Thursday, October 4, 2012

NFL Week 4 Recap

(Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
Are you looking at the 2013 Super Bowl champs? Well, that could be very possible
the way the Houston Texans are playing right now
This Week's Record: 11-4
Overall Record: 38-25

Browns vs. Ravens: 23-16 Ravens
Browns Player of the Week: Trent Richardson- 47 rush yards, 57 receiving  yards, touchdown
Ravens Player of the Week: Torrey Smith- 6 receptions, 97 receiving yards, touchdown

Well, the Ravens didn't quite play their best football, but were still able to defeat the Browns last Thursday night. The Ravens controlled the game for the most part, but failed to capitalize on multiple scoring opportunities and couldn't expand their lead.

Panthers vs. Falcons: 30-28 Falcons
Panthers Player of the Week: Cam Newton- 215 pass yards, 89 rush yards, 3 total touchdowns (1 rush), 119.3 passer rating
Falcons Player of the Week: Roddy White- 8 receptions, 169 receiving yards, touchdown

Cam Newton played a fine game, leading his team in passing and rush yards once again. His one mistake came on his last offensive possession though, when he fumbled the ball diving for a first down. This later allowed the Falcons to get the ball back, and drive over 75 yards to kick the game winning field goal.

Patriots vs. Bills: 52-28 Patriots
Patriots Player of the Week: Tom Brady- 340 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 120.1 passer ratings
Bills Player of the Week: Scott Chandler- 4 receptions, 62 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

Damn, the Pats' offense exploded on Sunday. After trailing 14-7 at the half, New England outscored the Bills 45-14 in the second half. In addition to Brady's excellent game, the Patriots' run game combined for 245 rush yards and three touchdowns.

Vikings vs. Lions: 20-13 Vikings
Vikings Player of the Week: Adrian Peterson- 102 rush yards
Lions Player of the Week: Joique Bell- 6 receptions, 72 receiving yards

Have the Vikings and Lions swapped spots? The 3-1 Vikings are playing impressive football, as Christian Ponder seems to be the right fit at quarterback. The 1-3 Lions better start to rethink their game plan, or else their season might end sooner then they wish.

Chargers vs. Chiefs: 37-20 Chargers
Chargers Player of the Week: Philip Rivers- 209 pass yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 115.4 passer rating
Chiefs Player of the Week: Dwayne Bowe- 7 receptions, 108 receiving yards, touchdown

The Chargers are off to another hot start this year. Hopefully this year though, the team doesn't collapse after starting off the season 3-1. Philip Rivers looks great so far, and Ryan Mathews is starting to get back into form after missing the first two weeks. As for the Chiefs, their offense has really struggled early on this season.

Seahawks vs. Rams: 19-13 Rams
Seahawks Player of the Week: Marshawn Lynch- 118 rush yards, touchdown
Rams Player of the Week: Danny Amendola- 6 receptions, 55 receiving yards, touchdown

Wow, the Seahawks are a tough team to read. They have wins against the Cowboys and Packers, but can't beat the Rams. The Seahawks aren't road warriors, and will have to adjust if they want to be playoff contenders this year.

Niners vs. Jets: 34-0 Niners
Niners Player of the Week: Combined Rush- 245 yards, 3 touchdowns
Jets Player of the Week: N/A

The Niners obliterated the Jets on their home turf on Sunday. Honestly, the Jets looked like a peewee football league team against San Francisco. Even worse, Santonio Holmes joined Darrelle Revis with a season ending injury. Just when they thought their offense couldn't get worse, it did.

Titans vs. Texans: 38-14 Texans
Titans Player of the Week: Chris Johnson- 141 rush yards, not-a-typo
Texans Player of the Week: Arian Foster- 86 rush yards, touchdown

I can't stress enough how superb the Texans have looked so far. But, I'll do it again. Their defense is stunning and is led by Defensive Player of the Year candidate JJ Watt, while their offense is as good as it gets. The only thing stopping this team from going far in the playoffs is an injury. (or a jinx)

Raiders vs. Broncos: 37-6 Broncos
Raiders Player of the Week: N/A, RIP 2012-2013 Season
Broncos Player of the Week: Peyton Manning- 338 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 130.0 passer rating

If it wasn't already obvious, Peyton Manning is back to being a Top 5 quarterback in the league. He had no trouble burning the Raiders defense all day, and threw his first three touchdown game of the season. As for the Raiders, it can't get much worse. They have no hope and nothing seems to be going right for them (as usual).

Dolphins vs. Cardinals: 24-21 (OT) Cardinals
Dolphins Player of the Week: Brian Hartline- 12 receptions, 253 receiving yards, touchdown
Cardinals Player of the Week: Andre Roberts- 6 receptions, 118 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

Another close call and another win for the Cardinals. Arizona tied it up with only 22 seconds left in the game, and won in OT thanks to a 46 yard field goal by Jay Feely. For the Dolphins, Brian Hartline had a historic day, catching for more than two football field's worth of yards.

Bengals vs. Jaguars: 27-10 Bengals
Bengals Player of the Week: AJ Green- 6 receptions, 117 receiving yards, touchdown
Jaguars Player of the Week: Maurice Jones- Drew- 38 rush yards, 42 receiving yards

Wow, the Bengals are looking like a playoff contender again this year. They are 3-1 despite playing three of their first four games on the road. Now with four of their next five at home, they should be looking good by the time the NFL reaches its midway point. The Jags' offense struggled again, but what else is new for them.

Saints vs. Packers: 28-27 Packers
Saints Player of the Week: Drew Brees- 446 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 109.0 passer rating
Packers Player of the Week: Aaron Rodgers- 319 pass yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception, 119.9 passer rating

The Packers pulled the latest "not so fast my friends" on the Saints, defeating them by a single point on Sunday. The Saints defense continues to let the team down, negating the efforts of Drew Brees and the offense every week. Well, good news is that their interim head coach will replace their interim interim head coach in a few weeks!

Redskins vs. Bucs: 24-22 Redskins
Redskins Player of the Week: Alfred Morris- 113 rush yards, touchdown
Bucs Player of the Week: Vincent Jackson- 6 receptions, 100 receiving yards, touchdown

The Redskins were looking good in the first half but allowed the Bucs to march their way back into the game. The Bucs eventually took the lead with just over a minute remaining in the game, but surely enough, Robert Griffin III and the 'Skins came back to win the game on a game-winning field goal.

Giants vs. Eagles: 19-17 Eagles
Giants Player of the Week: Victor Cruz- 9 receptions, 109 receiving yards, touchdown
Eagles Player of the Week: Michael Vick- 241 pass yards, 49 rush yards, touchdown, 99.4 passer rating

This one hurt to watch. Eli struggled to connect with his wide receivers in the fog and had his lowest completion % of the year. On the defensive end, the Giants stopped the Eagles for the most part, but allowed Vick to scramble and pick up first down after first down. Looks like Team McCoy beat Team Umenyiora this round.

Bears vs. Cowboys: 34-18 Bears
Bears Player of the Week: Jay Cutler- 275 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 140.1 passer rating
Cowboys Player of the Week: Jason Witten- 13 receptions, 112 receiving yards, touchdown

It's a safe to say that Tony Romo lost his team this one. Throwing five picks, two of which were returned for touchdowns, Romo struggled to say the least. The Bears have proved that they are playoff hungry, but what about the Cowboys? Just when we think they are playing well, they fool us by not showing up the next week.

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