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NFL Week Four Preview

Posted Sep 25, 2013

NFL Week Four Preview



NFL APPROACHES QUARTER MARK WITH KEY WEEK 4 GAMES

 

Seven teams – Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, New England, New Orleans and Seattle – remain undefeated as the NFL enters Week 4.

 

“We’ve started the season 3-0 and there aren’t a bunch of those 3-0 teams out there,” says Broncos head coach JOHN FOX, whose team has scored 127 points, tied for the second-most in the first three games of a season in NFL history.

 

Of those seven, more than half of them – Chicago, Kansas City, Miami and New Orleans – did not make the playoffs last year. But that’s the unpredictability of the NFL. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four clubs made the playoffs that were not in the postseason the previous year.

 

“We are really motivated right now to play well,” says Chiefs linebacker JUSTIN HOUSTON, who leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks. “We have to continue to play well and win games. We are really feeling good right now with being 3-0 at this point.”

 

And there is a lot of football left to be played. While a strong start to the season is a good thing – 75.4 percent of teams (86 of 114) that started 3-0 since 1990 made the playoffs – it is hardly a guarantee of future success.

 

“Every game is kind of independent of the next,” says Bears rookie head coach MARC TRESTMAN. “We’re just trying to play every game. We’re going to next week with that as one of 13 games left and we’ll see where we are.”

 

Since 1990, 60 teams with a losing record after the first three games made the playoffs. So, entering Week 4, hope is still very much alive for everyone.

 

“It’s three games and we have 13 more opportunities,” says wide receiver RODDY WHITE of the 1-2 Atlanta Falcons. “We have a long way to go. We have to find a way to win games and win them consecutively.”

 

The Week 4 schedule kicks off on Thursday night when the St. Louis Rams host the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC West showdown on NFL Network (8:25 PM ET). The 49ers have won the NFC West each of the past two seasons but the Rams posted a 4-1-1 record in division games last year, including a 1-0-1 mark against San Francisco.

 

Also in Week 4, the NFL returns to London. For the first time, there will be two regular-season games in the UK with the first of those two games coming Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings meet the Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS, 1:00 PM ET) at London’s Wembley Stadium.

 

Among the other key games on the schedule this week:

 

CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-1) at CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-2) (Sunday, CBS, 1:00 PM ET)                

 

The Bengals and Browns will meet in a key AFC North matchup. Both teams are coming off thrilling Week 3 victories.

 

Cincinnati won a wild 34-30 game over Green Bay last week. The Bengals scored the game’s first 14 points, allowed 30 unanswered points and then finished by reeling off 20 consecutive points. Cincinnati is one of only three teams in NFL history to win a game after allowing 30 unanswered points (1951 Green Bay and 1999 Dallas).

 

“This win is no bigger than next week,” says Bengals head coach MARVIN LEWIS. “That’s what the NFL is – a lead in to the next game. This is all for nothing if we don’t take care of business the next week and the next.”

 

The Browns recorded their first victory of the season with a 31-27 come-from-behind win at Minnesota. Quarterback BRIAN HOYER threw three touchdown passes, including the game-winner from seven yards out to tight end JORDAN CAMERON with 51 seconds remaining. It was Cameron’s third touchdown of the game.

 

“This group responds to any challenge,” says Cleveland head coach ROB CHUDZINSKI. “They really take to heart and work on the things we’re coaching them to do. It’s one game and we’re looking ahead to the next game.”

 

Hoyer is the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer OTTO GRAHAM to throw at least three touchdown passes in his first NFL game with Cleveland.

 

CHICAGO BEARS (3-0) at DETROIT LIONS (2-1) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)                

 

The top two teams in the NFC North standings will meet at Ford Field on Sunday. Both clubs recorded wins in Week 3.

 

Chicago forced five turnovers and scored twice on defense in a 40-23 win at Pittsburgh. Safety MAJOR WRIGHT had a 38-yard interception-return touchdown and defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS returned a fumble 42 yards for a score. Since the start of 2012, the Bears have scored 12 touchdowns on defense (10 interceptions, two fumbles), the most in the NFL.

 

“We emphasize taking the ball away,” says Peppers. “So we had a good night.”

 

The Lions won for the first time in Washington (27-20) last week, recording the team’s first road victory over the Redskins since October 13, 1935 when Detroit defeated the Boston Redskins. Quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 385 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON had seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.

