Week 8 of the NFL season brought a similar tune of defensive dominance for our Knights in the NFL. Although there was little offensive production to be proud of, some standouts on the defensive side of the football are truly proving themselves as key components for their teams. Here's a recap of Week 8 in the NFL:
Head to Head Matchup
Over in London town, the Kansas City Chiefs faced off against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Although both Marcus Cooper and Tim Wright were inactive, Cooper's Chiefs dominated against Michael Burton, and the Detroit Lions. Burton was one of the few bright spots for the Lions, as he had a nice solo tackle on special teams, and also had a block that sprang Joique Bell for a big 32 yard run.
Joique Bell with a 32-yard run, the Lions' longest of the year. FB Michael Burton with a pancake to make it happen.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) November 1, 2015
Jeremy Zuttah: Zuttah left the game in the third quarter with a sprained shoulder. He will be undergoing more tests this week to determine the severity of the injury.
Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah is expected to get further tests on his sprained shoulder today. It did not look good last night.— Mike Preston (@MikePrestonSun) November 2, 2015
John Urschel struggles with snaps after center Jeremy Zuttah's shoulder injury https://t.co/iMBjj8OaUs— Marshal Yanda NFL (@MarshalYandaNFL) November 2, 2015
Brandon Coleman : Although Coleman has struggled in recent weeks for targets, everyone was getting involved in the offensive shootout between the Saints and Giants in the Superdome on Sunday. Even with Domenique Rogers-Cromartie, one of the Giants' best defenders, all over him, Coleman was able to utilize his big 6'6 frame for a nice grab for fourteen yards in the first half. Unfortunately, that catch ended up being Coleman's first and only of the day.
DRC all ovr Brandon Coleman, but can't stop the catch— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) November 1, 2015
More of Brandon Coleman PLEASE, Coach Payton!— WHO DAT Cool Breesy⚜ (@Steve2duhO) November 1, 2015
Mohamed Sanu: Sanu made two receptions for 10 yards, as Cincinnati continued their dominance this season to post a 7-0 record for the first time in franchise history. But once again, Sanu's footwear made some headlines, as he sported Dragonball Z inspired cleats.
Mohamed Sanu's cleats from yesterday. pic.twitter.com/sPOgD2VV9i— Jacob McGlaun (@CaptainChaos8) November 2, 2015
Jason McCourty: Although he was unable to practice all of last week nursing a hamstring injury, McCourty was able to suit up and play well against DeAndre Hopkins and the Houston Texans. Although he recorded 7 tackles, JMac's Titans suffered a 20-6 loss. McCourty had some interesting comments about his team's performance afterwards, saying "At this point you can't fire everyone and start over. You have to keep going." Unfortunately for his team, the front office didn't seem to agree, as today the fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt. See below for McCourty's reaction to the coach's firing:
George Johnson: Johnson led the Tampa Bay D with 52 of a possible 80 snaps. He recorded 2 tackles and helped the Bucs to a big upset victory against the Atlanta Falcons, 23-20.
The Patriots Defense: Every week, the Patriots' D continues to get huge plays from their former Rutgers stars: Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, and Logan Ryan. In their dominating performance on Thursday Night Football, each of these three players had key plays in the game that helped completely shut down the Dolphins' offense. Ryan accounted for 7 tackles and an interception, while Harmon tried to show up his teammate with his own diving interception. Both players have three interceptions so far this season, leading the team in that category. McCourty also made some impressive plays, including a huge sack on Ryan Tannehill.
Diving interception by Duron Harmon, matching Logan Ryan for the team lead with three this season! #MIAvsNE— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 30, 2015
Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon are tied for 5th in INT with 3. They have the same number as Darrelle Revis and Aqib Talib.— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) November 3, 2015