In NFL Week 4, the top three odds choices to win Super Bowl 56 provided terrific performances, a couple of unbeatens are undefeated no more, and a surprise team won the most important division game of the year so far. Check out the most important news from NFL Week 4!
2021 NFL Week 4 Recap
Brady outduels Jones to send Bucs to 3-1
The most anticipated game of the season so far was also one of the season’s most competitive. Mac Jones and the New England Patriots didn’t make it easy on Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. But the Bucs prevailed in a low-scoring, but highly dramatic game via a 19-17 score. Brady broke the record, formerly held by Drew Brees, for most passing yards in a career. No doubt, Brady breaking the record was the game’s highlight. Patriot fans might disagree, though.
To New England’s fans, the real highlight was watching rookie quarterback Mac Jones complete 31-of-40 for 275 yards and a pair of TDs. Brady didn’t throw a TD. Instead, he played mistake free football and leaned on Leonard Fournette and the rushing attack.
Besides Jones being the best rookie quarterback in the league, the biggest takeaway from the game is that Tampa won’t win the Super Bowl, heck, they won’t even win the NFC, unless they improve their pass defense.
The Buccaneers host Miami at home on Sunday. Think long and hard before laying the 10 points.
Kansas City breaks their 2-game losing streak
Kansas City ended a 2-game losing streak with a scintillating 42-30 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. During the streak, KC hadn’t shown the killer instinct that they’re known for having. Against the Eagles, it all came together. But before we start singing KC’s praises, and before we dump on the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl, we must realize that up until the final few minutes, the Eagles had a chance to win this one outright.
Almost as important? KC’s terrible defense allowed 30 points from close to 500 yards. Jalen Hurts threw for 387 yards. The Eagles rushed for 103. Kansas City faces the best team in the AFC on Sunday night, 3-1 Buffalo. Unless the Chiefs find a defense in the next six days, the Bills are looking like a terrific moneyline play.
Panthers and Broncos lose their first games of the season
Two pre-NFL Week 4 undefeated teams suffered their first losses of the season. The Carolina Panthers fell 36-28 to the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington. The Denver Broncos lost 23-7 to Baltimore in a home game.
It’s too early to write off the Panthers or the Broncos. Both teams have strong defenses, which means in most matchups they should be right there at the end. Although we can’t write off either squad, there is something that should worry each franchise. Panthers’ quarterback Sam Darnold seems to panic when he loses options, which is a terrible habit for a starting NFL signal-caller.
Broncos’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a concussion in the loss. Denver may have to turn to Drew Lock. Lock is more likely to be Darnold than Bridgewater, which could put the Broncos into a hole.
Buffalo dominates for the third straight game
Earlier in this blog we called the Buffalo Bills the best team in the AFC. The truth is that Buffalo is the best team in the NFL. For the third straight week, Buffalo ransacked an opponent. In week 2, the Bills blasted Miami 35-0. The third week saw Buffalo trounce Washington 53-21. On Sunday, Buffalo decimated the Houston Texans 40-0. Sure, the Fins, the WFT, and the Texans aren’t the best of the best in the league.
But Buffalo can score at will. What’s more impressive is how the defense appears to have caught up to the offense. If Buffalo easily handles Kansas City in their road game on NFL Sunday Night Football, odds on the Bills to win Super Bowl 56 will make them outright favorites.
Cardinals come out ahead of Rams in huge NFC West clash
A couple of undefeated teams clashed at SoFi Stadium on Sunday when Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals battled Matthew Stafford and the favored Los Angeles Rams. The Rams entered the game seven days removed from a beat down they placed onto the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Most felt the Rams would roll. Los Angeles didn’t even come close to challenging Murray and the Cards. Kyler and the Cardinals dominated in a super impressive 37-20 win.
The Cardinals are the NFC’s lone remaining undefeated team. Arizona’s defense versus the Rams impressed more than the offense. If you’re a believer, jump on the Cards to win the Super Bowl as soon as you can.
If Arizona beats San Francisco and covers on Sunday, their odds will plummet well below the current overlay number. So jump on Murray and the Cards if you think they’ve got what it takes to win it all.
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