Winners and losers from week four of the NFL season

The Houston Texans continue to struggle with their rookie quarterback, while Tom Brady joined an elite club - here are the winners and losers from week four of the NFL season.

Fans were treated to some spectacular plays in both offense and defense during week four of the NFL season.

Russell Wilson set a record, becoming the fastest quarterback to 100 wins, surpassing Peyton Manning in the process.

Tom Brady has now beaten all 32 NFL teams after his Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New England Patriots 19-17. He joins Manning, Drew Brees and Brett Favre as the only QBs in NFL history to achieve the feat.

The Arizona Cardinals stayed unbeaten after beating division rivals the Los Angeles Rams 37-20. In all four games they have played, Arizona have scored 30+ points and had over 400 yards.

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers tied Dan Marino with the sixth-most touchdown passes of all time with 420.

Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins continued to struggle without Tua Tagovailoa as they were beaten convincingly by the Indianapolis Colts.

There were a number of other winners and losers too, so let's take a look at who's on a high and who needs to bounce back.


Cordarrelle Patterson

Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson
Cordarrelle Patterson (R) is relishing his new role in the Falcons offense

On the Atlanta Falcons roster, Cordarrelle Patterson is listed as a running back. However, against the Washington Football Team, he rolled back the years and tallied three receiving touchdowns. His freaky size makes him a mismatch for defenses and his ability to both run the ball and be a factor in the passing game is frightening.

Patterson is one of three players in NFL history with a 109-yard touchdown - a feat he achieved as a Minnesota Viking. He is turning out to be one of the signings of the offseason and is a weapon for Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense. He will be crucial if the Falcons are to turn their season around as they currently sit 1-3 after a 34-30 loss to Washington.

New York's football teams

Entering Sunday, the Jets and Giants were each 18-49 since the beginning of the 2017 season, tied for the worst record in the NFL. During that span, neither team made the play-offs and both were winless in the early 2021 season. This weekend, both teams won and both teams did so in overtime.

The Giants, on the road, overcame the New Orleans Saints thanks to a monster game from former first-round pick Saquon Barkley. The running back had 129 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns including the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones threw for a career-high 402 yards as he guided his team to victory.

The Jets broke their losing streak off the back of their stout defense and the best game of Zach Wilson's young NFL career, showing why he was drafted second overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. He displayed his arm's strength with his bomb to former Tennessee Titan Corey Davis, who left the Titans for the Jets in free agency this year.

The win was the first of head coach Robert Saleh's coaching career. Saleh was brought to New York because of his defensive mindset, and it showed in the win. His defense had six sacks including two for star defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Jets fans will be hoping that this game will mark a change in their fortunes.

Andy Reid

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid
Andy Reid reacting to the crowd in Philadelphia

Andy Reid won his 100th game as Kansas City Chiefs head coach on Sunday. In doing so, he became the first coach in NFL history to win 100 games with two separate franchises. What made the moment more fitting was the fact that his 100th win as Chiefs head coach came against the other team with which he had tallied 100 wins - the Philadelphia Eagles.

Reid is one of the most likeable head coaches in the league, while he also helped end the Chiefs' 50-year wait for a Super Bowl win in Super Bowl LIV. He is known for being one of the best offensive-minded coaches and with Patrick Mahomes creates chaos for teams across the league.

After last week's loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Reid was rushed into hospital after falling ill. Thankfully for American football fans, Reid was medically cleared and it was fitting that his Chiefs won.


Houston Texans

Coming into the 2021 season, nobody expected much out of the Houston Texans. If it wasn't for one of the best games of Tyrod Taylor's career, they would be winless and on track for the number one overall pick as their sole win of the season came in week one - a 37-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Against the Buffalo Bills this weekend, the Texans struggled in offense as they were shut out for the first time since 2016. For the Bills, it was the second time in their history they had enjoyed a shut out win.

The Bills scored 40 points in a rain-soaked affair in western New York and stopped the Texans from being able to do anything. The Texans had just 135 total yards of offense in one of their worst performances of the season. In the first half, rookie quarterback Davis Mills went 1/7 with two interceptions, and it is difficult to see how things will improve for the Texans in the short-term.

Sean McVay when he is losing at half-time

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay
McVay's Rams lost their first game of the season on Sunday

Sean McVay is one of the best young coaches in the NFL. With Matt Stafford at quarterback, the Los Angeles Rams have been a dominant force in the first three weeks of the season. However, overall, when his side leads at half-time, he is unbeaten at 40-0. When his team trails, he is 6-22.

Against the Arizona Cardinals, the Rams went into half-time losing 24-13 and history repeated itself as the Rams slipped to 3-1. Los Angeles play in the very competitive NFC West and any loss is magnified even more, especially when they lose to a fellow divisional opponent. If the Rams want to win a Super Bowl, McVay is going to have to find a way to ensure his team can come from behind, especially in the second half.

New England Patriots' fanbase

One of the biggest losers this week were the fans of the New England Patriots. They watched their former hero Tom Brady come into Foxborough, play badly, but still win, something he did frequently during his time as a Patriot. In the rain and wind, the Patriots defense prevented the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from scoring a touchdown in the first half for the first time in their last 10 games, but ultimately this still wasn't enough.

They also watched Brady become the all-time passing leader as a Buccaneer and not as a Patriot, something that would have been unthinkable three years ago.

Meanwhile, Mac Jones has taken over as starting quarterback in New England and he tied Brady's record for completing 19 straight passes in a single game. However, Jones couldn't guide his team to victory. He did set up a 56-yard field goal that would have given his team the lead, but it was no good, and this handed Brady and the Buccaneers the win.

This also saw Brady become only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to register a win against all 32 NFL franchises.

Things will come good for Patriots fans but this week's Sunday Night Football was a tough watch for them.

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