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The best and worst of Week 4 in the NFL

Compiled by Mitch Kunzler

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013 11:33 a.m. MDT

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman returns an interception for a touchdown as coach Pete Carroll, right, cheers from the sideline during the fourth quarter an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Patric Schneider, AP

Being undefeated is something extremely rare in the NFL. The Miami Dolphins did it in 1972. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots almost pulled it off in 2007. As each NFL season progresses, the undefeated teams get fewer and fewer until normally none remain.

Entering Week 4 in the NFL, there were sev

Being undefeated is extremely rare in the NFL.

The Miami Dolphins did it in 1972. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots almost pulled it off in 2007. As each NFL season progresses, the undefeated teams get fewer and fewer until normally none remain.

Entering Week 4 in the NFL, there were seven undefeated teams. Exiting Week 4 only five teams remain undefeated — Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks. From nail-biting finishes to 32-point blowouts, this past week was full of big stories.

Here are the best and worst from the week.

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en undefeated teams. Exiting Week 4 only five teams remain undefeated — Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks. From nail-biting finishes to 32-point blowouts, this past week was full of big stories. Here are the best and worst from the week.

Best: Alex Smith, Andy Reid, Chiefs continue to work their magic

Coming off the worst NFL win-loss record of the 2012 season, the Kansas City Chiefs have improved to 4-0, doubling their wins of last season. In Week 4, the Chiefs faced off against the New York Giants, and two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. The Chiefs' defense held Manning to just one passing touchdown, whereas Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns. The Chiefs dominated the Giants, 31-7.

The Chiefs will look to extend their perfect season on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Worst: Joe Flacco throws five interceptions

Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco didn't look like the defending Super Bowl MVP on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. In fact, he looked completely the opposite. Because the Ravens couldn't get the run game going, Flacco suffered in the passing game. Although he threw for two touchdowns, Flacco also threw five interceptions, which ended up being the deciding factor in the final score. When the clock reached zero, the Bills had topped the Ravens 23-20.

Flacco's interceptions are a huge issue for the Ravens this season, and that is something he is well aware of.

"A lot of that falls on me today and just throwing the ball to the wrong team," Flacco told ESPN. "If we don't do that, then this game probably looks a little different."

Flacco will look to keep his interceptions to a minimum on Sunday when the Ravens head to Miami to face the Dolphins.

Best: Tom Brady, Patriots remain unbeaten despite injuries

Because all-star tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Danny Amendola remain injured, many thought that the New England Patriots would return from Atlanta Sunday with their first loss of the season. Tom Brady thought the opposite, however. Brady made is young receivers look like veterans in throwing for 316 yards and two touchdowns against the Falcons.

The Patriots scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and survived a late rally by the Falcons to win, 30-23. With Sunday's win, the Patriots improve to 4-0. The last time New England went 4-0 it went on to go undefeated in the regular season.

Worst: The Steelers can't rally, drop top 0-4

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