The Pittsburgh Steelers remain the NFL lone undefeated team, while the New York Jets are still to taste victory, making them the only team in the league without a win this season. Week 8 Reports
The Jets (0-8) are still the NFL’s only winless team after they were beaten 35-9 at the Kansas City Chiefs, with as KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes erupted for 416 yards passing and five touchdowns. Mahomes completed 31 of 42 passes on the day as the Chiefs won three straight. BOX SCORE
“It’s always fun to go out there and score touchdowns and do all of that different type of stuff but we’ve kind of been saying all year long that we have a lot of ways to beat teams,’’ Mahomes said.
“Today they were doing a good job of kind of stuffing up the run so we took it to the air and threw the ball and made plays happen that way.
“Now you can kind of see it. We can throw the ball on teams and we can run the ball on teams and it’s about taking what’s there and finding the best way to win a football game.’’
Chiefs coach Andy Reid was full of praises for his star quarterback, revealing that he was “he was spot on today.”
Mahomes had three touchdowns passes that went at least 25 yards in the air. This feat saw him becoming the first quarterback to achieve that since he did it in a game against the Oakland Raiders last season.
“It was a nice job by Patrick,’’ Reid said. “He had complete command of everything going on.
“He was spot on today. He was seeing and shooting and was very accurate with those things, seeing them and then his throwing was good, too.
“He’s got a good feel for the game, what’s happening down and distance-wise, field position, all of those things. I have full trust in him.’’
Travis Kelce had eight catches for 109 yards and touchdown for the Chiefs, while Tyreek Hill took four catches for 98 yards and two scores. Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson each had scoring catches for Kansas City (7-1).
Meanwhile, the Steelers managed to hold on to beat the Baltimore Ravens 28-24 in an exciting contest and stay perfect for yet another week. BOX SCORE
Sunday’s win means Pittsburgh matched another milestone set by the 1978 team, starting a season with a 7-0 record for only the second time in franchise history.
In the back-and-forth contest, which saw several lead changes, Chase Claypool delivered the go-ahead touchdown catch with 7:32 left. The Steelers then forced Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson into throwing an incomplete pass in the final play of the game.
“You’re going to be up against it if you don’t play good,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. “We can’t allow the emotions of the moment for us to miss that fact. I am proud of these guys. I am proud of the fight.
“I am proud of how they supported one another. It’s important that we don’t lie to ourselves. Boy, we did not function well in a lot of ways today.”
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns for the Steelers.
“This is a really, really good football team,” Roethlisberger said of the Ravens. “They’re ranked really high on defense for a reason. They got after us, and it wasn’t pretty.
“I don’t think at any point in this game, offensively, was it a pretty game. The first half wasn’t pretty, second half wasn’t pretty. Nothing about this game was pretty from our perspective until the game was over and we looked at the scoreboard and saw that we had won. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.”
In other results from today’s games, the Minnesota Vikings held on for a 28-22 victory over the Green Bay Packers, while in Cincinnati, the Bengals stunned the Tennessee Titans 31-20 to snap a three-game losing streak. Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow was 26-of-37 for 249 yards, two touchdowns and no interception for the Bengals.
Elsewhere, New England was beaten 24-21 by the Buffalo Bills, which extended the Patriots’ losing streak to four straight games for the first time since 2002. Daniel Carlson kicked three field goals to help the Las Vegas Raiders beat the Cleveland Browns,16-6. while the Indianapolis Colts secured a 41-21 win over the Detroit Lions.
New Orleans Saints won four straight games with a 26-23 victory over the Chicago Bears in overtime, Denver Broncos completed a remarkable comeback against the Los Angeles Chargers, for a 31-30 win.
Miami beat Los Angeles Rams 28-17 with rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa finishing with 12-of-22 passing for 93 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions for the Dolphins in his first NFL start. BOX SCORE
“I don’t think I played to the standard of what this offense is capable of. There were certain plays where I could have stepped up and made the right throw, made the right decision. But it’s good that we still came out with the win,” Tagovailoa said. “Thank God we’ve got a good defense.”
Dolphins coach Brian Flores added about Tagovailoa: “We won. We won the game. It’s a team football game. It’s not a one-man show. He made enough plays for us to win the ballgame.
“Collectively, if we don’t play well in one phase, we have to pick each other up. It’s his first NFL game against a real good defense. You got to take that into account, as well. But the rest of the team picked him up, and we got the W.”