Week 4 of the 2012 NFL season left only Arizona, Houston, and the Atlanta Falcons among the unbeaten so far. The Cardinals and the Falcons overcame opponents who obviously brought their “A” games on Sunday. Arizona had to overcome the Miami Dolphins while the Falcons defeated Carolina after an improbable last minute scoring drive from the one yard line. The Texans appear to be the cream of the crop at 4 – 0 after their solid 38 – 14 blowout of a talented Tennessee Titans team on Sunday,
In Tampa, it was Robert Griffin III and RB Alfred Morris getting the job done to preserve a 24 – 22 Washington road win over the Bucaneers. The win keeps the Redskins in the NFC East hunt with a brutal schedule coming up beginning with the Atlanta Falcons in DC on Sunday. In Philadelphia, the defending champion New York Giants rolled into Lincoln Field on a two-game win streak, but left with a 19 – 17 loss to the Eagles, now sit atop the NFC East following the outcome of Monday night’s game in Dallas, where the Cowboys lost to the Chicago Bears tonight.
Three blow-outs on Sunday, none more embarassing than the 34 – zip shut-out of the New York Jets (In NY) in front of their fans, who thought this was a potential Super Bowl season. Now there’s speculation that Tim Tebow may become the starter, which will certainly ignite controversy in the Big Apple. The other two displays of on-field dominance took place in Buffalo, where the Bills were thrashed by Tom Brady and the Patriots 52 – 28, and in Denver, where the Broncos crushed the Oakland Raiders 37 – 6.
Among the other winners this week, San Diego, Minnesota, Cincinatti, and the St. Louis Rams, who are playing decent ball for a team expected to be a year or two away. The Green Bay Packers bounced back with a win after the devastating call in Seattle by those quickly forgotten “replacement referees”.