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NFL 2013: After Further Thought (Week 4)

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Some thoughts and some numbers regarding Week 4 of the 2013 season and entering Monday night's game…

--What on earth has happened to the New York Giants? Off to a 0-4 start for the first time since 1987 (a season which included three replacement games due to a strike), the Giants dropped their seventh straight road game on Sunday dating back to 2012 via a 31-7 setback to the Kansas City Chiefs. In those seven losses, Tom Coughlin's team has been outscored a combined 220-81 and has allowed 31 or more points a half-dozen times…

--Back to Arrowhead Stadium, where Andy Reid and the Chiefs vanquished the Giants, 31-7. It not only gave their Chiefs their first 4-0 start since 2003 but gave Reid and company their third win over an NFC East foe in each of the last three games. During Reid's final season with Philadelphia in 2012, he and the Eagles were a dismal 1-5 vs. NFC East foes…

--Are the Denver Broncos destined for big things in 2013? When it comes to scoring points, John Fox's team is not having any issues. In four games this season, the Broncos have already totaled 179 points. To put that in perspective, the 2007 New England Patriots scored 148 points during their 4-0 start on their way to a 16-0 mark and an NFL record 589 points. That was also the season in which Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw 50 touchdown passes compared to only eight interceptions. In four games this season, Manning has already thrown for 16 scores and has yet to be picked off…

--At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Jacksonville Jaguars, 0-4 with a total of 31 points in four games. That means they would have lost every game to the Broncos even if you counted their season point total. For those curious about such matters, the NFL record for the fewest points scored by a team in a 16-game season is 140. That would be courtesy of the 1992 Seattle Seahawks, who finished 2-14 that year. But the most amazing performance by a Seattle player that season was by Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy, named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year despite the team's paltry point and win total…

--Talk about an unexpected turnaround? After losing their first two games and scoring a total of 16 points in the process, the Cleveland Browns suddenly find themselves in the mix with two straight wins behind quarterback Brian Hoyer. But the real star has been tight end Jordan Cameron, who has been just about everything to Cleveland's offense. The Browns have now scored 64 points in four games and Cameron has 30 of those thanks to five touchdowns (all receiving). The rest of the team has scored 34 points and two touchdowns…

--Off an amazing 23-20 overtime win at Houston on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks continued to own the NFC in terms of last season's playoff participants. The Seahawks are 4-0 for the first time in team history. But it is worth noting that their postseason brethren from the conference a year ago are all looking to get back above .500. The Atlanta Falcons (1-3), San Francisco 49ers (2-2), Green Bay Packers (1-2), Washington Redskins (1-3) and Minnesota Vikings (1-3) are a combined 6-13 so far in 2013…

--Week 4 wraps up in New Orleans on Monday night as the 3-0 Saints host the 3-0 Dolphins. It's the last of eight interconference games this past weekend in which the AFC took four of the seven and extended their lead in the season series to 15-6. The Dolphins come off a win over the Falcons and look to extend the AFC East's perfect record (5-0) vs. the NFC South this season…

Russell S. Baxter has been covering the NFL for 30-plus years on all platforms. He is the founder of ProFootballGuru.com, writes for numerous websites and publications across the country and is blessed with an encyclopedic memory. Ready to talk NFL? Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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