John Clayton's game balls
• Offense: Peyton Manning
completed 31 of 41 passes for 353 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-17 blowout of the vulnerable Seattle Seahawks
. Seattle was missing two cornerbacks (Josh Wilson
and Marcus Trufant
). Linebacker Leroy Hill
was out. The Seahawks' offense wasn't going to be on the field much because of injuries along the offensive line and to quarterback Matt Hasselbeck
Manning picked apart the Seahawks, but his most impressive drive was at the end of the first half. The Seahawks got on the scoreboard with a field goal to cut the Colts' lead to 14-3. With only 82 seconds left in the half, Manning ran off a nine-play, 78-yard drive that was capped by a 21-yard touchdown pass to rookie Austin Collie
with three seconds left.
"We work to those situations each and every week,'' coach Jim Caldwell said. "We try to put ourselves in the toughest possible situation. You may try that with a more inexperienced quarterback, but this guy [Manning] has been around a long time.''
Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell
tried to pick on Aqib Talib
, and Talib responded with three interceptions -- the best single-game total of the season. Talib has played well this year. Heading into Week 4, opposing quarterbacks completed 10 passes on him for 138 yards. Two of those completions went for touchdowns. Santana Moss
burned him for a 59-yard touchdown, but Moss wasn't much of a factor the rest of the day.
• Special teams:
Former Browns coach Romeo Crennel kept Shaun Rogers
on the field too much last year, playing him 82.6 percent of the defensive downs. But as valuable and dominating as Rogers is to a defense, no player gets more out of the 18 percent of the time he's on special teams. He blocked a 23-yard Shayne Graham
field goal and an extra point that sent the Browns-Bengals game into overtime. The Bengals won 23-20, but Rogers took four points away from the Bengals, giving the Browns at least a chance to win in overtime. He's blocked 14 kicks during his career -- 12 field goals and two extra points.
• Some aggressive second-half play-calling helped the Redskins beat Tampa Bay. Pasquarelli
• The Bears' win over Detroit gives Chicago something to cheer about. Wojciechowski
Week 4 rundown
• Indianapolis 34, Seattle 17
Key injuries. Mounting losses. For the Seahawks, the 2009 season is beginning to look like a carbon copy of '08.
• Chicago 48, Detroit 24
The Bears had a fight on their hands (21-21 at halftime), but Matt Forte
's first 100-yard game since Week 12 of last season helped Chicago pull away.
• Cincinnati 23, Cleveland 20 (OT)
Another week, another dramatic ending for the Bengals. Not known for his mobility, Carson Palmer
's fourth-down, 15-yard run was the pivotal play of overtime.
N.Y. Giants 27, Kansas City 16
Another easy win for the Giants. They'll likely get one more in Week 5 (Oakland) before the schedule toughens again.
New England 27, Baltimore 21
Is the chemistry back? Tom Brady
and Randy Moss
finally hooked up for their first TD pass of the season. After four games in 2007, the duo already had seven TD connections.
Washington 16, Tampa Bay 13
A tale of two halves for Jason Campbell
. After throwing two INTs in the first half (and hearing a chorus of boos), Campbell led the Redskins to scores on their first three possessions of the third quarter.
Jacksonville 37, Tennessee 17
The 2009 season has quickly become a nightmare for the Titans (0-4). How soon before Vince Young sees the field?
Houston 29, Oakland 6
Six carries, minus-3 yards. That's not what the Raiders had in mind when they drafted Darren McFadden in 2008.
Miami 38, Buffalo 10
Not a bad start to the Chad Henne era -- although it was the Dolphins' running game (250 yards) that did most of the heavy lifting.
New Orleans 24, N.Y. Jets 10
Suddenly, the Saints' defense is lighting up the scoreboard and Drew Brees
can't find the end zone. At 4-0, no one in New Orleans is complaining.
San Francisco 35, St. Louis 0
The 49ers (3-1) appear to be in command of the NFC West. It's certainly been awhile since that was the case.
Denver 17, Dallas 10
The Broncos passed their first real test. Denver CB Champ Bailey, who had a key INT and knocked away the potential tying touchdown pass, proved he's still a game-changer.
• Pittsburgh 38, San Diego 28
If Rashard Mendenhall
(165 yards, 2 TDs) can stay in his coaches' good graces, the Steelers' running game woes might be solved.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
• Green Bay at Minnesota (ESPN, 8:30 ET)
An early look at next weekend's biggest games:
• Cincinnati (3-1) at Baltimore (3-1): The Bengals already knocked off one AFC North heavyweight (Steelers). Can they do it again?
• Atlanta (2-1) at San Francisco (3-1):
Can the 49ers get their first win outside of the NFC West?
• New England (3-1) at Denver (4-0):
The pupil (Josh McDaniels) against the teacher (Bill Belichick).
• Week 5 schedule