NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 4)
By Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter
Welcome to the conclusion of the fourth week of the NFL’s 100th season and the latest collaboration by Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter aka PFG VIBE. That’s Voigt’s Insights Baxter’s Expertise and we consistently bring our passion in covering the National Football League.
So here’s our latest work and the latest installment of our newest weekly staple. Both of us have once again made our picks for the top offensive and defensive players each week, as well as the top performance by a team.
Player and Team. PAT…on the Back.
Here are our Week 4 selections.
Offensive Player of the Week:
VI: RB Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
There was the offseason hype of Odell Beckham Jr. joining the Cleveland Browns and the prediction of playoffs during the preseason. But the second-year running back out of Georgia was the spark that was needed to earn Cleveland’s second win of the season. Chubb finished up the day with 165 rushing yards and three touchdowns – including an 88-yard score – in the victory over the Ravens at Baltimore. Was Chubb the answer needed all along?
BE: RB Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Chubb’s sensational afternoon made life easier for the entire Cleveland offense. Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 342 yards and one score with an interception. The Browns rolled up an impressive 530 total yards in the victory and evened their record at 2-2 – with both wins on the road.
Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week:
VI: OLB Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears
It was only a matter of time until we started to hear about this exceptional player. In Sunday’s 16-6 win over the visiting Minnesota Vikings, Mack finished with two tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in the Bears’ third straight win. Defensively, Chicago’ front seven had this game controlled throughout even without standouts such as linebacker Roquan Smith and defensive tackle. Akiem Hicks. And Matt Nagy’s club forged a tie atop the NFC North despite the eventual absence of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
BE: LB Kyle Van Noy, New England Patriots
It was quite the ugly afternoon at Orchard Park and the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots owe a lot to their defensive unit after surviving a 16-10 slugfest. Van Noy finished with eight tackles, two sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. Bill Belichick’s team finished with five quarterback traps and four interceptions in knocking off the Bills for the sixth straight time.
Team of the Week
VI: New Orleans Saints
Although the Saints did not score a touchdown on Sunday night, this team prevailed with via a 12-10 victory over the Cowboys in Week 4 – handing Dallas its first loss of the season. Thanks to their defense, Sean Payton’s club is now 2-0 without elite quarterback Drew Brees in the starting lineup.
BE: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In their 44th year of existence, the Bucs set a franchise record for points scored in a game via their 55-40 surprise of the Rams at Los Angeles. In his last three games, quarterback Jameis Winston has thrown eight touchdown passes compared to only two interceptions, quite the turnaround from the Week 1 home debacle vs. the 49ers. Tampa’s defense forced Jared Goff into four turnovers and 2018 Rams’ defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh returned a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown.
Julie Voigt (JulieNoted_PFG) and Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) are the co-founders of @pfgVIBE. Julie is also the Colts’ reporter for OurTurf Football while Russell writes for FanSided and NFL Spin Zone.