NFL Standings Week 8: Eagles and Cowboys Keep Winning While Jets Fall to Patriots

Let's check in on the NFL standings in Week 8, including a look at which players and teams improved or impaired their stock.

Week 8 of the NFL schedule featured a lot of high scoring, which will shift the NFL standings. Let’s take a look at the latest in the AFC and NFC to determine which players and teams are on the rise. For analysis of what teams and players saw their stock rise and fall, scroll down below the complete list of standings.

NFL Standings Week 8 | AFC

AFC East

Buffalo Bills (6-1)
New York Jets (5-3)
Miami Dolphins (5-3)
New England Patriots (4-4)

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens (5-3)
Cincinnati Bengals (4-4)
Cleveland Browns (3-5)
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6)

AFC South

Tennessee Titans (5-2)
Indianapolis Colts (3-4-1)
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6)
Houston Texans (1-5-1)

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
Los Angeles Chargers (4-3)
Denver Broncos (3-5)
Las Vegas Raiders (2-5)

NFL Standings Week 8 | NFC

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles (7-0)
Dallas Cowboys (6-2)
New York Giants (6-2)
Washington Commanders (4-4)

NFC North

Minnesota Vikings (6-1)
Green Bay Packers (3-5)
Chicago Bears (3-5)
Detroit Lions (1-6)

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons (4-4)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5)
New Orleans Saints (3-5)
Carolina Panthers (2-6)

NFC West

Seattle Seahawks (5-3)
San Francisco 49ers (4-4)
Los Angeles Rams (3-4)
Arizona Cardinals (3-5)

Stock Up, Stock Down | Early Slate

Stock Up | Eagles WR A.J. Brown

In a week where Eagles general manager Howie Roseman made another trade — acquiring Robert Quinn from the Bears — to fortify his roster, Roseman’s most significant offseason acquisition stepped up in a massive way.

A.J. Brown blew up against the Steelers Sunday, coming away with six receptions for 156 and three touchdowns. And these scores weren’t short dump-offs — Brown’s TDs were 39 yards, 27 yards, and 29 yards. He’s formed an excellent rapport with Jalen Hurts, and Brown will be central to Philadelphia’s offense as they continue their undefeated streak.

Stock Down | Jets QB Zach Wilson

The Jets had won four consecutive games heading into Week 8, but they couldn’t keep it up against the Patriots. New York had been relying on its defense to hold opponents in check. While Gang Green limited New England to just 22 points, Zach Wilson couldn’t get anything going.

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Wilson completed fewer than 50% of his passes against the Patriots. While he managed 355 yards through the air, that was largely a product of game flow. The former No. 2 overall got picked off three times. The Jets can’t rely on their offense to compete, which could make for a long season despite their current 5-3 record.

Stock Up | Saints RB Alvin Kamara

Mentioned in trade rumors in recent days, Alvin Kamara posted one of the best games of his career in the Saints’ Week 8 win over the Raiders. Kamara managed 62 yards and one touchdown on the ground, but he was more effective through the air, posting nine receptions for 96 yards and two scores.

It seems unlikely that New Orleans will trade Kamara. The asking price is reportedly a first-round pick, which no team is going to sacrifice. Instead, the veteran running back could be central to the now 3-5 Saints’ attempt to claw back into the playoff race.

Stock Down | Raiders QB Derek Carr

The Raiders had a chance to sneak back into the postseason picture with a win over New Orleans, but Derek Carr and the rest of the offense struggled mightily. Carr completed 15 of 25 attempts for just 101 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception on the day. He also took three sacks.

Even without Marshon Lattimore on the field, Davante Adams caught one pass for three yards. Running back Josh Jacobs, who had gone for at least 140 yards in each of his last three games, managed only 43 scoreless yards on the ground. It’s back to the drawing board for Josh McDaniels and Co. after getting shut out.

Stock Up | Cowboys RB Tony Pollard

Could we have an RB controversy in Dallas? With Ezekiel Elliott sidelined by a knee injury, Tony Pollard took the lion’s share of the carries in the Cowboys’ victory over the Bears.

