Week 4 of the 2019 season is done, and now we get another week of games to add to our information about each of these teams. More quarterbacks go down, others rise up to victory and others step in to futures unknown. Some team surprisingly went off, others raised eyebrows, and a few disappointed.
There are some key things to be gathered in every game and the following is what we should take away from this past weekend.
1. Eagles 34, Packers 27
PHI – Philly had a plan to run Jordan Howard down the Packers’ throats and it worked. No one had been able to do that to Mike Pettine’s defense this year, but expect other teams to try now. Alshon Jeffery provided some spark catching three of nine targets and a touchdown. The depth on this offense has shown up the last two weeks as it was able to absorb Nelson Agholor’s disappearance act in Week 4. Also, the Eagles’ secondary suffered a big blow, losing Sidney Jones, the fourth cornerback to be injured. Fantasy owners should look to pounce on this unit each week.
GBP – Aaron Rodgers was in vintage mode, as he was slinging it as Matt LeFleur’s ground game was snuffed out. In fact it was so bad that the Packers came up empty on two crucial goal line stands that included one run, five passes, zero points and one interception. Davante Adams left one of his best games of his career with a turf tow and after that couldn’t find another playmaker to step up. Jamaal Williams’ injury was a big part as to why they couldn’t run, but going forward, the Packers are going to need to figure out if boring and winning is better than the flash and splash of Rodgers’ arm.
2. Titans 24, Falcons 10
ATL – Matt Ryan was sacked five times and had his fourth straight 300-yard game, but third time in a losing cause. He was only 35-of-53, but nearly hit the 400 yard mark with Austin Hooper and Mohamed Sanu stepping up with Ryan not comfortable challenging Tennessee’s cornerbacks. Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones turned in disappointing games.
TEN – It was a coming out party for rookie A.J. Brown and we finally got a Corey Davis signing, though it’s doubtful many people figured that either would do much prior to setting their Week 4 lineups. Marcus Mariota spread it around eight difference receivers and Derrick Henry was impressive running for another 100 yards.
3. Ravens 25, Browns 40
BAL – Vaunted in the offseason and present in Weeks 1 and 2, the Ravens defense was nowhere to be found for the second straight week as they were throttled by the Browns. Offensively, the Ravens could not capitalize on the Browns missing their starting corners, though Willie Snead, as I predicted in my Week 3 Starts article, popped off. Hollywood Brown must have been lost in El Segundo because he was a no-show for the second straight week.
CLE – The Browns fired up the Hot Chubb Time Machine and embarrassed the Ravens in their home. Despite poor pass protection, the offensive line did its job for Nick Chubb en route to 165 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Much of that was from his ability to elude tacklers. Baker Mayfield didn’t force things and spread the ball around better and finally got Jarvis Landry involved with 167 receiving yards. Hopefully, he can bounce back from a concussion. Odell Beckham was targeted seven times but disappointed with two grabs. Ricky Seals-Jones stepped into the David Njoku role nicely so there’s hope out there if you’re still trying to fill your tight end spot.