PSU in NFL: Week 4 NFL recap from former Nittany Lions

Here are the top performers from former Penn State players from Week 4 of the NFL season.

Week four of the NFL season has concluded, and former Penn State players continue to shine. Even the rookies are making a name for themselves through just four games of the season.

[autotag]Jahan Dotson[/autotag] is staying consistent for Washington. [autotag]Jaquan Brisker[/autotag] is making a name for himself on the Bears defense. Are there veterans like [autotag]Michael Parsons[/autotag], [autotag]Saquon Barkley[/autotag], and [autotag]Miles Sanders[/autotag] continue to perform at high levels.

Not only that, but there are a good amount of Penn State players in the league that are coming up on their contracts. [autotag]Mike Gesicki[/autotag]. Saquon Barkley. Miles Sanders. Just to name a few of them.

Not only that, but you also have players like Sanders and Barkley who are two of the top three players in rushing thus far. Parsons is also putting himself in the running, even front runner, for Defensive Player of the Year.

Here are the top performers and moments from former Penn State players from Week 4 of the NFL season.

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4-Down Territory: Eagles and Jaguars, Buccaneers and Ravens!

In this week’s 4-Down Territory, Doug Farrar and Luke Easterling talk Eagles, Jaguars, Buccaneers, and Ravens.

Every week in “4-Down Territory,” Touchdown Wire’s Doug Farrar and Luke Easterling of Bucs Wire and Draft Wire go over the things you need to know about, and the things you need to watch, in the NFL right now. With Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season in the books, there was a lot to cover!

This week, Doug and Luke discuss:

  • Whether there’s any question that the Eagles are the NFL’s best team;
  • If there are reasons to worry about the Jaguars after that loss to the Eagles;
  • Why the Buccaneers are going south on both sides of the ball; and…
  • if John Harbaugh made the right fourth-down call in the Ravens’ loss to the Bills.

You can watch this week’s “4-Down Territory” right here:

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Secret Superstars for Week 4 of the 2022 NFL season

From Geno Smith to Jamaree Salyer to Talanoa Hufanga, here are the Secret Superstars for Week 4 of the 2022 NFL season.

There are all kinds of reasons that NFL players are underrated and unsung.

Perhaps they’re in systems that don’t best show their skills. Maybe they’re buried on a depth chart. Or, they’re in somebody’s doghouse, and their coaches can’t see their potential. Or, their efforts are relatively unnoticed among their more celebrated teammates. Sometimes, young players haven’t quite put it all together, but there are enough flashes to make you sit up and take notice, and when it does work, it’s all good.

Week 4 of the 2022 regular season featured players at just about every position who showed up and showed out despite their underrated statuses, and here at Touchdown Wire, it’s our job to point them out.

Here are the Secret Superstars for Week 4 of the 2022 NFL season.

How the Eagles ran the ball against the Jaguars to a historically great degree

The Eagles beat up the Jaguars with an amazing run game that featured just about every concept and scheme you could imagine.

In each of their first three games of the 2022 season, the Philadelphia Eagles threw the ball at least 20 times in the first half. That worked well for them, as the Eagles came into Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a 3-0 record.

But the Jaguars shot out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, and given the fact that Jacksonville came into this game with the league’s most formidable run defense, you’d expect head coach Nick Sirianni and offensive coordinator Shane Steichen to direct quarterback Jalen Hurts to throw it all over the yard.

This, they did not do. They did the exact opposite thing on their way to a 29-21 comeback win. Philadelphia ran the ball 50 times for 210 yards and four touchdowns in a performance that defined old-school for an offense that can be as new-age as you’d like.

The last time an NFL team ran the ball more than 50 times in a game in which they trailed at any point, it was the Kansas City Chiefs on October 7, 2012 against the Baltimore Ravens. The Chiefs went down 3-0, they never had a deficit of more than six points, and their quarterbacks were Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn. When that’s your situation, and Jamaal Charles is your primary running back, you’re going all-out even if you lose, 9-6.

The Eagles, meanwhile, are leading with a third-year quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has shown exponential progress as a passer, so there’s no need to hide your quarterback. This was more about Hurricane Ian blowing up the East Coast, turning the game into a rainy slogfest. And the Eagles are quite happy to slog you right through the mud.

The star was running back Miles Sanders, who set career highs in carries (27) and rushing yards (134), and tying his career high with two rushing touchdowns.

“We’ll do whatever we need to do to win the football game,” Sirianni said after. “Of course, conditions are going to play into that. We look at everything. We take everything into account. We were running the ball really well. That second quarter, our offensive line was rolling. And that’s a good defensive line. I’ve known that going back to my Indy days that that’s a really good defensive line.”

Of course, nothing was going to happen without the front five, and Sirianni was eager to point that out.

“Our offensive line, I’ll take them over anybody in this league. I love that group. They are gritty. They are grimy. They are tough. They are physical. And we had to play some guys today. You can see how good of a job that Coach Stout [Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Jeff Stoutland] does of developing guys and getting guys ready to play that might not play.”

The Eagles also did all of this with two of their offensive linemen (left tackle Jordan Mailata with a shoulder injury, and right guard Isaac Seumalo to an ankle injury) leaving during the game

“[T/G] Jack Driscoll, [G] Sua [Opeta], those guys stepped in and did a really nice job,” Sirianni concluded. “I told you guys this: nine sacks, you get a game ball for the defensive line. 200 yards rushing, you get a game ball for the offensive line. If I had eight game balls, I would have thrown them out right there, but [Vice President of Equipment Operations] Greg [Delimitros] didn’t have them ready for me quite yet.”

Mr. Delimitros might want to get all eight game balls ready, because this offensive line performance, from coaching to scheme to execution, was about as good as it gets — against a run defense that was about as good as it got until it ran headlong into this. 

Stock up, stock down for the Eagles after 29-21 win over Jaguars in Week 4

Here’s your Week 4 stock report for the Philadelphia Eagles’ 29-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lincoln Financial Field

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon, 29-21, to improve to 4-0 and are the last remaining undefeated team in the league this season.

In the victory, the Birds showed grit while playing without four starters and scored 29 points after falling behind 14-0 to the improved Jaguars.

With the team set for Arizona to face the Cardinals, we’re providing an updated look at this week’s stock report.

Eagles’ PFF grades: Best and worst from 29-21 win over Jaguars in Week 4

Here are the Best and worst PFF grades from the Philadelphia Eagles’ 29-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4

The Eagles are heading west to Arizona 4-0 after a hard-fought 29-21 win over the Jaguars at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon.

With the rain and wind causing headaches for both offenses, Jalen Hurts overcame a slow start as he led Philadelphia to 29 straight points after hitting the gas early in the second quarter.

Miles Sanders ran for a career-best 134 yards while the Eagles defense forced five turnovers on the day while harassing Jacksonville star quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Haason Reddick recorded two sacks on the day, and he’s the highest graded player in Week four per PFF.

National reactions: Eagles flying high at 4-0 after win over Jaguars

Here’s what they’re saying nationally about the Philadelphia Eagles’ 29-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4

Doug Pederson returned home to a raucous ovation, and then the celebration ended as the Eagles beat the Jaguars, 29-21, moving Philadelphia to 4-0, keeping them as the lone undefeated team in the NFL.

The Eagles were faced with adversity after a Jalen Hurts interception was returned for a touchdown, but the offense settled down, and the team ran off 29 straight points.

The day after offered some reaction from the national media, and the responses were all the same, with the Philadelphia offense on a historic pace through five games.

Eagles snap count vs. Jaguars: Breakdown, observations from Week 4

Here’s a look at the snap count and playing time usage from the Philadelphia Eagles’ 29-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4

The Eagles are 4-0 atop the NFC East after a hard-fought 29-21 win over the Jaguars in Doug Pederson’s return to Philadelphia.

Buoyed by a dominant rushing attack, the Eagles could withstand the loss of two offensive linemen and two key defenders in the secondary to respond after finding themselves down 14-0 to start.

With preparation for the matchup against the Cardinals set to begin, here’s the snap count and player usage for Week 4.

Studs and duds from Eagles 29-21 win over the Jaguars in Week 4

Studs and duds from the Philadelphia Eagles’ 29-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4

The Eagles are 4-0 for the first time since 2004 after overcoming an early 14-point deficit to defeat the Jaguars 29-21 in a homecoming new head coach Doug Pederson.

Philadelphia scored 29 straight points, overcoming weather and multiple injuries to key players to fend off an improved Jacksonville team.

Eagles star quarterback Jalen Hurts finished the game 16-of-25 passing for 204 yards with no touchdowns and one interception and ran for 38 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries.

Here are your studs and duds from Sunday’s win.

What the Eagles are saying after 29-21 win over the Jaguars

Post Game Reaction: What the Philadelphia Eagles are saying after a 29-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4

The Eagles forced five turnovers on the afternoon and overcame a sloppy start in poor weather as the team moved to 4-0 on the season after defeating the Jaguars 29-21 at home.

Jacksonville fell to 2-2 on the season after jumping out to a 14-0 lead that included Andre Cisco returning a Jalen Hurts interception for a touchdown.

After Philadelphia settled down, Miles Sanders dominated the game, rushing for a career-high 134 yards as he carved up the NFL’s top run defense.

Here’s what the Birds had to say in the post-game presser afterward.