After the first quarter of the NFL season the divisions are slowly shaking out and stars are shining as bright as ever. Here are some of the stories from Week Four you may have missed.
Brady vs. Herbert
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced rookie Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers in an offensive affair which saw the two quarterbacks combine for over 650 yards and eight touchdowns.
While Tampa won 38-31, Herbert impressed many around the league. The question now becomes “does Tyrod Taylor deserve his starting role back?” The rookie certainly has made the choice tough on his coaching staff.
As for Brady, he does not look like a 43 year old man as he continues to rack up more stats in the first four games than he has in recent years. As the Bucs continue to grow as a team they will be extremely dangerous.
Wentz to the End
As the Philadelphia Eagles struggled out of the gate, the criticism of Carson Wentz poured in. Some media members even suggested he should be replaced with rookie Jalen Hurts. Sunday in San Francisco, Wentz silenced them all as he carried an injury riddled Eagles team to a win over the reigning NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.
Wentz had to do a little bit of everything including carrying in a score by himself in order to push Philadelphia on top of the NFC East.
As the Eagles get their weapons and offensive line healthy, watch Wentz prove why he is worth every cent of his massive contract.
No Weapons? No Problems
Yes this is the weekly mention of Aaron Rodgers amazing season as he continues to stack up amazing performances and wins for the Green Bay Packers.
This game stood out as both Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, Rodgers’ top two weapons, were both ruled out for the Monday night game against the Atlanta Falcons.
In their absence, Rodgers went 27-33 for 327 yards and four touchdowns enroute to the 30-16 win. After yet another outstanding performance, Rodgers is one of the lead horses in the MVP race as his 4-0 team heads into the bye week.
Houston, We Have a Problem
After the Houston Texans fell to the Minnesota Vikings 31-23 dropping their record to 0-4, Head Coach/GM Bill O’Brien was relieved of his duties.
While having the largest payroll in the NFL, no early round draft picks, and seeing their former superstar DeAndre Hopkins succeed in Arizona, Bill O’Brien’s awful tenure as general manager cost him his head coaching job now leaving Houston in a poor situation.
Hopefully the new hires will right the ship, but that will have to come with trading away expensive players and collecting draft picks like they are going out of style. For now, Romeo Crennel will take over as the interim coach and try to turn the season around.
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that rule definitely applies if your offence is going against the Dallas Cowboys defence.
In Week Four against the Cleveland Browns, the Cowboys barely avoided giving up 50 points as they lost 49-38. In the game, Cleveland ran for 307 yards and Odell Beckham Jr accumulated three touchdowns including the game winner on a reverse where he ran through the entire defence.
As the Cowboys stumbled to 1-3 despite the offences’ ability to score, it seems their defence would struggle to stop a junior team’s offence.
In the worst division in the NFL there is still some time to fix the issues at hand, but that may come in the form of firing your new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.
Don’t forget to see how the storylines have changed week to week. Week three’s storylines are available here.