NFL Game Picks: Week 4
Minnesota Vikings 23, New Orleans Saints 10
The New Orleans Saints find themselves in some deep water heading into Week 4.
After a thrilling comeback win against the Falcons in week one, the Saints’ offense has stalled in games against the Buccaneers and Panthers.
The Minnesota Vikings are riding momentum after a 28-24 victory this past week against the Lions, and Kirk Cousins is starting to spread the ball more as he connected with Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn for touchdowns on Sunday.
The Saints’ defense remains solid, but without an offense to complement them, it will be hard to give them a breather in between drives. The Vikings will leave London with the victory.
Cincinnati Bengals 24, Miami Dolphins 21
The Bengals have finally broken through the win column after defeating the New York Jets in week two, 27-12.
With things currently heading in the right direction, the Bengals once again find themselves in a battle in week four as they will host the undefeated Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football.
It has been announced that the Bengals will wear their all-white uniforms for the first time, and since this game is at home under the lights, the atmosphere will propel Cincinnati to a win.
Although the Dolphins are undefeated and are coming off a huge win against the Bills, there is speculation as to how Tua Tagovailoa will bounce back after suffering a severe injury against the Bills.
With the all-white uniforms making their debut, the Bengals will hand the Dolphins their first loss of the season.
Buffalo Bills 34, Baltimore Ravens 28
There has been no shortage of great games so far this season, and this game will probably serve as an instant classic.
The Bills suffered a crushing loss to the Dolphins last week, and while they are injured, they still have the tools necessary to score a lot of points.
The Ravens have proven they can also score a lot of points as they dropped 37 on the Patriots in week three, and despite a loss, dropped 38 on the Dolphins in week two.
Lamar Jackson has been his usual self, as he has passed for just under 750 yards while also rushing for 243.
It might take overtime, but the Bills will bounce back in Baltimore.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28, Kansas City Chiefs 24
Under the lights on Sunday Night Football, Patrick Mahomes and the CHiefs will pay a visit to Tampa Bay to take on Tom Brady and the Bucs.
While the Buccaneers have earned key victories over the Cowboys and Saints in the first couple weeks, it was the Saints game that had to be a concern regarding the offense. While the Bucs scored 20 points, it's important to note that one of their two touchdowns in that game was a pick-six.
In week three, the Bucs only scored 12 points but again, it must be noted that Mike Evans was absent.
The Chiefs are an overrated team this year. Patrick Mahomes seems lost without his No. 1 target in Tyreek Hill.
After mustering a win against the Chargers in week two, the Chiefs got derailed in week three against the Colts, a team who got shutout against the Jaguars in the prior week.
With Evans back and another chance to face Mahomes, Brady will have his squad prepared and fired up in primetime.
Dallas Cowboys 33, Washington Commanders 20
After escaping the Meadowlands in a close Monday Night Football victory, Cooper Rush looks to start the season 3-0 as a starter as the Cowboys host the Commanders in Jerry World.
The Cowboys defense is off to a great start despite the early week one loss vs Tampa Bay on Sunday Night Football. Both games against the Bengals and the Giants the Dallas defense kept their team in the game to allow Cooper Rush, Tony Pollard and CeeDee Lamb lead the Dallas offense to find their chances to pull out victories in weeks two and three.
While rookie wide receiver out of Penn State Jahan Dotson has looked promising for the Commanders in his first three NFL starts, the rest of the Washington offense has not.
They struggled to find a way to score points at home against the division leader Eagles. It will be a task for the Commanders offense, on the road in Dallas against a good defense if they want to leave week four at .500.
New York Giants 24, Chicago Bears 14
Despite taking the loss at home under the lights on Monday Night Football, Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley look to bounce back at home hosting the Bears.
The Giants may not have a true receiver on the team yet and even with the news of sterling Shephard tearing his ACL, this team’s run scheme with Saquon Barkley has been giving this offense hope to stay in and win games.
Although being 2-1, Chicago has not looked promising. The Bears have a one-dimensional offense, as the Chicago coaching staff has not shown faith in Justin Fields to start the year.
After putting aside asking for a trade request earlier in the year, Roquon Smith has looked threatening on the defensive end for Chicago, but it won’t be enough to stop Barkley and New York’s run game.
Philadelphia Eagles 30, Jacksonville Jaguars 24
The NFC East favorites are riding high on a three game win streak to start the season for the first time since 2016. They look to make it four straight at home hosting the Jaguars.
There’s no doubt the Eagles have one of the strongest offenses in the NFL. Jalen Hurts has been a cheat code for the Philadelphia offense with his run game.
He has also been a dual threat airing out the ball to key targets like AJ Brown and Devonta Smith. Philly has also spread out their plays to tight end Dallas Goedart and their running backs by committee trio.
Doug Pederson is ready for his return to Philadelphia hopefully not being showered in boo’s. Trevor Lawrence will lead the Jaguars to a close game, but it won’t be enough to come out of Philly on top, and contain the Eagles dominant offense.
Indianapolis Colts 24, Tennessee Titans 17
After both of these teams played some ugly football in their first two weeks they were able to bounce back with wins in week three. The Colts host the Titans at home in Indianapolis.
