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Inside The Wheelhouse: NFL Week 4 Thoughts

Donovan McNabb is not missed in Philly.NFL Week 4 showed us that clearly anything can happen in the NFL in 2010. In week of scheduling that appeared that most of the favorites would win, we saw our good share of upsets that left many football fans including yours truly surprised at what is happening so far in the 2010 season. This is my Week 4 report for Camel Clutch Blog.

In Week 4 there was either a good amount of upsets or near upsets that took place in the NFL. When it comes to upsets we saw the Cleveland Browns defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20, the Jacksonville Jaguars defeat the Indianapolis Colts 31-28 and the New York Giants defeat the unbeaten Chicago Bears 17-3. The upsets continue to make the NFL one of the most unpredictable sports leagues in the United States.

The near upsets that we saw in Week 4 not only rock the world of certain team fan bases but make Vegas lose their mind were the Green Bay Packers narrowly escaping the Detroit Lions 28-26, the Houston Texans defeat the Oakland Raiders 31-24, the Atlanta Falcons defeat the San Francisco 49ers 16-14 and the New Orleans Saints defeat the Carolina Panthers 16-14. With the exception of the Houston Texans, all these games were decided by less then a field goal. Had they went into the favor of their opponents in Week 4, most of these teams would be entering Week 5 concerned with their teams.

Obviously the big story coming into Week 4 was Donovan McNabb’s return to Philadelphia after being traded by the Washington Redskins. McNabb received surprise applause from the Eagles faithful before the game putting to rest whether or not the Eagles fan would thank the quarterback that carried their franchise the last decade. The love/hate relationship between the two was well documented during McNabb’s tenure.

Donovan McNabb came to work on Sunday in Philadelphia on the opposing team’s sidelines for the first time and carried his new team, the Washington Redskins to the victory. The victory now makes the Redskins the favorite in the NFC East coming out of Week 4 as they continue to play good football under new head coach Mike Shannhan. While there is plenty of season still left to be played, the Redskins are cementing themselves as a team to reckon with in the NFC East this season.

The big stories coming out of Week 4 in the NFL are the return of players Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes to their teams following their 4 game suspensions to start the 2010-2011 season. Both of these players being added back to the roster will give their teams much depth as they ride out the rest of the season. Both New York & Pittsburgh were able to have a 3-1 record with out their respective key players away on suspension.

Roethlisberger gives the Steelers back their Super Bowl winning quarterback and someone who can continue to ride out their winning ways for the rest of the season. The defense is clicking and is the main reason why the Steelers were competitive and winning while Big Ben was away. With Roethlisberger back in the fold and a 3-1 record already in place, the Steelers very well could be the favorite in the AFC North now.

As for the New York Jets this is now the true test that everyone has been anticipating for this season. This team is talented on paper and now they are at full strength. New York is riding into Week 5 with a 3-1 record and now is where everyone is expecting them to turn up the heat with their roster back to normal.

Santonio Holmes supplies the Jets with a deep ball threat and helps aide the Jets receiving core for the rest of the season. Dustin Keller has been one of the league’s best tight ends this season while Braylon Edwards has shown flashes of old by being able to catch the ball and score touchdowns, something that he just wasn’t getting done the last couple of seasons. Holmes is an immediate #1 wide receiver in New York now and should help Mark Sanchez’s statistics for the rest of the season.

Obviously everyone will be talking about the New England Patriots trading away Randy Moss back to the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday, a move that make the Vikings an NFC threat again and a potential NFC Champion. The real question is will we see the Randy Moss of old or the egotistical Randy Moss that plagued him during his final runs in Minnesota (the first time), Oakland and eventually New England.

If Moss stays focused and plays like he should, the Vikings will be a very deadly team. The Vikings with the trade have gone from everyone’s pick not to make the playoffs to a team that could be competing in the NFC Championship yet again. Minnesota has given Favre his target; now let’s see what he can do with it.

Until next week and my thoughts on Week 5, this is “The Champ” Jeff Peck from The Wheelhouse signing off.

For more NFL coverage check out my sports podcast “The Wheelhouse” every Sunday – Thursday at www.wheelhouseradio.com

There are some of my thoughts on Week 3 in the NFL, as always you can send me your thoughts via e-mail at [email protected]. I’d love to hear your thoughts throughout the season!

Jeff Peck is the producer for the “Wheelhouse Radio” program that airs every Sunday – Thursday @ 8pm ET/5pm PT at www.blogtalkradio.com/thewheelhouse and at www.errorfm.com @ 2am ET/11pm PT

Jeff also co-hosts “The Still Real to us show” with Eric Gargiulo which can be available at www.wheelhouseradio.com and can be downloaded in the “Real Guy Radio” section of the site..”

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