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RealGM?s Week Four NFL Rundown

Sep 28, 2008 11:53 PM EST

If you live in the Northeast, you probably saw a majority of the thirteen games played in the NFL?s Week Four because of a Sunday full of heavy rain. But if you weren?t watching Brett Favre light up the scoreboard, there is no need to worry. RealGM is here to help summarize all that went down as the first quarter of the NFL season comes to a close.

We will also showcase each game's top FIC* (field impact counter) performers using RealGM editor Chris Reina's innovative statistical system, and calculate each team?s Trench Counter**.

Tennessee 30, Minnesota 17 Team Trench Counter: Titans +3.1, Vikings -3.1 The Tennessee Titans (4-0) made franchise history on Sunday with a victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The win marked the first time the team has ever started the season with four-straight victories. Kerry Collins went 18-for-35 with 199 yards against the Vikings as the Titans did their damage on the ground. Chris Johnson had 61 yards and two touchdowns while LenDale White added 13 yards and a score of his own.

Adrian Peterson had eighty yards and two touchdowns in the loss as Gus Frerotte was ineffective and suffered an injury against Tennessee. Frerotte went 25-for-43 with 266 yards and an interception. The Titans recorded four sacks and forced three fumbles in the victory. Bernard Berrian had his best game as a Viking, catching five passes for 78 yards in defeat.

Game FIC Scores - Kerry Collins, TEN: 29 - Gus Frerotte, MIN: 45 - Adrian Peterson, MIN: 45 - Chris Johnson, TEN: 35 - Bernard Berrian, MIN: 47

Tampa Bay 30, Green Bay 21 Team Trench Counter: Buccaneers +14.7, Packers -14.7

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) defeated the Green Bay Packers (2-2) on Sunday in a game that was highlighted by a number of turnovers and an injury to Aaron Rodgers. Brian Griese went 15-for-30 with 149 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the victory, with Earnest Graham tallying 111 yards and a score on the ground. Warrick Dunn added 63 rushing yards, and tight end Alex Smith caught two passes for 26 yards and a touchdown.

Rodgers, who left the game with a shoulder injury before returning in the fourth, went 14-for-27 with 165 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Rodgers left for good in the fourth after throwing his third pick. Ryan Grant managed just 20 yards on fifteen carries, as Greg Jennings was the lone star, grabbing six passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns for Green Bay. In addition to Grant?s struggles gaining yardage, he fumbled in the third quarter, which led to a 38-yard touchdown return by Jermaine Phillips.

The victory was an emotional one for the Buccaneers as kicker Matt Bryant played despite the death of his infant son this past week. Bryant kicked three successful field goals and was 3-for-3 on extra points.

Game FIC Scores - Aaron Rodgers, GB: 36 - Brian Griese, TB: 24 - Earnest Graham, TB: 50 - Greg Jennings, GB: 73

N.Y. Jets 56, Arizona 35 Team Trench Counter: Jets +14, Cardinals -14

Brett Favre did something he has never done in his lengthy NFL career as he led the New York Jets (2-2) to an emphatic victory over the Arizona Cardinals (2-2). Favre went 24-for-34 with 239 yards and a career-high six touchdowns. The only blemish on his line was an interception. Laveranues Coles caught eight passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns in the victory while Jerricho Cotchery grabbed four balls for 67 yards and a pair of scores.

Kurt Warner went 40-for-57 with 472 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown by Darrelle Revis in the second quarter. Edgerrin James had just 29 yards on nine carries, but had two scores in the loss. Three Arizona wide receivers topped the one hundred-yard mark (Steve Breaston, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin), but they received a huge scare when Boldin was carted off the field following a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the fourth quarter.

