Three things we learned in Week 4 of the NFL

By on October 5, 2021

NE Patriots QB Mac Jones. (Photo credit Eric J. Adler/patriots.com)

By Aaron Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Big rebound week for rookie QBs. Week 3 was a horrible one for rookie quarterbacks. The Patriots’ Mac Jones threw 3 interceptions in a loss, Zach Wilson and the Jets got shut out, Justin Fields of the Bears was 6-20 for 68 yards, and Jaguar Trevor Lawrence looked bad again.

But Week 4 told a very different story. Wilson played an amazing game and helped lead the Jets to a victory over the Titans throwing for 297 yards and 2 TDs. Trevor Lawrence had his best game so far, going 17-24 for 204 passing yards with a rushing touchdown. Trey Lance came in for the 49ers after Jimmy Garoppolo got hurt and threw for 2 touchdowns and 157 yards. Mac Jones went head-to-head with Tom Brady and held his own while at one point completing 19 straight passes. And Justin Fields was 11-17 for 209 yards.

 

Dak Prescott (Photo credit: dallascowboys.com)

The Cowboys are a legitimate playoff team. Whether you love them or hate them, Dallas has been very impressive this season. A close Week 1 loss to the defending champion Bucs, then a Week 2 win over the Chargers (3-1) who have also been very good this season, The Cowboys destroyed the division rival Eagles in Week 3, and this past week, they beat the Panthers 36-28 even though that score was closer than the game was. The Panthers gave up only 135 total rushing yards the first three weeks and started 3-0. But the Cowboys ended up running for 245 yards on them, 143 of which came from Ezekiel Elliott, and Dak Prescott played very well throwing for 4 touchdowns.

 

Cardinals RB James Conner (Photo credit Derrick Spencer/azcardinals)

The Cards’ win puts the league on notice. Not only have the Cardinals started out 4-0, they also just beat up on one of the best teams in the NFL, by beating the Rams 37-20. Quarterback Kyler Murray continued his hot start by throwing for 268 yards and 2 touchdowns with Chase Edmonds running for 120 yards. The Arizona defense also did a good job of shutting down one of the best offenses in the league, limiting the Rams to 13 points through 3 quarters.



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