The Good The Bad And The BEST of Week 4
Well Week 4 is almost in the books and all eyes are on the Pittsburgh PA as the Cincinnati Bengals visit The Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. Despite the records, when the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals square off there is always plenty of excitement. The season is on the line for both teams and so expect another physical showdown.
No team is worse at stopping the run than Cincinnati. So far the Steelers run game has been anemic but if there was ever a game for James Conner and Jaylen Samuels to break out it’s this week. The Steelers’ coaches need to challenge the offensive line to play like an elite unit.
Here are some BIG things about Week 4:
The Jacksonville Jaguars improved to 2–2 on the season with a comeback win in Denver on Sunday, riding a massive rushing performance from Leonard Fournette (225 yards) to a 26–24 victory. But these days, with Nick Foles out, no Jaguars win (or loss, even) is complete without a few plays from QB Gardner Minshew that make you say, “Well I’ll be damned.”
Josh Lambo might’ve sealed the win with his game-ending field goal, but it was the Washington State kid who made the key throws in the two-minute drill that set Lambo up with a chip shot to win it. And before that, it took a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes from Minshew to kickstart the offense and bring the Jaguars back into the game. His first TD, a third-down seven-yarder to Ryquell Armstead that ended a 16-play drive coming out of halftime, was the play of the game. Minshew slithered around the Broncos’ pass rush to buy himself enough time and space to loft a throw to the end zone.
The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS defeated the Buffalo Bills, 16-10, in Week 4. New England joins the 2012 Chicago Bears as the only teams since 2000 with at least 15 sacks (18) and 10 interceptions (10) in their first four games of a season.
New England defensive back J.C. JACKSON had two interceptions and a blocked punt in the victory. Jackson became the first player since the New York Jets’ ERIK McMILLAN (Week 1, 1989) with at least two interceptions and a blocked punt in a single game.
Additionally, Patriots defensive back DEVIN McCOURTY recorded an interception in the win and is the first player in Patriots franchise history and the first in the NFL since Minnesota’s BRIAN RUSSELL in 2003 to record an interception in each of his team’s first four games of a season.
Buffalo running back FRANK GORE rushed for 109 yards in the loss. Gore, who now has 15,021 career rushing yards, became the fourth player in league annals with at least 15,000 career rushing yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers EMMITT SMITH (18,355), WALTER PAYTON (16,726) and BARRY SANDERS (15,269).
Barrett has nine sacks on the season and tied MARK GASTINEAU (1984), KABEER GBAJA-BIAMILA (2001) and Pro Football Hall of Famer KEVIN GREENE (1998) for the most sacks through their team’s first four games of a season since 1982 when the individual sack became an official statistic.
Additionally, Tampa Bay wide receiver CHRIS GODWIN had 12 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns and Los Angeles Rams wide receiver ROBERT WOODS had 13 catches for 164 yards.
Including Cleveland wide receiver JARVIS LANDRY’s Week 4 performance (8 catches for 167 yards), there have now been 13 150-yard receiving performances in the NFL this season, surpassing the 2013 season (12) for the most 150-yard receiving performances through four weeks of a season in NFL history.
Allen joins CARSON WENTZ (2016) as the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to go 3-0 with zero interceptions in their first three career starts.
Carolina running back CHRISTIAN McCAFFREY registered 179 scrimmage yards (93 rushing, 86 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in the win.
McCaffrey, who had 209 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 and 188 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in Week 3, joins Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (1963) as the only players in league annals with three games of at least 175 scrimmage yards and one touchdown in their team’s first four games of a season.
Additionally, McCaffrey caught 10 passes in the win, his sixth career game with at least 10 receptions, tying LARRY CENTERS and Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDAINIAN TOMLINSON for the most career games with at least 10 receptions by a running back in NFL history.
Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES had four catches for 52 yards in his 115th career game in the Falcons’ Week 4 loss.
Jones, who now has 11,048 career receiving yards, surpassed CALVIN JOHNSON (127 games) to become the fastest player in NFL history to reach 11,000 career receiving yards.
VONTAZE BURFICT of the Oakland Raiders has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2019 season, as well as any postseason games, for repeated violations of unnecessary roughness rules, including in Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
NFL Vice President of Football Operations JON RUNYAN issued the suspension for a violation of Rule 12, Section 2, Article 10, which states that: “It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent.”
In his letter to Burfict, Runyan wrote:
“There were no mitigating circumstances on this play. Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided. For your actions, you were penalized and disqualified from the game.”
“Following each of your previous rule violations, you were warned by me and each of the jointly-appointed appeal officers that future violations would result in escalated accountability measures. However, you have continued to flagrantly abuse rules designated to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk.”
“Your extensive history of rules violations is factored into this decision regarding accountability measures.”
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKS or JAMES THRASH, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.