Jay Gruden not as fortunate as brother Jon

Week 4 in the NFL, arguably, could be marked by what-ifs and half chances. A couple of underdogs, the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions, appeared to be on the verge of notable upsets against AFC powerhouses in the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively. Still, there were some surprising results, with the Los Angeles Rams, Baltimore Ravens, and Indianapolis Colts all falling.

Here are the winners and losers from Sunday’s slate of games.

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WINNERS

New Orleans Saints: They’re 3-1. Which is no small task, considering they’re also 2-0 since starting quarterback Drew Brees went down with a thumb injury and the two squads they’ve toppled since then — the Seahawks and the Cowboys — were both undefeated when they played them. New Orleans beat Dallas 12-10 on Sunday night in a game in which it didn’t score a touchdown, but instead converted four field goals. The defense clamped down on the Cowboys’ rushing attack, holding Ezekiel Elliott to 35 yards, the third-lowest total of his career. The date to watch is Week 9, when the Saints have their bye. Until then, they face the Buccaneers, Jaguars, Bears and Cardinals, who are 7-8-1 combined. If the Saints can tread water until then — with a possible Brees return Week 10 — they should remain steady as legitimate Super Bowl contenders in the NFC.

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