NFL Week Four in Review
10/06/2009 § Leave a comment
This week, there’s only one place to start: The End. On Monday night, Brett Favre made his point against his old team, completing a stunning 77.4% of his passes for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Vikings to a 30-23 win over the Packers. But it’s not like his counterpart/replacement played poorly. Aaron Rodgers connected on a tidy 70.3% of his passes for 384 yards, 2 TDs and 1 pick. In fact, the only major difference in the two QBs performances is the fact that Favre was never sacked, while the Vikings defense got to Rodgers 8 times.
On Sunday night, the Steelers bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Bengals in Wacky Week 3 by abusing the Chargers on their way to a 21-0 halftime lead. Midway through the third quarter, Pittsburgh upped the lead to 28 and holstered their hammer, all nails sufficiently driven into San Diego’s coffin.
Scoring for the first time with just a minute and a half remaining, the Chargers forced their way back into the game, and were down by just seven points with over four minutes remaining. The defense could not handle the Steelers’ running game, though, and a Jeff Reed field goal closed out the scoring at 38-28, as Philip Rivers was sacked and fumbled away the ball on the first play of the ensuing drive.
Elsewhere, San Francisco shut out the hapless St. Louis Rams, 35-0. Dallas failed to score in the final three quarters in a 17-10 loss to unbeaten Denver. New Orleans continues to impress, winning a battle of 3-0 teams by besting the NY Jets, 24-10. Washington rebounded (kind of) from their loss to the sad Detroit Lions by barely beating even sadder Tampa Bay, 16-13. The Patriots dealt the Ravens their first loss, 27-21. Tennessee continued their shocking slump, losing to Jacksonville, 37-17. The Bengals avoided confusing Donovan McNabb by beating the Browns in the final seconds of overtime.
Lions QB Matt Stafford has pulled himself out of the clutches of the QB quicksand, or more likely he was dislodged by Cleveland’s Disastrous Duo of Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson. As Stafford forges ahead without former mediocrity-mates Jake Delhomme and JaMarcus Russell, the bottom three QBs (consider the Browns signal-obstructer to be a lumbering, easily-baffled hybrid beast named Braderek Quinderson) have thrown 5 TDs and 18 INTs so far this year.
The New Orleans Saints are averaging 36 points a game, while the St. Louis Rams are only putting up 6 per outing. On the defensive side, the Denver Broncos are giving up just 6.5 per game, while the Lions are allowing 33.5.
Undefeated Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints
Winless Teams: Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams