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NFL Game-by-Game

A review of week 4 NFL action

Nick Witwer

Staff Writer

Miami Dolphins 22, Cincinnati Bengals 7
The Dolphins got to unveil their flashy new Color Rush jerseys during this week’s Thursday night game. Other than a 74-yard Kenny Stills touchdown, the jerseys were all Miami had to show off. The Bengals, sporting quite possibly their ugliest uniforms, were able to distract people from the said uniforms by putting on an offensive show. Andy Dalton threw for one touchdown to AJ Green who accounted for 173 of yards. The final score in this one was 22-7 as the Bengals sent the Dolphins to the bottom of the ocean.

Indianapolis Colts 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 30
If you missed it, because you were too busy sleeping in, the NFL was in London Sunday morning. This would be the first of three games being held in London this year. This game would quickly turn into a nightmare for the Colts as the opening drive would result in an interception. With a touchdown from both Allens (Robinson & Hurns) the Jags would find themselves with a 23-6 lead entering the fourth quarter. Andrew Luck would bring the Colts back within a field goal however, in the end, Jacksonville would hold the off the Colts rally. This would result in both teams now being tied for last place in the AFC South at 1-3.

Carolina Panthers 33, Atlanta Falcons 48
Last season the Panthers had their first and only regular season loss in Atlanta. This week they looked to avenge that loss as they took on the division leading Falcons. Carolina would learn in this game that letting Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman walk away in Free Agency was a huge mistake. Matt Ryan would torch the Panthers defense finding Julio Jones for 300 yards and a touchdown. Jones now finds himself in 6th for all time receiving yards in a game. Matt Ryan would finish the game with 503 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. The big story from this game is that Cam Newton was taken out of the game with a possible concussion. With the Atlanta win, the Panthers now fall to 1-3, two games out of first. If Cam Newton is out for a week or two, this team will have a hard time getting back on track.

Oakland Raiders 28, Baltimore Ravens 27
The Ravens came into this game undefeated and the Raiders came in undefeated on the road. The Raiders struck first and led 14-6 at the half thanks in part to a Michael Crabtree touchdown. Crabtree was not done there as he would score his second touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Ravens would then take the lead off of a Steve Smith touchdown with about three and a half minutes remaining. Derek Carr would look to lead Oakland on a game winning drive and with 2:12 left to play he found none other than Michael Crabtree. That touchdown would prove to be the last scoring play in the game as Baltimore would be dished their first loss of the season.

Detroit Lions 14, Chicago Bears 17
In a NFC North game that was thought by many to become an offensive shootout, saw the final score to be relatively low. Marvin Jones continued his success as he was able to amass 74 yards receiving yards. However, Chicago found a way to avoid letting Jones use his big play ability as they were able to keep him out of the endzone. The Bears would pick up their first win of the season as they knocked off the Lions 17-14.

Tennessee Titans 20, Houston Texans 27
In the second AFC Showdown of the day, this one back in the states, the Houston Texans looked to prove themselves after last weeks embarrassing Thursday night loss. The Texans started out red hot as Osweiler found both C.J. Fiedorowicz and Will Fuller for touchdowns. Things quickly turned around in the second quarter as the Titans would cash in on two DeMarco Murray touchdowns set up by two Osweiler interceptions. Tennessee would tie the game with a field goal early in the third quarter. Will Fuller did not let that last long as he would show off his speed in a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown, just minutes later. The return was the first of Fuller’s career which may foreshadow him getting more chances to return punts. The score would then become 27-20 and would remain 27-20 as neither team was able to score in the final quarter of play. The result of this game had Tennessee join the tie between the Jags and the Colts for last place while the Texans took a two game lead.

Buffalo Bills 16, New England Patriots 0
The Bills headed into Foxborough on Sunday to take on the Patriots. In any normal circumstances this would a walk in the park for Tom Brady and the Pats. Brady at home against the Bills is when he plays his best. The only problem was that Brady’s suspension was not over until the following week. This left Jacoby Brissett at the helm for the second week in a row. Last week the Patriots were able to run the ball to victory. This week however, the Bills shutdown LeGarrette Blount and Brissett. With the run shutdown, the Patriots were forced to throw, but the Bills shut that down too. The Bills would eventually get the shutout win as the Patriots would lose for the first time this season. This also marked the first time the Patriots have ever been shutout at home during the Bill Belichick era. With Tom Brady back next week, do not expect this team to get shutout again any time soon.

Seattle Seahawks 27, New York Jets 17
In a game where two quarterbacks needed to prove themselves, one quarterback played like his old self while the other continued to sink farther down. Russell Wilson a few days ago was unsure if he would be able to play after spraining his MCL last week. Seahawks fans everywhere are glad he did. Wilson lit up the Jets defense for 309 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Fitzpatrick did the complete opposite. After throwing six interceptions last week against the Chiefs, he would throw three more to the Legion of Boom bringing his season total to ten. The one bright spot of Fitzpatrick’ game was the 17-yard touchdown he was able to sneak around Richard Sherman to Brandon Marshall. Sherman would have the Last Laugh as he would record two interceptions to help seal the win for Seattle.

