NFL 2020: ICY HOT TD Week 8

(originally written 11/2/20)

What the hell is NFL ICY HOT TD, anyway? I'll tell you—ICY HOT TD = In Case You Had Other Things To Do.

While some of us are able to watch NFL football all Sunday long and follow it up with postgame analysis/highlight shows well into the night...many of us can't. I aim to bring those fans bits of trivia, data, and news they likely missed on Game Day.


Such as:

 

  • On Thursday Night Football, Atlanta outlasted host Carolina 25-17. Still, Carolina's Curtis Samuel recorded his third career game with a rushing and receiving TD, 2nd-most in the Super Bowl era behind Jerry Rice's five. Falcons DE Charles Harris was ejected in the 3Q for a late hit on Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater.

  • Buffalo's 24-21 home win over the New England snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Patriots.

  • The visiting Steelers moved to 7-0 with a 28-24 victory over Baltimore; only one other time in their history have the Steelers began 7-0 (1978). In the (QB) Lamar Jackson era, Baltimore had been 23-0 when leading at halftime. The Ravens had also scored in 26 consecutive quarters to open the year until being blanked in the 3Q.

  • More from Baltimore: Pittsburgh has now won 17 straight games when scoring a defensive TD. Still, the Ravens' 265 rush yards were the most allowed by the Steelers since 1993.

  • Miami won at home over the Rams, 28-17. In doing so, they scored a passing, rushing, special teams and defensive touchdown for the first time since October 1993. The Dolphins won despite mustering just 145 yards of offense, their fewest in a win since 2010 and the fewest by any NFL team in a double-digit win since the 2006 Bears.

  • More from Miami: Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa became the first QB to win with less than 100 yards passing on 20+ attempts since Donovan McNabb in 1999. And teammate Jakeem Grant set a Miami record with his third career punt return TD (it was an 88-yarder, also a club record). See below video:

  • The Bengals upended the visiting Titans 31-20; it was only the second time in the past two seasons Cincinnati held a 10+ point halftime lead.

  • On a very windy day in Cleveland, Las Vegas beat the Browns 16-6; Raiders RB Josh Jacobs became the team's first with 30+ carries in a game since Darren McFadden in 2012. Browns WR Jarvis Landry ran his streak of games with two-plus receptions to 103, 5th-most since 1950.

  • The host Chiefs spanked the Jets 35-9; New York, now 0-8, has not scored in nine consecutive second-half quarters. Their -144 point differential is the NFL's worst ever through eight games, and all their losses are by seven-plus points—last "accomplished" by the 1984 Oilers.

  • Indianapolis won in Detroit 41-21, as Colts QB Philip Rivers became the 6th with 61,000 passing yards. In the defeat, Lions ST Miles Killebrew blocked Rigoberto Sanchez's punt, Detroit's first blocked punt since 2007.

  • Visiting Minnesota survived at Green Bay, 28-22; Vikings RB Dalvin Cook became the first since the merger to score on his team's first four possessions. He also became only the 4th RB with multiple 150+ rush yard games against the Packers (Barry Sanders, Walter Payton and Adrian Peterson are the others). Cook is only the third Viking to score four TD's in one game.

  • The visiting Chargers let their 5th double-digit lead of the year disappear in losing to Denver 31-30. Still, QB Justin Herbert tied Deshaun Watson's rookie record for touchdown passes through six stars (15). Herbert also became the first rookie QB in the Super Bowl era with an 85+ rating in his first six games started.

  • New Orleans pulled out an overtime win at Chicago 26-23. Saints RB Alvin Kamara became their first player with six consecutive 100+ scrimmage yard games since Deuce McCallister in 2003.

  • The host Seahawks defeated the 49ers 37-27, as QB Russell Wilson threw his 26 TD pass thru seven games. Only Tom Brady in 2007 (27) has thrown more. Wilson also became the third with 250+ touchdown passes in his first nine seasons (Peyton Manning, Dan Marino).

  • On Sunday Night Football, Dallas fell at Philadelphia 23-9. The Cowboys didn't score a TD in successive games for the fourth time in their history, and their 10 or fewer points in three consecutive games ties their longest such futility streak ever. Still, CB Trevon Diggs became the first Dallas rookie with two picks in a game since Sean Lee in 2010.

  • More from Philly: see this bizarre fumble recovery touchdown below...

  • On Monday Night Football, Tampa Bay eked out a road win vs. the Giants, 25-23. Tampa won despite watching its streak of holding opponents under 100 rushing yards end at 13, a team record. Bucs QB Tom Brady became the 4th to throw 50+ TD passes on MNF, joining Marino, Brett Favre and Drew Brees. For the Giants, QB Daniel Jones set a team QB record for season rush yards, ending the game with 316 and breaking Fran Tarkenton's record of 306 set in 1967.

  • The Cardinals, Texans, Football Team and Jaguars enjoyed bye weeks. Road teams finished 7-7 in Week 8.

Sources: ESPN.com, SI.com, NFL.com, NFL Primetime, CBSSports.com, ProFootballTalk.com, YouTube.com, ProFootballReference.com, USAToday.com and various TV and radio broadcasts