NFL Week 4: 10 Things You Must See This Week

Ian HanleyCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2010

10 Things You Must See in the NFL This Week: Week 4 Edition

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 06:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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    Week 3 saw five teams get their first loss of the season and three teams get their first win. There were great division matchups between the Falcons and Saints and Packers and Bears. While the Ravens and Patriots both narrowly escaped major upsets.

    Week 4 is the beginning of bye weeks in the NFL, and although the Vikings, Chiefs, Cowboys, and Buccaneers have off, there are still plenty of exciting matchups around the NFL this week.

    Here are 10 things you must see in the NFL this week.

Can Green Bay Bounce Back?

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    DETROIT , MI - NOVEMBER 26:  Brandon Jackson #32 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball against the Detroit Lions on November 26, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Green Bay won the game 34-12. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    After a tough loss to the Bears on Monday night, the Packers get to go back to the friendly confines of Lambeau Field to face the Detroit Lions.
     
    Although the Lions have been much more competitive this season, they are still 0-3 and have not won a road game in over two years.
     
    Even after a short week, I expect the Packers to bounce back quickly and have its way with a Lions team that will still most likely be without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Defensive Showdown: Ravens at Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens looks for yards during a third quarter run against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 27, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 23-20.  (Photo by Gregory S
    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    The Ravens will meet the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday in what promises to be the hardest hitting game of the weekend.
     
    The Steelers defense has been impressive in three games so far this season, shutting down the running games of both the Falcons and the Titans, and even without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger the Steelers' offense has done enough to help the Steelers to an 3-0 record.
     
    The Ravens' defense has been almost impressive as the Steelers', but the play of the Ravens offense has been less consistent. The Ravens will need quarterback Joe Flacco to play poised, mistake free football if they want a chance to win, something easier said then done against the Steelers' defense.

Seahawks at Rams

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    ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 29:  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to hand off the ball to Justin Forsett #20 during their NFL game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on November 29, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Seahaw
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    The Seahawks vs the Rams may not seem like an exciting matchup, but both teams have played better than expected so far this season.

    The 2-1 Seahawks are currently tied for the NFC West division lead and seem to have adjusted well to the changes in personnel, coaching, and management.

    The Rams have already tied their win total from last season with an upset win over the Redskins. The quarterback play of rookies Sam Bradford appears to be improving every week which should give Rams fans something to cheer about for years to come.

Bengals at Browns

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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 29:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back during the NFL game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    After getting blown out in week one by the Patriots, the Bengals have gotten back on track with wins over both the Ravens and the Panthers.
     
    The Browns on the other hand are still looking for their first win of the Mike Holmgren era.

    On paper, the Bengals are the much better team, but the Browns played the Ravens tough last week, and the home field advantage in Cleveland cannot be completely discounted.

Can the Chargers Get On Track?

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers passes under pressure from Chris Clemons #91 of the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on September 26, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Chargers 27-20.(Ph
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    The Chargers always seem like they get off to slow starts and this year has been no exception after losing to both the Seahawks and the Chiefs.

    The Cardinals are an unimpressive 2-1 after barely scraping by both the Rams and the Raiders, but getting demolished by the Falcons.

    With the Kansas City Chiefs off to a red hot start, the Chargers can't afford to get much farther behind, and if they can't beat the Cardinals at home, head coach Norv Turner might be looking for a new job sooner than later.

Can the 49ers Turn It Around in Atlanta?

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/
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    The 49ers have been one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL so far this season, going 0-3 and playing extremely poorly against both the Seahawks and Chiefs. The 49ers went as far as to fire their offensive coordinator, Jimmy Raye, on Monday.
     
    The Falcons, on the other hand, are coming off an overtime victory against the Super Bowl Champion Saints, which gave them the lead in the NFC South.

    Even in the weak NFC West, another loss by the 49ers could spell the end to their playoff hopes

Donovan McNabb's Return to Philly

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    ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 26: Donavan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins passes against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 26, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Redskins 30-16.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    Donovan McNabb's return to Philadelphia will has been one of the most anticipated games since he was traded to the the division rival Washington Redskins this offseason.
     
    Now that the city of Philadelphia has seemingly already moved on from Kevin Kolb and embraced Michael Vick, it brings an even greater level of interest to this game.

    The question will be, can the Redskins make the Eagles regret their decision to trade McNabb or will the Eagles prove they made the right choice to move on?

Kyle Orton and the Broncos No. 1 Rated Passing Offense

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos delivers a pass against the Indianapolis Colts at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Orton passed for 476 yards as the Colts defeated the Broncos 27
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    Although the Broncos are 1-2, one of the bright spots has been the play of quarterback Kyle Orton. Orton is currently second in the league in passing yards and in seventh in passer rating.

    Orton was almost an afterthought in the trade that sent Jay Cutler to Chicago, but he has played well in his time in Denver, and even though the Broncos lost their best wide receiver when they traded Brandon Marshall, rookie Demaryius Thomas looks like he could become a top tier NFL receiver.

    The Broncos will have their toughest test on Sunday against the fifth-rated passing defense of the Tennessee Titans.

Bears Vs. Giants

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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears turns to hand the ball off against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won 20-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Even after their win over the Packers on Monday night, there are still some who question whether or not the Bears are as good as their 3-0 record would indicate.
     
    The Giants are coming off two straight embarrassing losses, to the Colts in Indianapolis and the Titans at home.  
     
    A loss for the Giants will put coach Tom Coughlin further on the hot seat, and a loss by the Bears will bring them back to the pack in the NFC North.

Monday Night AFC East Showdown: Patriots vs. Dolphins

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    FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 8:  Brandon Tate #19  of the New England Patriots is unable to catch a pass as Jason Allen #32  of the Miami Dolphins defend at Gillette Stadium on November 8, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 27-17. (Photo by Jim Ro
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    Both teams come into this matchup 2-1 with their only losses coming against the division leading New York Jets.

    The Patriots' offense has been effective so far, but the defense of the Patriots is still a questions mark. The lowly Buffalo Bills were able to put up 23 points on offense and another 7 on a C.J. Spiller kick return.

    The Dolphins don't have the offensive weapons the Patriots do, but they have a solid defense and a running game that can take time off the clock and keep the ball out of Tom Brady's hands.