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Offense has been tough to return by for a lot of the 2023 season. Defenses are enjoying looser coverages and cross rushers are constructed like real-life horror characters. After years of scoring reaching unprecedented heights, there was a precipitous dip the previous two seasons. The averaged mixed rating of video games in 2023 is 43.4. Final season the typical was 43.3. Each are the bottom since 2010.
If it wasn’t for the Miami Dolphins, that 2023 common can be even decrease. Miami was strong in a 31-17 win towards the New England Patriots, however there have been a number of different offenses that put up large numbers on a compelling Sunday of motion during which there have been no bye weeks.
There have been additionally groups that struggled, and a few had been fairly the shock. The Kansas City Chiefs scored solely 9 factors, on the street, in a loss to the Denver Broncos and their underwhelming protection. It was the Broncos first win towards the Chiefs since 2015. Whereas the Chiefs’ 5 turnovers performed a key function within the loss, it’s not just like the Broncos went 5-5 on field-goal makes an attempt to eke out a victory. They received, 24-9, and Russell Wilson threw three landing passes, which is proof that their offense has significantly improved this season. He has thrown for 3 touchdowns thrice in 2023. In 2022, he didn’t attain that single-game complete till December.
Wilson was removed from the one quarterback whose passes repeatedly discovered their manner into the top zone. The groups that had been profitable on offense in Week 8 gathered factors like fourth graders seize sweet on Tuesday.
The Washington Commanders proceed to present the Philadelphia Eagles issues
There have been eight passing touchdowns on this sport, 4 every from Jalen Hurts and Sam Howell.
The Howell curler coaster continues for the Commanders, however they weren’t capable of flip his greatest efficiency of the season right into a victory. He paired these landing passes with a tick beneath 400 yards passing. Additionally, each one in every of his TDs was thrown to a distinct participant. This efficiency follows a Week 7, 14-7 loss to the Giants during which Howell accomplished 52 % of his passes and averaged lower than six yards per try.
On protection, the Commanders had been capable of maintain the Eagles’ dominant speeding assault to 2.7 yards per carry. Hurts rushed for simply six yards. Fortuitously for Philly, its prime broad receiver can haul in back-shoulder landing catches with one hand. A.J. Brown caught six passes for 130 yards and two scores. He broke an NFL file with 125 or extra yards receiving in six consecutive video games.
For in addition to each offenses performed, the Commanders had an opportunity to take the sport within the fourth quarter. Howell’s solely interception of the match led to a fast Eagles landing that gave them a 31-24 lead. The Commanders would go on to pressure the Eagles right into a 3-and-out on their subsequent possession, however they book-ended that by turning over the ball on downs on consecutive drives.
For 2 seasons in a row the Eagles protection has been top-of-the-line within the NFL. The Commanders have scored 30 factors towards that unit in three consecutive video games and with two completely different quarterbacks, however nonetheless have gone 1-2 in these matchups.
Derek Carr turned up the quantity on the New Orleans Saints offense
Heading into Week 8, the Saints had scored 30 factors solely as soon as this season. That was their Week 5 shutout towards the Patriots. Mac Jones turned the ball over thrice in that sport, together with a first-quarter pick-six that was the Saints’ first rating of the day. Carr handed for 183 yards in that win.
In opposition to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Carr was extra explosive as a passer than he has been the final two seasons. Going into Week 8, Carr had not averaged 10 or extra yards per cross try since Week 6 of the 2021 season. In 2023, Carr had surpassed eight yards per try solely as soon as.
Within the Saints’ 38-27 victory towards the Colts, Carr averaged 11.5 yards per try. Not like the earlier two weeks, Carr didn’t must throw the ball 50 instances to get 300 yards in Week 8. It took him solely 27 cross makes an attempt to throw for 310, whereas Taysom Hill and Alvin Kamara led a speeding assault that balanced the Saints’ offense with 161 yards.
Whereas the Colts acquired spanked on protection, their offense has continued to impress. Going into the sport, they had been ranked twelfth in Offensive DVOA. That is with High-5 choose Anthony Richardson lacking most of this season because of harm, and 2021 All-Professional Jonathan Taylor not enjoying till Week 5.
With Gardner Minshew behind heart, together with Taylor and Zach Moss as a speeding tag staff, the Colts had an opportunity, down 35-27 late within the fourth quarter. That drive began with a false begin, sack and a close to INT by Minshew. He transformed a third and 18, however went on to throw one other close to choose on their subsequent set of downs and the Colts ended up punting.
Shout out to you, Will Levis
Will Levis tumbled within the 2023 NFL Draft like he was part of that cheese-rolling race in England. Levis went from being mentioned as a High-5 choose to being chosen within the second spherical by the Tennessee Titans.
That fall definitely harm his checking account — hopefully that Hellmann’s Mayonnaise endorsement helped soften the blow — however he did find yourself on a staff with a robust infrastructure. The Titans have made the playoffs in three of the final 4 seasons.
Since Levis was drafted by a staff anticipated to contend, it was extremely unlikely that he would unseat Ryan Tannehill because the beginning quarterback. He rode the bench whereas the Titans compiled a 2-4 file.
Tannehill missed Week 8 with an harm and Levis placed on a efficiency far spicier than his favourite condiment. All 4 touchdowns within the Titans’ 28-23 victory over the Atlanta Falcons had been initiated by Levis’ arm. Additionally, none of these landing passes had been brief, red-zone scores. The ultimate one was off of his again foot for 33 yards to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine.
Mr. Mayo introduced the warmth in his first begin and stored the Titans’ playoff hopes alive.