Wrap up and observations from Week 8 of the NFL

+Houston fans no need to be too sad about the Astros getting swept in the World Series. The Houston Texans finally won their first game of the year! No longer are they called the worst team in the league, although that can be argued. They beat another team in the cellar, the Cleveland Browns so they shouldn't be celebrating too hard.

+Brett Farve throws 5 interceptions today. You hate to see a true NFL legend play so badly. You wonder if this season will be his last. There are grumblings out there to bench him but if you're Brett Farve, I think you get to decide when it's time. I don't see him being benched even though the team is struggling.

+I'd be careful about the Bengals though. They look like a winning team but if you saw that Brett Farve had 5 interceptions against the Bengals you would think Cincinatti blew them out. Not so fast my friend. They only won by a TD. I see this Cincinatti team stumbling in the 2nd half of the season.

+The NY Giants show why they are the team to beat in the NFC East. They get a big win over the Redskins one week after their owner Wellington Mara passed away at 89. One word to describe their play today would be inspirational. I didn't see the Giants losing here. Just didn't think they'd get their first shutout since 1998 and do it in dominating fashion. I'm sure the Giants had that feeling Mara was smiling down as he was watching from above.

+Chris Simms made his first start this season for Tampa Bay against San Francisco. It was an ugly game on both sides but San Francisco won the game on a bunch of FG's by Joe Nedney. This just sums up Chris Simms's day today

1-10-TB37 (4:23) C.Simms pass INTERCEPTED by B.Moore (T.Parrish) at TB 47. B.Moore to TB 35 for 12 yards (S.Mahan; M.Pittman). Pass deflected off the line judge's head.

Tiki Barber
Barber gave the Giants a huge spark on the day they remembered late owner Wellington Mara, ripping off a career-high 206 rushing yards and scoring a touchdown in a 36-0 rout of the Redskins. He went for 57 yards on the game's first play and New York never looked back.

Jake Delhomme
Delhomme threw for a season-high 341 yards, tied his season high with three touchdown passes and perhaps most importantly did not throw an interception for the first time all season as the Panthers whipped the Vikings 38-13. Carolina has now won four straight.

Steven Jackson
Jackson rushed for 179 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards, including the game-winning touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter. His 179 rushing yards are a career high and the touchdown catch is his second this season after catching no TD passes last year as a rookie.

Jerry Porter
Porter caught a season-high six passes for 123 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in a 34-25 win over Tennessee. His first touchdown opened the scoring in a 17-point first quarter for the Raiders and the second provided the final margin with 4:37 remaining.

Steve Smith
Smith continued his impressive comeback after missing the final 15 games of last season, catching 11 passes for a career-high 201 yards and scoring a touchdown in a 38-13 blowout of the Vikings. Smith repeatedly burned Minnesota's Fred Smoot, who spent most of pregame warmups talking trash to Smith.

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