NFL Week 4 Recaps 2016 NFL Week 4 Game Recaps: Miami Dolphins 1-3-0 7 VS Cincinnati Bengals 2-2-0 22 Final, Indianapolis Colts 1-3-0 27 VS Jacksonville Jaguars 1-3-0 30 Final, Tennessee Titans 1-3-0 20 VS Houston Texans 3-1-0 27 Final, Cleveland Browns 0-4-0 20 VS Washington Redskins 1-2-0 31 Final, Seattle Seahawks 3-1-0 27 VS New York Jets 1-3-0 17 Final, Buffalo Bills 2-2-0 16 VS New England Patriots 3-1-0 0 Final, Carolina Panthers 1-3-0 33 VS Atlanta Falcons 3-1-0 48 Final, Oakland Raiders 3-1-0 28 VS Baltimore Ravens 3-1-0 27 Final, Detroit Lions 1-3-0 14 VS Chicago Bears 1-3-0 17 Final, Denver Broncos 4-0-0 27 VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-3-0 7 Final, Los Angeles Rams 3-1-0 17 VS Arizona Cardinals 1-3-0 13 Final, New Orleans Saints 1-3-0 35 VS San Diego Chargers 1-3-0 34 Final, Dallas Cowboys 3-1-0 24 VS San Francisco 49ers 1-3-0 17 Final, Kansas City Chiefs 2-2-0 14 VS Pittsburgh Steelers 3-1-0 43 Final, New York Giants 2-2-0 10 VS Minnesota Vikings 4-0-0 24 Final

2016 NFL Week 4 Game Recaps



The Minnesota Vikings are hoping to start 4-0 with a win over the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.





Chris Ransom Last Updated: October 3, 2016.




Miami Dolphins 1-3-0
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Cincinnati Bengals 2-2-0


Game Recap: CINCINNATI-Vontaze Burfict returned from his 3 game suspension. Branden Albert was inactive at left tackle for the Dolphins, but the Bengals did not have Dre Kirkpatrick at cornerback either. Both of these teams are 1-2 and neither can afford an 0-3 start.


Andy Dalton began the game 5/5 with 33 passing yards. Two incompletions by the Bengals forced a fourth down. Cincinnati had to settle for a field goal. Xavien Howard and Tony Lippett made great defensive stops.


Ryan Tannehill went 2/2 with 81 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions. Tannehill threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kenny Stills.


Miami had Cincinnati go 3 and out on the next drive. Miami got the ball back with a 4 point lead up 7-3 in the first quarter. Cincinnati caused Miami to go 3 and out. The Bengals had another chance to score after Vincent Rey made an excellent deflection on third down.


Miami had an 8 play drive that took up 3 minutes and 24 seconds if you count the extra point. Cincinnati called 3 running plays and 4 passing plays on the drive before Dalton fired a touchdown pass to A.J. Green. The Bengals led 10-7 after that drive. The Bengals made another defensive stop and took their 3 point lead into the second quarter up by a field goal after one quarter.


Andy Dalton ws 9/13 with 109 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions for the Cincinnati Bengals after one quarter. Ryan Tannehill was 3/6 with 83 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions for the Miami Dolphins after one quarter.


A.J. Green caught all 5 of the first five passes that were targeted for him. Green had 80 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown for Cincinnati.


Green had more receiving yards than Miami had of total offense in the second quarter. Cincinnati led 13-7 after a 14 play drive that took up 8 minutes and 25 seconds. Cincinnati got a field goal on their next drive to take a 16-7 lead.


Ryan Tannehill did not complete a single pass in the second quarter. Miami had 122 total yards of offense. A.J. Green had 8 receptions, 123 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Cincinnati led Miami 16-7 at halftime and Green had more yards on offense for the Bengals at wside receiver than the Dolphins entire offense in the first half.


The Bengals had another big drive in the second half after the Dolphins failed to score. Cincinnati got a field goal to take a 19-7 lead in the third quarter.


Cincinnati led 19-7 after 3 quarters. Both teams did a good job defending their opponents on third down. That led to a lot of fourth down situations. Left guard Clint Boling also got injured for the Bengals near the end of the third quarter, but returned to the game.


