2022 NFL Week 4 Recap

More Mahomes magic, a fade to black and controversial collapses (in more ways than one) make up the NFL Week 4 Recap.

Rams 9
49ers 24

It’s fitting that a guy named Deebo plays in San Francisco because with seven straight regular season wins over the “rival” L.A. Rams, the Niners keep snatching Sean McVay’s chain and leave him crying in the car.

But even in defeat, Bobby Wagner is the man. Hang it in the damn Louvre.

Chiefs 41
Bucs 31

Patrick’s payback for Super Bowl LV was nothing short of vintage Patrick Mahomes. Good lord, man.

Broncos 23
Raiders 32

Naturally, Josh McDaniels’ first win as Raiders coach comes against the Broncos franchise with whom he didn’t even last two full seasons. If Derek Carr doesn’t open his eyes, McDaniels won’t last two seasons in Vegas either.

Patriots 24
Packers 27 (OT)

If you had Bailey Zappe as the first rookie to throw a TD pass in 2022 — congrats.

Cardinals 26
Panthers 16

J.J. Watt didn’t just play this game days after a heart procedure … he made perhaps the play of the game. I sincerely hope he stays healthy enough to finish his career with a contender so he can win the Super Bowl title he richly deserves.

Commanders 10
Cowboys 25

Apparently, Washington’s debut of the all-black uniforms was them dressing for their own funeral.

Now the lone NFC East team with a losing record, the (usually) Burgundy and Gold again demonstrated the most frustrating thing about them: Even as they correct what ails them, they create a new problem.

Carson Wentz stops taking sacks? Here’s two picks. Outrush Dallas 142-62? Here’s 11 penalties for 136 yards (two of them offsetting much-needed takeaways for the team ranked second-to-last in turnover ratio at minus-6) — more penalties than points scored.

There’s plenty of season left — but that’s not the benefit Washington thinks it is.

Bills 23
Ravens 20

Look, it’s a bad look that Baltimore is the first team in NFL history to blow 17+ point leads to lose their first two home games — but John Harbaugh’s fourth-quarter gamble was absolutely the right call. Did y’all not see what Josh Allen did in Kansas City last postseason?! Put the game in Lamar’s hands — especially while the Ravens defense is such a liability.

Jaguars 21
Eagles 29

It’s easy to attribute Philadelphia’s great start to the offense putting up at least 400 yards in each of their first four games or the opportunistic defense … how about that notoriously volatile crowd giving some legitimate love to Doug Pederson in his return to Philly? Historic butter fingers aside, there’s good vibes are surrounding both of these teams.

Bears 12
Giants 20

Chicago’s historically inept passing attack was so bad that it didn’t even matter that New York literally ran out of QBs. The Bears are as underwhelming as Saquon Barkley is impressive for the Giants through four games. This dude should be getting MVP consideration.

Jets 24
Steelers 20

No matter how old Ben Roethlisberger looked or how uncharacteristically unimpressive the Steelers defense has been, Pittsburgh has gone 15 straight seasons without a losing campaign because they consistently beat teams obviously worse than they are. If this doesn’t happen in 2022, this will be Mike Tomlin’s first losing season.

Browns 20
Falcons 23

Why do I get the sense that every team that “lost” the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes will beat the Browns this year?

Titans 24
Colts 17

Look, I know “Titan Up” is a thing in Tennessee, but this is kinda ridiculous.


Seahawks 48
Lions 45


Could Seattle really be better off with Geno Smith at QB? He’s historically efficient, he’s cheap and fifth-round rookie Tariq Woolen’s fine start implies the Seahawks will use the bushel of picks acquired in the Russell Wilson deal will lay the foundation for a PNW rebirth.

Chargers 34
Texans 24

I know I stopped doing the “Who The Hell Cares” game a long time ago but truly …

Vikings 28
Saints 25

Kirk Cousins and Andy Dalton really tried to give us another London tie, but we can rest assured these two will somehow meet again across the pond with Dalton evening things out to make both perennially mediocre QBs 1-1-1 in London.

Dolphins 15
Bengals 27

Tua Tagovailoa should never have played this game. Period.

Rob Woodfork

Rob Woodfork is WTOP's Senior Sports Content Producer, which includes duties as producer and host of the DC Sports Huddle, nightside sports anchor and sports columnist on WTOP.com.

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