We're already at the quarter mark of the NFL season and three teams remain undefeated while thirteen teams are even at 2-2. The parity in the NFL seems to be at an all-time high. Here are some takeaways from Week 4.
1. A Thursday Night Game That Didn't Suck
The first three Thursday night games were boring and not entertaining to say the least. The matchups weren't appealing nor interesting. The types of games we were witnessing would make you want to go to bed by halftime and wonder why they have Thursday night football games to begin with. Yet Week 4's Thursday game was actually fun to watch.
Both the Eagles and Packers traded blows as the game was back and forth. Lots of yards, lots of points, an entertaining game in which Thursday nights rarely provide. Hopefully the trend of watchable Thursday night games continues as this week's game features the LA Rams against the Seattle Seahawks.
2. Burfict's Season Ends in Suspension
In this week's edition of being an idiot we take look at the NFL's most notorious player Vontaze Burfict. He's been one of the most dirtiest players in the NFL. We've seen him take numerous cheap shots at the expense of opposing players. He's gone after heads, knees and even the groin area. He's been fined numerous times since 2013. He cost the Bengals a wild card game against the Steelers in 2016 after headshotting Steelers receiver Antonio Brown.
Burfict has been suspended 4 times in his career and has always been one of the most unsportsmanlike players in the league. His latest suspension will be the longest suspension for an on field play in NFL history and hopefully it's one step closer to getting this clown out of the league. Burfcit will try to appeal the suspension and will not travel with the Raiders when they go and play in London on Sunday. If you total his suspensions and fines all together, Burfict has lost over 5 million dollars for his own stupidity.
3. $84 Million Dollar Mistake
When the Vikings signed Kirk Cousins last season, Minnesota seemed like they finally got their man at QB. Remember the Vikings had Case Keenum and Sam Bradford in 2017 that helped lead the team to an NFC championship game. Fast forward to today and the Cousins contract looks like a disaster.
Cousins failed to get the Vikings to the playoffs last season and hasn't looked good in the first 4 games of this season.
Thielen said it best: “when you have to be able to throw the ball, you have to be able to make plays, you have to be able to hit the deep balls”. It’ll be interesting to see what the plan is going forward for the struggling offence.
4. Cleveland Hype Finally Coming Through?
The Browns looked like your typical Browns team we are used to seeing after week 1's embarrassing lost to the Tennessee Titans, and now they are atop the AFC North after a win against the Ravens.
The Browns outplayed Baltimore. Nick Chubb cut through the Ravens defence like a boat through water and led his team to a season-high 40 points.
The Browns defence also put on a show. They sacked Lamar Jackson 4 times while picking him off twice and also forced a fumble. The Browns on both sides of the ball looked intimidating, and quite possibly rounding into the team everyone envisioned them being at the start of the season.
5. The NFC Is Wide Open
The NFC saw three undefeated teams go down in week 4. The Packers, Cowboys and Rams suffered all loses, and now the Niners are the only team in the NFC without a lost.
Realistically, all 4 divisions in the NFC could possibly be in a dog fight for top spot. Though the Saints look like the clear in the NFC South, the NFC North and West could have multiple teams fighting for playoff spots by seasons end.
Other than the Cardinals and Redskins, there are no easy wins in the NFC. The Giants and Panthers looked dead out of water starting 0-2 but have brought life back into their season. The Bucs stunned the Rams, the Bears' defense looks unreal again, and the Lions surprised many giving the Chiefs all they could handle.
The NFC looks as unpredictable as ever, which means this season could have more twists and turns all the way through into the final week.