NFL Week Eight Stock Report

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NFL Week Eight Stock Report

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NFL Week Eight Stock Report

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On Halloween eve, the NFL played Week Eight of the 2022 regular season. There were frights, shocks, and some tense moments. However, through it emerged teams and players with their reputations boosted. At the same time, others found a nasty surprise lurking behind that horror film door. It’s time for Tayyib Abu and Marissa Myers to give their weekly stock report. 

 

NFC Stock Up:

A.J. Brown

A.J. Brown put in a virtuoso performance as he propelled the Philadelphia Eagles to a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Pennsylvania Derby. Brown hauled in six passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Through seven games, Brown has 659 receiving yards. It is the most by an Eagle since Terrell Owens in 2005. Brown became the first player since 2018 to score three touchdowns on go routes. It was a Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss-style performance. Don’t believe me? Brown caught a 52-yard dime against double coverage before waltzing into the end zone. It was a spellbinding game from a receiver getting more and more potent. 

 

Alvin Kamara 

With the trade deadline looming, Alvin Kamara reminded everyone just how good he is with a stellar game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Kamara notched three touchdowns and 158 yards as he dazzled in receiving and rushing. Kamara menaced the Raiders’ defense as he displayed his all-world talent. In every game in October, Kamara has had at least 100 scrimmage yards. The perennial Pro Bowler is heating up. Now the Saints have a tough decision to make. 

 

Christian McCaffrey 

Game two of the Christian McCaffrey era yielded an incredible performance from the former Carolina Panthers back. McCaffrey amassed 94 rushing yards, 55 receiving yards, a touchdown pass, one rushing touchdown, and a receiving touchdown. McCaffrey was the best player on the field as the San Francisco 49ers increased their regular season win streak to eight over the Los Angeles Rams. McCaffrey threw a sumptuous deep ball for a touchdown pass, while he had a season-high +29 rushing yards over expected. The 49ers even debuted their pony personnel packages. With McCaffrey in the mix, San Francisco’s offense could unlock another gear. 

 

NFC Stock Down:

Detroit Lions Secondary

The Detroit Lions’ secondary plummeted to new depths on Sunday as the Miami Dolphins torched them through the air. Wideouts Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle combined for over 200 yards on targets of 10-yards or more. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw three touchdowns, 382 yards, and had a QBR of 92.8. The Lions had no answers, whether in zone or man coverage. All five of the Dolphins’ pass catchers had at least three yards of separation. The NFL average is 2.92 yards. It was an ugly day for the Lions. And subsequently, they dismissed defensive back coach Aubrey Pleasant. 

 

NFC North

The NFC North went 1-3 this week. For the season, the division is a combined 13-17. The Minnesota Vikings lead the way with a 6-1 record that feels like it has been built on grains of sand. The Green Bay Packers have almighty problems on offense and defense. The Chicago Bears are devoid of game-changing talent, while the Lions couldn’t stop an FBS Division 2 passing attack. The historic division is experiencing a horrible season. 

 

New York Giants’ Offense

The high-flying New York Giants crashed in the Pacific Northwest with a grisly 27-13 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks. Daniel Jones was sacked five times and had a QBR of 24.2. New York’s vaunted rushing attack totaled 78 yards. It was a day when the Giants’ offensive limitations showed up in the worst way. 


 

AFC Stock Up:

-Tyreek Hill 

At just halftime, Tyreek Hill was already up to 142 yards on seven receptions. Hill would finish the game with a team-high 12 receptions for 188 yards and averaged 15.7 yards per reception. That is now the fourth time this season he has gone over 160 yards. Tua Tagovailoa put together a great game but did underthrow some passes, yet Hill did what he does best. He adjusted to the passes to haul them in and continued to show how valuable he is for the offense. 

 

-Rhamondre Stevenson 

Had it not been for Rhamondre Stevenson, the New England Patriots win could’ve had an entirely different outcome. To open up the second half, Stevenson ran for 35 yards, which set up the Patriots’ lone touchdown of the day to Jakobi Meyers. Stevenson was actually the best player on the Patriots offense. On the ground he had 16 carries for 71 yards, Stevenson also saw involvement in the receiving game with a team-high 72 yards on seven receptions. It is officially “Stevenseason” in New England. 

 

-Isaiah Likely 

With Mark Andrews suffering an injury in the game, it led to Isaiah Likely having to step up. He did so by leading the team in receptions with six for 77 yards and a touchdown. In the run game, he even helped by notching a Pro Football Focus run-block grade of 90. Likely did a good job of adjusting to how the defense was covering him to get open for Lamar Jackson, and it led to plenty of highlight plays. It didn’t stop there, as after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scored to make it only a five point deficit they tried an onside kick, but Likely would be the one to recover it to seal the game. It is extremely likely that Isaiah Likely will see more playing time going forward. 

 

AFC Stock Down:

-Mac Jones

After getting benched in their game against the Chicago Bears, this week’s game against the New York Jets was a chance for Mac Jones to rebound. Well, it was anything but a rebound. Jones would throw a pick, and then another one, which would’ve been a pick-six had it not been negated due to a roughing the passer penalty. That was in the first half, in the second half Jones almost threw another, but it was dropped by a Jets defender. Jones also fumbled the ball, and luckily for him, it was recovered by the Patriots. Compared to last year, there is still a lot to be desired from Jones’ play at the moment.

 

-Zach Wilson 

Sticking with the same Jets and Patriots game, it wasn’t a great game for the other 2021 first round quarterback in Zach Wilson either. Wilson only completed 47.2% of his passes, he did get two touchdowns and 355 yards, but his poor decision-making led to three atrocious interceptions. Wilson had the support of the run in previous games, but with Breece Hall out, it wasn’t there to help him this time. Wilson has yet to show growth from year one to year two and instead looks to be taking a crash landing. 

 

-Las Vegas Raiders 

It took until 3:15 in the fourth quarter for the Las Vegas Raiders offense to cross midfield. The New Orleans Saints were even missing Marshon Lattimore on defense, and still, the Raiders couldn’t find offensive success. Derek Carr completed 15-of-26 passes for only 101 yards, an average of 3.9 per completion, and one interception. Star receiver Davante Adams only had one catch for three yards, and Josh Jacobs only had 10 carries go for 43 yards. On defense, they got gashed by the Saints’ offense that allowed Andy Dalton to throw for 229 yards, but especially Alvin Kamara who they couldn’t tackle, apparently. Kamara had 62 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while also having 96 yards and two touchdowns through the air. They went away from what was working on both sides, and it led to them getting shutout 24-0.

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