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10 Things I Learned From NFL Week 4

1. Ugly Thursday Night Football

The Dolphins and Bengals both came out explosive and scored early. Unfortunately, we didn’t see another touchdown after the first quarter, and Andy Dalton finished with more yards than the entire Dolphins team (222). It was just ugly football to watch overall. The Dolphins need to figure things out quickly if they wish to stay relevant this season.

 

2. Can’t Keep Smith Down

Steve Smith Sr. planned for last season to be his last. The vet’s plans changed after his season was shortened due to him tearing his Achilles tendon. At age 37, Smith has fought his way back to lead the Ravens in both receptions (24) and receiving yards (281). I’m convinced he’ll never retire! He currently sits at ninth on the all-time receiving list, and he only needs 133 more yards to pass Reggie Wayne.

 

3. Falcons Rise Up

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The Falcons hosted the Panthers, and they rose to the challenge. They put up 48 points, highlighted by Matt Ryan’s 503 passing yards and Julio Jones’ 300 receiving yards. Who would’ve guessed that Matt Ryan would be in the MVP conversation after the first quarter of the season?

 

4. Another Rookie Quarterback

After the injury to Trevor Siemian, rookie Paxton Lynch came in and helped lead the Broncos to their fourth win of the season to remain unbeaten. Lynch finished with 170 yards and a touchdown in his first real NFL action. Another rookie quarterback gets a win, and it’s still not the #1 overall pick.

 

5. Unbeaten Teams

After four weeks, only three unbeaten teams remain: the Broncos, Eagles, and Vikings. They all look to extend their streak this week as the Broncos host the Falcons, Eagles travel to Detroit, and Vikings play at home against the Texans.

 

6. Goose Egg in New England

Rex Ryan and the Bills came into New England and shut out the Patriots to hand them their first loss of the season. The last time the Patriots put up a big ‘ol goose egg was 2006 in their 21-0 loss to the Dolphins.

 

7. Dak No INT

Rookie Dak Prescott now has 131 passing attempts without an interception, which is a rookie record. Not far behind him is Carson Wentz, who has 102 passing attempts without an interception! It will be fun to see who can keep this up the longest. If they can somehow keep it going until week eight, the Cowboys and Eagles play each other on Sunday Night Football!

 

8. The Good Gordon

Melvin Gordon is the only player with at least one rushing touchdown in every game so far this season after failing to score one during his rookie season. He now has 230 rushing yards with six touchdowns through four games this season.

 

9. The Bad Gordon

Just a week before his suspension was up, Josh Gordon has made the decision to step away from football for now to check into rehab for alcohol abuse. His time with the Cleveland Browns is likely over.

 

10. #Free

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#FreeBrady has been seen on social media for quite awhile, but now Tom Brady is just #Free. I think I can finally say that “Deflategate” is behind us, so bring on the next Patriots’ investigation!

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