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2008 NFL season

2008 nfl season records, 2008 nfl season week 1
The 2008 NFL season was the 89th regular season of the National Football League, themed with the slogan "Believe in Now"

Super Bowl XLIII, the league's championship game, was at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on February 1, 2009,2 with the Pittsburgh Steelers coming out victorious over the Arizona Cardinals 27–23 and winning their NFL-record sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy

Conversely, the Detroit Lions became the first NFL team with a winless season since the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season, finishing their season 0–16 For the first time since the NFL expanded to the sixteen game season in 1978, three teams won two or fewer games: the Lions, the Kansas City Chiefs and the St Louis Rams Previously two teams won two or fewer games in 1979, 1981, 1985, 1992 and 2001

The regular season began on September 4 with the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants defeating the Washington Redskins 16–7, and concluded with the 2009 Pro Bowl on February 8, 2009, in Honolulu

Contents

  • 1 Schedule
    • 11 Preseason
    • 12 Regular season
      • 121 Formula
      • 122 Opening Weekend
      • 123 Flexible scheduling
      • 124 International play
      • 125 Thanksgiving
      • 126 Christmas
      • 127 Pro Bowl
  • 2 Final regular season standings
  • 3 Postseason
    • 31 Playoffs bracket
  • 4 Rule changes
  • 5 Media
    • 51 Television
      • 511 Changes
      • 512 3-D Telecast
    • 52 Radio
    • 53 Internet television
    • 54 Home video
  • 6 Uniforms
    • 61 New logo
  • 7 Coaching changes
  • 8 Stadium changes
  • 9 Milestones
  • 10 Regular season statistical leaders
  • 11 Season highlights
    • 111 Awards
    • 112 Team Superlatives
      • 1121 Offense
      • 1122 Defense
    • 113 2008 AFC Players of the Week
    • 114 2008 NFC Players of the Week
    • 115 Detroit Lions going 0–16
    • 116 Retirement/Unretirement of Brett Favre
    • 117 Hurricane Ike
    • 118 New formations result in high scores
    • 119 Tie game
    • 1110 Tributes
      • 11101 St Louis Rams and Georgia Frontiere
      • 11102 Kansas City Chiefs and Lamar Hunt
      • 11103 Tim Russert
      • 11104 Gene Upshaw
      • 11105 Sean Taylor
    • 1111 Steelers ownership restructure
    • 1112 Apparel
  • 12 See also
  • 13 External links
  • 14 References

Scheduleedit

Preseasonedit

In preseason games, the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game was played August 3 between the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins, which aired on NBC3 Washington won the game, 30–164 Other preseason highlights included the first game of the Toronto Series, which was played August 14 between the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Toronto's Rogers Centre The Bills won that game, 24–215

Regular seasonedit

Formulaedit

Based on the NFL's scheduling formula, the intraconference and interconference matchups for 2008 were:6

Thomas Jones scores a touchdown for the New York Jets against the St Louis Rams in week 10 of the season
Division AFC opponent NFC opponent
AFC East West West
AFC North South East
AFC South North North
AFC West East South
NFC East North West
NFC North South South
NFC South West North
NFC West East East

Opening Weekendedit

The annual NFL Kickoff Game to start the season took place on September 4 and featured the Super Bowl XLII champion New York Giants winning over their division rivals, the Washington Redskins, at Giants Stadium by a score of 16–7 The game's kickoff was ninety minutes earlier than previous years, at 7 pm EDT, because of a time conflict with the 2008 Republican National Convention1

Other featured games during the opening week included the NBC Sunday Night Football game between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts the first regular season game at Lucas Oil Stadium and a rematch of Super Bowl XLI, in which the Kyle Orton-led Bears upset the Colts 29–13 In addition, there were two Monday Night Football contests, both division rivalries, as part of the now annual doubleheader: The Minnesota Vikings at the Green Bay Packers the Packers’ first Monday night game without Brett Favre since 1992 in which Aaron Rodgers helped the Packers win, 24–19, and the Denver Broncos at the Oakland Raiders, where Jay Cutler and Eddie Royal led the Broncos in beating the Raiders, 41–147 Also, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffered a season ending injury against the Kansas City Chiefs

Flexible schedulingedit

The 2008 season also was the third season of the use of the "flexible scheduling" for Sunday games starting with Week 11

International playedit

This was the second consecutive season that the league played at least one regular season game outside the United States as part of its International Series The contest between the San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints was played at Wembley Stadium in London on October 26, with New Orleans winning 37–3289 The Chargers played at Buffalo the week beforehand on October 19 so they could immediately travel to London afterward in order to get used to the time difference8

The league has also approved the Bills’ request to play at least one regular season home game at Toronto's Rogers Centre over each of the next five seasons10 Team owner Ralph Wilson petitioned the league to play at least one game in Canada to strengthen his club's fan base in Ontario11 The game in Toronto was on December 7, after the end of the 2008 CFL season,10 against the Miami Dolphins; Miami won 16–3 CBS televised both games regionally; the Toronto game was carried across Canada on Rogers Sportsnet and City TV

