The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS defeated the Cleveland Browns 27-13 in Week 8. New England advances to 8-0 for the third time in franchise history (2007 and 2015).
New England’s BILL BELICHICK became the third coach in NFL history to register 300 career wins, including the postseason, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers DON SHULA (347 wins) and GEORGE HALAS (324).
Through their first eight games, the Patriots have a +189 point differential, tied with the 1942 CHICAGO BEARS (+189) for the third-highest point different through a team’s first eight games in NFL history.
New England also has a turnover differential of +17, tied with the 1983 MINNESOTA VIKINGS (+17) for the fifth-highest turnover margin by a team through its first eight games since 1970.
San Francisco rookie defensive lineman NICK BOSA
… had three sacks and an interception in the 49ers‘ 51-13 win over Carolina. The 49ers advanced to 7-0 for the first time since 1990, when they began the season 10-0.
Bosa is the third rookie since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least three sacks and an interception in a single game, joining JULIUS PEPPERS (October 13, 2002) and KEVIN WILLIAMS (December 28, 2003).
At 22 years and four days old, Bosa is the second-youngest player to record at least three sacks in a single game since 1982, trailing only VERNON MAXWELL (21 years, 321 days old).
Bosa has seven sacks in his first seven games, tied for the second most by a player in his first seven games since 1982. Only MARK ANDERSON (7.5 sacks in 2006) had more.
Along with his brother, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end JOEY BOSA (two sacks), Week 8 marks the second time since 1982 that a pair of brothers each recorded at least two sacks in the same week, joining JIMMY WILLIAMS (two) and TOBY WILLIAMS (two) in Week 2 of the 1985 season.