NFL results week 4: Broncos stay unbeaten, Falcons torch Panthers for 500 yards in the air

Here are the full results and the latest updates to get you up to speed on week 4 in NFL action:

1. Broncos gallop on despite Siemian injury

Now the AFC’s only unbeaten team, the Broncos dismantled Tampa Bay despite losing quarterback Trevor Siemian to a shoulder injury early on. Paxton Lynch filled in nicely as the Broncos defense overwhelmed Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers. A weather delay in the 4th quarter only delayed the inevitable.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah (38) forces Denver Broncos' wide receiver Bennie Fowler III (16) to drop a pass during the second quarter
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah (38) forces Denver Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler III (16) to drop a pass during the second quarter Credit: AP

2. NFC heavyweights continue to struggle 

The Panthers and Cardinals met in the NFC championship game last season.  Now, after falling to then Falcons and Rams respectively, they have two wins between them. Even worse, quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Cam Newton had to exit early with a concussions. 

The NFL most valuable player in 2015 was hit hard enough to suffer the first documented concussion of his pro career for the Carolina Panthers.

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Cam Newton left the game to be evaluated for a concussion Credit: Jason Getz/USA Today

3. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones connect for 300 yards

The Falcons quarterback and wide receiver duo put up staggering numbers against the vaunted Panthers defence. Ryan threw for a whopping 502 yards and 4 scores, while Jones hauled in 12 catches for 300 yards and one TD. They overpowered Carolina and moved up to 3-1.

4. Raiders, Rams among early season surprises

The Raiders and Rams picked up hard fought road victories to move to 3-1. Strugglers in recent seasons, they’ll now be dreaming of the playoffs. The Raiders won a thriller in Baltimore as Derek Carr threw for four touchdowns, while the Rams were able to grind out a win in Arizona.

5. Puzzling performance from Patriots

After three dominant victories with fill-in quarterbacks under centre, the Patriots failed to generate any offence as they were blanked by the Bills 16-0. It was a great performance from Buffalo, and a Sunday to forget for New England. Thankfully for the Patriots, Tom Brady returns from his suspension next week.

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The Bills ran over the Patriots on Sunday Credit: Winslow Townson/USA Today

Results in full

  • Cincinnati 22-7 Miami
  • Jacksonville 30-27 Indianapolis
  • Buffalo 16-0 New England
  • Houston 27-20 Tennessee
  • Chicago 17-14 Detroit
  • Atlanta 48-33 Carolina
  • Seattle 27-17 New York Jets
  • Oakland 28-27 Baltimore
  • Washington 31-20 Cleveland
  • Denver 27-7 Tampa Bay
  • Los Angeles 17-13 Arizona
  • Dallas 24-17 San Francisco
  • New Orleans 35-34 San Diego

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