View Full Version : Yahoo News : Week 8 Splash Plays: Julio Jones turns Nnamdi upside

10-29-2012, 08:21 AM
For your pleasure, we've assembled the most impressive plays from Week 8's NFL Sunday. We start with the touchdown that seemed to indicate a changing of the guard in the NFC: Julio Jones can't be stopped The Atlanta Falcons traded a lot of draft stock to move up and select the Alabama receiver in the 2011 NFL draft, and they're looking pretty smart about it these days. One play in Atlanta's decisive 30-17 victory over the flailing Philadelphia Eagles made this clear more than any other -- when Jones blasted off the line and blew right by Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha for a 63-yard touchdown with 6:33 left in the first half. It was especially embarrassing for Asomugha, long one of the best pass defenders in the NFL, because he had inside position on Jones, and it simply didn't matter. Pat Lee goes long for the pick It wasn't so much that picking off a pass from Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was impressive -- pretty much anyone in the NFL can do that -- but Oakland Raiders cornerback Pat Lee did impress by grabbing this interception of a Cassel pass with 5:08 left in the game. Also note the lack of follow-through from Chiefs receiver Jonathan Baldwin, who Kansas City drafted 20 spots lower than Jones. If you want an explanation of the canyon between the Falcons and Chiefs from a success perspective these days, that's a pretty good place to start. Tim Jennings gets (yet another) Bears pick-six The Chicago Bears have already scored six defensive touchdowns in the 2012 season. This one, which put the Bears ahead of the Carolina Panthers in a game that was closer that many thought it would be, was as important as any of them. Jennings made the play that turned the game on a day when Chicago's offense was sputtering. Jaguars turn to Guy Whimper in the red zone The good news: Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert finally found a reliable red zone passing target in offensive lineman Guy Whimper. The bad news: Whimper now has as many or more receiving touchdowns than Justin Blackmon, Maurice Jones-Drew, Laurent Robinson, and Mike Thomas. That's right: Guy Whimper has more receiving touchdowns than Blackmon, who the Jags drafted higher this season (fifth overall) than the Falcons did last year with Julio Jones. In a word, yikes. Dolphins block a punt as Tebow whiffs

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