t going to let him be consistent.
Antonio Gates – If it’s windy and rainy, always throw the ball deep! That’s my mantra at least. So instead of throwing high-percentage passes to one of the best tight ends in the league who can make catches when blanketed by coverage, Philip Rivers targeted Gates four times.
Alfred Morris – Morris didn’t get much of a chance with 13 carries for 59 yards. The Steelers got out to a good lead and focused on stopping the run and letting RGIII beat them. There’s no reason to worry about Alf.
Kenny Britt – Britt finished with only 34 yards on three receptions, but had a touchdown called back on a pass interference call that probably shouldn’t have been called. With Hasselbeck sticking with the starting gig, a bye and the Bears, there’s some doubt as to him getting in a groove this season.
0 – The number of receptions Robert Meachem had on three targets, but one is the number of long touchdown passes he dropped.
1 – The number of targets Robert Griffin III had, which he was subsequently flagged for pass interference on.
2 – The number of receptions and touchdowns Brandon Lloyd had on four targets.
3 – The number of receptions Calvin Johnson had on eight targets, the least amount of receptions he’s had since last week when he also had three.
4 – The number of targets and receptions Daryl Richardson had for negative three yards.
5 – The number of targets and receptions Julio Jones had for 123 yards and a touchdown.
6 – The number of targets Eric Decker had while catching four for 43 yards and two touchdowns.
7 – The number of rushing attempts Steven Jackson had; his lowest on the season.
8 – The number of targets Ronnie Brown had, catching seven of them for 85 yards.
9 – The number of receptions Miles Austin had on 16 targets.
10 – The number of targets Jimmy Graham had, catching five for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Early Waiver Look
QB: Carson Palmer
RB: Jonathan Dwyer, Daryl Richardson, Joique Bell, Ronnie Brown
WR: Titus Young, Danny Amendola, Cecil Shorts, Chris Givens, Ryan Broyles
TE: Dustin Keller, Brandon Myers
Fantasy MVP of Week 8: Doug Martin
Fantasy Breakout Player of Week 8: Matt Stafford
Fantasy Rookie of Week 8: Trent Richardson
Fantasy Disappointment of Week 8: Jamaal Charles
Fantasy Fluke of Week 8: Blaine Gabbert
Stats and What Not
Chris Givens has five straight weeks with a 50+ yard reception.
Bears have 10 interception returns for touchdowns in last 20 games.
Ronnie Brown is second in receiving yards for running backs with 257.
Andy Reid was 13-0 coming off a bye until their loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
Cam Newton is now 2-14 versus teams that are .500 or above in his career.
Since the start of 2011 the Steelers are 10-0 when they rush for 120+ yards and 6-7 when they don’t.
The Patriots have gained 350+ yards in 17 straight games topping the 1999-00 Rams who had 16 straight.
This season the Patriots are 5-0 when rushing for 100+ yards and 0-3 when they are short of 100 yards.
The Steelers are 16-1 against rookie Quarterbacks since Dick LeBeau became defensive coordinator.
@SigmundBloom -- Sec 103, Row H, Seat 14... You are the new #chiefs quarterback!
@APdaveskretta -- Romeo Crennel on why Jamaal Charles only had 5 carries: "Now, that I'm not exactly sure either."
@cazzball -- Gronkowski is dancing like he just lost the Super Bowl.
@billbarnwell -- Is it a foul if you launch yourself at a defenseless receiver and miss?
@greggrosenthal -- No team has beaten Bucs by 2 scores all year. Competitive every week. Would be a playoff contender ... in AFC.
@RotoPat -- Darren McFadden: now with 30 percent more existential dread.
@RotoPat -- Greg Jennings in back-to-back commercials. Coincidentally, he's yet to play back-to-back snaps this season.
@FO_ASchatz -- The fourth down going for it continues! Brees throws an interception, but still, great decision Joe Vitt! It's NFL grow a pair week!
@sonofbum -- Heartbreaker for Cowboys