Jake Morgan’s NFL Weekly Rundown: Week Four

Jake Morgan, Sports Editor


Thursday Night game: 


Broncos vs Jets: Are you serious? Week after week it’s been two awful teams on Thursday Night football and it’s now like the NFL knows that we have nothing better to watch. This week’s battle of complete dumpster fires was the Broncos taking on the Jets. With a combined record of 0-6 coming into this game, you really didn’t know who was going to win. The only star of this game was Melvin Gordon. Gordon rushed for 107 yards and two scores, including the game sealer with less than two minutes to play to propel the Broncos to a 37-28 win. 


Noon Games:


Jaguars vs Bengals: We started off in Cincy where the defenses did NOT come out to play and because of that, the Bengals were able to notch their first win of the season 33-25. Running back Joe Mixon finally became the runner we all thought he would be, as he ran for 150 yards and scored a total of three touchdowns. Joe Burrow threw for 300 plus as the Cincinnati offense racked up 505 yards of total offense. 


Vikings vs Texans: Playoff teams last year, and now winless this year, the Texans played host to the Vikings. Unfortunately for the Texans, the endless pain continued as the Vikings rolled into Houston and won 31-23. The game plan for Minnesota was clear early on, give the ball to Dalvin Cook whenever possible, and boy did it work. The third year back out of Florida State tied his career high with 27 carries to finish with 130 yards rushing and two scores. Wide receivers Adam Theilen and rookie Justin Jefferson seem to be quite the tandem as well, each racking up 100 yards on Sunday to secure the Vikings win. 


Seahawks vs Dolphins: A rather close game throughout, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks were able to remain undefeated with a 31-23 win over Miami. Another day at the office for Wilson as he threw for 360 yards and two touchdown passes. Wide Receiver DK Metcalf was on the receiving end of 106 of those yards as the second year receiver seems to be looking better every game. As for the Dolphins, who now are 1-3, it seems like we could be getting closer and closer to seeing rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in action. 


Browns vs Cowboys: Sometimes it’s nice to see the Cowboys suffer, as they did once again to the Cleveland Browns (?) 49-38. I honestly don’t know where to start. The uprising of the Browns? The shocking downfall of the Cowboys? The historically bad defense of them as well? There’s just so much to unravel. Cleveland once again leaned heavily on their run game, but what happened when star running back Nick Chubb went down with an injury? Literally nothing. The Cowboys defense is so bad that they let D’Ernest Johnson (ever heard of him? Probably not) rush for almost 100 yards! At the end of the day, the Cowboys team we thought were going to be contenders, seems like nothing but pretenders. 


Saints vs Lions: It is now apparent that the Lions are a first quarter team. After that, they turn into little cubs. If every game ended after the first quarter, the Lions would be 4-0, but once again they blew it, this time to the Saints, 45-39. After going down 14-0 early, Drew Brees and the Saints scored five straight touchdowns to blow it wide open. With Michael Thomas out, wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith stepped up by hauling in two touchdowns. Two late touchdowns by the Lions made it closer than it should have been, but overall a great performance by the Saints without six starters.


Ravens vs Washington: One of the lesser intriguing games ended with the Ravens taking down Washington, 31-17. Nobody really shined on either team on Sunday, as this was one of the more boring games of the Sunday slate. Lamar Jackson continued to be a shell of himself, as he only threw for 193 yards and only ran for 53. It seems like defenses have gameplaned for him pretty well this year because it just doesn’t look like the same Lamar we saw last year. This is definitely something I would keep an eye on, but I still expect to see Lamar return to his true self. 


Cardinals vs Panthers: One of the more surprising games of Sunday saw the Panthers beat the Cardinals, 31-21. With Carolina being one of the worst defenses in the league, you’d expect a team with Deandre Hopkins, Kyler Murrary, and Kenyan Drake to go off, but that simply was not the case. Murray only threw for 133 yards while Drake ran for an absolute abysmal 35. Hopkins didn’t look like himself either, only racking up 41 yards. Maybe this Carolina defense is actually good, but I just don’t see it that way. This Cardinals team is definitely a team to watch closely, with losses now coming to both the Panthers and the Lions, two of the worst teams in the league. 


