NFL 2020: ICY HOT TD Week 4

(originally written 10/9/20)

What the hell is NFL ICY HOT TD, anyway? I'll tell you—ICY HOT TD = In Case You Had Other Things To Do.

While some of us are able to watch NFL football all Sunday long and follow it up with postgame analysis/highlight shows well into the night...many of us can't. I aim to bring those fans bits of trivia, data, and news they likely missed on Game Day.


Such as:

 

  • On Thursday Night Football, the Jets fell to visiting Denver 37-28, marking the first time in the Jets 60-year franchise history they've started 0-4 in consecutive seasons. Jets RB Frank Gore ran his career rush yard total to 15,521, third all-time and 1,205 behind second-place Walter Payton. Broncos QB Brett Rypien became the first to throw three interceptions and still win his first start since 1997 (the 49ers' Jim Druckenmiller). 

  • In Seattle's 31-23 home win over Miami, QB Russell Wilson tied Peyton Manning's record of 16 TD passes in his first four games of a season (set in 2013).

  • Jacksonville fell to the host Bengals 33-25, as Bengals QB Joe Burrow became the first rookie with 300 yards passing in three consecutive games. 

  • In a wild one, Cleveland won in Dallas 49-38, upping their record to 3-1 for the first time since 2001. In the loss, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott set career highs with 502 passing yards—four short of Tony Romo's team record—and 58 attempts; Prescott became the first to top 450 passing yards in three consecutive games. Meanwhile, Dallas allowed 307 rush yards, the most ever in franchise history.
    This was also only the second ever 49-38 NFL final; the Chiefs beat the Titans by that score in 2004.
     

  • Visiting Minnesota topped Houston 31-23 despite losing S Harrison Smith in the 2Q; Smith was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Texans TE Jordan Akins, who despite being concussed held on for a 26-yard reception.

  • Here's a highlight from that Broncos/Jets TNF clash:

  • Baltimore got past host Washington 31-17; Ravens QB Lamar Jackson saw his streak of 159 consecutive passes without a pick come to an end (Kendall Fuller in the 2Q).

  • Host Detroit fell to the Saints 35-29, becoming the first team to lose six consecutive games in which it held a double-digit lead.

  • Although Raiders QB Derek Carr passed Ken Stabler on the franchise's all-time TD pass list (151), Las Vegas fell at home to Buffalo 30-23.

  • Indianapolis beat host Chicago 19-11, only the fifth such final score in league history and the first since 2011 (SF over Washington).

  • Check out this play from San Francisco's 25-20 home loss against Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football:

  • On Monday Night Football, Atlanta lost on the road to Green Bay 30-16. The Packers have opened a season with four straight 30-point games for the first time ever. Also, Falcons WR Julio Jones became the franchise's all-time reception leader (812), passing Roddy White.

  • Also on Monday Night Football, host Kansas City smacked the Patriots 26-10, but on a positive note Pats RB James White returned after missing two games following his father's passing. White rushed thrice for 21 yards and caught seven balls for 38 yards.

  • In other games, Carolina beat the visiting Cardinals 31-21, host Tampa Bay triumphed over the Chargers 38-31, and the Rams held off the Giants in Los Angeles 17-9. This week, road teams went 9-7

Sources: NFL Primetime, CBSSports.com, ProFootballTalk.com, YouTube.com, ProFootballReference.com, USAToday.com and various TV and radio broadcasts