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NFL Week 4: Big names like Eddie Lacy have a lot to prove

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As the NFL enters week four of its schedule there are plenty of players that need to deliver an excellent performance. Here are the top five...

Eddie Lacy

The Packers number one running back is key to their chances this season. Against the Seahawks, in week one, a dominant 150 yard rushing performance was the Packers best chance of securing victory.

However, Lacy disappointed rushing for only 34 yards at an average of 2.8 yards per carry. He also, perhaps crucially, picked up a concussion.

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In weeks 2 and 3 against the Jets and the Lions respectively Lacy was similarly disappointing. His yards per carry average increased slightly but this still left him averaging only 3.3 yards per carry.

Speaking to the press Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy was refreshingly blunt about this saying: "Lacy needs to player better".

Week 4's game against a Bears' defense that is weak against the run is a great opportunity to do just this.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady has not yet thrown an interception this year. That puts him in a unique club of one and yet it would be hard to say that Brady has been anything other than a disappointment so far this season. He has completed only 58.8% of his passes, putting him on course for an all-time career low.

Even against the super-weak Raiders last week Brady didn't look especially good throwing only one touchdown pass as the Patriots struggled to overcome Oakland.

Brady more than anyone will be eager to show that he can still perform at the elite level. This week's match against the Kansas City Chiefs should give us a strong clue as to whether he actually can.

Matt Forte

In the week one defeat against the Buffalo Bills, Forte started the season strongly. Averaging 4.8 yards per carry Forte clocked up 82 yards. In week 2 and 3 through, Forte's yards per carry average declined to 1.8 and 2.5 respectively.

In the last two weeks Forte has rushed for a total of only 54 yards. A home game against the Packers gives Forte a great opportunity to redeem himself. Without nose tackle Raji the Packers run defense is weak.

Forte will look to bounce back to form with a bang.

Ryan Tannehill

The Dolphins play the Raiders in London in week 4. When asked about whether Ryan Tannehill will continue to start for the Dolphins coach Philbin refused to comment directly saying: ""At the end of the week, we're going to pick the 46 guys that give us the best chance to win the game in London".

Hardly a strong endorsement of Tannehill.

News has since leaked out saying that Tannehill is going to start in London against the Raiders. There is little doubt that he is in the last chance saloon.

LeSean McCoy

On talent LeSean McCoy is one of the top two running backs on NFL. In terms of being in a good situation to excel McCoy is also incredibly fortunate. McCoy should be be piling up the rushing and receiving yards. So far this season though Shady has averaged only 2.9 yards per carry. 

Eagles fans and fantasy owners were expecting much more. If the Eagles are going to avoid defeat on the road at San Fransisco, McCoy will need to step up his performance levels and start averaging more than 2.9 yards per carry.

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