Thanksgivingedit

The traditional Thanksgiving Day games 12 were held on November 27, with the Detroit Lions hosting the Tennessee Titans at 12:30 PM EST on CBS with the then 10–1 Titans handily defeating the then 0–11 Lions by a 47–10 score, and the Dallas Cowboys’ home game following suit on Fox at 4:15 PM EST against the Seattle Seahawks Dallas Cowboys defeated the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 34–9 A third game on NFL Network, featuring the Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles followed at 8:15 PM EST16 It was the first home game for the Eagles on Thanksgiving Day since 1940, and their first Thanksgiving game at any location since the infamous Bounty Bowl Game in 1989; the Eagles defeated the Cardinals by a score of 48–20 The Cardinals and Eagles would, two months later, rematch in the NFC Championship Game, with Arizona winning this time by a score of 32–25

Seattle and the New York Jets play on December 21, 2008

Christmasedit

Despite NFL tradition to play games on Christmas if the holiday lands on a day of the week when the NFL normally plays, and the fact that Christmas landed on a Thursday in 2008, the NFL opted not to hold a Christmas game this season, instead scheduling all of its week 17 matchups for Sunday, December 28

Pro Bowledit

The NFL's Pro Bowl all-star game at the end of the season was played at Aloha Stadium in the Honolulu, Hawaii, for the 30th consecutive season The league had the option under their current contract to hold the game elsewhere, including the possibility of moving it to the host site of the Super Bowl1314

Final regular season standingsedit

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green

AFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
3 Miami Dolphins b 11 5 0 688 345 317 Details
New England Patriots 11 5 0 688 410 309 Details
New York Jets 9 7 0 563 405 356 Details
Buffalo Bills 7 9 0 438 336 342 Details
AFC North
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
2 Pittsburgh Steelers 12 4 0 750 347 223 Details
6 Baltimore Ravens d 11 5 0 688 385 244 Details
Cincinnati Bengals 4 11 1 281 204 364 Details
Cleveland Browns 4 12 0 250 232 350 Details
AFC South
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
1 Tennessee Titans 13 3 0 813 375 234 Details
5 Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 750 377 298 Details
Houston Texans 8 8 0 500 366 394 Details
Jacksonville Jaguars 5 11 0 313 302 367 Details
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
4 San Diego Chargers c 8 8 0 500 439 347 Details
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 500 370 448 Details
Oakland Raiders 5 11 0 313 263 388 Details
Kansas City Chiefs 2 14 0 125 291 440 Details
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
1 New York Giants a 12 4 0 750 427 294 Details
6 Philadelphia Eagles 9 6 1 594 416 289 Details
Dallas Cowboys 9 7 0 563 362 365 Details
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 500 265 296 Details
NFC North
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
3 Minnesota Vikings 10 6 0 625 379 333 Details
Chicago Bears 9 7 0 563 375 350 Details
Green Bay Packers 6 10 0 375 419 380 Details
Detroit Lions 0 16 0 000 268 517 Details
NFC South
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
2 Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 750 414 329 Details
5 Atlanta Falcons 11 5 0 688 391 325 Details
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 7 0 563 361 323 Details
New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 500 463 393 Details
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
4 Arizona Cardinals 9 7 0 563 427 426 Details
San Francisco 49ers 7 9 0 438 339 381 Details
Seattle Seahawks 4 12 0 250 294 392 Details
St Louis Rams 2 14 0 125 232 465 Details
Tiebreakers
  • a NY Giants clinched the NFC #1 seed over Carolina based on a head-to-head victory
  • b Miami finished ahead of New England in the AFC East based on better conference record 8–4 to New England's 7–5
  • c San Diego finished ahead of Denver in the AFC West based on a better division record 5–1 to Denver's 3–3
  • d Baltimore clinched the AFC #6 seed over New England based on a better conference record 8–4 to New England's 7–5

Postseasonedit

Main article: 2008–09 NFL playoffs

The playoffs began with Wild Card Weekend on January 3–4, 2009 The Divisional Playoffs were played on January 10–11 and the Conference Championship Games on January 18 Super Bowl XLIII was played on February 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, with the Pittsburgh Steelers winning their record sixth Super Bowl

Further information: NFL playoffs § Current playoff system

Within each conference, the four division winners and the two wild card teams the top two non-division winners with the best overall regular season records qualified for the playoffs The four division winners are seeded 1 through 4 based on their overall won-lost-tied record, and the wild card teams are seeded 5 and 6 The NFL does not use a fixed bracket playoff system, and there are no restrictions regarding teams from the same division matching up in any round In the first round, dubbed the wild-card playoffs or wild-card weekend, the third-seeded division winner hosts the sixth seed wild card, and the fourth seed hosts the fifth The 1 and 2 seeds from each conference then receive a bye in the first round In the second round, the divisional playoffs, the number 1 seed hosts the worst surviving seed from the first round seed 4, 5 or 6, while the number 2 seed will play the other team seed 3, 4 or 5 The two surviving teams from each conference's divisional playoff games then meet in the respective AFC and NFC Conference Championship games, hosted by the higher seed Although the Super Bowl, the fourth and final round of the playoffs, is played at a neutral site, the designated home team is based on an annual rotation by conference

Playoff seeds
Seed AFC NFC
1 Tennessee Titans South winner New York Giants East winner
2 Pittsburgh Steelers North winner Carolina Panthers South winner
3 Miami Dolphins East winner Minnesota Vikings North winner
4 San Diego Chargers West winner Arizona Cardinals West winner
5 Indianapolis Colts wild card Atlanta Falcons wild card
6 Baltimore Ravens wild card Philadelphia Eagles wild card

