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NFL Upon Further Review: Week 4 [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

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I never thought I’d utter these words: The Detroit Lions are 4-0. That’s not a typo. The Detroit Lions might be the best team in all of the NFL. Early in their game against the Cowboys, it didn’t appear that going 4-0 was going to happen as they trailed by the score of 27-3 in the third quarter. Instead of folding like the team had been known to do in the past, their D snagged two pick-six’s then Matt Stafford connected with Calvin “Megatron” Johnson twice for touchdowns to complete the comeback and hand Dallas one of the most shocking losses in team history.  The Lions are one of two undefeated teams left in the NFL with the other being last year’s Super Bowl champs, the Green Bay Packers.

Sunday Night Recap:

New York Jets 17  @ Baltimore Ravens 34

As Jets head coach Rex Ryan returned to Baltimore for the first time since he was their defensive coordinator, the night was expected to be a match-up of dominant defenses that would result in a field goal-fest like last year’s season opener. But no one expected could’ve expected 3 defensive scores from the Ravens, another score from the Jets’ D and a return for six by Joe McKnight – prompting commentator Cris Collinsworth to ask if the offenses should take the field at all.

The Jets appeared to be gaining momentum when Joe Flacco fumbled in the third quarter to set the Jets up in scoring position. However, the very next play Baltimore’s Lardarius Webb picked off Mark Sanchez and returned it 73 yards for a touchdown to send the Ravens to a 3-1 record.

Top 3 Things You Might Have Missed This Past Weekend:

  1. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Philadelphia Eagles marking the first time since 2006 that the team won back to back road games. The last time the Niners won back-to-back road games on the East Coast was 2001.
  2. Tom Brady passed Joe Montana on the all-time touchdown list for 9th place overall, against the Raiders. Montana’s final touchdown of his career also came against the Raiders except they were in Los Angeles at the time.
  3. The Vikings fell to a dismal 0-4 record as the Chiefs came back to steal another win from Minnesota’s grasp. For Vikings fans, you might have to point the finger at the D. In the team’s 4 games played this season, the Vikings have been outscored 67-6 in the second half of play.

What Was Ronnie Brown Thinking?

In one of the more bizarre moments of the weekend, Eagles running back Ronnie Brown found a way to turn guaranteed points into a turnover.

It happened in the second quarter of their game against the 49ers as the Eagles were driving to go up by two scores. Brown was attempting to go in for a touchdown on 3rd and goal, but he knew he was going to come up short of the end zone, so he decided to lateral the ball back.

The only problem for Brown was that the ball was recovered by San Francisco and helped the 49ers in their upset win. The loss sent the Eagles to a dismal 1-3 record:

The Rule 7, Section 2, Article 1 (e), Page 35 Play

This one could be argued for years to come. Take a look at the video below then read the NFL’s official statement on the matter…

“In Sunday’s game between the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals, the Giants faced a 1st-and-10 from the Arizona 48 with 3:10 remaining in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Eli Manning connected with wide receiver Victor Cruz for a 19-yard gain.

“Referee Jerome Boger announced the following: ‘The ruling on the previous play was that the receiver gave himself up by going to the ground. That cannot be challenged. So there is no challenge allowed by Arizona. It is first down, New York.’

“The applicable rule in the 2011 NFL Rule Book is found on page 35.

“Rule 7, Section 2, Article 1 states that ‘An official shall declare the ball dead and the down ended: (e): when a runner is out of bounds, or declares himself down by falling to the ground, or kneeling, and making no effort to advance.'”

What do YOU think? Let us know in the comments…

Devin Hester’s Still Got It

Just in case you thought teams stopped kicking to Hester, here’s his record-breaking 11th return for a touchdown:

 Monday Night Preview: 

Indianapolis Colts @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Oh look, the Indianapolis Colts get featured on prime-time again without the services of some guy named Peyton Manning.

The Colts look for their first win of the season as they hit the road to face off against Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers looked strong in their last win against Atlanta and appear to be the early favorites in this Monday Night affair.

The Bucs defense will look to attack with Colts quarterback Curtis Painter getting his first NFL start. To put it rather simply, the Colts offense will have to pull off an impressive performance to stay in this game.

Tampa Bay wunderkind quarterback Josh Freeman is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the NFL and if he performs like he’s supposed to, this game should be a cake walk for Tampa Bay.

Player To Watch: LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB

When at University of Oregon, Blount was mostly known for punching a Boise State player in the face. Now, Blount is punching out hard yards for the Bucs against scared NFL defenses.

The Colts have given up 5 rushing touchdowns this season and if Blount can pound away at the Indianapolis defense, the Bucs balance on offense is hard to stop.

MNF Prediction: Bucs win 24-13

The Colts without Peyton Manning is like Two And A Half Men without Charlie Sheen or Community without Alison Brie, you’ll still watch but it fails to live up to expectations.

The Bucs will look to take control of first place in the NFC South and unless Curtis Painter turns into Johnny Unitas, the Bucs defense will shut down the Colts.

MNF Prediction Record (so far): 1-0

COED Writer