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10-02-2006, 02:24 PM
Ravens, Colts and Bears remain unbeaten after four games

Mon Oct 2, 1:08 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The
Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears all recorded victories on Sunday to remain the only unbeaten teams in the NFL after a quarter of the regular season.

Week Four began with seven teams sporting unblemished marks but the San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints all absorbed their first defeats.

Sunday's schedule featured a pair of clashes between undefeated teams, the Bears rolling past the Seahawks 37-6 while Steve McNair engineered a fourth-quarter touchdown drive to earn the Ravens a dramatic 16-13 win over the Chargers.

For the second consecutive week, McNair provided the late heroics, a 10-yard touchdown strike finding Todd Heap with 34 seconds remaining to maintain the Ravens' winning run.

McNair, the former-league MVP obtained in an off-season deal with the Tennessee Titans, also had a five-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Wilcox in the opening quarter.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers hooked up with Malcolm Floyd on a 31-yard touchdown pass on their opening possession but Baltimore's punishing defense were then able to limit the visitors to two Nate Keading second quarter field goals.

"An incredible win against an incredible opponent," Ravens coach Brian Billick told reporters.

"We showed the character we had to show to do what we had to do out there in a 15 round boxing match.

"It wasn't pretty, a lot of things have to be corrected and we'll get to that tomorrow."

In East Rutherford, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning watched Justin Miller return a kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown with less than three minutes to play to give the Jets a 28-24 lead then hit back with nine play 61 yard scoring drive.

With just 50 seconds remaining, Manning ran the ball over from the one to cap the drive and lift the Colts to a 31-28 win.

However, the Jets provided Indianapolis with one final scare, attempting a rugby style play with eight laterals that very nearly resulted in an unlikely game-winning score.

Colts Marvin Harrison had seven catches for 79 yards moving him into fourth place on the NFL's all-time list ahead of Andre Reed with 951.

In Chicago, Rex Grossman threw for 232 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Bears joined the Colts and Ravens on 4-0.

Once again the Bears were led by a stingy defense that has held opponents to 10 points or less in their last eight games at Soldier Field.

A week after tossing a franchise record five touchdown passes in a 42-30 win over the New York Giants, Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed just 16-of-35 attempts for 196 yards and two interceptions, both by Ricky Manning Jr, leading to Chicago scores.

The Seahawks played the game without league MVP running back Shaun Alexander, who was sidelined with a cracked bone in his left foot.

"We played against an offense that did not have their main running back and they came out here and gave us a good fight but tonight we played a good game," said the Bears'Tommie Harris, who had two of Bears five sacks on Hasselbeck.

"But we're just playing good football right now, solid defense and hope we end up in the Super Bowl."

10-02-2006, 02:36 PM
I say the ravens lose first, next week at Denver. The Colts should beat the Titans, and the Bears should beat Buffalo.

Black@Gold Forever32
10-02-2006, 02:37 PM
I say the Ravens still end up around 8-8 or 9-7 this year. The Browns and Chargers both should have beaten them. The Colts will win their usual 13 or 14 during the season and then fall apart in the playoffs like always. The Bears will win 12 or 13 games and have a great shot to go to the Super Bowl. Just as long as Rex Grossman stays healthy for the whole year. That is a big if.

10-02-2006, 05:25 PM
The Ravens had a schedule front-loaded with weak teams...things get tougher real quick.

They play Carolina, Denver, New Orleans and Cincy in their next 4 games. I can see them losing 3 of those.

10-02-2006, 05:33 PM
Bears are for real, they're the most balanced team right now playing IMO.
The Colts are winning with the passing game and a decent defense. They can't run the ball and they have problems that will be exploited on defense as the season goes on. They won't go far in the playoffs.
The ratbirds are just overrated as overrated can be. The offense is pathetic, the defense is good but you can't win forever on just defense alone, you need your offense to do something to help you out.

10-02-2006, 07:39 PM
I don't know about the Colts. All they have to do is keep the game close, and Vinatieri will win the game for them at the end like he always did for the Pats.

K Train
10-02-2006, 08:40 PM
The ratbirds are just overrated as overrated can be.
Thats poetry right there :bigthumb:

10-02-2006, 08:47 PM
The Ravens will fall from the podium first, followed by the bears then Indy. I am really impressed with the Bears so far this year, I'm still unsure about Indy though because they haven't really been as dominant as they were last year. The Ravens... TG said it best :bigthumb:

10-02-2006, 08:56 PM
Same old Indy. They will turtle when it matters most. Not crazy about there running backs or defense for that matter.