Around the League: Week 4

Every week I will try to post a quick update on what happened around the league the previous weekend.  Obviously, it won’t include the Colts since I post a separate recap for them.  I will also be sure to include a special note on how the Colts next opponent did. 

Due to the Colts playing tonight and not including Colts games in here, this is being published on a Monday since the Monday night game will not be included.   

  • 4-0 teams: Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions
  • 0-4 teams: Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, (and possibly the Indianapolis Colts)
  • Aaron Rodgers was ridiculous.  29/38, 408 yards, 10.7 yards per attempt, 4 TD passes, 1 INT, 9 rushes, 36 yards, 2 TD rushes.  Only player ever to throw for 400 yards, 4 TDs and 2 rush TDs in a game.  That guy will win the MVP this year.
  • Michael Vick completed 30/46 passes for 416 yards 2 TD and 1 INT.  8 rushes, 75 yards.  But the Eagles fall to 1-3 nonetheless.  The “dream team” has serious issues.
  • Steve Smith had 8 receptions for 181 yards.  Yeah, I bet he likes his new quarterback.
  • Cam Newton continues to put up the yardage, but without wins.  Threw for 374 and scored 3 combined TDs, but the Panthers lost to the Bears
  • Speaking of the Bears, Devin Hester set an NFL record for most career punt returns for touchdowns (11) and most career return TDs (15) with a 69 yard punt return against the Panthers. 
  • Drew Brees has a TD pass in 31 consecutive games, 3rd most all time, and has completed 20 or more passes in 24 consecutive games, and NFL record
  • Andy Dalton showed great poise today and lead the Bengals to a comeback win over the previously undefeated Buffalo Bills.
  • Colt McCoy’s stat line: 40/61, 350 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT.  No, that’s not a typo.  He threw 61 times.  The Browns will not win much with McCoy throwing that much, and they got beat handily by the Titans today.
  • The TITANS, at 3-1, are tied with the Texans for the lead atop the AFC South.  Matt Hasslebeck tossed 3 TDs today to continue his good start, and Chris Johnson had his first 100 yard game of the year.
  • Eli Manning threw 2 TDs in the final minutes to beat the Cardinals inArizona.  Remember another comeback he completed there?
  • Houston cannot afford to lose Andre Johnson for long, but that might happen.
  • Welcome back, Arian Foster.  30 rushes, 155 yards, 1 TD.
  • The Steelers’ offensive line is bad.  Even worse, Ben Roethlisberger was in a boot when getting on the team plane. 
  • The LIONS are 4-0 and became the only team in NFL history to win back to back games after trailing by 20+ points in each.  It was also the biggest lead blown by the Cowboys in their history.
  • Matt Forte: 25 rushes, 205 yards, 1 TD.  He became the 3rd Bear ever to rush for 200 yards in a game.  The others?  Walter Payton and Gale Sayers.  Not bad company.
  • Calvin Johnson is incredible.  1st player ever with 2+ touchdowns in each of the first 4 games of a season.
  • Vince Wilfork leads the Patriots in interceptions with 2. 
  • The Steelers have the fewest forced turnovers in the league, with 1.
  • J-E-T-S JETS JETS… oh… nevermind.  I picked the Jets to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl this year.  Right now, they look about as far from it as can be.  Their offense is putrid.  The Jets can only hope that when Nick Mangold returns, their offensive line gets going.  In a division with the Patriots and now the Bills, they need to get going fast.
  • The Ravens scored 3 defensive touchdowns.  The Jets scored 1 and took a kickoff back for a touchdown.  What a crazy game.

 Next Week:

 Before we look too much ahead, I must first say that I do not know how the game will go tonight.  But I do know that the Chiefs are bad.  They are 1-3, but their one win came against the 0-4 Vikings.  This game is one the Colts have a good chance of winning.  If they lose that one, things may be at the lowest point they have been inIndianapolisin over 15 years.


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