Week four, oh boy. Where to start ? Almost a quarter of the season has played and at this point we are exiting the overreaction phase. For the most part, we know the identities of these teams. A few teams won games that they felt like were must wins, some teams didn’t. In the year of the backup QB, this week saw some guys step up and help guide their team to victory. Let’s dive right in.
Three teams are 3-1 or better in the NFC East. This division used to be the cream of the crop until recently going from the NFC East to the NFC Least. As in least likely to have more than one team over .500. That’s not the case to start the year as Philly defeated Jacksonville to remain undefeated, Saquon and the Giants did just enough to defeat Chicago, and finally the Cowboys dominated Washington in Dallas to improve to 3-0 without Dak Prescott this season. The Eagles and Cowboys have legit chances at deep playoff runs according to their respective rosters. The Giants aren’t as stacked as the other two, doesn’t mean they won’t find a way to win. At 3-1 you have to atleast respect the effort they are putting in to compete in every game. The just might surprise some people.
Baltimore has to learn to close games. It wasn’t pretty for Lamar Jackson (20/29, 194 yds, 2 INT) but the Baltimore Ravens once again held a lead of at least 17 points that was erased. This time Josh Allen and the Bills slowly chipped away at the lead by allowing their MVP candidate to make plays in the clutch. The Bills capitalized on turnovers to turn 20-3 second quarter deficit to a 23-20 victory. This isn’t your dad’s Ravens defense of old where a 17 point deficit damn near guaranteed a victory. Coach John Harbaugh decided to go for a touchdown instead of kicking a chip-chop field goal with the game tied just outside the two minute warning. Lamar Jackson threw a pick in the end zone to All-Pro safety Jordan Poyer, which also was his second of the day. The Ravens didn’t get the ball back as Tyler Bass kicked the game winning field game as time expired. Buffalo had a problem with one score games so being able to get this victory should add another level of confidence to an already dangerous football team. The Bills have a tough month ahead with the Chiefs and Packers on the horizon, not to look over their date with the Pittsburgh Steelers next weekend. Baltimore, on the other hand has to write the ship against a hungry Cincinnati Bengals squad.
Tennessee back to playing Tennessee football. The Tennessee Titans are back to .500 thanks to Derrick Henry doing what he does best, bully defenders in the trenches, and help the Titans build a lead. Henry’s team lead 24-3 before Indianapolis mounted a comeback making it 24-17. That was the closet in got as the Titans did want was needed to run out the clock. The Titans know they play in the AFC South and for now they should also know that Jacksonville is their biggest competitor for that division. Being able to control the clock with Derrick Henry with the defense making the right play will have the Titans at familiar territory in the division. Indianapolis hasn’t been impressive at all this season outside a week three resilient effort against the Chiefs. Every team in this division has a realistic chance of winning it this year, well maybe every team, I can’t really trust Houston.
The Packers need a go to receiver. Green Bay battled a third string rookie QB Bailey Zappe on Sunday after Brain Hoyer was knocked out the game with a concussion. Hoyer is the back-up QB who was starting in the place of Mac Jones. This is relevant info because you have to understand how alarming this is for the Packers. Zappe made some plays to keep his team in it but, against Aaron Rodgers you have to made all the right plays in order to get a victory. In overtime, Aaron found Allen Lizard and Randall Cobb while handing the ball off to Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. The defense is formidable and will make sure Aaron Rodgers has a chance to win the game. The issue is when was on the line in the past A-Rod had DaVante Adams to rely on. Maybe Romeo Doubs is the guy, maybe it’s Christian Watson. Whomever it turns out to be needs to be on the same page as the two-time reigning MVP. Any receiver with a solid rapport with Rodgers, that’s gonna a dangerous recipe for any cornerback.