Week 4 gone by, only the NFC North is where undefeated teams reside. Unsurprisingly, Aaron Rodgers and the Champions, the Green Bay Packers, remain first after a 39-13 win over the Denver Broncos and Surprisingly, the Detroit Lions are also 4-0, coming off a furious comeback win over the Cowboys in Dallas.
Detroit Lions (2-1) 34 Dallas Cowboys (2-2) 30
The Lions are for real, have no doubt. Down 27-3 in the third quarter, Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson led the way to a huge comeback, connecting for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, with the winner coming less than 2 minutes from regulation. Tony Romo got picked three times.
Chicago Bears (2-2) 34 Carolina Panthers (1-3) 29
More big numbers from Cam Newton (374 yards, 35 on the ground with 2 TD) didn’t help the building Panthers. Devin Hester ran a punt return all the way into the end zone (11th career Punt Return TD) while Matt Forte ran for 205 yards and a touchdown.
Buffalo Bills (3-1) 20 Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) 23
The Bills seemed still hungover from their big win over the Patriots last week, as Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled with 20-34 and 199 yards. The Bengals got a very good running day from Cedric Benson (105 yards) winning with a last second field goal from Mike Nugent.
Tennessee Titans (3-1) 31 Cleveland Browns (2-2) 13
Matt Hasselbeck continues to flourish with the Titans, passing for 3 TD and finally got ground support from Chris Johnson who ran for 101 yards. Stopping Peyton Hillis at 46 yards was crucial as well as sacking Colt McCoy four times.
Minnesota Vikings (0-4) 17 Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) 22
In a battle of the win-less, Donovan McNabb and the Vikings remain with a 0 under the W column. Matt Cassel got rocked by Jared Allen all day, but managed a good game with 260 yards and a TD, backed by Ryan Succop kicking all game long. McNabb threw for two touchdowns, but was intercepted once, and the Vikings might start thinking about a change.
Washington Redskins (3-1) 17 St. Louis Rams (0-4) 10
The St. Louis Rams are another of the win-less teams, with Sam Bradford still taking a pounding week in and week out, sacked 7 times and suffering 10 more big hits. Ryan Torain ran for 135 yards, scoring a TD.
San Francisco 49ers (3-1) 24 Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) 23
The Dream Team Philly project keeps sinking, turning the ball over three times (2 fumbles, 1 Vick interception), while Alex Smith keeps doing just about enough with 291 yards and 2 TD while Frank Gore ran for 127 and a touchdown of his own. Vick had a monster game with 2 TD passes, throwing for 416 yards and running for 75.
New Orleans Saints (3-1) 23 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) 10
Drew Brees has had better days (351 yards, 1 TD, 2 interceptions), but a very good running game (175 yards on the ground for the Saints) more than made up for it, with John Kasay kicking in three field goals.
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) 10 Houston Texans (3-1) 17
Andre Johnson was taken off pretty early, meaning Arian Foster had to shoulder the load, performing very well. Foster ran for 155 yards and a touchdown as the Texans gained 180 yards on the ground. Ben Roethlisberger was shaken often, getting sacked 5 times.
New York Giants (3-1) 31 Arizona Cardinals (1-3) 27
A huge fourth quarter from Eli Manning, throwing for 2 touchdowns in the final 03:37 gave the Giants a come from behind win against the Cardinals, who had only Beanie Wells (138 yards, 3 touchdowns) to rely on.
Atlanta Falcons (2-2) 30 Seattle Seahawks (1-3) 28
Atlanta continue their up and down season, this time the Matt Ryan – Michael Turner connection worked very well. Ryan threw for 291 yards and a touchdown while Turner, the heart of this Falcons offense, scored two touchdowns.
Denver Broncos (1-3) 23 Green Bay Packers (4-0) 49
The best team in the NFL with the best quarterback in the NFL remain perfect. Aaron Rodgers threw for 4 TD and ran for two more in a very entertaining no-defense game, with both teams nearly reaching 900 total yards together. Kyle Orton did connect for three touchdowns, but also got intercepted thrice.
New England Patriots (3-1) 31 Oakland Raiders (2-2) 17
Tom Brady didn’t go wild, but Darren McFadden didn’t either, as New England blended their passing and running game very well, getting 183 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Miami Dolphins (0-4) 16 San Diego Chargers (2-2) 26
The Dolphins used two quarterbacks, both getting intercepted, both not throwing for any touchdowns. Philip Rivers on the other hand had another very good game, throwing for 307 yards and a touchdown.
New York Jets (2-2) 17 Baltimore Ravens (3-1) 34
An Ugly game as some would call it, with 7 combined turnovers and 5 defensive and special teams touchdowns between the two. The Jets got a total 150 offensive yards from Mark Sanchez and the running crew, while Ray Rice and Ricky Williams provided to be the difference with 115 yards between them.