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10 Things We Learned From NFL Week 4

1. Todd Gurley Has Arrived

We have been waiting to see this kid in action awhile, but he finally found success on Sunday in his second NFL game (First with a significant amount of touches). He ran for 146 yards on 19 carries against Arizona. That is more than what Ingram, Forte, and Hyde ran against them combined! The starting gig is officially his, and I can’t wait to see what he does in week 5 against Green Bay.

 

2. Kickers Struggled

Many kickers struggled and lost games for their teams this week. One even got fired, sorry Scobee. There were 18 combined missed FG/PATs in week four. That is the most in a week since week 10, 2011. Through four weeks, kickers have missed a total of 16 PATs, so the NFL accomplished its goal of adding some tension to the PAT.

 

3. Andy Dalton Appears to be the Real Deal

Is bad Andy officially gone? Every week I’m waiting for him to stink it up, but it’s looking like those days might officially be behind him. On Sunday he went 17/24 for 321 yards and a touchdown. He now has 1,187 yards on the year, which is the third-most. He is also the second highest scoring quarterback in fantasy so far. If he is still available in your league for some reason, pick him up!

 

4. The Raiders REALLY Can’t Cover Tight Ends

This has basically become a joke at this point. I’m not sure why it is so difficult for them to find the tight end on the field, but it is. Martellus Bennett had a great day with 83 yards and a touchdown on 11 catches. This has brought the total stats of the starting tight ends facing the Raiders to 380 yards and 6 touchdowns on 31 catches. I don’t care who is playing the Raiders, their tight end will be relevant for fantasy.

 

5. The Dolphins Are a Complete Mess

The Dolphins have been brutal this season, and now they fired HC Joe Philbin. The offense really struggled Sunday going 0-16 on 3rd and 4th down conversions. Overall the offense has been mediocre this season, but the defense has been the real problem. Coming into the season, many thought that this would be one of the top defensive units in the NFL. Now they are among the worst, and are so bad that they gave up 34 rushing yards to Ryan Fitzpatrick.

 

6. The Bills Are Undisciplined

Every time Buffalo got anything going Sunday, it was negated by a penalty. How many penalties did they accumulate you ask? 17. 17 penalties, wow…

 

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7. Ronnie Hillman is Making His Case to be the Starter

Hillman has performed better than Anderson in every single game so far, but it generally has been closer. This week, he busted a 72-yard touchdown run, which now ranks 4th longest in Broncos history. Towards the end of the game, Kubiak elected to have Hillman in the lineup instead of Anderson. The carries are definitely going to start evening out in Denver.

 

8. Eli Threw His First Interception of the Season

Turnover-prone Eli Manning threw his first interception of the season after 142 passes without one. I find it surprising that Eli can protect the ball as well as he has, and the Giants are still only 2-2. I said it before, but this team plays better than a 2-2 team.

 

9. Buffalo is Getting Thin at Running Back

With LeSean McCoy out with a hamstring injury, Karlos Williams started for the Bills this week. Unfortunately for them, he was diagnosed with a concussion. We don’t know if this will cause him to miss the game this week, but it’s concerning since they are bringing Trent Richardson in for a workout. Nothing screams desperation more than a team talking to Trent Richardson.

 

10. It’s Tough to Beat Seattle AND The Refs on Monday Night

Well, well, well. It’s been a few years since there was a blown call at the end of the game in Seattle to give them the win, but we are here again! First it was “Immaculate Deception” when they played the Packers, and now again last night when they played the Lions, another NFC North team. Calvin Johnson was just about to cross the goal line to score when the ball gets knocked out of his hands and rolls into the end zone. A Seahawks player then hits the ball out of the back of the end zone intentionally, which means it should be the Lions ball. Luckily for the Seahawks, there was another blown call, and the refs rule it a touchback.

2 Comments

  1. James

    October 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Really like your style of writing, and I always look forward to your articles! Will you do any other sports besides football?

    • Zach Brunner

      October 8, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks James! I do plan to write some about basketball once that gets started more. I could possibly take the fantasy route with that, do news on the full league, or highlight the Timberwolves and/or Bucks specifically. Keep reading and make sure to share our articles to grow this community!

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