NFL Roundup Observations From Week 4

Ground and Pound Patriots? Who replaced Bill Belichick with Chuck Noll? The surprise of the week 4 has to be the Patriots unleashing a rushing attack out of the 1950s in their 56-21 win over the Buffalo Bills. The Pats gained 247 yards on the ground, led by someone named Brandon Bolden. With their reduced use of Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez injured and opponents focused on Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots offense is in flux. It will be interesting to see if Belichick commits to a run based attack as the season goes on.
Tom Coughlin Out Thinks Himself. One of the staples of recent New York Giants’ teams is their strong decision making, especially down the stretch of tight games. In their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles two bad decisions: a killer interception thrown by Eli Manning in the redzone, and Tom Coughlin’s decision to attempt to score a TD and not simply set up the game winning field goal, hurt the Giants.  To be fair, no coach factors in the risk of a offensive pass interference call in late game strategy.  However at the time it seemed strange to me for the Giants to keep passing when they were well into comfortable field goal range.
Lowly Lions. The Detroit Lions are in trouble. We should have seen this coming when Calvin Johnson was named the cover athlete for Madden 13. The once vaunted defensive line is average at best, the secondary is a shambles and the explosive passing game is stuck in neutral. At 1-3 in the competitive NFC, the Lions are in a deep hole with no sign of turning things around.  They have faced what most viewed as the soft part of the their schedule (Rams, Titans and Vikings in three of their first four games) and came out of it with one narrow victory.  Three of their next four games are on the road, including trips to Philadelphia and Chicago.  Daunting to say the least.