Playoffs bracketedit

                                   
Jan 4 – Dolphin Stadium   Jan 10 – LP Field          
  6   Baltimore   27
  6   Baltimore   13
  3   Miami   9     Jan 18 – Heinz Field
  1   Tennessee   10  
AFC
Jan 3 – Qualcomm Stadium   6   Baltimore   14
Jan 11 – Heinz Field
    2   Pittsburgh   23  
  5   Indianapolis   17 AFC Championship
  4   San Diego   24
  4   San Diego   23   Feb 1 – Raymond James Stadium
  2   Pittsburgh   35  
Wild card playoffs  
Divisional playoffs
Jan 4 – Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome  A2    Pittsburgh   27
Jan 11 – Giants Stadium
   N4    Arizona   23
  6   Philadelphia   26 Super Bowl XLIII
  6   Philadelphia   23
  3   Minnesota   14     Jan 18 – University of Phoenix Stadium
  1   NY Giants   11  
NFC
Jan 3 – University of Phoenix Stadium   6   Philadelphia   25
Jan 10 – Bank of America Stadium
    4   Arizona   32  
  5   Atlanta   24 NFC Championship
  4   Arizona   33
  4   Arizona   30  
  2   Carolina   13  


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Rule changesedit

The following rule changes were passed at the league's annual owners’ meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, during the week of March 31:15

  • One defensive player will be allowed to wear a radio similar to the one worn by the quarterback to communicate with the coaching staff on the field
  • The "force-out" rule on catches made near the sidelines has been eliminated A receiver now must come down with the ball and both feet in bounds for a pass to be ruled complete; previously, passes would be ruled complete if the receiver was pushed by a defender while in the air and the official judged that he would have come down in bounds had he not been pushed However, if a receiver is wrapped up in mid-air by a defender and carried out of bounds before both feet touch the ground, the official can still rule the play a completion16
  • The 5-yard incidental grabbing of the face mask penalty has been eliminated; incidental contact will not result in a penalty, though intentional grabbing of the face mask will remain a 15-yard personal foul
  • Teams that win the opening coin toss now have the option to defer the decision until the start of the second half, the same as in college and Canadian football
  • Field goal attempts that bounce off the goal post are now reviewable under instant replay This change followed a decision during the previous season during a Browns-Ravens game when Phil Dawson's game-tying field goal hit an upright and then the curved support behind the crossbar, and then again went over the crossbar to land in front of the goal post
  • Legal forward hand offs that touch the ground and attempted snaps when the ball hits the ground before the quarterback touches it are now considered fumbles; previously, forward hand offs were treated as incomplete passes, while a snap that hit the ground before the quarterback touched it was a 5-yard illegal procedure penalty

Mediaedit

Televisionedit

For more details on this topic, see NFL on television NFL on Fox announcers at Candlestick Park, November 16, 2008

This was the third season under the league's current television contracts with its American broadcast partners CBS Sports and Fox Sports televised Sunday afternoon AFC and NFC away games, respectively17 For primetime games, NBC broadcast Sunday Night Football and ESPN airs Monday Night Football18 The NFL Network's Run to the Playoffs also broadcast seven Thursday and one Saturday late season night games,19 although there were reportedly negotiations to move those games to ESPN Classic20 This was also the last NFL season to be broadcast over the air in analog television in the United States; the digital television transition occurred in June 2009 Border stations in Canada and Mexico will continue to broadcast in analog; cable stations are unaffected and will be distributed in the format of the cable provider's choice

NBC broadcast Super Bowl XLIII, their first Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXXII at the end of the 1997 season18

Changesedit

ESPN reduced the on-air roles of sideline reporters Michele Tafoya and Suzy Kolber during the Monday Night Football telecast21 Also, Emmitt Smith has been replaced on Sunday NFL Countdown by Cris Carter, who came over from HBO

Meanwhile, NBC's Football Night in America reunited Dan Patrick with Keith Olbermann on television for the first time since 1997 when they co-hosted SportsCenter

The in-house NFL Network saw Bryant Gumbel resign as their play-by-play announcer after two seasons on the network's Run to the Playoffs package after critics described his play-by-play calling as "lackluster"22 New York Giants radio announcer Bob Papa took his place

Additionally, NFL Films-produced Inside the NFL changed premium cable homes from Time Warner's HBO after three decades to CBS’ Showtime Also changed: James Brown from the parent network's The NFL Today as host and Phil Simms as one of the analysts Cris Collinsworth is staying, but Dan Marino has been dropped as a studio analyst, and the aforementioned Cris Carter moved to ESPN Taking their place is Warren Sapp

3-D Telecastedit

On December 4, the NFL Network broadcast its game between the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers to theaters in New York City, Boston and Los Angeles using state of the art 3-D technology The viewings, which were limited to NFL and consumer electronics executives, served as a test for future use of 3D in NFL television games23 Because of a technical glitch, the first half was not shown

Radioedit

On radio, Westwood One separated from its longtime corporate sister, CBS Radio and the Sports USA Radio Network, another syndicator, has been sold along with parent company Jones Radio Networks to the Triton Media Group This led to the former "NFL on Westwood One" giving way in 2011 to "NFL on Dial Global"

Internet televisionedit

On Internet television, both NFLcom and NBCSportscom carried complete live games of NBC Sunday Night Football for the first time ever NFLcom continued its live coverage of Thursday and Saturday Night Football, which began in 2007, however for the first time the complete game rather than live look-ins was shown

