The Best & Worst of Week 4

Week 4 is now in the books, and the contenders are beginning to emerge as the first quarter of the season is in the books. This is not an indication of how the rest of the season goes, as there is plenty of time for teams to turn it around. Some teams, like the New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, and the Minnesota Vikings are the real deal. Other teams have unanswered questions that need revelation as time goes on, such as the New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, and the Dallas Cowboys. With that said, here are the bigger stories of Week 4:

THE BEST

The Jacksonville Jaguars
: The Jags put up the best show of the week, dominating the Tennessee Titans and sent them spiraling for their fourth loss of the season (which is more than all of 2008). David Garrard threw for three touchdowns (two to emerging star Mike Sims-Walker) and Maurice Jones-Drew ran for another. Jacksonville may have some hope and could possibly be a contender and it would solve a lot of problems.

The Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals are playing like contenders and it’s great to see because they are healthy and are actually a great team. Carson Palmer showed great leadership, telling Marvin Lewis that they are going to go for it and then taking the ball down and running for a first down on 4th & 10 to seal up the win. Chad Ochocinco had two touchdowns, including a spectacular one-handed grab. He is playing so much better and is backing up every word he has said. He also said on ESPN First Take that the Bengals would go 12-4. They are a quarter of a way there.

The Mannings: Peyton is just hands down the best QB in the game, he has moved into a tie of 3rd place for career touchdown passes with Fran Tarkenton. What makes Peyton so great is his leadership, and his timing with ALL of his receivers, from Reggie Wayne to Austin Collie to Dallas Clark. He makes everybody so much better and the Colts are such a complete team. Eli has really came into his own, yet he still has to be under big brother’s shadow. He has done very well without Plaxico Burress and is turning Steve Smith into a star. He has made the young receivers on the New York Giants so much better and at the end of the day, that’s what Mannings do. Make their team better, and both teams are 4-0.

THE WORST

The Cleveland Browns: Call it bad management, hard luck, or the team just can’t get it together, but the Browns have not been the same team since their 2007 season when they went 10-6. Shaun Rogers singlehandedly (literally and figuratively) kept the Browns’ in the game with two blocked field goals, but the defense lapsed yet again, and the Browns fell to 0-4. Heck a tie would’ve kind of been rewarding to have a tie. 0-3-1 sounds better than 0-4. Mangini still needs work to do, but at least the Browns are in games with Derek Anderson versus Brady Quinn. Does not help matters that Braylon Edwards is dropping fists to Cleveland club promoters and could face legal issues. At least he’s dropping those instead of footballs.

The Dallas Cowboys Secondary: Brandon Marshall made the Cowboys look downright embarrassing on his GW 51 yard TD catch in the Broncos 17-10 victory. not only did Marshall snatch the ball out of Terrence Newman’s hands, he made four guys miss with one move and jetted into the endzone and that could seal Wade Phillips’ fate. To make matters worse though, Tony Romo and Jason Garrett made horrible play calling on their last drive efforts. The Cowboys are now 2-2 and TIED with the Redskins for third in the NFC East.

Mark Clayton: Ravens driving late in 4th in New England, Joe Flacco puts a very nice ball on the mark for Clayton to catch, and the ball hits his hands and is dropped. Despite the faux personal foul on Terrell Suggs for his “hit” on Tom Brady, and the refs did miss that, Clayton was the goat for this one. He’s going to need to redeem himself next game.

THE BEST OF THE WORST

Mohammed Massaquoi: The rookie is becoming a favorite of Derek Anderson. he had his best game as a pro with eight catches for 148 yards. The 2nd round pick from UGA has 10 catches for 179 yards and after this game will be definitely a force to be reckoned with in the future games to come.

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  1. looks like DA and Massaquoi got quite familiar with each other on the bench the past few weeks

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