NFL Week Four takeaways, stat leaders

NFL Week 4 takeaways, stat leaders

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Week 4 of the NFL featured big appearances from Odell Beckham Jr., Joe Mixon, Dak Prescott, Tom Brady and Dalvin Cook. The Browns hung 49 points on the cowboys, while the Vikings found the Victory Column by holding back the winless Texans. The buccaneers came back to beat Justin Herbert and the Chargers while the Saints' offensive began rolling against the Lions in one day with five TDs. Joe Burrow scored his first NFL victory when the Bengals defeated the Jaguars and the Panthers angered Kyler Murray and the Cardinals.

In the afternoon, the Colts gave the Bears their first defeat, the Bills took a 4-0 lead and the Giants offensive stuttered again.

All of that and more in Week 4 of the NFL Nation's Biggest Takeaways.

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Outstanding actor for SEA-MIA: Chris Carson, 80 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 20 receiving yards

The Seahawks' defenses have shown they can provide cover. That was a big question mark after it allowed an NFL record of 1,292 meters in its first three games, which few saw after adding Jamal Adams and Quinton Dunbar to their secondary school. The Seattle defense resulted in two interceptions and did not allow Miami to find the end zone until there were less than two minutes left. That was without Adams, Dunbar and Jordyn Brooks from the first round, whose absence provided a test of Seattle's defensive depth. It passed. – Brady Henderson

Next game: Vikings (8:20 p.m. ET, Sunday)

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Ryan Fitzpatrick did just enough to make some cushion as the starting quarterback as Tua Tagovailoa progresses. The FitzMagic experience was evident in the Dolphins' loss to the Seahawks. He completed passes for 10 different receivers, looked for first downs and touchdowns, and fought Russell Wilson all day. Miami believes it can win with him. But zero touchdown passes and two interceptions against an exhausted Seahawks secondary school don't cause much fuss either. Fitzpatrick, the classic boom-or-bust QB, will get more rope but will have to produce to suppress screams for Tua. – Jeremy Fowler

Next game: at 49ers (4:05 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Outstanding actor for CLE-DAL: Odell Beckham Jr., 81 yards with 2 TDs, 73 rushing yards with 1 TD

The Browns delivered one of the most impressive offensive performances in franchise history, hitting 307 yards on the floor, the highest total in 11 years. They scored 31 points in the first half, the most before halftime since 1991. With three touchdowns, including a TD run, Beckham Jr. was electric. Quarterback Baker Mayfield was efficient and avoided mistakes. As coach Kevin Stefanski noted, there is still a lot of season to play. But if this is a snapshot of what will come of the Browns offensive, Cleveland will be a burden on the opposition the rest of the way. – Jake Trotter

Next game: Colts (4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday)

With a 3-1 loss to the Browns on Sunday, the Cowboys have more questions than answers, especially on defense. They let too many big games through the air in the last two games. Against Cleveland, they were throttled on the ground, which enabled a franchise record of 307 meters. Coach Mike McCarthy said the Cowboys aren't playing complementary football as the offensive flips the ball too much and the defense places the defense in poor spots. "We came out of the gate quietly, and in other words, I could call it something else," said DeMarcus Lawrence. "It's about having some grit and playing balls against the wall and going out there and giving it all you have." The last time the Cowboys started 3-1 was in 2010, when Wade Phillips was fired mid-season. – Todd Archer

Next game: Giants (4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Outstanding actor for BAL-WSH: Lamar Jackson, 193 yards with 2 TDs, 53 rushing yards with 1 TD

After losing to the Chiefs on Monday, the Ravens weren't happy with their offensive performance, even after collecting 31 points and 350 yards against Washington. Jackson threw his first intercept of the season, missing Marquise Brown on a couple of deep throws. Baltimore has high expectations after leading the NFL last season. "We shouldn't come off the field without touchdowns or points at all," said Jackson. – Jamison Hensley

Next game: Bengals (1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday)



Lamar Jackson retains the read option and breaks off in the middle for a 50 yard touchdown.

Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. finished 32-of-45 for 314 yards, but again showed how far he and the offense are from being consistent. Coach Ron Rivera said he wants Haskins to play with more situational awareness – check out the pass for the fourth goal where the QB missed the end zone. Haskins didn't force passes, which was good, but he and the offense weren't much of a threat until they were two points behind. Haskins guarantees more time because he's young and has made 11 NFL starts, but the coaches need to see growth definitely. At some point he will have to set up big numbers for victory to prove what he can become. – John Keim

Next game: Rams (1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Outstanding artist for NO-DET: Alvin Kamara, 83 rushing yards with 1 TD, 36 receiving yards