Home videoedit

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2008 season/Super Bowl XLIII championship home video went on sale on DVD on February 24, 2009 One week later on March 3, it was released on Blu-ray Disc, making it the first NFL Films home video release to be on Blu-ray Disc24 The Blu-ray copy is "officially" sold exclusively through Amazoncom, though it is also available through the Sports Illustrated Super Bowl offer as well as eBay Among its exclusive content included having most of the features in high-definition video as well as the NFL on Fox fourth-quarter coverage of the Steelers matchup against the Dallas Cowboys at Heinz Field in its entirety The matchup, which took place during Week 14 and renewed the rivalry the two teams had in the 1970s & 1990s, saw the Steelers come back from a 4th quarter ten-point deficit to win 20–13

The New York Giants 2007 season/Super Bowl video was only released on DVD the previous year despite the fact that Toshiba dropped support of HD DVD the primary rival of Blu-ray just two weeks after Super Bowl XLII

Uniformsedit

The Tennessee Titans switched their home jerseys They changed their alternate Columbia blue jersey to make it their primary color while the navy blue jersey became the alternate jersey

The Denver Broncos brought back the alternate orange jerseys after a three-year hiatus and wore them for games against the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs25

In their first two home games, the New England Patriots wore their white jerseys against the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins It is the first time the Patriots have worn white at home since 199426

For the first time in the team's history, the Oakland Raiders wore their white jerseys at home against the San Diego Chargers

New logoedit

2008 was the first season that the NFL used a new, updated logo Unveiled on August 31, 2007, in USA Today, the new design features eight white stars, representing each of the league's eight divisions, instead of 25 on the old logo The football has been redesigned and rotated to the same angle as the one on the top of the Vince Lombardi Trophy given to the Super Bowl champion Darker shades of red and blue, specifically navy blue, are also used, along with font lettering to that of the league's current typeface for other logos27 The new logo officially made its debut during the 2008 NFL Draft on April 26

Coaching changesedit

The following teams hired new head coaches prior to the start of the 2008 season:

Team 2008 Coach Former Coaches Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments
Atlanta Falcons Mike Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator28 Bobby Petrino;29
Emmitt Thomas, interim for 3 games30
Petrino resigned after 13 games to take the head coaching job at the University of Arkansas In his first and only season, Petrino went 3–10 before resigning Under interim head coach Thomas, the Falcons went 1–2 over the remainder of the season Thomas would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and remain as a special assistant coach for the Falcons
Baltimore Ravens John Harbaugh, Philadelphia Eagles special teams coach 31 Brian Billick32 Fired Billick coached the Ravens to a victory in Super Bowl XXXV, and was 80–64 with the Ravens in the regular season and 5–3 in the postseason, but went 5–11 in 2007, the worst record the Ravens had in his nine-year tenure Became a color commentator for Fox Sports in 2008
Miami Dolphins Tony Sparano, Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach/offensive line coach33 Cam Cameron34 Fired In his first and only season, the Cameron-led Dolphins finished with a league worst 1–15 record After his sacking, Cameron became John Harbaugh's offensive coordinator at Baltimore
Washington Redskins Jim Zorn, Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach35 Joe Gibbs36 Retired Finished 16 overall seasons as Redskins head coach During his first tenure, 1981–92, the club won three Super Bowls XVII, XXII, and XXVI and four NFC Championships 1982, 1983, 1987 and 1991 After being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996, he rejoined the team in 2004, and returned to running the day-to-day operations of his self-owned racing team after his second retirement

The following head coaches were fired during the 2008 season:

Team Interim Coach Former Coach Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments
St Louis Rams Jim Haslett, defensive coordinator; former head coach of the New Orleans Saints Scott Linehan Dismissed September 29 four games into the season Linehan went 11–25 306 percentage in his 2¼ seasons as Rams coach After Haslett was named interim head coach, the Rams won two straight games against Washington and Dallas, but dropped the final 10 games of the season On January 15, 2009, Haslett learned he would not be considered for the permanent head coach position Haslett became the coach of the new United Football League's Orlando franchise
Oakland Raiders Tom Cable, offensive line coach Lane Kiffin Relieved of duties September 30 after four games Kiffin was fired in spite of being hired as the youngest coach in the NFL one year earlier, as shown by a 5–15 record 250 percentage in his 1¼ seasons as the fourth coach since Jon Gruden left A dispute with owner Al Davis was said to be behind his dismissal, but Kiffin got a new job as coach of the University of Tennessee in December Cable was named permanent head coach following back-to-back wins over Houston and at Tampa Bay, where the Buccaneers were eliminated from playoff contention
San Francisco 49ers Mike Singletary, assistant head coach and linebackers coach Mike Nolan Fired October 20 after seven games The son of former coach Dick Nolan went 18–37 327 percentage after nearly 3½ seasons as 49ers coach Singletary had the interim tag removed following their 27–21 win over the Redskins on December 28, signing a four-year extension

The firing of Kiffin and Linehan marked the first time since the AFL–NFL merger in 1970 that multiple head coaches were fired before Week 5 of the season, and the first since 1989 that any coach was fired this early in a season Both were released heading into their teams’ respective bye weeks, while Nolan was released prior to the game just before the 49ers’ bye

For changes made since the end of the regular season, see 2009 NFL season coaching changes

Stadium changesedit

In addition to the Bills playing one home game in Toronto's Rogers Centre, this was the first season that the Indianapolis Colts played their home games at Lucas Oil Stadium37 Meanwhile, 2008 was the final year that the Dallas Cowboys played at Texas Stadium; they moved to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in 200938

