NFL roundup: Week 8

Published On October 29, 2012 | By Jill Saftel

While the Patriots were taking care of business in London, the AFC East teams and some other favorites were stateside for America’s favorite day: Football Sunday. Here’s what you missed:

New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins

The Jets fell to last place in the AFC East, but Rex Ryan believes in Mark Sanchez. (William Perlman/The Star-Ledger)

Miami picked up its third-straight win Sunday with a 30-9 romping of the Jets. Even when quarterback Ryan Tannehill was injured, Miami couldn’t be stopped. Back up QB Matt Moore stepped in and even threw a touchdown pass in Tannehill’s absense.

The Dolphins are now a half-game behind the Patriots in the AFC East standings, while the Jets fall to last place heading into a bye week. As for their quarterback situation, Rex Ryan said he believes in Mark Sanchez and doesn’t seem to be making any major changes anytime soon.

New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys

Jason Paul-Pierre celebrates his touchdown after returning an interception. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

The Giants ousted the Cowboys in a close one Sunday, with a 29-24 final. After blowing a 23-point lead, Eli Manning and the Giants managed to stay undefeated at Cowboys Stadium.

New York held their 23-point lead early in the second quarter, when Jason Pierre-Paul returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown. Two field goals for the Giants in the final quarter kept them on top, but the Cowboys definitely gave the undefeated team quite the scare after coming back from 23-0.

Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints

Peyton Manning set a franchise record for the Broncos with his Sunday win. (Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE)

Peyton Manning and the Broncos knocked off Drew Brees and the Saints 34-14 Sunday, as Manning played through some pain after cutting open his thumb on a Saints player’s helmet. The victory was Manning’s fifth-straight 3oo-yard game, which is a franchise record for the Broncos.

The Saints, despite having the league’s best passing offense, were held to 213 passing yards in their loss.

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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.