NFL Week 8 Grades: Broncos get ‘A-‘ to save season in London, Bills get ‘B’ for Sunday night win

Perhaps the Broncos should consider moving all their games to London.

Through the first seven weeks of the season, the Broncos offense looked mostly helpless, but that changed Sunday in England. In one game against the Jaguars, Denver lit up the scoring with three touchdowns in a 21-17 victory. Scoring three touchdowns doesn’t usually qualify as lighting up the scoreboard, but it does when you’re a Broncos team that entered this week’s game as the lowest-scoring offense in the NFL.

So why was Denver finally able to find some success on offense? The biggest reason is that Russell Wilson is finally starting to play like the Russell Wilson the Broncos thought they were getting when they made a QB blockbuster in March.

Wilson’s ability to throw the ball accurately downfield is one reason why he has been so successful in his career, and he showed that ability against the Jaguars. One of Wilson’s best throws of the day came in the third quarter when he hit Greg Dulcich with a 38-yard touchdown pass that traveled 30 yards in the air.

That throw came on a 92-yard scoring drive where Wilson went 5-for-5 for 88 yards. Wilson seemed to have a great connection with Dulcich, who caught three of the passes on the drive for 78 yards. That touchdown put the Broncos ahead 14-10, but it was a lead they would lose late in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by Travis Etienne with just 3:54 left in the game.

At that point, the Broncos took the field again and felt like their season was on the line, but Wilson didn’t seem too fazed by the pressure. On the first play of the drive, Wilson arguably saved Denver’s season with a 47-yard touchdown pass to KJ Hamler.

Six plays later, Latavius ​​Murray would score the winning touchdown from one yard out.

Another reason the Broncos offense was so good is because it was unstoppable in the red zone. Going into Week 8, Denver had the WORST red zone offense in the NFL, scoring a touchdown on just 23.5% of their red zone trips (To put that into perspective, every other team in the NFL converted at least 35 % of red zone trips on touchdowns heading into Week 8).

In this game, the Broncos went a perfect 3-for-3 in the red zone and a big reason is because Nathaniel Hackett really showed some creativity. Denver’s first touchdown of the game came on a six-yard run by Jerry Jeudy that seemed to catch the Jaguars off-guard.

The Broncos offense was far from perfect that day. In fact, it looked like it was going to be another nightmare game for the unit early on. On the Broncos’ first four possessions, they pulled three times without a first down and Wilson also threw an interception. Earlier in the season, that probably would have been enough to start a complete collapse, but this time, the offense was able to bounce back.

In those first four possessions, Wilson was just 2 of 6 for 19 yards and an interception, but after that, he went 16 of 24 for 233 yards and a touchdown.

The Broncos have a playoff-caliber defense, and if the offense continues to improve, this team could eventually sneak into the wild-card race.

Okay, let’s get down to the points for each game from Week 8. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into the Ravens’ win over the Buccaneers on Thursday, click here.

Denver 21-17 over Jacksonville (London)

Broncos-Jaguars Scores by John Breech (Love Scores? Hate Scores? Let him know on Twitter.)

Atlanta 37-34 over Carolina (OT)

Panthers-Falcons Scores by John Breech (Love Scores? Hate Scores? Let him know on Twitter.)

Miami 31-27 over Detroit

Dolphins-Lions Scores by John Breech (Love Scores? Hate Scores? Let him know on Twitter.)

Minnesota 34-26 over Arizona

Cardinals-Vikings Scores by John Breech (Love Scores? Hate Scores? Let him know on Twitter.)

New Orleans 24-0 over Las Vegas

Raiders-Saints Scores by John Breech (Love Scores? Hate Scores? Let him know on Twitter.)

Philadelphia 35-13 over Pittsburgh

Steelers-Eagles grades by Jeff Kerr (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

New England 22-17 over the New York Jets

Patriots-Jets scores by Jordan Dajani (Love the scores? Hate the scores? Let him know on Twitter.)

Dallas 49-29 over Chicago

Bears-Cowboys Grades by Garrett Podell (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Tennessee 17-10 over Houston

Titans-Texans Scores by John Breech (Love the Scores? Hate the Scores? Let him know on Twitter.)

Washington 17-16 over Indianapolis

Commanders-Colts Scores by John Breech (Love Scores? Hate Scores? Let him know on Twitter.)

San Francisco 31-14 over the LA Rams

49ers-Rams scores by Bryan DeArdo (Love the scores? Hate the scores? Let him know on Twitter.)

Seattle 27-13 over the NY Giants

Giants-Seahawks Scores by Cody Benjamin (Love the Scores? Hate the Scores? Let him know on Twitter.)

Buffalo 27-17 over Green Bay

Packers-Bills Scores by John Breech (Love Scores? Hate Scores? Let him know on Twitter.)

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