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WEEK 4 RECAP
Buffalo 28 Indianapolis 34 69
Indianapolis, IND (IFL.COM) - The Indianapolis Colts (4-0) wins an OVERTIME thriller 34-28 against division rival Buffalo Bills (2-2).
With only 2:00 left of the clock in the final period and Buffalo leading 28-21 the hometown Colts would score with :04 left in regulation when Case Keenum (QB) hit Golden Tate (WR) with an 8-yard TD pass to tie the game at 28-28. In overtime the very game and well coached Bills would never see the ball as the Colts received the kickoff and went on a 9 play 75 yard drive that concluded with Keenum hitting a double-covered Tate for a 7-yard TD for the game winner.
In week 5 the Colts travel to Green Bay to take on the 2-1 Packers while the Bills host division rival New York Jets (1-2).
Los Angeles (A) 21 Denver 30 64 0-5
The Chargers came to Mile high stadium for a divisional game vs. the Broncos and the home team held on for a 30-21 victory.
Denver was led by Rookie RB Kareen Hunt who rushed for 136 yards on 26 carries with 2 TD's.
Tyreek Hill caught 5 passes for 92 yards while QB Blake Bortles threw for 177 yards on a 14 of 19 passing day,
Tyrod Taylor had a nice game for the Chargers as he threw for 284 yards and 2 scores.
Julio Jones caught 8 passes for 111 yards and a TD to lead the SD club.
The Bolts were flagged 11 times for 84 yards of penalties while the Broncos only had 1 for 5 yards.
The win moves Denver to 3-1 as the Chargers fall to 1-3.
Next week both teams remain in division as the Chargers travel to Oakland and the Broncos head to Kansas City.
Kansas City 27 Houston 24 70
Gostkowski connects on a 41 yard field goal as time expires and the Chiefs rally after being down 14-0 after the first quarter.
Miami 49 New York (A) 3 56 Calm
Easy story here. The Jets are playing with Ryan Mallett, a stat pack QB, and he threw a pick
on the 3rd play of the game. That lead to a 42 yard TD drive for the Fins.
The Jets went on to turn the ball over 4 times in their first 5 possessions. Oh, Mallett was injured
and replaced by our 3rd string QB.
All told the Jets turned it over SIX times....leading to SIX TD's for the Fins.
In between turnovers the Jets did manage 237 yards, and 15 first downs in 29 minutes when they held
onto the ball.
Next week the Jets visit the Bills, who are already licking their chops, and Miami host the Pats.
Pittsburgh 14 Tennessee 27 80 Calm
Pittsburgh owned the first half with two nice drives resulting in touchdowns for Gronkowski and Gore. Tennessee responded with one TD drive finished by a 9 yard Ryan to Rudolph pass. 14-7 Steelers at the half.
The Titans dominated the second half with four substantial drives leading to two touchdowns and two field goals. The Steelers' offence was repeatedly stymied by untimely penalties, three sacks and two fourth quarter interceptions within two minutes. Penalties in the game ended up 12 against Pittsburgh versus only 2 against Tennessee. The Titans win 27-14.
Frank Gore had a solid 77 yards on 16 carries for Pittsburgh. Matt Ryan finally had a decent game with 3 TD passes and a 109.1 passer rating. Both teams are now 1-3 with dim playoff prospects. Pittsburgh hosts the powerful Ravens next week while Tennessee visits Atlanta.
Carolina 13 Cincinnati 27 49 20-30 Light Rain
On a rainy Cincinnati afternoon, the Bengals hosted the Panthers. Carolina won the toss and elected to defer. The Bengals were forced to punt on their first possession. With the Panthers facing third and five, Jalen Ramsey jumped in front of a Russell Wilson pass and went 35 yards for the score. Carolina put together a nine play 75 yard drive on their next series capped off by a 16 yard screen pass to Abdullah for the tying score. Carson Palmer completed a 33 yard completion to Paul Richardson on their next possession setting up a three yard score to Jeffery as the Bengals regained the lead 14-7. After forcing a Panther punt, Cincinnati put together a 13 play 91 yard drive that ended with a Hoyer to Funchess 11 yard score. The extra point was no good as the Bengals extended their lead to 20-7. Carolina was able to cut the lead to 20-10 before the half thanks to a Lambo 44 yard field goal.
