Breaking down the NFL season: highlights, lowlights and everything in between

Four weeks into the NFL regular season and outcomes have not played out as they have been predicted. Those who have their fantasy league created (myself included) may not be too pleased with their record. Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jordie Nelson, DeSean Jackson: need I say more? We certainly didn’t expect all of the star players to be out for the season or at least be questionable. Aside from that, how have our teams been doing with such valuable players missing?

With the Bills terrible loss against the Giants, coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills was asked about how he felt about his team’s loss with their lack of discipline. Despite the sloppy loss, Ryan seemed to be very pleased with the way they played and shockingly reported that he was proud of the way his Bills performed.

Ryan reportedly said, “We can focus on the negatives and all that — and I get it, that’s your guys’ job — but you might not understand the game the way I understand (it) because I’ve been on the other side. I’ve been a part of a 20-some-penalty performance by the Ravens, OK? And we went on and we fixed it. We’ll fix it here”.

Despite the fact that Coach Ryan believes in his team, the flags during the game definitely set back the Bills in a game where they needed to keep pace in the AFC East. Certainly there is significant talent on the roster, but with the mistakes made during Sunday’s game, the Bills will be climbing an upward hill to the playoffs.

In case you missed it, the Denver Broncos won yet another game this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, keeping their undefeated streak alive. For those who have the Broncos defence on their fantasy roster, they are extremely lucky. Denver’s defence was not only able to keep out Adrian Peterson from their backfield, but they were also able to make life difficult for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, bringing him down for a whopping seven sacks, which also included an excellent strip that lead to a turnover created by strong safety, T.J. Ward. Aside from the loss for Minnesota, second year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater kept his composure and showed his team that he can handle tough situations while keeping a somewhat forward momentum.

Andrew Luck celebrates the Colts’ second straight victory Photo Courtesy of: Foxsportsnews

Andrew Luck celebrates the Colts’ second straight victory
Photo Courtesy of: Foxsportsnews

After the Philadelphia Eagles lost against the Washington Redskins in Washington, running back DeMarco Murray was shown voicing his opinion during the postgame interview. During the game, the 2014 Offensive Player of the Year had a nice 30-yard run in the first quarter but only had six yards after the scamper. The five-year veteran ended Sunday’s defeat with eight carries for 36 yards. Murray now has a grand total of 47 rushing yards on the season. With just eight carries during the game, Murray was asked if he was getting the ball enough after the game. Murray said, “No I’m not. I don’t think I am.”

The reality is that Murray not getting the ball enough is not the only issue that the Eagles have. The team’s offensive line doesn’t pass or run block well. Murray has few running lanes to run through and the oft-injured Bradford who was sacked five times on Sunday doesn’t get a lot of protection. Both players haven’t been up to par, despite the ineptitude from their O-line.

Right when you think the Eagles have it bad, their defensive side is also lacking. Corner back Bryon Maxwell who suffered a quad injury, was not something the Eagles were expecting or prepared for. The former Legion of Boom member got lit up by Julio Jones in Week one and has yet to show the ability to be a top-flight corner in the NFL. Not to mention that the Eagles are beginning to become concerned with their kicker Caleb Strugis’ inconsistency.

Needless to say, with a 1-3 record, the Philadelphia Eagles have a significant amount of work to do in effort to try and bring their team back around.

For those who watched the Colts and Jaguars, it was clear to see that this was an extremely odd game. As rare as it is for the Jaguars to win a game, the team had no issues in dropping the ball (pun not intended) and setting themselves up for what would have been an easy overtime win. Tied at 13-13 in overtime, Jaguars coach decided to call a run on 3rd and 11 to set up a long field goal attempt by rookie Jason Myers. The rookie kicker had just missed two chances to win the game at the end of regulation from 53 yards, and he missed from 48 yards in overtime. Colts coach Chuck Pagano is very lucky his team is 2-2. Overall, coach Pagano must have had his lucky horseshoe with him during the game that helped his team get the win and prevent a very haunting loss.

Connor Allen

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