Monday Morning QB: Observations from Week 4
Stakes Content Team


Happy Monday, folks! Week 4 of the NFL season is in the books, and we’ve got some rapid reactions to catch you up on all the action from Sunday — and tonight, of course. Here’s a question and a comment about all 30 teams this week:


• Arizona Cardinals: Is Michael Wilson legit? The Cardinals ain’t going anywhere this year, but next year could bear more promise if Wilson (7 REC, 76 YDS, 2 TD) can be a solid number two to Marquise Brown.


• Atlanta Falcons: Seriously, is it Taylor Heinecke time yet? Bijan Robinson can run for 2,000 yards and it won’t matter if Desmond Ridder continues to be this bad.


• Baltimore Ravens: Are they going to run away with the AFC North? Lamar Jackson (4 TOT TD) looks comfortable, their defense dominated Cleveland, and they look like the only team in the division without serious flaws.


• Buffalo Bills: Could Josh Allen make an MVP run? After being famously inaccurate early in his career, he’s now leading the league with a completion rate near 75%, with a blowout of the 70-point Dolphins in hand.


• Carolina Panthers: How much better does Bryce Young (25/32, 204 YDS, 0 TD) have to be down to the stretch to make it worth potentially losing the #1 overall pick in the 2024 Draft?


• Chicago Bears: Can anybody rescue Justin Fields? The third-year QB had the best day of his career on Sunday (28/35, 335 YDS, 4 TD), but Chicago’s coaching staff is Nathaniel Hackett-level lost.


• Cincinnati Bengals: Could Tee Higgins be traded? With Joe Burrow clearly not healthy, their playoff odds are already dwindling, and with the fourth-year WR looking unlikely to re-sign next season, it could be time to think about recouping some draft capital.


• Cleveland Browns: Does Deshaun Watson need to play hero-ball for this team to have any hope? Without him, they look more like contenders for the #1 overall pick than #1 in the AFC North.


• Dallas Cowboys: Will the offense hold up against better competition? Their 38-3 bodyslam of the Patriots has them at 31 PPG, second in the NFC, but they’ve also had one of the league’s weakest schedules to this point.


• Denver Broncos: Can their defense piece it together? Sean Payton has put together a functional offense, scoring 30+ points twice already, and literally any improvement on the other side of the ball could lead to a little more respectability for this group.


• Detroit Lions: Can they win outside the division? An electric performance in Green Bay has them in pole position for their first EVER division title in the NFC North, but that may have as much to do with the division as much as it does Detroit’s talent.


• Green Bay Packers: Is it time to be worried? Jordan Love’s stats are solid (901 YDS, 8 TD, 3 INT), but stat padding and leading a functional offense are two different things.


• Houston Texans: Could they actually make a run at respectability? C.J. Stroud (1212 yards, 6 TD, 0 INT) looks like he should’ve been the one going #1 overall, and the AFC South isn’t exactly gangbusters at this time.


• Indianapolis Colts: Can they get Anthony Richardson some help? The young dual-threat QB had another solid game (200 PY, 56 RY, 3 TOT TD), but Michael Pittman Jr. is the only thing even close to a weapon on the receiving end of things.


• Jacksonville Jaguars: Can Trevor Lawrence find the juice? The Jags put up an easy win over an inept Falcons offense, but Lawrence (207 YDS, TD) still hasn’t flashed the MVP upside that many projected for him this year.


• Kansas City Chiefs: Still the favorites? They may have needed some help from the refs on Sunday Night Football, but if you can’t beat Patrick Mahomes when he throws multiple picks, you probably aren’t beating him period.


• Las Vegas Raiders: Should Josh McDaniels’ seat be measured in fahrenheit or celsius? They allowed 6 sacks to Khalil Mack alone on Sunday, and the return of Jimmy G can only give them so much juice.


• Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert has already been inconsistent this year, so can he shake off the fractured finger he suffered on Sunday to look more like the 400-yard passer we saw in Week 3?


• Los Angeles Rams: Does this offense have another level? Puka Nacua (9 REC, 163 YDS, TD) is setting records left and right for rookie WRs, and it won’t be long until Cooper Kupp is back in the fold.


• Miami Dolphins: How will they prepare for their eventual rematch with the Bills? This team shouldn’t have any issues reaching the playoffs, but whether they can adjust to teams who know how to beat them is the real question.


• Minnesota Vikings: After finally snagging an ugly win over Carolina, s this the week that makes or breaks their season? A 1-4 hole is virtually unsalvageable, but an upset over the Chiefs could make the NFC North more competitive than we thought.


• New England Patriots: Can Mac Jones recover from this? The third-year QB has looked terrible the last two weeks, and with a benching and a growing reputation for dirty play, is his time as a starter limited?


• New Orleans Saints: Will Derek Carr find his deep ball game again? They’re still 2-2 after Sunday’s loss to the Bucs, but they probably won’t win many more if they have to dump the ball off to Alvin Kamara 13 times every single week.


• New York Giants: What do we need to see from Daniel Jones tonight to have any kind of hope moving forward, given that a loss to move to 1-4 will for all intents and purposes bury their season.


• New York Jets: Did Zach Wilson (245 YDS, 2 TD) really just take a leap forward? Or is it just the T-Swift effect?


• Philadelphia Eagles: Can anyone stop the Tush Push? Seriously, it feels pretty likely that some important games this winter will come down to whether anybody can stuff that dang QB sneak.


• Pittsburgh Steelers: Will OC Matt Canada take the fall? Or will Mike Tomlin stay the course and decide a coaching change isn’t the answer for Kenny Pickett (114 YDS, 0 TD, INT)?


• San Francisco 49ers: Are they actually the favorites now? Philadelphia still has the incumbent advantage, but with Brock Purdy (20/21, 283 YDS, TD) continuing to improve, there’s not a team in the league jelling like the Niner right now.


• Seattle Seahawks: After putting up 37 points in two consecutive games, will tonight be a coming out party for an underrated Seattle squad?


• Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Baker Mayfield’s 1.6% interception rate is tied for the lowest of his career — will he regress, or can he get the Bucs to 10 wins against a minefield of excellent defenses?


• Tennessee Titans: Is Ryan Tannehill (788 YDS, 2 TD, 4 INT) done? This team is 2-2, but Derrick Henry isn’t the world-crusher he’s been for most of the last half-decade, and the rest of the team probably won’t be able to compensate


• Washington Commanders: Will their defense step up before their offense settles down? At 2-2 with a Thursday night date with the hapless Bears coming up, they could be playing with the urgency of a surprise contender before long.


That’s all for now! Check back tomorrow for our reaction to tonight’s MNF showdown between the Giants and Seahawks on ESPN!




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