So, its all over for Mike Glennon, the Patriots have come back to the pack and the Bengals finally notch a win. Week 4 had a lot of excitement (and a couple of stinkers), so lets take a quick look at what went down. For a full breakdown of results check out the podcast.
BEARS @ PACKERS: 14-35
8 turnovers in 4 games was always a recipe for disaster as far as the Bears were concerned, and as the chief cog of the turnover machine has been Mike Glennon he now finds himself being replaced. Good luck Mitch Trubisky! The Bears need more for the run game if they are to stay in games, Cohen needs consistency, Howard needs plenty of carries. Receivers who can a) stay healthy and b) catch the ball would be beneficial to either guy under centre. The Packers weren’t tested here, Rodgers didn’t have to make big plays, it was easy. Nelson, Cobb and Adams all on the score sheet is always a good sign. A rib cartilage injury to Montgomery was the only blow in this game, he should be back soon.
PANTHERS @ PATRIOTS: 33-30
Brady puts up 300 yards again. So does the opposition, again. Same old problem for the Pats, they cant stop anyone! This teams defense has gone from first to worst in a little over 6 months. The lack of communication in the secondary is startling. At least Gronk looks like Gronk… including the injury concerns… Cam and co have some how scraped to 3-1 without playing well, Benjamin stepped up for the big yards here and this game should give the team some more impetus moving forward. The late Gano field goal to snatch victory should live long in the memory.
SAINTS @ DOLPHINS (LONDON): 30-24
So, this was a dull affair. Cutler and the Dolphins deserve no mention here as a football team as they didn’t bother to play like one. Brees and the Saints did enough to win, which wasn’t much. First shut out under Sean Payton though so well done there. Alvin Kamara finally looks a legitimate threat. Expect the Dolphins to improve over the next few weeks because they cant be worse than the last 2 games. Also, 9 snaps for Peterson… get out of there man!
BILLS @ FALCONS: 23-17
The Bills D has now allowed less than 200 yards rushing to 4 top running backs and just 1 passing touchdown overall. That’s playoff form. C’mon 1999, lets channel that hope! Tyrod Taylor extended plays well with his legs again and Charles Clay has dominated teams this season to lead the receiving yards. The Falcons wouldn’t have expected to lose here but Ryan threw 2 more INTs to go 5-5 Tds to picks for the season. The new offensive scheme is clearly taking time to bed in. This feels like a 2-2 team who got lucky… oh..wait. Coleman and Freeman and the best 1-2 RB tandem in the league and they continue to produce yards and Tds.
STEELERS @ RAVENS: 26-9
Statement win after last weeks abortion of a performance. Antonio Brown had a bit of a hissy that Big Ben isn’t getting him the ball, im sure thatll change as they year progresses. Leveon Bell arrived at last with 144 yards and 2 Tds , if all the weapons start to mesh this team is unstoppable. For the Ravens Flacco managed a better performance going 31/49-235-1-2 but he’s getting hammered by the defences as the oline struggles continue. Collins put up good yards on the ground (82) but his fumble issues continue. Mike Wallace finally got involved as a deep threat with 55yards and a TD on 6 catches, he needs to do that every week for the Ravens to improve.
BENGALS @ BROWNS: 31-7
Kenny Britt, Wr no. 153 of 153 in the league. You sir, are an awful player right now. Ok so the Browns are now 2-29 in the last 31 games and 1-19 under Hue Jackson, sure they’ll squeak a win somewhere but this experiment is over. DeShaun Kizer continued to struggle but its not all on him, the team just isn’t helping him enough. Crowell managed just 20 rushing yards which is roughly 80 fewer than the Browns need from him if theyre to win. The Bengals notch up a win at last but lets see how they get on v a proper team next time out. Tyler Krofts filled Eiferts shoes well enough with two TD grabs and Gio Bernard had a score from the backfield. Its all positive…but its all in context.
RAMS @ COWBOYS: 35-30
Through 4 weeks the Rams are the best scoring offence in the league having been worst overall last year. Goff looks every bit a pro-QB and his weapons are all performing, Kupp had 60 yards and TD this week, Gurley 121 yards and TD. The team also has this seasos best kicker so far, Zurlein made 7/7 on Sunday. The D gets a lot of praise but theyre giving up points so that should be tempered a little. Prescotts accuracy issue is still there (20/36) but he is finding playmakers and throwing scores so there wont be too much worry. Des Bryant needs this sort of form ( 98yards) every week. At 2-2 the Cowboys will be a little disappointed but the division is open to all (ok not the Giants). Rams start 3-1 like last year, they now need to avoid finishing 1-11.
TITANS @ TEXANS: 14-57
Blowout alert!! Wow, no one saw this coming. DeShaun Watson ties Fran Tarkingtons rookie
record by accounting for 5 TD, Hopkins puts up 107 yards and Will Fuller scores twice. This
was as comprehensive as victories come. Mariota was playing well, rushing for 2 scores
before his game ended with a thigh injury. Matt Cassell came in and was historically bad
(2 picks and 2 sacks in 10 attempts). The Titans are inconsistent at best whilst the Texans
Seem to uncovered a formula that lets them compete weekly.
