Top 5 quarterback performances of Week 8: NFL backups rise to the occasion

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It was the week of backup quarterbacks.

Jets quarterback Mike White was called upon to fill in for the injured Zach Wilson, and Cowboys signal-caller replaced MVP candidate Dak Prescott, and both managed to come away with victories for their respective teams.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 31: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams under center during the first half against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Matthew Stafford completed 21 of 32 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-22 win over the Texans. It was the fourth straight victory for the Rams, who will square off against the Titans on Sunday Night Football next.

4. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 31: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 31, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Jimmy Garoppolo completed 17 of 28 passes for 322 yards and added two rushing touchdowns for the 49ers in their bounce-back 33-22 victory over the Bears. Garoppolo led three touchdown scores in the second half.

Next up for the 49ers is a date with the Cardinals.

3. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) reacts after throwing a touchdown pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)

Josh Allen and the Bills bounced back against the Dolphins.

The Wyoming product completed 29 of 42 passes for 249 yards and two scores and added 55 yards and one more touchdown on the ground in a 26-11 win over their AFC East rivals.

The Bills will travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars next.

2. Cooper Rush, Dallas Cowboys

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – OCTOBER 31: Cooper Rush #10 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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Cooper Rush filled in for Dak Prescott, who was a game-time decision and eventually ruled out before the team’s game against the Vikings on Sunday night.

Rush, who was making his first NFL start, completed 24 of 40 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns in a Cowboys 20-16 win over Minnesota.

There’s a good chance Prescott will return next week against the Broncos, but if he doesn’t the Cowboys know that they have a solid backup option.

1. Mike White, New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – OCTOBER 31: Mike White #5 of the New York Jets throws the ball during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium on October 31, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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It was quite the performance for Mike White.

The Jets backup QB completed 37 of 45 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns in New York’s improbable 34-31 win over the Bengals. White and Cam Newton are the only two quarterbacks since 1950 to throw for 400 or more yards in their first career start.

White became the first Jets signal-caller to throw for 400 or more yards since Vinny Testaverde did it back in 2000. And he also set an NFL record for the most completions in a quarterback’s first start.

It will be a quick turnaround for White, as the Jets take on the Colts on Thursday night.

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