Cincinnati kicked another field goal in the fourth quarter. The Bengals led 22-7 following that drive.


Cincinnati won this game due to Miami having 7 penalties for 68 yards, going 2/10 on third down conversions, and 2 turnovers. Andy Dalton went 23/31 with 296 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions. Andy Dalton fumbled the ball twice, but recovered both fumbles. A.J. Green finished the game with 10 receptions, 173 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown at wide receiver for the Bengals.


Carlos Dunlap stepped up on defense for Cincinnati with 4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 5 total tackles, 3 quarterback hurries, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Dunlap gave Dolphins right tackle Ju'Wuan James problems all night long even after Adam Gase said he would bench him. Cincinnati won this game 22-7 to make sure they remained in contention in the AFC North. Miami dropped to 1-3 with a lot of ground to make up for in the AFC East with their season appearing to be done.




Indianapolis Colts 1-3-0
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Jacksonville Jaguars 1-3-0


Game Recap: LONDON-The Colts were banged up on the offensive line. Joe Reitz was inactive at right tackle as well as his backup Denzelle Goode. I think Reitz sucks personally so whichever rookie gets the chance to start has a good chance of taking Reitz's job as the Colts starting right tackle. Myles Jack made his first NFL start today. Jacksonville needs a win in London with an 0-3 start.


The Colts started Austin Blythe their seventh round pick out of Iowa at right guard and Joe Haeg their offensive tackle out of North Dakota State at right tackle. I have been begging the Colts to start Haeg at right tackle.


Both teams went 3 and out on their first drive. Yannick Ngakoue intercepted a pass Dante Fowler tipped in the air.


Blake Bortles got the ball back on this drive. Bortles fired a touchdown pass to Allen Robinson. That gave the Jaguars a 7-0 lead.


The Colts got a field goal to make it 7-3. The sack Luck took really killed the momentum on this drive, but at least the Colts got some points on this drive.


The Jaguars led 7-3 after one quarter. Andrew Luck burned the Colts first timeout with 9:01 left in the second quarter. Adam Vnatieri hit another field goal to make it a 7-6 game.


The Jaguars got the ball back. BLake Bortles had a nice scramble before left guard Luke Joeckel got injured. Joeckel suffered a knee injury. Hopefully, Joeckel is okay. Blake Bortles ran it in for a rushing touchdown. That put the Jacksonville up 14-6. Jacksonville made another strong defensive drop as Bortles nearly drove the Jaguars down for another touchdown before the Jaguars kicked a field goal to lead 17-6 at halftime.


The Jaguars got another field goal to start the second half. Jacksonville led 20-6 in the third quarter.


The Jaguars got a lot of huge breaks in the third quarter. A complete pass to Doyle was overturned causing a fourth down and a Curt Maggitt penalty put the Jaguars in great field position after Maggitt was called for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Jaguars got their fourth consecutive scoring drive getting 16 of their 23 points on their last four drives as Jacksonville led 23-6 in the third quarter.


Frank Gore ran it in during the fourth quarter. That made it a 23-13 game. Then Andrew Luck fired a passing touchdown to T.Y. Hilton and that made it a 23-20 game.


Blake Bortles threw another passing touchdown to Allen Hurns. That gave the Jaguars a 30-20 lead. Andrew Luck threw a touchdown to Philip Dorsett, but it didn't matter with the Jaguars gaining a 10 point lead with 5 minutes left in the game.


Blake Bortles went 19/33 with 207 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown, 3 total touchdowns, and no interceptions on offense at quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville's defense had some guys step up. Outside linebacker Telvin Smith who can play both right outside linebacker and left outside linebacker led the Jaguars with 8 solo tackles. Middle linebacker Paul Posluzney had 5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 7 total tackles, and 1.5 sacks. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue had 4 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble. Ngakoue got by both Colts left tackle Anthony Costanzo and right tackle Joe Haeg in a dominant outing.


Both of these teams are 1-3 after Sunday's game in London. Both teams need to turn things around if either wants to have a shot of winning the AFC South.




Tennessee Titans 1-3-0
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Houston Texans 3-1-0


Game Recap: HOUSTON-The 1-2 Titans had a chance to take first place in the AFC South. The Texans had a chance to build a two game lead in the AFC South.


