Week 4 is done now and the highlight of the night took place out at the Louisiana Superdome.
Where everyone is wondering what the hell is happening to the New Orleans Saints? And more importantly what the hell is happening to the Dallas cowboys?
The Cowboys are 3-1 on the season now and they actually look like a playoff team.
And the Vikings prove there may be some life without Adrian Peterson.
UPSET OF THE DAY: Pittsburgh vs Tampa Bay
Dallas (3-1) 38 New Orleans (1-3) 17
Tony Romo threw 3 touchdown passes and DeMarco Murray continued to tear it up on the ground with yet another 100-yard game; Dallas had a 31-3 lead at one point.
The Dallas defense kept the Saints out of the end zone for the entire first half. Not too many teams have been able to do that.
Drew Brees had 2 touchdown passes in the 4th quarter to Josh Hill and Jimmy Graham to cut the deficit to 31-17 but Dallas would only make things worse from there.
“I think we’re a different team than we were last year,” Romo said. “What you find is you forget it’s the Saints and Drew Brees and just go play.”
Dallas reached 3-1 for the first time under coach Jason Garrett after also starting 2-1 the three previous seasons. The Cowboys are tied with Philadelphia for the NFC East lead.
The Saints lost to the Cowboys for the first time since 1991.
The Saints turned the ball over 3 times, Dallas did not turn the ball over.
Vikings 41, Falcons 28
The Falcons were supposed to win this game. They did not even come close. The Falcons are better at almost every position.
It wasn’t all good news for the Vikings though, they lost QB Teddy Bridgewater and are now in a quarterback conundrum, as both of their main guys are on the Injury Reserve (Bridgewater and Matt Cassel).
Bridgewater played a pretty good game. The rookie passed for 317 yard and connected on a key 2-point convert.
“I was confident in the play calling. I was confident in the guys. And I felt that they were still confident in me,” said Bridgewater, who completed 19 of 30 passes with no turnovers and ran five times for 27 yards and a touchdown.
Then he sprained his ankle.
The Falcons gave up 558 yards to a team playing without its best player…and a rookie QB.
The Falcons lost 3 offensive linemen to injuries and wound up playing a tight end at right tackle. That is never a good sign when you have to do that.
The Vikings had 351 yards by the half.
The game was quite close until the 4th quarter when Minnesota scored 14 unanswered points.
49ers 26 Eagles 21
If SF found a way to lose this game (and in the 2nd quarter it didn’t look good), there may be hell to pay in the Bay Area. Brand new multimillion dollar stadium and the team still somewhat resembles a PeeWee team.
SF was that close to losing their 3rd game in a row.
Frank Gore had a 55-yard TD and ran for 119 yards in his 1st 100-yard game of the season, and it saved the day.
Passing-wise, both quarterbacks were less than stellar, each hovering around the 200-yard mark.
The 49ers now 2-2 avoided their first 3-game losing skid under coach Jim Harbaugh.
Chargers 33, Jaguars 14
Chargers have successfully kept the Jaguars as the only team without a win this season.
Philip Rivers had 377 yards and 3 touchdowns as the passing game compensated for the running game, which is nonexistent these days in San Diego.
“We weren’t as balanced but we were rolling pretty good in the passing game,” Rivers said. “We spread the ball around today and that was pleasing. It was a collective effort.”
Rookie out of UCF Blake Bortles found himself starting his 1st NFL game, threw a touchdown pass and twice had Jacksonville in the lead in the first half.
Jacksonville has been outscored 152-58 this season.
Packers 38, Bears 17
The Pack are Back.
After suffering some strange losses already this season, the Packers got their record back on even terms, beat the Bears by 21 points.
Aaron Rodgers had 302 yards of passing and 4 touchdown strikes as the Pack shook off their worst offensive performance in years last week when they scored only 7 points in Detroit.
“I just wanted to remind everybody that it’s a long season, and at some point, we’re going to get this thing figured out,” Rodgers said in Detroit that night.
He had all the answers in this one, which allowed Green Bay to join the Bears (732) as the only teams with at least 700 regular-season wins.
Rodgers posted a 151.2 rating and completed 22 of 28 passes, he would have had his 5th TD pass but it was called back due to a penalty.
Jay Cutler and the Bears were matching Rodgers TD for TD until Cutler started throwing picks.
Texans 23, Bills 17
Should the season begin to take a terrible turn and the Bills not make the playoffs by one win, you could look back to this game and place all the blame right here.
This was a game that Buffalo should have come out on top in.
The reason it happened was a mistake by quarterback EJ Manual which resulted in a touchdown the other way by JJ Watt.
Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 2 interceptions.
Manual threw 2 picks as well but also had the 2 TD passes, one was a 90-yard pass so you know the kid can throw.
Buffalo has beaten Chicago and Miami so far this season and lost to SD and Houston. They will attempt to climb back over .500 next weekend vs the Lions.
Indianapolis 41, Tennessee 17
Indy scored so often last night, it looks like Peyton Manning was still on their team. They scored 14 in the 1st and 3rd quarters and Reggie Wayne picked up 119 yards and a TD.
Andrew Luck had 393 yards and four touchdowns which is a season high
After starting this season with back-to-back losses, Indy (2-2) has now won twice by more than 20 points and has extended its league-high streak of consecutive wins over division opponents to nine.
In both wins, Indy allowed 17 points.
Ravens 38, Carolina 10
Well Cam Newton was brought back to earth yesterday, used to having his way with most defenses, but not this time.
Newton only completed 14 of 25 passes and collected 197 yards and got sacked twice. Backup Derek Anderson also got some playing time, and went 6-9 for 71 yards.
Joe Flacco on the other hand was perfect, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Steve Smith had 139 yards and 7 catches, scoring twice.
Lions 24, NY Jets 17
One of the biggest moves of the off-season was the moving from Denver to NY for WR Eric Decker. I don’t claim to be a football expert by any means, but I don’t think that move has quite paid off for NY, at least not yet.
Decker did catch one touchdown pass, but this is a WR who was the go-to guy on the Denver Broncos last year.
In this game, that wasn’t even the least of their worries in NY, after getting pulled, QB Geno Smith lost his cool with a couple of fans and now his name is all over the place for all of the wrong reasons.
Detroit scored 14 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter and that put them up 17-3 at the half.
As anyone who follows NFL now knows, Smith didn’t deny anything afterwards: “Before we start this off, first of all I want to apologize if any kids saw me saying any negative remarks walking off the field,” Smith said to open his postgame news conference. “I kind of let my temper get the best of me in that situation, and it’s a part of my learning process.”
Tampa Bay 27 Pittsburgh 24
If there was one game this past Sunday afternoon that I really wish I had been home to witness, it would have been this one.
Because I still have a tough time believing that this actually happened.
Ten unanswered points in the 4th quarter resulted in a Steeler fan’s worst nightmare…a loss to the Bucs.
And they lost the game at home, in Pittsburgh, in front of their own faithful.
That’s bad. That’s worse than a loss to Cleveland anywhere last season.
QB Mike Glennon had a great night out in terms of passing yards and touchdowns, throwing for 302 yards and scoring a pair of TDs.
Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger had an even better night with 314 passing yards and 3 touchdowns but the defense didn’t show up.
Tampa scored the winning touchdown with .5 seconds left on the clock.
Dolphins 38 Raiders 14
It seems like playing the Raiders these days pretty much guarantees a win. The Miami Dolphins proved that Sunday with a 20+ point win in a neutral site game played in London.
Miami scored more points in the 2nd quarter (21) that Oakland did in the entire game.
The Raiders have become one of 2 remaining NFL teams without a win.
Miami QB RyanTannehill took advantage of a depleted Oakland defense, throwing plenty of short passes for big gains. The third-year quarterback completed 23 of 31 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns.
The Dolphins are now 1-1 at Wembley Stadium, the home of England’s national soccer team.
Kansas City (2-2) 41, New England (2-2) 14
There have never been as many unanswered questions around the New England Patriots locker room as there are now. Nobody seems to have any clue what the hell is going on. There are plenty of questions, and for once, they do not surround often-injured TE Rob Gronkowski. New England has taken as much of a hit lately as Denver took in the first half of the Super Bowl last year.
QB Tom Brady had only 2 touchdown passes but they both game when the game out of reach.
He also threw 2 interceptions – very un-Bradylike. KC scored at least a touchdown in each of the 4 quarters, and now the Pats are at 2-2.
KC RB Jamaal Charles did most of the damage himself, scoring 3 running touchdowns.
KC QB Alex Smith threw 20 completions out of 26 attempts, which was good and had 248 yards passing to go along with 3 touchdowns.
The 41-14 score was Bill Bellichick’s worst loss as coach of the Patriots.
If there could possibly be a good point coming out of a game like this, it’s giving a backup QB a chance to play. Bellichick played Jimmy Garoppolo in the 4th quarter to give him some playing time. God knows Brady can’t play this game forever, so it gives a 20-something a chance to see what it’s like to play in a game.
Garopollo was taken 62nd overall in April’s entry draft out of the University of Eastern Illinois.