Week 4 Watchlist: Big NFC West Clash, Brady's Return


Game of the Week:

Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams

Top spot in the NFC West is on the line in this early season matchup with the Arizona Cardinals taking on the Los Angeles Rams. Both teams are undefeated this season and have an opportunity to establish themselves as the leader of the NFC West, arguably the toughest division in the NFL. The Rams are coming off a dominant performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a 34-24 win. While the Arizona Cardinals also secured a Week 3 win, picking up a 31-19 decision over the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars. Entering Week 4 of the NFL season, both the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams offences' are ranked in the top 3 in scoring with both teams quarterbacks widely considered the early season MVP front-runners, Kyler Murray for the Cardinals and Matthew Stafford for the Rams. Arizona's Kyler Murray has already thrown for over 1,000 yards in this young season, showing his growth as a quarterback and not just relying on his rushing abilities like he did in past seasons. Stafford on the other hand has fit in well in his first season with the Rams. Los Angeles already had one of the more dynamic offences since Head Coach Sean McVay took over in 2017, but with Stafford behind center this offence has taken another step forward and looks like the most dangerous offence in the NFL. 

Storyline of the Week

Tom Brady Returns to Foxborough

In one of the most talked about games since the schedule was released for the 2021 NFL season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will make his return to Foxborough to take on his former team the New England Patriots in Week 4. Brady spent his first 20 seasons in New England being the face of one of the most dominant dynasties in NFL history during his tenure and carving out a resume that has landed Brady the title as "Greatest of All Time". His return back to New England is not the only motivation for Tom Brady this week against the Patriots, as Brady can move ahead of Drew Brees for most passing yards in NFL history.

Not to mention the Buccaneers are coming off a loss last week to the Los Angeles Rams, so look for a highly-motivated Tom Brady to lead his Buccaneers back into their winning ways with another masterful performance. 

Bounce-Back Player of the Week:

David Montgomery - Chicago Bears

What a nightmare it has been for the Chicago Bears since their embarrassing performance last Sunday which resulted in a 26-6 loss at the hands of the Cleveland Browns. In Week 4, the Bears should be able to bounce-back against the winless Detroit Lions, and one player in specific will be running back David Montgomery. With all the quarterback questions surrounding the Chicago Bears look for the offence to lean on Montgomery who has already found some early season success.

Montgomery ranks fifth in rushing yards, even with last week's unproductive game where he got 10 carries totaling 34 yards. With the Bears chasing points last week, its understandable that they abandoned the run game, however Montgomery continues to find ways to stay on the field, playing in 81% of the Bears offensive snaps.   

The Lions have been easy to run on this season and with the uncertainty at the quarterback position for the Bears, the way to find success in Week 4 is a heavy dose of David Montgomery. 


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