Week 4 of the 2009 NFL season had a number of great games. There was the Chicago Bears‘ 2nd half explosion over the Detroit Lions, Cincinnati winning in overtime against Cleveland, the Patriots and the Ravens duking it out, the Jets giving a hard time to the Saints but falling because of key mistakes of their own, the late game heroics that put the Broncos over the top against the Cowboys, and of course the Monday Night Football game that showed Brett Favre could still throw the ball as he lead the Vikings to a win over his former team the Green Bay Packers.
Here are some interesting facts coming out of week 4 in the National Football League:
-In their 48-24 win over Detroit, the Bears only converted two of their 10 third attempts for a first down.
-Only three quarterbacks have been sacked more than 10 times this year, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers has been sacked twice that amount, 20.
-During the Bengals’ overtime victory over the Browns, the two teams went for it a combined four times on 4th down, Cincinnati three times and Cleveland once. They were successful on all four attempts.
-The New Orleans Saints‘ Darren Sharper has 275 return yards that he has accumulated on interceptions, the next closest player is Tennessee’s Cortland Finnegan with 80 yards.
-In his first start for the Dolphins following Chad Pennington’s season ending injury, Chad Henne put up a quarterback rating of 92.0.
-Dave Zastudil of Cleveland and Mat McBriar of Dallas lead the league with punts inside the 20 yard line, with 11 each.
-In the New York Giants 27-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, Eli Manning showed some favoritism with wide receiver Steve Smith caught 11 passes, tight end Kevin Boss caught four passes, and five other receivers caught one pass each.
-Through the 4th week of the NFL season, only one receiver is averaging more than 100 yards a game, the New York Giants’ Steve Smith. Smith is also leading the league in touchdown receptions (4) and receiving first downs (22).
-Through week 4 of the season Chris Johnson (434 yards) of Tennessee and Adrian Peterson (412 yards) of Minnesota are ranked one and two in rushing yards. They are also ranked one and two in number of carries that went for more than 20 yards, with Johnson having five and Peterson having four.
-Brett Favre’s birthday is coming up shortly, that makes the Minnesota Vikings win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football the last football game he played in his 30s.
-Through four games, only two teams have two running backs listed in the top 20 running backs in the league (ranked by yards): The Miami Dolphins (Ronnie Brown – 3rd, Ricky Williams – 17th) and the New York Giants (Brandon Jacobs – 9th, Ahmad Bradshaw – 13th).