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NFL Week 4 Thoughts – Inside The Wheelhouse

Matt ForteLet’s take a look back at some of the things that stood out from Week 4 in the National Football League!

– The Chicago Bears barely beat the Carolina Panthers in Week 4 as a game that look appeared to be getting away from their opponents suddenly got close (reoccurring theme in Week 4). Jay Cutler threw for 102 yards and the Bears got the victory basically on the feet of Matt Forte who ran for 205 yards on 25 carries. The Bears may be the worst 2-2 team in the NFL after having a rough time with the Panthers.

– Carolina is looking like a team who could be a year to more likely two years away from being competitive again in the NFL. As much as I hate to say it, Cam Newton is the real deal.

– Buffalo looked poised to starting the season 4-0 but that won’t be happening as they fall to the Bengals in a huge disappointment game. Coming off of a huge high like beating the Patriots seemed to maybe be too costly for the Bills who couldn’t beat a team led by a rookie quarterback & rookie wide receiver.

– Speaking of “real deals” in the NFL right now, I’d like to also put Andy Dalton on that list as he had a very good game against a pretty good team in the Buffalo Bills in Week 4. Maybe there is life in Cincinnati after all.

– Tennessee improves to 3-1 on the season after beating Cleveland. While the box score certainly doesn’t show it, the Titans really didn’t impress all that much with the exception of the NFL return of Chris Johnson who broke free of running for 50 yards or less. It will be intriguing to see if the Chris Johnson of old is back into form.

– Keeping with the trend in Week 4, the Detroit Lions come all the way back to cap off an amazing come from behind rally, yet again, and defeating the Dallas Cowboys this week. Dallas is a team that easily could have been 4-0 right now but instead that give up a huge loss to Detroit who improves to 4-0 on the year.

– It appears that the “experts” were right after all about the Detroit Lions being for real. While we shouldn’t hold our breath yet, the Lions are looking like they will be a very dangerous team this season.

– Kansas City gets its first win of the Vikings in a battle of unbeatens and for another week, the biological playing clock of Donovan McNabb seems to be reaching zero. I cannot wait to see which NFL Sunday Morning pre-game show he will be doing next year.

– The Washington Redskins are still atop the NFC East after defeating St. Louis in Week 4 and improving to 3-1 on the year. Similar to the Titans victory, nothing extremely impressive stands out for the Redskins except for the fact that Ryan Torain runs for 135 yards on the Rams defense.

– St. Louis may be the best and most disappointing 0-4 team and like I say week-after-week, they are still in contention in the NFC West but not for much longer if they keep losing like the way they do. This was another surprise team that many people, including myself, liked this season, appears they aren’t as close as we thought they were.

– “The Dream Team” improves to 1-3 on the season and still has not won at home in the 2011 campaign. This is a team who is definitely getting it done on offense but clearly not on defense. They are one more loss away from going into full-on crisis mode in Philly.

– San Francisco is one of the most surprising teams in the NFL so far this year as they improve to 3-1 under their rookie head coach Jim Harbaugh. Had it not been for a great Tony Romo comeback this would be a 4-0 team and weeks away from clinching the NFC West the way that division is. 49ers appear to be back as a good NFL team.

– The Saints beat the Jaguars but not as convincingly as we would think, which isn’t a bad thing for Saints fans. It appears that the Saints may have looked at this one as the way it should be since Jacksonville won’t be contending anytime soon. Anyone who thought they would blow the Jaguars out of the water was wrong as it was only a 13 point loss. Saints still look to be the 2nd best team in the NFC right now.

– Pittsburgh appears to be in trouble after a loss to the Texans in Week 4 and potentially losing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for an amount of time. The Steelers are showing their age a bit and the great run of years for the Black & Yellow may be reaching it’s mark finally as they look slow on both sides of the ball.

– Houston is an early favorite still for the first-round bye in the AFC side of the playoffs. Another win for Houston who is off to one of their best starts in their franchise history. I’ll be interested to watch if Tennessee proves to be a tough match for the Texans in the AFC South.

– The New York Football Giants are the most surprising 3-1 team in the NFL right now. This is a team who was depleted by injuries and is currently overcoming adversity to be a good team right now. I’m continually surprised by this team’s success this season.

– Kevin Kolb looks like lost in Arizona, appears Philadelphia knew what they were doing when they traded the quarterback in the off-season.

– Atlanta continues to not impress all that much this season. They barely defeat the Seattle Seahawks and improve to 2-2. They take on Green Bay in a primetime game next week and it will be interesting to watch which Falcons team we get in Week 5. Will it be the 2010 version or the 2011 version?

– New England returns to form after beating Oakland in a game that many thought would be a Raiders victory. Nothing surprising here as New England plays like the Patriots do and they put up another “W.” Looks like people in Raider Nation may have to pull it in a bit as many thought the Raiders were back.

– Green Bay gets a pretty easy victory over the Broncos and showcases their offense in the process. Six total TD’s for Aaron Rodgers was extremely impressive and their offense is the most explosive offense so far this season. There are still concerns regarding the Green Bay defense but if they put up numbers like that on a week-to-week basis then they won’t have to worry about the numbers they give up at all.

– Tim Tebow plays a little bit for the Broncos, as does Brady Quinn. Sadly Kyle Orton’s time in Denver is getting closer to completion.

– Tony Sparano needs to actively start looking for new jobs soon because he will be out of one. The Dolphins are my choice right now as the worst 0-4 team in Football. “Suck for Luck” appears the moniker down in South Beach.

– San Diego wins and now leads the AFC West outright. Week 4 may prove to be the week that they start pulling away from the rest of their division rivals. Like Houston, this is a team that can easily slide into first-round bye due to the lack of competition they will be facing.

– Baltimore showcased why I picked them to be the AFC representation in the Super Bowl this season as they defeat the Jets convincingly in primetime on Sunday night. The Ravens never looked like they had an issue with the Jets in this one and the defense really put it to Mark Sanchez all night long. I wonder if there are growing concerns yet for “gang green?”

– The Bucs improve the 3-1 and continue to surprise some in the fact that they are ahead of the Atlanta Falcons I the standings even at this point in the season. I’m beginning to think that may stay the case.

– For those out there that compared Curtis Painter to Tom Brady…stop.

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