Brock Osweiler threw both of his passing touchdowns in the first quarter, but he also threw two interceptions to the Titans later in the game. That put Houston up 14-0 before the Titans got a field goal. Houston led 14-3 after one quarter.


Houston took a 17-3 lead in the second quarter thanks to Nick Novak. DeMarco Murray had 2 rushing touchdowns to tie the game at 17 before Nick Novak gave Houston a 20-17 lead at halftime.


The Titans tied it at 20 in the third quarter. Will Fuller returned a punt for a touchdown to put Houston ahead 27-20 in the third quarter after giving Houston a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Will Fuller had a much bigger fantasy impact than veteran DeAndre Hopkins. Fuller had 7 receptions, 81 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1 return, 67 yards on the return, and a punt return for a touchdown. Hopkins did not have a single reception until the 4th quarter where he got a 4-yard gain.


Jadeveon Clowney got a sack in the fourth quarter of this game. Clowney has 2 sacks in 2016, and needs to step up with J.J. Watt on injured reserve.


Cornerbacks Kareem Jackson and Jonathan Joseph were dominant in coverage. Jackson left the game injured for the Texans. Houston has to hope Jackson does not join 3-4 left end J.J. Watt and 3-4 middle linebacker Brian Cushing on the injury report.


The Tennessee Titans fall to 1-3. Houston is now 3-1 after week 4 with a 2 game lead over all of their 1-3 rivals in the AFC South.





Cleveland Browns 0-4-0
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Washington Redskins 2-2-0


Game Recap: WASHINGTON-Rookie cornerback Kendall Fuller made his debut for Washington today with Breshaud Breeland out. THis was the perfect week for Fuller to make his debut with both Corey Coleman and Josh Norman out with people overlooking Fuller forgetting about him, and the media hyping up Terrell Pryor after his incredible week 3 game.


The Washington Redskins had a lot of success exploiting Cleveland's safeties in the first quarter. Tight end Jordan Reed caught both receiving touchdowns in the first quarter. Jordan Reed finished with 9 receptions, 72 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns against the Browns.


Isaiah Crowell would make it a 14-7 game after Washington led 14-0 after one quarter. Crowell finished with 15 carries, 112 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown.


Terrell Pryor caught a touchdown pass from Cody Kessler. That tied that game at 14. Both teams got field goals with the game tied 17-17 at halftime.


Cleveland got a field goal and the only score in the third quarter. The Browns led 20-17 after three quarters.


Kirk Cousins threw his third passing touchdown to give Washington a 24-20 lead. Matt Jones sealed the deal by running it in for a rushing touchdown which gave Washington a 31-20 lead. Matt Jones had 22 carries, 117 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. Jones finally stepped up and showed he could provide balance on this offense.


Cody Kessler had problems all day. Josh Norman blanketed Terrell Pryor. Kendall Fuller led Washington with 7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, and 8 total tackles in his NFL debut with the Washington Redskins. Fuller was dominant in coverage as well.




Seattle Seahawks 3-1-0
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New York Jets 1-3-0


Game Recap: NEW YORK-Russell Wilson won his first and only Super Bowl at Met Life Stadium. Ryan Fitzpatrick needed to bounce back after having 0 passing touchdowns and 6 interceptions against the Kansas City Chiefs last week.


Russell Wilson dominated. Wilson went 23/32 with 309 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Wilson had a career day on offense. Richard Sherman limited Brandon Marshall to 4 receptions, 89 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.


Charone Peak recovered a 40 yard fumble for a touchdown in what might be the Bizzaro play of the week possibly the Bizzaro play of the year. The Seahawks won 27-17 with Ryan Fitzptrick now having 1 passing touchdown and 9 interceptions in his last two games. The Jets have to consider benching Ryan Fitzpatrick for Bryce Petty or Geno Smith at some point. Neither one of those two can be as bad as Fitzpatrick has been.




Buffalo Bills 2-2-0
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New England Patriots 3-1-0


Game Recap: NEW ENGLAND-Tom Brady had one more week in his suspension. Tyrod Taylor outplayed Jacoby Brissett in Buffalo's 16-0 shutout win over the New England Patriots.


Nobody on the Bills offense, wowed me, but this guy named Zach Brown who was a 3-4 middle linebacker on the Tennessee Titans played in the exact same role for the Bills. Brown had 13 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 18 total tackles, 1 sack, and 2 forced fumbles. Brown was huge and disruptive. New England was limited to 92 total rushing yards on 22 carries thanks to the stout remarkable defense by Zach Brown.


LeSean McCoy kept things balanced on offense having another strong game under offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn. Brown won this game though with his defensive presence even though Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy played smart avoiding turnovers.


Stephon Gilmore stopped Julian Edelman blanketing him in man coverage. Preston Brown the other Bills 3-4 middle linebacker didn't have as many tackles, but he had a fumble recovery for the Bills and was awesome at limiting what Rob Gronkowski did in the medium passing game by dropping back into coverage. Safeties Aaron Williams at strong safet and Corey Graham at free safety were also effective. This was just a great defensive efort overall by the Buffalo Bills to get a win over the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium. Buffalo is 2-2 and New England is now 3-1.





Carolina Panthers 1-3-0
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Atlanta Falcons 3-1-0


Game Recap: ATLANTA-Carolina needed to win this game. Carolina would be in a bad position if they started 1-3 and Atlanta started 3-1.


Matt Ryan and Julio Jones had historic days. Matt Ryan went 28/37 with 503 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, and 1 interception which was a pick 6 by Kurt Coleman. Outside of the pick 6 to Coleman, Ryan was flawless. Wide receiver Julio Jones had 12 receptions, 300 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Atlanta won 48-33 thanks to the career days of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.


The bigger story was Cam Newton being injured in the game. Cam Newton had a concussion and left the game injured. Panthers are 1-3 now and don't know if Newton will start on Monday Night Football. The Atlanta Falcons are 3-1 and control the NFC South at this point.




Oakland Raiders 3-1-0
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Baltimore Ravens 3-1-0


Game Recap: BALTIMORE-I picked Baltimore to win this game. I thought about changing my pick to Oakland after finding out left tackle Ronnie Stanley and running back Justin Forsett were ruled inactive.


This was a defensive game early. Seth Roberts caught a passing touchdown from Derek Carr. The Raiders led 7-0 afeer the first quarter.


Justin Tucker kicked two field goals in the second quarter. Oakland took a 14-3 lead before Tucker kicked his second field goal when Derek Carr threw his second passing touchdown, and his first of three passing touchdowns to Michael Crabtree. Oakland led 14-6 at halftime.


Joe Flacco ran it in for a rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Joe Flacco threw an interception to Shaun Smith on the two point conversion. Oakland led 14-12 after three quarters.


Derek Carr threw another touchdown to Crabtree to make it a 21-12 lead. Baltimore trailed 21-19 when Joe Flacco threw a passing touchdown to Steve Smith. Terrance West gave Baltimore a 25-21 lead and Baltimore executed a two point conversin to put Baltimore ahead 27-21. Carr connected with Crabtree again and the Raiders took a 28-27 lead. Oakland held Baltimore to a 4 and out and the Raiders barely win 28-27.


Both quarterbacks played well in this game. Derek Carr went 25-35 with 199 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Carr was spectacular for the Oakland Raiders. Joe Flacco was spectacular for the Baltimore Ravens as he went 32/52 with 298 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions.


Khalil Mack finally got his first sack mainly because Baltimore didn't have a left tackle that could protect Flacco's blindside today. Terrance West had 21 carries, 113 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. Steve Smith had 8 receptions, 111 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Michael Crabtree had 7 receptions, 88 receving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns. Bruce Irvin had 1 sack and 1 forced fumble at 4-3 left outside linebacker. Oakland did just enough to defeat the Baltimore Ravens as both AFC teams are now 3-1.




Detroit Lions 1-3-0
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Chicago Bears 1-3-0


Game Recap: CHICAGO-Marvin Jones was listed as questionable for this game. Jones played, but didn't have much of an impact.


This game was a tale of turnovers. One quarterback avoided turnovers and the other quarterback committed way too many turnovers on Sunday. Let's look at the quarterback that committed turnovers first.


