It was another eventful week for the NFL–is it ever actually boring?–with multiple overtime games, record-breaking performances, and a special reunion in rainy Foxborough.
Some performances impressed, others defied the odds and a select few left us scratching our heads. Here’s the best of Week 4:
Overachieving Team of the Week: New York Jets
The New York Jets got their first win of the Zach Wilson Era in an overtime thriller against a Titans team that was missing both A.J. Brown and Julio Jones. Even without their top playmakers on the outside, the Titans’ game plan seemed to be business as usual, letting Derrick Henry touch the ball 35 times for 177 yards.
Even the usual stats that lead to inexplicable upsets weren’t to blame on Sunday. The Titans won the time of possession batter, didn’t turn the ball over, and allowed the Jets to start just one possession in positive territory. Wilson wasn’t even terribly efficient, with his completion percentage sitting seven percent below expected.
New York’s third-down defense was particularly stingy, holding the Titans to just five conversions on 19 opportunities. And Ryan Tannehill completed just one of his 10 pass attempts over 15 yards downfield.
Where Wilson shined was his downfield passing, completing four of his five passes over 20 yards downfield, including two throws that traveled over 45 yards in the air.
However, Wilson was also helped by his teammates on Sunday, receiving the fifth-most time to throw from his linemen and only having to throw four of his pass attempts to receivers with less than a yard of separation. The Jets could get on a roll before their Week 6, heading to London to play a Falcons team that has allowed over 30 points in three of their four games.
Underachieving Team of the Week: Detroit Lions
The Lions moved the ball with ease on their first three possessions, driving inside the Bears’ 10-yard-line on each of their first three drives. However, a pair of fumbles and turnover on downs led the Lions’ offense to come away empty-handed while the defense allowed 169 yards on the Bears’ first two possessions and a 14-0 hole was opened up within the first minute of the second quarter.
The Lions were on the short-end of Justin Tucker’s historic 66-yard field goal last week, but they have nobody to blame for their Week 4 besides themselves. Six of the Lions’ nine drives ended within 25 yards of the end zone and they scored just two touchdowns after falling behind three possessions.
After a 33-point performance in Week 1, the Detroit offense has struggled to find the end zone, scoring 17, 17, and 14 points in their last three games. Things don’t get much easier in Week 5 when they head to Minnesota who is coming off a 14-7 loss to Cleveland.
Overachieving Player of the Week: Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs
It’s become impossible to ignore what Trevon Diggs has done this season after he intercepted two more passes on Sunday. Diggs is now the fourth NFL player to record five interceptions in the first four weeks of the season and first Cowboy to accomplish the feat since Chuck Howley in 1968.
That’s right, Diggs is doing things that Deion Sanders never accomplished in his storied career. Diggs’s five interceptions and five pass breakups look even more impressive when you consider that he has played all over the field for the Cowboys, lining up on both sides of the field and the slot occasionally as well.
Is it too early to anoint Diggs the front-runner for Defensive Player of the Year? He’s been the cornerback in football according to Pro Football Focus’s coverage grade, but the AP has been reluctant to give the award to defensive backs in recent years, opting to shower pass rushers with adoration.
In fact, Stephon Gilmore is the only defensive back to win the prize in the last decade after four defensive backs won it in the previous decade.
Underachieving Player of the Week: Vikings RB Dalvin Cook
It was questionable if Dalvin Cook would even suit up on Sunday after injuring his ankle in Week 2 and being limited in practice all week. Cook was absent from Week 3 and although he carried the ball nine times and received six targets in the passing game, he struggled to make his presence felt all afternoon.
Consider this: Cook’s 44 yards from scrimmage is the fourth-lowest total of his career, and lowest since 2019, in games where he receives at least 10 touches.
Maybe it’s unfair to criticize Cook when he might not be healthy yet, but the Vikings offense seemed to be clicking last week when Alexander Mattison ran all over the Seattle defense for 112 yards and added 59 receiving yards on six catches.
It’s been a weird year for Cook, who has just one touchdown and hasn’t produced a play over 17 yards all season. The Lions are next on the docket and their defensive front is reeling, with injuries coming to multiple linebackers. Detroit allowed 188 yards and 4.8 yards per carry to the Bears on Sunday.
Bad Beat of the Week: Cooper Kupp over 6.5 receptions
Cooper Kupp has been a PPR king this season, racking up 26 catches through just the first three weeks of the season. Averaging close to nine catches per game and garnering over 10 targets in each contest, a line of just 6.5 receptions seemed low.
Conditions seemed perfect for Kupp to reward bettors who took the over on that 6.5 receptions line as he received a lot of attention from Matthew Stafford, earning 13 targets, more than double any other Ram. However, Kupp caught just five of those passes and despite the lopsided outcome, only one of those targets came in the fourth quarter.
Kupp and the Rams will head to Seattle on Thursday night, where Ugo Amadi and Marquise Blair have been competing for snaps in the slot.