Wyatt Cushman, Staff Writer |
Four weeks of the NFL season are in the books, and that means only a little over three quarters of the season remain. It seems like the season just started, but a lot has already happened, including this week’s games.
In Week Four, two of the biggest storylines came from the teams who played in last year’s Super Bowl. The Patriots lost to the Carolina Panthers on a last second field goal at home. The Patriots are now 2-2 and their defense is giving up the most points per game through four weeks. The Falcons also lost for the first time this season, in their new stadium. The Buffalo Bills came into Atlanta and defeated the Falcons 23-17. This was a shocker around the NFL as nobody expected the Bills to leave Atlanta with a victory.
Another surprising twist occurred in Houston, where Deshaun Watson had five total touchdowns in his third career start and led the Texans to a 57-14 win over the Titans. Watson has been impressive so far, and would be 3-0 as a starter if it weren’t for a last second touchdown by Tom Brady in Week Three.
The biggest news of the weekend was what happened in Denver. The Broncos beat their division rival Raiders, but the final score wasn’t what had everyone talking after the game. Raiders QB Derek Carr suffered a back injury that his coach told reporters was just back spasms. After more tests were done, it was determined that Carr suffered a fracture in his back and will miss at least two weeks. The Raiders have lost two straight games and are going to have to play catch up in the highly talented AFC West after Carr returns.
As we look ahead to Week Five there are a few matchups that stand out. On Thursday night Tampa Bay travels to New England where the Patriots will hope to avoid dropping to 2-3. People thought that New England had a chance to go undefeated this season and it’s crazy to think they could possibly have a losing record through five weeks.
The best matchup of the weekend is undoubtedly between the Cowboys and Packers. These two teams played twice last season, once in the postseason, which the Packers won, and once in the regular season, which the Cowboys won. Each of these games were competitive and this week’s game should be no different. The Cowboys will look to bounce back after a home loss to the Rams last week, and the Packers will look to keep things rolling after they beat the Bears last Thursday night.
The only undefeated team left in the NFL is the Kansas City Chiefs, who just beat the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. This week, Kansas City will face the Texans who, as mentioned before, are playing well with their new quarterback. This game airs on NBC Sunday night, so everyone will be able to watch this highly anticipated matchup.
A few questions to ask ahead of Week Five: Will the Chiefs stay undefeated? Who will get their first win when the Chargers and Giants play one another? Will the Patriots defense be able to step up and give their offense a chance to take over? One thing is for certain, however: Week Five is sure to provide us with exciting football.