The Rams have high expectations for Gurley, but few saw the rookie emerging this quickly. Ten months removed from a knee injury that ended his college career, Gurley ran over the previously undefeated Arizona Cardinals for 146 yards on 19 carries in Week 4. Gurley carried six times for nine yards in his NFL debut in Week 3 and had two yards on four carries at halftime Sunday before gashing the Cardinals for 144 second-half yards. He also became the first rookie to rush for more than 100 yards in the fourth quarter (106) since Adrian Peterson in 2007.
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Cairo Santos connects!
Kicker Cairo Santos connected on seven (seven!) field goals against the Bengals -- meaning the Chiefs’ offense stalled in the red zone at a near-historic rate. Only the late Rob Bironas had more field goal attempts in a single game -- ever. Kansas City’s offense could’ve used some of those points in a 15-point loss.
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Matt Hasselbeck finds the fountain of youth
Despite Andrew Luck being limited in practice all week, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said he was 'supremely confident' Luck would play early in the week. Instead, the team elected to hold the star QB out of Sunday’s game against Jacksonville. In his place, 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck made his first start since 2012 and handled himself capably, leading the team to a 16-13 OT win. Whether Luck will be ready to go Thursday against Houston remains to be seen, although the team is again saying he should be available. If not though, Hasselbeck has proven he can get the job done.
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Drew Brees returns from injury, and returns to old form
One of the best quarterbacks in the NFL was off to a mediocre start to the 2015 season. Through the first two weeks, Drew Brees had thrown just two touchdowns against two interceptions. Worst of all, Brees suffered a shoulder injury that held him out of Week 3. After missing what turned out to be another loss for 0-3 New Orleans, Brees refused to stay on the sidelines against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4. The result? Brees completed 80.5 percent of his passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns, one of which was an 80-yard game-winner in overtime.
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Giants defense shuts down Buffalo and Tyrod Taylor
The Giants were one of the worst defenses in the NFL in 2014 by just about every measure. After losing their best defensive player -- Jason Pierre-Paul -- many expected this defense to be even worse. Through four games they have been quite the opposite, led by one of the stingiest run defenses in the NFL. In Week 4, the Giants held Tyrod Taylor and a Bills team that had scored 100 points through three weeks to just 10.
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Cleveland loses thanks to offsides penalty
The Browns began rushing off the field in excitement thinking they were headed for overtime after Josh Lambo’s missed field goal in the waning seconds. But then they saw the yellow flag on the ground. Tramon Williams was called offsides, the Chargers got to kick again, and the Browns discovered another way to lose in their tortured history.
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Bears actually held Amari Cooper in check
Sure, Cooper’s 26-yard touchdown catch was a thing of absolute beauty. But the standout Alabama rookie was shadowed by Tracy Porter all afternoon and stayed mostly quiet. He finished with four catches for 49 yards, reminding us all that defenses are already game-planning to limit No. 89.
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Kirk Cousins, not just a game manager
Until Week 4, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins wasn't much more than a game manager. During the Redskins’ Week 4 win over the Eagles, Cousins orchestrated a 90-yard game-winning drive, capped with a touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon. It might be time to remove the game manager label that is often assigned to Cousins.
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Panthers do it with the defense
The Carolina Panthers are an unconventional 4-0. They scored 37 points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, but Cam Newton threw for just 124 yards, and leading receiver Brenton Bersin had just four receptions for 54 yards. The name of the game is winning, and Carolina is showing it doesn’t need massive offensive production to do that.
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Atlanta’s offense absolutely explodes, but Julio Jones has a quiet day
If someone told you the Falcons would lead the Texans 42-0 through three quarters, one would likely assume that Julio Jones was lighting it up. Well, that wasn’t the case on Sunday. The Atlanta offense rolled all over the Texans, but Jones was held to just four catches for 38 yards. Leonard Hankerson paced the passing game with six catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, while Devonta Freeman once again exploded with three rushing touchdowns for the second straight game.