Plenty of excitement for Aggie NFL watchers this week. In only his fourth start, Ryan Tannehill nearly eclipsed Cam Newton's record for passing yards in a game. Von Miller continued to chop D's, the J-Train rumbled on, and a Bennett shined again (but probably not the one you expected).
Ryan Tannehill – Starting QB, Dolphins
Week 4 vs. Arizona: 26/41 for 431 yards 1 TD 2 INT
YTD: 80/143, 55.9% completion percentage, 2 TD 6 INT, 48.9 QBR, 66.4 Rating
This week cemented Tannehill's arrival as a legitimate NFL quarterback. Ryan had a monster game, nearly breaking the rookie record for passing yards against the newly vaunted Cardinals defense. He didn’t get his yards in garbage time with checkdowns to his running backs. No, Tannehill made the big time throws, giving the talent starved Dolphins a chance to win for the third straight week. Ryan took advantage of an Arizona defense geared up to contain Reggie Bush, stretching the defense and finding his wide receivers (the mega talented duo of Brian Hartline and Devon Bess) to the tune of 19 receptions and 376 yards. The Dolphins likely would have emerged victorious except for a poor play call from Mike Sherman in the 4th Quarter (imagine that) that led to a Tannehill fumble. Instead, the Fins lost for the second straight week in overtime. However, Tannehill's performance was so impressive that some are considering whether he has passed Blaine Gabbert and Josh Freeman as the best NFL QB in the state of Florida.
OUTLOOK FOR WEEK 5: This week Ryan can expect big numbers as the Dolphins face the decimated secondary of the Cincinnati Bengals. The Dolphins have added Jabar Gaffney, giving the Big Spring native even more mediocre options to work with. Jeff Ireland, you are a genius.
Martellus Bennett – Starting Tight End, Giants
Week 4 vs. Philly: 3 targets, 1 reception, 2 yards
YTD: 26 targets, 16 receptions, 187 yards, 3 TD
Not a lot of looks this week for Money B. Take notice Eli and Kevin Gilbride, you score less when you ignore The Black Unicorn.
Shane Lechler – Starting Punter, Raiders
Week 4 vs. Denver: 7 punts for 346 yars, 49.4 average, long of 68, 1 punt inside the 20 yard line
YTD: 21 punts for 1037 yards, 49.4 average, net average of 40.5
Shane got a lot of airtime on Sunday as Darren McFadden and Co. continue to plague my fantasy team.
Jorvorskie Lane – Shutdown Fullback, Miami
Week 4 vs. Cardinals: 3 carries for 2 yards, 1 TD
YTD: 9 carries for 18 yards, 2 TD, 2 receptions for 25 yards
The J Train is emerging as a touchdown vulture for the Dolphins. He’s the new Mike Tolbert.
Michael Goodson – backup RB, Raiders
Week 4 vs. Denver: 3 carries for 22 yards, 3 receptions for -5 yards
YTD: 7 carries for 30 yards, 6 receptions for 78 yards and 1 TD, 3 KO returns for 71 yards
Goodson managed to get a few touches in a very ugly offensive game for the Raiders, but he doesn't look capable of challenging McFadden for more playing time yet.
Von Miller – Starting Linebacker, Broncos
Week 4 vs. Oakland: 5 tackles, 4 solo tackles, 1 TFL, 2 QB hits
YTD: 15 tackles, 11 solo, 7 TFL, 3 sacks, 7 QB hits
Another stellar game from Count Von Sackula as the Denver defense held Oakland without a touchdown.
Michael Bennett – starting defensive end, Bucs
Week 4 vs. Washington: 2 solo tackles, 1 sack, 2 QB hits
YTD: 9 tackles, 7 solo, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 QB hits
Nice game from Michael Bennett. This man was once on an NFL practice squad. I wonder if anyone else notices that he is T-8th In the league for sacks.
Red Bryant – Starting Defensive End, Seahawks
Week 4 vs. St. Louis: 1 solo tackle
YTD: 9 tackles, 6 solo, 1 pass deflection
Rocky Bernard – starting defensive tackle, Giants
Week 4 vs. Philly: 4 tackles, 2 solo
YTD: 13 tackles, 8 solo, 1 sack
Ron Edwards – starting nose tackle, Panthers
Week 4 vs. Atlanta: 1 tackle, 1 sack, 1 QB hit
YTD: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 QB hit