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2023 NFL Week 4 Biggest Takeaways

By Jeff Stinger

It was another terrific week of football in Week 4, as there were more than a handful of decisive outcomes to paint a better picture of the league’s real contenders and pretenders. There weren’t as many upsets as the previous week, but there was plenty of drama to be had nonetheless, including a couple of overtime games and several groundbreaking individual performances.

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Top 5 Takeaways from Week 4 of the 2023 NFL Season

Double the OT Thrills Again

Just like the exciting Week 2 slate, Week 4 had a pair of contests go into extra periods. Defending NFC champion Philadelphia found it hard to stay unbeaten and was pushed to the limit by Washington before the Eagles closed out the Commanders in overtime with a 54-yard game-winning field goal by Jake Elliott.

There was a more exciting conclusion in the other OT game of the week, with the Rams and Colts battling it out well past regulation. The Colts climbed out of a 23-0 hole in the middle of the third quarter before staging a furious rally to tie the game. However, LA’s rookie wide receiver sensation Puka Nacua capped off his fantastic afternoon with a 22-yard, walk-off touchdown catch. Nacua finished with nine catches for 163 receiving yards to go with his memorable TD catch, as he sets new NFL records for a first-year pro every week.

Three’s Miserable Company

Six teams scored 30 or more points after Sunday’s action in Week 4, but three AFC teams were not as fortunate in the scoring department, let alone in the touchdown department at that. The Browns, Bengals, and Patriots each only managed to score a single field goal in their respective losses, with Cincinnati’s 27-3 blowout loss to the Titans being the biggest surprise out of the bunch.

There’s just something not right with Joe Burrow and the Cincy offense, as Joe Cool has been ice cold under center through the first four weeks, being held without a passing score for the third time this season and also turning the ball over at least once for the third straight week. Meanwhile, division rival Baltimore was on the winning end of a 28-3 win over the aforementioned Browns, as the Ravens are starting to separate themselves further from their mediocre AFC North rivals.

Jags Toy with Falcons in London

The first of many international NFL games kicked off this past Sunday as well, as the Jaguars came out on top of the reeling Falcons with a 27-7 victory on their virtual home field across the pond. Jacksonville hasn’t been too great in London throughout its history despite playing there at least once a year as the NFL’s flagship team for its international series, but the team picked up a much-needed win as Trevor Lawrence played a much cleaner and efficient game under center against Atlanta.

Unfortunately for the Jags, they’ll be spending another week in Europe and will serve as the away team in their massive Week 5 showdown against the Bills. Jacksonville is currently a (+5.5) road dog in their upcoming matchup in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as Buffalo is hot off a dominating 48-20 win over the Dolphins to seize sole possession of first place in the AFC East and is slowly emerging as a top-five contender for the Lombardi once more with Josh Allen firing on all cylinders of late.

Bears, Panthers Still Tamed and Winless

A pair of “Tank Bowl” matchups ended up being exciting contests that were decided on the final possession, with the winless bunch of Minnesota, Carolina, Denver, and Chicago each seeking its first win of the season. The Vikings got their first “W” with an eight-point win over the Panthers thanks in large part to a go-ahead, 51-yard defensive fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter, followed by a patented Justin Jefferson trip to the end zone for added insurance.

The Broncos’ road win in the Windy City was a more exciting affair, as they needed to rally back from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter before Wil Lutz knocked in the game-winning field goal with under two minutes left. The Bears squandered a fantastic game from struggling QB Justin Fields, who threw for 335 yards and four touchdowns. Fields’ recent criticism of his own coaching staff comes to light once more, as Chicago head coach Matt Eberflus will be on the hot seat for his questionable decision to go for it on fourth down late in the fourth quarter in a tie game instead of hitting a chip-shot field goal to take the lead.

CMC Stands for Crush Measly Cards

A case could be made for either the Bills, Ravens, or Chiefs as the best team in the AFC. Even though they share an undefeated mark with the Eagles, the 49ers are clearly in a league of their own as arguably the best NFL team this season thus far. There’s just no stopping San Francisco’s offense headlined by superstar running back Christian McCaffrey, who has now thrown his name into the hat of early MVP candidates.

McCaffrey torched the Cardinals 177 total yards of offense along with a new career-high of four touchdowns, as CMC extended his streak of starts with at least one TD to 13 straight games to tie Jerry Rice’s franchise record. The Niners are currently (-3.5) home faves to win their blockbuster primetime clash against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in Week 6, with Dallas back to its imposing ways coming off a 38-3 victory over the Patriots.

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