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Week 4 Live Blog

by Ryan McDowell
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

For the second conseuctive week, the NFL Sunday began with a London game and once again, we witnessed an easy win as the Saints shut out the Dolphins 20-0. The headliner in an all-around ugly game to watch was Saints rookie RB Alvin Kamara, who caught all ten of his targets for 71 yards and a touchdown and also ran the ball five times for 25 yards. Kamara looks like the back to own moving forward in the New Orleans offense. Veteran RB Adrian Peterson carried the ball four times for four yards.


(7:24PM) Our time is winding down for Week Four. The Eagles hung on against the surging Chargersm who remain winless. The Raiders comeback ended with an Amari Cooper target being picked off, ensuring the Broncos win. The Giants also failed to get their first win as the Bucs narrowly escaped. Good luck in your fantasy matchups and enjoy Sunday Night Football!


(7:02PM) This was expected, but Seattle WR Doug Baldwin is active for tonight's game against the Colts. He remains a risky fantasy play considering the potential for re-injury. 


(6:58PM) With just over three minutes remaining, the Giants have taken the lead on a touchdown pass from QB Eli Manning to TE Rhett Ellison. The Giants two point conversion attempt was unsuccessful and they lead 23-22. 


(6:55PM) Giants WR Odell Beckham has left the field on two of the past three players, first limping off and then needing assistance off the field, both after receptions. OBJ has seven receptions for 90 yards and is already back on the field. 


(6:53PM) It took a challenge, but Chargers TE Hunter Henry just caught a touchdown from QB Philip Rivers and the Chargers now trail by just two points. 


(6:50PM) The 49ers and Cardinals remain locked at just 12 late into the fourth quarter. Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has 259 yards, but star WR Larry Fitzgerald has been shut down, catching two passes for eight yards. 


(6:48PM) Let's check in on the four late afternoon games. The Eagles lead the Chargers, who are threating to score again. RB LeGarrette Blount is having his best game as an Eagle, rushing for 112 yards on just 13 carries. RB Wendell Smallwood is also making plays and has totaled 76 yards and a touchdown. Chargers WR Keenan Allen has five grabs for 138 yards. 


(6:44PM) The Raiders have pegged QB Derek Carr as questionable to return with a back injury. 


(6:34PM) It has been a long day for QB Derek Carr and the Raiders and it just got worse as Carr was forced to leave the game with what looked like a back injury after he was sacked. Carr has 143 yards and a touchdown in the game, but now backup EJ Manuel is on the field. 


(6:31PM) Undrafted free agent RB Austin Ekeler just scored his first career rushing touchdown for the Chargers on his first touch of the day. Starting RB Melvin Gordon is still struggling with a leg injury and has just 22 rushing yards on ten carries as the Chargers trail Philly 19-17. 


(6:18PM) This could explain the increased role for the rookie RB Wayne Gallman. Starter Paul Perkins was sent to the locker room with a rib injury. For better or worse, this likely won't affect the Giants gameplan much. 


(6:07PM) The Giants have tried Paul Perkins and Orleans Darkwa at running back and neither have worked. It's time to see what rookie Wayne Gallman can do. Gallman just caught a short touchdown pass from QB Eli Manning, taking the lead. Gallman wasn't really used until the latest drive, but has 11 total yards on five touches. It won't be a surprise to see him carry the load for the remainder of the game as the Giants continue to search for an answer to their backfield troubles. 


(5:52PM) It has been a rough day for receivers and another one has been lost as the 49ers have ruled out Marquise Goodwin for the remainder of the game with a concussion. The Niners and Cardinals are tied at six early in the second half. 


(5:47PM) WR Amari Cooper felt like a trap play today, as the Raiders were without veteran WR Michael Crabtree, but also facing the stiff Denver defense. As the game nears halftime, the Broncos lead 10-7, but it is WR Johnny Holton who has the Raiders score while Cooper has failed to catch any of his four targets. 


(5:19PM) A low-scoring first half of action around the four game late slate today, but QB Eli Manning has the Giants in the end zone, but not in the way you might have imagined. Manning scrambled for a 14-yard touchdown to bring the G-Men to within three points. Sadly, that one rush made Manning the Giants leading rusher on the day as RB Paul Perkins continues to struggle. 


(5:04PM) It took much of the first half, but the Chargers are finally on the board thanks to a 75-yard touchdown from QB Philip Rivers to WR Tyrell Williams. It's the first sign of life for the Chargers offense that has started slowly today. 


