Week 4 kicked off in spectacular fashion with an enormous clash in the NFC between the Vikings and the eventual winners, the Los Angeles Rams. On Sunday we were treated to more fantastic matchups, with three games making it to overtime! Here are the highlights.
Bears bully the Bucs
FitzMagic’s reign was effectively ended by the end of the first half, throwing one interception and completing just 9 of 18 passes. Jameis Winston was then activated into the game, promptly throwing two interceptions of his own. He did however throw one touchdown pass and completed 16 of 20 passes thrown on the day.
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On the other hand; the Bears were absolutely dominant. Mitchell Trubisky threw six touchdowns and complied 354 passing yards, while his defence got the job done with 3 interceptions in the game.
Watson outduels Luck
The Texans and Colts played out a tightly contested game in Indianapolis on Sunday. Andrew Luck found great success throwing the ball, with four touchdowns and 464 passing yards on the day. He also showed great resilience, having to bounceback more than once.
However, DeShaun Watson was the winning quarterback in the end.
With both teams scoring field goals in overtime the Colts got the ball back with less than two minutes remaining on the clock. After a risky decision to go for it on 4th and 4, Luck’s pass was incomplete. In return, Watson led his team downfield, with Ka’imi Fairbairn scoring the game-winning field goal.
Titans upset the Birds
There wasn’t much to separate Carson Wentz and Marcus Mariota in Tennessee. Both accumulated over 300 passing yards and two touchdowns. Alshon Jeffrey also had a great game with 112 receiving yards and a touchdown, whilst Corey Davis caught a touchdown of his own and totalled 161 receiving yards.
With the scores tied at 20-20 at the end of regulation, the Eagles drove the ball downfield with Jake Elliot scoring a field goal. As a result, the Titans got the ball back and drove all the way for a touchdown to win the game 23-26.
Elliott shines as Cowboys win
This weeks star is none other than Ezekiel Elliott. Despite being considered “missing”in the last couple of games, he recovered brilliantly for his team in week 4. He rushed for 152 yards on 25 carries and also gained 88 receiving yards from just four passes.
His performance was pivotal in the Cowboys’ 24-26 win over the Lions. This victory improves their record to 2-2.
Ravens pick Steelers apart
In another hotly-contested rivalry, the Steelers and Ravens battled in Pittsburgh. The defence of the Ravens proved all too much for the Steelers, who were unable to utilise the run game throughout, with James Conner running the ball nine times for just 19 yards. Ben Roethlisberger was also fairly inaccurate, completing 27 of 47 passes and conceding an interception.
In spite of that, Joe Flacco was extremely effective, throwing for 363 yards, two touchdowns and connecting with 11 of his receivers throughout the game. This versatility in play calling was the inevitable kryptonite for the Steelers, whose record falls to 1-2-1.
Browns keep on ‘Brownin’
The Browns and Raiders were involved in a controversial high-scoring game. For the Browns, Baker Mayfield was able to get the team ahead multiple times, contributing two touchdowns and 295 passing yards. Nick Chubb was also clinical in his three rushes of the ball, with two touchdowns of his own and 105 rushing yards.
However, the Browns fell victim to their own mistakes with numerous interceptions and fumbles providing a way back for the Raiders, who trailed for much of the game. Derek Carr was lethal, throwing for 437 yards and two touchdowns. Marshawn Lynch reminded us of his talents, breaking countless tackles on his way to 120 rushing yards.
The game went to overtime with the score tied at 42-42. Both teams had a chance to win the game, however the Raiders capitalised in their second possession of overtime, with rookie kicker, Matthew McCrane, rising as hero in his debut.