Carolina cut the lead to 20-13 with their first possession of the third quarter as Lambo blasted a 54 yard field goal with the help of the strong wind. That would be as close as the Panthers would get. As Hoyer connected with Paul Richardson from 8 yards out in the fourth quarter for 27-13 final.
Wilson struggled with the wind and the Bengals pass rush finishing 14 of 23 for 158 yards with one TD and one INT. Rookie standout Carl Lawson had two sacks for Carolina.
Hoyer finished 15 of 22 for 116 yards and 3 TDs. The Bengals suffered another serious injury at quarterback as Palmer went down and will miss the next seven weeks. The Cincinnati defense played well with the Ramsey interception return for a touchdown and Bruce Irvin two sacks.
Next week the Panthers have a tough road divisional game facing the undefeated Saints. Cincinnati travels to Jacksonville for a tough divisional road game of their own.
Jacksonville 24 Baltimore 27 58 0-10
For the second straight week, the Ravens were out-played in nearly every aspect of the game and still managed to win the game, 27-24, over a talented Jags team. Jacksonville controlled the game with 20 first downs (vs 7 for the Ravens), picking up 241 yards on the ground (vs 113 for the Ravens), led by RB Orleans Darkwa's 157 on 22 carries (vs Le'Veon Bell's 62 on 21); and 137 through the air on the strength of Jay Cutler's 18-for-25 (vs Eli Manning's 10-for-20-for-110).
Unfortunately for Jag's fans, Cutler threw three INTs. The first came after an impressive opening drive that carried the ball down to the Ravens 37. The eight play 38 yard drive turned on Desmond Trufant's INT returned 47 yards to the Jags' 31. Four plays later, with the ball on the Jags 9 yard line, Eli Manning returned the favor, getting picked by CB Stephon Gilmore. The Jags again trudged down the field before stalling at the Ravens 18 where Randy Bullock booted a 36 yard FG. Jax 3-0.
Baltimore responded with a 3-and-out and Jacksonville lumbered downfield again, stalling at the Ravens 34, where Bullock missed, wide left.
Le'Veon Bell got the crowd riled up with a 21 yard jaunt to the Jags 37, but the Raven "drive" stalled 3 plays later, where Matt Bryant kicked a 47 yard FG to tie the game at 3-3.
After the teams exchanged punts and field position, Cutler threw his second INT, though this one took a Raven challenge and a video reply to confirm that Mark Barron actually secured the ball. On the first play after the TO, Alex Collins took it to the house, 45 yards away on a sweep. Baltimore 10-3.
After another exchange of punts, the Jags rumbled downfield with Darkwa toting the ball 4 times for 37 yards, the last time 11 yards into the end zone. Tie game, 10-10 at the half.
After the kick to open the second half, the Ravens moved the ball into Jags territory only to have two holding penalties and a sack put them in a 4th-and-44 situation. A punt to the first down marker pushed Jacksonville back to their own 23 and Jay Cutler loosened up the Ravens D with two 15-yard gains to Allen Hurns. After a short Darkwa run and a Jag penalty, Darkwa burst through the center of the line on a dive play and didn't stop until he reached the goal line, 55 yards away. Jacksonville, 17-10.
Jacksonville's D forced another 3-and-out from the Ravens and Rigoberto Sanchez's punt put the Jags on their own 23. Again, Cutler threw to the wrong color jersey and CB Kendall Fuller returned it to the 8. Three plays later, Bell carried it in for the Ravens. Tie game, 17-17.
