Week four of the NFL featured a lot of great games, some close games, and some snoozers. So it was basically another week of NFL football. It was the first week of bye weeks so there were less games and more frustrated fantasy football owners.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills -
Talk about a snoozer. The Bills made LaDainian Tomlinson and his three yards per carry from 09 look like LT from 06. After the Jets had a comfortable lead they put backup running back Shonn Greene in and he went over 100 yards rushing as well. By the way, LT is just 389 yards away from his rushing total last year. Even though it was agains the Bills, the Jets continue their nice winning streak as they move to 3-1.
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns -
I’m not sure if this was an upset or if the Bengals are really this bad. I’ll go with the upset. It’s still amazing that the Browns were able to win despite Terrell Owens gaining more yards receiving than Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace had passing. Much like LT, Owens was rejuvenated this week as he had 10 receptions for 222 yards and a touchdown. Despite Owens big day the Browns stuck with their running back Peyton Hillis, who had another impressive game going over 100 yards, and won the game.
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers –
The Steelers finally lost as the Baltimore Ravens were able to score on a last minute field touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to recently acquired T.J. Houshmanzadeh. The Steelers had less than a minute to drive down field but Charlie Batch threw an interception on the first play of the game sealing the game. The Steelers had their chances at points as kicker Jeff Reed missed two makable field goals but fall short of going 4-0.
Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans –
Chris Johnson was unimpressive (19 carries for 53 yards) as was the entire Tennessee Titans offense. The Broncos were able to pass the ball with ease but Kyle Orton was the Broncos leading rusher with 11 yards. Yikes! Despite their rushing woes the Broncos were still able to pull off a victory putting them and the Titans at an even 2-2 record.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers –
Aaron Rodgers only threw the ball 17 times but it was enough to find the endzone on three separate occasions to three different receivers. For the Lions, they still haven’t found their first win of the season but they sure are trying. Every game they are involved with is a close game but they just aren’t catching any breaks. Even with no Matt Stafford, the Lions have found success in the passing game. Calvin Johnson scored twice and Shaun Hill had an impressive game with 384 all-purpose yards.
San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons –
I still don’t know how the Falcons won this football game. I expected them to heading into it, but the 49ers really blew an opportunity to get their first win of the season. The Niners have come close to defeating NFC South teams. They lost a heartbreaker to the Saints in a primetime game and then fumbled the football on an interception in the Falcons game. Tough break but the Niners are now winless after four games.
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints -
Garrett Hartley sat on the bench and watched his replacement John Carney nail three field goals which were the key points in the Saints win. Jimmy Clausen threw his first career touchdown pass to a wide open Jonathan Stewart but he couldn’t quite get his team the win over the Saints. The Saints are now 3-1 but they haven’t been real impressive with their victories. We’ll see if their luck continues all season or if it will eventually run out.
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams –
If you told me the Rams would have a chance at wining the NFC West this year I would’ve called you an idiot, but now it’s not that far of a possibility. They are currently tied for the division lead and nobody really seems to have control. All off the teams are performing poorly, but the Rams actually haven’t looked bad. They dominated the Seahawks in this game and look to be serious contenders for the division.
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars –
Upset of the week right here. You can blame the loss on Colts coach Jim Caldwell (o-ver ra-ted clap clap clapclapclap) who called a timeout after the Jaguars looked content with going into overtime. Mind you if the Colts actually got the ball back they would have had about 20 seconds with no timeouts left to drive 70-80 yards downfield. Not impossible, but highly unlikely. Instead the Jaguars kicked into gear and got in range for Colts-Killer Josh Scobee to kick a 59 yard field goal. The kick was good and the Jaguars won at home against a division opponent.
Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders –
No Andre, no problem. Elite wide receiver Andre Johnson was inactive due to an ankle injury but that didn’t stop Arian Foster from having a great game. Despite being benched (and frusting fantasy owners like myself) in the first and midway through the second quarter, Foster was able to rack up 187 yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns. Foster is proving that he’s the real deal and that he’s not just a one-hit wonder. On the other side, the Raiders had an impressive game and only lost by a touchdown. It was a close game but in the end, the Texans move on to 3-1.
Donovan McNabb at Michael Vick -
This was supposed to be McNabb verse Vick, but instead it became McNabb verse Kolb. Michael Vick suffered an injury to his rib cartilage (there’s cartilage in your ribs?) and didn’t play for most of the game. The Redskins built an early lead and never looked back. Eagles looked terrible with Vick out of the game and according to Vick himself he’s going to be out for 1-2 weeks. Talk about a snoozer for Sunday Night Football this week (Niners and Eagles).
Arizona Cardinals at San Diego Chargers –
Derek Anderson was benched. Nobody covers Antonio Gates. Chargers dominated. That’s all you really need to know.
Chicago Bears at New York Giants –
Jay Cutler was sacked nine times in the first half of this game if you haven’t heard already. Caleb Hanie (the third string quarterback for the Bears) made an appearance and was a trending topic on Twitter. The Giants were in control of this game the entire time and won 17-3. Not a very exciting football game.
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins –
This game was close until Patrick Chung went berserk and blocked everything in his path. Randy Moss didn’t receive a catch (which frustrated fantasy owners) but he didn’t need to as the Patriots defense and special teams got the job done.
That’s the recap for week four, let’s hope week five is just as exciting.