By: AJ Flores @ChxckenAlfredo
Week 4 – The Late Games
San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals
15 – 18
In a very exciting game (sarcasm), we saw a total of 13 punts between these two teams. The Cardinals can’t seem to get a whole lot of offense going without their star running back David Johnson. There were a total of 9 field goals and 1 touchdown. You had to watch the entire game to see Fitzgerald make a nice grab for the game winner. This was one of those NFC West games that’s ultra low scoring and a bunch of body blows the whole time. Carson Palmer was the leading passer with 357 yards, 1TD/1INT. Hyde, even though he was questionable, was the leading rusher in the game, with 16 carries for 68 yards. The leading receiver, who is a shocker to everyone but myself, is Jaron Brown, 8 catches on 12 targets and 105 yards. Jaron has been breaking out ever so quietly in Arizona. The 49ers will look for their first win next week in Indianapolis against the Colts. The Cardinals will visit the 3-1 Eagles in Philadelphia and look for their first two game win streak of the season.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Los Angeles Chargers
26 – 24
The Eagles seemed to find themselves in a home game type of environment, while being on the road. Being able to hear a lot of Eagles chants and other various sayings during the game helps both sides of the ball for the Eagles. The Eagles started fast by forcing a turnover and scoring on their first four possessions with a touchdown and 3 field goals. The Eagles running backs each had 10+touches and 30 yards or more, while Wentz only threw 31 times this week. The Chargers weren’t able to find any consistency on the ground but were able to light up the Eagles secondary, mostly rookie Rasual Douglas. Rivers had 347 yards and two touchdowns, while their rushing game was only able to gather 58 yards, with a big 35 yard TD being their most successful play. The Eagles were able to close this game on the ground picking up multiple first downs running out the clock. The Eagles will look for their third straight win hosting the Arizona Cardinals. The Chargers are still looking for their first win as are their opponents they’re going to visit, the New York Giants.
New York Giants vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
23 – 25
The Giants were unable to stop the pass game today, as Jameis was able to find his receivers to gain 332 yards and 3 touchdowns, which is uncharacteristic of them. On the other hand, the Giants were able to get some kind of run game going with the rookie out of Clemson, who’s birthday was today, Wayne Gallman. Gallman sparked this offense in the second half and scored his first touchdown on a 4 yard reception. The Giants line didn’t allow Eli to be sacked, which was the second time on the year. The Giants found a lead late and failed a two point conversion that gave the Buccaneers a chance to win on a last second field goal. Winston led this game passing, JizzRod led this game in rushing with 83 yards on 16 totes, and the leading receiver was none other than OBJ with 7 catches on 15 targets for 90 yards. The Giants will return home in a battle of the winless team against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Buccaneers will look to move to 3-1 and host the New England Patriots Thursday night in week 5.
Oakland Raiders vs Denver Broncos
10 – 16
Denver was able to jump out to a two score lead early and never looked back. Siemian didn’t have to be great in this one as he only had 17 completions for 179 yards and a touchdown. CJ Anderson was the leading rusher and clock killer with 20 carries for 95 yards. The leading receiver, a shocker being AJ Derby, tight end for the Broncos. Derby had 4 catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. On Derbys touchdown catch, it’s up there with Cole Beasly’s sideline catch. For the Raiders, Lynch was quiet once again with no sideline dancing antics, Cooper had 2 catches on 8 targets and not breaking double digits in yards again, and Derek Carr left this game with a back injury that is said to be minor. The Broncos will be going on an early bye week and will face the maybe still winless Giants in week 6. The Raiders will return home and look to right their ship against the Baltimore Ravens.
Indianapolis Colts vs Seattle Seahawks
18 – 46
Who would’ve thought the Colts would be leading by 5 at the half in Seattle or that Pagano would win two challenges in the first quarter on a safety and a sack? I’m going to go with not many. The Colts managed to hang around until late in the third quarter where mistakes took them out of the game. Even with some injuries on the defensive line, the Seahawks next man up got the job done. Russell had 5 incompletions on the night going 21/26 with 295 yards with a pair of touchdowns and interceptions. Chris Carson was the leading rusher on the night but went down with a late leg injury, so J.D. McKissic had a long rushing touchdown & receiving touchdown late. At this point, Carson’s injury is not looking good. Tyler Lockett was the leading receiver in this game, with 67 yards on 4 targets. The Colts offense couldn’t keep pace with the Seahawks after the mistakes of pick 6s. The Colts will look for their second win next week at home against the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks will look to move to 3-2 before their bye week next week against at the Los Angeles Rams.