Week 4 is complete in the NFL and we are now a quarter of the way through the season.
With week 5 starting tonight, let’s have a look at how the NFL action played out in week 4.
Impressive Rookie Performances
Two of the first three quarterbacks taken in the 2020 NFL draft have started off well this season. In week 4, we saw Joe Burrow get his first win in a Bengals jersey and Justin Herbert showed just how special he can be.
The Cincinnati Bengals won 33-25 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, with Burrow throwing for 300 passing yards and one touchdown. He became the first rookie in history to throw for 300 yards in three consecutive games.
The number one overall pick has looked very good so far in his rookie year. This is despite the lack of protection he has received so far this season from the Bengals offensive line.
He almost got his first win a week before, with the tie against the Philadelphia Eagles. Joe Burrow looks composed, as if he has been in the league for a long time. This is only his fourth career start, so expect him to only get better.
Justin Herbert initially started the season as a backup to Tyrod Taylor but thanks to an injury to Taylor, Herbert came in to the starting job in week 2 against the Chiefs. He impressed on that day and looked even better in Sunday’s week 4 narrow loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In a quarterback duel against Tom Brady with a 21 year age difference, Herbert threw for 290 passing yards and three touchdowns in the 38-31 loss. Herbert surely has the starting gig, especially considering he has played against the last two Super Bowl champion starting quarterbacks and held his own.
Player Of The Week- Odell Beckham Jr
The Cleveland Browns beat the Dallas Cowboys 49-38 in what was a crazy game in Texas.
Odell Beckham has struggled since joining the Cleveland Browns from the New York Giants. However, in this game he showed how good he can be for the franchise. His highlight was a touchdown towards the end of the game. The reverse play called by head coach Kevin Stefanski resulted in a 50 yard run for a touchdown by Beckham.
Beckham recorded 81 receiving yards and 73 rushing yards for two receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdowns. One of these included a 37 yard touchdown after a flea flicker pass from best friend Jarvis Landry.
This game not only showed the potential of the Cleveland Browns as a playoff team but also showed how good Odell can be for the Cleveland Browns.
Elsewhere In The League
Bill O’Brien was fired as head coach and general manager of the Houston Texans after their 31-23 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
The head coach was heavily criticised for trading wide receiver Deandre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. After the 0-4 start, Houston have relieved O’Brien of his duties.
Assistant head coach Romeo Crennel will serve as interim head coach until the end of the season.
The Chicago Bears’ unbeaten start came to an end against the Indianapolis Colts. The Bears, who were unconvincing in their 3-0 start, were largely outplayed at Soldier Field.
Quarterback Nick Foles started for the first time ahead of Mitch Trubisky and didn’t do much to excite fans. After guiding the Bears from behind to beat Atlanta in week 3, Foles failed to get the Bears’ offense going.