NFL Week 8 Blitz Read: Rams remain perfect after shootout win over Packers

The Rams perfect season was in danger when Aaron Rodgers and the Packers visited Los Angeles. 

Green Bay got out to a narrow 10-8 lead at halftime before Los Angeles put together three consecutive scoring drives to take a six-point lead, 26-20, at the start of the fourth quarter.

But, it wouldn’t be a Packers game without a Rodgers fourth-quarter comeback. The veteran play caller strung together a five-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to swing the scoreboard back in Green Bay’s favor.

[email protected] goes DEEP to @MVS__11 and the @packers have the lead! #GBvsLAR #GoPackGo

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The shootout continued as the Rams struck back with a field goal seconds before the two-minute warning.

However, a special play from Los Angeles’ special teams halted Green Bay’s chances at putting up another score and the Rams remained undefeated with a 29-27 victory.

The @RamsNFL recover the fumble on the kickoff! #GBvsLAR #LARams

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Rodgers finished 18-of-30 passing for 286 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked three times for a loss of 33 yards. 

Quarterback Jared Goff led the Rams to the win after completing 19 of his 35 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns. Goff also had help from star Todd Gurley II. The Rams running back had 114 rushing yards on 25 carries, and 81 yards with a touchdown on six receptions.

Injury report

Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson suffered a sprained MCL in the first quarter of Sunday’s 24-18 victory over the Jaguars in London. Teammate and cornerback Jalen Mills was later carted off with a foot injury in the third quarter.

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall suffered a knee injury in the second half against the Chiefs and did not return. 

Bengals linebacker Carl Lawson tore his ACL in the first quarter versus the Buccaneers. He will miss the remainder of the season. 

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill suffered a groin strain against the Buccaneers. He had three catches for 70 yards before leaving Sunday’s game.

Bears right guard Kyle Long suffered a right foot injury during his team’s 24-10 victory over the Jets. Long exited the game in the fourth quarter and was spotted on crutches post-game.

By the numbers

Another week, another impressive performance from Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Here are his 26 passing touchdowns in perspective, including being only one of three play callers with 25-plus scoring passes through the first eight weeks of the season.

[email protected] 26 pass TD in perspective:

• Most in first 9 career games since 1950

• 1 of 3 QBs with 25+ pass TD in 1st 8 wks of season (P. Manning & Brady)

• On pace for 52 pass TD (Would be 2nd-most in NFL history)

• As many as Alex Smith had last season#Chiefs

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri now has the most points of any player in NFL history.

Adam Vinatieri has scored more points (2,547) than any player in NFL [email protected] #colts @adamvinatieri

Le’Veon who? Steelers running back James Conner is the first rusher in Pittsburgh history to have three consecutive games with two or more touchdowns on the ground.

James Conner is the first RB in #Steelers history to have 3 straight games with 2+ rush TD


Odell Beckham Jr. is superhuman. He finished the game with 136 yards on eight receptions in the Giants’ 20-13 loss to the Redskins.

WHAT. A. CATCH. Eli on target to @OBJ.#WASvsNYG | #GiantsPride

Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt hurdled for a score. He finished with almost as many receiving yards (36) as he did rushing (50).

Kareem Hunt would NOT be denied a TD

What better way to face an old teammate than with a play like this. The Seahawks squared off against receiver Golden Tate and the Lions, and nabbed this catch from the former-Seattle wide out.

What. A. PICK.

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Randy Bullock’s 44-yard field goal lifted the Buccaneers over the Bengals, 37-34. 

Bullock. For. The. WIN!!! #SeizeTheDEY

This play by Colts tight end Jack Doyle was part of four consecutive scoring drives that help Indianapolis to a 42-28 win in Oakland.


The @Colts take a 7-point lead! #Colts #INDvsOAK

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Adrian Peterson hasn’t aged a bit. He ran in this 64-yarder in the Redskins’ 20-13 victory over the Giants.

Vintage @adrianpeterson.

64 yards.


Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen used this pass to the end zone to put Arizona ahead. On the ensuing play, he completed the two-point conversion to secure the 18-15 win against the 49ers.

[email protected] to @ChristianDavon2 and the @AZCardinals have the lead! #SFvsAZ #BeRedSeeRed

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Cleveland coach Hue Jackson didn’t mince words after the Browns’ 33-18 loss to the Steelers. He addressed talk of potential changes to his staff, including the job status of offensive coordinator Todd Haley: “I never said I wanted to take over play calling. I said I wanted to help, that’s it.”

FitzMagic was back after Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter benched starting quarterback Jameis Winston in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Koetter discussed the decision after the game: “It’s pretty simple, turning it over — over throws. It was a very windy day, it wasn’t the easiest day to throw it but two of the four, the ball was just over thrown. Again, we can’t turn it over seven times in two weeks — that’s not hard to see, that’s pretty obvious.”

Week 8 NFL scores

Thursday’s game

Texans 42, Dolphins 23

Sunday’s games

Eagles 24, Jaguars 18
Panthers 36, Ravens 21
Chiefs 30, Broncos 23
Steelers 33, Browns 18
Seahawks 28, Lions 14
Bengals 37, Buccaneers 34
Bears 24, Jets 10
Redskins 20, Giants 13
Colts 42, Raiders 28
Cardinals 18, 49ers 15
Rams 29, Packers 27
Saints, Vikings, in progress

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