NFL Team Grades for Week 4

Richard Janvrin@@RichardJanvrinFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2017

NFL Team Grades for Week 4

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    Week 4 of the NFL season saw plenty of offensive production. Twelve teams scored 25 or more points. Conversely, four teams scored fewer than 10 (Miami Dolphins, 0; Cleveland Browns, 7; Minnesota Vikings, 7; Baltimore Ravens, 9).

    The high output of offense was highlighted by the Houston Texans and their rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson as they put up a franchise-record 57 points. Watson had five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing).

    This was the most points scored by a single team since the Seattle Seahawks registered 58 in 2012.

    Friendly reminder: The New York Jets have the same number of wins as the Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants and Seahawks combined.

    Just like everyone expected.

Arizona Cardinals

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. San Francisco 49ers

    Score: Won 18-15

    With less than a minute left in overtime following a go-ahead field goal from the 49ers, Carson Palmer connected with none other than Larry Fitzgerald to seal the walk-off victory.

    Both teams were reasonably similar across the board, most notably in the penalty department, as the 49ers and Cardinals had 13 and 10, respectively.

    The Cardinals ground game was almost useless, as they tallied only 51 yards on 22 attempts (2.3 yards per carry).

    It may have taken nearly five quarters of football, but Palmer did throw for 357 yards, going 33-of-51 with a touchdown and a pick.

    Prior to the finish, this was a game of kicking—nine field goals to be exact.

    Arizona's defense did a great job of limiting 49ers scoring opportunities (five field goals) and pressuring the quarterback, as it intercepted Brian Hoyer once, sacked him three times and recorded 10 total quarterback hits.

    This was a tough, in-the-trenches kind of game, but a walk-off win in overtime is still a win no matter how ugly.

           

    Week 4 Grade: B

    Season Average Grade: C+

Atlanta Falcons

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. Buffalo Bills

    Score: Lost 23-17

    In a tightly contested game, the Atlanta Falcons fell to the Buffalo Bills despite putting up 110 more yards of total offense.

    Matt Ryan had a tough day in the pocket, completing 24 of 42 passes for 242 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

    The game took a turn for the worse on a critical Ryan fumble that the Bills returned for a touchdown, giving them the lead in the third quarter.

    The defense did a nice job halting the Bills offense, allowing just three field goals after the break, but the strip-sack fumble return proved to be the difference.

    Had Julio Jones (hip) and/or Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) not gotten hurt, their presence could have changed the outcome.

    Regardless of the potent rushing attack that tallied 149 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries, being without Jones and his ability to take the top off a defense down the stretch in a close game will hinder any offense.

    Even in their first loss of the season, the Falcons had an above-average outing.

            

    Week 4 Grade: B-

    Season Average Grade: B

Baltimore Ravens

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

    Score: Lost 26-9

    In his 10th straight game with an interception, Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens were unable to put up double-digit points in their second consecutive loss.

    Though the offensive line didn't do him any favors, Flacco still only posted 235 passing yards as he completed 31 of 49 attempts, including a lone touchdown pass and two interceptions.

    Having trailed for the entire game, it's difficult to do anything offensively when your quarterback averages under five yards per attempt.

    While the Ravens offense was anemic, the team's breakout player did come on that side of the ball—running back Alex Collins. With just nine carries, Collins accumulated 82 rushing yards. While he did lose a fumble, Collins provided a spark to a running game that has been lackluster to start the season.

    Without stout defensive tackle Brandon Williams again, the Ravens surrendered 173 rushing yards to the Steelers and sacked Ben Roethlisberger just once.

    There's very little to be excited about right now in Baltimore. The offense has not been able to get going, and the defense has not lived up to expectations these past two weeks.

          

    Week 4 Grade: F

    Season Average Grade: D+

Buffalo Bills

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    Week 4 Opponent: at Atlanta Falcons

    Score: Won 23-17

    Outside of Charles Clay's five receptions for 112 yards, the offense of the Buffalo Bills didn't put up imposing numbers.

    Tyrod Taylor managed the game, completing 12 of 20 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown, and LeSean McCoy totaled 76 rushing yards on 20 carries.

