Through his first four games this season, Sam Bradford has thrown six touchdowns, zero interceptions and owns the league’s second-highest passer rating. The Sammy B we all remember from the crimson and cream days is alive, well and dominating in Minnesota. Even without his leading pass catcher/field burner Stefon Diggs, Bradford finished yesterday’s Vikings home win against the Texans with 271 yards and two touchdowns on 22-of-30 passing. This remarkable start is building real hype on just how far the former Heisman winner from Oklahoma can take the league’s lone undefeated team this season.
Brady vs. Bradford — a potential Super Bowl matchup?
DeMarco Murray didn’t find the end zone this weekend but still rushed for a game-high 121 yards on 27 carries in the Titans win in Miami. Murray, on pace for another pro bowl, is currently the league’s second-leading rusher, with 461 yards through the first five games.
Damien Williams finished with three yards on one carry and two receptions for 67 yards, while Kenny Stills was held catch-less for the first time this season in the same game for the 1-4 Dolphins. Jordan Phillips also got on the board, registering two tackles in another start on the Miami defensive line.
Defensive tackle Stacy McGee is becoming a beast for the resurgent 4-1 Raiders, starting and accumulating four tackles, one-and-a-half sacks and two forced fumbles in a big win against the Chargers.
It was another quiet week for Sterling Shepard, catching only two passes for 14 yards on Sunday night in Lambeau. With most eyes on Odell Beckham, Jr., the Packers defense hounded the Giants pass attack through most of the evening, and held an explosive offense to a second consecutive sub-par performance on the national stage. Shep and the G-Men look to get back on track against the 3-2 Ravens in Week 6.
Packers fullback Aaron Ripkowski got on the board this week against the Giants, rushing twice for 17 yards.
Tight end Blake Bell caught one catch for four yards in the 49ers home loss against Arizona. Jermaine Gresham started on the other side and finished with the same numbers for the 2-3 Cardinals. Tony Jefferson racked up seven tackles for Arizona defense.
Corey Nelson once again registered a tackle in a surprising Broncos loss to the surging Atlanta Falcons. On the other side, Falcons right guard Chris Chester continues to start and contribute to the league’s top offense.
Zack Sanchez is back on the Panthers roster this week as Carolina hosts Gerald McCoy and the Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. Offensive tackle Daryl Williams is also active and will likely start tonight for the Panthers.
These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:
Dominique Alexander (LB/ST – Browns), *Lane Johnson (RT - Eagles), Landry Jones (QB - Steelers), *Tress Way (P - Washington), *Trent Williams (LT - Washington)
The following Sooners were inactive or did not play in Week 4:
Devante Bond (LB – Bucs, IR), Aaron Colvin (CB - Jaguars, bye week), James Hanna (TE - Cowboys), Gabe Ikard (C - Bills), Adrian Peterson (RB - Vikings, IR), Donald Stephenson (OT - Broncos), Charles Tapper (DE – Cowboys, IR), James Winchester (LS/ST – Chiefs, bye week)