Matthew Stafford went 23/36 with 213 passing yards, 0 passing touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Stafford struggled in this game. His interior offensive line that features Laken Tomlinson and Larry Worford borke down in this game and struggled against the Bears 3-4 defensive ends.


Brian Hoyer went 28/36 with 302 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Jordan Howard had 23 carries for 111 rushing yards in his first career start. Eddie Royal had 7 receptions, 111 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Royal had his way with Quandre Diggs. Darius Slay did a great job blanketing Alshon Jeffery and getting one of the 2 sacks the Detroit Lions defense had in this entire game.


Chicago won't be as lucky when they go to Detroit. Ziggy Ansah at 4-3 right end and DeAndre Levy at 4-3 right outside linebacker will probably both be fully healthy by then and Jay Cutler will throw interceptions if he starts over Brian Hoyer.


Both NFC North teams are 1-3 thanks to Chicago's 17-14 win over the Lions. Both the Lions and Bears look like they are competing to avoid last place in the NFC North as well as playing for draft position in the 2017 NFL Draft.





Denver Broncos 4-0-0
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-3-0


Game Recap: TAMPA BAY-Denver came into Tampa Bay hoping to start 4-0. Tampa Bay wanted to get back to 2-2.


Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas put Denver up 7-0. Jameis Winston ran it in for a rushing touchdown later in the first quarter to tie the game at 7 after throwing an interception on his first drive.


Tampa Bay had the ball in the second quarter. Jameis Winston throw a second interception to Aqib Talib in the second quaqrter. C.J. Anderson ran it in to give Denver a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.


T.J. Ward forced a fumble that that gave Denver the ball back. Trevor Siemian got sacked and injured on the very next play and did not return to the game.


Denver kicked a field goal. It was 17-7 Denver at halftime.


Denver got a field goal in the third quarter to make it 20-7. Paxton Lynch threw his first career passing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Denver led 27-7 and won 27-7 even after another lightning storm in Tampa Bay.


Aqib Talib dominated at field cornerback. Talib had 2 interceptions and he limited Mike Evans to 5 receptions for 59 receiving yards. Chris Harris limited Vincent Jackson to 3 receptions for 38 receiving yards at boundary cornerback. Both Broncos corners dominated in coverage and flustered Jameis Winston. Denver is now 4-0 and Tampa Bay falls to 1-3 getting Carolina on Monday Night Football next week.




Los Angeles Rams 3-1-0
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Arizona Cardinals 1-3-0


Game Recap: ARIZONA-Los Angeles was hoping to start 3-1. They defeated the Cardinals in Arizona last season in 2015.


Case Keenum began the game by firing a touchdown pass to Brian Quick. The Rams led 7-0 after one quarter. The Cardinals got a field goal in the second quarter to make it 7-3.


Kenny Britt made a huge reception that got the Rams in field goal range. The Rams took a 10-3 lead and kept that lead with 3 minutes left in the first half. Trumaine Johnson had an awesome interception in the second quarter that negated a Cardinals touchdown.


Carson Palmer threw a pass to Michael Floyd that made it first and goal. Floyd caught a receiving touchdown that tied the game at 10 on the very next play. The game was tied 10-10 at halftime.


Todd Gurley made an impressive one-handed catch in the third quarter. Case Keenum had trouble on a fumble that Chandler Jones forced and recovered. Arizona got a field goal to take a 13-10 lead after 3 quarters.


The Rams recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter. The Rams took the lead with 2:42 left in the game after Brian Quick got by Patrick Peterson. Case Keenum went 18/30 with 266 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Keenum was awesome at quarterback while Carson Palmer left the game with a concussion. Drew Stanton threw 2 interceptions in relief for Carson Palmer after Palmer left the game with a concussion.


The Rams left Arizona 3-1 as they host Buffalo in week 5. Arizona falls to 1-3 now needing to win in week 5.




New Orleans Saints 1-3-0
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San Diego Chargers 1-3-0


Game Recap: SAN DIEGO-Drew Brees returned to face the team that drafted him. The San Diego Chargers were determined to get back to .500 with a 2-2 record. The Saints also needed their first win of the season.