    What separated the Bills from the Atlanta Falcons was the defense. Specifically, a Matt Ryan fumble that Tre'Davious White returned for a touchdown.

    Two second-half interceptions by safety Micah Hyde led to Bills field goals, but the strip-sack fumble recovery proved to be the deciding factor.

    With the New England Patriots' loss, the Bills are in sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

    It's hard to assign an A to a team that had less than 300 yards of offense and nine penalties, but a win on the road against the Falcons and an impressive defensive effort made it close.

    Week 4 Grade: B+

    Season Average Grade: B

Carolina Panthers

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    Week 4 Opponent: at New England Patriots

    Score: Won 33-30

    While he threw an interception early in the game, Cam Newton came back and carried the Carolina Panthers to victory on the road against the New England Patriots.

    Newton looked like his old self, completing 22 of 29 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns while gaining 44 more yards on the ground and scoring another touchdown.

    Devin Funchess was the primary recipient of Newton's aerial attack, catching seven passes for 70 yards and two scores.

    Not only was the passing game in sync, but the ground game was serviceable too. Jonathan Stewart led the way with 68 yards on 14 carries.

    The defense did give up 30 points and caved late, but Carolina hit Tom Brady a total of seven times in addition to registering three sacks.

    Going against the Patriots, you expect them to score. Given where the Panthers were in most people's minds heading into this game, they earned this win in every way.

           

    Week 4 Grade: A

    Season Average Grade: B

Chicago Bears

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    Week 4 Opponent: at Green Bay Packers

    Score: Lost 35-14

    Someone file a missing persons report because the Chicago Bears were nowhere to be found on Thursday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers.

    After the Packers jumped out to a 14-0 lead just over six minutes into the game, the Bears had no shot playing on the road at Lambeau, on three days' rest, with Mike Glennon as their quarterback.

    Glennon threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles. The first was a strip sack forced by Clay Matthews, followed by an offensive line miscommunication where the center snapped the ball too early and the ball bounced off Glennon's knee before Green Bay recovered.

    After falling behind 21-0, tensions rose for the Bears, who committed eight total penalties, most egregiously Danny Trevathan's helmet-on-helmet collision with Davante Adams. Adams was carted off the field with what was diagnosed as a concussion, and the NFL is reviewing the hit by Trevathan to determine whether it should result in a suspension.

    The Bears' pass protection was the lone bright spot, keeping Glennon upright (one sack and three total hits allowed). That doesn't change the fact the Bears were sleepwalking through this game.

    The Bears rely heavily on their running back duo of Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard, but neither of them could get going, combining for 77 yards on 24 carries and a Howard touchdown.

    Could it finally be time for Mitchell Trubisky to take over under center? I think so.

          

    Week 4 Grade: F

    Season Average Grade: C-

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Week 4 Opponent: at Cleveland Browns

    Score: Won 31-7

    Coming into this game, the Cincinnati Bengals were just three-point favorites according to OddsShark. After blowing out the Browns by more than three touchdowns, that line proved to be one of the easier bets of the day.

    Andy Dalton was phenomenal, throwing just five incompletions on 30 attempts for 286 yards and four touchdowns.

    It's a good thing the passing offense was firing on all cylinders because the stable of running backs that is Jeremy Hill, Gio Bernard and Joe Mixon only gained 57 yards on 26 carries.

    Though there was a lack of production, we may have found out who the Bengals lead back will be moving forward: Joe Mixon. He had 17 carries.

    As the final score shows, the Bengals defense manhandled the Browns, allowing only 215 yards of total offense. That's the same number of total yards Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had on his own.

    The Browns are nothing to get excited over, but for the second straight week, Bill Lazor's offense in Cincinnati is paying dividends.

    If not for a Cleveland touchdown with less than two minutes to go, the Bengals would have shut the Browns out.

           

    Week 4 Grade: 

    Season Average Grade: B- 

Cleveland Browns

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

    Score: Lost 31-7

    Absent an offense, the Cleveland Browns got demolished by the Bengals and remain winless on the young season.

    Cleveland totaled 215 yards of offense, and quarterback DeShone Kizer could only put up a pitiful 118 yards passing on 34 attempts and threw an interception.

