NFL Week 4: What we learned
49ers 35, Rams 11
In St. Louis, the 49ers (2-2) overcame a slow start to thump the reeling Rams (1-3). The performance was sparked by a stellar defensive outing and a productive ground game headed by RB Frank Gore's 20 carries for 153 yards and a TD.
Bills 23, Ravens 20
In Buffalo, the Bills (2-2) capitalized on five interceptions thrown by Ravens (2-2) QB Joe Flacco. Buffalo took a nine point lead into the fourth quarter then hung on by the three point margin on the strength of their defensive unit.
Browns 17, Bengals 6
In Cleveland, the hometown hero Brian Hoyer led the Browns (2-2) to a victory for the second straight week, passing for two TDs. Hoyer's cause was helped tremendously by a tenacious defense that held the Bengals (2-2) to just 266 total yards and zero TDs.
Lions 40, Bears 32
In Detroit, RB Reggie Bush returned from injury to reinvigorate the Lions (3-1) offense, rushing for 139 yards and a TD on 18 carries. The Lions defense also had a large hand in the rout, forcing four turnovers and scoring a TD. The Bears (3-1) posted two garbage-time touchdowns to make the final score appear closer than the game did.
Chiefs 31, Giants 7
In Kansas City, the Chiefs (4-0) handily defeated the Giants (0-4) as the two teams continue on largely unexpected paths. Chiefs QB Alex Smith posted three TDs in the victory.
Vikings 34, Steelers 27
In London, the Steelers (0-4) and Vikings (1-3) put on an exciting show for the United Kingdom fans. The Minnesota offense ran smoothly under new starting QB Matt Cassel. RB Adrian Peterson carried the squad, tallying 140 yards and two TDs with a long run of 60 yards. The Steelers rallied from a third quarter 17-34 deficit, cutting the lead to seven only to lose on a fumble in Minnesota's red zone with eight seconds left.
Cardinals 13, Buccaneers 10
In Tampa, the Cardinals (2-2) rallied from down 10-0 in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 unanswered points to upend the Buccaneers (0-4). The comeback was achieved due in large part to two timely interceptions by CB Patrick Peterson.
Colts 37, Jaguars 3
In Jacksonville, The Jaguars (0-4) were once again embarrassed, this time by their division rival Colts (3-1). The Jaguars were picked apart in all phases, were out-gained 473 to 205 in total yards and threw three interceptions.
Seahawks 23, Texans 20
In Houston, the Texans (2-2) squandered a 20-3 halftime lead to fall to the Seahawks (4-0). Seattle tied the game on a 58 yard interception return for a touchdown by CB Richard Sherman, then won on a 45 yard FG from K Steven Hauschka in OT. The win gave the Seahawks the franchise's first 4-0 start.
Titans 38, Jets 13
In Nashville, the Titans (3-1) walloped the Jets (2-2) but paid a price. Tennessee QB Jake Locker was carted off the field with a hip injury after throwing for three TDs. He is expected to miss four to eight weeks.
Broncos 52, Eagles 20
In Denver, Peyton Manning continued his quest for every single-season passing record, tossing four TDs en route to a sound whipping of the Eagles (1-3). The Broncos (4-0) continued to look like the league's top team early in the season.
Redskins 24, Raiders 14
In Oakland, the Redskins (1-3) overcame an early 14-0 deficit to defeat the injury-ridden Raiders (1-3). The game was marked by injuries in the Raiders backfield and terrible QB play, as RBs Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece were sidelined and QB Matt Flynn looked skittish and uncomfortable in the pocket.
Chargers 30, Cowboys 21
In San Diego, the Chargers (2-2) rallied back from a 21-10 Cowboys (2-2) lead to earn the victory. QB Phillip Rivers played elite level football, completing 35 of 42 passes for 401 yards and three TDs.
Patriots 30, Falcons 23
In Atlanta, QB Tom Brady put on a sound performance, posting 316 yards and two TDs as the Patriots (4-0) held off the surging Falcons (1-3). Atlanta failed to tie the game in the final seconds as a pass from QB Matt Ryan intended for WR Roddy White fell incomplete in the end zone.
Saints 38, Dolphins 17
In New Orleans, QB Drew Brees put on a stellar performance, passing for 413 yards and four TDs as the Saints (4-0) handed the Dolphins (3-1) their first loss, in blowout fashion.