 

“NFC North games mean an awful lot,” says Detroit head coach JIM SCHWARTZ. “It’s a chance for you to win a game and a chance to put a loss on one of your opponents without having somebody else have to help you do it. They’re certainly important.”

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-0) at ATLANTA FALCONS (1-2) (Sunday, NBC, 8:30 PM ET)                

 

On Sunday night, the two active quarterbacks with the best starting records will meet in Atlanta (minimum 50 starts). New England’s TOM BRADY is 139-39 (.781) as the Patriots’ starter and Atlanta’s MATT RYAN has compiled a 57-24 (.704) record with the Falcons.

 

Both clubs advanced to the Championship Game a year ago and hope to take the next step by playing in the Super Bowl.

 

The Patriots improved to 3-0 after last week’s 23-3 win over Tampa Bay. Brady, who has now thrown a touchdown pass in 51 consecutive games, connected with rookie wide receiver KENBRELL THOMPKINS on two TD passes.

 

“I feel good, we’re 3-0,” says New England defensive tackle VINCE WILFORK. “You can’t ask for anything better.”

 

The Falcons look to bounce back from a last-second defeat in Miami (27-23) in Week 3. At home, Atlanta has won 12 of its past 13 regular-season contests.

 

“I’m looking forward to having a big week,” says Falcons rookie cornerback DESMOND TRUFANT. “I can’t wait. I know we’re all looking forward to it. We’ve got a bad taste in our mouth right now, so we’re just looking forward to getting back to grinding.”

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-0) at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-0) (Monday, ESPN, 8:40 PM ET)                

 

Two 3-0 teams will be showcased on Monday night when the Saints host the Dolphins.

 

Miami defeated Atlanta in Week 3 with a come-from-behind 27-23 victory. Quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL threw a one-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end DION SIMS with 38 seconds remaining to give the Dolphins the victory.

 

“We are focusing on an excellent New Orleans team we have to get ready for,” says Miami head coach JOE PHILBIN. “We have to do a lot of preparation and a little extra work to get familiar with their schemes and personnel.”

 

Last week, Saints quarterback DREW BREES extended his streak of consecutive 300-yard passing games to eight, the second-longest in NFL history (Brees holds the record with nine). Tight end JIMMY GRAHAM had nine catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns for New Orleans, his second consecutive 100-yard game.

 

“It’s early but we’re pleased with the start,” says Saints head coach SEAN PAYTON. “As there is every week, there are some things we want to look at and clean up and get corrected.”

 

Brees has won eight consecutive starts on Monday Night Football and has a 120.6 passer rating in those contests, completing 194 of 273 passes (71.1 percent) for 2,467 yards (308.4 per game) with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions.

 

2013 NFL STANDINGS

 