    One positive is that the Browns got the ball in Duke Johnson's hands 13 times (nine receptions, four carries). Moving forward, the Browns need to get him more involved as he appears to be the only skill position player with a pulse.

    The dismal Browns defense continues to get owned as Andy Dalton carved them up for four touchdowns and the Bengals put up their most points this season.

    This was another failing performance for the Browns while they continue to develop Kizer.

          

    Week 4 Grade: F

    Season Average Grade: D

Dallas Cowboys

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. Los Angeles Rams

    Score: Lost 35-30

    Dropping their second game of the season, the Dallas Cowboys are now just one loss shy of matching their total from 2016.

    Going into halftime, the Cowboys led the Rams 24-16 and had held them to 131 yards of offense. However, after losing Sean Lee to a hamstring injury, the Cowboys surrendered 281 yards and 19 points in the second half.

    Offensively, the Cowboys were just shy of pulling off a victory. Dak Prescott did throw an interception, but he also had three touchdowns and 252 passing yards. Ezekiel Elliott appears to be getting closer to his former self, scoring twice and averaging four yards per carry on 21 totes.

    Where the Cowboys came up short was in two instances: Terrance Williams dropped a two-point conversion, and Elliott was just shy of a first down with less than a minute to go in the game, sealing a victory for the Rams.

    The defense couldn't stop a nosebleed in the second half as Todd Gurley throttled them for 215 total yards (121 rushing, 94 receiving) and a touchdown on 30 touches.

    Thanks to the offense, though, the Cowboys' grade is slightly above average.

          

    Week 4 Grade: B-

    Season Average Grade: C+

Denver Broncos

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. Oakland Raiders

    Score: Won 16-10

    In another low-scoring affair, the Denver Broncos managed to elude the Raiders and pick up their third win of the season.

    The Broncos defense was once again lights out as it silenced Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, allowing just 12 yards on nine carries.

    Not only did they stop Lynch, but Derek Carr was forced to the sidelines with a back injury and EJ Manuel had to step up to finish the game.

    Offensively, the Broncos managed to score one touchdown from the arm of Trevor Siemian that landed in the grasp of A.J. Derby.

    The game would culminate in a Manuel interception by Justin Simmons.

    C.J. Anderson continued to prove his worth on the ground, running for 95 yards on 20 carries as he revitalized a fairly stalled offense.

    Even though they didn't have to face Carr the entire game, the Broncos defense came up big, the passing attack did its job, and the running game led by Anderson proved to be more than valuable.

    Due to a lack of overall offense and points, an A grade is out of reach, but a B is more than right.

            

    Week 4 Grade: B

    Season Average Grade: B

Detroit Lions

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    Week 4 Opponent: at Minnesota Vikings

    Score: Won 14-7

    It was the lowest-scoring game of the Sunday afternoon slate, but the Detroit Lions survived their Minnesota road test.

    If we had to point to one player who changed the complexion of this game, it would be Anthony Zettel, with two Case Keenum sacks and a recovered fumble.

    Speaking of fumble recoveries, the Lions forced three of them on the day, which ultimately led to 11 points.

    Of those 11 points, six of them came via an Ameer Abdullah touchdown run. Abdullah was just six yards shy of ending a four-year drought of a 100-yard rusher for the Lions.

    Playing without Kenny Golladay and Jarrad Davis, the Lions needed some solid sources of production, and they got it in the form of Zettel and Abdullah.

    The Lions are fortunate the defense stepped up, as Matthew Stafford passed for just 209 yards on 19-of-31 passing and was sacked a total of six times for 55 yards.

    There's something to be said about surviving a road test like this. Though there was a lack of offense, Abdullah did his part and the defense was outstanding. Because of that, the Lions earn a B.

            

    Week 4 Grade: B

    Season Average Grade: B

Green Bay Packers

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. Chicago Bears

    Score: Won 35-14

    Capitalizing on your opponent's mistakes is the name of the game in football, and the Green Bay Packers did that and more on Thursday Night Football against the Chicago Bears despite their rash of injuries.

