NFL Week 4: A 300-yard receiving game, custom cleats, OSU RB duel

The nightcap was a bust, but there were plenty of noteworthy developments in the fourth Sunday of NFL football this year.

Here are a few…

1. The Raiders did the Bengals a favor by handing the Ravens their first loss of the season, a dramatic 28-27 decision in Baltimore. That left Cincinnati a game behind the Ravens and Steelers in the AFC North.

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2. The Steelers joined the Ravens at the top of the division by crushing Kansas City in the Sunday night game. You didn’t have to stay up late to know how this one turned out.

3. The Browns, of course, are in last place. They fell two games back of Cincinnati with a 31-20 loss to the Redskins. Cleveland dropped to 0-4 despite a strong game by Isaiah Crowell (112 yards rushing) and a solid outing by Cody Kessler (223 yards passing, one TD, one interception).

4. Julio Jones had the performance of the day with an amazing 12 catches for 300 yards and a touchdown. The second-best game of the day? Probably have to go with the guy throwing him the the ball. Matt Ryan threw for 503 yards and four touchdowns as the Falcons beat the Panthers.

5. Not quite everything went wrong in that game for Carolina. Northmont grad and Ohio State All-American Kurt Coleman returned an interception for a touchdown.

6. In San Francisco, Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys got the better of Carlos Hyde and the 49ers. Elliott ran for 138 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ 24-17 win while Hyde had 74 yards and a score.

7. Apparently it was special cleats week around the league as two players (that we know of) wore customized cleats in their games signifying very different things.

Redskins receiver Desean Jackson had a police caution tape design on his shoes that he said was intended to “start a dialogue about senseless killings of both citizens and police.”

In the Sunday night game, Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown honored the late golf great Arnold Palmer.

If you’re wondering if either of these players face punishment for violating the league’s draconian uniform standards, the answer is… maybe.

ESPN reported the league was going to review Jackson’s shoes while the NBC broadcast said Brown’s had been approved.