NFL Scores Week 4: Most Telling Results of Weekend

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 29, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens tries to run away from  Mario Williams #94 of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York.Buffalo won 23-20.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos beat up on the hapless Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Then again, that was expected.

But some games were more telling, exposing some teams while highlighting others. Whether it was the defending champs falling in embarrassing fashion, or a former bottom-feeder showing a spark, we learned a few interesting things in Week 4.

Here's a look at the most telling results over the weekend.

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Seattle Seahawks 23, Houston Texans 20

We already knew Seattle had a formidable team this season, but Houston's heartbreaking 23-20 loss told me more about the Texans than the Seahawks.

The Texans have lost in the divisional round of the playoffs the past two years. This is still a playoff team, but I need to see more than what I've seen before to consider the Texans truly dangerous.

The Texans blew a 14-point lead on home. It was highlighted by Matt Schaub tossing it up to one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and watching him scamper 58 yards the other way for a score.

You simply can't make stupid mistakes like that if you expect to be taken seriously. The Texans went from making a statement to embarrassing themselves. 


Detroit Lions 40, Chicago Bears 32

Headed into Sunday's matchup, the Lions had lost the last three clashes with the Bears. They had also lost nine of the past 10 matchups. Jim Schwartz was 1-7 lifetime against the Bears as Detroit's head coach.

That all changed on Sunday. Reggie Bush gave the offense a huge lift, and Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley combined on a sack and fumble return to give the Lions a cushion late in the third quarter.

The Bears led the NFL in takeaways headed into Sunday's matchup, but the Lions forced four turnovers, pressuring Jay Cutler into some sloppy mistakes.

After a miserable 4-12 season in 2012, there is no overstating how big this win was for the Lions in terms of what it could do for the team mentally.


Cleveland Browns 17, Cincinnati Bengals 6

I know what you all are thinking...Brian Hoyer, the next Tim Tebow!

But, seriously, Hoyer has passed for nearly 600 yards in the past two weeks—both Browns wins—and he hurt a Bengals defense that wasn't half-bad on Sunday.

Also, this Browns defense is legit. Cleveland held Bengals signal-caller Andy Dalton to 4.9 yards per pass attempt on Sunday. I don't think the winning streak for the Browns is a fluke. 

As for the Bengals, 42 attempts for Dalton is way too much—you have to stick with the run more. Even if it isn't spectacular early on, rookie Giovani Bernard has shown some promise, and you can't ignore that.


Buffalo Bills 23, Baltimore Ravens 20

The Ravens aren't legit title contenders this season. They may not fall off the face of the earth—based on wins over the Browns and Texans—but they certainly have taken a step back after a tumultuous offseason.

The Ravens watched the Bills pile up 203 yards and a touchdown on the ground on Sunday. Bills veteran Fred Jackson rushed for 87 yards and a score on 16 carries.

Joe Flacco is not giving the Ravens a lot of bang for their buck—he has a combined seven interceptions in the team's two losses this season, including five against the Bills on Sunday. It doesn't help when you are getting pressured all day long. Flacco was sacked four times and hit 12 times in the humiliating loss.

Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel had two picks in the game, but he's going to make his fair share of mistakes in his first NFL season. If he can curb his turnovers, he does have the ability to make things happen out there, evidenced by his 42-yard touchdown strike to Robert Woods.


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