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NFL WEEK 4:What we learned

News of various positive COVID-19 tests dominated the build up to week 4 of the NFL regular season but thankfully we only lost one game and got to see some record breaking action in the process.


  • The NFC East is pathetic-

Not something we didn't know before but this weekend's results really emphasized how poor the level in the division is. The Philadelphia Eagles were the favourites to win the division heading into the season but after a stuttering start to the season they probably expected to at least be a few games back coming into week 4, not the case.


The Eagles 25-20 victory over the 49ers on Sunday evening gave Philly their first win of the season and gave them a record of 1-2-1, a mixed bag at best after four games but in the NFC East it is enough to top the division. A record which would have the Eagles no higher than third in any other division in the league has them top of the pile up against the Cowboys(1-3) Washington(1-3) & the NY Giants(0-4).


The Eagles are doing what they have to do in what has been a highly criticised beginning to the season but even though we are only four games in, no team should be leading their division with a single win. It is something we all knew before but this week really shone a disappointing light on this pathetic NFC East.


  • Tom Brady will never stop breaking records-

Tom Brady is widely regarded as one the greatest quarterbacks of all time, rightfully so with six Super Bowl rings and three league MVP's to his name and this past weekend he reminded us all that he still has a long way to go after swapping New England for Tampa Bay.



On Sunday, the 43 year old became the oldest player in NFL history to throw five touchdown passes in a single game as the Buccaneers improved to 3-1 for the season with a 38-31 win over the LA Chargers. Not only did he throw five TD passes but he also found a different receiver with each pass, just to add an extra bit of icing to the cake.


Brady wasn't done re-writing the record books either, down 10 heading into half-time the second half comeback was the 34th of his extraordinary career with his team down 10 plus points, most in league history and as if that wasn't enough. The seven point victory was also the 222nd regular season win of Brady's career, surpassing the win record previously held by Adam Vinatieri.


Tom Brady is a maverick and as long as he is playing in the NFL, he is going to continue to break records along with hearts.


  • Odell Beckham still has so much to offer the Browns and the NFL-

Odell Beckham JR has struggled greatly since moving to Cleveland but lets not forgot OBJ is one of the most talented and exciting players to ever grace the NFL and his performance against the Cowboys on Sunday reminded everyone of that.


The wide receiver dominated proceedings for the Browns with three touchdowns including a terrific, game sealing, 50 yard touchdown run late in fourth quarter as the Cowboys threatened to stage another comeback. Beckham Jr gets you off your seat and even though there are no fans at the moment his enthralling performance will no doubt fill the hearts of football fans around the world.


The Browns moved to 3-1 for the first time since 2001 with the 49-38 win in Dallas as Odell became the first WR with 80+ receiving yards, 70+ rushing yards and three touchdowns in a single game since Javon Walker achieved the feat for the Broncos back in 2006.


When at his best OBJ dominates games, leads teams to big wins and fills stadiums and even though Cleveland are a run-first team, Odell is adapting and returning to the guy the Browns traded for back in 2019.




  • Corona Virus is still hurting sport-

Covid-19 was already affecting sport in a big way by preventing fans from going to games but this week it continued to impact on the field as Cam Newton was struck down with a positive test days before the Patriots blockbuster Sunday showdown with Mahomes and the Chiefs.


No superstar showdown and the game switched to Monday night, okay there could still be something here.


WRONG.


Star running back Sonny Michel hit the IR list and the 2-2 Patriots were forced to lean on journeyman Brian Hoyer and a cast of running backs that never really got going. Hoyer was 15 of 24 with an interception before being benched in the second half but the Patriots were still right in the game as replacement QB Jarrett Stidham brought them to within a field goal of the defending Super Bowl champions but he then threw the pick six Tyrann Mathieu that propelled the Chiefs to 4-0 with a Final Score of 26-10.


Comfortable in the end for Kansas City but were it not for this corona plague what might have come out of Cam vs Mahomes.


  • Bill O'Brien the GM eventually ends the tenure of O'Brien the Head Coach in Houston-

When all the power is invested in one person, as it was in O'Brien in Houston, there is nowhere else for the team owner to turn when the results are unexpectedly poor. On Monday, just four weeks into the regular season, just nine months after he added the general manager title to his head coaching duties, O'Brien was fired.



It is not an overstatement to say that O'Brien the general manager got O'Brien the head coach fired. O'Brien's deals, even before he got the official GM title back in January, often swung for the fences. He acquired tackle Laremy Tunsil and receiver Kenny Stills from the Miami Dolphins a year ago in exchange for two first-round picks and a second-rounder. He shocked the NFL this spring by trading DeAndre Hopkins, one of the game's best receivers, for running back David Johnson and a second-round pick. He traded Jadeveon Clowney for a third-round pick. He had earlier let Tyrann Mathieu go in free agency. And only weeks ago, he gave star quarterback Deshaun Watson a (well-deserved) four-year, $160 million contract extension.


The PROBLEM?


All this wheeling and dealing did not bring success.


The Texans are 0-4 to start the season after falling Sunday to the previously winless Minnesota Vikings. But even with as much dysfunction as was apparently present in Houston, in-season coaching changes remain relatively rare in the NFL because of the very short window for a turnaround, although other teams could be spurred to act so that the Texans do not get too far ahead in the race to scout out the next hot head-coaching candidates.