We’re getting deeper and deeper into the 2014 NFL season and the big plays just keep coming. The games were entertaining across the board, with lots of offense and high scores.
The Lions beat the Jets as New York was handed their third straight loss, all at the hands of the NFC North, prompting Jets quarterback Geno Smith to get into a fight with a fan over his performance. The United States likely owes London an apology after sending the Raiders and Dolphins across the pond for the annual single game allowance.
Now let’s get to the gifs. Here’s some highlights from Week 4 action.
Tampa Bay went into this weekends game against the Steelers 0-3. Here’s Le’Veon Bell signaling for the first down and Buc’s linebacker, Danny Lansanah, quickly dismissing the gesture. The Buccaneers pulled off the win 27-24 thanks to a complete meltdown by the Steelers late in the 4th quarter. The referees need to start worrying about their job security if the players are going to start calling their own first downs.
The Colts dominated the Tennessee Titans 41-17 at home, with the flood gates opening after executing an onside kick to perfection after their first touchdown of the day. Colts punter, Pat McAfee, placed the ball perfectly and gave the special teams unit enough time to get under it and recover the ball. Take a bow, McAfee. As a punter, it’s likely your only chance at respectability.
DeMarco Murray is on pace to break the single season rushing record tallying 534 yards in four games, rushing for 148 yards against the Saints defense. The Saints struggled to put points on the board and only managed a single field goal after three full quarters of play ending in a 38-17 rout. Murray could do no wrong, except when it came to his hat. Old man Romo doesn’t understand the kids and their fashion these days.
Receiver Steve Smith was eager to play his former team the Carolina Panthers after being cut in the off-season and being signed by Baltimore. Smith went on to catch seven passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns as the Ravens beat the Panthers 38-10. Smith got the revenge he wanted, but I’m still wondering what this ref ever did to him. It’s like a sad game of “got your nose,” but with adults and a football.
Here’s Antonio Brown‘s touchdown celebration after tying the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter of yesterday’s game. Brown was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. For falling down. While playing football. Is Antonio trying to be like the ball or is the ball trying to be like Antonio?!
J.J. Watt is making a case for not only Defensive Player of the Year, but MVP of the NFL. Watt is shown here being a one-man wrecking crew, intercepting E.J. Manuel and taking the ball back for an 80 yard touchdown return. The Texans were able to hold the Bills off for a close 23-17 win. As far as I’m concerned, the Texans should cut the rest of the Houston defense and give all of the money to J.J. Watt.
The Eagles were down 26-21 late in the 4th quarter against the 49ers when Jeremy Maclin made this sideline catch, keeping what would have been a game winning drive alive. The Eagles were unable to score to close out the game and were handed their first loss of the season Style points don’t win games, which is unfortunate for the Eagles, but good for the 49ers.
Aaron Rodgers does his best impression of a pinball during the third quarter of the Packers 38-17 win over the Chicago Bears. Rodgers evades multiple defenders and launches an across the field pass while being hit, into double coverage for a touchdown. Unfortunately, the play was called back for offensive holding. If wizards played football, this is what it would look like.
Stevie Johnson holds on to a rocket from Kaepernick and finds the smallest piece of the end zone he possibly can during the third quarter against the Eagles. The touchdown brought the 49ers within one point of Philadelphia. This would have been called incomplete if Johnson’s feet were a half size bigger.
The Raiders lost to the Dolphins 38-14 in London, which means the Raiders are 0-4 on the season. This was the first play from scrimmage as Derek Carr found James Jones for a 30 yard gain and a heck of a catch. Unfortunately for the Raiders, it was all downhill from here. Difficulty level: high. Playing for the Raiders that is, but the catch was nice, too.