There must have been something in the air last week because the action during Week 4 of the regular season was a full of upsets, some surprising, some not so much. Underdogs were 9-7 in Week 3, and Week 4 watched at eight more dogs pulled out wins. We’ll talk about a lot of it in this week’s NFL 2019 Week 4 in Review.
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It all started on Thursday night when Philadelphia went into Green Bay and beat the Packers, who were 3-point favorites, 34-27. It continued over the weekend as we saw some shocking upsets, like the Cleveland Browns who were giving away a touchdown to the Baltimore Ravens.
In Baltimore no less, the Browns Nick Chubb did something not many running backs do against a Ravens defense. He rushed for 165 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Cleveland to a rather easy 40-25 victory.
A similar surprise occurred in Los Angeles where Tampa Bay really had no business being able to play with the 3-0 Rams. Well, until the game started anyway. The Bucs never trailed and, despite being 9-point road dogs, crushed the Rams 55-40. Tampa Bay joined Carolina, Oakland, Tennessee, Jacksonville, and New Orleans as underdogs that won in Week 4.
Cover or Not to Cover
Detroit entered Week 4 unbeaten at 2-0-1 and a 7-point underdog at home against Kansas City. No one would have thought the Lions would have a shot to beat the NFL’s best offense, but they did. If not for a Chiefs touchdown in the final minute, Detroit would have pulled the upset. The Lions did, however, cover the spread losing 34-30.
A similar set of circumstances were found in Buffalo.
Two unbeaten teams – New England and the Bills – met with the home team a 7-point underdog. The Bills gave the Patriots everything they could handle. New England QB Tom Brady had one of the worst days of his career completing 18-of-39 passes for just 150 yards.
If not for four turnovers and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, the Bills might have pulled the upset. Instead, they covered losing 16-10. There is always value to be found when betting football.
The Chargers were the week’s biggest favorite as NFL dud Miami was giving 15 points. The Dolphins continued their futility giving up 30 points or more for the fourth straight week while scoring just 10. The 30-10 allowed the Chargers to cover.
In addition to the Chargers, the Giants, Seahawks, Bears, and Steelers all won and covered in Week 4.
QB Injury Bug
The latest starting quarterback to go down was Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears starter was hurt on the sixth play of their game against Minnesota. He suffered a disclocated left shoulder that will not require surgery. The Bears head to London to play Oakland next week, and Trubisky is unlikely to play.
If you have Trubisky on your fantasy team, you may want to readjust your lineup. You may even want to look for another quarterback as Trubisky could miss a few weeks while healing.
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