What To Know : Week 4

Here’s what you need to know about Week 4 in the NFL:

GAME OF THE WEEK: I think Giants at Philly is going to be a great game, but ultimately I’m going with Chicago at Dallas on Monday night. Chicago has had to deal with the fallout from Jay Cutler hashing out some ill-advised emotions with his offensive lineman on national television. Dallas won their game last week…but just barely, in an ugly win against Tampa. Both teams are 2-1 and both seem to have equal amounts of strengths and glaring weaknesses, so it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Christian Ponder, QB for Minnesota. The Vikings pulled out a surprising win over the 49ers last weekend, and perhaps even more surprising are Christian Ponder’s QB ratings: he’s currently ranked second in completion percentage and has respectable numbers in all other categories as well. He is the main reason the Vikings are 2-1 right now.

STORYLINE TO KNOW: The referees are coming! The referees are coming! The regular refs are back in action, which means that a) everyone will be in a better mood this week and b) games will actually make sense again…and won’t take 4 and 1/2 hours to play. And will be decided based on the quality of play, not the quality of officiating. How refreshing.

RECIPES TO MAKE:

pear and granola muffins (let’s call these pregame fuel)

baked parmesan garlic fries

spicy caramel bacon popcorn

homemade snickers

triple dipped s’mores apples

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