What We Learned: NFL Week 4
Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets were absolutely abysmal Sunday night in Baltimore. The Jets scored 3 of their 17 points on offense while the 2 touchdowns came from a Joe McKnight kickoff return and a David Harris pick six. The Ravens stifled Sanchez, holding him to 112 yards passing while completing only 11 passes. Shonn Greene didn’t fare any better as he rushed for a measly 23 yards on 10 carries. The Ravens weren’t much better on offense either, but 4 forced turnovers and 3 defensive touchdowns helped the Birds cruise to a 34-17 shellacking.
The Steelers not only lost to the Texans to fall to 2-2, but saw 4 starters leave the game with injuries as Ben Roethlisberger was joined by Rashard Mendenhall, James Harrison, and Aaron Smith. Roethlisberger and Mendenhall are expected to play in week 5 while Harrison will miss a couple of week with a fractured orbital bone. A banged up Roethlisberger behind a ravaged and depleted offensive line doesn’t bode well for a Steelers squad looking to bounce back next week against the surprise Titans.
At least they didn’t blow a big second half lead again. Although this is true, the Vikings saw the same result in week 4 as they stumbled to a 22-17 defeat at the hands of the then win-less Chiefs. Donovan McNabb was better but still nowhere near good enough to justify his starting position. It’s just a matter of time before we see first round pick Christian Ponder taking snaps.
The “dream team,” I mean Eagles, lost once again in week 4 to drop to 1-3 through a quarter of the season. The Eagles wasted a career day by Michael Vick as they squandered a 20-point 3rd quarter lead to Alex Smith and the 3-1 49ers. Finishing games has been a huge problem for Vick and the “dream team” as they have been outscored 36-0 in the last 3 fourth quarters.
Ah, Megatron. What else is there to say other than that he’s been absolutely sensational through the first 4 games of the season. Johnson is averaging 6 catches for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns per game so far! The 6-foot 5-inch freak athlete has been Matt Stafford’s favorite toy as he has made ridiculous catches in traffic look simple and routine. Oh and in my opinion, Megatron is definitely the freshest nickname since He Hate Me, just sayin.