    Even though most of those injuries came in the form of the offensive line, the offense was unstoppable. The wide receiver trio of Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb each scored touchdowns as Aaron Rodgers went 18-of-26 for 179 yards and four touchdown passes.

    The running game production came from an unexpected place in rookie Aaron Jones following the injuries of fellow running backs Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams. Jones carried the ball 13 times for 49 yards and his first career touchdown. But let's give credit to the offensive line, which stepped up big and helped elevate the run game.

    The defense did its job—allowing only two garbage-time touchdowns and forcing four turnovers. However, the performance of Damarious Randall landed him on the bench in favor of the second-year, undrafted free agent Josh Hawkins. Randall reportedly got into an argument with a coach on the sidelines and was asked to go to the locker room. He ended up leaving the stadium entirely, though reports differ on whether that was during or after the game.

            

    Week 4 Grade: A

    Season Average Grade: B+

Houston Texans

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. Tennessee Titans

    Score: Won 57-14

    There are not enough superlatives in the English language to assign to the Houston Texans in Week 4.

    Not only did they put up 57 points (a franchise scoring record), but Deshaun Watson threw four touchdowns on 25-of-34 passing for 283 yards and also ran for a touchdown.

    Plenty of players got a chance to shine, as DeAndre Hopkins tallied 10 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. The return of Will Fuller paid dividends as he caught just four passes for 35 yards but scored twice.

    Running back Lamar Miller saw a resurgence, scoring two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) on 131 total yards (75 rushing, 56 receiving).

    It's impossible to take this kind of success away from the Texans, but over the past two weeks they've faced a pair of putrid defenses in the New England Patriots and the Titans. However, the return of Fuller adds another element to this offense, as his speed forces defense to respect him, which subsequently opens up the field for players like Hopkins to thrive.

    The defense gave up just 14 points and added five turnovers (four interceptions; one fumble recovery) with one of them resulting in a pick-six by Dylan Cole.

    This was by far the best offensive performance of any team this season. 

    There's no other grade to give than an A-plus here.

             

    Week 4 Grade: A+

    Season Average Grade: B

Indianapolis Colts

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    Week 4 Opponent: at Seattle Seahawks

    Score: Lost 46-18

    This was truly a game of two halves.

    Heading into halftime, the Indianapolis Colts led the Seahawks on their turf, 15-10.

    The Colts totally collapsed in the second half and were outscored 36-3.

    Jacoby Brissett got hit a dozen times (three sacks) and turned the ball over twice. Unfortunately, both of his turnovers (one interception, one fumble) were returned for touchdowns.

    Considering this was his fourth career NFL start and in Seattle, Brissett held his own in the first half, but he finished with 157 yards and a touchdown on 16-of-29 passing, including his turnovers.

    Brissett got little help from the run game, as Frank Gore and Robert Turbin combined for 54 yards on 18 carries. Turbin scored a short-yardage touchdown late in the first quarter, resulting in the Colts trailing just 10-8.

    Their first-half effort avoids a failing grade, but the second half was so much of a disaster it will overshadow the fact that they led this game at one point.

             

    Week 4 Grade: D

    Season Average Grade: D+

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Week 4 Opponent: at New York Jets

    Score: Lost 23-20

    The Jacksonville Jaguars may have lost in overtime by just three points, but when you look at the stat sheet, it should have been much more.

    Coming off a 44-point outburst in Week 3, the Jaguars came back to Earth against the Jets.

    Blake Bortles may have thrown a touchdown pass to Leonard Fournette, but other than that, he was less than stellar, completing just 15 of 35 passes for 140 yards and an interception.

    Fournette was the poster boy for the offense, accounting for 145 yards (86 rushing; 59 receiving). Bortles' passing attack may have been mediocre, but on the ground, the team totaled 175 yards on 39 attempts (4.5 yards per carry).

    On defense, the Jaguars did some good and some bad. They had five sacks and Myles Jack recovered a fumble and returned it 81 yards for a touchdown, but they also gave up a jaw-dropping 256 rushing yards.

    All in all, this was just an average performance by the Jaguars.

              

    Week 4 Grade: C+

    Season Average Grade: B-

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. Washington Redskins

    Score: Won 29-20

    The Kansas City Chiefs continue to show why they are the only undefeated team in the NFL.

