The NFL is entering the second month of the 2021 season, and the first full day of action in October features one of the most anticipated matchups in recent history.
Tom Brady will be returning to his old home of Gillette Stadium to take on his former coach, Bill Belichick, and former team, the New England Patriots. This matchup has been circled since the NFL schedule was released, and fans will be treated to Brady’s homecoming under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football.
For the fourth straight week, all 32 teams will be in action for Week 4 of the NFL season with two more weeks before teams begin going on byes.
Here’s a breakdown of the matchups to keep an eye on in Week 4.
Thursday Night Football: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The last two No. 1 overall draft picks will square off for the first time in Cincinnati on Thursday.
Trevor Lawrence was the undisputed top prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft and was selected with the first pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars. It has been a rough start for Lawrence and new head coach Urban Meyer, as the Jags are 0-3 to start the season with three double-digit losses.
In Cincy, Joe Burrow and Co. have gotten off to a strong start. The No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft returned from a knee injury and has led the Bengals to a 2-1 record with wins over the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers.
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NFL Week 4 Sunday Afternoon Matchups
The fourth Sunday of the NFL season begins with nine 1 p.m. ET kickoffs.
The New Orleans Saints will return to Caesars Superdome for the first time this season to host the New York Giants. They played their first “home” game of the season in Jacksonville due to Hurricane Ida and crushed the Green Bay Packers in a Week 1 rout.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles will look to snap their respective two-game losing streaks when they square off at Lincoln Financial Field. Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields will aim for his first win as a starter when his team hosts the Detroit Lions, who are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens that ended with a record-breaking field goal from Justin Tucker. In Dallas, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys will welcome the undefeated Carolina Panthers to Dallas.
After the wave of nine 1 p.m. ET kickoffs, four more games will take place in the later afternoon slate.
There are two showdowns between teams in the dominant NFC West. It will be a battle of unbeatens in L.A. when the Los Angeles Rams take on the Arizona Cardinals. Across the state, the San Francisco 49ers will welcome the reeling Seattle Seahawks.
Another undefeated team will be in action when the Denver Broncos host the Ravens. The final matchup in the 4 p.m. ET window pins two historic franchises when the Steelers head to Lambeau Field to battle the Packers.
Sunday Night Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots
Tom Brady. Bill Belichick. Two GOATs that spent 20 years together will face off for the first time on Sunday Night Football.
Brady’s Bucs come to Foxboro as the defending Super Bowl champions. They brought back all 22 starters from their title-winning team, including another ex-Patriot in Rob Gronkowski. After beginning the season 2-0, the team was dealt its first loss of the season in Week 3 against the Rams.
Belichick’s squad has had a rough go of it to begin the 2021 season. The Patriots fumbled away their season opener against the Miami Dolphins before bouncing back with a 25-6 win over the dismal New York Jets. They returned to Foxboro in Week 3 and rookie QB Mac Jones threw the first three interceptions of his NFL career in a 28-13 loss to the Saints.
Sunday’s primetime matchup could be the final time Brady plays in Foxboro, though there are no signs that the QB is slowing down.
Monday Night Football: Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers
The AFC West was just as stellar as the NFC West in September, and two of the top teams in the division are facing off in L.A. on Monday Night Football.
Derek Carr and the undefeated Las Vegas Raiders began their season with a thrilling overtime victory over the Ravens on Monday Night Football. They have since beaten the Steelers and Dolphins to get to 3-0, giving them a share of the division lead with the Broncos.
Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers are coming off one of the most impressive wins in the young 2021 NFL season, beating Patrick Mahomes and the defending AFC champion Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. A win could be crucial for the Chargers to keep up in a loaded AFC West.
Check out the full 2021 Week 4 NFL schedule in the table above. Watch all Week 4 games online at FuboTV (free trial here).