Game FIC Scores - Brett Favre, NYJ: 84 - Kurt Warner, ARI: 97 - Edgerrin James, ARI: 44 - Thomas Jones, NYJ: 24 - Anquan Boldin, ARI: 75 - Laveranues Coles, NYJ: 82 - Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ: 51 - Larry Fitzgerald, NYJ: 76

New Orleans 31, San Francisco 17 Team Trench Counter: Saints +4.1, 49ers -4.1

Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints (2-2) to a big win over the San Francisco 49ers (2-2) on Sunday. Brees went 23-for-35 with 363 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Lance Moore stepped up in the absence of Marques Colston, catching seven passes for 101 yards and two scores. Deuce McAllister had 73 yards and a touchdown on twenty carries while Reggie Bush added 38 total yards in the win. The Saints? defense, which was criticized all week, sacked J.T. O?Sullivan six times and forced a fumble.

O?Sullivan went 18-for-36 with 257 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the loss. Frank Gore added 82 yards on just sixteen carries but scored no touchdowns as the 49ers were forced to throw often after falling behind early on. Arnaz Battle caught seven passes for 120 yards in the loss, as San Francisco squandered an opportunity to take sole possession of first place in the NFC West.

Game FIC Scores - Drew Brees, NO: 62 - J.T. O'Sullivan, SF: 40 - Frank Gore, SF: 47 - Reggie Bush, NO: 15

Kansas City 33, Denver 19 Team Trench Counter: Chiefs +3.9, Broncos -3.9

Larry Johnson led the Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) to a shocking win over the Denver Broncos (3-1) on Sunday with 198 yards and two touchdowns. Damon Huard went 21-for-28 with 160 yards and one touchdown, a 10-yard strike to Tony Gonzalez. Dwyane Bowe caught seven passes for 85 yards in the win while the Kansas City defense kept Denver in check with a sack, two interceptions, and a pair of forced fumbles.

Jay Cutler went 29-for-49 with 361 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the loss. Selvin Young and Michael Pittman combined for 85 rushing yards on fifteen carries. Rookie Eddie Royal continued to emerge as one of Cutler?s favorite targets, catching nine passes for 104 yards. Brandon Marshall added 77 yards and a touchdown against the typically porous Kansas City secondary.

Game FIC Scores - Jay Cuter, DEN: 69 - Larry Johnson, KC: 89 - Brandon Marshall, DEN: 56 - Dwayne Bowe, KC: 55 - Eddie Royal, DEN: 59 - Tony Gonzalez, KC: 34

Jacksonville 30, Houston 27 (OT) Team Trench Counter: Jaguars +1.6, Texans -1.6

Josh Scobee kicked the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) to a win for the second-straight week against the Houston Texans (0-3) on Sunday. David Garrard looked like he often did last season, going 23-for-32 with 236 yards and a touchdown. Garrard, Montell Owens, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Fred Taylor combined to rush for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the victory. Matt Jones continued to shine in the wake of some offseason legal woes, grabbing five passes for 71 yards and a score against the Texans.

Matt Schaub had his best game of the season, going 29-for-40 with 307 yards and three touchdowns, but the Houston defense simply couldn?t put any pressure on Garrard or the Jacksonville offense. Rookie Steve Slaton had 116 total yards and a touchdown in the loss and Kevin Walter starred with eight catches for 76 yards and two scores of his own.

Game FIC Scores - David Garrard, JAX: 75 - Matt Schaub, HOU: 86 - Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX: 23 - Steve Slaton, HOU: 67 - Andre Johnson, HOU: 24

Cleveland 20, Cincinnati 12 Team Trench Counter: Browns +10.9, Bengals -10.9

The Cleveland Browns (1-3) won a battle of winless teams on Sunday over the Cincinnati Bengals (0-4) thanks to seventeen points in the fourth quarter. Derek Anderson went 15-for-24 with 138 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while Jamal Lewis tallied 79 yards and one rushing score in the victory. Lewis also played the role of peacemaker, separating Anderson and Braylon Edwards on the sideline at one point against the Bengals. Edwards had 22 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

Cleveland?s defense put a ton of pressure on Cincinnati with three sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Ryan Fitzpatrick, starting for the injured Carson Palmer, went 21-for-35 with 156 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in the loss. Fitzpatrick added 41 yards on the ground while Chris Perry had just 28 rushing yards. Chad ?Ocho Cinco? Johnson caught his first touchdown of the season, a 4-yard strike from Fitzpatrick late in the fourth quarter. The Bengals led 6-3 heading into the final fifteen minutes.