Cleveland Browns 20, Washington Redskins 31
This game became the Jordan Reed show early as Reed would find himself two touchdowns in the first quarter. The Browns would battle back in the second quarter as they would tie the game at 17 going into the half. The Browns would then take the lead heading into the fourth quarter. They had the momentum on their side as Cleveland hoped that they would be able to win their first game of the season. Things would turn around quickly as the Redskins would capitalize on two different Browns turnovers resulting in a 31-20 win for the Skins. Despite Crowell’s big day, the Browns get another loss. With Jacksonville, New Orleans, and Chicago all getting wins earlier in the day, Cleveland is left as the only winless team in the league.

Denver Broncos 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7
The undefeated Denver Broncos traveled to Tampa Bay to take on a dream matchup for every quarterback around the league. Trevor Siemian was set to have a big day until he was taken out of the game with an injury two minutes before halftime. With Siemian out, it was Paxton Lynch’s time to shine. Lynch played a great half of football throwing for 170 yards and a touchdown in a 27-7 blowout of the Buccaneers. The defending Super Bowl champs would now find themselves as the only AFC team left undefeated. Next week the Denver defense faces a tough test as they take on Matt Ryan and Julio Jones’ electrifying offense.

Los Angeles Rams 17, Arizona Cardinals 13
Speaking of electrifying offenses, the Arizona Cardinals offense looks a lot different than what it did a year ago. Last year Cardinals had a offense that could not be stopped. Arizona ranked first in total offense last season and now this year ranks only seventh. With back-to-back losses to the Bills and Rams, this team is starting to raise a bunch of questions. Carson Palmer now has a concussion and will most likely not play in the upcoming Thursday night game making it even more difficult for the Cardinals to right the ship. For the Rams, the win allowed them to keep place with the Seahawks and through tie breaking procedures, Los Angeles is first in the NFC West. It’s funny what just a change of environment can do for a team.

New Orleans Saints 35, San Diego Chargers 34
After a series of close games resulting in three losses, one had to figure that the Chargers were due another win. That was not the case as San Diego would lose yet again in a game decided by a last minute touchdown. The Chargers played well early as at the half they would be on top of the Saints 24-14. If there was only one half of football the Chargers would be undefeated at this point after they have outscored opponents 66-27 at the half. The Chargers need to learn how to play a full 60 minutes of football fast if they want to have a chance to get anywhere this season.

Dallas Cowboys 24, San Francisco 49ers 17
In a rivalry that features moments like “The Catch”, the Cowboys were on the road against the 49ers. The game started with a rare missed field goal by Dan Bailey. 49ers would take advantage as Dak Prescott would be in a situation he had not faced yet, being down 14-0. Prescott would lead the Boys to two different touchdown drives to tie the score at halftime. Zeke Elliot had another big day as the Cowboys would take and keep the lead after he was able to punch the ball into the endzone. Both Prescott and Elliot continue to get better week by week. For the 49ers, this game was a double loss. Not only did they lose the game they also lost their best player, NaVorro Bowman, for the season due to an Achilles injury.

Kansas City Chiefs 14, Pittsburgh Steelers 43
On Sunday night, the NFL treated us with a highly anticipated AFC showdown. The Chiefs came into this game hot as they decimated the Jets last week. The Steelers came in the complete opposite after getting ran over by the Wentz Wagon. The Steelers would score early and often as they would pick up 22 points in the first quarter. For the Chiefs, they would wait until the fourth quarter to score while they were already down 36-0. The final score would become 43-14 in the Steelers favor as Big Ben Roethlisberger would throw for 300 yards and five touchdowns. The defense of Kansas City sey a new record after the end of the game. Going from having six interceptions with no touchdowns allowed to getting no interceptions and five touchdowns allowed is the biggest defensive swing from one week to the next in NFL history.

New York Giants 10, Minnesota Vikings 24
Entering this game, only three unbeaten teams remained. Those teams were the Broncos, the Eagles, and the Vikings. Could the Giants conquer the Purple Reign or would the Vikings ravage the Giants and keep their place on top of the NFL mountain? The Vikings would start the scoring first with a Matt Asiata touchdown run. Minnesota would add another touchdown after a seven yard connection from Sam Bradford to Kyle Rudolph. The Giants would manage a field goal just before the half as the score at halftime would be 14-3 Vikings. After the Vikings picked up a field goal in the third quarter, the Giants would find the endzone early in the fourth off of a one yard run from Orleans Darkwa. The Vikings would put the game out of reach with another touchdown of their own as they topped the Giants to remain undefeated. These team has quickly become a force to be reckoned with as the Minnesota defense has now shut down Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, and Eli Manning in three straight weeks.