NFL Roundup: Week 4

Week 4 marked the beginning of bye weeks but there was still plenty of action.  The end of the Eagles-Giants game saw kicker Lawrence Tynes get a second crack at a game-winning touchdown, only to see it fall short, the Texans, Cardinals and Falcons all stayed undefeated while the Saints are still without a win.  Week 4 also brought with it the end of the referee lockout and the end of replacement officials.  So, is there any doubt who had the best week?

Best Week

The regular officials

After the debacle at the end of the Seahawks-Packers game last Monday, fans, players and coaches were even more infuriated with the replacement officials than they had been already.  With mounting pressure, the NFL had to get a deal done and on Wednesday, they delivered.  The Washington Post reports that the two sides reached an eight-year deal that would see officials making more money over the next few years and partially keep the pension plan they desired.  On top of those wins, fans everywhere cheered the officials as they took the field and players and coaches breathed a sigh of relief.  Opinions about the officials were probably the highest they have ever been, even with the mistakes they made this week.

Worst Week

New York Jets

The Jets’ week started off bad when they learned Darrelle Revis would miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.  It got worse on Sunday when Mark Sanchez threw 13 of 29 passing for 103 yards with an interception and a fumble, their defense let up 245 yards rushing, the most under Rex Ryan, according to The New York Times and they got routed by the 49ers 34-0.  Add on top that Santonio Holmes went down with an injury in the fourth quarter, and the Jets have to be wondering what they did to receive such wrath from the football gods.

Player of the week

Brian Hartline

The New England Patriots put up 580 yards of offense, with two 100-yard rushers and two 100-yard receivers.  But individually, Brian Hartline of the Miami Dolphins had the most impressive week.  ESPN credits Hartline, in a losing effort against the Arizona Cardinals, with 12 catches for 253 yards and a touchdown.  Those receiving yards accounted for over half of the Dolphins offensive yards and just under two-thirds of the passing yards.

What to watch for

Drew Brees

Drew Brees has been a passing machine for the last few years and the proof is in the numbers.  The most telling number, though—his 47 straight games with a passing touchdown.  Brees tied the legendary Johnny Unitas on Sunday with his 20-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston in the first quarter.  Unitas’ record has stood since 1960, according to ESPN, but Brees has tied it and will have the chance to set a new record Sunday night against the San Diego Chargers.