The Saints were busy traveling to Detroit on Sunday: In their first defeat in two games in three years, six starters were eliminated with injuries, including Michael Thomas and both cornerbacks, as well as a COVID-19 fear in the middle of the night. And then after five minutes they had an early 14-0 deficit against the Lions. They responded with their most impressive feat yet to escape with a victory and a much-needed new life in Week 5. This could be a big turning point for a 2-2 team that will soon be healthier. – Mike Triplet

Next game: Chargers (8:15 p.m. ET, Monday October 12)

Another double-digit lead. Another double-digit lead was lost. That's six straight defeats in which Detroit had a double-digit lead – an NFL record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It's been the same over and over again for Matt Patricia, who lost 14 of his last 16 games as a coach in Detroit. Lions are now entering Goodbye Week at 1am. Detroit's schedule relaxes after parting, but its lack of consistency everywhere except at Punter and Kicker has left the franchise with more questions than answers. – Michael Rothstein

Next game: at Jaguars (1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday October 18)

Outstanding service provider for LAC-TB: Tom Brady, 369 yards, 5 TDs

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After two weeks of quick starts and little offensive production in the second half, Brady overcame a pick-six and a 17-point deficit in the first quarter to beat the Chargers and improve to 3-1. It was the second-largest comeback in team history for a franchise that had lost 42 straight games when it fell 17 or more points. "We knew we were playing badly. It was just a show of character. I can honestly say if this had been last year we would have got our A-beat at 20. This team has a lot of character and playmakers", said coach said Bruce Arians, appreciating the leadership of his captains. "(With) Tom – he's never in the back of our mind, so we can always play games to win games." – Jenna Laine

Next game: at Bears (8:20 p.m. ET, Thursday)

Justin Herbert, who started his third straight game since Tyrod Taylor went down with a lung injury, fought valiantly. He put the Chargers on three points without his contact person Austin Ekeler running back, who had injured his Achilles tendon in the first quarter. But his youth and the youth of the chargers also created some difficult moments. Rookie running back Joshua Kelley fumbled the surrender deep into Chargers' territory before halftime with the bolts at 17 and changed the momentum. And Herbert tossed Carlton Davis 2:35 in the game to an interception as he tried to get the chargers on a game-winning ride. – Shelley Smith

Next game: at the Saints (8:15 p.m. ET, Monday October 12)

Outstanding actor for MIN-HOU: Dalvin Cook, 130 rushing yards, 2 TDs

The Vikings' offense discovered its blueprint for winning games: Feed Cook early and often and then strike with Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. Minnesota's win in Houston marked the first time since November 19, 2000 the Vikings had two 100-yard receivers and a 100-yard rusher in one game (Cris Carter, Randy Moss, and Robert Smith). The Vikings controlled possession time and could react whenever Houston got within striking distance. What we see in Cousins ​​is a level of comfort and confidence in their playmakers that wasn't always there. This will be the key to the success of the offensive when it comes to carrying the rest of the team and finishing games. – Courtney Cronin

Next game: at Seahawks (8:20 p.m. ET, Sunday)

The Texans fell to 4-0, ending their playoff hopes. Houston's offensive was inconsistent, secondary school abandoned big games and the defense failed to stop the run, giving up 162 yards on Sunday. After three difficult games early in the season, Houston's schedule with the Vikings got easier, but the result for this still-winless team didn't change. – Sarah Barshop

Next game: Jaguars (1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Outstanding actor for ARI-CAR: Teddy Bridgewater, 276 yards and 2 TDs, 32 rushing yards and 1 TD

Don't look now, but the Panthers could be a factor in the NFC after Sunday's win over Arizona broke their record 2-2. The reason? Bridgewater and Offense put the emphasis on defense as offensive coordinator Joe Brady gets into a groove with his playcalling, and the defense is putting quarterbacks under pressure in ways that didn't seem possible in the first two games. They play complementary football, as coach Matt Rhule had envisioned the first year he took on this rebuilding project. And all without her biggest star, Christian McCaffrey, who is sidelined with an ankle injury. – David Newton

Next game: at Falcons (1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday)



Teddy Bridgewater throws two touchdown passes and runs in a different score while the Panthers beat the Cardinals and suffer a two game loss.

The Cardinals 'woes continued for a second straight week, with another loss, largely due to a defense simply outpaced by the Panthers' mediocre McCaffrey-free offensive. But Arizona got no help from its star quarterback Kyler Murray, who only threw 133 yards, or its two star receivers DeAndre Hopkins (41 yards) and Larry Fitzgerald (4 yards). Losing the Lions and Panthers for two straight weeks is not a good sign for another road trip next week to the unfortunate Jets. – Josh Weinfuss

Next game: on jets (1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Outstanding actor for JAX-CIN: Joe Mixon, 151 rushing yards and 2 TDs, 30 receiving yards and 1 TD

