Week 4 of the NFL Season is now in the books and with seven games that were decided by less than three points and three games that went into overtime. There was nothing but outstanding games in moments that went on Sunday. Good news is that by reading this article, I’m going to catch you back up on what you missed in the over 10 hours of football.
7. This Is Why Dallas Has To Feed Zeke?
6. Atlanta and Pittsburgh’s Game In Week 5, Has Now Become A Must Win For Both Teams.
If you would have told 99% of NFL fans that Atlanta and Pittsburgh would both have losing records after the opening 4 weeks, you would have lost and lost big. Atlanta has lost three key members of their defense and for four weeks have forgotten how to make a tackle in the open field or how to cover Pro Bowl receivers (A.J Green) with the game on the line. The ironic part is that the Falcons offensive has been tremendous without leading rusher Devonta Freeman. Matt Ryan has been lights out after a bad week one game against Philadelphia but unfortunately for the Falcons, Ryan doesn’t play both sides of the ball. After not having a target in Week one, Calvin Ridley leads the NFL in touchdown catches.
Pittsburgh can’t seem to stop anyone and their best player is still holding out. With LeVeon Bell expected to return to the team in Week 7 (after the bye), the Steelers can’t wait until the best dual threat running back in the league returns. Remember in both losses the Steelers defense allowed both Joe Flacco and Patrick Mahomes II to have their way with their secondary. If Pittsburgh loses this game not only it would be their third loss at home, it could give the Ravens (who beat Pittsburgh on Sunday Night) a humongous advantage in the AFC North race.
5. Leonard Fournette And His Hamstring
Fournette left Sunday’s game with another hamstring injury. Reports say that he could miss the same amount of time that he missed with the last one (2 games). He left the game in the second quarter and didn’t return back to the game. Even though TJ Yeldon had over 100 total yards and another touchdown, Fournette makes defenses play Jacksonville completely different. They have to stack the box because Leonard can break the big play with his legs. It makes Blake Bortles a better quarterback because it allows him to not have to throw the ball over 40 times a game. The Jaguars have a big game against Kansas City on Sunday and they need to have someone carry the rushing load on offense to keep the Chiefs offense off the field.
4. Mitchell Trubinsky- No Words Needed
3. Earl Thomas Injury Proves That Players Need to Have Contracts Finalized Before They Step On The Field
Thomas spent all preseason holding out in hopes of getting a new contract in Seattle or a trade to another team willing to make a trade for him. Well, he showed up right before the season started and now his season is over without a contract. Thomas is now going to enter free agency at an advanced age and coming off a season ending injury. The potential big contract might have gone out of the window.
2. The Number Of 400 Yard Passing Games
Through the opening three weeks of the season we had a total of four 400 yard passing games in the league. Three of those came from the arm of Ryan Fitzpatrick as he torched Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. In the Thursday Night game Jared Goff and Kirk Cousins both went over 400 yards passing and on Sunday Andrew Luck, David Carr and Matt Ryan all hit the magical 400 mark, bringing the total to five 400-yard games for the week. This has been the year of the passing quarterback so far.
If you want to go deeper into this. There were 11 quarterbacks in the 13 games that threw for at least 300 passing yards on Sunday. On top of that Aaron Rodgers, Baker Mayfield and CJ Beathard threw for at least 295 yards.
1. Frank Reich and His Overtime Decision
In his postgame press conference, Frank Reich said he would have gone for it 10 out 10 times if the same situation would happen again -but the only time that I personally would attempt to make a move like this is in a game of Madden against a friend. Those who didn’t watch the Texans/Colts game missed one of the most interesting play calls I have ever seen, especially in overtime.
With less than 30 seconds left in Overtime, the game tied at 34 and faced with a 4th and 4 in their own territory. Frank Reich decided to go for the win. Instead of punting and forcing DeShaun Watson and the Texans to have to go at least 55 to 60 yards to get the game winning field goal with no timeouts, Andrew Luck’s pass was incomplete and the Texans took over on the Colts 44 yard line. Watson found DeAndre Hopkins for a 24 yard pass and Houston kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked a 37 yard field goal as the time ran out to give the Texans a 37-34 victory.
Sometimes a tie is better than a loss.
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