NFL Week 4 Predictions/Picks

 

To sum up week three in the NFL, it’s simple: A head-scratcher.

Football took place in London only to see the rugged Baltimore Ravens get outplayed extensively by the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 44-7 blowout. The Atlanta Falcons improved to 3-0 on the year thanks to a simple rule in the rulebook. The New York Giants found themselves winless after three games despite finding offense late against division rival Philadelphia. Oh, and the Rams and the 49ers combined for 80 points and 839 yards. A weird week nonetheless. Here are the predictions for week four.

Last week: 9-7

Season: 28-18

 

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers – 8:25 PM, Thursday, NFLN 

Speaking of a weird week three, the Bears were victorious for the first time on the season after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers at home. On a short week, the Bears now travel to Green Bay, where they have lost seven of their last 10 games in Lambeau Field. Interestingly, this all-time series is all knotted up at 93-93-6. Packers are 21st in the league in run defense, allowing 113.7 yards per game. Shutting down Bears running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen will be key for Green Bay. Pick: Packers 31 Bears 19 

 

New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins – 9:30 AM EST, Fox 

London gets another taste of NFL football in what may be a fun shootout featuring two teams with two distinctive quarterbacks. The Dolphins must get that nasty taste out of their mouths after suffering an embarrassing road loss to the Jets last week. The Saints defense played very well last week against Carolina by forcing three turnovers and allowing only 288 total yards. Defending the Dolphins WR trio of Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, and Kenny Stills is a different task. Saints offense have yet to turn the ball over so far this season. Something to closely monitor. Pick: Saints 38 Dolphins 33 

 

Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys – 1:00 PM EST, Fox 

Surprise, surprise. Guess who’s sitting in first in the NFC West? We still do not know how good this Rams team is but something is different about them under first-year head coach Sean McVay. The Rams are first in the NFL in scoring offense and fifth in the league in passing. Again, the run game may dictate the flow of this game as the best offensive line in the NFL in Dallas gets a Rams defense that is 29th in stopping the run. Pick: Cowboys 30 Rams 23 

 

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns – 1:00 PM EST, CBS 

Someone has to get their first win of the season in this battle of Ohio teams. The Browns have lost their last five meetings with the Bengals and 14 of their last 20. Both teams are ranked 31st in turnover differential. The Bengals finally found a little offense last week against Green Bay but it still was not enough. Keeping the turnovers down in this one may be pivotal in what may possibly be a sloppy dual between the two in-state rivals. Pick: Bengals 26 Browns 17 

 

Buffalo Bills vs. Atlanta Falcons – 1:00 PM EST, CBS 

The Falcons are the only NFC team that is undefeated at the moment thanks to their still productive offense and an improved defense. In Buffalo last week, the Bills pulled off an upset by defeating the Denver Broncos to improve to 2-1. This Bills team is stingy. They are first in scoring defense, sixth in total defense, 12th in run offense, and fifth in turnover differential. The fast track for the Falcons has been an issue for opposing defenses. If the Falcons want to win this one, eliminating the run game for Buffalo is arguably their biggest priority. Pick: Falcons 30 Bills 20 


 

Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots – 1:00 PM EST, Fox 

A test that the Panthers probably did not want to see at this point is a road game in the tough venue that is Gillette Stadium. Carolina will be without their star tight end, #1 receiver, and an offense that is having trouble finding rhythm. Meanwhile, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is first in the league in passing yards and touchdowns and the offense is second in scoring. Carolina’s defense, led by linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, must play four quarters of near perfect football and even against Houston’s defense last week, New England was their usual juggernaut selves. Pick: Patriots 33 Panthers 21 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets – 1:00 PM EST, CBS 

He has not been flawless this season, but Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles was pretty solid last week against Baltimore with his four touchdown passes. If I told you that the Jaguars were fourth in scoring offense and fourth in scoring defense, would you believe me? Well they are. The Jets picked up their first win of the year last week against Miami but there is no denying that the team is in need of a talent influx. The Jaguars may look pretty formidable again this week. Pick: Jaguars 28 Jets 13 

 

Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans – 1:00 PM EST, CBS 

Switching to rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson was a logical move for the Texans. It paid off two weeks ago in a win over Cincinnati and he played well on the road against New England last week. An impressive victory at home against Seattle last week gives this Titans team more confidence as they look to take a step forward this season towards the playoffs. The Titans are second in the league in run offense and that element sets the tone in many of their contests. A loss here for the home team may set back the Texans considerably in the division. Pick: Texans 27 Titans 23 

 

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings – 1:00 PM EST, Fox

Two gritty teams look pick up a key NFC North division win. Both are equipped with hard-nosed defenses that are in the top 15 in scoring defenses. Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook is second in the NFL in rushing yards with 288 and behind backs Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick, the Lions are turning around their run game also. Quarterback play has not been much of an issue surprisingly for the Vikings but Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is one of the league’s best. However, his offensive line has shown some notable kinks. Pick: Vikings 21 Lions 17 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens – 1:00 PM EST, CBS

A bitter division rivalry with first place in the AFC North on the line. Both teams suffered road upsets last week and both are eager to displace those ugly flashbacks. The Ravens have won six of the last 10 meetings in this series and each of the last four games between these two have been decided by seven points or less. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is coming off the worst game of his career last week against Jacksonville with 28 yards passing and two interceptions. Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has been quiet so far. A breakout performance from Bell is necessary and overdue. Pick: Steelers 20 Ravens 16 

 

New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4:05 PM EST, Fox 

Wow. The Giants really are 0-3. It took a 61-yard field goal by the Eagles to put the Giants away last week and for three quarters, the Giants offense was nonexistent. Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston tossed three interceptions last week against Minnesota and is looking to shake that funk against a Giants defense that has shown inconsistencies. Getting offense in the fourth quarter last week should springboard the Giants to a win this week, right? Right?! Pick: Giants 26 Buccaneers 24 

 

San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals – 4:05 PM EST, Fox 

The Cardinals offense is suffering without their top offensive weapon in running back David Johnson. Thanks to his absence, the Cardinals are dead last in the NFL in rushing. The Niners are coming off a back-and-forth fistfight against the division rival Rams and still searching for win number one this season. The Cardinals offensive line is making life tough for quarterback Carson Palmer. If there is one strength for the Niners, it is their young front seven. A winnable game for the Cardinals without a doubt but the run game has to produce one day. Pick: Cardinals 34 49ers 16 

 

Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos – 4:25 PM EST, CBS 

A rivalry that has picked up steam as of late thanks to the resurgence of the Raiders the past couple of seasons. The Raiders offense was a complete non-factor on the road against Washington last week. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was uncharacteristically out-of-sync in that game and now has one of the best defenses in the league staring at him this time. Running the ball on this Denver defense is a bold strategy this season even with Marshawn Lynch being the reliable back that he is. Pick: Broncos 24 Raiders 21 

 

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Chargers – 4:05 PM EST, Fox 

For the most part, the Eagles have been very solid this season and their two wins have come within the NFC East division. They are 10th in the league in scoring offense thanks to gradual improvement from quarterback Carson Wentz. The Chargers meanwhile are winless and two of the losses were in the confines of Carson, California. The Chargers have a very hard time stopping the run and the Eagles are presently in possession of one of the better run games in the league. Pick: Eagles 28 Chargers 22 

 

Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks – 8:25 PM EST, NBC 

One of the biggest stories in the league has been the struggles of the pretty talented Seahawks. They have struggled to stop the run the past two games, ranked 26th in the league in scoring offense and have a below-average offensive line. Luckily for them, the Colts are one of bottom teams in the league and may not have much of an offensive identity without starting quarterback Andrew Luck. With a Colts team that is 31st in the league in points allowed, this one may get out of hand quickly in arguably the toughest stadium to play in across the NFL. Pick: Seahawks 38 Colts 13 

 

Washington Redskins vs. Kansas City Chiefs – 8:30 PM EST, Monday, ESPN 

If you’re looking for a team that is the talk of the league, you may have found them in the 3-0 Chiefs. Wins over New England, Philadelphia, and the Los Angeles Chargers have been convincing wins to show they are an elite team. Chiefs rookie running back Kareem Hunt leads the league in rushing but faces a stiff test against the second ranked run defense in the NFL in Washington. Both of these teams have similarities but if Washington wants to win, turnovers must be a non-factor. Pick: Redskins 28 Chiefs 24

 

 

 

 

 

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