Milestonesedit

The following teams and players set all-time NFL records during the regular season:

Record Player/Team Date Broken/Opponent Previous Record Holder
Longest Field Goal Attempt
76 yards
Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland September 28, vs San Diego Mark Moseley, Nov 25, 1979 74 yards
Most Receiving Yards by a Tight End, Career
10,887 yards
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City October 5, at Carolina Shannon Sharpe, 1990–2003 10,06039
Longest Overtime Blocked Punt Return for a Touchdown
3 yards
Monty Beisel, Arizona October 12, vs Dallas None, first time in NFL history40
Longest Overtime Field Goal
57 yards
Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland October 19, vs NY Jets Chris Jacke, Oct 4, 1996 5341
Consecutive Games with 6+ Receptions, Start of Season
11 games
Wes Welker, New England November 9, vs Buffalo Jimmy Smith, 2001 842
Consecutive Games with 400+ Yards Passing
2
Matt Cassel, New England November 17, vs NY Jets, Miami Billy Volek, Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, Phil Simms 2
Longest Interception Return
108 yards
Ed Reed, Baltimore November 23, vs Philadelphia Ed Reed, Nov 7, 2004 106 43
Most Passing Yards, First 10 Weeks of Season
3,254 yards
Drew Brees, New Orleans November 23, vs Green Bay Dan Fouts 1982 3,164 yards
Highest Total Points Scored in a Single Week
837 points
All 32 teams Nov 20–24, 2008 Done three times: Sept 5–9, 2002; Dec 5–6, 2004; and Dec 29–30, 2007 788 points
Longest Regular Season Interception Return without TD
98 yards
Brandon McDonald, Cleveland December 15, at Philadelphia Julius Peppers October 10, 2004 97 yards
Most Consecutive Games Lost, Start of Season
16
Detroit Lions December 21, vs New Orleans 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 1980 New Orleans Saints both started season 0–1444
Most Consecutive Games Lost, End of Season
16
December 28, vs Green Bay 2001 Carolina Panthers 1544
Most Games Lost, Season
16
Tied by 8 teams 1544
Fewest Sacks By A Team, Season
10
Kansas City Chiefs Cincinnati Bengals 1982 Baltimore Colts 1145
Fewest Accepted Penalties, 16-game season
58
New England Patriots December 28, vs Buffalo Bills Seattle Seahawks, 2007 59citation needed
Most Wins Without Making Playoffs, Since 1990
11
New England Patriots December 28 Kansas City Chiefs, 2005, and Cleveland Browns, 2007 10
1990 was the year the playoff field expanded to its current 12 teams The last team to miss with 11 games won was the 1985 Denver Broncos, at a time when only 10 teams made it into the playoffs46
Lowest Winning Percentage While Still Making Playoffs, Non-Strike Season
500
San Diego Chargers December 28 Tied with multiple teams47
Most Super Bowl wins, team
6
Pittsburgh Steelers February 1 with win over Arizona San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys 5 each

Regular season statistical leadersedit

Team48
Points scored New Orleans Saints 463
Total yards gained New Orleans Saints 6,571
Yards rushing New York Giants 2,518
Yards passing New Orleans Saints 5,069
Fewest points allowed Pittsburgh Steelers 223
Fewest total yards allowed Pittsburgh Steelers 3,795
Fewest rushing yards allowed Minnesota Vikings 1,230
Fewest passing yards allowed Pittsburgh Steelers 2,511
Individual49
Scoring Stephen Gostkowski, New England 148 points
Touchdowns DeAngelo Williams, Carolina 20 TDs
Most field goals made Stephen Gostkowski, New England 36 FGs
Rushing Adrian Peterson, Minnesota 1,760 yards
Passer rating Philip Rivers, San Diego 1055 rating
Passing touchdowns Drew Brees, New Orleans and Philip Rivers, San Diego 34 TDs
Passing yards Drew Brees, New Orleans 5,069 yards
Pass receptions Andre Johnson, Houston 115 catches
Pass receiving yards Andre Johnson, Houston 1,575 yards
Punt returns Santana Moss, Washington 6 for 124 yards, 207 average yards
Kickoff returns Domenik Hixon, New York Giants 3 for 180 yards, 600 average yardsnot enough to qualify
Interceptions Ed Reed, Baltimore 9
Punting Shane Lechler, Oakland 90 for 4,391 yards, 488 average yards
Sacks DeMarcus Ware, Dallas 20

Season highlightsedit

Awardsedit

Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts
Coach of the Year Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons
Offensive Player of the Year Drew Brees, Quarterback, New Orleans Saints
Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison, Linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers
Offensive Rookie of the Year Matt Ryan, Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons
Defensive Rookie of the Year Jerod Mayo, Linebacker, New England Patriots
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Chad Pennington, Quarterback, Miami Dolphins
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award Santonio Holmes, Wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
All-Pro Team
Offense
Quarterback Peyton Manning, Indianapolis
Running back Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
Fullback Le'Ron McClain, Baltimore
Wide receiver Andre Johnson, Houston
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
Tight end Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City
Offensive tackle Jordan Gross, Carolina
Michael Roos, Tennessee
Offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota
Chris Snee, New York Giants
Center Kevin Mawae, Tennessee
Defense
Defensive end Justin Tuck, New York Giants
Jared Allen, Minnesota
Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee
Kevin Williams, Minnesota
Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
James Harrison, Pittsburgh
Inside linebacker Ray Lewis, Baltimore
Jon Beason, Carolina
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland
Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee
Safety Ed Reed, Baltimore
Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh
Special teams
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski, New England
Punter Shane Lechler, Oakland Raiders
Kick returner Leon Washington, New York Jets

