That’s a quarter of the season in the books. Let’s take a quick look back at Week 4 in “The Film Says…”
Dolphins at Bengals
- I know there are a lot of decent, good people that back the Miami Dolphins. You deserve better than Ryan Tannehill. 15 of 25, 189 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, sacked 5 times and yet another fumble lost; 74 yards and the TD came from one busted coverage.
- I had an exchange with fellow Fantasy Football enthusiast and CPGM Contributor Anthony Knox regarding the merits of Jeremy Hill (21/71). While he has struggled this season it isn’t for lack of ability or effort (like last season). He’s running hard and gaining what little yardage is available after contact. They get very little push up front especially on the right side of the line of scrimmage and their passing game hinges on A.J. Green solely.
- After acquiring Byron Maxwell from the Eagles during the offseason, Miami had seen enough and decided to bench him after just three starts. A.J. Green (10/173/1) proceeded to torch the Phins’ young and overmatched cornerbacks in Xavien Howard and Tony Lippett.
- Carlos Dunlap with 2 more sacks and 2 passes deflected. He keeps showing up in this series.
Colts at Jaguars (London)
- “God save the Queen.”
- What do you know…?!? Blake Bortles (19 of 33, 207 yards, 2 TDs and 1 rush TD) threw his first career 1st quarter TD. More importantly he didn’t turn the ball over and the Jags got a win. Still thought he was rather unimpressive. The scouting report says… “Keep him in the pocket and he will serve up the picks.”
- Andrew Luck (27 of 42, 234 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, and 6 sacks) got no help, pressed and made a critical mistake late that virtually sealed yet another loss for a very dysfunctional franchise. Time to throw a grenade on the Grigson/Pagano brain trust.
- I really like the Jags’ defensive line rotation. Dexter Fowler is a playmaker and rookie Yannick Ngakoue (sack, INT off of Dexter Fowler pressure) is an exciting young pass rusher. These two are making plays every week despite the Jags’ struggles collectively on defense.
Titans at Texans
- Marcus Mariota (13 of 29, 202 yards, 1 INT) continues to be thoroughly unimpressive. Despite a defense that has given the Titans a chance to win each week Mariota’s QB Rating is only (73.9); besting only Jameis Winston (72.9), Blaine Gabbert (69.6) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (57.6).
- Well, at least the Texans scored points with Bill O’Brien calling the plays. Brock Osweiler (25 of 37, 254 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs) remains grossly overpaid.
- The re-emergence of Demarco Murray continues (25/95/2) putting up great fantasy numbers thru 4 weeks much to the chagrin of all Derrick Henry (3/9) owners; unless of course they own Henry and Murray.
- The good news… Will Fuller (7/81/1 and 1 punt return TD).
- The bad news… Nuk (1 rec. for 4 yards on 6 targets).
Browns at Redskins
- I don’t know what to say anymore… With a lead heading into the fourth Cody Kessler ended up having 40 pass attempts meanwhile the Browns rushed for 29/163/1 as a team. RUN THE FOOTBALL!!!
- Kirk Cousins’ performance (21 of 27, 183 yards, 3 TDs!!!, 1 INT, and sacked 3 times) based on this stat line was ‘ok’ but if you watched the game you’d realize he was even less effective.
- Washington would do well to lean on Matt Jones (22/117/1) and their offensive line more often.
- Crow (16/120/1) has been awesome in his limited touches… smh.
- Finally Jordan Reed (9/73/2). Damn! Jamison Crowder hogging up all the damn red zone targets. Jeez…
- Trent Murphy (4 sacks in 4 games; 1 in Week 4) has found a home as a down lineman. The 2014 2nd round pick gave way to 2015 2nd round pick Preston Smith at OLB but Murphy has already set a career high in sacks at the quarter mark of the 2016 season.
Seahawks at Jets
- Russell Wilson (23 of 32, 309 yards, and 3 TDs!!!). Good to see Russell playing well even while banged up but let’s face it. The Jets’ secondary has been atrocious in 2016.
- This is Ryan Fitzpatrick (23 of 41, 261 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs!!! and sacked 4 times) 2016 edition.
- Jimmy Graham (6/113) appears to be a firm part of the game plan.
- Nothing came easy for B. Marsh (4/89/1 on 12 targets) matched up against Richard Sherman (2 INTs, 2 passes defended).
Bills at Patriots
- That’s 2! for Rex and his brother; and a shut out of the Patriots in Foxboro now less. Hmph. The shutout was a surprise but not the win. Had the Patriots gone 4 – 0 without Brady and a hobbled Gronk I would have just crowned them AFC Champs.
- Not a whole lot offense in this one obviously but I do want to point out the Bills’ acquisition of Zach Brown (17 tackles, 12 solo, a sack, 4 tackles for loss and a forced fumble) from the Tennessee Titans has been phenomenal. Brown struggled to get playing time thoughout his tenure in Tennessee. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. He is everywhere. The speedy linebacker walked down Julian Edelman on a huge run and catch (ultimately called back). The athleticism has always been there but there seems to be a new found understanding of the game so that his athletic gifts can come to the forefront (a la Christine Michael).
