Overreaction Tuesday: Week 8

Holy Geno Smith! The Seahawks are 5-3! Halloween Weekend saw another great round of football. The greats of the game continue their respective losing streaks as their teams continue to find their identity. The best teams in each conference returned back to action and picked up where they left off. Let’s look at some of the bigger story lines of week 8.

Falcons, Seahawks will be playoff teams this season. What a story for both teams. Marcus Mariota has the Atlanta Falcons at 4-4 and on top of the NFC South. If a couple calls went their way in Tampa and if the defense could’ve held the Saints in the opener this team would be 6-2. The Falcons know they want to run the ball and then torch the opposing secondary with play action. Their defense is still getting healthy on the back end but they make timely plays to give their offense a chance. The Seahawks have to be the best story so far this season. Geno Smith leads the league in completion percentage (73%) and he has a 4:1 touchdown to interception ratio. No one but maybe the guys in the Seattle locker room saw this start to the season as reality. The Seahawks, like the Falcons, are at the top of their division. The defense is anchored by the secondary featuring Quandre Diggs and Tariq Woolen, the latter of which many think is the DROY. D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Kenneth Walker have a core that can score with any offense, thanks to their quarterback Geno Smith. He should run away with the Comeback Player of The Year award.

Even at their worst, Buffalo is still the best team in the league. Josh Allen is a MVP front runner but he is also human. Allen went 15/27 218 yards and a couple of touchdown passes. He also had ugly interceptions thrown on back to back possessions late in the second half Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers were also able to rush for over 200 yards as a unit. Take all that into account and the Bills still won the game by two possessions. Had Allen made some throws that he usually makes and he didn’t throw those picks the score would’ve been worst. That has to be scary for teams. Miami had to be at their absolute best to beat this team and they almost lost. With the return of Tre’Davious White looming, I don’t know when this team will even be in a position to lose again this season. Scariest team I’ve seen in a while.

Miami is the team you’re gonna want to avoid when healthy. The Miami Dolphins haven’t lost a game that Tua Tagovailoa has started and finished (5-0). The “Dash Brothers” Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle combined for 294 yards and two touchdowns. Hill is on pace for 2,000 yards, Waddle has already matched his touchdown production from his rookie year. This is the best receiving duo in the league and the most dangerous I’ve seen since Chris Carter and Randy Moss. Running back Raheem Mostert is comfortable in the system, he can make those timely plays to help run out the clock in close game. Miami has the tools needed to be that team to make a run. The Dolphins need to get healthy in the secondary to contend with the high flying offenses in the AFC but as long as Tua is healthy, there’s reason to have optimism in Miami.

Without Jamar Chase the Bengals have no identity on offense. Jamar Chase was out Monday night against the Browns due to a hip injury. That’s the sole reason the Bengals got handled on MNF but it was one of the main contributors. The offensive line allowed five sacks, nothing about the offensive game plan went in favor of Joe Burrow. Burrow has now been sacked 33 times this season. The Bengals couldn’t get the run game going and that’s surprising with how talented Joe Mixon is. Getting the run game involved will be imperative while Chase is sidelined. Burrow needs to continue to show confidence in his receivers with the passes he’s completing. I think the Bengals are in for a dog fight with the Carolina Panthers on tap for next week. This could be a helpful tool to figure out to succeed with Chase for the next couple of weeks.

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