Disaster struck in the buildup to Week 4 of the NFL season, but with all but two teams able to play, the season remains relatively unaffected.
Covid hits the NFL
Shock: The NFL didn’t get through the season without any Covid-related issues.
In what feels like the beginning of the end, 20 members of the Tennesse Titans organisation tested positive during the week forcing the rescheduling of their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The New England Patriots have also had Cam Newton test positive to delay their match against the Kansas City Chiefs.
None of this is a surprise to many. Although, coaches around the league are already talking about an NBA bubble-like setup should things get out of control.
Multiple coaches have suggested this weekend the possibility of pressing pause on the season, reconfiguring the schedule to have 12 total regular-season games, and putting teams in hotels for the nine games left to be played.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 4, 2020
OBJ Finally Arrives In Cleveland
The Odell Beckham Jr. Cleveland Browns fans thought they were getting 18 months ago finally provided them with a match-winning performance in Week 4.
He finished up with 81 receiving yards and 73 rushing yards. One more touchdown and he would have equalled his whole tally for 2019 (4). While the numbers are impressive, it’s his individual effort with the game in the balance that makes this is best game in a Browns uniform. With Cleveland at risk of blowing a 41-14 lead to the Dallas Cowboys be just three points in front with 3:36 on the clock, Beckham Jr. rushed for 50 yards on a reverse to score and seal the game.
The win moves the Browns out to 3-1 ($36 to win Super Bowl LV) while the Cowboys languish at 1-3.
Despite becoming just the second quarterback in NFL history for throw for over 450 yards in back-to-back games last week, Dak Prescott has gone better to throw for 502 yards in Week 4. He’s on an incredible pace for the season. No player has ever crossed 5,500 passing yards in a season. However, Prescott is on pace for a whopping 6,670 yards. Surely he can’t keep this up…
The Cowboys need to add some variation to their offence if they’re to shrink their $26 to win Super Bowl LV.
Over & Over & Over & Over
NFL Overs punters have had a field day to start the season.
An outrageous 59% of non-overtime games have finished Over the Points Total to start the 2020 season.
The improved communication of the offence without crowds may have something to do with it. So too will the relative health of quarterbacks to start the season.
In an already unpredictable year, going Over the total has been one of the most consistent options so far. The question now is how long will it last?
Something Old & Something New
Justin Herbert put in another good performance in Week 4 to finish up with three touchdowns, 290 passing yards and a 137.9 rating. Anthony Lynn still claims Tyrod Taylor will be straight back into the starting line up when he’s healthy. Although, plenty are already arguing that would be a mistake given Herbert’s recent performances.
But Herbert couldn’t do enough to earn a W as the 43-year-old Tom Brady propelled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 38-31 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Brady threw five touchdowns on his way to 369 passing yards as the Buccaneers moved to 3-1 for the season.
43-year-old Tom Brady has set the all-time NFL record as the oldest player to have 3+ pass TD in back-to-back games.
He breaks the record previously held by … Tom Brady, who had also done so at age 41 in Weeks 4-5, 2018 🐐
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 4, 2020
Their price to win Super Bowl LV has dipped from $15 last week to $14 after Week 4.
The Buccaneers win also acts as a Game Saver Moment of the Round. Down 31-28 heading into the 4th quarter, a 9-yard touchdown from Ke’Shawn Vaught gave the Bucs a 35-31 lead with 11:05 left in the 4th before a six-minute drive resulted in a field goal leaving the Chargers with just 2:40 to level the game. However, Herbert’s interception five seconds later sealed LA’s fate.
Texans Fire O’Brien
Bill O’Brien’s Houston Texans blew a 24-0 lead in the playoffs last season.
He soon traded DeAndre Hopkins much to the dismay of the Texans faithful.
The Texans haven’t won a game since to start the 2020 NFL season 0-4.
Texans fired HC and GM Bill O’Brien, per @DanGrazianoESPN and me.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 5, 2020
Super Bowl LV Winner Market Update
The Chiefs remain as favourites to win Super Bowl LV at $4.50. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens stay on the second line of betting at $6.50 with the Seattle Seahawks shortening to $9. The New Orleans Saints come in at $13 ahead of the Green Bay Packers and Buccaneers at $14. At $15 the Steelers are on the sixth line of betting with the Buffalo Bills at $17, and the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts at round out the Top 10 at $21.
NFL Against The Spread Standings
Another Aaron Rodgers masterclass in Monday Night Football steered the Green Bay Packers past the Atlanta Falcons to remain alongside the Seahawks at the top of the ATS standings.
After Week 4
|Top 16||Bottom 16|
|Seahawks (4-0)||Vikings (2-2)|
|Packers (4-0)||Bears (2-2)|
|Chargers (3-1)||Giants (2-2)|
|Broncos (3-1)||Washington (2-2)|
|Colts (3-1)||Raiders (2-2)|
|Bengals (3-1)||Jaguars (2-2)|
|Bills (3-1)||Browns (2-2)|
|Chiefs (3-1)||Ravens (2-2)|
|Steelers (2-1)||Dolphins (2-2)|
|Patriots (2-2)||Falcons (1-3)|
|49ers (2-2)||Lions (1-3)|
|Cardinals (2-2)||Eagles (1-3)|
|Rams (2-2)||Titans (0-3)|
|Panthers (2-2)||Cowboys (0-4)|
|Saints (2-2)||Texans (0-4)|
|Buccaneers (2-2)||Jets (0-4)|