Come Monday, the casual sports fan will likely hear all about the Dallas Cowboys’ upset loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook suffering a torn ACL, the Atlanta Falcons suffering their first loss of the season, and the Houston Texans dropping a 57-point hammer on the Tennessee Titans during Sunday’s slate of games.
But beyond some of the major news headlines from around the NFL during Week 4 of the 2017 season, what were some of the other important happenings from Sunday that people may have not heard as much about?
Mr. Red finds his rifle
After he and his team struggled during their first three games this season, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton finally put together an impressive performance on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. During the Bengals’ 31-7 win, Dalton tore up the Browns’ defense for 286 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Of course, it helped a lot that he was facing Cleveland. But perhaps his play in Week 4 will be enough of a confidence boost to help turn Cincinnati’s season around.
The Jets won for the second straight week…
Before the beginning of the season, many already had the New York Jets in the NFL’s gutter for 2017. And after the Jets lost their first two games of the year, many of the assumptions surrounding the team this year seemed legitimate.
However, during the past two weeks, the Jets have put together back-to-back performances resulting in having more points than their opponents at the end of their matchup. After defeating the Miami Dolphins in Week 3, the Jets squeaked out an overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Despite allowing five sacks and getting flagged for 10 penalties, the Jets got the victory over the Jaguars and now sit tied for second in the AFC East with the New England Patriots.
Le’Veon Bell returns to his normal, frightening form
During his first three games last season, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell averaged 147 total yards per matchup. Through the first three weeks of this year, Bell was only averaging 79 total yards per game.
Something has just seemed off with the Steelers running back so far in 2017. That was, until Sunday.
On a season-high 39 total touches, Bell ran for two touchdowns and gained a total of 186 yards during Pittsburgh’s Week 4 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
See everyone, Le’Veon just needs to touch the ball 39 times to remind the NFL how much of a beast he is.
The Steelers are not the only good team in Pennsylvania this year
Through four weeks this season, the Philadelphia Eagles’ only loss has come against an undefeated Kansas City Chiefs team on the road.
Granted, two of their victories in 2017 have come against winless teams (Giants, Chargers). But still, wins are wins in the NFL no matter who the opponents happen to be each week. As a result, the Eagles have themselves a 3-1 record this season.
After their 26-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Philadelphia is off to a 3-1 start for the second year in a row. The last time the Eagles began back-to-back seasons by winning three of their first four games was in 2006.
They just happened to win the NFC East that year as well.