2010 NFL Week 4 Game Recaps
Jets 38, Bills 14
Buffalo was epically pathetic in this contest - enough to make young children in the area hate the team for the rest of their lives. Let's review how awful the Bills were:
- Ryan Fitzpatrick completed his first pass nine minutes into the second quarter, as he was 0-of-5 until then. The completion was for 1 yard.
- Buffalo had only one first down until the final minute of the first half.
- Fitzpatrick led the team in rushing with 74 yards on seven carries. He had nearly double the rushing yardage of Fred Jackson (3-21), C.J. Spiller (2-11) and Marshawn Lynch (4-8).
- Speaking of Spiller, he had just three touches. What a way to use your No. 9 overall pick!
- Lee Evans dropped multiple passes. He caught only one ball for six yards.
- The Bills were 0-of-10 on third downs and possessed the ball for just 19 minutes.
Browns 23, Bengals 20
He's not. He's still floating balls, demonstrating no arm strength, looking slow and failing to read the blitz. He also fumbled twice. His production was more of Terrell Owens (10 catches, 222 yards, TD) abusing Cleveland's secondary. Palmer was able to show nice touch on a couple of fades to Owens, as he seemed to realize that Owens is in fact his better receiver; not Chad Ochocinco.
As for Ochocinco, he had three grabs for 59 yards. He committed an offensive pass-interference penalty on Cincinnati's final drive. He's just not the same guy he was last year, and I'd like to blame his lack of focus during the offseason. Next time, don't film multiple crap $10 reality TV shows.
Ravens 17, Steelers 14
But not in this contest. Flacco went 24-of-37 for 256 yards, one touchdown and an interception. His 18-yard, game-winning score to T.J. Houshmandzadeh (3-49) came with about half of minute remaining in regulation.
Broncos 26, Titans 20
- Rob Bironas missed a chip-shot field goal from 35 yards out in the first quarter.
- Chris Johnson fumbled deep in Denver territory. It actually looked like Johnson was down, but the official mysteriously didn't overturn it when Jeff Fisher challenged.
- The Titans had 10 penalties for 111 yards.
- Down three late in the fourth quarter, Tennessee muffed a weird kickoff. Denver recovered to ice the game.
A possible explanation for this could be all of the carries Fisher gave to Johnson at the end of last year. The primary reason why I had Adrian Peterson over Johnson in my 2010 Fantasy Football Rankings was because running backs who lead the league in carries almost always struggle the following season. Johnson just does not look good running the football.
Packers 28, Lions 26
Neither team seemed to want to win this contest. The Packers nearly gave this game away with dumb turnovers (two interceptions, two fumbles). The Lions, meanwhile, committed 13 penalties compared to Green Bay's three. Jahvid Best also fumbled to give the Packers a possession inside Detroit's 20-yard line, which led to a touchdown.
Hill's two scores went to Calvin Johnson, who had six grabs for 86 yards and two scores. So much for Charles Woodson slowing him down.
Falcons 16, 49ers 14
Unfortunately, San Francisco's great effort was ruined by Alex Smith. Smith was 21-of-32 for 188 yards and a touchdown, but tossed two very ugly interceptions. The first was an unwarranted desperation heave under pressure. The second, which occurred in the final quarter, was the result of his staring down his receiver.
I really liked what I saw out of Smith in that final drive against the Saints on Monday night two weeks ago, but his performance at Atlanta was really abysmal. The 49ers will need a new quarterback next offseason. Why they didn't just trade for Donovan McNabb is beyond me.
Saints 16, Panthers 14
Despite the win, the Saints just don't look like themselves. They're struggling to keep drives alive; they can't convert in the red zone; and they're turning the ball over too much.
In terms of the latter, New Orleans had two giveaways deep in Carolina territory, including a Lance Moore fumble right at the goal line. Moore (5-37) would later redeem himself by catching a touchdown.
As mentioned, Clausen didn't have Smith for a half. Smith (2 catches, 11 yards) left the game with an ankle injury in the third quarter. He was seen on crutches afterward, but told the media that nothing is broken.
Rams 20, Seahawks 3
Here's something else that's pretty crazy: This marked the first time the Rams had won a divisional game in the weak NFC West since Nov. 18, 2007.
Jaguars 31, Colts 28
Wait, hold on.
The Jaguars win their Super Bowl!!! The Jaguars win their Super Bowl!!!
Jacksonville tries hard only six times all year. They always get up for their divisional rivals, particularly the Colts. Considering how they celebrated when Josh Scobee drained the game-winning 59-yard field goal, it was apparent that they put their entire season on the line for this contest.
Texans 31, Raiders 24
Fortunately, our league lives on. Foster was on the bench for the entire first quarter because he was late for a team meeting. Foster entered the game in the second quarter, and finished with 131 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, as well as three catches for 56 receiving yards and a second score.
Gradkowski had a very solid performance, going 24-of-39 for 278 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions (the aforementioned pick obviously not his fault). He left the game in the third quarter with an injury, but came back shortly afterward.
Redskins 17, Eagles 12
Well, the crowd predictably cheered McNabb in pre-game announcements, but booed him on the field; McNabb himself was very mediocre; and QB Dog Killer would suffer a rib injury on a play that didn't even count. The end result was an ugly 17-12 snooze fest.
Kevin Kolb struggled in his place. He went 22-of-35 for 201 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He went with a bunch of short junk to LeSean McCoy (16 carries, 64 yards; 12 catches, 110 rec. yards) and fullback Owen Schmitt (3-43). To be fair, Kolb had no reps during the week. Next Sunday's game at San Francisco will be a better test for him.
Chargers 41, Cardinals 10
It's hard to tell if Anderson's YPA was higher than his blood-alcohol level. He drunkenly went 7-of-14 for 64 yards and two ugly interceptions. Anderson was benched in favor of Max Hall, who finished 8-of-14 for 82 yards.
All indications are that Hall will start going forward. Arizona's coaching staff is smitten with the 24-year-old rookie out of BYU. He was sharp in the preseason, so it'll be interesting to see how the rest of the Cardinals' season unfolds.
Arizona's offense was a mess; the team took nine sacks compared to just 10 first downs. But despite the struggles of Anderson and Hall, Larry Fitzgerald still managed seven catches for 56 yards. Chris Wells, meanwhile, had just five carries for 19 yards.
Giants 17, Bears 3
Football can be a simple game sometimes. If you can't block the other team, chances are you're going to lose. The Bears couldn't keep New York out of the backfield. The Giants actually set the NFL sack record for a half with nine prior to intermission. It was so bad that Jay Cutler (8-11, 42 yards, 1 INT, 3 fumbles) missed the entire second half with a concussion.
So, what have we learned? Mike Martz is still a moron, of course. Why in the world would you have your receivers run deep routes and keep only five blockers in for your quarterback? It's amazing that the Giants didn't collect 20 sacks on Sunday night with Martz's idiotic protection schemes giving Cutler, Todd Collins (4-11, 36 yards, 1 INT) and Caleb Hanie (3-4, 36) no chance.
For thoughts on Patriots-Dolphins, check out my updated 2010 NFL Power Rankings, which will be posted Tuesday morning.
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