NFL Week 4 grades: Cowboys get an 'A-' for beating unbeaten Panthers, Raiders get a 'D' for ugly Monday loss

Going into Week 4’s face-off in between the Dallas Cowboys and the unbeaten Carolina Panthers, the only defense anybody was speaking about was the one in Carolina. The Panthers entered into the video game quiting the least death backyards in the NFL, the least hurrying backyards and had actually controlled their method to a 3-0 start. The Panthers defense was anticipated to control on Sunday, however rather, it was the Cowboys defense that placed on the program throughout Dallas’ extremely excellent 36-28 win. 

Last year, the Cowboys fielded among the worst defenses in football, however that now looks like an eternity ago thanks to Dan Quinn, who has actually totally revamped the system. Under Quinn’s management, the Cowboys have actually silently turned into one of the much better defenses in football and their enhancement was on complete screen versus the Panthers. 

The Panthers attempted to toss the ball early and frequently, however that strategy exploded in their face thanks to a suddenly excellent Cowboys pass rush that had Sam Darnold running for his life for the much better part of 4 quarters. The Cowboys tape-recorded 5 sacks in the video game, marking the very first time given that 2019 that they have actually struck that number. The pass rush was led by Randy Gregory, who was playing in simply his 2nd video game this season due to COVID-19 concerns. 

Even when the Cowboys weren’t sacking Darnold, they were still providing him fits as they rushed him more than 10 times. That pressure triggered Darnold to hurry a number of tosses, consisting of 2 in the 2nd half that caused 2 various interceptions by Trevon Diggs. You can see his 2nd one listed below. 

Both of Diggs’ selects came throughout a controling 3rd quarter where the Cowboys outscored the Panthers 20-0. After tracking 14-13 at the half, the Cowboys entered into the 4th quarter with a comfy 33-14 lead. 

The interceptions by Diggs played a big part in the controling quarter as the Cowboys wound up turning the 2 choices into 10 points. 

The Cowboys likewise got a dazzling efficiency from their offense — Dak Prescott tossed 4 goal passes and the hurrying attack amounted to more than 240 backyards for simply the 6th time this century — however we’re speaking about the defense since nobody saw this coming. 

With Prescott returning this season, everybody anticipated to the Cowboys to have a high-powered offense, however nobody anticipated their defense to be this great, this quick. If the defense keeps dipping into the level that it’s playing, the Cowboys may wind up drifting to the NFC East title.

Alright, let’s get to the grades for every single video game from Week 4. If you’re trying to find a much deeper dive on the Bengals’ wild 24-21 win over the Jaguars that was used Thursday, make certain to click on this link.  

Dallas 36-28 over Carolina

Panthers-Cowboys grades by Patrik Walker (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him understand on Twitter.)

L.A. Chargers 28-14 over Las Vegas (Monday)

Indianapolis 27-17 over Miami

Chicago 24-14 over Detroit

Buffalo 40-0 over Houston

Washington 34-30 over Atlanta

N.Y. Giants 27-21 over New Orleans (OT)

N.Y. Jets 27-24 over Tennessee (OT)

Kansas City 42-30 over Philadelphia

Chargers-Chiefs grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him understand on Twitter.)

Cleveland 14-7 over Minnesota

Browns-Vikings grades by Josh Edwards (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him understand on Twitter.)

Seattle 28-21 over San Francisco

Arizona 37-20 over L.A. Rams

Cardinals-Rams grades by Cody Benjamin (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him understand on Twitter.)

Baltimore 23-7 over Denver

Ravens-Broncos grades by Jordan Dajani (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him understand on Twitter.)

Green Bay 27-17 over Pittsburgh

Steelers-Packers grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him understand on Twitter.)

Tampa Bay 19-17 over New England

Buccaneers-Patriots grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him understand on Twitter.)



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