NFL week 8, a great day for football ... outside of New Jersey’s torrential downpours anyway.
Thursday Night had Leonte Carroo’s Dolphins meet the Ravens. Miami looked to build on the momentum generated the previous week against the Jets, but were embarrassed badly in Baltimore by a 40-0 tally. Carroo finally got involved in this one and it was not his fault as he led Miami in receptions with six for 48 yards.
Jason McCourty and Kenny Britt of Cleveland had the earlybird Sunday game in London. The game was competitive early but gradually the Browns let it get away, falling 33-16. The Browns nightmare, winless season continues as McCourty remains sidelined due to injury and Britt has struggled to become the effective WR1 Cleveland had hoped.
Bengals Clark Harris and Tyler Kroft hosted division rival Indianapolis in what may have been the game of the day. The Bengals took a late 24-23 win on a pick six and survived for the victory 24-23. The often perfect Bengals special teams did miss one field goal, but Harris himself had a solid game. Kroft yet again scratched heads as to why he wasn’t more involved sooner as he led the Bengals with five catches which went for 46 yards.
Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon hosted the Chargers. The home field advantage fueled a 21-13 victory that never seemed in doubt. McCourty had five tackles (second on the team) as his resurgent Patriots secondary held LAC to under 200 yards passing.
Michael Burton, Marcus Cooper, and Andrew DePaola traveled to the Big Easy to meet old friend Brandon Coleman and the Saints. Coleman only caught one ball but it was the longest play in the game, going for 54 yards. The Bears special teams were their usual selves helping to keep the game close, but the offense couldn’t quite tie it up, falling 20-12. Cooper and Burton did not record any stats.
Mohamed Sanu (Falcons) returned home to New Jersey to face the Jets. It was a see-saw battle, but ultimately Atlanta finally snapped their skid against AFC East teams, hanging on 25-20. Sanu was the third former Scarlet Knight to lead his team in catches (six) while he also had the most yards (74) for the Dirty Birds. Mo’s TD have the Falcons the lead in the fourth quarter for good.
Steve Longa (Lions) had Sunday Night football in a rustbelt tussle. The Lions moved the ball up and down the field, but came up short with zero touchdowns in five red zone trips. In fact they totaled the third highest number of offensive yards in an NFL game where the team failed to score a touchdown. After all that Detroit had two chances inside the last five minutes to score in the red zone but turned it over on downs, losing 20-15. Longa was in on special teams but did not record a tackle.
Kevin Snyder recently rejoined the Denver Broncos 53 man roster and traveled to Kansas City for Monday Night Football. Kevin was in uniform (not inactive) but did not record any snaps. Denver was defeated by their hated rival 29-19.
Bye: Giants. Logan Ryan’s (Titans),Jonathan Freeny (Jaguars).
Local scores: Eagles 33, 49ers 10.
Practice squads: Andre Patton (Chargers), Carlton Agudosi (Cardinals)
Knights in the Pros flashback ... Week 8 1994.
Known initially more as a defensive end at Rutgers, James Jenkins was the Knights offensive captain in 1990 as a tight end before becoming a steady contributor as a rookie for the Redskins that won Super Bowl XXVI. An aging team had a lot of turnover, but Jenkins stuck around in his familiar blocking role as Washington broke in two rookie quarterbacks in 1994. Coming into the season, James had never caught a pass in the NFL so when the Colts came to town for a Week 8 matchup no one could have expected what happened.
Down 17-6 late in the second quarter, Jenkins tallied his first career touchdown on a one yard pass. After Washington took a lead early in the 3rd, lightning (or should I say thunder) struck again when Gus Frerotte found James for his second score of the game on a third and goal from the five, pushing the lead to 26-17. Jenkins only finished with those two catches, but it was enough to push Washington to a 42-27 win. It would be the highlight of the season in the nation’s capital, as the team struggled, but Jenkins added two more TDs on the year.
Jenkins would finish with only 15 receptions in a ten year career, though 7 went for touchdowns. Oddly enough, his other three touchdowns all came in the 1997 season. He would see Washington eventually return to the postseason in 1999 with a division title before retiring after the 2000 season.
Jenkins came to RU from Staten Island and was reported to have planned to join the army after graduating. Instead, he ended up with a Super Bowl ring. After his playing days, James became an NFL assistant coach with the Giants before he served as a head coach in Germany.