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2023/24 NFL season: Standout performers from NFL Week 4

NFL fans witnessed some historic performances this weekend.

From the NFL’s single-game sack record nearly being equaled, to a rookie wide receiver claiming his stake as one of the best in the league, to another four-touchdown performance, we broke down the best players from Week 4.

Khalil Mack - Los Angeles Chargers, LB

6 sacks, 10 tackles

The Chargers wobbled late in their win over the Las Vegas Raiders but secured their second win of the season thanks to an amazing six-sack performance from veteran linebacker Khalil Mack. 

That set a new franchise record for a single game as he became only the sixth player to have six or more sacks in a game (the record is seven) since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

The Chargers are +2800 odds for the NFL Championship, while Mack is +3300 to be the Defensive Player of the Year.

Puka Nacua - Los Angeles Rams, WR

9 receptions for 163 receiving yards, 1 TD

Moving across the City of Angels to the Los Angeles Rams, and the extraordinary rookie season of Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua continued. The impressive young wideout converted nine catches into 163 receiving yards and the game-winning 22-yard touchdown in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts.

Nacua has posted receiving yards totals of 119, 147, 72 and 163 in the first four games of his career and is +450 third-favorite to be named the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Christian McCaffrey - San Francisco 49ers, RB

20 carries for 106 rushing yards & 3 rushing TDs, 7 receptions for 71 receiving yards & 1 receiving TD

The 49ers look a formidable force after a 4-0 start and the Arizona Cardinals played better in this game than the final score suggests. Even so, they had few answers for the overwhelming 49ers rushing game spearheaded by Christian McCaffrey. 

The former Panther had 177 combined rushing and receiving yards and reached the end zone four times.

His performances have helped to make the 49ers the +500 NFL Championship favorites and McCaffrey himself is the +175 odds favorite to be named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

A.J Brown - Philadelphia Eagles, WR

9 receptions for 175 receiving yards, 2 TDs

The Eagles found themselves in more of a fight with the Washington Commanders than many expected, but they preserved their unbeaten status to reach 4-0 thanks to a great game from star receiver A.J Brown. The former Titan scored from 59 and 28 yards out to drive his team toward an overtime victory.

The Eagles are +700 odds joint-third favorites to win the NFL Championship and -170 to win the NFC East.

Harrison Smith - Minnesota Vikings, S

14 tackles, 3 sacks

The Vikings finally got their first win on the board, leaving the Carolina Panthers still seeking their first success. Justin Jefferson played a key role with two touchdowns, but the star of the show was veteran safety Harrison Smith. 

He had three sacks, including a strip-sack that was returned by teammate DJ Wonnum for a touchdown and two more late in the game to seal victory.

The Vikings are +500 odds to win the NFC North after getting their season up and running. 

Nico Collins - Houston Texans, WR

7 receptions for 168 receiving yards, 2 TDs

The fast-improving Texans are 2-2 after securing back-to-back wins and this dominant defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers will have turned heads around the league. 

One of their breakout stars is wide receiver Nico Collins, who connected with rookie QB CJ Stroud to score the first TD of the game from two yards and the final score from 52 yards.

The Texans are +200 odds to make the playoffs this season, while their AFC South odds have been halved to +500.

Josh Allen - Buffalo Bills, QB

320 passing yards & 4 passing TDs, 17 rushing yards & 1 rushing TD

Life came at the Miami Dolphins fast as they followed a 70-20 win over Denver last week with a 48-20 loss to the Bills on Sunday. The chief architect of their rapid reversal in fortunes was Bills QB Josh Allen, who looked back to his best with 5 overall touchdowns in the game.

The Bills are +700 odds to win the NFL Championship this season and -125 odds to win the AFC East, with the Dolphins out to +110 for the divisional title. 

Allen is the +350 favorite to be NFL MVP this year, ahead of Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa at +500 and Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs at +550.

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