The sun burned bright Tuesday, but we didn't see it.
We spent the day burrowed away watching a treasure trove of Game Rewind and the glorious All-22.
Here's just some of what we saw in Week 4:
Unsung heroes in Detroit
Against the Bears, Detroit primarily ran the ball out of three-receiver sets with Bush lined up as the lone back. Chicago responded with a 4-2-5 alignment that Warford and friends had their way with. Wide avenues like this were commonplace Sunday:
Flacco's bad day:
Against a Buffalo defense giving up 155 ground yards per game, Baltimore ran just nine times.
The Ravens quarterback threw 50 passes and a career-worst five interceptions. By my count, he's purely to blame for three of them, including this ghastly offering:
Haden vs. Green
His ascent mirrors the rise of Cleveland's young defense. He finally plays behind a tangible front seven, allowing Haden to focus on what he does best: Take away the quarterback's favorite target. He eliminated Mike Wallace in Week 1 and played outstanding man-to-man coverage against Green in Sunday's win:
Even when Green caught the ball, Haden -- a sure tackler -- sent him to the dirt:
Haden's resume is growing. Few corners in the league have been as reliable after four weeks.
Replacing Nate Burleson
With Patrick Edwards on the shelf, Durham got a long look. His 62 snaps were second only to Megatron (64) among Lions wideouts. I liked what I saw. Durham's a big 6-foot-6 target who wasn't easy for Chicago to bring down. I'd rather see Detroit develop Durham than trade for a low-ceiling target like Greg Little. Here's why:
... but not everyone is laughing:
»Daniel Thomas was pitched to us over the summer as equal competition for Lamar Miller. Ridiculous. While Miller is beginning to show the juice that made him one of our "Making the Leap" candidates, Thomas is a plodder. He paid the price against the Saints, who dominated Miami's line Monday night. Cameron Jordan and Junior Galette get lots of love in New Orleans, but how about massive rookie nose tackle John Jenkins, who spread his wings and ate Thomas for lunch:
As for Miami's ill-conceived committee approach, our pal Rummy said it best:
» One more takeaway from Cleveland: Brian Hoyer clearly came to the Browns with fewer bad habits than Brandon Weeden. Hoyer's drop and footwork are crisp and he throws the ball more decisively than Weeden. Hoyer's been sacked five times and hit five more in two starts. Weeden's two appearances generated eight sacks and 16 quarterback hits. The line hasn't changed. Hoyer isn't Drew Brees, but he knows how to get rid of the ball.
» Against my will, I watched every one of Matt Cassel's passes from Sunday's win over the Steelers. His 70-yard scoring strike to Greg Jennings left me with two thoughts: (1) The play was one part Cassel but two parts Jennings, who used his legs to take a seven-yard hitch route to the house. (2) The Steelers aren't tackling well. Cortez Allen whiffed on Jennings and he wasn't alone. This defense is adrift.
Special thanks to the multitalented Jonathan Smyth of NFL Films for cutting the All-22. If you'd like us to focus on something specific in Week 5, hit me up on Twitter at @MarcSesslerNFL.