The best and worst of Week 4 in the NFL

Compiled by Mitch Kunzler

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013 10:40 a.m. MDT

The Pittsburgh Steelers are off to their worst start in years. No matter what they do, there is just no consistency. The Steelers suited up in London Sunday in a match-up that pitted them up against defending MVP Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings. Both teams were winless heading into the game.

Despite a close finish, the Steelers couldn't contain Peterson, who rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Vikings to a 34-27. The Steelers to 0-4 for the first time since 1968. For Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it is a painful experience.

"We are in unchartered territories and the water is dangerous right now, so we have to stick together and get out of it," Roethlisberger told CBSSports. "Right now, you could say we're the worst team in the league. That hurts."

For one of the most storied franchises in the NFL, these winless circumstances are making Pittsburgh desperate. The Steelers have a chance for redemption Sunday against the New York Jets.

Best: Peyton Manning scorches Eagles defense, Broncos special teams come up big

Normally when you have one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game matched up against the worst total defense in the NFL, the quarterback is going to come up huge. For Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning, it was no different. Manning threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns on the Philadelphia Eagles' crumbling defense, which ended Manning's September with 16 touchdown passes — the most in NFL history after four weeks. He has yet to throw an interception.

The Broncos special teams also came up big against Philadelphia. Trindon Holliday returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown and Steven Johnson blocked a punt that he scooped up for a touchdown.

If the Denver offense, defense, and special teams can continue to play this flawless, the Broncos might not lose this season.

Worst: Titans' Jake Locker out 4-8 weeks

Tennessee Titans' quarterback Jake Locker injured his hip during a 38-13 win over the New York Jets Sunday, which doesn't bode well for the Titans. According to ESPN, it is believed that Locker will miss anywhere from 4-8 weeks with this injury.

Locker, who has thrown for 721 yards, six touchdowns, and zero interceptions this season, seemed to be the spark the Titans needed to make a statement in 2013. While Ryan Fitzpatrick is a suitable replacement, he lacks Locker's athleticism to make plays with his feet. The sooner Locker returns, the better for Tennessee.

Best: Brees, Saints win the undefeated match-up

Monday Night Football was an anticipated one in Week 4 with the unbeaten New Orleans Saints facing off against the unbeaten Miami Dolphins. This particular match-up got a lot of attention this past week.

Drew Brees reminded everyone why he is an elite quarterback in the league. He passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions. No matter what defensive look the Dolphins threw his way, Brees easily executed in leading the Saints to a 38-17 win.

With Monday's win, the Saints improve to 4-0, and head to Chicago to play the Bears Sunday. The Dolphins add the first loss to their record, but look to get back on track against the Ravens Sunday.

Worst: Jaguars look lost

The Jacksonville Jaguars are in a world of trouble. Their star running back, Maurice Jones-Drew, is playing with a high ankle sprain, but he just can't seem to make any difference. Jones-Drew carried the ball 13 times for 23 yards Sunday in a 37-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Jaguars' quarterback Blaine Gabbert threw three interceptions and no touchdowns, which puts his season stats at zero touchdowns, five interceptions. With free-agent quarterbacks like Tim Tebow and Vince Young available, it is very odd that the Jaguars haven't shown any interest in getting another quarterback.

If Jacksonville doesn't make any moves, expect them to drop to 0-5 after Sunday's game against the St Louis Rams.

Best: Browns have resurrected their season

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