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NFL RAPID REACTIONS – WEEK 4

The season is a quarter of the way through and we still have no clue how to rate these teams. The NFC South looks pathetic and the AFC is wide open as a whole.  Normally we can tell who will start to take off but there is still plenty of uncertainty. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers look mortal despite both having good (statistical days) yesterday. Here is how I saw it this week……

NYG 45 vs  WAS 14

The Giants steadily improve offensively and the Redskins are heading nowhere fast. Hopefully now everyone will calm down the Kirk Cousins talk as a franchise QB. The guy had 5 turnovers that were terrible. This game proves the NFC East will come down to the last month of the season again.

RAVENS 38 vs  PANTHERS 10

The Panthers are reeling with injuries to their backfield and the lack of a strong offensive line. Add the fact that Cam Newton isn’t fully healthy and you get major problems. Steve Smith had this game circled since the Panthers released him and he played like it. The Ravens totally dismantled a Panthers team that was dominant defensively last season. 

PACKERS 38 vs BEARS 17

The Packers got rolling against a team that is decimated by injuries on defense so I don’t think they are completely out of the water yet. Jay Cutler dang near self imploded trying to bring the Bears back and Brandon Marshall is playing on one leg. Not good when that is your favorite target and essentially the engine to your offense. The Bears have to learn how to win home games with the same resolve as road games.

TEXANS 23 vs  BILLS 17

The game was ripe for the Bills taking but unfortunately EJ MAnuel failed them again. Missing open guys and bad decisions has the Bills in neutral.  The Texans wanted the Bills to have this game but the Bills could not grasp it.  JJ Watt is amazing and now has the same amount of TD’s this season as Megatron….2

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COLTS 41 vs  TITANS 10

Andrew Luck was absolutely too much for a dismal Titans team that has a lack of direction and won’t feature two of their top offensive threats (Sankey/Hunter)…..The End

LIONS 24 vs  JETS 17

The Lions essentially played without Calvin Johnson and were still able to get a tough win in New York.  The Jets don’t have enough weapons to truly compete and it shows weekly.  Geno Smith isn’t the biggest issue for a team who did not fully address the offense in the offseason.

DOLPHINS 38 vs  RAIDERS 14

Nobody cared to follow this game but Ryan Tannehill made sure to play better with all the “benching” rumors swirling.  Not hard to play better against a pathetic Raiders team that looks to be hoping for the offseason in week 4.  The Raiders are worse than initially thought and should consider making some coaching changes.

BUCS 27 vs STEELERS 24

This was so predictble considering the Steelers love to let you down after a big win. The Steelers were missing Ike Taylor and Ryan Shazier on defense which caused problems with matchups. Mike Glennon should be the starter for the Bucs without question.

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CHARGERS 33  JAGS 14

The Chargers are off to an impressive start this year and Phillip Rivers is an early MVP candidate. There was no doubt they would beat the Jags.  Blake Bortles looks like the real deal at qb as the future of the Jags franchise.

VIKINGS 41  FALCONS 28

This was my upset of the week and it actually came to fruition. The Falcons are an awful road team especially when dealing with the outdoor elements. The Falcons defense leaves much to be desired and the Vikings had their way with them running the football. Teddy looks promising for the Vikings and could help the Vikings surprise some people. The Falcons lost two O-linemen and ended the game having to use their tigh end as the right tackle….Ouch

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49ERS 26  EAGLES 21

A total desperation game for the Niners and they got a much needed win. Neither team looked that impressive but the Niners showed their trademark grit the fans have come to love. The Eagles were completely shut down offensively as the injuries along their offensive line caught up with them. Colin Kaepernick is still struggling but he did just enough to live another day.

COWBOYS 38  SAINTS 17

You can call it revenge or an emergence of some sorts but the Cowboys came to play. This game was probably the biggest surprise of all the NFL games especially when you factor in the manner in which it happen.  Cowboys haven’t played a game this well since the mid 90’s and Rod Marinelli has the defense playing better than anticipated. The Saints need to take a long look in the mirror before this season gets away from them. 

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CHIEFS 41  PATRIOTS 14

The Patriots are not a good football team right now.  The Chiefs aren’t as good as they looked last night, but a Monday Night game in KC is the perfect recipe to get a win versus New England. It is tough to play in KC and they used that crowd to get to Tom Brady early and often. The Patriots defense has been somewhat puzzling as they show brilliance and vulnerability all at one time. It got so bad the Patriots pulled Tom Brady.  I say again. he is regressing but many want to blame everyone except Brady.

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Bill Belichick Laughed When Someone Asked if Tom Brady’s Job Was in Jeopardy [Video]

Bill Belichick was asked about the “Tom Brady situation” after the 3-time Super Bowl winner was terrible in a 41-14 shellacking at the hands of the Chiefs. Belichick scowled and then shared a laugh with the press when a reporter asked “Will the quarterback situation be evaluated?”

It was quite a moment.

Tom Brady has not been good this season. To be fair, neither have the New England Patriots. Things seemed to culminate last night in a 27-point loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. Brady wasn’t good by any metric, fumbled twice and threw two picks.

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Oakland Raiders Fire Head Coach Dennis Allen After 10 Straight Losses

After a miserable start to the 2014 NFL season, Dennis Allen is out as head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

As for Allen, Oakland was embarrassed in London today playing against the Dolphins, losing 38-14 and dropping to 0-4 on the season. Dennis Allen had won 8 of the 36 games he has coached with the Raiders, after joining the team after serving as the Denver defensive coordinator in 2011. The Raiders had lost 10 straight games dating back to last season.

With the team heading into a bye in Week 5, it only made sense to make the switch at the top right now. This gives the squad time for the interim coach to implement changes and put his stamp on the team before the Week 6 matchup against the San Diego Chargers.

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Laron Landry: Colts Safety Suspended Four Games After PED Violation

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indianapolis Colts safety LaRon Landry has been suspended four games for a violation of the NFL’s drug policy after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. By the look of the pictures he tweeted above and below, I’m not surprised.

Landry had started the team’s first four games of 2014, tallying 23 tackles and a sack. The 29-year-old veteran also played in 12 games for the Colts in 2013.

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Before the 2013 season, Landry signed a four-year deal with Indianapolis worth up to $24 million. Over the past year, he has helped a young secondary improve as the Colts continue to move toward contention.

Unfortunately, he will now be on the sidelines for the next month after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Then again, not everyone was surprised by the news.

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Geno Smith Tells Heckling Jets Fan, “F*** You” After Home Loss to the Lions [Video]

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith didn’t have a great game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, which might have contributed to him letting his emotions get the best of him after the game.

In the Jets’ 24-17 loss to the Lions, Smith had 209 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception and two fumbles (lost one).

The Jets fans screamed for backup Mike Vick to enter the game because the starter was so inept. Smith had two crucial second half turnovers as the Jets fell to 1-3.

As Smith was leaving the field, a fan was taunting him, and Smith yelled back, “Fuck You.” Naturally, cameras caught the F-bomb, and it’ll be a storyline this week ahead of a trip to the San Diego Chargers

There’s absolutely on chance the Jets make the playoffs if they fall to 1-4 – remember, they host Peyton Manning the following week, and then travel to Tom Brady and the Patriots. Yes, 1-6 is well within reach.

Smith leads the NFL (at the timing of this post) with interceptions (5) and he has lost two fumbles.

It sounds like Rex Ryan is fully behind Smith despite his struggles, which is curious, because Smith could end up costing Ryan his job.

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