Week 4 recap and game of the week highlighted. As week 4 came to an end we saw some undefeated teams suffer their first loss of the season. Secondly we still have two teams a perfect 4-0 and one team still perfect at 3-0. I will highlight 3 games this week. The games being Lions vs Chiefs, Bears vs Vikings, and lastly the Saints vs Cowboys.
First let’s start off at Ford Field in Detroit where we saw two undefeated teams square off. This game was a thriller from start to finish. We saw a little of everything in this game. Not many people would have given Detroit a chance in this game going against the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes. Detroit played a great game and should have beaten the Chiefs. But turnovers hurt the Lions in this one.
Matthew Stafford having a great game and leading his team down field for a touchdown, rolls out to the left and get stripped of the ball and the Chiefs recovered. This was shortly after the Chiefs fumbled the second half kickoff. The Lions were driving again and on the goaline. So on the next drive they handed off to Kerryon Johnson and he fumbles the ball and the Chiefs returned it 100 yards for a TD. Stafford had a great game going 21/34 291 yards and 3TD’s. Johnson led the ground game with 26 carries for 125 yards. Kenny Golladay made some nasty catches for the Lions as he had 2TD’s.
The Chiefs Drive
Last year’s MVP Patrick Mahomes wasn’t going to go down without a battle. But Mahomes had two minutes and twenty seconds to mount a comeback. Since KC started at their 21 yard line, as expected KC comes out throwing the ball. Probably the biggest play of the drive was a 4th & 8 at KC’s 34. So Mahomes in the shotgun gets the snap and can’t find an open receiver, so he takes off running and scrambles for 15 yards and keeps the drive going. Ironically that seemed to spark the offense from there. After a 13 yard pass to Pringle, they are on the Detroit 3 looking for paydirt. Next play a handoff to Williams who plows his way in for a touchdown to give the Chiefs the lead. With just :23 seconds left Detroit fell short and took their first loss of the season by a final of 34-30.
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Next game we are looking at is the Minnesota Vikings coming into Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears. This game was pretty much as expected a very tough fought defensive battle. Both of these teams needing a win after the Packers and Lions both were defeated. The Vikings and Bears were looking like the throwback teams in this one. With Minnesota’s famed Purple People Eaters and the Bears famed Monsters of the Midway. At least that’s the way these defenses looked.
It was bad news for the Bears on their first drive of the game. Mitch Trubisky scrambles to get away from the Vikings defender when he gets stripped sacked as the Vikings recovered, but do to a Vikings penalty the Bears kept the ball. That wasn’t the only bad thing to happen as Trubisky gets injured and would not return to the game. With that being the case Chicago turns to backup QB Chase Daniel. So it was Daniel in now as he went to work right away driving them down field. The big play in that was a 25 yard strike to Allen Robinson. Chicago would eventually go on to score a TD on a Daniel to Cohen 10 yard pass.
The Vikings and Kurt Cousins couldn’t do anything on offense. Although I will say the only bright spot for either team on offense was Stefon Diggs. Diggs caught nine passes for 108 yards. Besides that the Bears’ defense was in the backfield all game long. Minnesota only had 222 yards of total offense. In the 4th quarter Minnesota would put their drive together. With a little more than seven minutes left, they would go on a 13 play 102 yard drive capped by Dalvin Cook touchdown run. After missing the two point conversion the game was pretty much over. As the Bears went on to a 16-6 victory.
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
Lastly we saw the the Dallas Cowboys roll into the Mercedes Benz Superdome and play the New Orleans Saints. This game was a defensive battle surprisingly. For the second week in a row the Saints started Teddy Bridgewater. Teddy filling in for the injured Drew Brees failed to score a touchdown in this game. Conversely the good news was that the Cowboys were just as bad. So the game was interesting.
The Cowboys couldn’t muster up any offense in this game. Which was strange since the Cowboys have had no problems this year. The Cowboys were 3-0 this year averaging over 32 points per game. Their wins had come against the likes of the Giants, Dolphins, and Redskins. So you figured if they could score the Saints would have a tough time matching their output with Bridgewater at QB. Saints defense wouldn’t allow the Cowboys to get in sync as they only gave up 10 points. So with the game winding down the Saints were able to run the clock out. Will Lutz’s four field goals proved to be enough in the 12-10 victory.
Week 4 Scores
Here are the rest of the Week 4 scores.