NFL Lines- Worst of Week 4
Chicago Bears (2-2) at Detroit Lions (4-0)
Live from Ford Field – MI
Kickoff: 8:30pm ET, October 10, 2011
Detroit Lions -5.5
Chicago Bears +5.5
5) Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Line
The Steelers’ offensive line played an atrocious game last NFL lines Sunday. Star quarterback “Big Ben” Roethlisberger suffered 5 sacks to a stellar Houston Texans’ defensive line (led by former first overall pick Mario Williams). Roethlisberger posted pedestrian stats, completing just over 50 percent of his passes for 206 yards, one interception and no touchdowns. The Steelers, who have made appearances at 3 Super Bowl finals during the past 6 years, now stand last in the AFC north with a less-than-impressive 2-2 record.
4) St. Louis Rams Offense
This 2011 NFL lines season was supposed to serve as the platform for Rams’ quarterback Sam Bradford to announce himself to the league. Up until week 4 however, Sam Bradford still leaves a lot to be desired in his game. Though, to be fair, he has not received much help either. During the first half of the Rams’ matchup against the Washington Redskins, St. Louis only amassed 103 yards of offense, going 1-for-8 on third-down chances. During that first half, Bradford was sacked three times and fumbled once. The Rams lost the game 17-0, with their record currently standing at a miserable 0-4.
3) Philadelphia Eagles’ Second Half
The Philadelphia Eagles looked to be temporarily living up to their ‘dream team’ billing Sunday afternoon as they led the San Francisco 49ers 23-3 during the third quarter. However, the 49ers managed to score 21 straight points, with the Frank Gore making a 12-yard run to complete the comeback with 3 minutes left in the game. The Eagles have only themselves to blame after letting victory slip through the palm of their hands (with rookie kicker Alex Henry missing two field goal attempts and wideout Jeremy Maclin fumbling the ball with just over two minutes remaining in the game).
2) Ronnie Brown
Ronnie Brown is just one of many aspects of the Eagles’ machine that is currently malfunctioning, with his awful goal-line play. The Eagles were stymied during several attempts inside the 5-yard line against the 49ers. On one particular play, when the Eagles were 2nd-and-4 from the 4-yard line, Brown took a handoff but immediately got wrapped up by San Francisco’s Kyle DeVan. Brown then attempted to lateral the ball back to a teammate, but the pass failed as it was recovered by a 49ers player. This would prove to be one of many costly mistakes the Eagles would make in a narrow 24-23 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
1) Tony Romo’s Clutch Ability
Another team along with the Eagles to surrender a seemingly insurmountable lead in one half of football are the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys found themselves leading the Detroit Lions 27-3 early on during the second half of their Sunday afternoon matchup. However, with less than five minutes to go in the third quarter, quarterback Tony Romo threw two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns. This was followed by a pair of touchdowns by Detroit’s Calvin Johnson to seal a Lions comeback and 34-30 victory over the lackluster Cowboys. With this disastrous performance, Romo is just continuing to show his critics that he nothing but an average quarterback, and not a big-game player able to create magic under pressure and win.
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