Three NFL Week 4 surprises
Brian Hoyer was sick of standing on the sidelines as Tom Brady’s backup. Now he is taking the football world by storm. There weren’t too many people picking the Browns to win a second week in a row after they stunned the Vikings last week. Hoyer proved all the naysayers wrong once again. The Browns defeated the Bengals in Cleveland Sunday, 17-6. For the second straight game, Hoyer didn’t look like a lifelong backup. The Bengals defense is also regarded as one of the best in the league and Hoyer threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns against them with no interceptions. Tight end Jordan Cameron had another huge game with 10 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Browns offense was great, but their defense was even better Sunday. They held the Bengals to just 63 total rushing yards and forced two turnovers. The Browns are now 2-2 after they seemed to have been ready to tank this season to get a top-five pick in the draft. The way Hoyer, along with the Browns defense, has played makes the Browns look a lot better than what everyone expected. They’ll have a couple days off before the Bills come to town Thursday in what looks to be a better primetime game than expected.
2. Bills upset the defending champs in Buffalo
The Bills defense had been pretty bad coming into Sunday in their matchup with the defending Super Bowl Champion Ravens. Joe Flacco didn’t get the memo. The Bills pulled off a stunning 23-20 victory over Baltimore Sunday, improving to 2-2 on the season. The Bills forced Flacco into an astounding five interceptions and sacked him four times. E.J. Manuel needed the help of his defense and his running game because he struggled, completing just 10 of 22 passes for 167 yards, along with two interceptions. The Bills ran for 203 yards, which saved the day, despite Manuel’s three turnovers. Flacco, fresh off his $120 million contract, can’t have the day he did Sunday again or the Ravens won’t be playing playoff football again. Give the Bills credit for a shocking win, but don’t expect them to have a game like this again this season.
3. Patriots remain undefeated with statement win in Atlanta
A lot of people questioned the Patriots 3-0 start to the season. Bill Belichick and his crew silenced all the haters Sunday night in Atlanta. The Patriots defeated the Falcons, 30-23, improving to 4-0 this season. It was a statement win for the Pats after beating the Bills, Jets, and Bucs. Kenbrell Thompkins seems to have finally found his groove with Tom Brady, catching six passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. Julian Edelman also had 118 yards receiving and the Pats got 132 yards on the ground with LeGarrette Blount leading the way with 64 yards. The offense seems to be clicking, but people are overlooking the Patriots defense, which has been a major reason to their 4-0 start. They held the Falcons to 58 rushing yards and made a big stop late in the fourth quarter in the redzone to put the game away. For the Falcons, they are arguably the best 1-3 team in the NFL and are off to a bad start. They should be better when they get Steven Jackson back, but they have definitely been a disappointment early in the season.