(4:38PM) A pair of tight ends have found the end zone. First, rookie TE OJ Howard of the Bucs did most of the work as he scored on a 58-yard touchdown reception from QB Jameis Winston. Also, Broncos TE AJ Derby made an amazing one handed grab for Denver's first score of the day as they lead the Raiders early in the game. 


(4:22PM) It is a terrible matchup for Bucs WR Mike Evans against the Giants strong pass defense, but that didn't stop him for scoring early to give Tampa Bay the early lead. Evans has two early receptions for 18 yards. RB Jacquizz Rodgers is doing work in the first quarter, rushing five times for 45 yards. 


(4:20PM) We have our first touchdown from the late slate of games as Eagles QB Carson Wentz found his top WR Alshon Jeffery for the score to take the lead over the home team Chargers. The Eagles were in position to score after Wentz hit WR Nelson Agholor for 36 yards earlier in the drive. 


(4:14PM) Some final scores as the late afternoon games begin...

Lions 14, Vikings 7

Texans 57, Titans 14

Bengals 31, Browns 7

Panthers 33, Patriots 30

Bills 23, Falcons 17

Steelers 26, Ravens 9


(4:05PM) Steelers RB LeVeon Bell has quietly put together a big day and just scored from one yard out to put the game away. The Steelers lead 26-9 and Bell has 186 total yards in the game. 


(4:03PM) The Rams have played well today, currently leading by two points with under five minutes remaining in Dallas, but they've done it largely without WR Sammy Watkins, who has just two targets on the day, catching one pass for 17 yards. It is a major disappointment after Watkins breakout game on Thursday Night Football in Week Three. 


(3:55PM) These could hurt, but both Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette and QB Dak Prescott had scores come back due to holding penalties. In the Cowboys case, it was a two-point conversion attempt after Prescott connected with TE James Hanna for the score. 


(3:54PM) The Browns have avoided a shut out as RB Duke Johnson scored on a one-yard run with under two minutes remaining. Johnson has a total of 60 yards in the game, doing most of his damage in the pass game. 


(3:51PM) Although they have trailed for most of the game, it appears the Ravens have found their new starting running back. Former Seahawk RB Alex Collins has eight carries for 81 yards, compared to just five carries for Terrance West and Buck Allen combined. If he's still out there, Collins will be a popular waiver wire pickup this week. 


(3:47PM) The Patriots comeback attempt continues and they've tied the game with just over three minutes remaining. QB Tom Brady found WR Danny Amendola streaking across the back of the end zone for the score. Brady now has 307 passing yards and two touchdown passes. 


(3:35PM) A pair of defensive scores as the Texans intercept Titans QB Matt Cassel for a the pick six and Jacksonville's Myles Jack scores on an odd play after Jets QB Josh McCown fumbled. The Jets has clinging to a three point lead in the fourth quarter. 


(3:33PM) Steelers WR Antonio Brown is having a quiet day, catching just three of seven targets for 26 yards. Brown has also been receiving routine attention from the medical staff, possibly for a nagging hamstring injury. 


(3:30PM) The Patriots are trying to mount a comeback and after some big gainers to WR Chris Hogan, TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Phillip Dorsett, RB Dion Lewis finished off the drive and now tril by just seven points in the mid-fourth quarter. 


(3:28PM) Some news from Atlanta where the Falcons are hosting the Bills. First, Atlanta has put points on the board as QB Matt Ryan found WR Justin Hardy for the touchdown, tying the game at 17. Also, for the Bills, WR Jordan Matthews (thumb) is questionable to return. 


(3:22PM) The Texans are not slowing down. QB Deshaun Watson just threw his fourth touchdown of the game, this time connecting with RB Lamar Miller, his second touchdown of the day. Watson has 283 passing yards with nearly the full final quarter remaining. 


(3:20PM) A pair of touchdowns from some of the league's biggest stars: Panthers QB Cam Newton ran the ball in to finish off a quick drive and give Carolina a two score, fourth quarter lead over New England. For the Rams, RB Todd Gurley took a short pass and ran 53 yards for the go ahead touchdown. Gurley now has 163 total yards in the game. 


(3:10PM) As several games enter the fourth quarter, let's check in on the top fantasy scorers from the 1:00pm games...