LIONS @ VIKINGS: 14-7
The Vikings season ended in cruel fashion on Sunday as rookie sensation Dalvin Cook crumpled to the ground with a torn ACL. With Bradford already week to week on his dodgy knee this team is in trouble despite Stephon Diggs ( 5-98 on Sunday) and Adam Thelien playing out of their skins at WR. Case Keenum came back to earth with a 16/30 performance. The Lions looked in control against the Vikes excellent defense as Stafford played sensible football and allowed Abdullah to run up the yardage.
JAGUARS @ JETS: 20-23
Its what everyone wanted…The chance to see more Bortles and McCown in OverTime… Ok so, no one wanted that but it did afford Chandler Catanzaro ( His first name might be “Much-Maligned”) to kick a game winning FG as both teams settled to 2-2 records. McCown looked efficient again, though a turnover never looks far away, Bortles regressed to just 140 passing yards and likewise seems destined to throw the ball to the opposition. The highlight of the game was Bilal Powell putting up 163 yards and score as the Jags D proved unable or unwilling to slow him down. Go Jets Go. The fans have more to cheer than I believed possible.
49ERS @ CARDINALS: 15-18
The 49ers are winless but must have hope. The D is playing well and has players to return. Brian Hoyer and the offense are limited at best but Shanahan should be confident of better days than this. Carlos Hyde is still the real deal at Running Back and snatched 68 yards. Other than that the offense was stagnant. The Cards did just enough to win, Andre Ellington continued to fill the backfield pass catching role well ( 9/86) which is at least putting a band aid over the loss of David Johnson. Palmer is improving after a poor start to the year. (33/51)
EAGLES @ CHARGERS: 26-24
Another week another heartbreaking 1 score defeat. How many time will that be written this year, is that 4-4 so far?! Phillip Rivers continues to be the opposite of Clutch (Clutchless, Unclutch?) whilst Carson Wentz is seemingly growing better each week. Finally the Eagles run-game arrived on the scene despite the loss of Sproles. Blount put up 136 yards and Smallwood rushed for a score. The QBs relationship with T.E Ertz continues to impress (81 yards) and Agholor is contributing weekly now (58yards). The Eagles D played big too, keeping Melvin Gordon contained and forcing Rivers to throw. Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams both topped 100 yards receiving and there is no doubt that the team should be better than its record but…its not. The fans booing the home team cant help.
GIANTS @ BUCCANEERS: 23-25
Hands up who predicted 0-4 for the Giants…Liars!! They did beat the 20 point mark again but they were 13 points down once they decided to play. Eli actually played well with nearly 300 yards and 2 TDs + a rushing score. Is Wayne Gallman the answer at Running Back…probably not but he may as well try. 90yards for Beckham and no score needs to be topped if the Giants are to break this losing streak. Jamis recovered from the bad game the previous week to put up 3 passing TDs and 3322 yards. Brate, Evans and Howard all benefitted from this good-Winston performance. DeSean Jackson didn’t benefit and made sure everyone knew he was pissed off. Expect that to change soon. 83 yards from Jacquizz may not be enough to stave off the returning Doug Martin on Thursday.
RAIDERS @ BRONCOS:10-16
Derek Carr is done for 2-6 weeks with a back injury, so bring on EJ Manuel. Look its better than Connor Cook from last season so be thankful. If this happened at 3-1 id be less concerned but at 2-2 it’s a big blow. Manuel came in and did well until a late pick on a heave to Cooper. Cant fault a guy for trying though. Speaking of Cooper…he needs to turn up at some point this season right? 9 yards receiving? Please. Lynch also needs to step up now Crr is out, 12 yards rushing is poor even v the Broncos. Speaking of whom, The Denver guys played lights out, D was championship level again and the Offense is doing whats required of it. Anderson and Charles put up 130 yards as a combo and this weeks receiving winner was AJ Derby who snared 75 yards and a score.
COLTS @ SEAHAWKS: 18-46
It was close, and then it wasn’t. Brissett looks a good pick-up and Luck should continue to rehab until he is ready but beside Hilton and Gore theres little else to work with for the Colts, Luck or no. The Seahawks oline has been a disaster but the Colts failed to exploit it well enough. After half time Wilson got into his groove putting 60+ yards up for both Richardson and Lockett whilst Eddie Lacy put his snacks down long enough to amass 52 yards on 11 carries. These teams are heading in opposite directions as the season continues.
REDSKINS @ CHIEFS: 20-29
Monday nights game was a tight affair but the Chiefs are alone at 4-0 as the Redskins drop to 2-2. The game was won by a rookie Kicker (Butker) who’d already missed a field goal earlier and was lined up to kick with mere seconds remaining. He drilled it. Well done. Alex Smith engineered the drive to field goal range with precision and continues to impress. The Justin Houston Score after a lateral attempt by the Skins was entertaining too. No need to panic as a Skins fan, plenty of good teams will lose at Arrow Head.