NFL Week 8 numbers: Broncos get an ‘A-‘ for saving their London season, 49ers earn an ‘A+’ for rolling Rams

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

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

So why was Denver finally able to find some success in the attack? The biggest reason is that Russell Wilson finally started playing like the Russell Wilson the Broncos thought they were getting when they hit a blockbuster for the QB in March.

Wilson’s ability to accurately throw the ball into the field is one of the reasons he has been so successful in his career and he showed off 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 pass that flew 30 yards in the air.

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

At that point, the Broncos went back on the field and it felt like their season was on the line, but Wilson didn’t seem too bothered by the pressure. During the first game of the drive, Wilson arguably saved Denver’s season with a 47-yard pass to KJ Hamler.

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

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

In this game, the Broncos hit a perfect 3-for-3 in the red zone and a major reason is that Nathaniel Hackett actually showed some creativity. Denver’s first touchdown of the game came on a six-yard catch by Jerry Jeudy who caught the Jaguars by surprise.

The Broncos attack was certainly not perfect on the day. In fact, early on it looked like it was going to be another nightmare game for the unit. On the Broncos’ first four possessions, they scored three runs without getting a basehit and Wilson also threw an interception. Earlier in the season that would probably have been enough to cause a full-blown collapse, but this time the attack was able to recover.

On those first four possessions, Wilson was only 2 of 6 for 19 yards and an interception, but then he went 16 of 24 for 233 yards and a touchdown.

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

Okay, let’s take a look at the numbers for each game from week 8. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into the Ravens’ victory over the Buccaneers played Thursday, click here.

Denver 21-17 over Jacksonville (London)

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Atlanta 37-34 over Carolina (OT)

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Miami 31-27 over Detroit

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Minnesota 34-26 over Arizona

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New Orleans 24-0 over Las Vegas

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Philadelphia 35-13 over Pittsburgh

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New England 22-17 over NY Jets

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Dallas 49-29 over Chicago

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Tennessee 17-10 over Houston

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Washington 17-16 over Indianapolis

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San Francisco 31-14 over LA Rams

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Seattle 27-13 over NY Giants

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