Team Superlativesedit

2008 NFC South champions Carolina against Chicago in week 2 of the season

Offenseedit

  • Most points scored: New Orleans, 463
  • Fewest points scored: Cincinnati, 204
  • Most total offensive yards: New Orleans, 6,571
  • Fewest total offensive yards: Cincinnati, 3,926
  • Most total passing yards: New Orleans, 4,977
  • Fewest total passing yards: Oakland, 2,369
  • Most rushing yards: New York Giants, 2,518
  • Fewest rushing yards: Arizona, 1,178

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Defenseedit

  • Fewest points allowed: Pittsburgh, 223
  • Most points allowed: Detroit, 517
  • Fewest total yards allowed: Pittsburgh, 3,795
  • Most total yards allowed: Detroit, 6,470
  • Fewest passing yards allowed: Pittsburgh, 2,511
  • Most passing yards allowed: Seattle, 4,149
  • Fewest rushing yards allowed: Minnesota, 1,230
  • Most rushing yards allowed: Detroit, 2,754

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2008 AFC Players of the Weekedit

Week Offense Defense Special Teams
1 RB Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers CB Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee Titans WR-KR Roscoe Parrish, Buffalo Bills
2 WR Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos S Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers LB Keith Bulluck, Tennessee Titans
3 RB Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins CB Antonio Cromartie, San Diego Chargers K Josh Scobee, Jacksonville Jaguars
4 QB Brett Favre, New York Jets LB Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs K Jeff Reed, Pittsburgh Steelers
5 QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers LB Gary Brackett, Indianapolis Colts K Matt Prater, Denver Broncos
6 QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts CB Eric Wright, Cleveland Browns WR-PR Jacoby Jones, Houston Texans
7 QB Matt Cassel, New England Patriots LB Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens K Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders
8 QB Chad Pennington, Miami Dolphins S Chris Hope, Tennessee Titans WR-PR Jacoby Jones, Houston Texans
9 QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens DT Kris Jenkins, New York Jets K Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
10 QB Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos LB Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens P Craig Hentrich, Tennessee Titans
11 QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts LB James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers KR-RB Leon Washington, New York Jets
12 QB Matt Cassel, New England Patriots S Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens PR-WR Johnnie Lee Higgins, Oakland Raiders
13 RB Steve Slaton, Houston Texans DE Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Colts CB Maurice Leggett, Kansas City Chiefs
14 QB Matt Schaub, Houston Texans S Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens K Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins
15 QB Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers DE Aaron Smith, Pittsburgh Steelers KR-CB Ellis Hobbs, New England Patriots
16 QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts CB Leon Hall, Cincinnati Bengals P Sam Koch, Baltimore Ravens
17 QB Chad Pennington, Miami Dolphins S Tyrone Carter, Pittsburgh Steelers P Chris Hanson, New England Patriots

2008 NFC Players of the Weekedit

Week Offense Defense Special Teams
1 RB Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons DE Adewale Ogunleye, Chicago Bears KR/PR Will Blackmon, Green Bay Packers
2 QB Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals S Chris Horton, Washington Redskins KR/RB Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
3 RB Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons S Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia Eagles K John Carney, New York Giants
4 QB Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers LB Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers K Matt Bryant, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5 RB Clinton Portis, Washington Redskins CB Antoine Winfield, Minnesota Vikings PR/RB Reggie Bush, New Orleans Saints
6 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints S Oshiomogho Atogwe, St Louis Rams WR Sean Morey, Arizona Cardinals
7 RB Steven Jackson, St Louis Rams S Aaron Rouse, Green Bay Packers S Zackary Bowman, Chicago Bears
8 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints DE Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants PR/WR Santana Moss, Washington Redskins
9 QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons S Antrel Rolle, Arizona Cardinals KR/PR Clifton Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10 RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings DE Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers LB Chase Blackburn, New York Giants
11 QB Shaun Hill, San Francisco 49ers CB Aaron Ross, New York Giants K Neil Rackers, Arizona Cardinals
12 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints CB Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers PR/WR Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons
13 RB Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia Eagles DE Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings KR/PR Mark Jones, Carolina Panthers
14 RB DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers LB Gerald Hayes, Arizona Cardinals RB/KR Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
15 QB Tarvaris Jackson, Minnesota Vikings LB DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys KR/S Danieal Manning, Chicago Bears
16 RB Derrick Ward, New York Giants CB Josh Wilson, Seattle Seahawks P Ryan Plackemeier, Washington Redskins
17 RB Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons DE Chris Clemons, Philadelphia Eagles K Ryan Longwell, Minnesota Vikings

Detroit Lions going 0–16edit

Main article: 2008 Detroit Lions season

The 2008 Detroit Lions would mark the capstone of the ill decisions of President/General Manager Matt Millen since arriving on the job in 2001 After an 0–3 start, the Lions fired Millen on September 23 after seven seasons, during the team's bye week During that time, the Lions compiled the worst record in the league 31–84, 270 percentage and had many questionable draft choices