Game FIC Scores - Derek Anderson, CLE: 31 - Jamal Lewis, CLE: 33 - Kellen Winslow, CLE: 35

Carolina 24, Atlanta 9 Team Trench Counter: Panthers +5.5, Falcons -5.5

The Carolina Panthers (3-1) played sixty minutes of strong football en route to a big divisional win over the Atlanta Falcons (2-2). Jake Delhomme went 20-for-29 with 294 yards and two touchdowns, while DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart combined for 109 yards and one trip to the end zone against the Falcons. Muhsin Muhammad starred with eight catches and 147 yards and one touchdown while Steve Smith added 96 yards and a score of his own for Carolina.

Neither team had a turnover, but Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense couldn?t advance the ball against the Panthers? tough defense. Ryan went 21-for-41 with 158 yards while Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood had 107 yards between them. Roddy White caught seven passes from Ryan, good for 90 yards. Jason Elam, three-for-three on field goals, was responsible for all of Atlanta?s scoring.

Game FIC Scores - Jake Delhomme, CAR: 67 - Matt Ryan, ATL: 30 - Michael Turner, ATL: !5 - Mushin Muhammed, CAR: 95

Buffalo 31, St. Louis 14 Team Trench Counter: Bills -1.2, Rams +1.2

The St. Louis Rams (0-4) jumped out to a 14-6 lead, but the Buffalo Bills (4-0) remained perfect with another comeback in the second half. Trent Edwards went 15-for-25 with 197 yards, one touchdown and an interception while Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson combined for 103 rushing yards and one touchdown in the victory. Lee Evans had two catches for 88 yards and a score, a 39-yard strike from Edwards in the fourth quarter.

Trent Green, who started in favor of Marc Bulger, wasn?t very impressive. He went 17-for-32 with 236 yards and an interception. Steven Jackson was the lone bright spot for the Rams, rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Donnie Avery joined in the ?fun? as well, rushing for a 37-yard score on his only rushing attempt. Jackson also had 78 yards receiving in the loss, while St. Louis put pressure on the opposing quarter (four sacks) for the first time all season.

Game FIC Scores - Trent Edwards, BUF: 36 - Trent Green, STL: 37 - Marshawn Lynch, BUF: 30 - Steven Jackson, STL: 87 - Fred Jackson, BUF: 30 - Lee Evans, BUF: 53 - Torry Holt, STL: 41

San Diego 28, Oakland 18 Team Trench Counter: Chargers +8.4, Raiders -8.4

The San Diego Chargers (2-2) had twenty-five fourth quarter points on Sunday in a huge comeback victory over the Oakland Raiders (1-3). Philip Rivers struggled for the first time this season, going 14-for-25 with 180 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Thankfully for the Bolts, LaDainian Tomlinson dominated on the ground, especially in the final quarter, with 106 yards and two touchdowns. Antonio Gates had five catches for 58 yards and a score in the win.

JaMarcus Russell went 22-for-37 with 277 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the loss. Michael Bush had 48 rushing yards and rookie Darren McFadden added 20 yards against San Diego. Zach Miller, who caught a 63-yard touchdown strike from Russell in the second quarter, finished the game with 95 receiving yards. Oakland led 15-3 heading into the final fifteen minutes before allowing the Chargers to score three touchdowns and a field goal.

Game FIC Scores - JaMarcus Russell, OAK: 50 - Philip Rivers, SD: 36 - LaDainian Tomlinson, SD: 46 - Vincent Jackson, SD: 34 - Zach Miller, OAK: 60 - Antonio Gates, SD: 42

Washington 26, Dallas 24 Team Trench Counter: Redskins +3.7, Cowboys -3.7

The Washington Redskins (3-1) led the Dallas Cowboys (3-1) by seven at halftime, and held on for a huge September win in the tough NFC East. Jason Campbell went 20-for-31 with 231 yards and two touchdowns and Clinton Portis helped balance the offense with 121 rushing yards. Santana Moss caught eight passes from Campbell for 145 yards, while both Antwaan Randle El and James Thrash had touchdown receptions in the victory.

