Immediately’s NFL Week four video games on TV
Due to the design, there will be no division matchups this week as the NFL has scheduled a week of games that could be removed from the schedule if necessary due to the pandemic.
1 p.m. games
Last week against Denver, Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans had a strange, rare line: he caught two passes for two yards and two touchdowns, joining Lee Folkins of the 1963 Cowboys and Howard Cross of the 1994 Giants as the only players who have been doing this since 1950, according to the Pro Football Reference. Less strange is how Tom Brady showed signs of coming along. Brady had his best passing game since the start of the 2019 season with 297 yards and three touchdowns. For the first time Rob Gronkowski was involved in the offensive. After scoring four times and catching two passes in the first two games, he hit six of seven goals for 48 yards against the Broncos.
For the Chargers, rookie Justin Herbert will start again with Tyrod Taylor still recovering from the faulty injection he received prior to the team’s week two game. In Week 3, Herbert lost 330 yards to Carolina, making him the fifth player to throw 300 or more yards on each of his first two starts. Rookie quarterbacks lost their last 10 games to Brady when he was with the New England Patriots. Eight defeats came in double digits. Overall, they were 1-15 against Brady (and, more specifically, against Bill Belichick’s defense). …
There are hot starts and then there is what Russell Wilson of the Seahawks does. After throwing five touchdown passes in each of his last two games, Wilson can overtake one of Peyton Manning’s NFL points at the Dolphins on Sunday: If the Seattle quarterback throws three touchdown passes against Miami, he would put Manning in the first four games most overtake games of a season. Manning had 16 in the first four weeks of the 2013 season with the Broncos.
Seattle’s mantra is simple: let the soot cook. It was impossible to keep him out of the kitchen. His 14 touchdown passes in the first three games of the season broke Patrick Mahomes’ 2018 NFL record of 13. The Dolphins have a decent pass save and Seattle to Miami is long-term, but Wilson seems like a man on a mission. …
Sunday’s train wreck alert goes to Browns at Cowboys. The Browns (2-1) set a win record for the first time since 2014. It’s the cowboys who got confused. Last week Dak Prescott passed for 472 yards – his second straight game with 450 or more – and three touchdowns, but the Cowboys lost 38-31 in Seattle. And here’s a sobering thought: Without the successful onside kick against the Atlanta Falcons, the Cowboys would be 0-3. Instead, they’re 1-2 and grateful to be in NFC East, where they’re tied first.
4 p.m. games
In Chicago, the Bears will face the Colts in a game that has been postponed to late afternoon due to the postponement of the Chiefs Patriots game. For the bears, it’s time for Nick Foles. Last week, he played in his first game in nearly 10 months, replacing on-bench Mitchell Trubisky. He passed three touchdowns in the final seven minutes of the Bears’ comeback win over the Falcons. Now Foles will compete against a visit to Indianapolis. Colts coach Frank Reich brings special knowledge into play. He “was the one who found out about me as a player” when both were at Philadelphia, Foles said last week. …
The must-watch game in the late afternoon shows the undefeated Buffalo Bills against the Raiders in Las Vegas. Josh Allen of the Bills has thrown more than 300 yards in all three games after failing once in his first two seasons, but he had an adventurous foray against the Los Angeles Rams last week. On the game-winning drive, he was fired, called for unsportsmanlike conduct after getting a defender’s face mask, converted in third and 22nd and then threw an incomplete pass to fourth and eighth with less than a minute’s lead. But a pass interference call gave new life to the Bills, and Allen tossed a three-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Kroft for the win.
Sometimes games look really good when the schedule is created. The Eagles-49ers Nightcap is one such game. The Eagles are upset and have a 23:23 draw with the Bengals, which raises questions about coach Doug Pederson’s decision to go into overtime late and whether Carson Wentz should continue to be the starting quarterback. Pederson admitted almost immediately that he could have made a different strategic decision but said joining rookie Jalen Hurts would be a “knee-jerk decision”.
The 49ers are back home after a two week nightmare trip visiting the Jets and Giants and losing several players to injuries. Still, they’re 2-1 and expect George Kittle and wide receiver Deebo Samuel to return. However, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has not recovered from his ankle injury and will not play. The 49ers, Pederson said, are “blessed with likely two starters” in Garoppolo and Nick Mullens. We will see if this is the case.