NFL Week 8 Grades: Broncos get ‘A-‘ for saving season in London, Bengals get ‘F’ for MNF disaster

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

Through the first seven weeks of the season, the Broncos offense looked almost helpless, but that changed Sunday in England. Against the Jaguars, Denver lit up the scoreboard 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 blockbuster QB trade in March.

Wilson’s ability to throw the ball right downfield is one of the reasons he’s 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 pass that traveled 30 yards in the air.

That throw came on a 92-yard punt where Wilson went 5-of-5 for 88 yards. Wilson seemed to have a great connection with Dulcic, who caught three of the passes for 78 yards. That touchdown put the Broncos ahead 14-10, but it was a lead they lost 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 were back on the field and it 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 may have saved Denver’s season with a 47-yard touchdown pass to KJ Hamler.

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

Another reason the Broncos offense was so good is because it was unstoppable in the red zone. Entering 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 the red his zone zone trips into touchdowns early in Week 8).

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

The Broncos offense was by no means perfect on the day. In truth, it looked like it was going to be another nightmare game for the unit early on. On the Broncos’ first four possessions, they punted three times without getting a single 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 recover.

On those first four possessions, Wilson was just 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 playoff-caliber defense, and if the offense continues to improve, this team could eventually sneak into the wild card race.

Alright, let’s get down to the grades for each game in Week 8. If you’re looking for more in-depth coverage of the Ravens’ win over the Buccaneers on Thursday, be sure to click here.

Cleveland 32-13 over Cincinnati (Monday)

Bengals-Browns Grades by John Breach (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Denver 21-17 over Jacksonville (London)

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

Atlanta 37-34 over Carolina (OT)

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

Miami 31-27 over Detroit

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

Minnesota 34-26 over Arizona

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

New Orleans 24-0 over Las Vegas

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

Philadelphia 35-13 over Pittsburgh

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

New England 22-17 over the NY Jets

Patriots-Jets Ratings by Jordan Dayani (Love ratings? Hate ratings? 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 Grades by John Breach (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Washington 17-16 over Indianapolis

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

San Francisco 31-14 over the LA Rams

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

Seattle 27-13 over the NY Giants

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

Buffalo 27-17 over Green Bay

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

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