The 40 things we learned from Week 4
1. Wow, does Rex Ryan own the Patriots or what? Bwahahaha.
2. Julio Jones … we are not worthy.
3. For those watching other things on Sunday: the Falcons receiver finished with 12 catches for 300 yards and 1 TD. That is just 36 yards short of Flipper Anderson’s record for a game. And, oh yeah, he did it against the Carolina Panthers defense.
4. Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham have “found” each other. That is not good news for the rest of the NFL.
5. Cam Newton looked as if he was searching for a kid in the stands to hand the ball to when he was going in for that two-point conversion. And then whack! Keep your eyes on the road, Cam.
6. The Panthers are now 1-3 and announced after the game Newton has a concussion. And that Super Bowl loser jinx seems alive and well, thank you very much.
7. So the latest rookie quarterback to be forced into playing time is Paxton Lynch of the Broncos. And he looked pretty damn comfortable, we must say.
8. Remember when we laughed at the Rams after Week 1? Now we’re wondering why they haven’t gotten Jeff Fisher’s signature on that extension yet.
9. And we’re wondering if top pick Jared Goff will see the field. Kidding. Sort of. Case Keenum with two fourth-quarter TD passes for a road division win makes it hard to even think about when, or if, Goff will get his chance with the Rams this season.
10. On the other hand, the Arizona Cardinals continue to be the biggest fraud of the new season.
11. The referees in the Colts-Jaguars game in London huddled so much we expected them to be served tea.
12. With TV ratings down, we wonder if the NFL will stop flagging stuff like “spinning the ball” or Cam Newton giving a first-down signal as 15-yard taunting penalties. So many taunting penalties on Sunday for players just celebrating.
13. After we wrote that, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was flagged again for a harmless touchdown celebration. So there's our answer.
14. Meanwhile, if you wanted to see competitors display emotion, you had to watch the Ryder Cup. Golf. Think about that for a minute.
15. RG3 was back in D.C. on Sunday. And hardly anyone noticed. That is all.
16. Still can’t decide which was uglier Thursday night: The Dolphins’ uniforms or the way they played the game.
17. OK, we admit it — we switched off the London game for a minute to see Lady Gaga on one of the pre-game shows. #pawsup
18. Raiders punter Marquette King performed the Ray Lewis dance after a 55-yard punt pinned the Ravens on their 8-yard line. Can’t believe he wasn’t flagged for taunting. We’re sure he will be fined.
19. So people keep telling Andrew Luck to stop running. And then criticize him for not running on a fourth-and-1. Got it.
20. OK, we generally have Rex Ryan Fatigue, but every once in a while we love how he tries to get under Bill Belichick’s skin. Like this post-game quote: "My sources inside the New England Patriot building said that Jacoby Brissett would be the quarterback. How's that? I'll stir some stuff up. Who was it? I don't know who it was."
21. Finishing second in our “favorite quote” was Redskins CB Josh Norman, who had this to say about his former team giving up 300 yards receiving to Julio Jones: "I'm just gonna sip my tea on that one."
22. The Houston Texans were the first to score a touchdown in games played in the U.S. on Sunday. Of course they were.
23. So all this happened at Gillette Stadium on Sunday:
24. - Bill Belichick was so angry he threw his tablet to the ground.
25. - Fans booed the Patriots when they called for a run on third-and-long.
26. - Referee Pete Morelli inadvertently left his microphone on at one point in the game, and after someone in his crew mentioned this was “slowly turning into a good game," Morelli replied: "But one big hit and some (expletive) could happen."
27. - And, oh yeah, the Patriots were shut out for the first time in the 135-game history of Gillette Stadium.
28. Steve Smith Sr., 37, still has his wheels and his grit. His 52-yard TD in the fourth quarter — which began with a stiff-arm of David Amerson and ended with acceleration to pay dirt — showed he's fully recovered from the torn Achilles that ruined the 2015 campaign that he thought would be his last season. He also notched his 51st career 100-yard game, which ties him for fourth-most 100-yard receiving games in NFL history.
29. The Cleveland Browns always find a way to implode, but we must say, we are impressed by new coach Hue Jackson. It will take time. But you can see (look hard) some good signs there. And he has his guys competing.
30. The first catch of Seahawks WR Tanner McEvoy’s career was a touchdown. We don’t know about you, but we just like saying Tanner McEvoy.
31. The Falcons put up 571 yards in offense but needed a pick-six to seal the victory. Ah, pinball football.
32. The Titans have lost 51 straight games in which they trailed by at least 14 points, according to ESPN. It’s just surprising they don’t trail every game by at least 14 points. Just seems that way.
33. So much for West Coast teams struggling in 1 p.m. ET starts: The Seahawks and Raiders flew home winners.
34. The Raiders, by the way, started with three of their first four games on the road. And went 3-1. They are going to be tough when they return to Las Vegas, er, Oakland Coliseum.
35. If there were a weekly award for forced holding calls, Raiders defensive lineman Khalil Mack would win it hands-down this week. To say he was a force against the Ravens is an understatement.
36. Twitterverse was up in arms on that roughing-the-passer penalty against the 49ers that kept a Cowboys drive alive and led to their first TD. But if the QB is being held up and then hit from behind, they’re going to drop the flag every time.
37. Nice visit back to San Diego for Drew Brees, his first game there since the 2005 departure.
38. Lightning delays have been the only consistent part of Tampa Bay’s game so far this season. So there’s that.
39. The Chargers are 1-3. They have had leads in the fourth quarter of all three losses. But, hey, at least it is 72 and sunny every day in San Diego.
40. Saints fullback John Kuhn is our new hero, not only for three touchdowns — a 4-yard reception, and two 1-yard runs — but for the fact he angered Fantasy players for “stealing” touchdowns from other guys. We love it.