Tuesday 12 December 2017 / 02:07 AM

NFL WEEKEND WRAP: WEEK 4

A bunch of one-score games made for a thrilling NFL Sunday in Week 4, as several divisional clashes went down. From Cam Newton finding his groove, to the terrible Titans suffering some rookie punishment, Commentary Box Sports brings you the best of the action.

Games of the Week

New England Patriots 30 Carolina Panthers 33

It looked for all money like Tom Brady was going to orchestrate a dramatic late comeback for the second week in a row, after leading the Pats to 14 points in the fourth quarter.

When Danny Amendola reeled in a pass to tie scores at 30-30, things were looking ominous for the visiting Panthers.

But in the end the New England defence couldn’t hold up their end of the deal, and Cam Newton was able to put together a late drive and set up a chance at a 48-yard winning field goal with four seconds on the clock.

Graham Gano drained it, giving the Panthers a vital away win which sees them become joint leaders of the NFC South.

Wideouts Kelvin Benjamin (four receptions for 104 yards) and Devin Funchess (70 yards and two touchdowns), were big for the Panthers.

New York Jets 23 Jacksonville Jaguars 20

Not the highest quality game, but exciting from start to finish as both teams produced dynamic plays on both sides of the ball.

A huge returned fumble, two rushing touchdowns of over 68 yards and some clutch field goals headlined the match which went deep into overtime after Jacksonville equalised late in the fourth quarter.

Both teams traded blows in free football with no point-scoring success, but in the end the Jets got the upper hand in the arm wrestle, where kicker Chandler Catanzaro stepped up to convert from 41 yards to put the Jets at 2-2.

Standout Stars

Cam Newton

Led his men to a tough away win at the Patriots, with some individual brilliance and intelligent throws when the game sat in the balance.

A well-disguised power run for a TD gave his Panthers a healthy lead as the clocked ticked over, and they needed every bit of it to survive a late New England comeback in the fourth.

Newton nailed a couple of key throws after the two minute warning to seal the deal, on an afternoon where he completed all but seven of his 29 passes, clocking three TDs in addition to the one he ran for.

Le’Veon Bell 

A workhorse for the Steelers, carting the ball a whopping 35 times in the 26-9 win over arch rivals the Ravens.

After a slow start to the season, Bell sprung to life with 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Pitt, taking on a large portion of the work for his team on first down, where his patience in waiting for the gap to develop was impressive.

Bell harassed the young Baltimore linebackers on the edge and also caught the ball four times for over 40 yards.

Deshaun Watson

Take a bow rookie, take a bow.

In only his third start in the NFL, Watson had a day out under centre and ended up throwing and running his way into an elite club along the way.

Watson threw for 283 yards at NRG Stadium, with four touchdowns, and showcased his impressive athletic ability too with 24 yards and a TD on the rush.

The decision to take Watson with the 12th overall pick in the draft this year is looking pretty damn clever right now.

 It was a bad week for….

Cleveland Browns defence

You’re playing the only team in your division who comes close to sucking as much as you do. You’re lining up against a quarterback in Andy Dalton who has been awful this season. And you let him tear you apart.

The Browns gave up four touchdowns on their way to a 31-7 loss to the Bengals, which leaves them rooted to the bottom of the AFC North.

While they were abysmal in defence, Cleveland also did next to nothing with the ball, where rookie slinger DeShone Kizer completed only a touch over half of his 34 attempts.

Mike Glennon

After just four weeks, this uninspiring performance might force the hand of Chicago Bears coach John Fox in terms of who his starting quarterback will be for next week.

Glennon struggled to connect with his offence, with a number of botched snaps where the ball came out before he was ready, including this one in rather comical fashion…

Two intercepts didn’t help, and his passing percentage was well down on earlier this year, completing only 21 of 33. While Glennon isn’t getting much help from his receivers, the pressure is well and truly on Chicago now to turn to this year’s No.2 pick from the draft, Mitch Trubisky, as the starter.

The Tennessee Titans

They lost their quarterback, Marcus Mariota, to a hamstring injury in the second quarter, and from there the day just got worse and worse.

After Mariota had already thrown a pair of intercepts, back-up QB Matt Cassel came on and threw another two, converting only four passes from 10 attempts for a measly 21 yards.

Tennessee – whose secondary defence was particularly awful – were punished in turn by a rampant Houston Texans who became the first team since 2015 to clock 50 points in a game.

If Mariota misses any game time with his injury it will be a disaster for the Titans, who at this stage are in a great position to make a play for the AFC South, as one of three teams tied for the divisional lead.

Best plays of Week 3

With Matt Forte out with turf toe, seventh-season running back Bilal Powell became the go to man for the Jets on the rush and took his chance with both hands. This run, where he basically ran through the heart of Jacksonville twice, was special.

Staying with the Jets v Jags game, where this huge fumble return from Myles Jack stood out too.

As far as Week 4 catches went, this spectacular one-handed grab and run from Denver tight end AJ Derby was the pick of the bunch.

Week 4 results so far

New Orleans Saints 20, Miami Dolphins 0 (London)

Buffalo Bills 23, Atlanta Falcons 17

Pittsburgh Steelers 26, Baltimore Ravens 9

Cincinnati Bengals 31, Cleveland Browns 7

Los Angeles Rams 35, Dallas Cowboys 30

Houston Texans 57, Tennessee Titans 14

Detroit Lions 14, Minnesota Vikings 7

Carolina Panthers 33, New England Patriots 30

New York Jets 23, Jacksonville Jaguars 20 (OT)

Arizona Cardinals 18, San Francisco 49ers 15 (OT)

Philadelphia Eagles 26, Los Angeles Chargers 24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 25, New York Giants 23

Denver Broncos 16, Oakland Raiders 10

Seattle Seahawks 46, Indianapolis Colts 18

Games to watch for next week

Dallas Cowboys v Green Bay Packers

Detroit Lions v Carolina Panthers

Houston Texans v Kansas City Chiefs

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