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Week 8 NFL Capsules

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Posted: Monday October 26, 1998 12:04 AM

  Wild stallion: Terrell Davis could become the third player to reach 1,000 yards by the seventh game Brian Bahr/Allsport

Mark down Week 8 as the "Week of the Field Goal." Doesn't sound too exciting, but how often do you see a 63-yarder? Denver's Jason Elam certainly had the week's longest, but he wasn't the only kicker worthy of headlines.

Of the six early games, half the teams went without a touchdown and two managed to win -- Miami's Olindo Mare converted four kicks, the last a game-winner in the Dolphins' 12-9 overtime win over New England, and Chicago's Jeff Jaeger hit three, including another game-winner as the Bears downed Tennessee.

The weekend also offered up Steve DeBerg as the NFL's oldest starting quarterback ever -- just 44 -- while a youthful Doug Flutie continued to amaze in leading the Bills to victory just two days after his 36th birthday.

Of course, there was Terrell Davis again -- this week's numbers were three touchdowns and 136 rushing yards, keeping him on pace to challenge some of the NFL's greatest single-season records.

Week 8 NFL Capsules
Teams Key Stat Key to Victory MVP
49ers 28 (6-1)
Rams 10 (2-5)
The 49ers had just one more first down than the Rams, but averaged twice as much (5.3 to 2.5 yards) per play. Injuries knocked out St. Louis' top two receivers, and San Francisco's defense held Tony Banks to 121 passing yards. 49ers receiver Terrell Owens ran for one score on a reverse and caught one TD pass among five catches for 120 yards.
Stats and recap
Saints 9 (4-3)
Buccaneers 3 (3-4)
Saints coach Mike Ditka is now 18-4 for his career against the Bucs, including 10-1 when he's at home. New Orleans made its field goals, while Tampa Bay's Michael Husted missed from 32 and 48 yards in the loss. Saints kicker Doug Brien nailed three field goals to improve to a perfect 10-for-10 on field goals this season.
Stats and recap
Packers 28 (5-2)
Ravens 10 (2-5)
Ravens went 2-for-15 on third down, drew 12 penalties for 98 yards and punted nine times on Sunday. Despite a running game that averaged 2.3 yards per carry, the Packers won with special teams and strong defense. Brett Favre accounted for three touchdowns and got the Pack back on track despite two more interceptions.
Stats and recap
Dolphins 12 (5-2)
Patriots 9 (4-3)
Run first? Miami rushed for just 70 yards and 2 first downs while passing for 263 yards and 15 first downs. New England converted three Dan Marino interceptions into just three points and rushed for 26 yards on 22 carries. Dolphins kicker Olindo Mare put up all 12 Miami points, going 4-for-4 on field goals of 38, 48, 25 and 43 yards.
Stats and re cap
Vikings 34 (7-0)
Lions 13 (2-5)
Detroit was called for 14 penalties for 169 yards, including a 59-yard pass interference call drawn by Randy Moss. Minnesota's defense took over in the second half as the Vikings ended the game with 20 unanswered points. Vikings RB Robert Smith put the game away with a 57-yard touchdown run and finished with 134 rushing yards.
Stats and re cap
Jets 28 (4-3)
Falcons 3 (5-2)
The Falcons continue to win with Chris Chandler and lose without him -- seven straight with him on the sidelines. The Jets committed zero turnovers and were penalized only five times for 38 yards on Sunday. Jets tailback Curtis Martin rushed 25 times for 101 yards and a score and caught three passes for 35 yards.
Stats and rec ap
Raiders 27 (5-2)
Bengals 10 (2-5)
Cincinnati did not convert a third down and was outgained 411-170; Oakland had 24 more snaps on offense. Oakland held the ball for 37 minutes, thanks to 45 rushes for 206 yards from Napoleon Kaufman and Harvey Williams. Raiders QB Donald Hollas completed just nine passes but threw for two touchdowns in building a 21-7 halftime lead.
Stats and r ecap
Seahawks 27 (4-3)
Chargers 20 (3-5)
San Diego managed to lose, despite running 85 offensive plays to 43 for Seattle, which punted only once. Seattle had zero turnovers and won the special teams game with 284 return yards, including Galloway's touchdown. Joey Galloway gave Seattle two long touchdowns and set up another with a 41-yard catch to the 1-yard line.
Stats and re cap
Broncos 37 (7-0)
Jaguars 24 (5-2)
Terrell Davis has 1,001 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns, twice as many as any other player in the NFL. Denver racked up 465 yards of balanced offense -- 10 first downs rushing, 12 passing, and zero turnovers. Davis rushed for three touchdowns and finished with 212 total yards -- 136 rushing and 76 receiving.
Stats and recap
Bears 23 (3-5)
Oilers 20 (3-4)
No Oilers receiver had more than two catches on the day as Yancey Thigpen sat out with a hyperextended knee. The Bears converted two costly Oilers fumbles inside the 25 (one returned to the 1-yard line) into 14 points. Jeff Jaeger nailed his second late game-winning field goal of the season, redeeming himself for a 34-yard miss.
Stats and re cap
Bills 30 (4-3)
Panthers 14 (0-7)
Carolina is 2-9 at Ericsson Stadium since going 8-0 in its first year at the facility in 1996. Eric Moulds burned the injured Doug Evans for two long TD receptions of 20 and 85 yards in the first half. Doug Flutie finished with a career-high 282 yards and two TDs. Stats and rec ap
Steelers (4-2)
at Chiefs (4-2)
Mon., 8:20 p.m.
Stat comparison
Third straight meeting on Monday night -- six of past eight meetings decided by seven points or less. Chiefs' home dominance (11 straight at Arrowhead) vs. Bill Cowher, 10-3 in career in Monday night games. Jerome Bettis has 100-plus yards in five straight Monday games, one behind Earl Campbell for NFL record.

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