The next three possession results in punts. With :41 left in the 3rd quarter and the ball on the Raven 26, Coach Master took a chance on first down and called for a long cross to Adam Thielen. Manning complied and hit the streaking Thielen for 54 yards. Sadly, in what has become a regular thing, the Ravens didn't go any further. Fortunately, they didn't have to and Bryant knocked a 42 yard FG through the uprights. Baltimore 20-17.
On the ensuing possession, Jacksonville got a nice return and moved into Raven territory after a personal foul penalty against the purple defense. The drive stalled, however, and Bullock lined up to attempt a 57 yard FG. Kicking with the wind, the Ravens figured there was a good chance he'd make it, but still put Chris Moore deep, just in case. Good move, because the kick landed in the arms of Moore WHO RETURNED IT 109 YARDS FOR A TD! Surely, there would be a flag...but NO. It stood. Baltimore 27-17 with 11 1/2 minutes remaining.
Needing two scores, Coach Hood felt the need to go for it on 4th-and-5 from his own 36. He made the right call, a draw against a pass defense, but Elijah Hood was stopped short. No worries. Baltimore's offense was putrid and could only gain 3 yards before giving the ball back to the Jags.
Jacksonville marched downfield, eating up yards...and time. Their drive resulted in a Cutler-to-Hurns TD, but just 2:22 remained on the clock. Baltimore 27-24.
Baltimore recovered the onside attempt and forced the Jags to burn their timeouts after gaining one of their seven first downs at a most opportune time. Though the Jags would get the ball back with :10 on the clock, Matt Judon ended all hope with a sack of Cutler to end the game.
For Week 5, Baltimore (3-1) travels to division rival Pittsburgh (1-3), while Jacksonville (1-3) hosts division leader Cincinnati (4-0).
New Orleans 21 San Francisco 17 70 0-10
The Saints (3-0) visit the 49ers (0-3) at SF as a 15 point favorite.
As expected, the game featured total domination by the Saints who rushed for over 280 yards. Had 28 first downs (to 13 for SF), controlled the football for almost 40 minutes, gained 411 yards to 240 and basically beat the living daylights out of the SF Defense. But not expected, the 49ers hung tough, and with a couple of breaks and came close to pulling a major upset.
The SF D really “bent” but did not break and SF and only allowed 3 TDs. The Saints missed 2 FGs. SF received major breaks with a 33 yard fumble recovery return TD by Coyle and a 59 yard pass to Boyd from Trubiskey that resulted in a FG.
Despite overall New Orleans domination, the game ended on the Saint 14 yard with a 1st down with the 49ers having a real chance to win. However, Trubiskey threw 4 incomplete passes and that was that.
Chicago 7 Minnesota 31 68
The two teams had a slugfest in their first match-up, with Minnesota coming back to beat Chicago in the last minute 41-40. What would happen in the rematch?
Let's put it this way. The Bears seemingly dominated the game, but the Vikings came out on top, 31-7.
The Vikes, on their second play of the game, scored a 66-yard touchdown on a Brees to Smith-Schuster pass to take a 7-0 lead. After an interception, the Vikes scored again two plays later on a Marshawn Lynch 3-yard run. 14-0 Vikes two minutes into the game.
Afterwards, the Bears controlled play, except they failed to execute when they had to. Midway through the 1st Q, Rosas had his field goal from 48 yards out blocked. Starting off the 2nd Q, the Bears drove to the Viking 3, but Mariota was picked off. The Bears finally got on the scoreboard late in the 2nd Q
with a 14-yard TD run by Alfred Blue. This awakened the Vikings out of their slumber, as they drove 74 yards in 2:17 to score an answering TD on a 4-yard pass from Brees to Witten. Vikes 21-7 at the half.
In the 3rd Q, the Bears dominated the first 7 minutes of the quarter, driving to the Vikings' 8 yard line before a sack drove them back to the 16. From there they tried another field goal, only to have it blocked again. The Vikings then took virtually the rest of the 3rd Q marching down the field, settling for a 48-yard FG by Zuerlein. That made it 24-7 through three quarters.
