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Andrew Luck, Tom Brady deliver Week 8's top throws

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Gregg Rosenthal breaks down the five throws that explain Week 8. Marc Sessler already showed him up with five runs.

You've surely seen Vick Ballard's game-winning touchdown grab. Outstanding moment. You might not have seen the better play that set it up. Third-and-8 in overtime. The Indianapolis Colts are out of Adam Vinatieri's field-goal range. Andrew Luck feels pressure around him, steps up in the pocket and delivers a dime to a well-covered Reggie Wayne. That's winning football.

There are times when the New England Patriots' offense looks absolutely unstoppable. The London game was one of those times, and they didn't even need Aaron Hernandez. Rob Gronkowski caught eight passes. That included three plays over 25 yards and two touchdowns. Catches like this, to go with his blocking, are unfair.

We usually spin positive in this post, but Robert Meachem's drop so perfectly captures the San Diego Chargers' ongoing meltdown. It feels like the AFC West race already is over.

Third-and-11. Matthew Stafford avoids the rush, steps up in the pocket and delivers a beauty to Titus Young. Stafford was on point and sensational on third down all day. The Detroit Lions came from behind three times, including a 17-7 deficit, to keep hope alive for their season.

Are we taking Peyton Manning's season for granted? Is anyone talking about his arm strength or his ability to take a hit after passes like the below? Can I continue to be employed while asking rhetorical questions as a writing device?

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