2022 NFL season, Week 4: What We Learned from Sunday's games – NFL.com

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Around The NFL breaks down what you need to know from all of Sunday’s action in Week 4 of the 2022 NFL season. Catch up on each game’s biggest takeaways using the links below:
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Grant Gordon’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Patrick Mahomes was 18-of-28 for 221 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a 97.5 passer rating versus four or fewer pass rushers. In the Super Bowl LV loss to the Buccaneers, Mahomes was 25-of-44 for 261 yards, no TDs, an INT and a 64.7 passer rating against four or fewer rushers.
NFL Research: Patrick Mahomes became the fastest quarterback in history to throw for 20,000 yards in his career. He surpassed the mark in his 67th game, breaking the record previously held by Matthew Stafford (71 games).
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: The Patriots used six offensive linemen on 15 of their 58 offensive plays, as tight end Jonnu Smith was injured near the end of the first half.
NFL Research: Aaron Rodgers is the fifth player in NFL history with 500 TD passes, including playoffs.
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Patrick Surtain aligned across from Davante Adams on 25 of 35 routes (71% shadow). Surtain forced more tight window targets (five) than receptions allowed (four) against Adams.
NFL Research: Josh Jacobs moved into second place all-time in two-plus rushing touchdown games against the Broncos with his fourth, behind only LaDainian Tomlinson’s seven such games.
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Nick Shook takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Baker Mayfield was pressured on just 18.4% of his dropbacks Sunday, and completed 15 of 27 passes for a touchdown and two interceptions when facing four or fewer pass rushers.
NFL Research: With Sunday’s loss, the Panthers are now 1-26 under Matt Rhule when the opponent scores at least 17 points, and have lost 24 such games in a row.
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Lamar Jackson was 3-of-3 passing for 34 yards and a TD vs. the blitz in first half, but only 2-of-4 for 5 yards with an INT vs. the blitz in the second half.
NFL Research: The Bills trailed 20-3 in the first half, and Josh Allen had been 0-7 in his career when trailing by 17 or more points. He became the first Bills QB to lead such a comeback that big since Ryan Fitzpatrick did it in Weeks 2 and 3 in 2011.
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Carson Wentz was pressured on 40.9% of dropbacks (31.7% in Weeks 1-3). Demarcus Lawrence earned seven QB pressures, Micah Parsons had three QB pressures and Dante Fowler had three QB pressures and a sack.
NFL Research: Cooper Rush is the first Dallas QB to win each of his first four career starts.
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Texans RB Dameon Pierce had 77 rushing yards over expected (54 expected, 131 actual), the most by a Texans back since Lamar Miller in Week 12 of the 2018 season, when he was plus-108.
NFL Research: With 340 passing yards in Week 4 at Houston, Chargers QB Justin Herbert tied Andrew Luck (19) for the most games with 300-plus pass yards in a quarterback’s first three seasons all time.
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Coral Smith’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Denico Autry had five QB pressures, two sacks and a turnover forced by pressure on 26 pass rushes (19.2 pressure percent).
NFL Research: Jonathan Taylor had 11 carries for 19 rushing yards in the first half, the fewest rushing yards he’s had in any half of his career in which he’s received at least 10 carries.
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Geno Smith went 13-of-17 for 139 yards and two touchdowns on play-action passes (first TD on play action this season).
NFL Research: This was the first game in NFL history with a 48-45 final score. Jared Goff has started three of the four games featuring 90-plus combined points in the past five seasons.
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Nick Shook’s takeaways:
Next Gen Stat of the game: Falcons running backs Tyler Allgeier and Caleb Huntley combined to rush nine times for 97 yards on outside rushes to the right side Sunday.
NFL Research: The Falcons recorded their second game with 200-plus rushing yards Sunday, tying them for the most such games in the NFL through four weeks.
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Nick Shook’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Trevor Lawrence recorded his lowest completion percentage over expected of his career with a mark of -21.1% on Sunday.
NFL Research: Trevor Lawrence’s four fumbles lost were the most in a single game by any quarterback since at least 1991, and his five giveaways were the most in a game in Lawrence’s career.
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Michael Baca’s takeaways:
Next Gen Stat of the day: Justin Fields was pressured on 50% of dropbacks (2-of-8 for 17 yards; 6 sacks under pressure).
NFL Research: Daniel Jones is the second Giants quarterback to rush for at least two touchdowns in multiple career games. The other was Super Bowl-winning QB Jeff Hostetler.
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Michael Baca’s takeaways:
Next Gen Stat of the day: Kenny Pickett was 4-of-6 for 80 yards and two interceptions on passes of 10-plus air yards (one INT on Hail Mary to end the game).
NFL Research: Zach Wilson is the first QB in Jets history with a receiving touchdown.
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Jeremy Bergman’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Saints QB Andy Dalton averaged 13.7 air yards/attempt in the second half (just 4.7 in the first half).
NFL Research: Vikings WR Justin Jefferson now has the third-most 100+ yard games (17) in a player’s first three NFL seasons since at least 1950, behind Randy Moss (19) and Odell Beckham (19).
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Lamar Jackson and the Ravens came on in the second half and then fended off a Tom Brady-led rally to defeat the Buccaneers on Thursday night.
Quarterback Justin Fields and the Chicago rushing offense keyed the Bears’ lopsided win over the Patriots on Monday night.
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The Cardinals scored 22 straight points to turn an eight-point first-half deficit into a 14-point first-half lead en route to a big win over the Saints on Thursday night.
In OT, a special teams gaffe by the Broncos set up Chargers kicker Dustin Hopkins, who was playing through a hamstring injury, for a 39-yard game-winning field goal and Hopkins lifted the Bolts to a 19-16 victory over the Broncos.
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Carson Wentz, Brian Robinson and the Commanders edged Justin Fields and the Bears, 12-7, on Thursday night.
In an instant classic rife with drama, controversy and stupendous individual efforts, it was Mahomes and Co. who hung on for a 30-29 Chiefs win over the Raiders on Monday night.
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Faced with fourth-and-1 from the Colts’ 5-yard line and down by three points in OT, Broncos rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett went for the win, but a Wilson throw into the end zone was broken up by Stephon Gilmore for a 12-9 Indianapolis win.
On the strength of three touchdowns of more than 30 yards — including a scintillating 57-yard touchdown catch and run by Deebo Samuel — the 49ers defeated the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.
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