Early in the 4th, the Vikes, getting the ball in Bear territory after an interception, wasted little time in scoring another TD, Brees to Smith-Schuster for 14 yards, that made it 31-7, which was the final.
At one time in the the Bears had 100 more net yards than the Vikes, but were down big-time. They finished with 327 net yards to only 281 by the Vikes. They had 20 first downs, compared to only 14 by the Vikes. They had possession of the ball for about 35 minutes compared to only 25 by the Vikes.
The difference was efficiency. Mariota completed only slightly more than half of his passes (18/33) but was picked off 3 times and sacked 3 times for a passing rating of only 33.9. Brees, on the other hand, had a passing rating of 156.3. He had only 240 yards this time, but was 17 for 20 and passed for 3 TDs, with 0 interceptions.
Smith-Schuster had 109 yards receiving on only 5 catches, while Marvin Jones had 95 yards on 6 catches.
Minnesota goes to a surprising 3-1 while Chicago drops to an equally surprising 0-4. In week 5, the Vikings travel to Tampa Bay to take on the division rival Bucs, and Chicago will host Detroit.
Atlanta 10 Los Angeles (N) 16 72 Calm
Atlanta traveled to Los Angeles to face the Rams to close out their season series. In the first game the teams combined for 59 points. Regression hit hard as they only combined for two offensive touchdowns in this one. With so little offense the game came down to three key plays:
1)In the second half the Rams clung to a 9-3 lead. Atlanta was trying to work the ball out of their end. Falcons QB Phillip Rivers, on 2nd down, heaved a long pass attempt downfield, Rams Safety Justin Simmons jumped in front of the pass for an interception. He wasn't done; dodging multiple tacklers Simmons returned the interception 50 yards for a touchdown, Rams extend the lead to 16-3.
2)The very next drive the Falcons immediately marched down the field to the Rams 9 yard line. A score looked imminent, but on 1st down Rivers fumbled the snap, Rams recovered to end the 3rd quarter.
3) The Falcons would eventually get their touchdown to make it 16-10 and then recover an onside kick. Their subsequent time consuming drive ran the clock down to 1:27, but they faced a 4th and 11 from the Rams 15, Rivers threw a slant to WR Ryan Grant, but it was off the mark. Falcons were able to get the ball again with just under a minute, but did not really threaten and were forced to try hail-mary attempts.
Falcons had nearly 400 yards of offense, but little to show for it thanks to the turnovers and some penalties. Their ground attack was very effective: Dion Lewis, Lamar Miller and Tevin Coleman combined for 179 yards on 30 attempts.
The Rams standout was Safety Justin Simmons who managed 4 pass defenses including the biggest play of the game for the Rams.
Next week Los Angeles travels to another division rival, San Francisco.
Atlanta hosts Tennessee.
Green Bay 41 Tampa Bay 45 84 Calm
Green Bay rolled in to Tampa Bay for the battle of the Bays and an important divisional game with both teams holding 2 – 1 records. The Packers demolished the Buccaneers 31 to 3 the opening game of the season.
Game summary notes include 86 points scored; 9 lead changes; 2 kickoff returns for touchdowns; 803 yards total offense; each QB averaging over 14 yards per completion and a half time score of 31 to 28.
Individual highlights show Packers Bobby Rainey with 5 kickoff returns for 290 yards and 2 touchdowns and Josh Gordon credited with 5 catches for 149 yards (30 yards per) and 1 TD. Buccaneer players Todd Gurley with 79 rushing yards and 126 receiving yards for 205 total yards and Derek Carr tossing for 387 yards and 5 touchdowns.
When it came to crunch time the game was tied at 38 with 6 minutes left. A game changing play took place on third and six with Green Bay driving on the Tampa Bay 22 yard line. Roethlisberger hit Charles Sims for an apparent first down, but Tampa wins a challenge leaving Green Bay little choice but to kick the short field goal for the lead.
