NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 8)

Russell S. Baxter

NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 8)

By Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter


Welcome to the conclusion of the eighth week of the NFL’s 100th season and the latest collaboration by Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter aka PFG VIBE. That’s Voigt’s Insights Baxter’s Expertise and we consistently bring our passion in covering the National Football League.

So here’s our latest work and the latest installment of our newest weekly staple. Both of us have once again made our picks for the top offensive and defensive players each week, as well as the top performance by a team.

Player and Team. PAT…on the Back.

Here are our Week 8 selections.

Offensive Player of the Week:

VI: QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

You can see in the photo that the veteran signal-caller has embraced his "PAT on the Back." Returning after a five-game absence, was there any doubt that the NFL’s all-time passing leader would put on a show in front of the home fans? Brees did throw one pick, but he finished the day going 34-of-43 for 373 yards and three scores and the Saints cruised in the second half against the Cardinals, 31-9.

BE: RB Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

He was a versatile weapon in the club’s fourth straight win, a 31-24 conquest of the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Jones totaled 13 carries for 67 yards on the ground but exploited the Chiefs’ defense for 159 yards and a pair of scores on seven receptions.

Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week:

VI: PK Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts

It was an up-and-down day for the 24-year veteran, who missed on a 45-yard field goal attempt in the first half and a game-tying PAT in the third quarter. But he also connected on kicks from 55, 45 and 51 yards – the last coming with 22 seconds to play as the Colts managed a 15-13 win over the visiting Broncos.

BE: DE Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers

The second overall pick in April’s draft has brought a ferocity to the San Francisco defense that has been missing for quite some time. On Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, Bosa finished with four tackles, three sacks, one pass defensed and an interception in the club’s 51-13 rout of the Carolina Panthers.

Team of the Week

VI: Green Bay Packers

Under first-time NFL head coach Matt LaFleur, the Packers have already won one more game than they did all of last season. Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones and the Green Bay offense made the plays when necessary in a 31-24 win at Arrowhead Stadium.

BE: Philadelphia Eagles

After consecutive losses to the Vikings and Cowboys in which the team gave up a combined 75 points, the Birds hit the road for the third straight week and hoped to pierce a formidable Buffalo defense. Philadelphia ran for 218 yards and ended their two-game skid with a 31-13 victory at Orchard Park.

Julie Voigt (JulieNoted_PFG) and Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) are the co-founders of @pfgVIBE. Julie is also the Colts’ reporter for OurTurf Football while Russell writes for FanSided and NFL Spin Zone.


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