NFL Week 4: Quick Reactions to the Early Games
Seahawks (4-0) defeat Texans (2-2) 23-20: Seattle had no business winning this game. They were a three-point road favorite against a team many experts believe can represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. And that was the analysis before the game even started. The Seahawks had even less business winning this game by the start of the fourth-quarter when they were losing 20-6. The only take away from this game is that the Seahawks are scary.
Colts (3-1) defeat Jaguars (0-4), 37-3: This result was obvious wasn’t it? The Jaguars may be a historically bad team, and even though 0-16 is probably not in play, would you really be surprised if they didn’t win a game all season—probably not? The only shocking aspect of this game was that the Jaguars were only a nine-point underdog.
Cardinals (2-2) defeat Buccaneers (0-4), 13-10: The Bucs almost had this game. They were up 10-0 heading into the fourth and on the verge of actually covering a three-point spread. But of course things feel apart and the team ended up losing by three. The only question is who in their right mind bet on the win-less Bucs to cover the spread?
Vikings (1-3) defeat Steelers (0-4), 34-27: Both of these teams are bad, but the Steelers are horrendous—and the crazy part is that they were a three-point road favorite. Big Ben threw 51 passes in this game, while Matt Cassel threw 25 passes and two touchdowns. Pittsburgh is in serious trouble.
Lions (3-1) defeat Bears (3-1), 40-32: When Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears look bad, they really look bad. If not for a 16-3 fourth quarter rally this game would have been a much uglier affair. But there is no need for Chicago to panic here. This was a division game in Detroit, with the Lions trailing the Bears by a game. This was a must-win situation in Detroit.
Chiefs (4-0) defeat Giants (0-4), 31-7: Alex Smith threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns as the undefeated Chiefs destroyed the Giants. There are two takeaways here: 1) who would have thought Kansas City would have such a great turn-around? Sure we all knew Alex Smith and Andy Reid would help, but we didn’t know they would help this much. And 2) why are the Giants this bad?
Browns (2-2) defeat Bengals (2-2), 17-6: The Browns are a surprisingly competent team at 2-2, while the Bengals are underachieving at 2-2.
Bills (2-2) defeat Ravens (2-2), 23-20: The Bills had a quality win and are not as bad as most people believe them to be. They are currently 2-1 against the spread and might be an under-the-radar covering machine.