Week 4 Predictions Record: 10-5
Season Predictions Record: 31-15
Week four of the NFL 2016 season is now over, there were many great games to watch this past weekend with results no one could have guessed. Three weeks of double digit picks correct, this season is shaping up nicely for me in my predictions. Teams are starting to show their true colors through four weeks, and we now can see who are the contenders and others who are just pretenders. But overall it was another great week of football in the NFL. Here are the game recaps for this past weekend.
Thursday Night Football
Dolphins 7 Team Grade: C
Bengals 22 Team Grade: A-
Game Recap: I love color rush! This game was exciting to watch for the uniforms alone. The only thing to make the uni’s better would have been if the Bengals had changed their helmet color to white. This game went as expected, the Bengals came out firing away and as I stated in my predictions, Andy Dalton and AJ Green dominated this game with their one-two punch combination in route to a blowout win over the Dolphins. Dolphins continued to struggle and will see a drop in the power rankings this week.
Player of the Game: AJ Green absolutely destroyed this Miami defense in route to 175 yards receiving and 1 touchdown.
Game of the Week
Chiefs 14 Team Grade: C-
Steelers 43 Team Grade: A+
Game Recap: A game that was never close. The Steelers set a team record for points in a first quarter with 22 this week against the Chiefs. This Steelers team who struggled against the Eagles last week, showed that it was a one-time fluke in route to a blowout victory over the Chiefs. Ben Roethlisberger was dominant with 5 touchdown passes in this game. The return of LeVeon Bell was just as good as you would expect as Bell showed his talent both as a runner and as a receiver in this game in route to a great stat line of 144 yards on the ground and 34 yards receiving.
Player of the Game: Big Ben gets the nod here as player of the game for tossing 5 TDs in this one and leading his team to a win in “Redemption Week” for the Steelers.
Colts 27 Team Grade: B-
Jaguars 30 Team Grade: B
Game Recap: Our first game in London for the season was a close one between the Jaguars and the Colts. Blake Bortles was impressive in this game, willing his team to victory in this one. The Colts were led by Andrew Luck who was able to orchestrate three fourth quarter touchdown drives, but ultimately came up short on a 4th and 1 with Dwayne Allen dropping his pass to preserve the win for the Jaguars. Both teams look unimpressive overall and look like teams that are 1-3 on the season. On the other hand, its great to see NFL games in Europe.
Player of the Game: Blake Bortles is still interception prone, but he did look like the last year version of himself, guiding his team to victory behind 207 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Panthers 33 Team Grade: C+
Falcons 48 Team Grade: A+
Game Recap: A game which I stated would be too close to call, and it turns out the Falcons mean business this season….well at least for the moment. Last year, Atlanta got off to a 5-0 start before completely falling apart at the end of the season so we will have to see how this Falcons team handles the success of this season. Julio Jones is an absolute monster and showed just how dominant he can be. The Panthers rolled the dice this offseason by letting Josh Norman go to free agency and they chose to rely on rookie corners. How has that worked out? Not well. They are 1-3 and are getting absolutely torched on defense, especially in the secondary. Matt Ryan is emerging as an early season MVP candidate with yet another impressive showing through the air with 503 yards and four touchdowns.
Player of the Game:. Julio Jones. 300 yards and a touchdown should earn you player of the decade. This dude is the real deal.
Raiders 28 Team Grade: B+
Ravens 27 Team Grade: B
Game Recap: This game had me really worried for my predictions as the Ravens looked like they were going to improve to 4-0 against this good young Raiders team. Unfortunately for the Ravens, Derek Carr was unstoppable in route to four touchdown passes and a go ahead strike to Michael Crabtree with 2:12 in the game to win it in Baltimore. Crabtree looked like a hall-of-famer in this game as he was dominant from start to finish in this one. The Raiders are able to win games, even with the NFL’s worst defense, which shows just how talented this offensive unit is.
Player of the Game: Michael Crabtree showed signs of greatness in this one grabbing three touchdowns and 88 yards receiving.
Lions 14 Team Grade: C-
Bears 17 Team Grade: A
Game Recap: DA Bears! I counted them out last week after two straight horrible performances in the two previous weeks, but they pulled things together (somehow) and beat a talented Lions team. Stafford (whom I picked up this week in fantasy because of this matchup) was less than stellar against a depleted Bears defense. Give credit to John Fox and this coaching staff for the Bears for getting the Bears to believe and win a game even with an injury ridden lineup. Brian Hoyer showed that he can be trusted behind center with an impressive game. The Lions have much to worry about after this game, with this loss they fall to 1-3 and are not inspiring much confidence with two straight losses to division foes.
Player of the Game: Brian Hoyer threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns in route to a victory for his team. He is showing flashes of why teams were willing to give him a starting job in previous years.
Titans 20 Team Grade: B
Texans 27 Team Grade: B
Game Recap: A close one in Houston as the Texans were able to edge out the visiting Titans at home in this game. The Titans, led by star running back DeMarco Murray, were in the game from the start, but did not do enough to pull away from this talented Texans team. The Texans were without JJ Watt for the first time since 2010 before they drafted him. The Texans, led by Will Fuller, the standout wide receiver out of Notre Dame was the impact player, pulling in 81 receiving yards and a touchdown before his game clinching 67 yard punt return for a touchdown. Fuller and Hopkins look to be one of the best 1-2 punches at wideout in the NFL. Look for Fuller to continue to impress as teams double DeAndre Hopkins.
Player of the Game: Will Fuller with 81 yards receiving, 1 touchdown, and a 67 yard punt return for a touchdown.
Bills 16 Team Grade: A-
Patriots 0 Team Grade: C-
Game Recap: This highly anticipated matchup between two AFC East Teams turned out different than expected as the Bills were able to beat the Patriots handily 16-0. The Brady-less Patriots played like a 0-3 team without their quarterback instead of the team that was undefeated going into this game. With mistakes all around the field, the Patriots gave this game to the Bills who had a perfect game plan behind the coaching of Rex Ryan. Rex is always coy when talking about a Patriots matchup, said his team expected to win this game. The Patriots will take this one in stride and will continue to improve from here on out as Brady returns this week as they face the Browns.
Player of the Game: Tyrod Tayor was the player of the game leading his team to the first shutout of the Patriots since 1993 by the Jets at home. Taylor is playing great as of late and continues to impress leading this Bills team.
Seahawks 27 Team Grade: A-
Jets 17 Team Grade: B
Game Recap: The Seahawks continue to improve this season behind the stellar play of Russell Wilson. The Seahawks were victorious in another impressive game against the Jets in New York. Wilson, who was playing with a sprained knee, was still able to throw three touchdown passes. Sherman was able to pull down two interceptions (not surprisingly, Fitzpatrick is giving out Christmas gifts early this year) in route to another dominant defensive win.
Player of the Game: Wilson was 23 of 32 for 309 yards and 3 touchdowns in this game, earning him the player of the game.