While he only handled 14 attempts, Pollard posted 131 yards and three touchdowns while showing burst and explosion that Elliott clearly lacks at this point in his career. Both backs will receive touches once Elliott is healthy, but Pollard continues to make his case for a more substantial workload.

Stock Up | Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill

Tyreek Hill is absolutely incredible. In the Dolphins’ shootout victory over the Lions, Hill hauled in a whopping 12 receptions for 188 yards, marking the fourth time this season he’s gone for at least 160 yards. He also converted the 3rd-and-8 that won Miami the game.

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Hill wasn’t a one-man show against Detroit, though. Jaylen Waddle caught eight passes for 106 yards and scored twice, and Mike Gesicki brought in a touchdown as well. Tua Tagovailoa completed 29 of 36 attempts for 382 yards and three scores, posting his best game since Week 2.

Stock Down | Panthers WR DJ Moore and K Eddy Pineiro

Where to even begin with this game? After a back-and-forth game, the Falcons took a six-point lead with just 36 seconds left to go in the fourth quarter. Improbably, DJ Moore brought in a 62-yard TD pass from PJ Walker to tie the game with 12 seconds left and the extra point pending.

Moore decided to celebrate his score by taking off his helmet, leading to a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. That moved back the extra-point attempt, which Eddy Pineiro subsequently missed.

Carolina picked off Marcus Mariota in overtime, but Pineiro missed another attempt, this time a 32-yard field goal that would have given the Panthers the win. On the Falcons’ ensuing drive, Mariota broke loose on a zone read and got Atlanta into field range, where Younghoe Koo nailed a 41-yarder for the win.

Stock Up, Stock Down | Late Slate

Stock Up | Titans RB Derrick Henry

The McNair family should sign over the deed to the Houston franchise to Derrick Henry — because he absolutely owns the Texans. Henry rushed for 219 yards and two touchdowns, and Sunday marked the fourth consecutive game he’s managed 200+ yards and multiple scores against Houston.

Starting in place of an injured Ryan Tannehill, Malik Willis attempted just 10 passes, one of which went for an interception. Tennessee opted to wholly rely on Henry, who handled a season-high 32 carries.

Stock Down | Houston Texans

The Texans aren’t competing for anything in 2022, but that was an embarrassing loss to the Titans. If you didn’t see the game, you might think it was close based on the 17-10 final score. It wasn’t.

Houston had just 71 yards of total offense until they went on a 12-play, 90-yard scoring drive to essentially close out the game. With the game already won, the Titans played soft coverage on that series, and the Texans looked totally inept aside from that final drive. Lovie Smith could be Houston’s second consecutive one-and-done head coach.

Stock Up | 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey

After sending a haul to the Panthers in exchange for Christian McCaffrey last week, the 49ers made sure to get the most out of him in a critical division battle. CMC threw a touchdown pass, caught a touchdown, and rushed for one, becoming the first player since 2005 to hit the scoring Triple Crown.

It was an incredible effort for McCaffrey, and the 49ers showed their continued commitment to “positionless” football. San Francisco got a key win over the Rams even without the services of Deebo Samuel, who sat out with an injury.

Stock Down | New York Giants

The Giants’ magic ran out in Week 8 as they lost 27-13 to the Seahawks — and the score really wasn’t that close. Seattle WR Tyler Lockett fumbled at his own 4-yard line, allowing the Giants’ offense to score an easy TD, and he later dropped a sure touchdown catch. (Lockett eventually redeem himself with a 33-yard score.)

New York simply made too many mistakes. They lost the turnover battle, and Daniel Jones was inefficient (5.85 yards per attempt). Big Blue has gotten by via the skin of its teeth. At 6-2, they’re almost assuredly going to make the playoffs, but an extended postseason run seems unlikely.

Stock Up | Commanders WR Terry McLaurin

Terry McLaurin made good on his return home. The Indianapolis native faced the Colts in Indy for the first time in his career, and he was the reason the Commanders walked away with their third straight win.

Down by six with just 41 seconds left, Taylor Heinicke heaved a 33-yard pass to McLaurin, who hauled it in at the 1-yard line. One play later, Heinicke snuck it in to give Washington a one-point lead. The Commanders have battled back and now sit at 4-4 on the fringes of the playoff picture.

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