By Marc Lawrence — Taking a look back at Week 8 in the NFL: It wouldn’t be Sunday if the 49ers didn’t lose a running back to injury, and they kept that bad luck going by having Tevin Coleman, who was playing in his first game since Week 2 ruled out after hurting his knee, re-tweaked his knee. By the end of the game, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittle left with injuries as well … The Raiders got 128 yards on the ground from running back Josh Jacobs on a day when neither team’s quarterback threw for even 125 yards … The Bills have a solid lead in the AFC East, but it’s worth noting that their point differential for the season is -01, while the second-place Dolphins are +58 …Read more here.
After Dallas rookie QB Ben DiNucci completed 21 of 40 passes for 180 yards with four sacks and two lost fumbles in his first start, the Cowboys will go with either Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush at quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gilbert and Rush have never started a game and have combined to throw nine passes in their careers, but their experience in the league – Gilbert has been in the NFL off and on since 2014, Rush since 2016 – gives them an edge over DiNucci. The Cowboys are moving to their fourth starting quarterback – and third in four games – with the move. This will be the first time since 2015 that the Cowboys have started four different quarterbacks in the same season. That year Tony Romo, Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore were needed. The Cowboys finished 4-12.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: When San Francisco hosts Green Bay Thursday night in the NFL the Packers will be looking to avenge a 37-20 playoff loss last season. The 49ers were 7.5-point home favorites in the contest. They are 7.5-point home dogs tonight. Now that’s a line swing of major proportions.