QB- Deshaun Watson, Andy Dalton, Cam Newton, Marcus Mariota, Dak Prescott

RB- Ezekiel Elliott, Bilal Powell, LeVeon Bell, Lamar Miller, Ameer Abdullah

WR- DeAndre Hopkins, Devin Funchess, Will Fuller, AJ Green, Chris Hogan

TE- Charles Clay, Ed Dickson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Rob Gronkowski, Darren Fells

(3:03PM) Maybe we gave up on QB Cam Newton too quickly (or maybe the Patriots defense is just this bad?) Either way, Newton just tossed his third touchdown of the day and the second to WR Devin Funchess, who is having a career day. Funchess has six receptions for 65 yards and the two scores and Carolina leads in New England 23-16. 


(3:00PM) More injuries and more touchdown...Titans QB Marcus Mariota left the game with a hamstring injury and was replaced by backup QB Matt Cassel. Considering they are trailing 37-14, it would be no surprise if Mariota sits for the remainder of the game, regardless of the severity of his injury. Also, unsurprisingly, the Vikings quickly ruled out RB Dalvin Cook for the remainder of the game. Following the injury and fumble from Cook, the Lions took the ball down and took the lead on a rare touchdown run from RB Ameer Abdullah


(2:55PM) Texans QB Deshaun Watson has another touchdown pass and he went back to second-year WR Will Fuller, the second score of the day for Fuller, playing his first game of the year. Fuller has just three grabs in the game, but two coming down in the end zone. Watson has 245 yards and three scores, along with 24 rushing yards and another touchdown. 


(2:52PM) The Jets already had a pair of long runs from RB Bilal Powell and now his backup, rookie RB Elijah McGuire, added one of his own. McGuire scored on a nice 69-yard run right up the middle, giving the Jets a 17-10 lead over the Jaguars. 


(2:51PM) Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is down after suffering what appeared to be a non-contact knee injury. Cook also fumbled on the play and the Lions recovered the ball. More on the injury as it is reported, but it certainly did not look good as Cook had to be helped from the field. 


(2:48PM) The inactive reports for the late games are leaking out and 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is officially active.


(2:46PM) The Falcons have updated WR Julio Jones status and it's not good news. Jones and WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) have both been ruled out for the remainder of the game. The Bills also just scored on a fumble recovery to take the lead 14-10. 


(2:43PM) The Falcons and Bills just returned to the field following halftime and WR Julio Jones was not with his team. His injury has been labeled as a hip flexor and he is still questionable to return. 


(2:35PM) With many games at halftime, let's check in on the top targeted players of the afternoon games, so far:

7- DeAndre Hopkins, Duke Johnson, James White

6- Chris Hogan


(2:25PM) Catching up on a few recent scores...

The Cowboys added to their lead just before halftime as QB Dak Prescott found WR Brice Butler for a short score. Prescott has 155 yards and two touchdowns.

The Vikings found paydirt for the first time today as rookie RB Dalvin Cook ran it in from five yards out. Cook has 52 rushing yards on 11 carries.

Steelers rookie WR Juju Smith-Schuster grabbed his second touchdown of the season, an 11-yarder from QB Ben Roethlisberger to open the Pittsburgh lead to 19-0 with just seconds before halftime. 

The Falcons took the lead on a short touchdown run from RB Devonta Freeman, who has 43 rushing yards today. RB Tevin Coleman has played well, totaling 85 yards and leading the team in rushing and receiving. 


(2:19PM) Who knew that all Cam Newton needed was to face off against the Patriots defense. Newton just threw another touchdown, finding WR Devin Funchess from 10 yards out to give Carolina the lead. Newton now has 189 passing yards and two scores as halftime approaches. 


(2:15PM) The Bengals and Texans have continued to open up their large respective leads. QB Andy Dalton tossed a short out to RB Giovani Bernard and he strolled 61 yards into the end zone, giving the Bengals as 21-0 lead. For Houston, QB Deshaun Watson continues to pile up numbers against the Titans as he ran the ball in for yet another score. Also earlier in that same game, Titans QB Marcus Mariota had his second rushing touchdown of the game. Houston leads 30-14. 


(2:10PM) Falcons WR Julio Jones was taken to the locker room with a hip injuy and the team has labeled him as questionable to return. Jones had three catches for 30 yards before exiting the game. 


(2:07PM) After weeks of somewhat disappointing production, Steelers RB LeVeon Bell is playing well today and he just scored, giving Pittsburgh a 14-0 lead. Bell has 74 total yards in the first half. 


