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Week 4 of the NFL season gave us plenty of drama as we approach the quarter pole of the season. Gardner Minshew and Leonard Fournette were magical as they rallied the Jacksonville Jaguars from a 17-3 deficit against the Denver Broncos for a thrilling 26-24 victory. Also, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shocked everyone in the NFL by dropping 55 points at Los Angeles in a 55-40 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. With all the dramatic action that took place this weekend, here are my thoughts after Week 4.
- The Tennessee Titans looked very good yesterday against the Falcons. While the Falcons look like a mess due to poor offensive line and secondary, the Titans were efficient and got the job done. I will discuss them more in-depth in my weekly team spotlight.
- There is a reason I picked the Baltimore Ravens to go 6-10 before the season started. This team lost major defensive stalwarts this past offseason, including Za’Darius Smith and CJ Mosley, and that has affected them greatly as they have gotten torched back-to-back weeks by the Chiefs and a Browns team that struggled on offense prior to their win yesterday at Baltimore. The Ravens are not the defensive powerhouse they were even last year. If the Ravens are going to beat teams that are better than the Dolphins and Cardinals, they can’t solely rely on Lamar Jackson to have monster performances and carry them.
- The Buffalo Bills’ defense is for real. While they lost to the Patriots, they held their own against Tom Brady. They held the Patriots to 224 total yards and kept their struggling and battered offense in the game until the very end. The defense can win some defensive slugfests and help the offense when injuries occur or if Josh Allen has a down performance.
- I’ve been hearing a lot of criticisms about Jared Goff after his performance in their 55-40 loss to the Buccaneers. While it is true, he turned the ball over four times, he got no help from the rest of his team. The defense was awful as they gave up 387 yards to a struggling Jameis Winston and the offensive line struggled to give Goff consistent protection all game, including the final drive where Shaquil Barrett strip-sacked Goff on their two-minute drive to tie the game. Goff did what he could in an epic shootout and the defense cannot continue to let receivers wide open like they did all game vs the Buccaneers.
- Speaking of Shaquil Barrett, he is looking unbelievable to start the season as he has nine sacks, one interception, seven tackles for loss and three first fumbles through the first four games. He is the early season Defensive Player of the Year.
- Chase Daniel in relief gave the Chicago Bears something that Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t given them all years and that is poise. Daniel was calm in the pocket and led an efficient offense and allowed the Bears to get enough offense to give the dominant defense a lot of breathing room. The Bears also gave David Montgomery 26 touches which opened the offense a lot. While Trubisky is the more talented quarterback, Daniel can give this team some much-needed consistency, although his mobility is limited.
- Even though the Detroit Lions lost to the Kansas City Chiefs (in part due to officiating), they were impressive. The defense prevented Patrick Mahomes from achieving their usual first-half explosion, and they prevented Mahomes from throwing a single touchdown pass. Cornerback Justin Coleman is looking like a stellar free-agent acquisition and the offense looks much improved. With a solid offensive line, the Lions have been able to get running back Kerryon Johnson going as he rushed for 125 yards vs Kansas City. With a team that is at least decent in all areas and is currently healthy, the Lions can be a dangerous team going forward if they can keep this up. Their trip to Lambeau after their bye week is a very intriguing game to watch.