Mountaineers in the NFL: Week 4

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The first month of the NFL season has come and gone and here is where we stand in the divisions.

There are three undefeated teams left, New England, Kansas City, and San Francisco. Each lead their divisions as the Patriots snuck away in Buffalo with a 16-10 victory over the Bills, Kansas City scored in the final minute to escape Detroit with a win, and San Francisco had the week off.

The AFC south is very tight with Jacksonville, Tennessee, Indianapolis, and Houston all at 2-2 overall. Houston and Indianapolis are tied at the top as both are 1-0 in divisional play.

Dallas leads the NFC east with a 3-1 record. Green Bay is tied with Chicago at 3-1, but it holds a slight lead in the NFC north with the head-to-head record in favor of the Packers. New Orleans won on Sunday night against the Cowboys and still leads the NFC south with a 3-1 overall record.

Going into the weekend, all AFC north teams were coming off losses. Baltimore still lead the division at 2-1, but with a matchup against Cleveland things took a turn for the worse. The Ravens lost their second straight game and their lead in the division with a 40-25 loss to the Browns.

The Steelers and Bengals were both looking for their first victories of the season Monday night with their 100th meeting. Pittsburgh won its ninth straight over Cincinnati and moved to only one game back in the division.

Cleveland and Baltimore are both 2-2, but the Browns have a half game lead with the head-to-head record.

These former Mountaineers had the biggest impact for their teams on NFL Sunday.

Defensive Player of the Week

Karl Joseph once again had a spectacular performance for the Oakland Raiders. He finished with four total tackles with one for a loss and a pass deflection. He also recovered a fumble.

Offensive Player of the Week

Another quiet week for former offensive Mountaineers. Tavon Austin had one carry for three yards and one reception for five yards in the Cowboys defeat.

Wendell Smallwood had only one catch for 14 yards in the Redskins loss.

Surprise Performer/Defensive Player of the Week

This could be considered the defensive player of the week winner, but Nick Kwiatkoski going into Sunday’s game against Minnesota had only recorded a total of three tackles in the first three games of the season. On Sunday, he had arguably one of his best career games. Kwiatkoski finished the day leading the team in tackles with 10 total, one sack, and two tackles for loss.

He also made his presence known even when he wasn’t putting up stats:

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