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These are the biggest early storylines as we look ahead to Week 4, ranked in order of significance:
1. Ok, so everyone had the New Orleans Saints-Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football as the biggest game of Week 4, right? Of course. Sure, the networks will play up the Ryan Tannehill - Drew Brees battle because quarterbacks are sexy. And nothing against those guys. But a moment for the defenses, shall we? The Saints (38) and Dolphins (53) have allowed a combined 91 points, which is fewer than four teams have given up all by themselves. You know Rob Ryan , the Saints’ defensive coordinator. But — and don’t cheat — can you name the Dolphins’ DC? It’s Kevin Coyle , who has these boys flying around. One worry, though: Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake ’s knee is a balky, and he could well miss this game.
2. Naturally, the second-most important game of the weekend is Chicago Bears-Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Both teams passed big tests in Week 3 — Bears winning on the road in a tough place in Pittsburgh, and Lions winning where they never have before (in Washington/Maryland), and without Reggie Bush . His status will be closely watched all week. But we must mention that one reason these teams are atop the NFC North is because of the offensive lines. The Bears and Lions have given up the fewest sacks in the NFL to date. Go figure.
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3. The Seattle Seahawks are making a case for being the most impressive team in football, and the Houston Texans are a confounding 2-1, hitting a crossroads following a throttling at the hands of the Ravens. The biggest question for the Texans is likely with Matt Schaub . Can he step up? Against this defense? At least the game is in Houston. They can make a big statement by beating the Seahawks. Or they'll be subject to more questioning if they lose. These are the two stingiest defenses in terms of yards allowed. We might be looking at 17-13, or the like, here.