Teddy Bridgewater completed 27-of-41 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's 23-20, Week 4 loss to the Broncos, adding three rushes for 23 yards.
It was easily Bridgewater's best start of the season, but he was undone by shaky protection. Under siege from Denver's elite front seven, Bridgewater took seven sacks for 57 yards. Bridgewater wasn't holding onto the ball too long, he simply didn't have time. Bridgewater was gutsy all afternoon, hanging in the pocket and picking up some really tough yardage on his returns. With 25 percent of the season in the books, the sophomore is on pace for 3,096 yards, eight touchdowns and eight picks. The TD rate will obviously pick up, but Bridgewater is merely a low-end QB2 in Minnesota's run-first offense.
Keenan Allen secured 4-of-7 targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 4 win over the Browns.
Allen got the Chargers on the board early by beating Browns CB Pierre Desir for a 28-yard touchdown, winning in tight quarters as Desir's coverage was good. The rest of Allen's catches helped move the chains. Through four games, Allen is on pace for 132 receptions, 1,548 yards, and 12 touchdowns. He looks much improved following a disappointing sophomore NFL season and will be a borderline WR1 play against the Steelers in Week 5, especially with Stevie Johnson (hamstring) and Malcom Floyd (concussion) in doubt.
Dontrelle Inman secured 3-of-5 targets for 88 yards in the Chargers' Week 4 win over the Browns.
Taking over for Stevie Johnson (hamstring) and Malcom Floyd (concussion) across from Keenan Allen, Inman delivered a clutch 68-yard reception that gave San Diego an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter when Philip Rivers hit John Phillips for a goal-line TD pass. A crafty possession-type receiver, Inman could be the Chargers' No. 2 wideout in Week 5 against Pittsburgh.
Peyton Manning completed 17-of-27 passes for 213 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Denver's 23-20, Week 4 win over the Vikings.
It was a wobbly day for the Broncos' duck slinger, though the 39-year-old Manning managed not to break as he bent. Manning let Anthony Barr read him all the way on interception No. 1, and was too slow on an anticipation throw for pick No. 2. His TD was a beautifully executed, fourth down play fake to Owen Daniels. Manning's play has picked up since his disastrous Week 1, but he's still nowhere near his 2012-14 level. With a quarter of the year in the books, Manning is on track for 3,872 yards, 24 touchdowns and 20 picks. The former pace should pick up a bit while the latter will decrease, but Manning is merely a mid-range to low-end QB1.
Danny Woodhead rushed eight times for 54 yards and caught 4-of-4 targets for 84 yards in the Chargers' Week 4 win over the Browns.
Woodhead's highlight was a 61-yard catch and run play deep into Browns territory in the third quarter. Despite the Chargers' first-round selection of Melvin Gordon, Woodhead's role in San Diego's offense has been consistent week to week. He's an RB2 option in PPR leagues, and a workable flex play in non-PPR formats in the right matchups. The Chargers will face the Steelers in Week 5.
Todd Gurley rushed for 146 yards on 19 carries in the Rams' 24-22, Week 4 win over the Cardinals.
He added two catches for 15 yards. It looked like it was going to be another long day for Gurley and the Rams' running game behind a brutal offensive line; Gurley started out with five carries for negative yards, but absolutely went off in the second half, picking up chunk gains of 23 yards, 13 and 52 to seal a victory for St. Louis. He helped bleed the clock for the Rams late in the fourth quarter by picking up first downs and consciously making sure he stayed in bounds at all costs. His open-field speed and vision were on full display in this one. Gurley is going to have up-and-down days behind this group of blockers, but possesses the talent to overcome it at times. Gurley's role should only increase as the full-time workhorse starting next week in Green Bay. Treat him as a locked-in RB2.
Philip Rivers completed 23-of-38 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers' Week 4 win over the Browns.
Rivers made beautiful throws on his initial two touchdown passes, letting his receivers go up and get it. The first was a 28-yard score to Keenan Allen, and the second a beautiful rainbow toss to Ladarius Green from 19 yards out. Missing three starting offensive linemen due to injury, the Chargers played this game in the shotgun, letting Rivers make checks at the line and set his protections pre-snap. Rivers hit John Phillips from a yard out in the fourth quarter to put San Diego up by eight points. After Cleveland evened the score, Rivers drove the Bolts downfield setting up Josh Lambo's game-winning field goal. On pace to throw 32 touchdown passes, Rivers will be a high-end QB1 play when the Chargers take on the Steelers' leaky pass defense in Week 5.
Melvin Gordon managed 38 yards on 12 carries and caught 2-of-2 targets for eight yards in the Chargers' Week 4 win over the Browns.
Gordon rotated about evenly with Danny Woodhead before the final drive, which was a two-minute drill handled all by Woodhead. The rookie lined up at wide receiver on several plays, suggesting the Chargers are beginning to trust Gordon in passing-type scenarios. Gordon also got a goal-line carry in the fourth quarter, but was unfortunately stuffed. San Diego's backfield is very clearly a timeshare and Woodhead isn't going away. Gordon is a lower-end RB2 entering a Week 5 date with the Steelers.