In the eighth week of the 2023 NFL season, most games were very close, with about 86% of them having a tight score until the last quarter. This shows how evenly matched the teams are this year.
Tyreek Hill from the Miami Dolphins did something amazing. He caught over 1,000 yards of passes in just eight games, which hasn’t been done in 62 years. He also beat a record for the most yards caught in his first 25 games with a team.
Exciting Rookie Matchups
For the first time, the top three picks from the 2023 NFL Draft played in the same game when Carolina played Houston. This game was special because it was rare to see the first and second draft picks as starting quarterbacks in their first year.
Quarterbacks Making History
Jalen Hurts from the Philadelphia Eagles joined a special group of quarterbacks who have thrown and run for a lot of yards and scored a lot in six straight games. Joe Burrow from the Cincinnati Bengals matched a record for having three touchdown passes in many games early in his career.
Running Backs Making Their Mark
Christian McCaffrey from the San Francisco 49ers scored in 17 games in a row, which is very hard to do and ties an old record.
Debut to Remember
Rookie quarterback Will Levis from the Tennessee Titans had a great first game, throwing four touchdown passes, which is very rare for a player’s first game.
Veterans Hitting Big Numbers
Kirk Cousins from the Minnesota Vikings has thrown for a lot of yards in his career, more than most before him. Russell Wilson from the Denver Broncos has had a lot of games where he threw three touchdowns and had a high passer rating, tying him with some of the best.
New Stars and Strong Defenses
Puka Nacua, a new player for the Los Angeles Rams, caught more passes in his first eight games than any other player before. Alvin Kamara from the New Orleans Saints scored both a running and catching touchdown in a lot of games, which is not common.
Aaron Donald from the Rams got at least 10 tackles for a loss this season, which shows he’s been consistently good. Daron Bland from the Dallas Cowboys returned three interceptions for touchdowns, which is a big deal.
In summary, this week showed us some great performances from new players and veterans, showing that the NFL is full of surprises and exciting moments.