Afternoon Games:


Giants vs Rams: A game where points were limited, it was no surprise that the Rams came out on top, 17-9. With all the giants points coming from the leg of Graham Gano, it was pretty easy to see how the Rams won this game (apart from the fact that the Giants are downright awful). It was this 55 yard pass to Cooper Kupp from Jared Goff to really seal the deal for the Rams with about six minutes left. Without a real star on offense, LA has quietly moved to 3-1 on the year and, in my opinion, a sneaky team that could make some noise in the playoff race. 


Colts vs Bears: After week four, it’s pretty evident that the Colts have one of the best defenses in the league as they stifled the Bears offense in a 19-11 win. Chicago gave Nick Foles the keys to offense this week after benching Mitch Trubisky last week against the Falcons. After leading them to a late comeback last week, expectations were high, but Foles fell flat. He threw for 249 yards (but about 70 of them came in garbage time) and also threw an interception late in the fourth. On the other side of the football, it was also a sub par day for Phillip Rivers. He only threw for 190 yards and a touchdown. Overall, defenses were the main focus coming into the game, and they were evident throughout, as both teams move to 3-1. 

Bills vs Raiders: A banged up shoulder? Not a problem for Bills quarterback Josh Allen, as he led Buffalo to a 30-23 win over the Raiders. It was the usual game for Allen, as he found the end zone twice in the air and once on the ground. Newly Required receiver Stefon Diggs seems to be fitting right in on this offense as he had another impressive outing with six catches for 115 yards. With a record of 4-0, this is Buffalo’s first undefeated start through four weeks since 2008. This team has a high powered offense as well as a suffocating defense that could find them sitting as a top seed come playoff time this year. 


Sunday Night Game:


Eagles vs 49ers: If I would’ve told you that every single Eagles wide receiver on the active roster was hurt except for one player, do you think they would beat last year’s NFC conference champions. Probably not, right? Wrong, that’s exactly what happened Sunday night as they beat the Niners, 25-20. To say I’m shocked would be an understatement. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was literally the WORST quarterback in the NFL coming into this game and somehow managed to pull off the upset. Travis Fulgham (?) was the leading receiver for the Eagles as he only had two catches for 57 yards. However, it was the Eagles defense that really sealed the deal, with this pick-six to put them up two scores with under five minutes to play.  


Monday Night Games:


Patriots vs Chiefs: The Patriots took on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Monday night after their original time slot (3:25 on Sunday) was moved due to complications with Covid-19. However, it still didn’t affect Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, as they went on to win 26-10. The main storyline of this game was not what happened, but what didn’t happen. Quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for Covid during the week and was placed on the Covid list, which made him ineligible. Instead we saw Brian Hoyer take his place. It was a little disappointing because this could’ve been an absolute shootout with Newton, but it was nothing of the sort. The Chiefs defense was all over Hoyer, forcing him into throwing an interception as well as a crucial fumble in the red zone. Hoyer was then benched for Jarret Stidham, but that didn’t do anything. Stidham was picked off twice in the fourth quarter alone, with one being returned for a touchdown. What was supposed to be an offense explosion was once again ruined by Covid (shocker).

Falcons vs Packers: The Aaron Rodgers revenge tour was in full swing as the Pack breezed by the Falcons 30-16. Two of the highest scoring teams faced off in Atlanta, but the Packers were able to tear apart the Falcons atrocious defense. Rodgers threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns and Aaron Jones was once again a threat on the ground and through the air as he racked up 111 all purpose yards. It was the tight end Robert Tonyan who was the real star of this game, as he was on the receiving end of three of the four Rodgers touchdowns. Tonyan is now at three straight games with a TD and his future looks bright in Green Bay, so he’s definitely a player to keep an eye on throughout the year.