What We Learned From Week 4 in the N.F.L.


Eagles 29, Jaguars 21: The wet, rainy conditions in Philadelphia were ideal for the home team. The Eagles had no issue running the ball, ending the day with 50 carries to just 25 passes. Quarterback Jalen Hurts played a major role in the run game as the Eagles called a number of option runs. Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence also helped them out a bit, losing four fumbles and throwing an interception despite otherwise being able to move the ball.

Jets 24, Steelers 20: The Steelers finally made the switch to the rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett, casting Mitch Trubisky to the bench. Pickett was not much better overall, tossing two legitimate interceptions before throwing a third on a Hail Mary, but he was more aggressive than Trubisky. The Jets, on the other hand, were lucky to get by with a two-pick performance from their own young quarterback, Zach Wilson. This was Wilson’s first regular season game this year, but the pressure is on to start producing with a talented receiving corps sooner than later.

Titans 24, Colts 17: Week by week, the Titans’ offense looks more like what it’s supposed to look like. Running back Derrick Henry erupted in the first half, allowing the Titans to dip into their play-action and screen game and setting up a number of chunk plays over the middle of the field. Their offense fell flat in the second half, thanks in part to penalties, but their first half was as promising as any that they have played this season.


Chargers 34, Texans 24: Justin Herbert doesn’t need to be 100 percent healthy to obliterate a team like the Texans. Despite battling a rib injury, Herbert was clinical from the pocket and daring outside it, completing several throws to keep the chains moving. Perhaps more important, the Chargers’ rushing game looked competent for the first time all year, at least in the first half, with Austin Ekeler springing a couple of nice runs.

Seahawks 48, Lions 45: A 22-point Lions fourth quarter made this game look closer than it should have been. The Seahawks’ offense dominated for four quarters: Geno Smith was lethal to every level of the field, and Rashaad Penny rampaged around for 151 yards, his first time over the 100-yard mark this season. Detroit is still a fun, scrappy team, but its youth on defense makes it susceptible to games like this one.

Commanders 25, Cowboys 10: The Cowboys’ offense goes as CeeDee Lamb goes. When the offense was humming on Sunday, it was because Kellen Moore, the offensive coordinator, found creative ways to get Lamb into favorable positions. Enabling Lamb to be the engine for the offense seems critical for the Cowboys’ hopes of success this season, both now and when Dak Prescott returns.

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