    After trailing early in the first quarter, the Chiefs stormed back with impressive offensive efforts from Alex Smith, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt.

    Smith finished the game 27-of-37 for 293 yards and a touchdown. He also picked up 56 yards rushing on seven carries.

    Of Smith's 293 yards, Kelce caught 111 of those on seven snags and also found the end zone.

    Hunt continued to be his dominating self as he pulled off another 100-yard rushing game.

    The difference for the Chiefs was a few key categories: Penalties (Chiefs three, Redskins seven), total yards (429-331) and third-down conversions (61.5 percent-36.4 percent).

    And to pour it on, they led the time of possession 37:09-22:51.

    On the last play, the Chiefs returned a fumble on a Washington lateral drill. Talk about entertainment.

    The score may have been close, but the Chiefs led in plenty of major categories to earn the win and an A-minus.

    Week 4 Grade: A-

    Season Average Grade: A

Los Angeles Chargers

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

    Score: Lost 26-24

    Dating back to last season, the Los Angeles Chargers have lost nine straight games. In starting the year 0-4, it marks the first time the team has accomplished that feat since 2003.

    Philip Rivers did everything he could in this game, passing for 347 yards and two touchdowns on 22 of 38 passing, but the running game (outside of Austin Ekeler's 35-yard touchdown run) couldn't do anything.

    Tensions rose in the second half as Rivers threw his helmet and was seen yelling at coaches and teammates after botched play call.

    Defensively, the Chargers allowed the Eagles to run all over them for 214 yards.

    Thanks to Rivers and his 75-yard touchdown strike to Tyrell Williams, the Chargers earn a C+.

    The Chargers join the San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants and Cleveland Browns as the four teams to start the season 0-4.

    Week 4 Grade: C+

    Season Average Grade: C-

Los Angeles Rams

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    Week 4 Opponent: @ Dallas Cowboys

    Score: Won 35-30

    If you had any doubts regarding the Los Angeles Rams heading into Week 4, their win on the road against the Cowboys may have made a believer out of you.

    After a six-point first quarter, this game turned into a shootout in which the Rams narrowly escaped to improve to 3-1.

    Starting with the defense, Mark Barron managed an interception of Dak Prescott, but it also allowed the Cowboys to find the end zone four times (three passing from Prescott and one rushing from Ezekiel Elliott).

    Offensively, Todd Gurley led the way with an impressive 215 yards (121 rushing and 94 receiving) and a receiving touchdown, and Jared Goff added 255 yards on 21-of-36 passing with another touchdown throw. 

    The only downside on offense was that the Rams were not able to get in the end zone more—Greg Zuerlein kicked seven field goals.

    Scoring 35 points and making a second-half comeback in AT&T Stadium nearly earned the Rams the top grade. If the defense had done a bit more, they would have received an A.

         

    Week 4 Grade: B+

    Season Average Grade: B+

Miami Dolphins

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. New Orleans Saints

    Score: Lost 20-0

    Professional football in London this season likely hasn't been what the NFL was hoping for.

    On the season, the winning teams are outscoring the losing teams 64-7.

    In Week 4, the Miami Dolphins became the latest casualty across the pond as they were shut out by the Saints.

    Coming into this game, the Saints ranked second-to-last in defensive DVOA as a team. This means the Dolphins should have been able to do something offensively. However, after their first drive, the Dolphins could only muster 105 total yards of offense.

    Jay Cutler finished the day going 20-for-28 with 164 yards and an interception. The Jay Ajayi-led running game accounted for 58 total yards on 15 carries.

    Being shut out is bad enough, but by also managing just 186 total yards of offense and committing 11 penalties, the result can only be the lowest grade.

          

    Week 4 Grade: F

    Season Average Grade: D-

Minnesota Vikings

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. Detroit Lions

    Score: Lost 14-7

    After slaying the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3, the Minnesota Vikings could only spot seven points in their Week 4 loss to the Lions.

    In addition to losing the game, the Vikings lost one of their best playmakers in Dalvin Cook in the third quarter. According to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Vikings believe Cook suffered an ACL injury and could miss the remainder of the season.