(2:03PM) The Bengals are missing TE Tyler Eifert once again today, but backup TE Tyler Kroft is filling in quite well, catching a three-yard score from QB Andy Dalton to give Cincy a 14-0 lead over the Browns. Dalton now has 132 passing yards and two scores on the day. 


(1:58PM) After his touchdown run was overturned, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott made it count, punching it in from a yard out. Immediately after the score, Elliott was spotted on the sidelines without a jersey or shouler pads in what is being called an equipment issue. Elliott now has two touchdowns and 57 total yards on the day. 


(1:56PM) After a terrible start to his season, Panthers QB Cam Newton is playing well early today. He just threw his first score, tossing a short pass to RB Fozzy Whitaker who took it 28 yards for the touchdown, tying the game against New England. 


(1:51PM) After a long 44-yard connection between Bills QB Tyrod Taylor and TE Charles Clay, Taylor hit WR Jordan Matthews for the touchdown, his first as a Bill. Clay already has four grabs for 78 yards midway through the second quarter and the Bills lead 7-3 over the Falcons. 


(1:48PM) The Patriots offense continues to be the envy of the league. QB Tom Brady, coming off back-to-back overall QB1 weeks, hit WR Chris Hogan for the team's first touchdown of the day. 


(1:46PM) We'll have a lot of garbage time for the Titans, who trailed 21-0 before QB Marcus Mariota scampered 34 yards for the touchdown. This was the first real sign of offense we've seen from the Titans today. 


(1:45PM) With a rookie quarterback, you have to take the good with the bad. For Browns QB DeShone Kizer, the bad has been in the form of turnovers early in his career and he just threw a red zone interception after WR Kenny Britt couldn't hang on to the ball. The Bengals take over with a 7-0 lead. 


(1:40PM) Making his season debut after suffering a broken collarbone in the pre-season, Texans WR Will Fuller just hauled in his first touchdown of the season from QB Deshaun Watson, giving Houston a 21-0 lead over the Titans, who are playing dead on the road. 


(1:35PM) Many were projecting a breakout game for Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and he is off to a strong start. Zeke already has 45 rushing yards and just caught a ten-yard touchdown pass from QB Dak Prescott, giving Dallas an early lead over the visiting Rams. 


(1:34PM) The Bengals look like a different team following their change on the coaching staff couple of weeks ago and they have taken the lead over in-state rival Cleveland after QB Andy Dalton hit WR AJ Green in the back corner of the end zone. Green now has a pair of catches for 23 yards on the day. 


(1:22PM) Stop me if you've heard this one...Texans QB Deshaun Watson found his favorite WR target, DeAndre Hopkins for the touchdown, an eight-yarder to cap off a long drive and giving Houston a 14-0 lead over the Titans. 


(1:20PM) In what looked like a play that could be overturned, Jets RB Bilal Powell runbled and stumbled for a 75-yard touchdown run. After being tripped up, Powell got up and finished off the run and after review, officials decided the play stood. That was Powell's first touch of what should be many with RB Matt Forte out for the day. 


(1:14PM) The Jets enjoyed a win over the Dolphins last week, but they have fallen behind today as Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette caught a ten-yard strike from QB Blake Bortles, who hopes to stay hot after last week's dismantling of the Ravens. Fournette has 25 total yards on four touches. 


(1:07PM) For the first time this season, the Texans have scored points on their opening drive. After a Marcus Mariota interception gave the Texans good field position, QB Deshaun Watson hit WR Bruce Ellington for 35 yards and RB Lamar Miller did the rest, gaining eight yards on three carries, including a touchdown. 


(1:04PM) Our afternoon is jump started with a pair of big plays. Underrated RB Alex Collins got the start for the crowded Ravens backfield and took his first carry for 23 yards. In Dallas, QB Dak Prescott found star WR Dez Bryant for 46 yards to get the Cowboys into Rams territory. 


(12:51PM) As kickoff approaches, there are several important injury notes this morning. Ravens TE Ben Watson and Texans WR Will Fuller are both active. Players in later games that are expected to play, though still risky, include Redskins TE Jordan Reed, Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, 49ers RB Carlos Hyde and Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin. Players that are inactive today include Lions WR Kenny Golladay, Vikings QB Sam Bradford, Titans WR Corey Davis, Bengals TE Tyler Eifert and Bengals WR John Ross