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2023 NFL season: Standout performers from Week 8

NFL Week 8 brought defeats for some top teams, notably the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, while the Carolina Panthers picked up their first win of the season.

There were also some great individual performances around the league. We’ve assessed all of the top players from Week 8 and broken them down below.

CeeDee Lamb - WR, Dallas Cowboys

12 receptions for 158 receiving yards, 2 TDs

The Cowboys faced a tricky home game against the LA Rams, but never looked back after cruising into a 33-3 lead in the second quarter and they went on to win 43-20. 

Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb was the star of the show with second-quarter touchdown catches of 10 and 22 yards as part of a 158-yard day.

The Cowboys (5-2) are now +1000 fifth-favorites to win the Super Bowl and +400 third-favorites in the NFC, while Lamb is +6000 to be named the Offensive Player of the Year.

Will Levis - QB, Tennessee Titans

238 passing yards & 4 TDs

On Sunday morning, the Titans' quarterback situation appeared to be one of the worst in the NFL, with veteran starter Ryan Tannehill struggling and injured, while rookie Will Levis had not even been able to claim the backup QB job even though Malik Willis had been unconvincing in that role. By Sunday night, the future looked much brighter as Levis staked his claim to lead the Tennessee offense from now on.

Levis made his first career start against the Falcons and had four passing touchdowns as he led the team to an impressive 28-23 win. Levis cut an imposing figure, showcasing plenty of poise and a strong arm.

The Titans (3-4) are still outsiders to make the playoffs at +550 odds, but Levis has quickly put himself into the Offensive Rookie of the Year conversation and is already the fifth-favorite at +1800 odds.

Tua Tagovailoa - QB, Miami Dolphins

324 passing yards, 3 TDs

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has never lost to Bill Belichick and the Patriots and he beat the all-time great New England coach for a sixth time as the Dolphins won this AFC East game 31-17 on Sunday.

Miami wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle both had claims to make this list after posting 112 and 121 receiving yards respectively and pouching a touchdown catch each, but Tagovailoa was the man throwing the ball to both of them as Miami improved to 6-2 on the season with a fourth straight home win.

The Dolphins are fourth favorites for the Super Bowl at +900 odds and -188 to win the AFC East, while Tagovailoa is +350 for the MVP award.

A.J Brown - WR, Philadelphia Eagles

8 receptions for 130 receiving yards, 2 TDs

Eagles receiver AJ Brown was on this last week too, but deserves another mention after catching all eight of the passes thrown his way in the 38-31 NFC East win over the Washington Commanders to reach 130 receiving yards for the second straight week.

Brown made some spectacular catches and hauled in touchdown receptions of 16 and 25 yards as the Eagles won for the fourth time in five road games this season.

The Eagles are +500 odds co-favorites to win Super Bowl LVIII and Brown's odds to win the Offensive Player of the Year award have come in from +2500 to +700 this week.

Recap the Eagles' comeback win and all the NFL Week 8 action here.

Kayvon Thibodeaux - DE, New York Giants

3 sacks, 9 tackles including 3 tackles for loss

The Giants lost the Battle of New York 13-10 to the Jets in tough circumstances. Already starting a backup QB in Tyrod Taylor, they saw him limp off in the first half to be replaced by the undrafted, and largely unknown, rookie Tommy DeVito. 

Unsurprisingly, DeVito struggled and the team ended the game with minus nine passing yards, the lowest total in the NFL for 23 years. 

Somehow, the Giants' running game and defense kept them competitive, however, with running back Saquon Barkley carrying the ball a mammoth 36 times for 128 yards. 

On defense, defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux led the way, sacking Jets QB Zach Wilson three times as the Jets converted only two of 15 third-down attempts. Thibodeaux is now joint-third in the league this season with 8.5 sacks and has +1600 odds to end the season on top of that list.

Joe Burrow - QB, Cincinnati Bengals

283 passing yards, 3 TDs, 43 rushing yards

It seems safe to say that Joe Burrow is finally back after the pre-season calf injury that continued to hamper him in the early weeks of the year. 

The Cincinnati Bengals were able to become the third straight team to beat the San Francisco 49ers after their 5-0 start, thanks in large part to a smooth performance from their quarterback. 

Burrow completed an impressive 28 of his 32 pass attempts and further showed that the injury is behind him by scooting for 43 rushing yards in the Bengals' 31-17 road win.

The Bengals are +1800 odds for the Super Bowl and +1000 to represent the AFC in the big game again this year, while Burrow is +2200 for the MVP award. 

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