Monday Morning Quarterback: The Good, The Bad Of Week 4
New England PatriotsAtlanta Falcons
Tom Brady threw for 316 yards as his offensive line gave him sufficient time to complete key third-down throws. Brady threw two TD passes as he led the Pats to the road win that allow them to remain undefeated.
Matt Ryan nearly always puts good numbers on the board and that was the case against the Pats as he threw for 421 yards and two touchdowns. However, that was not good enough to get the Falcons a much-needed home win and they are now 1-3.
San Diego ChargersDallas Cowboys
While Peyton Manning is commanding most of the AFC West headlines, Philip Rivers is also playing sensational football this season. Rivers threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns in the impressive victory over the Cowboys.
There was nothing wrong with Tony Romo’s numbers either for the Cowboys as he threw for 244 yards and two TDs while avoiding any interceptions. However, he could not rally his team against an opponent that seemed beatable going into the game.
Washington RedskinsOakland Raiders
Robert Griffin III finally got his team in the win column, but there is still something missing from his game as his three carries for 10 yards indicates. He did throw for 227 yards and the go-ahead touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon in the third quarter.
Matt Flynn was not terrible as he took over from Terrelle Pryor and threw for 227 yards and a touchdown with one interception. However, Flynn lacked the special qualities that would have allowed the Raiders to come up with the victory.
Denver BroncosPhiladelphia Eagles
Another game and another flawless performance from Peyton Manning. It seems like the Broncos’ offense is just in a different class this year as Manning torched the Eagles for 327 yards and four touchdowns.
The Eagles were in over their heads against the Broncos and that includes Michael Vick, who threw for 248 yards and he did not throw a touchdown pass. On the positive side, Vick did not throw an interception.
Tennessee TitansNew York Jets
Jake Locker appeared to be turning the corner before our eyes. He was sharp against the Jets and completed 18-of-24 passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions. However, he was forced out of the game with a hip injury and Ryan Fitzpatrick had to take over for him.
Geno Smith threw for 289 yards and is a more competent leader than Mark Sanchez, but that’s not good enough. He threw two interceptions and two fumbles and there’s a certain panic to his game that will make it difficult for the Jets to win games.
Arizona CardinalsTampa Bay Buccaneers
After struggling for three-plus quarters, Carson Palmer helped rally the Cardinals to the road victory as he threw a 13-yard TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald to tie the score in the fourth quarter following Patrick Peterson’s first interception. Palmer completed 21-of-38 passes for 248 yards.
Mike Glennon took over for the Bucs at quarterback in place of the shaky Josh Freeman and he had them in a position to win until he threw two awful fourth-quarter interceptions that allowed the Cardinals to rally for the road victory.
Minnesota VikingsPittsburgh Steelers
The Vikings finally got a win and it came with Matt Cassel at quarterback instead of punchless Christian Ponder. Cassel completed 16-of-25 passes for 248 yards with two touchdowns and he did not throw an interception. He needs to remain the starter if the Vikings are going to rebound from their poor start.
The struggle continues for Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. While there are many problems in the Steel City, especially the defense, Roethlisberger needs to get off to faster starts so the Steelers can dictate the pace and get off to an early lead.
Kansas City ChiefsNew York Giants
It’s clear that the Chiefs have gotten a major upgrade from Alex Smith, who continues to take what the defense has given him. Smith threw 288 yards and three touchdowns as the Chiefs pulled away from the Giants in the second half.
The frustration continues to grow for Eli Manning and the winless Giants. Manning completed just 18-of-37 passes and he was under pressure throughout much of the game. Dating back to last year, the Giants have lost nine of their last 12 games.
Jacksonville JaguarsIndianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck’s confidence is sky-high, as it looks like he believes that it’s just a matter of time before the Colts take over any game. Luck threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns, while the threat of him running the ball occupied the Jacksonville defense’s mind throughout the game.
Blaine Gabbert gets to line up under center, but he does not belong there. Gabbert could not dent the endzone and he threw three interceptions and does not appear to have much of a clue what he is doing for a very poor team.
Seattle SeahawksHouston Texans
Russell Wilson did not fill up the stat sheet for the Seahawks, throwing for 123 yards and an interception. However, he found a way to get it done with his running ability in the fourth quarter as he kept drives alive with his quick feet and intelligence. Matt Schaub threw for 355 yards and two TDs against the powerful defense.
Schaub made a brutal mistake when he threw an awful interception midway through the fourth quarter that Richard Sherman took back to the endzone. Schaub’s persona shrunk after that error and he was unable to lead the Texans to a win they really needed.
Detroit LionsChicago Bears
It wasn’t a perfect performance for Matthew Stafford, but he threw for 242 yards and a stellar touchdown to Calvin Johnson. Stafford and running back Reggie Bush had the Bears defense on its heels most of the game.
The "new and improved" Jay Cutler was neither of those things against the Lions, as he was a turnover machine with three interceptions and one lost fumble. Stafford had one interception and had two fumbles himself, one of which the Bears recovered as he was crossing the goal line for a touchdown.
Cleveland BrownsCincinnati Bengals
If this is a dream, don’t bother waking up Brian Hoyer. The former third-string quarterback completed 25-of-38 passes and torched the Bengals defense for 269 yards and two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception.
The Bengals are supposed to be one of the AFC’s best teams, but you wouldn’t know it by their performance against the Browns. Andy Dalton has not looked special in any game this year and he could not throw one touchdown pass against Cleveland.
Buffalo BillsBaltimore Ravens
E.J. Manuel became the first rookie quarterback to defeat a reigning Super Bowl champion. While he did not have a stellar day, he did enough early on to help the Bills build a lead and then hold on against the Ravens.
Joe Flacco has a proven reputation as a playoff quarterback, but what about the regular season? While that’s somewhat facetious, Flacco threw five interceptions against the Bills and looked like he was the rookie quarterback.
San Francisco 49ersSt. Louis Rams
The 49ers got off their brief but notable two-game losing streak with a one-sided win over the Rams. Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes and did not throw an interception.
Sam Bradford struggled quite a bit against the 49er defense and his decision making was poor as he completed just 19-of-41 passes. While Kaepernick got the win, 167 passing yards and 11 rushing yards are not impressive totals.