    The Vikings, who have been without Sam Bradford the last three weeks, cannot catch a break on the injury front.

    The offense wasn't able to generate anything against the Lions as it turned the ball over three times. Case Keenum completed only 16 of 30 passes for 219 yards.

    The defense sacked Matthew Stafford six times, but the offense allowed the Lions great field position that resulted in 11 of the 14 points Minnesota's defense allowed.

    This was a miserable outing for the Vikings, highlighted by the potential season-long loss of Cook.

    Because of the defense, the Vikings are spared a failing mark.

         

    Week 4 Grade: D

    Season Average Grade: C+

New England Patriots

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. Carolina Panthers

    Score: Lost 33-30

    Even with Tom Brady as your quarterback, your defense cannot afford to give up 400-plus yards of offense to the opposition game after game.

    In Week 4, the New England defense gave up 444 more as the Patriots fell to the Panthers on a last-second field goal.

    The issue isn't the offense. Brady continued his incredible run, completing 32 of 45 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns, and the running game totaled 80 yards on 19 attempts and a touchdown.

    At one point, the Patriots were down by two touchdowns and managed to tie it up late in the fourth quarter.

    However, the defense allowed four touchdowns to Cam Newton, who struggled in the first three weeks. They did intercept him once, but they also allowed the Panthers to convert on 67 percent of their third-down tries (6 of 9).

    Because of the 30 points of offense, the Patriots earned a slightly above-average grade, but the defense needs a lot of work.

    The Patriots are now in second place in the AFC East.

         

    Week 4 Grade: B-

    Season Average Grade: B

New Orleans Saints

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    Week 4 Opponent: @ Miami Dolphins

    Score: Won 20-0

    After scoring a paltry three points heading into halftime, the New Orleans Saints came out hot and put up 17 more while shutting out the Dolphins.

    During the first half, we were informed by the broadcast that there were some issues with the communication systems, and as a result, Sean Payton relayed play calls to backup quarterback Chase Daniel, and Daniel then ran on the field to tell them to Drew Brees.

    Following halftime, it was the Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara show as they combined for 160 yards on 10 receptions and two touchdowns. Once again, though, the Saints running game left little to be desired, as it could only post 3.1 yards per carry on 28 rushing attempts.

    The defense suffocated the Dolphins throughout. It sacked Jay Cutler four times, intercepted one of his passes and held Miami under 200 yards of total offense.

    If not for the poor running game and the eight penalties, the Saints would have earned an A.

    Besides improving to 2-2, the Saints have everyone questioning Cutler as a viable option for the Dolphins moving forward.

         

    Week 4 Grade: B+

    Season Average Grade: B

New York Giants

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    Week 4 Opponent: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Score: Lost 25-23

    The bad luck continued for the New York Giants as for the second time in two games, they lost on a last-second field goal.

    Late in the fourth quarter, Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass to Rhett Ellison to put the Giants up 23-22. From there, the Giants appeared to have a successful a two-point conversion attempt, but it was called back because Odell Beckham Jr. stepped out of bounds. 

    Manning finished the day 30-of-49 passing for 288 yards and a three total touchdowns with one coming from his legs.

    It was Manning's first rushing touchdown since 2014.

    Even in defeat, the Giants may have found some kind of a pulse in the running game as rookie Wayne Gallman made his professional debut. He had a touchdown reception and 11 carries for 42 yards (3.8 yards per carry). It wasn't anything to brag about, but it's more than what the Giants have gotten so far this season.

    The defense was only able to sack Jameis Winston one time.

    Considering the fashion in which they lost, the Giants don't deserve a bad grade. 

         

    Week 4 Grade: C+

    Season Average Grade: C

New York Jets

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

    Score: Won 23-20

    Through four weeks of the season, the New York Jets are a 2-2 football team.

    This win came almost solely because of the running game. Between Elijah McGuire (10 carries, 93 yards, one touchdown) and Bilal Powell (21 carries, 163 yards, one touchdown), their rushing totals made up 54.4 percent of the team's total yards (471).

    Josh McCown did Josh McCown things as he had two turnovers (one interception and one fumble).

