Friday Five, Week 4

The first three weeks of the NFL season have been a wild ride. I’m sure we all saw the Jaguars blowing out the Chargers, right? How about the second ever 11-10 game on Sunday Night Football? The season continues to be fun and unpredictable, which is why we love the NFL. Week 4 of the season promises more of the same. Below are the five games from the Sunday Slate I’m most excited to see.

Sunday Early Games:

Washington Commanders (1-2) at Dallas Cowboys (2-1)
The NFC East has been more fun than expected. The Commanders are only 1-2, but with Carson Wentz at the helm they’ve been a fairly productive and exciting offense. On the flip side, the Cowboys got off to a rough start, but with Cooper Rush at the helm the Cowboys have won two straight. The second of those was an emotional win over the Giants on Monday night. If the Rush train is going to keep going, the Cowboys need to top another division rival on Sunday. Washington, meanwhile, will look to get their first win since opening day in Dallas. This figures to be a fun battle.

Tennessee Titans (1-2) at Indianapolis Colts (1-1-1)
Neither of these teams got off to a strong start. The Titans lost to the Giants and got blown out by Buffalo. The Colts went on the road and barely managed a tie in Houston before being blown out by the Jaguars. Yet, both teams rallied in Week 3. The Titans beat the Raiders while the Colts stood tall at home against the Chiefs. Both find themselves trailing the Jaguars in the AFC South and now they have the first of two matchups in 2022 in the next three weeks. These games will have a huge impact on the standings and the playoff race. Which team can win its second straight? That’s what’s on the line Sunday in Indianapolis.

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-0)
This is a battle of division leaders. The Jaguars narrowly lost on Opening Day but rebounded with a beat down of the Colts followed by a thrashing of the Chargers in Week 3. The Eagles, meanwhile, are one of only two undefeated teams in the NFL heading into Week 4. Their offense has been going strong and they are looking to remain undefeated and potentially expand their lead in the NFC East. This could be one of the best games of the weekend featuring two explosive offenses.

Buffalo Bills (2-1) at Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
All that stands between the Bills and Ravens and being undefeated is a narrow loss to the Dolphins. The Ravens suffered that fate in a shootout in Week 2 while time literally ran out on the Bills in a 21-19 loss in Week 3. Now, these two teams square off in Baltimore. There is a lot on the line for two teams that have lofty playoff aspirations in 2022. The Bills’ offense has been mostly humming along behind an MVP-like performance from Josh Allen. The same goes for the Ravens, who’ve seen Lamar Jackson go out and make the case he should be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL. This figures to be a potentially explosive and exciting game.

Sunday Night Football:

Kansas City Chiefs (2-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)
This is a battle of two juggernauts who met in the Super Bowl just two seasons ago. Patrick Mahomes squaring off against Tom Brady. Both teams entered Week 3 2-0 and both suffered close losses. The Chiefs fell 20-17 in Indianapolis while the Buccaneers fell short on a two-point conversion that could have forced overtime against the Packers. Both teams have aspirations in their conference and a win will help propel them toward that goal. A loss, meanwhile, will have them at .500 and looking for answers. This figures to be a fun way to cap off Week 4.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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