Another week in the NFL, another week of mediocrity. It is actually becoming laughable how much better the Patriots and Packers are than the rest of the league. If we could fast forward to the first week in February, I would be a happy camper. Unfortunately, we have to watch the Dolphins and Jets puke all over themselves, while Peyton Manning struggles to throw the football 15 yards. Nevertheless, lets look at the 3 biggest storylines of Week 4 in the NFL.
1. It's Gurley Time in St. Louis
After tearing his ACL less than a year ago, Todd Gurley finally suited up for his first career NFL game and he didn't disappoint. The former Georgia Bulldog imploded for 146 on 19 carries, while also catching two passes for 15 yards. We now all see why the Rams spent their 10th overall pick on a running back, as he looks to be the next cornerstone franchise player in St. Louis. The Rams, led by Gurley, squeaked by the formerly undefeated Arizona Cardinals, by a score of 24-22, in a NFC West showdown. Can he lead the team into the playoffs? Probably not. But, like the Red Sox, they could prove to be spoilers for a top team in the NFC.
Notable Games Remaining:
10/11 @ Packers
11/29 @ Bengals
12/6 vs. Cardinals
12/27 @ Seahawks
2. Philbin's Gone
This has been, in my opinion, one of the biggest storylines of the 2015 NFL season. After signing DT Ndamukong Suh to a 6-year, $114 million contract, with nearly $60 million guaranteed, and extending QB Ryan Tannehill to a 4 year, $77,000,000 contract, including a $11,500,000 signing bonus and $45,000,000 guaranteed, there was thought that the Dolphins could try to challenge the New England Patriots as the top team in the AFC East. While I never truly bought into that hypothesis, I certainly thought the Dolphins were going to be better than what they are right now. On offense, Jarvis Landry seems like the only legitimate threat and on defense, the secondary is struggling mightily. As I was writing this, it was announced that Philbin has been fired. It is the right decision, as it may be the only move that can salvage the rest of the season. The Miami Dolphins are now in complete disarray.
3. The Cardinals Are Coming Back Down To Earth
Instead of talking about the Colts for another week, I thought I would try to switch it up for you guys. While Andrew Luck's shoulder is of concern, I never really thought they would challenge the Patriots for the top spot in the AFC. The NFL Hype Train was chugging right along going into Week 4, and the Arizona Cardinals were sitting in first class. While the team was 3-0, they beat arguably the three worst teams in the NFL in the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, and San Francisco 49ers. Its not time to write them off our extremely short Super Bowl team list, but everyone needs to pump the breaks on the Cardinals. They are not one of the two or three best teams in the NFL. If the Seahawks had played the three previously mentioned teams, then we would be talking about how well they looked heading into Week 4. The Cardinals are a good, playoff-caliber team, but I am hesitant to say that they could defeat a team like the Green Bay Packers.
By Pete Packowski