American Football Conference

East Division

Team

   W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

New England Patriots

     3

0

0

1.000

59

34

2-0-0

1-0-0

2-0-0

2-0-0

Won 3

Miami Dolphins

     3

0

0

1.000

74

53

1-0-0

2-0-0

2-0-0

0-0-0

Won 3

New York Jets

     2

1

0

.667

55

50

2-0-0

0-1-0

1-1-0

1-1-0

Won 1

Buffalo Bills

     1

2

0

.333

65

73

1-1-0

0-1-0

0-2-0

0-2-0

Lost 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

Cincinnati Bengals

2

1

0

.667

75

64

2-0-0

0-1-0

1-0-0

1-0-0

Won 2

Baltimore Ravens

2

1

0

.667

71

64

2-0-0

0-1-0

2-1-0

1-0-0

Won 2

Cleveland Browns

1

2

0

.333

47

64

0-1-0

1-1-0

0-2-0

0-1-0

Won 1

Pittsburgh Steelers

0

3

0

.000

42

76

0-2-0

0-1-0

0-2-0

0-1-0

Lost 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

Houston Texans

2

1

0

.667

70

82

1-0-0

1-1-0

2-1-0

1-0-0

Lost 1

Indianapolis Colts

2

1

0

.667

68

48

1-1-0

1-0-0

1-1-0

0-0-0

Won 1

Tennessee Titans

2

1

0

.667

60

56

1-0-0

1-1-0

2-1-0

0-1-0

Won 1

Jacksonville Jaguars

0

3

0

.000

28

92

0-1-0

0-2-0

0-2-0

0-0-0

Lost 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

Denver Broncos

3

0

0

1.000

127

71

2-0-0

1-0-0

2-0-0

1-0-0

Won 3

Kansas City Chiefs

3

0

0

1.000

71

34

1-0-0

2-0-0

1-0-0

0-0-0

Won 3

San Diego Chargers

1

2

0

.333

78

81

0-1-0

1-1-0

0-2-0

0-0-0

Lost 1

Oakland Raiders

1

2

0

.333

57

67

1-0-0

0-2-0

1-2-0

0-1-0

Lost 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Football Conference

East Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

Dallas Cowboys

2

1

0

.667

83

55

2-0-0

0-1-0

2-0-0

1-0-0

Won 1

Philadelphia Eagles

1

2

0

.333

79

86

0-2-0

1-0-0

1-0-0

1-0-0

Lost 2

New York Giants

0

3

0

.000

54

115

0-1-0

0-2-0

0-2-0

0-1-0

Lost 3

Washington Redskins

0

3

0

.000

67

98

0-2-0

0-1-0

0-3-0

0-1-0

Lost 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

Chicago Bears

3

0

0

1.000

95

74

2-0-0

1-0-0

1-0-0

1-0-0

Won 3

Detroit Lions

2

1

0

.667

82

69

1-0-0

1-1-0

2-1-0

1-0-0

Won 1

Green Bay Packers

1

2

0

.333

96

88

1-0-0

0-2-0

1-1-0

0-0-0

Lost 1

Minnesota Vikings

0

3

0

.000

81

96

0-1-0

0-2-0

0-2-0

0-2-0

Lost 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

New Orleans Saints

3

0

0

1.000

70

38

2-0-0

1-0-0

3-0-0

2-0-0

Won 3

Carolina Panthers

1

2

0

.333

68

36

1-1-0

0-1-0

1-1-0

0-0-0

Won 1

Atlanta Falcons

1

2

0

.333

71

74

1-0-0

0-2-0

1-1-0

0-1-0

Lost 1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

0

3

0

.000

34

57

0-1-0

0-2-0

0-1-0

0-1-0

Lost 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

Seattle Seahawks

3

0

0

1.000

86

27

2-0-0

1-0-0

2-0-0

1-0-0

Won 3

St. Louis Rams

1

2

0

.333

58

86

1-0-0

0-2-0

1-2-0

1-0-0

Lost 2

San Francisco 49ers

1

2

0

.333

44

84

1-1-0

0-1-0

1-1-0

0-1-0

Lost 2

Arizona Cardinals

1

2

0

.333

56

79

1-0-0

0-2-0

1-2-0

0-1-0

Lost 1

 

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS SEPTEMBER 19, 22-23

 

Thursday September 19,

Sunday, September 22 (cont’d)

Kansas City 26, PHILADELPHIA 16,

BALTIMORE 30, Houston 9

 

NEW ENGLAND 23, Tampa Bay 3

Sunday, September 22

MIAMI 27, Atlanta 23

DALLAS 31, St. Louis 7

SEATTLE 45, Jacksonville 17

CAROLINA 38, NY Giants 0

NY JETS 27, Buffalo 20

Detroit 27, WASHINGTON 20

Indianapolis 27, SAN FRANCISCO 7

TENNESSEE 20, San Diego 17

Chicago 40, PITTSBURGH 23

CINCINNATI 34, Green Bay 30

Cleveland 31, MINNESOTA 27

Monday, September 23

NEW ORLEANS 31, Arizona 7

DENVER 37, Oakland 21

 

2013 WEEK 4 SCHEDULE (SEPTEMBER 26, 29-30)

(All times local)

Byes: Carolina, Green Bay

 

Thursday, September 26

Sunday, September 29 cont’d

San Francisco at St. Louis 7:25 PM (NFLN)

Arizona at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM

 

NY Jets at Tennessee, 3:05 PM

Sunday, September 29

Philadelphia at Denver, 2:25 PM

Baltimore at Buffalo, 1:00 PM

Washington at Oakland, 1:25 PM

Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1:00 PM

Dallas at San Diego, 1:25 PM

Chicago at Detroit, 1:00 PM

New England at Atlanta, 8:30 (NBC)

Seattle at Houston, 12:00 PM

 

Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM

 

NY Giants at Kansas City, 12:00 PM

Monday, September 30

Pittsburgh at Minnesota (London), 6:00 PM

Miami at New Orleans, 7:40 PM (ESPN)

 

 


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