Unexpected (and expected): New Orleans Saints stay winless

(Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

Well, this motivational poster clearly isn’t doing its job in New Orleans. You almost expect a new poster this week: maybe Sean Payton hanging from a branch with the inscription, “Hang in there, baby!”

The New Orleans Saints being 0-4 is clearly unexpected, but let’s take a look at more of that and the expected from Week 4 in the NFL.

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Don’t lose your head
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Well this is embarrassing. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was caught on camera looking for his helmet. However, if I was Brady, I would tell people that it was really an homage to Thurman Thomas, who lost his helmet prior to the start of Super Bowl XXVI.

To be honest, this was the second-most surprising Brady development of the day.

The first? Brady actually ran for a touchdown.

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Just like you drew it up
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It’s not so unexpected that a backup quarterback rushed for a touchdown during the San Francisco 49ers-New York Jets game. What is unexpected is that 49ers backup Colin Kaepernick ran for the score.

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Just like you drew it up II
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Fake field goals are awesome.

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Reversing field
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Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had a forgettable start to his day against the San Diego Chargers. But he showed your day can change on a dime.

Did that play remind anybody of this?

Except, of course, Marcus Allen‘s run came in the Super Bowl and the Chiefs lost their game. But other than that, totally the same.

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Fumble!
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Anybody remember the Jerry Rice fumble from the 1986 playoffs?

This would have been the most humiliating fumble of the day, were it not for this …

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Fumble! Part II
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Players being unable to spike after a touchdown has started to become an epidemic in the NFL.

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NFC North leaders
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(Raj Mehta/US Presswire)

Your Minnesota Vikings are on top of the NFC North. Pretty much how you all figured it would work out, right?

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Pump you up
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The Philadelphia Eagles retired the number of Brian Dawkins, who pumped up the crowd by running out of the tunnel.

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Game of the Day
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(Paul Connors/Associated Press)

The Saints vs. Packers? Well, it was a good game if you want to watch a pair of teams with one win between them. The Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons? Sure, that was a fine affair. The Washington Redskins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Again, a nice game. Nothing to be ashamed of.

But your “Game of the Day” was the Arizona Cardinals rallying to beat the Miami Dolphins. The Cardinals fell behind by 13 points, and then it looked like they were done when a first-and-goal for the Birds somehow turned into a huge scoring touchdown pass the other way for Brian Hartline (talk about unexpected) and the Dolphins.

Once again, Kevin Kolb (truly unexpected) brought his team back for two scoring drives and the win.

Here’s the play to send it into overtime, Andre Roberts‘ second touchdown of the game.

Send your own Unexpected (and expected) from Week 4 to Adam Rank via Twitter @adamrank.

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