Welcome to Week 4 of the NFL and I’m coming off my best week so far. My record last week was 5-3 and it boosts my overall record to 14-10 while raising my winning percentage from 56.7% to 58.3%. The big news coming out of the league last week was the players and owners firing back at the president after his comments. Honestly, I’m not satisfied because Colin Kaepernick is still being blackballed and they didn’t unite for his cause, but it was the owners looking out for their money. Either way, back to the regularly scheduled program and that is football. It’s hard to believe that this will make the end of the first quarter of the season already. This week I’ll be predicting 9 games this week with the hopes of raising my overall winning percentage. Let’s Get Started!!
This is the Thursday night game as it pits two NFC North rivals against each other. The Chicago Bears will head to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers. Chicago have arguably had the toughest schedule thus far, but they finally picked up a win over Pittsburgh. Jordan Howard is slowly putting his name up there with other elite RBs in the league. The Bears running game has been great and their defense is coming along also. Can they pull off the upset? Green Bay looked like two different teams last week against Cincinnati. In the first half, they looked flat and in the 2nd half, they looked like the team we’ve grown accustomed to. This game will be better than expected, but Green Bay should win.
Green Bay Win 31-21
The Buffalo Bills will travel down south to Atlanta to face the Falcons. When Buffalo traded Sammy Watkins, their best remaining corners and Stephen Gilmore left via free agency it seemed like Buffalo would have a terrible year. Through 3 games, Buffalo is 2-1 and they came up with a huge victory over Denver last week. The defense was suffocating and the offense looked great with Tyrod Taylor running the offense efficiently. On the other hand, the defending NFC champions are starting to look like the same team from a year ago. Unfortunately, that means the defense is still a long way to go to becoming a good defense. It’s hard to beat Atlanta at home and I don’t think Buffalo will do it either.
Atlanta Win 35-20
We have a battle of 2-1 teams and 2nd year QBs as the Los Angeles Rams travel to face the Dallas Cowboys. Are the Rams a legit contender? The offense has looked great and Jared Goff is showing everyone why he was the top pick of last year’s draft. The Rams played in arguably the best game of the year last Thursday against San Francisco. This will be their toughest test to date, can they pull off the upset against the Cowboys? Dallas bounced back in a major way on Monday night against the Cardinals after a dismal performance against Denver the previous week. Can the Rams defense put a stop to the Dallas offense and that line? I’m going with Dallas to pick up the win.
Dallas Win 26-17
We head back to the NFC North as the Detroit Lions travel to face the Minnesota Vikings. Detroit just suffered their first defeat last week in a nail-biter against Atlanta. It seems like this division will be a dog fight between Green Bay, Detroit and Minnesota with Chicago causing problems. Can Matthew Stafford continue his great season against the tough secondary of Minnesota? With Sam Bradford still nursing an injured knee, Minnesota’s offense finally looked good. If the defense isn’t on the field too much, they are one of the better ones in the league. Will Case Keenam lead this team to victory over this tough Lions team? I’m going with Minnesota to take care of home.
Minnesota Win 27-24
The Carolina Panthers travel up north to New England to face the defending Super Bowl champ Patriots. Carolina started the season allowing 6 points in two games, but they gave up 34 points at home. What may be scarier for the Panthers is that reports about Cam Newton not being 100%. The offense looked out of sync and the defense didn’t look any better, can both rebound in New England? New England is starting to look like a championship team, especially on offense. The lingering issue for New England has to be the amount of hits that Tom Brady have took already. For this game, New England should take care of home and beat the Panthers.
New England Win 34-24
If you love physical football, this should be the game of the week. The Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens. Pittsburgh is coming off an embarrassing loss in Chicago against the Bears. Pittsburgh seemed like they were out of sync last week and for some reason, Big Ben just don’t look the same. That all could change with a huge win over their rivals from Baltimore, but can they pull off the road win? Last week was bad for Pittsburgh, but it was downright awful for the Baltimore Ravens. They were blown out 44-7 by Jacksonville in London as nothing went right for them. Can they rebound and beat their heated rival? I’m going with Pittsburgh for the road win.
Pittsburgh Win 22-17
We have another match-up between division rivals as they represent the AFC West. The Oakland Raiders will travel to Denver to meet the Broncos. With the Kansas City Chiefs off to a hot start, both teams can’t afford to lose this game. Oakland is coming off an embarrassing loss in Washington last week where the offense looked awful. Kirk Cousins had his way with the Raider defense, can Trevor Siemien have the same success against them? Denver also had a tough outing last week as they were upset in Buffalo against the Bills. Will this Broncos team rebound and play like they did against Dallas a couple weeks ago? I’m picking the Raiders to win on the road in a tough Mile High Stadium.
Oakland Win 23-20
This is the Sunday night game as the Indianapolis Colts travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks. I think we all can agree that both offense have struggled mightily so far this season. The Colts finally picked up a win last week against the Browns. Jacoby Brissett looks like he’s finally settling into this offense, but he’ll face one of the league’s best defenses in Seattle. Can the Colts make it two in a row and could Vontae Davis help their defense? Last week, Tennessee torched this defense as things got heated with Richard Sherman and the officials. Despite the loss, Russell Wilson and the offense looked much better and they hope to continue that trend. I’m picking the Seahawks to even their record as they beat Indianapolis in front of their home crowd.
Seattle Win 24-13
This is the Monday Night game and it should be a good one. The Washington Redskins visit Arrowhead Stadium and the Kansas City Chiefs. Washington have won two games in a row after losing their opener against the Eagles. Kirk Cousins is once again looking great, but their run game is what’s producing winning results. Seeing that the Chiefs is the only team to beat Philadelphia, can Washington upset the Chiefs on the road? The Kansas City Chiefs have looked great thus far and they have a crafty offense and a hard-hitting defense. They have an early Rookie of the Year candidate in Kareen Hunt as they click on all cylinders. Kansas City should keep the ball rolling in a closer than expected game.
Kansas City Win 31-24
Are you ready for Week 4? What game are you looking forward the most? What do you think about my picks? Leave a comment below.