However, by that point, the damage had been done The Lions went on to lose every game and finished 0–16, the first winless season in the NFL since the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season saw the Baltimore Colts finish 0–8–1, and the first full-season imperfect season since the expansion 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 0–14 It marked the first time that a non-expansion team, non-strike shortened team, non-merged team finished winless since the 1944 Brooklyn Tigers finished 0–10 It was the second winless season for the Lions, who finished 0–11 in 1942

Retirement/Unretirement of Brett Favreedit

The 2008 season marked the first time since September 20, 1992, that someone other than Brett Favre started at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, as Aaron Rodgers became the new offensive "Leader of The Pack" At first, this was given Favre's announcement on March 4, 2008, that he would retire from the league after seventeen seasons He owns many NFL records, including most wins as a quarterback, most touchdowns thrown, broken by Peyton Manning in 2014 and most consecutive starts at quarterback, as well as most interceptions He started every Packers game, regular season and postseason, for nearly sixteen full seasons September 27, 1992 – January 20, 2008

Aaron Rodgers hands off to Ryan Grant in Green Bay's week 5 encounter against the Atlanta Falcons

The Packers were scheduled to retire Favre's #4 jersey in a ceremony during the first week of the season However, on July 2, 2008, he publicly indicated that he wanted to play again as the starting quarterback On July 11, 2008, Favre sent a letter to the Packers management asking for an unconditional release which will allow him to play for another team The Packers did not give it to him, but they were unwilling to release him for fear that he would sign with division rival Minnesota Vikings Favre's choice for an alternate team Also, the Packers would not start him as quarterback if he came back to the team, and named the other Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback and Favre as the backup

From July 14 to 15, Favre did TV interviews discussing his comeback, Rodgers taking his place, and frustrations on the Packers for not being honest with him, personally and publicly

On July 16, 2008, the Packers filed tampering charges against the Vikings for alleged improper communication between Favre, Vikings head coach Brad Childress and Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell Favre filed for reinstatement on July 29, 2008, and by August 4, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Favre

Three days later on August 7, the Packers traded Favre to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick He played well for most of the year, but entering December he suffered a shoulder injury which dropped the Jets out of playoff contention Favre again retired following the 2008 season The Jets then released Favre in favor of moving in the direction of getting a star college quarterback in the draft, eventually landing Mark Sanchez Another protracted "will he/won’t he retire’ saga emerged in 2009 which concluded in August of that year when Favre signed with, as expected, the Minnesota Vikings

Hurricane Ikeedit

Main article: Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike forced several changes to the 2008 schedule The Houston Texans' Week 2 home game against the Baltimore Ravens was first postponed to Monday, September 15, before Ike made landfall; damage to Reliant Stadium forced a further postponement, to Week 10, on Sunday, November 9, giving the Texans and the Ravens their bye weeks in Week 2 Furthermore, to accommodate this move, the Texans’ home game against the Cincinnati Bengals was moved forward from November 9 to Sunday, October 26, pushing the Bengals’ bye week from Week 8 to Week 1052 Although no other games were postponed, Ike and its remnants also impacted several other Week 2 games on September 14

The Texans ended up having to wait until Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts to have their home opener, the latest an NFL team went into the season before playing at home since the New Orleans Saints played their entire schedule on the road in 2005 due to the damages of the city of New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina Every other NFL team had at least one home game by the end of Week 2 With the Ravens eventually advancing to the AFC Championship Game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers and having to enter the playoffs as a wild card team, the impromptu decision to give the Ravens and Texans their bye week so early in the season ended up having the unintended effect of the Ravens playing in an NFL-record 18 consecutive weeks without a break in the schedule

New formations result in high scoresedit

The 2008 season saw a marked increase in the use of two new offensive philosophies at least for the NFL, these offenses previously saw extensive use in college or Canadian football for a few years: the "wildcat formation," a formation based on the halfback option play, the "spread offense," which uses multiple wide-receiver sets and the quarterback frequently in shotgun, and the "Suggs package," which features two quarterbacks on the field at once In week 3 of the season, the wildcat formation, used up until this point primarily as a trick play, was used eight times, including four times in a Miami Dolphins game and three times in a game between the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills53 Season-ending injuries to the starting and backup quarterbacks for the Chiefs prompted the team's offensive coordinator Chan Gailey to switch to a spread offense after six games54 In Baltimore, the Ravens, led by rookie head coach John Harbaugh, implemented the "Suggs package", which places two quarterbacks on the field at once, Joe Flacco and Troy Smith55 Due mainly to the new formations, 837 points were scored league wide in Week 12, the most ever for one NFL weekend54 The wildcat formation in particular was credited with turning the Miami Dolphins from a last-place team into the winner of the AFC East,56 and four of the top ten plays ranked by NFLcom were directly based on the wildcat two others featured wide receivers throwing passes55

Tie gameedit

On November 16, during Week 11, a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium ended in a 13–13 tie, the first NFL tie game since November 10, 2002, when the Atlanta Falcons and the Pittsburgh Steelers ended in a 34–34 draw After the game, Donovan McNabb mentioned that he did not know there were ties in the NFL, apparently confusing the NFL's postseason rules where teams can and have played double overtime games because those contests continue until a team finally wins with the regular season rules This drew the ire of many fans, who thought that a quarterback of his caliber should know some fundamental rules; however, none of McNabb's critics accused him of not playing to win during the OT period in Cincinnati, and his play was tied into a game that was widely derided as one of the ugliest, most disjointed results in NFL historycitation needed

Ironically, the tie game ultimately helped the Eagles make the playoffs, as it was the deciding tiebreaker for the #6 seed in the NFC; the Eagles went on to lose to the Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game