Tony Romo threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns, but went 28-for-47 and had an interception. Dallas ran the ball just eleven times, with three of those carries by Romo and Terrell Owens. Jason Witten led the Cowboys with seven catches for 90 yards and one touchdown. Owens had 71 yards and a score, while Miles Austin added 45 yards and a trip to the end zone as well. The Dallas defense had a pair of sacks, but didn?t force a single turnover as they continued to struggle against the tough offenses of their division.

Game FIC Scores - Jason Campbell, WSH: 41 - Tony Romo, DAL: 75 - Clinton Portis, WSH: 56 - Marion Barber, DAL: 16 - Antwaan Randle El, WSH: 30 - Terrell Owens, DAL: 51 - Santana Moss, WSH: 87 - Jason Witten, DAL: 61

Chicago 24, Philadelphia 20 Team Trench Counter: Bears -9.1, Eagles +9.1

The Chicago Bears (2-2) won a very hard-fought battle with the Philadelphia Eagles (2-2) on Sunday after jumping out to a 7-0 lead and playing extremely tight red zone defense in the second half. Kyle Orton went 18-for-34 with 199 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions while Matt Forte ran for 43 yards against Philadelphia?s league-leading rush defense. Orton fumbled the ball twice, giving the Eagles tremendous field position, but Philadelphia was never able to truly capitalize by reaching the end zone.

Donovan McNabb went 25-for-41 with 262 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Correll Buckhalter ran for 66 yards and a score as Brian Westbrook sat out with a right ankle sprain. Rookie wide receiver DeSean Jackson was both incredible and awful once again, tallying 106 total yards and a touchdown but also muffing a punt and dropping several passes. Eagles? kicker David Akers missed a pair of long field goals, kicking wide on one and hitting the crossbar on another.

Philadelphia sacked Orton four times while Chicago grounded McNabb on three occasions. Chicago preserved the victory late in the fourth quarter by stopping the Eagles from scoring a touchdown on first-and-goal from the four-yard line. Buckhalter ran for three yards on first down, but the Eagles couldn?t get any closer on their next two plays. Coach Andy Reid opted to go for it on fourth down with 3:40 left on the clock, and the Bears kept Buckhalter out of the end zone once again.

Game FIC Scores - Donovan McNabb, PHI: 47 - Kyle Orton, CHI: 42 - Matt Forte, CHI: 32 - Correll Buckhalter, PHI: 40 - DeSean Jackson, PHI: 49

Pittsburgh 23, Baltimore 20 (OT) Team Trench Counter: Steelers +5.6, Ravens -5.6

Jeff Reed kicked a 46-yard field goal in overtime to give the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) a tight win over the rival Baltimore Ravens (2-1) on Monday night. The Steelers scored fourteen points in the third quarter to get back in the game after the Ravens took a 13-3 lead into halftime.

Ben Roethlisberger went 14-for-24 with 191 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Without Willie Parker, rookie Rashard Mendenhall started and fractured his left shoulder. He is now out for the season after tallying 30 yards on eight carries. Santonio Holmes led Pittsburgh with 61 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

Joe Flacco played more than respectably for the Ravens, going 16-for-31 with 192 yards and a touchdown. He lost a fumble that resulted in a touchdown for the Steelers in the third quarter, but led Baltimore's offense on a 76-yard drive to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. Le'Ron McClain had 89 total yards and a touchdown, while Derrick Mason caught eight passes for 136 yards in the loss.

Pittsburgh sacked Flacco five times, while the Baltimore defense got to Roethlisberger on three occasions.

*The NFL Reina Value **Explaining The Trench Counter

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