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Week 4 NFL action
Hard to believe the NFL season is already a quarter of the way done. We are through week four of NFL action, and here are the major storylines:
- Earl Thomas injury
- Is Mitchell Trubisky the real deal?
- Mariota comes up BIG
- What is happening in Pittsburgh?
What else is happening around the NFL? Let's get up to speed...
Earl Thomas’ sticky situation
Let’s break this all done real quick: it all started in the offseason with Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas, who is entering his final year of his contract, did not show up for training camp with the intention of negotiating his contract. Fast forward to yesterday at Arizona, and Thomas suffered a season-ending leg injury without resolving his contract with Seattle. Clearly, he was upset. At who is another question that can only been speculation at this point.
It is a sticky situation, but it is the business.
“For the player, the quest is to get as much money as possible before the career comes to an end. For the franchise, the goal is to acquire and pay high-end talent but protect itself against having too much dead money on the salary cap, preventing the team from competing on the field,” says NBCSNW Seahawks insider Aaron Fentress.
"If I was him I'd be pissed off," said Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner. "Pissed off that I got hurt...it's a tough situation. If I were him I'd be really, really frustrated."
Mitchell Trubisky had himself a DAY
What in the world was Mitchell Trubisky’s pregame meal? The Chicago QB threw for 354 yards on 19-for-26 and 6 touchdowns, 5 of those coming in the first half alone. My goodness….
Chicago (3-1, 2-0 home) may be in a good situation with a quarter of the season in the books. With Trubisky finding his groove in the Bears offense and backed up by stellar defense lead by Khalil Mack, Chicago is heading into a BYE week followed by a relatively decent part of their schedule: at Miami (3-1), host New England (2-2), host New York Jets (1-3), at Buffalo (1-3), and host Detroit (1-3). The Bears could potentially be 6-2 or 7-1 halfway through the season.
Oh, and all this while Khalil Mack recorded his fourth straight game with both a sack and a forced fumble…
Having someone like this on your team must be nice for Trubisky to take off some pressure for the second-year QB.
MariOTa wins it in OT
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus MariOTa lit up the reigning Super Bowl champs Philadelphia Eagles secondary on Sunday in overtime in Tennessee. The former Oregon Ducks and Heisman winner marched his team down the field with the score 23-20. It was a combination of passes and Mariota’s legs on this final 64-yard drive ending with Mariota finding WR Corey Davis in the endzone for a final score: 26-23 Titans victory.
The Titans are tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC South division at 3-1 a piece. Next up for Tennessee is at the Buffalo Bills (1-3), hosting the Baltimore Ravens (3-1) and then at the Los Angeles Chargers (2-2).
Pittsburgh trending in the wrong direction
What is happening in Pittsburgh? The Steelers (1-2-1 looks all sorts of out of wack as they fall to 1-3 after losing to the Baltimore Ravens (2-2) 26-14 at home.
The Ravens shut down the Steelers’ run game, only allowing 19 yards total. Wow.
And with the Steelers rumored to be “actively shopping” for possible trades for Le’Veon Bell, who knows where this team is at mentally right now.
The Steelers face the Atlanta Falcons (1-3) next at home. The line is set at PIT -3.0.