Baker's first NFL start, Bears' mauling of Buccaneers highlight Week 4 action
Week 4 is when reality slaps NFL fans in the face. For teams that are 1-3 or 0-4, it’s safe to say that things are officially not looking good. Additionally, it’s clear that the reigning Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles are, in fact, very beatable, even with Carson Wentz back at the helm.
Thursday Night Football started off the week with a bang. The two top teams in the NFC faced off in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Rams hosted the Minnesota Vikings in a highly anticipated matchup that lived up to the hype. The high-powered offenses took over this game, with multiple receivers having huge games. Cooper Kupp had 162 receiving yards and two touchdowns, and Adam Thielen had 135 receiving yards with a touchdown of his own. The Rams took control of the game in the second quarter and maintained it throughout the game. The Rams remain undefeated with a 38-31 victory.
The Houston Texans looked to get their first win of the season this week against the Indianapolis Colts. DeShaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins thrived together in this one, connecting 10 times for 169 yards and a touchdown. However, the Colts would not go down without a fight. Andrew Luck had a career high 464 yards passing to push this game into overtime. The Colts made a questionable decision at the end of overtime to go for it on fourth down instead of taking the tie. They did not convert, and the Texans were able to hit a game winning field goal, making the score 37-34.
Two of the more intriguing storylines surround the Oakland Raiders, and their winless season with Jon Gruden at the helm, and the Cleveland Browns, because they are, well, the Cleveland Browns.Right out of the gate the Browns started putting up points—on both sides of the ball. With a 14 point lead in the second half, the Browns were in full control, but Derek Carr connected with Jared Cook for two touchdowns in the second half to send this game to overtime. After a missed field goal in overtime, the Raiders were about to get the ball back, and ice a high scoring win, 45-42.
The Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons game was exactly what was predicted—a shootout. In the end, Andy Dalton had the last laugh, tossing a late touchdown secure a 37-36 win. The Green Bay Packers shutout the abysmal Buffalo Bills 22-0. Likewise, the Chicago Bears, led by Mitchell Trubisky’s six touchdown passes, demolished the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-10.
The New England Patriots snapped out of their funk with a 38-7 win over the previously undefeated Miami Dolphins. The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Detroit Lions 26-24 as time expired. The Jacksonville Jaguars rubbed in a 31-16 victory over the Jets by scoring with 12 seconds left instead of kneeling and going for two-point conversion after. The Tennessee Titans and the Eagles faced off in an ugly game in Nashville. The Eagles had a great punt return setting up a game tying field goal, but in overtime, Corey Davis caught a jump-ball touchdown on fourth down to seal a 26-23 win for the Titans. Josh Rosen made his first career start, but the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Arizona Cardinals 20-17.
Seattle won the game but lost Earl Thomas for the season. The New Orleans Saints defeated the New York Giants 33-18 behind Alvin Kamara’s three touchdowns. The Los Angeles Chargers defeated the San Francisco 49ers 29-27. The Pittsburgh Steelers continued to struggle without Le’Veon Bell, and dropped another game to the Baltimore Ravens 26-14. On Monday Night Football, the Denver Broncos contained the Kansas City Chiefs for most of the game, but Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs to a 10 point fourth quarter comeback, bringing the Chiefs to 4-0.