    The defense didn't do much of note as it allowed 175 rushing yards to the Jaguars, but Kony Ealy did intercept a pass from Blake Bortles. New York held Bortles to just 140 passing yards on 15-of-35 passing. 

    After tying the game late, the Jaguars forced overtime, but Chandler Catanzaro would go on to nail a game-winning 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in overtime.

         

    Week 4 Grade: B

    Season Average Grade: C+ 

Oakland Raiders

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    Week 4 Opponent: @ Denver Broncos

    Score: Lost 16-10

    The Oakland Raiders were taken to the cleaners in Week 4 by the Broncos defense.

    In fairness to the Raiders, they lost Derek Carr to a back injury in the third quarter and were forced to roll with EJ Manuel, who ultimately threw an interception to Justin Simmons that effectively ended the game. 

    Manuel finished the afternoon completing 11 of 17 his passes for 106 yards and the interception.

    Marshawn Lynch barely got over double-digit yards on the ground (12), and the only sources of offense were a field goal and a 64-yard touchdown pass from Carr to Johnny Holton. Even with the 64-yard strike, Carr finished with just 143 yards on 10 of 18 passing.

    The defense had three quarterback hits and four sacks, but the offense was destitute.

    When you look at the defensive effort and combine that with the offense the Raiders displayed, it equates to a slightly below-average performance. However, since they lost Carr, they deserve a small benefit of the doubt.

         

    Week 4 Grade: C

    Season Average Grade:  C+

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Week 4 Opponent: @ Los Angeles Chargers

    Score: Won 26-24

    Led by Jake Elliott's four field goals, the Philadelphia Eagles improved to 3-1 on the season.

    The Eagles also got important contributions in the running game. LeGarrette Blount ran for 136 yards on 16 carries, and Wendell Smallwood scored a touchdown while rushing for 34 yards on 10 carries.

    Blount's production came mostly in the fourth quarter, when he ran for 88 yards. He showed why he was brought in via free agency, ending speculation for the time being that Smallwood will be the primary ball-carrier. 

    Carson Wentz held his own, going 17-of-31 for 242 yards and a touchdown to Alshon Jeffery.

    An underrated key to this win was the Eagles' time of possession (39:18).

    With the Washington Redskins set to play on Monday Night Football, the Eagles currently hold a half-game lead in the NFC East.

    The Eagles had 454 yards of offense, but they also had nine penalties.

         

    Week 4 Grade: B

    Season Average Grade: B-

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Week 4 Opponent: @ Baltimore Ravens

    Score: Won 26-9

    While he averaged only 4.1 yards per carry, Le'Veon Bell was a factor in the Pittsburgh Steelers' road win over the Ravens.

    On 39 touches (35 carries and four receptions), Bell had 186 yards (144 rushing, 42 receiving) and scored two touchdowns.

    The Ravens offense is pedestrian at best, but the Steelers defense was impressive in holding it to just nine points and 288 total yards of offense while sacking Joe Flacco four times and intercepting two of his passes.

    Ben Roethlisberger was OK, throwing for 216 yards on 18-of-30 passing. He also threw a single touchdown and interception.

    In the end, the Steelers didn't need Big Ben to be a prolific passer. Between Bell and the defense, they did more than enough to handle the Ravens.

        

    Week 4 Grade: A

    Season Average Grade: B

San Francisco 49ers

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    Week 4 Opponent: @ Arizona Cardinals

    Score: Lost 18-15

    After giving up a walk-off touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to Larry Fitzgerald, the 49ers dropped to 0-4 on the season.

    Scoring their only points from field goals, the 49ers failed to record a touchdown in a game for the third time this season.

    Running back Carlos Hyde was the lone bright spot on offense, as he totaled 68 rushing yards on 16 carries.

    The 49ers didn't help themselves when it came to penalties—they committed 13 of them for 113 total yards.

    Ironically, the 49ers had more quarterback hits (16; six sacks) than they scored points.

    To put 16 quarterback hits in perspective, that's more than some teams had all season heading into Week 4.

    The defensive performance saves the 49ers from the worst grade. 

