SAM FARMER / ON THE NFL

NFL Week 8: Everybody's OK, but is that all there is?

Two quarterback changes could be coming in the NFC East, with Michael Vick struggling in Philadelphia and Tony Romo staggering in Dallas.

Reid is typically adamant in emphasizing that Vick is his quarterback, but the coach wasn't as firm about that after Sunday's loss and said every player is being evaluated. Vick had a lukewarm game, completing 21 of 35 passes for 191 yards with a touchdown.

"Whatever decision Coach makes, I support it," Vick said. "The thing I know is, I'm giving it everything I've got out there when I step on the field. Deep down, as long as I know I'm doing that, giving it everything, that's all I can ask out of myself."

Meanwhile, it was another rough outing for Romo on Sunday, with his Cowboys losing at home to the Giants, 29-24. Romo put up two games' worth of passing numbers — 36 for 62 for 437 yards and a touchdown –— but was picked off four times.

The Cowboys have stood firm behind Romo, and they almost came back to win, but Romo's turnovers will only fuel the argument that he's not the answer.

Trail mix

Kansas City is getting awfully accustomed to chasing opponents. The Chiefs are the first team in the modern era to go seven games without holding a lead in regulation. The Chiefs, whose lone win came in overtime, are off to their third 1-6 start in five years.

Missed opportunity

A key play in the Chargers-Browns game came in the third quarter when a wide-open Robert Meachem split the Cleveland defense but dropped what would have been a sure touchdown around the 20-yard line. That would have made the difference in a 7-6 loss.

Then again, there are a lot of difference-makers in every close game.

"You saw it, I saw it," Chargers Coach Norv Turner said. "We go out and trust each other, and this loss is on all of us. When you have opportunities to make plays, you've got to do it."

Meachem didn't back away from the scrutiny or offer excuses.

"I took my eyes off of it," he said. "I thought about scoring first before I caught the ball."

Rookie roundup

It was an up-and-down day for first-year quarterbacks.

Andrew Luck led the Colts to an overtime victory at Tennessee, and Cleveland's Brandon Weeden was victorious over the Chargers.

Miami's Ryan Tannehill suffered injuries to his left knee and quadriceps when he was sacked on the Dolphins' second possession against the Jets. Moore stepped in at quarterback.

Seattle's Russell Wilson played well in a 28-24 loss at Detroit, completing 25 of 35 for 236 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

And Pittsburgh clamped down on Washington's Robert Griffin III, holding the dual threat to 177 yards passing and eight yards rushing in a 27-12 Steelers victory.

With the legendary Dick LeBeau running the defense, the Steelers are 15-1 when facing rookie quarterbacks. (The lone win was by Baltimore's Troy Smith.)

Taking it to the palace

What happens in London stays in London.

Let's hope that's the case, anyway, with Rob Gronkowski's new touchdown dance.

After his first of two touchdowns at Wembley Stadium, the hulking New England tight end popped to his feet and walked stiffly, robot-style, back and forth in the end zone.

Then, it all made sense. It was his version of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

Gronkowski's explanation? Not BBC-approved.

He said he was imitating "that little nutcracker dude that's guarding the house."

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