To borrow loosely from the late former NFL coach Dennis Green regarding Week 3, some of the things we knew about the NFL were what we thought they were, but a lot of them weren’t what we thought they were.
Among those that weren’t included the Bears beating the Steelers, Redskins whipping the Raiders, Bills beating Denver, Titans over Seattle, and the Jets, who were supposed to be going winless this season, dominating the Dolphins.
Just when you think you know in the NFL, you don’t. With that, here’s a look at our High Five for Week 4:
Chandler Jones was dealt to the Cardinals early last offseason for a 2016 second-round pick (61st overall) and guard Jonathan Cooper, the seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft, since pass rushers are paid a premium. The Patriots weren’t going to pay Jones the going rate for productive pass rushers, which is in the neighborhood of $17 million per year, with over $50 million in guarantees.
Linebacker Jamie Collins turned down an extension of $11 million per year during training camp, which was the Pats’ impetus for dealing him to the Browns as last season’s trading deadline approached. Instead of waiting until next year to receive a third-round compensatory selection at best for Collins leaving in free agency, the Patriots took a third-round compensatory pick in this year’s draft (103rd overall) from the Browns.
Their recent surge, too, is based on an improvement on defense. The Chargers’ win over the Broncos was their first shutout since October 2014, when they beat the Jets, 31-0. The last time the Broncos were shut out was November 1992, a 24-0 loss against the L.A. Raiders.
The win over Denver, after losing six of the previous seven to the Broncos, ended a seven-game home losing streak at home that dated back to Week 10 of last season, when they beat the Titans in San Diego.
We enter the halfway point in the season with two teams still seeking their first win — the Browns and 49ers, both 0-7. Neither streak looks like it’s going to come to an end Sunday.
Milliner was an All-American and two-time national champion at Cheap Basketball Jerseys Alabama, so the Jets jumped at the chance to take him after trading Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay right Cheap Braves Jerseys before the draft. However, Milliner had a rough rookie season until his first three INTs in the final two weeks. Injuries limited him to two starts in the next two seasons, and the Jets released him in 2016. He remains a free agent.