NFL Passion Week 4: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
It seems like every week of the current NFL season has outdone the one before it. Five or six games could legitimately be called the game of the week. The Raiders got their first win in the most nerve wrecking back and forth matchup we've seen this year. The Bengals proved they may have washed away their choking ways with a big win in crunchtime. Marcus Mariota and the Titans shocked the world again and made their case for the toughest team in football. The Patriots put the league on notice that they are by no means done by making an example of the no longer undefeated Dolphins. The 49ers lost as expected but have reason to believe there is still life in their season minus Jimmy G. And not a whole lot of defense was played on Sunday. Here's a recap of Sundays Week 4 NFL action. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!!!!!
Game of the Day
Browns 42 Raiders 45 OT
BROWNS(1-2-1): Baker Mayfield 295yd 2TD 2Int Nick Chubb 3car 105yd 2TD RAIDERS(1-3): Derek Carr 437yd 4TD 2Int Marshawn Lynch 130yd Amari Cooper 8rec 128yd TD Cook 8rec 110yd 2TD
In a game that stole the show the Raiders pretty much stole their first win and avoided having the Browns pass them the torch as most dysfunctional team in football today. Both Derek Carr and Baker Mayfield struggled and were brilliant at the same time, with Mayfield playing fearless for a rookie while Carr overcame two interceptions and rallied his team back, throwing four touchdown passes in the process. It was also easily the receiving cores best game as a unit this season.Jon Gruden got his first coaching win in over a decade, though the wait had been brutal to this point. Raiders rookie kicker Matt McCrane missed 47 yard field goal in regulation and a 50 yarder in overtime before finally connecting on a 29 yard field goal to give the Silver and Black their first win of the season and getting a huge monkey off of their back.
GAME OF THE DAY
What was your favorite game from Sunday's Week 4 NFL action?
Bengals 37 Falcons 36
BENGALS(3-1): Andy Dalton 337 yd 3TD 1Int Giovanni Bernard 63yd 2TD Tyler Boyd 11rec 100yd FALCONS(1-3): Matt Ryan 419yd 3TD Julio Jones 11rec 173yd Calvin Ridley 4rec 54yd 2TD
Before the Raiders/Browns game went into complete chaos there was no doubt this would be my game of the week. We could debate the topic all day, but yesterdays games were on point. Andy Dalton found A.J. Green in the endzone with seven seconds left, ending a back and forth affair that most fans had to believe had Bengals loss written all over it. Another great performance from Matt Ryan was wasted as he threw three touchdown passes giving him 8 in the past two weeks, both losing efforts.
Lions 24 Cowboys 26
LIONS(1-3): Matthew Stafford 307yd 2TD Golden Tate 8rec 132yd 2TD COWBOYS(2-2): Dak Prescott 255yd 2TD Ezekiel Elliott 25 car 152yd 4rec 88yd
Dak Prescott had his life together. Ezekiel Elliot was a beast. The game was better than I expected. Cowboys kicker Brett Maher hit a 38 yard field goal as time expired and the Cowboys are .500 and are right back in the thick of things in the NFC East
Texans 37 Colts 34 OT
TEXANS(1-3): Dashaun Watson 375yd 2TD Int Deandre Hopkins 10 rec 169yd TD COLTS(1-3): Andrew Luck 464yd 4TD Nyheim Hines 9rec 63yd 2TD
Four Andrew Luck touchdown passes weren't enough for Indy, as Adam Vinateri both became the NFL's all time leader in field goals and won the game for the Texans in overtime.
49ers 27 Chargers 29
49ERS(1-3): CJ Bethard 298yd 2TD 2Int george Little 6rec 125yd TD CHARERS(2-2): Philip Rivers 250yd TD Int Melvin Gordon 15car 104yd
without Jimmy G San Francisco almost pulled off the upset in SoCal. C.J. Bethard battled tough through his struggles and finished with a pair of both TD and Int. The Niners lead fo a good portion of the game, but Rivers and the Chargers made the right plays down the stretch and controlled the game in the fourth. But at least the 49ers have reason to believe that their season is salvageable.
Dolphins 7 Patriots 38
DOLPHINS(3-1) Ryan Tannehill 100yd Int PATRIOTS(2-2): Tom Brady 274yd 3TD 2Int
Not even two Tom Brady interceptions could stop the Pats from destroying the Dolphins and putting the AFC East on notice that the division still belongs to them. So much for Game of the Week. This game felt like a heavyweight fight you paid 50 bucks for and invited all your friends over, and it ends in the first minute.
Saints 33 Giants 18
SAINTS (3-1) GIANTS (1-3)
I expected much more from the Football Giants as they continue to underachieve so far this year.
Ravens 26 Steelers 14
In one of the least entertaining Steelers/Ravens matchups I've ever seen this game lacked intensity beyond the first half. Joe Flacco threw for 363 yards, and now with the Bengals hot as as well the Steelers are starting to look like they may be in trouble.
Buccaneers 10 Bears 48
BUCCANEERS(2-2): Jameis WInston 145yd TD Int Ryan Fitzpatrick 126yd Int BEARS(3-1): Mitch Trubisky 354yd 6TD 5car 53yd Tarik Cohen 7rec 121yd TD Taylor Gabriel 7rec 104yd 2TD
it didn't take long for Jameis Winston to get his job back as Fitzmagic is over. It was fun while it lasted. Mitch Trubisky went wild with 6 touchdown passes, the second time a sophomore quarterback has done that this year. Khalil Mack forced a fumble, which he has now done in all four games this year. And DA BEARS look like they may just mess around and win the NFC North.
Bills 0 Packers 22
BILLS (1-3) PACKERS (2-1-1)
There was no rerun for the Bills this week. A week after embarrassing the Vikings in Minnesota they failed to score a single point in Green Bay.
Jets 12 Jaguars 31
The Jags were embarrassed at home by the Tennessee Titans defense and their half armed quarterback last week. Unfortunately the Jets had to pay the price for it.
Seahawks 20 Cardinals 17
This game got chippy as both teams were desperate to get this win. too bad for the Cards they leave Week 4 still without one. Seattle won this game in the trenches and running back Mike Davis ran for 101 yards in relief of the injured Chris Carson.
Eagles 23 Titans 26 OT
EAGLES (2-2): Carson Wentz 398yd 2TD Alshon Jeffery 8rec 105yd TD TITANS(3-1): Marcus Mariota 344yd 2TD 1Int Corey Davis 9rec 161yd TD
In a game that was war from start to finish Marcus Mariota found Corey Davis from ten yards out for the touchdown and the win with five seconds left in overtime. At one point in the overtime the Titans opted to go for it on fourth down instead of kicking a 50 yard field goal. Mariota would then find Dion Lewis on a 17 yards pass to keep the drive alive just a few plays before throwing the game winning strike. The Titans are underestimated no more after impressive back to back wins against the Jaguars who are widely considered the AFC's best team and the Eagles who are defending Superbowl Champions. The Eagles are now 2-2 and have somewhat struggled out of the gate.
Monday Night Football
Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) at Denver Broncos (2-1) 8:30ET 5:30PT ESPN
Will it continue to be the Patrick Mahomes show? Will the Broncos defense rise to the occasion? we'll find out as the Broncos and Chiefs renew their rivalry at Mile High.
That is your recap of Week 4's action. The best week so far and we expect there to be plenty more where that came from. So enjoy your week as we await Week 5. And I'll see you midweek for some more passion.