Another crazy Sunday is now in the books as the NFL regular season gets ready to move onto Week 5, but a lot of stuff happened in Week 4!
The Washington Redskins finally found a team they could beat as they dug themselves out of an early 14-0 hole to beat the Oakland Raiders 24-14. The ‘Skins will now be able to go into their bye week on a positive note, but they still have some serious issues to iron out over the next two weeks.
The New England Patriots improved to 4-0 after holding on to beat the Atlanta Falcons 30-23 on the road. QB Tom Brady is starting to gel with his young WRs and the Patriots defense actually looks better than it has in the last few years. Keep your eye on this team because the offense will only get better with the young players gaining valuable on the job training and we have not seen the big TE Rob Gronkowski on the field yet.
The Patriots did suffer one huge loss during the win as DT Vince Wilfork was lost for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Losing an impact player like Wilfork is a huge loss for the Patriots defensive line, his presence down in the trenches will be missed.
The one team that truly impressed me was the Seattle Seahawks, who stormed back from a 20-3 fourth quarter deficit, on the road, to beat a very good Houston Texans team 23-20. The Seahawks are now 4-0 and winning on the road like this against a very good football team says a lot in my opinion. They will face another tough road opponent in Week 5 when they will be playing the Indianapolis Colts who are off to a hot 3-1 start of their own. Should be a great matchup.
It’s hard to believe the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers are both 0-4. Things are getting really ugly in New York as the G-Men have lost 69-7 in the last two weeks combined. The Steelers are at least putting up a fight, but still falling short.
Are the Kansas City Chiefs really for real? Head coach Andy Reid has worked wonders with this group and has them at 4-0 after they went 2-14 last season! They have the look of a Wildcard contender, but they haven’t faced any real adversity yet or top flight teams. I like what I’m seeing out of them, but need to see a little more before totally buying in.
The Dallas Cowboys lost a golden opportunity to really take control of the NFC East by going out west and losing to the San Diego Chargers to fall to 2-2 on the season. They will now face the Denver Broncos next week at home.
The Peyton Manning led Broncos are off to a terrific 4-0 start after punishing Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles 52-20. Manning’s already tossed 16 TD passes which sets the NFL record for the most in the first month of a season. The addition of WR Wes Welker to the already potent Bronco offense has made them virtually unstoppable so far this season.
Plus with Manning going into his second season with WRs DeMaryuis Thomas and Eric Decker also helps out big time. After some early season glitches last year, when Manning was knocking off the rust from a year away from the game and trying to play with a whole new set of players, this offensive unit has been great. They’re getting better and better and making it look easy.
The Chicago Bears are another team that squandered an opportunity to open up a division lead by losing to the Detroit Lions yesterday. Bears QB Jay Cutler had four turnovers and Lions RB Reggie Bush looked like he was back at USC by rolling up 179 total yards.
The Cleveland Browns have won two straight games since trading RB Trent Richardson. The Tennessee Titans are now 3-1 after crushing the New York Jets and will host the Chiefs this upcoming Sunday, but may have to do it without QB Jake Locker who left yesterday’s game with an injured hip.
The Week 4 schedule will officially end with the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints wrapping it up tonight on Monday Night Football. Both teams are off to 3-0 starts and looking to build on that tonight. The return off head coach Sean Peyton has made a huge difference to the Saints. The Dolphins have been one of the early season surprises and this game will give them a chance to prove if they’re for real.