Tributesedit

St Louis Rams and Georgia Frontiereedit

On January 18, 2008, Georgia Frontiere, owner of the St Louis Rams died due to complications with breast cancer57 The Rams announced that during the 2008 season they will wear a commemorative patch in her honor, with her signature on their left shoulder

Kansas City Chiefs and Lamar Huntedit

On January 31, 2008, Clark Hunt, chairman of the board for the Kansas City Chiefs announced that henceforth the team's Lamar Hunt/American Football League tribute patch that was introduced in the 2007 season will be a permanent part of the Chiefs’ uniform58 joining the Chicago Bears with George Halas and the Cleveland Browns with Al Lerner with such a patch

Tim Russertedit

The stretch of highway outside Ralph Wilson Stadium along US Route 20A in Orchard Park, New York, has been named the Timothy J Russert Highway Russert, who was NBC News's chief Washington bureau correspondent and the host of Meet the Press, was a Buffalo native and noted Buffalo Bills fan He died of a heart attack in June 2008

Gene Upshawedit

The league is also honoring the memory of NFLPA leader Gene Upshaw, who died suddenly at age 63 on August 20 just three days after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer For the entire season, the Oakland Raiders are wearing a patch on the left chest of the jerseys with the initials "GU" and his number 63, his jersey number with the Raiders59 All NFL teams also honored Upshaw with a video tribute and a replica of the uniform patch painted onto the field during the opening weekend60 Originally, the patch on the field and the video tribute were only going to be done in Oakland at the Raiders' home opener against the Denver Broncos as Upshaw played his entire 15-year Hall of Fame career with the Silver and Black, and at Giants Stadium, when the Giants and Redskins opened the NFL season on September 4 All players wore the same patch during Week One, and have since changed to a smaller helmet decal The Raiders wore the patch through the remainder of the season

Sean Tayloredit

The Washington Redskins honored the anniversary of death of Sean Taylor this season in a home game against the visiting New York Giants

Steelers ownership restructureedit

The eventual NFL champion Steelers in throwbacks in week 4 against Baltimore, the eventual AFC runner-up

On July 7, 2008, owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers, including Art Rooney's five sons who own 80% of the franchise,61 looked to restructure the ownership plan of the franchise in order to comply with NFL ownership regulations62 Current Steelers Chairman, Dan Rooney, and his son, Art Rooney II, President of the franchise, wished to stay involved with the franchise, while the remainder of the brothers — Art Jr, Timothy, Patrick and John — wished to further pursue racetracks that they own in Florida and New York63 Since 2006, many of the racetracks have added video slot machines, causing them to violate "NFL policy that prohibits involvement with racetrack and gambling interests"64 On July 11, it was confirmed that investor Stanley Druckenmiller had been in discussion with the five Rooney brothers61 A Steelers fan for many years, Druckenmiller "has been known to paint his face black and gold" during games65 Coach Mike Tomlin stated that the situation could become a distraction, but "I'm here to coach, they're the players here to play Those questions will be answered by the Rooneys"66 On September 18, Druckenmiller withdrew his bid to purchase the team67

NFL owners unanimously approved the restructuring of ownership on December 17, 2008, with Dan & Art II getting the mandated 30% stake Meanwhile, brothers Timothy and Patrick the ones who own race tracks with slot machines, which violate NFL ownership rules are selling their shares outright, while Art Jr, John, and the McGinley family selling some shares but retaining smaller ownership roles, with the brothers reducing their shares from 16% to 6% and the McGinley family reducing their shares from 20% to 10% Also coming on as partners are Pilot Corporation & Pilot Travel Centers president Jim Haslam III son of founder Jim Haslam Jr and brother of Knoxville, Tennessee, mayor Bill Haslam, Legendary Pictures president & CEO Thomas Tull, and the Paul family of Pittsburgh & Los Angeles who are primarily involved with Pittsburgh-based Ampco Pittsburgh Corporation and serve on numerous boards, including UPMC and Pitt, each getting a 16% stake in the team68 Dan Rooney mentioned he has no ill will towards Druckenmiller, mentioning he's a great Steelers fan and wishes he remains one

Appareledit

The 2008 season will mark just the third time in the salary cap era and first since 2001 that no NFL team made major changes to their uniforms or logo Since 1993, half of the league's teams Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Minnesota, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St Louis, Tampa Bay, and Tennessee have completely redesigned their uniforms The Patriots doing it four times, though none since 2000 while another five Detroit, Green Bay, Miami, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh making minor, though noticeable, changes The Titans are swapping home and alternate designations on their light blue and navy blue jerseys though

The Detroit Lions, in celebration of their 75th season in Motown as well as by popular demand by the fans, abandoned their black third jerseys in favor of their 1950s style throwback uniforms They wore these uniforms against Jacksonville November 9 and Tennessee Thanksgiving Day – November 27 In addition, the Pittsburgh Steelers will make their throwbacks from the previous season their alternate uniform, wearing them against the Baltimore Ravens on September 29 and the New York Giants on October 2669 The Jets wore their New York Titans throwbacks at home against Arizona on September 28 and Cincinnati on October 12 this season, and the Bills donned their retro uniforms at home against Oakland Raiders September 21

See alsoedit

  • Super Bowl XLIII
  • 2008 NFL Draft

External linksedit

  • 2008 NFL season at NFLcom
  • Football Outsiders 2008 DVOA Rankings

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