Drew Brees got off to an extremely rough start. He threw 2 passing touchdowns in the final 4 minutes and 50 seconds to rally New Orleans back to a 35-34 win. Mark Ingram had 18 carries, 56 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown along with 6 receptions for 49 receiving yards. Ingram had 105 total yards in this game and took pressure off of Drew Brees. Denzel Perryman got injured in this game at 3-4 middle linebacker one week after Manti Te'o got injured and that made Ingram's job a lot easier.


Both the New Orleans Saints and the San Diego Chargers are 1-3. The Saints have a bye week in week 5 while the Chargers head to Oakland to face the Oakland Raiders.





Dallas Cowboys 3-1-0
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San Francisco 49ers 1-3-0


Game Recap: SAN FRANCISCO-Dallas headed into San Francisco without an interception from Dak Prescott for 3 games in a row. Would the streak continue?


Blaine Gabbert threw the only touchdown in the first quarter. San Francisco led 7-0 after one quarter.


Carlos Hyde ran it in to give the 49ers a 14-0 lead. Dak Prescott threw two passing touchdowns in the second quarter which tied the game at 14. Dak Prescott went 23/32 with 245 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. The game was tied 14-14 at halftime.


Phil Dawson gave San Francisco a 17-14 lead. Ezekiel Elliott ran in in though. Ezekiel Elliott finished the day with 23 carries, 138 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. Dallas led 21-17 after 3 quarters.


Dallas got a field goal in the fourth quarter. Poor execution by the 49ers led to Dallas starting 3-1 while the 49ers fall to 1-3.




Kansas City Chiefs 2-2-0
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Pittsburgh Steelers 3-1-0


Game Recap: PITTSBURGH-Kansas City and Pittsburgh both entered Heinz Field hoping to start 3-1. Only one of these teams was going to pull that off and most expected that team to be Pittsburgh. Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles returned from an injury while Pittsburgh Steelers running back returned from a 3 game suspension.




Ben Roethlisberger absolutely dominated in this blowout win at quarterback. Roethlisberger went 22/27 with 299 passing yards, 5 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Pittsburgh took a 22-0 lead in the first quarter and Ben Roethlisberger picked apart Kansas City Chiefs free safety Ron Parker on all 3 passing touchdowns in the first quarter. The Steelers led 22-0 after one quarter.


Le'Veon Bell had 140 rushing yards despite not getting a rushing touchdown in his first game back from a suspension. Charles was irrelevant as was Spencer Ware. Pittsburgh won 43-14. The Kansas City Chiefs are 2-2 playing catch up to the 4-0 Denver Broncos and 3-1 Oakland Raiders. Pittsburgh needed to make a statement win after getting humilaiated 343 and they took care of business against the Chiefs. It got so brutal that Landry Jones their backup quarterback got to come in and play for Ben during the final 5 minutes.




New York Giants 2-2-0
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Minnesota Vikings 4-0-0


Game Recap: MINNESOTA-The Vikings are hoping to start 4-0. The Giants were hoping to play spoiler.


Matt Asiata ran it in the first quarter. Minnesota got great field position on a fumble recovery off a punt to the Giants. Asiata's rushing touchdown gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead after one quarter.


Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph. The Giants did not have Darian Thompson or their backup safety. Landon Collins was playing free safety. Xavier Rhodes returned from his injury at field corner and really did a good job containing Odell Beckham Jr. limiting him to 3 receptions for 23 receiving yards in the first half.


Everson Griffen got by left tackle Ereck Flowers to sack Eli Manning. The Giants were forced to kick a field goal at halftime. Minnesota led 14-3 at halftime.


Minnesota got a field goal in the second half. The Vikings led 17-3 in the third quarter. The Vikings picked off Eli Manning with Xavier Rhodes lining up at boundary corner manning Odell Beckham Jr.


Paul Perkins caught a 67-yard pass at the beginning of the fourth quarter. That set up a rushing touchdown that made it a 17-10 game.
Minnesota won this game 24-10. Xavier Rhodes was the star of this game because of how awesome he was when covering Odell Beckham Jr. tonight.


Bradford had a great game. The Giants did not have Thompson, their backup safety, Dominique ROdgers-Cromartie, or nickel corner Eli Apple. Not having those guys on the secondary enabled Bradford to have a field day.






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