        

    Week 4 Grade: D

    Season Average Grade: C- 

Seattle Seahawks

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. Indianapolis Colts

    Score: Won 46-18

    The first half of Sunday Night Football saw the Seattle Seahawks trail the Colts 15-10 after Jacoby Brissett connected with Donte Moncrief with less than 30 seconds left.

    After halftime, the Seahawks surged, outscoring the Colts 36-3.

    Russell Wilson may have thrown two interceptions, but one of them bounced directly off Jimmy Graham's hands and was stolen by Malik Hooker.

    Wilson finished 21-of-26 passing for 295 yards and three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).

    What propelled the Seahawks was two touchdowns from a relatively unknown source in J.D. McKissic and two turnovers returned for touchdowns.

    The running game took an unfortunate blow: Chris Carson left the game in the fourth quarter with a gruesome-looking leg injury.

    Finding a source of consistent rushing production has been difficult for the Seahawks, and with Carson's injury they'll need to continue that search.

    Though they started slow in the first half, the Seahawks' domination in the second half earns them an A.

         

    Week 4 Grade: A

    Season Average Grade: B+ 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Week 4 Opponent: vs. New York Giants

    Score: Won 25-23

    Even with Nick Folk missing two field goals and an extra point, the Buccaneers managed to pull off a last-second victory on a field goal.

    Folk had to redeem himself some way, right?

    Jameis Winston put up some attractive numbers, throwing for 332 yards and three touchdowns on 22-of-38 passing.

    In the final game prior to the return of Doug Martin, Jacquizz Rodgers showed he still deserves a role in the rushing attack, compiling 83 rushing yards on 16 carries.

    Winston's three touchdown passes went to Mike Evans, Cameron Brate and rookie O.J. Howard. Howard's touchdown went for 58 yards.

    Given how porous the Giants offensive line is, it's surprising that the Buccaneers were unable to sack Eli Manning a single time.

    The Tampa Bay offense carried the team. The defense didn't make any impact plays, but it did hold the Giants offense to 23 points.

    If not for Folk's issues, the Buccaneers could have won far more comfortably.

         

    Week 4 Grade: B

    Season Average Grade: C+

Tennessee Titans

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    Week 4 Opponent: @ Houston Texans

    Score: Lost 57-14

    If you look up the word "obliterated" in the dictionary, you'll find a picture of the Tennessee Titans logo.

    Besides two rushing touchdowns from Marcus Mariota, the Titans were destroyed.

    Not only on the scoreboard, but Mariota also left the game with a hamstring injury and missed the second half.  

    Mariota and his replacement, Matt Cassel, combined for five turnovers.

    And let's address the elephant in the room: They gave up an unimaginable 57 points.

    What kind of a grade do you think they deserve?

         

    Week 4 Grade: F

    Season Average Grade: C-

Washington Redskins

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    Week 4 Opponent: @ Kansas City Chiefs

    Score: Lost 29-20

    After tying the game with 47 seconds to go, the Washington Redskins ultimately fell to the Chiefs.

    The biggest storyline surrounding this game was the injuries. Rob Kelley, Trent Williams and Josh Norman all left with ailments.

    According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Norman could potentially have an internal injury and the team is worried about his lungs.

    Even with the injuries, Kirk Cousins and the Redskins almost persevered as Cousins completed 14 of 24 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns and added 38 rushing yards.

    The running game for Washington may have done well on averages, but no one had double-digit carries or stood out as a leader on the ground.

    In the passing game, Terrelle Pryor caught his first touchdown in a Washington uniform and Vernon Davis turned back the clock with some blazing speed on a 69-yard play.

    The defense was able to sack Smith four times, and the game came down to almost the final second, when the Chiefs kicked a go-ahead field goal.

    From there, the Redskins tried to get back with a lateral drill—and we all know how those end. In this case, the Chiefs scored a touchdown on a Washington fumble, so Kansas City's 29 points are misleading.

    For their defensive effort, competitive fire and perseverance through injuries, the Redskins earned their B-plus here. It may not have been offensive fireworks, but Washington did play well enough to win against many opponents, just not against the best opponent.

    Week 4 Grade: B+

    Season Average Grade: B+

          

    Statistics courtesy of NFL.com and Sporting Charts.