LOS ANGELES, September 30, 2013—Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady all lead 4-0 teams lighting up the league. They are throwing touchdowns with ease and refusing to throw interceptions. They are all first ballot Hall of Famers, and late in their careers, still playing like it.
Here is the NFL 2013 week 4 wrapup.
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams was the Thursday night game. Colin Kaepernick threw touchdown passes to Anqon Boldin and Vernon Davis. Frank Gore and Anthony Dixon also ran for scores, as the 49ers recovered from consecutive losses by punching out the lifeless Rams. 35-11 49ers
Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills—On 4th and 5 from the 6 with four minutes left and trailing by six, John Harbaugh opted for the field goal. He was right to trust his defense. Yet the Ravens offense could not get it done. A deflected pass late became Flacco’s fifth interception. This was a growing up win for Buffalo. 23-20 Bills
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns—Forget Trent Richardson, the big story in Cleveland is the quarterback change. Last week Brandon Weeden was benched in favor of third stringer Brian Hoyer. Hoyer led the Browns to a win on the road. This week Brian Hoyer threw a one-yard touchdown pass with five minutes to play to lock up a tough win. The Browns are no longer losers. 17-6 Browns
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions —After trailing 10-9 early, Detroit exploded for three touchdowns in the second quarter. The Lions built a 40-16 lead and held off a furious rally as Jay Cutler threw four interceptions and fumbled the ball away for a defensive touchdown. Both teams are 3-1, but are overrated and should be overtaken once Green Bay straightens itself out. 40-32 Lions
Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans — Seattle trailed 20-3 at the half and 20-6 in the fourth quarter. One play then showed why the Seahawks are title contenders and the Texans are pretenders. With five minutes left, the Texans had to grind out the clock. Instead, Matt Schaub threw an interception that was returned for a 58-yard touchdown by Richard Sherman to tie the game. Seattle won in overtime to get to 4-0 the hard way. 23-20 Seahawks, OT
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars — Jacksonville led 3-0 before reality took over. Blaine Gabbert completed a gorgeous 41-yard touchdown pass to the Indianapolis defense and the route was on. The Colts led 20-3 at the half and coasted as Jacksonville is now one quarter of the way to 0-16. 37- 3 Jaguars
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs — It was the unbeaten Chiefs barely beating the winless Giants 10-7 after three quarters. Dexter McCluster returned a punt 89 yards for a Chiefs touchdown and Alex Smith led a nine minute drive for another score as the Chiefs turned a slugfest into a blowout. Walrus Lite, Andy Reid, has a 4-0 team while Tom Coughlin may fire all 45 players from the 0-4 Giants. 31-7 Chiefs
Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings — The NFL exported the worst of football, a pair of winless teams, to England, but they played a thriller of a game. Trailing 34-17, Ben Roethlisberger got the Steelers to within one score and had Pittsburgh facing third and goal at the 7 with 19 seconds to play. Big Ben was then sacked and fumbled and the Vikings recovered. Pittsburgh is now 0-4, while Minnesota got their first win of the year. 34-27 Vikings
Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers —Mike Glennon, in place of the benched and soon to be traded Josh Freeman, had the Buccaneers up 10-0 in the fourth quarter. Leading 10-3 with 3 1/2 minutes left, Glennon threw an interception deep in his own territory, letting the Cardinals take over at the Bucs’ 13. Why Greg Schiano was throwing the ball in that situation is anyone’s guess. Carson Palmer threw the tying touchdown, and another dumb defensive penalty led to the winning Cardinals field goal. The 0-4 Bucs just give games away. 13-10 Cardinals
New York Jets at Tennessee Titans — Geno Smith committed four turnovers, all of them in Jets territory. Jake Locker threw three touchdown passes as the Titans charged to a 24-6 halftime lead and coasted from there. Tennessee is a surprising 3-1, and their defense is vastly improved. However, Locker was knocked out of the game and carted off on a stretcher. 38-13 Titans
Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos — Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes, Trindon Holliday returned a kickoff 105 yards for another score, and a blocked punt was returned 17 yards for another one as the Broncos carpet-bombed the Eagles. At 4-0, Manning has now tied the NFL record to start a season with 16 touchdowns without a single interception. 52-20 Broncos
Washington Redskins at Oakland Raiders — History repeated itself on the 30th anniversary of these teams meeting in the Super Bowl. The Raiders got on the board with a blocked punt en route to a 14-0 lead. Yet Matt Flynn without a concussion is far worse than the inactive Terrelle Pryor, as the Raiders gave up 24 unanswered points. Flynn completed one touchdown pass to each team and fumbled away another scoring chance. Even Sebastian Janikowski missed a crucial field goal as both teams are now 1-3 en route to miserable seasons. 24-14 Redskins
Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers —Philip Rivers threw touchdown passes to both teams and Tony Romo threw a pair of touchdowns to Dez Bryant. A 56-yard bomb from Rivers to Antonio Gates saw the Chargers overcome a 21-10 deficit with 20 unanswered points. 30-21 Chargers
New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons — A 10-10 game at the half was broken open by a LaGarrette Blount touchdown run for 47 yards and a Tom Brady touchdown pass. The Patriots led 30-13 with only six minutes to play. Matt Ryan led a furious touchdown drive, which was followed by a successful onside kick, a field goal, a defensive stop, and bomb to Julio Jones. This had the Falcons 13 yards from overtime with one minute to play. Matt Ryan then threw several incompletions as the Falcons fell to a surprising 1-3 and the Patriots, with rookie receivers no less, remain unbeaten at the quartermark. 30-23 Patriots
Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints — The Dolphins have improved from last year, but the Saints are a Super Bowl contender. Sean Payton is back in charge and Drew Brees is clicking on all cylinders. Brees needed little more than one half of football to complete 21 of 27 passes for 304 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions as the Saints’ offense overwhelmed the Miami defense. 38-17 Saints
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