Panthers at Falcons
- Cam Newton concussed as he got SPARKED show-boating his way into the end zone on a two-point conversion. He will not play in Week 5. Are you kidding me?!? Smh…
- Matt Ryan (28 of 37, 503 yards, 4 TDs, and 1 INT) and JULIO (12/300/1) put on a clinic. It’s pretty obvious that Josh Norman is missed. Julio would have only gone for a buck 50 if Norman was on the field.
- Fozzy Whitaker led the Panthers in receiving in this matchup (9/86 on 9 targets). No bueno.
- If the Falcons could generate a more consistent pass rush they could really make some noise. There are injuries and inexperience at the second level but Atlanta has an underrated secondary led by Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford (2 INTs and a pick SIX).
Raiders at Ravens
- No one is talking about Derek Carr (25 of 35, 199 yards and 4 TDs). You have to watch the games to truly appreciate his performance. He has the clutch gene.
- It’s very bad when Joe Flacco attempts more than 30 passes. — Pedro Cerrano. He attempted 52 in the loss.
- It’s VERY bad when Joe Flacco attempt 52 passes in a one-point loss when Terrence West runs for 21/113/1. IT’S VERY BAD!
- Justin Forsett was given his walking papers
- Every week… Crabtree (7/88/3) comes up with the big play.
- SENIOR! 8/111/1
Lions at Bears
- I expect better from Matthew Stafford (23 of 36, 213 yards, and 2 INTs) against yet another favorable opponent. The supporting cast is certainly an issue though.
- I think if the Bears are serious about winning games in 2016, Brian Hoyer (28 of 36, 302 yards, and 2 TDs) gives them a better chance to win. See ya Jay!
- So long to Jeremy Langford’s starting job. Jordan Howard (23/111) looks very impressive.
- The ghost of Eddie Royal (7/111/1) is among us.
- Kevin White (6/55) is hurt again…
Broncos at Buccaneers
- Broncos play D.
- Jameis (17 of 35, 179 yards, 2 INTs and sacked 5 times) needs help!
- The Bucs don’t play D. Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch tag teamed for 19 of 31, 218 yards, and 2 TDs.
- And you were worried about the fantasy prospects of Demariyus Thomas (6/94/1) and Emmanuel Sanders(8/88/1).
- No Malik Jackson, who needs him? Derek Wolfe (6 tackles, 5 solo, 2.5 sacks and 5 QB hits on Jameis) was dominant.
Rams at Cardinals
- Case Keenum (18 of 30, 266 yards, 2 TDs, sacked 2 times and a fumble lost) didn’t make it look pretty but it was effective.
- Carson Palmer’s (23 of 36, 288 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, sacked 3 times and a fumble lost) performance wasn’t pretty either and Ineffective. He missed the TNF contest against the woeful Niners in Week 5.
- There was a John Brown (10/144) sighting in Week 4; he vanished once again in Week 5.
- Brian Quick (2/69/2) made the absolute most of his receptions.
- Please. Please. Please. Watch the games. Time to put Aaron Donald (5 tackles, 1. 5 sacks and 5 QB Hits) in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation annually.
Saints at Chargers
- The Chargers can’t finish. They surrender a lead late once again and reside at the bottom of the division. To make matter worse standout CB Jason Verrett is lost to injury for the rest of the season and CB Brandon Flowers is also injured.
- Drew Brees (23 of 36, 207 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, and sacked two times) back to where it all started.
- I like what I see from Hunter Henry (4/61/1) that tight end learning curve is a steep one.
Cowboys at 49ers
- Dak! Managed the game to perfection. 23 of 32, 245 yards, 2 TDs still no turnovers.
- Blaine Gabbert is terrible… but you knew this already.
- Ezekiel Elliott (23/138/1) had a couple impressive 4-5 yards runs where he demonstrated quickness and balance. Other than that he ran through gaping holes 15-20 yards downfield and failed to make a defender miss. Should have hit his head on the goal post about three times. It’s more the pick, not as much the player.
- Speaking of Elliott he didn’t gash the Niners until Navorro Bowman (8 tackles, 7 solo, and 1 sack) tore his Achilles early in the 3rd quarter.
Chiefs at Steelers
- After an embarrassing effort in Week 3 the Steelers got right.
- Big Ben (22 of 27, 300 yards, and 5 TDs) surgical.
- He’s back! Le’Veon Bell (18/144). He is the NFL’s best running back. Period.
- Antonio Brown (4/64/2) didn’t even break a sweat.
- Cam Heyward (3!!! sacks) and Alex Smith got acquainted.
Giants at Vikings
- Vikings play D.
- Odell Beckham Jr. (3/23) better grow up quick. The opposition knows how to get you out of your game. Tighten up.