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NFL Week 8 Highlights: Notable grades from Sunday's games

Houston, Texas, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa leads Dolphins to road win over Lions: The Miami quarterback was phenomenal throwing beyond the sticks on Sunday.

Derrick Henry dominates against the Texans again: It was his fourth straight game against the Texans where he rushed for 200-plus yards.

Adoree’ Jackson making plays in the Giants' secondary: The defensive back recorded two pass breakups and a forced fumble in a loss to the Seahawks.

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We'll be checking in on PFF grades and data each Monday when numbers are finalized, highlighting some of the interesting performances from Sunday’s action.

Here are the top stories from Week 8.

QB Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

PFF Grade: 96.8

The Miami Dolphins moved to 5-3 on the season after a dominant performance from their offense, with Tua Tagovailoa in a starring role once again, particularly throwing the ball downfield. On throws beyond the sticks, the former Alabama signal-caller went 18-for-21 for 322 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. His 96.8 PFF grade is currently the highest single-game grade at the position in the NFL this season.

OT Christian Darrisaw, Minnesota Vikings

PFF grade: 91.7

Second-year offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw produced his best performance of an impressive season to date in the Minnesota Vikings' Week 8 win over the Arizona Cardinals. His 91.2 run-blocking grade was his highest of the year so far, and he was close to flawless in pass protection. He allowed just one hurry from 44 pass-blocking snaps and has now not surrendered a sack since Week 15 of his rookie season.

CB Adoree’ Jackson, New York Giants

PFF grade: 87.9

The Giants came up short on the road against the Seattle Seahawks, but cornerback Adoree’ Jackson made several plays to try and prevent that from happening. From 40 snaps in coverage, he was targeted 11 times, giving up seven receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. He did, however, register a pass breakup and a forced fumble on a reception by Tyler Lockett near the goal line. 

EDGE Uchenna Nwosu, Seattle Seahawks

PFF grade: 90.0

The Seattle Seahawks continue to shock the NFL, moving to 5-3 on the year after their Week 8 win over the New York Giants. Edge defender Uchenna Nwosu had another strong performance in the win, registering two sacks and a hurry from 28 pass-rushing snaps. It was an impressive all-round showing, too, with three tackles resulting in a defensive stop from 18 snaps against the run.

RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

PFF grade: 92.1

Derrick Henry once again made life miserable for the Houston Texans, rushing for more than 200 yards for the fourth consecutive time, with 219 yards on the ground on Sunday. And 193 of those yards came after contact to go along with 12 forced missed tackles, including two on his lone reception. Heading into Monday Night Football tonight, Henry leads all running backs in yards after contact, with his 642 yards being over 100 more than the next best player, though Nick Chubb has the opportunity to close that gap on Monday Night Football.


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