NFL Storylines and History to Watch – Week 4

Eagles vs Packers (Thursday)

Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson spent most of his career (7 seasons) as a backup QB on the Packers, behind Brett Favre. Pederson threw just 77 passes in those 7 years (which included two different stints, broken up by one year in Philly and Cleveland).

Titans vs Falcons

In 2015, Alabama won the College Football National Championship. Two key members of that team were Titans RB Derrick Henry (who won the Heisman Trophy) and Falcons WR Calvin Ridley).

Henry ran for 2,219 yards (5.6 ypc) and 28 TDs and Ridley caught 89 passes for 1,045 yards, 7 TDs.

Browns vs Ravens

This game features the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner and #32 pick in the 2018 Draft vs the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner and #1 pick in the 2018 Draft.

Baker Mayfield played at Oklahoma in 2017 and his go-to wide receiver was Ravens rookie WR Marquise Brown. Brown caught 57 passes for 1,095 yards and 7 TDs from the Heisman winning QB.

Oh, and there’s also the fact this it’s the new Browns playing the old Browns, who moved to Baltimore in 1996. As has been the case for nearly twenty-three years, the Ravens are favorites again this weekend.

Patriots vs Bills

Pegura does not own the Bills. Bill Belichick OWNS the Bills. It all started in 1990, when Belichick was Defensive Coordinator of the Giants when NY beat the Bills in Super Bowl XXV. Since 2000, Belichick is 34-4 as head coach of Patriots vs Bills.

Chiefs vs Lions

Chiefs won the last meeting in 2015, winning 45-10. Chiefs QB Alex Smith threw 2 TD and 0 INT. Four different players ran for touchdowns – Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware, De’Anthony Thomas, Alex Smith. Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin each caught touchdown passes.

Panthers vs Texans

These teams have only met four times, with each team winning twice – Panthers won in 2015, 2011 after Texas won in 2003 and 2007.

Both teams have a common bond – Dom Capers was the first Head Coach of both teams when they played their first game. Capers was 30-34 in Carolina (1995-1998) and 18-46 in Houston (2002-2005).

Raiders vs Colts

Colts have won 5 of the last 6 meetings, dating back to 2004. Before this recent run, Raiders had won 4 straight between 1991-2001.

Chargers vs Dolphins

Miami is 4-1 in last 5 meetings. They played every year from 2013-2017. The one Chargers won came sandwiches in the middle, in 2015, in San Diego.

Redskins vs Giants

In 2017, the Vikings played in the NFC Championship game (losing to the Eagles). The Offensive Coordinator on that team was (Giants Head Coach) Pat Shurmur and his QB was (Redskins QB) Case Keenum. The two reunite on Sunday after Keenum started 14 games, going 11-3. He threw 22 TDs and 7 INTs.

Seahawks vs Cardinals

Cardinals LB Terrell Suggs is so old he face Pete Carroll’s USC teams in college. Suggs was a star at Arizona State from 2000-2002, but USC beat them all three years.

Bucs vs Rams

In 2015, USC beat Cal. Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 277 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT in the loss for Cal. On the other side, USC RB Ronald Jones ran for 80 yards and a TD.

Rams have won 5 in a row against Tampa, with the Bucs last win coming in 2010.

Viking vs Bears

In October 2016, in college football, North Carolina beat Florida State for the third time in school history (19 meetings). In that game, Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky threw for 405 yards and 3 TDs and ran for a TD. Florida State RB Dalvin Cook ran for 140 yards and 3 TDs and also had 6 catches for 106 yards and a TD.

Jaguars vs Broncos

Sunday will be the 13th all-time meeting between these teams, with each team winning 6 times previously.

Broncos won the last two meetings in 2016 and 2013. Jaguars last won in 2010 when QB David Garrard beat Broncos starter Kyle Orton.

Cowboys vs Saints

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton was the Cowboys Assistant Head Coach and QBs Coach from 2003-2005. He is an alum of Eastern Illinois University and is credited with finding fellow alum Tony Romo. Payton worked under Bill Parcells.

Bengals vs Steelers

Steelers have won 8 straight games vs Bengals and since 2010, they are 17-3.

Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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