Monday, September 30, 2013

NFL Football - Week Four Review

The dominance of the Denver Broncos (4-0) continues to move forward following the first quarter of the NFL schedule after a 52-20 home win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, the Heftyinfo NFL co-Player of the Week, passed for 327 yards
Peyton Manning is dominating the NFL this season.
and four touchdowns, running his season total to 16 TD passes with ZERO interceptions.
The Broncos have scored 179 points in four games, an average of just under 45 points a game.
Hey, break up the Cleveland Browns.
After the "packing it in for 2013" trade of running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis recently, the Browns have run off two straight wins, including a 17-6 beat down of the Cincinnati Bengals to improve to 2-2 and a first place tie with Cincy and the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North.
The Cleveland defense limited the Bengals to just 266 total yards in offense, including only 63 rushing yards while getting two turnovers in the win. Browns QB Brian Hoyer threw for two touchdowns to lead the offense.
The Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) pulled away from the winless New York Giants in the second half as Dexter McCluster took a punt back 89 yards for a score and Jamaal Charles scored a rushing TD while QB Alex Smith threw a second TD pass to provide the 31-7 final score.
The Detroit Lions (3-1) dominated the Chicago Bears in Motown, winning 40-32 behind  good balance on offense (387 total yards, including 159 rushing) and a solid defense that forced four turnovers, including three interceptions and a score off a fumble recovery. Lions' RB Reggie Bush scored a touchdown and had 139 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, Bears QB Jay Cutler threw the three picks along with two touchdowns in the loss, which knocked Chicago from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Philip Rivers completed 83 percent of passes in win.
The undefeated Seattle Seahawks roared back from a 17-point deficit to beat the Houston Texans on the road, 23-20 in overtime. Kicker Steven Hauschka drilled the game-winning 45-yard field goal to provide the final score.
The Texans led 20-13 late before QB Matt Schaub threw an errant pass that Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman intercepted and took back 58 yards for the tying score with just over two minutes left in regulation.
The Indianapolis Colts coasted to an easy 37-3 road win at Jacksonville as QB Andrew Luck threw for two scores while the defense limited the Jaguars to only 205 total yards in offense.
The San Diego Chargers shocked the visiting Dallas Cowboys, 30-21 as QB Philip Rivers, Heftyinfo NFL co-Player of the Week, passed for 401 yards and three touchdowns to lead the way, including the deciding 56-yard TD pass to tight end Antonio Gates (10 receptions for 136 yards) to ice the game.

                       Elsewhere around the NFL in Week Four . . .

Minnesota beat Pittsburgh, 34-27 in London, England as reserve QB Matt Cassel had two TD passes to go with a big performance from RB Adrian Peterson (140 rushing yards and two TD) to offset two scoring runs from La'Veon Bell. The Steelers are 0-4 this season, the team's worst start since 1968 . . . The Washington Redskins finally won a game as they beat the Oakland Raiders, 24-14 behind a big day from the defense, including seven QB sacks and a 45-yard interception return for TD by David Amerson . . . The Tennessee Titans (3-1) smoked the visiting NY Jets, 38-13 as QB Jake Locker threw for three scores before leaving the game with a hip injury that could sideline him for up to four to eight weeks  . . . The Arizona Cardinals won the yawner of the week, 13-10 on the road against the Tampa Bay Bucs (0-4), who squandered the 10-0 lead in the fourth quarter . . .  The Buffalo Bills beat the visiting Baltimore Ravens, 23-20 as they picked off Ravens' QB Joe Flacco FIVE times to go with a scoring pass from QB E.J. Manuel and a rushing TD from Fred Jackson. The Bills defense limited Baltimore to just 24 rushing yards in the game . . .  The San Francisco 49ers dominated the host St. Louis Rams, 35-11 last Thursday night to improve to 2-2 as running back Frank Gore ran for 153 yards and scored a touchdown to go with two TD passes from QB Colin Kaepernick. The 'Niners defense held St. Louis (1-3) to just 188 total yards in offense, including a meager 18 rushing yards  . . .  The Sunday Night Football game saw the undefeated New England Patriots go into Atlanta and hold on for a 30-23 win as QB Tom Brady (316 pass yards) threw for two scores and the Pats' defense held off the Falcons in the final seconds after nearly blowing a 17-point fourth quarter lead. Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 421 yards with two TD passes and one pick in the loss, which dropped the team to 1-3 in the NFC South . . .  The New Orleans Saints (4-0), led by Drew Brees, Heftyinfo NFL co-Player of the Week, rolled past the visiting Miami Dolphins, 38-17 on Monday Night Football. Brees threw for 413 yards and had four TD passes while running back Darren Sproles and tight end Jimmy Graham each scored two touchdowns. The Saints defense dominated Miami, sacking QB Ryan Tannehill four times and picking off three passes.
On a sad note, former NFL player L.C. Greenwood, a member of the famed "Steel Curtain" defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1970's, died Sunday at the age of 67. Greenwood played on all four Super Bowl champion Steelers' teams during their dominance of the (1970's) decade.

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