NFL Week 4: The Most Exciting Games to Watch on TV

Brian CarsonCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2010

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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This Sunday will mark the end of the first quarter of the 2010 NFL season.

Already we have seen some early surprises.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears are 3-0, and who would have thought the Pittsburgh Steelers would be unbeaten without Ben Roethlisberger?

Week 4 in the NFL finds plenty of tasty morsels to whet the appetite of any football fan.

Here's a look at some of the key games to look for in Week 4:


Redskins (1-2) at Eagles (2-1)

Everyone who loves the game will have their eyes and ears locked on this one.

Donovan McNabb returns to the place he called home for 11 years to face the quarterback he was instrumental in bringing to Philadelphia—Michael Vick.

Vick is playing the best football of his career since Kevin Kolb got his bell rung in Week 1.

He has 750 yards passing, six touchdowns and no interceptions. Vick has run for 170 yards and one score in 10 quarters. For his efforts, he earned NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors.

This is a key battle in the NFC East and look for McNabb to play with a chip on his shoulder. He wants to send a loud message to Andy Reid and company.

The story line is right out of Hollywood and the game should be an intense one.

This is one you don't want to miss.


Ravens (2-1) at Steelers (3-0)

One of the most intense and heated rivalries in the NFL. 

This will be the first meeting between the two in 2010.

Look for lots of physical play and dominating defense on both sides of the ball. The Steelers and Ravens both have destructive, suffocating defenses, so scoring will be at a premium.

If you love tough, physical power football, then this game is for you.

The Ravens need the win to force a tie in the AFC North.


Patriots (2-1) at Dolphins (2-1)

A key matchup in the tough AFC East with the winner holding at least a share of the division lead heading into their bye week.

Both teams have lost to the New York Jets and a loss here could be big, even though it's still early.

The Patriots rank 27th in total defense, and their 82 points allowed are more than all but four teams. The offense has done enough to compensate and will need Tom Brady and company to carry the load again.

Defense has been the early mantra for the Dolphins. That is until the Jets game last week.

Even so, Miami will rely on its defense and running game against New England.

This will be a nice game to watch, so grab your chips and dip, prop your feet up, and watch some good AFC East football on Monday night.


Cardinals (2-1) at San Diego (1-2)

The Chargers have been notoriously slow starters under Norv Turner and the early part of 2010 has been more of the same.

San Diego has gone 6-8 under Turner in September but have always bounced back.

They better in this game or there may be no recovery from this start.

The Chargers need this game much more than Arizona does, but the Cardinals are playing with a chip on their shoulder after being written off by the media for losing so many key players in the offseason.

Arizona will rely on the legs of Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower to do most of the grunt work, while Philip Rivers will need to motivate his teammates—on both sides of the ball—to end this slow start and get back on track in the AFC West.