The fourth week of NFL action featured a number of divisional matches and a few routs here and there. One quarterback also made a big impact in his first ever start. Still, a large number of the games that were played this week ended up being rather one-sided. There was also a rather sizable upset that came about at the last minute of one game this week.
A Giant Win
The New York Giants were featured at +3 against the Washington Redskins and had a 44.5 over/under. The Giants singlehandedly went over that point total as they beat the Redskins 45-14. Eli Manning had four passing touchdowns to lead the Giants to the win.
Miami Wins Across the Pond
The Miami Dolphins were -4 favorites against the Oakland Raiders in a game in London. The Dolphins not only beat the spread but also came close to going over the 41 point total. The Dolphins had a 38-14 win during the game. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr suffered an injury during the game and had to be replaced by Matt McGloin. The Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars are currently the only two teams left in the NFLwho have not won any games yet.
Eagles Are Knocked Off
Although the Philadelphia Eagles had an undefeated record heading into the game, they were actually listed at +4 on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners broke their second half scoring issues as Phil Dawson had two field goals to give the team a 26-21 victory. The team's defense also led to four turnovers for the Eagles.
This leaves the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals as the only two teams that are undefeated so far. Both of those teams were off this week.
A New QB Star
The Minnesota Vikings were rated at +6 at home against the Atlanta Falcons as the Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater was ready to make his first career start at quarterback. Bridgewater had a strong performance as he almost led to team to beat the over/under of 47.5 on their own. He had 317 passing yards and a rushing touchdown as the Vikings won 41-28. Matt Asiata especially had a strong outing as he got three rushing touchdowns.
Another Rookie Struggled
Blake Bortles also had his first career start this week. The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback was led into battle with the San Diego Chargers. However, the Chargers had a -12 advantage, thus giving them the widest spread of the week. Bortles did have a touchdown pass and 253 passing yards but he also had two interceptions and was sacked three times.
Meanwhile, the Chargers' Philip Rivers had three touchdowns to give the Bolts a 33-14 victory. He also had 377 passing yards for the game.
Chiefs Take Out the Pats
The New England Patriots were -3 favorites to beat the Kansas City Chiefs on the road but the Chiefs' Jamaal Charles had a big comeback following an earlier injury. He had two receiving touchdowns and a rushing touchdown en route to a 41-14 victory over the Chiefs. The game was such a blowout that the Patriots chose to put in backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo at the end of the game. He did get a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski but the game was already past the 45.5 over/under at the time. As for the starter, Tom Brady had two interceptions and was also sacked twice.
One Close Upset
There was one big upset in Pittsburgh this week as the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Steelers were -7.5 favorites to win but the Bucs kept it close all the way through.
The Buccaneers' Mike Glennon got a touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson with only seven seconds left in the game. The team got a 27-24 victory and moved the game past the over/under of 45 points. Also, the Buccanners were listed at about +300 for a straight up victory, thus giving people who placed bets on the team a huge payout.
A Look At Week 5
Week 5 of the NFL will have a large number of games that have a spread of about a touchdown. The closest game will be the Sunday night game as the Cincinnati Bengals are favored at -1.5 against the New England Patriots. Also, the Carolina Panthers are favored by -3 against the Chicago Bears. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are back to their underdog status once again as they are listed at +10.5 in their game with the New Orleans Saints.