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‘Noles in the NFL: week 8

Jameis Winston benched in Tampa after throwing his fourth interception of the day.

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NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons

Devonta Freeman: BYE

Buffalo Bills

WR Kelvin Benjamin: (plays Monday night)

Carolina Panthers (36-21 win over Baltimore)

K Graham Gano: continued to show why he is one of the best kickers in the game. Gano was a perfect 3/3 in both extra points and field goals, with a long of 54-yards. Gano leads the league in consecutive made field goals, nailing his 27th straight against Carolina.

Chicago Bears (24-10 win over New York Jets)

NT Eddie Goldman: recorded four tackles (two solo).

Cincinnati Bengals (37-34 win over Tampa Bay)

OT Bobby Hart: was questionable with an injury until he returned to practice on Thursday. Hart has struggled a bit this year, but handled his duties against the Buccaneers and was particularly good run blocking for Cincinnati.

WR Auden Tate: was waived by the Bengals earlier this week before being resigned to the practice squad. Cincinnati has been gashed with tight end injuries and the rookie wide receiver with tight end size said he would switch positions “in a heartbeat” to gain playing time.

WR Kermit Whitfield (practice squad)

Denver Broncos (30-23 loss to Kansas City)

DE Demarcus Walker: was active for the second straight week, but didn’t record any stats.

S Trey Marshall (practice squad)

Detroit Lions (28-14 loss to Seattle)

LB Christian Jones: recorded four solo tackles.

Houston Texans

OT Roderick Johnson (practice squad)

Jacksonville Jaguars (24-18 loss to Philadelphia)

CB Jalen Ramsey: recorded three solo tackles, a pass defended, and an interception as the Jags fell to the Eagles in London.

Ramsey swapped jerseys with former teammate Ronald Darby, but would need a little help from his old friend.

LB Telvin Smith: once again lead the team in tackles with eight (six solo) and a QB hit. Smith left the game briefly with a shoulder injury, but was able to return.

WR Rashad Greene: recorded one reception for nine yards and a punt return for eight yards.

Kansas City Chiefs (30-23 win over Denver)

OT Cam Erving: got a bit dinged up late in the Chiefs win over the Broncos, but head coach Andy Reid expects him to be fine.

DT Derrick Nnadi: recorded two tackles (one solo).

LB Terrance Smith: headed to the Injured Reserve after suffering an ACL tear last week. Smith will hope to return for the 2019 season.

Miami Dolphins (42-23 loss to Houston)

Nick O’Leary: didn’t record any stats receiving, but was used extensively as a lead blocker in the running game and on special teams. O’Leary recorded one solo tackle on the night.

Minnesota Vikings (30-20 loss to New Orleans)

CB Xavier Rhodes: was inactive after suffering an ankle sprain last week.

RB Dalvin Cook: continues to be held out as he treats a hamstring injury.

New England Patriots

TE Ryan Izzo: (Injured Reserve)

New Orleans Saints (30-20 win over Minnesota)

CB P.J. Williams: was tasked with covering the current best wide receiver duo in the league in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Williams had a rough start to say the least.

Williams was beat often by both Diggs and Thielen. Fortunately for Williams, he rebounded and was part of two crucial plays for the Saints defense when he forced a fumble and intercepted Kirk Cousins and returned it for a touchdown.

CB Patrick Robinson: (Injured Reserve)

OT Rick Leonard (practice squad)

New York Giants (20-13 loss to Washington)

DE Mario Edwards Jr: recorded two tackles (one solo).

New York Jets (24-10 loss to Chicago)

S Terrance Brooks: recorded no stats in the Jets’ loss.

Oakland Raiders (42-28 loss to Indianapolis)

C Rodney Hudson: despite the result on the field, Hudson and his unit helped keep Derek Carr clean as he didn’t take any sacks on the day.

Philadelphia Eagles (24-18 win over Jacksonville)

DB Ronald Darby: recorded four tackles (three solo). One of Darby’s tackles was this hammer on Jacksonville wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr.

LB Nigel Bradham: recorded seven tackles (six solo) and a pass defended. Bradham was also flagged for this crushing tackle on Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles:

DE Josh Sweat: recorded one solo tackle. Earlier in the week Sweat said he is looking forward to a larger role in the defense.

DT Timmy Jernigan: (Injured Reserve)

Pittsburgh Steelers (33-18 win over Cleveland)

LB Vince Williams: recorded four tackles (one solo) and a QB hit.

LB Matthew Thomas: played mostly on special teams and didn’t record any stats.

San Francisco 49ers (18-15 loss to Arizona)

LB Dekoda Watson: returned to practice from Injured Reserve this week.

Seattle Seahawks (28-14 win over Detroit)

K Sebastian Janokowski: wasn’t called on for any field goal attempts, but was a perfect 4/4 on extra points in the win over the Lions.

Los Angeles Chargers

S Derwin James: BYE

Los Angeles Rams (29-27 win over Green Bay)

S Lamarcus Joyner: recorded four tackles (three solo).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (37-34 loss to Cincinnati)

QB Jameis Winston: would start the game for the Bucs, but he wouldn’t finish it. The Heisman Trophy winner was replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick after throwing his fourth interception of the day (a pick six).


Winston acknowledged that his miscues were why the team came up short Sunday afternoon.

LS Garrison Sanborn: handled long snapping duties.

DB Javien Elliot (practice squad)

WR Bobo Wilson (practice squad)

Washington Redskins (20-13 win over New York Giants)

RB Chris Thompson: eased his way back into the fold as he returned from injury this week. Washington stuck with the hot hand as Adrian Peterson got the lion’s share of the carries this week. Thompson added 13 yards on three carries and nine yards receiving on two catches.

K Dustin Hopkins: was two-of-three on field goals with a long of 53. Hopkins made good on both his extra points.