On the ensuing possession, Tampa is faced with 4th and 3 at midfield with 3:30 left. Not wanting to give the ball back to Ben Roethlisberger and his explosive offense, the Buccaneers go for it and catch the Packers playing the pass which allows Todd Gurley to scoot around the right side for 5 yards to keep the drive alive. Just before the two minute warning, Derek Carr finds DeShawn Jackson streaking down the right sideline for a 30 yard go-ahead touchdown pass. Score is now 45-41 Tampa Bay.
Bobby Rainey does his thing again bringing the kickoff out to the 35 yard line, however, a holding penalty leaves the Steelers at their own 20 to start the drive. After a quick Roethlisberger strike to Danny Woodhead out to the 32, Terrance Williams hauls in a down and out to the Pittsburgh 46 with 1:40 left. But wait … Steeler Austin Howard is called for holding! On the next play (1st and 20,) Vontaze Burfict drops Roethlisberger for a huge 15 yard sack essentially ending the game. Final TB 45 – GB 41.
Next week the Packers host a strong Colts team while the Bucs welcome another division rival to Florida in the Vikings.
Washington 7 Dallas 17 70
In a remach of week one opponents, Dallas used a stifling defense and effective running game to defeat Washington 17-7 Saturday afternoon. The Cowboy defense help Kris Heaton's team to 217 net yards. To make matters worse, Kris' club lost a few first downs on penalties. The Redskins were called for nine penalties for 83 negative yards in the contest.
Lesean McCoy rushed 28 times for 152 yards and two scores to lead the Cowboy offense. Cam Newton had a run of 26 yards on third and long in the fourth quarter that was heart-breaking for the Skins.
The defensive game was 7-0 Dallas until late in the fourth quarter.
To the surprise of many, Dallas and its humble roster improves to 4-0. The loss drops Washington to 1-3.
Arizona 5 Oakland 35 71 5-15
Raider quarterback Matt Stafford throws for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns as Oakland cruises past Arizona.
Detroit 13 New England 6 47 0-10
Michael Thomas hauled in 8 passes for 116 and a TD, and QB Cody Kessler completed 15 of 24 for 175 yards as visiting Detroit came away with a rather sluggish 13-6 win at New England. Patriot QB Deshone Kizer threw 2 interceptions while the Patriots were in Lion territory, effectively torching two of New England's better scoring chances on the day.
Philadelphia 34 New York (N) 13 65 0-5
In a rematch of division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles go on the road and sweep the season series from the New York Giants. It was pretty much the same story as it has been all year for the Eagles. A balanced running attack with Demarco Murray and Bilal Powell coupled with the passing attack of QB Jameis Winston, who continues to spread the ball around to WR Mohammed Sanu, WR Cooper Kupp and TE Evan Engram.
The Giants were hampered in their running game due to the trade of CJ Anderson as Coach Jude Law was forced to sit him as to not get him injured. QB Carson Wentz did some good things, but it was not enough against the bend not break Eagle defense.
The Eagles stay undefeated at 4-0 and go to the desert next week to play division foe Arizona, while the Giants, 0-4, will travel to the Nations capital to take on a division foe of their own, Washington.
Darkwa(Jax) 22-157 2 TD
McCoy,L(Dal) 28-152 2 TD
Hunt,K(Den) 26-136 2 TD
Peterson,A(Mia) 17-61 3 TD
Allen,K(Ind) 11-124 2 TD – IFL Offensive Player of the Week
Kupp(Phi) 6- 74 3 TD
Carr,D(TB) 39-27-387 5 TD
Keenum(Ind) 42-31-316 4 TD
Smith,A(Buf) 37-28-308 3 TD 1 Int
Eddie Goldman(Det) 1 sack, 3 hur – IFL Defensive Player of the Week
Moore,C(Bal) 4-220 Kick Ret 1 TD – IFL Special Teams Player of the Week
Rainey(GB) 5-290 Kick Ret 2 TD
WEEK 4 IFL STANDINGS