Joe Burrow made history on Sunday, becoming the first rookie quarterback to throw 300 yards or more in three consecutive games. He was able to help the Bengals shake off a rocky first half and take their first win of the season. Burrow and the rest of the Offense were in lockstep all day. Mixon was used many times, ending a total of 181 yards and three touchdowns. "How we did it on the offensive today, that's the standard and it should be every week," said the running back. – Ben baby

Next game: in Ravens (1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday)

The Jaguars have one of the worst defenses in the NFL. After dropping 505 yards and 33 points in a loss to the Bengals, the Jaguars give up an average of 399.5 yards and 29.3 points per game. They failed to reach Burrow despite the Bengals leading the NFL in legal sacks (14) and abandoning 31 QB hits in the game. The Jaguars only hit Burrow five times with 36 dropbacks. With the QBs the Jaguars have yet to face – Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers, Lamar Jackson, Matthew Stafford, and Kirk Cousins ​​- it gets worse. – Mike DiRocco

Next game: at Texans (1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Outstanding Actor for NYG-LAR: Darious Williams, 1 INT, 2 passing deviations, 4 tackles

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The Rams avoided total disappointment with the Giants and scored a 17-9 win. Their offensive left much to be desired, however – aside from an early touchdown by Gerald Everett and a late 55-yard catch-and-run score from Cooper Kupp, who said the game had "bad taste" left their mouths based on how the crime was carried out. Defensively, the Rams' onslaught came alive when Daniel Jones was fired five times. The Rams finish the first quarter of the season 3-1 but need to regain the momentum they had in the first two games of the season. – Lindsey Thiry

Next game: in Washington (1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday)

The winless Giants averaged 11.75 points per game this season in Jason Garrett's offensive, the worst in the NFL. "Yeah, we need to get more points," said Jones. "I think we all recognize that." The Giants have only scored three touchdowns in four weeks and missed the end zone in almost nine quarters. It's inexcusable, even without Saquon Barkley running back. Perhaps next week is the cure for the cowboys who dropped 49 points in Cleveland, the cure for what ails New York's offense? – Jordan Raanan

Next game: at Cowboys (4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Outstanding artist for BUF-LV: Stefon Diggs, 115 yards received

Buffalo's defense is not yet a lost cause. Despite shaky performances in the last two games, the Bills found their energy in Sunday's win against the Raiders. Three back-to-back drives – including two fumbles and a turnover with downs – in the second half allowed Buffalo to build an insurmountable lead late in the game. Josh Norman, in particular, lit the defense with his forced fumble in the fourth quarter. – Marcel Louis-Jacques

Next game: at Titans (1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday)



Josh Allen goes deep to Stefon Diggs, who jumps up and reaches over Erik Harris for a spectacular catch.

The Raiders couldn't avoid being taken apart on Sunday by Bill's quarterback Josh Allen, who fell to 2-2 with a loss that didn't feel as tight. And next week the Raiders will travel to see the powerful Super Bowl championship bosses. – Paul Gutierrez

Next game: at Chiefs (1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Outstanding artist for IND-CHI: Julian Blackmon, 1 INT, 3 passes defended

The Colts continued to be the stingiest defense in the NFL, keeping the Bears 28 yards and just three points for the last two minutes of the game. Indianapolis has now given up just 29 points and has recorded seven interceptions in their last three games. A Browns crime comes next week in which Dallas only lost 49 points. – Mike Wells

Next game: in Browns (4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday)

The bears are not part of the NFL elite. Not even close. Chicago may have been lucky enough to open the year against the lowest-fed Lions, Giants, and Falcons, but whatever came of the Bear's surprising 3-0 record in comforting the Bear in losing to the Colts on Sunday. The Bears, led by veteran quarterback Nick Foles, were flat against the Colts all four quarters. Mitchell Trubisky or no Mitchell Trubisky, the bears' offense remains a mess. – Jeff Dickerson

Next game: Buccaneers (8:20 p.m. ET, Thursday)

Outstanding performer for DEN-NYJ: Tim Patrick, 113 yards and 1 TD

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With Brett Rypien starting quarterback for the first time in a short week, the Broncos overcame an early Jets touchdown, three Rypien interceptions and – yes – additional injuries to Noah Fant (ankle) and KJ Hamler (thigh). There were many moments in the game where the Broncos could have shown some fragility, including the fact that both Justin Simmons and Alexander Johnson missed the tackles on Sam Darnold's 46-yard touchdown in less than five minutes. But the Broncos held out, Rypien came up with two touchdown passes and they completed their first win. – Jeff Legwold

Next game: at Patriots (4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday)

An undisciplined mess, the Jets committed 11 penalties (including six personal fouls). This is directly reflected in the coaching and does not help Adam Gases cause. His job security is low after a second 0: 4 start in a row. His team was more competitive than in previous losses, but the Jets hung around long enough to beat themselves. – Rich Cimini

Next game: Cardinals (1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday)