By Marc Lawrence — Nate Davis of the USA TODAY shared 32 key things he learned from the NFL Week 4 card. The most important was: as difficult as it may often be, this week was a stark reminder to remain ever vigilant in the battle against COVID-19. The president’s positive test was bookended by a pair of NFL games being postponed after the 2020 season’s first three weeks of relative normalcy had perhaps lulled many in and around the game into a false sense of security. If you work at the White House, if you’re on an NFL sideline, if you’re buying groceries please, wear a mask and wash those hands … On the football front, flawed as it is, let the record show: Mitchell Trubisky is 3-0, Nick Foles is 0-1 … the Cowboys have surrendered 146 points, most in franchise history through four games … the Falcons’ luckless Dan Quinn has been the target of most of this season’s chatter about premature termination of employment. Don’t worry, Dan, the Jets’ Adam Gase and Lions’ Matt Patricia are here to take some of the heat off your seat … and speaking of hot seats, the Texans pulled two from underneath Bill O’Brien, firing the man who served as their coach and GM. That’ll happen when you go 0-4 after trading someone of DeAndre Hopkins’ caliber … More here.
With Sam Darnold’s sprained right shoulder still ailing, the NY Jets will start Joe Flacco at quarterback Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. It will be Flacco’s first start in nearly a year. For what it’s worth, the Jets are 0-6 when Darnold doesn’t start over the past three seasons, averaging 10.9 fewer points per game. FYI: Papa Joe is 2-9 SU and 4-7 ATS in his last eleven NFL starts.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians is 4-0 SUATS away on Thursdays in his NFL career. He is also 9-2 SU and 7-4 ATS all-time versus the NFC North. The ‘A’ train leaves the station at 8:20 PM ET this evening.