The first two weeks weren’t ideal starts for the Colts. Not having star linebacker Darius Leonard has hurt the defensive side for Indy. Last week against Kansas City Zaire Franklin and Stephon Gilmore were able to keep the Colts in the game to let Matt Ryan lead the offense to a nail-biting win over the Chiefs.
Just like the Colts this wasn’t the start the Titans were going for. The reigning AFC South champs have had big offensive problems. Ryan Tannehill hasn’t looked impressive during his first three games. Defense’s have also kept Derrick Henry in check and contained.
The Titans were able to get through a week 3 win over Las Vegas but their run game won’t be much to go through the Colts defense.
Pittsburgh Steelers 20, New York Jets 13
After coming off another disappointing offensive showing and loss vs the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football the Steelers return home to face the Jets. The Jets also struggled on the offensive side of the football last week vs the Cincinnati Bengals and they weren’t able to find the end zone once.
The Steeler's offense has to find a way to get going this week and most importantly get rookie standout wide receiver George Pickens involved. Pickens made a catch-of-the-year type grab last week but only saw one more target the rest of the game.
As for the Jets, they’ll catch a break with TJ Watt still being out for the Steelers so it's possible their poor offensive line can maybe give their running backs a chance to get something going on the ground. Overall expect a low-scoring game.
Detroit Lions 31, Seattle Seahawks 17
The Lions are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Minnesota Vikings blowing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter including giving up the game-winning touchdown with 45 seconds left. As for Seattle, they lost a back-and-forth game to the Atlanta Falcons which was sealed with a late interception thrown by Geno Smith.
Now looking forward to this matchup look for the Lions to get their run game established with their running back duo of Deandre Swift and Jamaal Williams to then set up Jared Goff and second-year standout wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown over the top.
The Seahawks might have a tough time getting their passing game going this week as Lion’s cornerback Jeffrey Okudah has been locking down big-name wideouts this year as he will now match up with most likely DK Metcalf.
Arizona Cardinals 24, Carolina Panthers 23
Two struggling teams will meet this week in Charlotte, NC looking to get back to .500 on the season.
The Cardinals look to rebound after a 20-12 loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams while the Panthers will try to start a winning streak after beating the New Orleans Saints last week 22-14.
Neither of these teams truly has an identity so far this season it seems. Kyler Murray and the Cardinals seem to desperately need Deandre Hopkins back from his six-game suspension while the PAnthers need more consistent play from Baker Mayfield.
Los Angeles Rams 27, San Francisco 49ers 24
What seems to be shaping up to be a huge divisional rivalry matchup will take place Monday night in San Francisco with both teams looking for a statement win. The Rams are looking to keep the ball rolling and get better each week after a bad Week 1 loss vs the Bills while the 49ers need a bounce back after a disappointing Sunday night loss to the Denver Broncos.
Expect the 49ers to be much better offensively in this game than last week as these are two teams that know each other well and Jimmy Garoppolo will have another week back being the starter replacing an injured Trey Lance.
The Rams still need to be sharper on all fronts and this is a great opportunity for them. Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp are still doing their thing together but maybe its time Stafford really starts to open it up and get more receivers involved including newly acquired Allen Robinson.
Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 9
Aaron Rodgers has had no issue with the departure of WR Davante Adams this offseason, as last year’s MVP has continued to show fans why he’s a top talent in the league. Although Rodgers could use help on the outside, RB Aaron Jones has been good on the ground, racking-up 217 yards and a touchdown in three games.
For New England, QB Mac Jones is doubtful this week with an ankle injury, so the Patriots will most-likely resort to backup Brian Hoyer, and you guys know how that’s going to go down.
Las Vegas Raiders 35, Denver Broncos 28
“Broncos Country, you tried”. You know it’s bad when your $245 million quarterback is getting burned on live-TV by Eli ‘Chad Powers’ Manning. Denver has yet to find their groove on the offensive side of things, but the defense has been great in keeping them afloat. Edge rushers Randy Gregory and Bradley Chubb have combined for five sacks so far this season and will look to continue their dominance against a fellow AFC West opponent.
For the Raiders, star WR and off-season acquisition Davante Adams has a touchdown in every game this year, but only has 189 receiving yards. If Las Vegas wants to get their first win of the year, prioritizing Adams needs to be the offensive gameplan.
Los Angeles Chargers 27, Houston Texans 10
What is going on with the Chargers? For a team who had high hopes after a disappointing end-of-season, quarterback Justin Herbert is the reason why this team isn’t winless, and running back Austin Ekeler has 80 rushing yards through three games.
Injuries have played a huge factor in LA’s lack-luster season so far, with names like OT Rashawn Slater and LB Joey Bosa hitting the IR. For Houston, not much was expected from them this season, but rookie DBs Jalen Pitre and Derek Stingley Jr. have been a great outlook into the future of this organization’s secondary.
Atlanta Falcons 21, Cleveland Browns 17
If there was ever a bad time for Myles Garrett to miss a week with injury, this one would be it. The Browns are coming into Atlanta with an injury-plagued roster: Jadeveon Clowney, Denzel Ward, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Taven Bryan all missed time this week, and not to mention the team losing captain and starting linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. for the rest of the season.
However, the silver lining through all this is the Browns’ success on the ground, spear-headed by Nick Chubb. Chubb leads the league with 341 rushing yards and four touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson has also dominated in the run-game, posting 302 rushing yards and two touchdowns, both top-6 in the league.
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