Oct. 09, 2016
Week 4 NFL Predictions (32-17)
I went 9-7 in picks last week and if anyone knows the NFL, that's not good enough to be successful (unless it's the NFC East). Lets try this again.
Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Colts got their first win of the season last week against San Diego in a game where their offense was proficient and their defense wasn't too shabby. Last time these two teams met up, Jacksonville put a 50 burger on them. I don't think that'll be the case this time. Jacksonville still has some growing pains to go through and this won't be their first win.
Winner: Colts 27 - 19
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots
Lets face it, if Bill Belichick was playing QB, the Pats would still find a way to win. Although Buffalo had a great effort against Arizona last week, I can't see them going on the road and taking down the almighty Patriots. New England's defense will be very tough to play against since they're coming off a shutout.
Winner: Patriots 31 - 20
Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are coming off two big wins on the road and they have a lot to brag about with their offense. Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman have been killing it through the air and on the ground. The only problem they're facing this week is Carolina's front seven. I also can't see Rivera's squad dropping to 1-3. A road division win is just what the Panthers need to boost their confidence.
Winner: Panthers 34 - 24
Oakland Raiders @ Baltimore Ravens
Jack Del Rio's team is a solid 2-1, but unfortunately they'll be falling to .500 after this game. The Ravens have home-field advantage and they're playing very well on defense. Even though they haven't played the most intimidating teams, I think Baltimore will play well enough to get a win. I still don't have faith in Oakland's defense.
Winner: Ravens 20 - 14
Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears
Say what you want, but Detroit rallied in the second half last week against Green Bay. Marvin Jones was next to unstoppable and the defense made some key stops. Even with their subpar running game, Matt Stafford did enough to elevate the offense. The Bears are still in a rough stretch and I don't see them winning this divisional showdown.
Winner: Lions 27 - 7
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
The Texans are coming off a horrible performance on offense, defense, and special teams against New England. Luckily for them, they're playing a much worse team in their house. Brock will return to form and have a nice stat line since Tennessee's run defense has been very good. Houston will win their first game without JJ Watt since 2010.
Winner: Texans 28 - 16
Seattle Seahawks @ New York Jets
Earlier in the week I picked the Jets because I figured their D-line would dominant the weak Seattle O-line and ultimately the game. Then I discovered that Eric Decker would not be playing. Decker is arguably one of the best #2 receivers in the league and since the Seahawks are one of the best teams against the run, I think the Jets will have a tough time on offense. Russel Wilson being healthy also aids to a Seattle win.
Winner: Seahawks 17 - 6
Cleveland Browns @ Washington Redskins
The Redskins are coming off a huge win on the road against a divisional opponent. Their defense forced three turnovers and their offense put up nearly 30 points. The Browns (AKA The Terrel Pryors) are 0-3 and are coming off a devastating loss to Miami. With a home field and some confidence, I'm picking Washington to win. But don't be surprised if Cleveland's offense makes some noise.
Winner: Redskins 34 - 28
Denver Broncos @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I was very surprised with Denver's offensive performance last week. Siemian had a fantastic day through the air connecting on four touchdown passes. Last week, Tampa Bay had trouble stopping Case Keenum and the Rams offense. Their defense hasn't had a good performance this season and that might continue. I have faith in Jameis to play decent, but if they need a stop, I'm putting my money on Denver's defense.
Winner: Broncos 26 - 16
New Orleans Saints @ San Diego Chargers
I find it incredible how the Saints refuse to upgrade their defense time after time. They were shredded against Atlanta and they'll have a tough time against San Diego too. Phillip RIvers doesn't even need his No. 1 receiver to excel. That's because he makes anyone a weapon and Melvin Gordon has been playing well, scoring a touchdown in every game this season. Look for Travis Benjamin to have a nice performance.
Winner: Chargers 38 - 24
Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona Cardinals
Last time the Rams played in University of Phoenix Stadium, they came out with a huge win making the Cardinals fall to 3-1 on the season. If they win this time, they'll make Arizona fall to 1-3. Too bad that won't happen. I can't see Bruce Arians letting his team fall to a record like that and I think they'll play much better at home. It'll be close, but I'm sticking with the Cards.
Winner: Cardinals 31 - 19
Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49ers
The Cowboys have some injuries in this game on both sides of the ball, but they're playing the 49ers. San Francisco never showed up for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Seattle ran the ball well, threw the ball well, and played great defense. Gabbert was an absolute non factor as he didn't throw one touchdown. As long as the Cowboys can run the ball, they should be able to win.
Winner: Cowboys 20 - 6
Kansas City Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Yes the Steelers only scored three points last week, but they're playing at home and they have the best running back in the league back on their team, Le'Veon Bell. Kansas City had a strong defensive showing against the Jets when they forced 8 turnovers and scored 2 touchdowns off of a fumble and a pic, but I highly doubt Big Ben has a six-interception game. I'm predicting Pittsburgh's defense to have a good night too.
Winner: Steelers 24 - 13
New York Giants @ Minnesota Vikings
If you haven't heard, the Vikings are for real. Who would of thought by week three they would be one of the best teams in the league (arguably having the best defense). The Giants could've also been 3-0 this week if they didn't shoot themselves in the foot on Sunday against Washington. Their defense is also ravaged with injuries, (Rodgers-Cromartie, Apple, and Berhe) so a lot of pressure will be on Eli and his dominant trio of receivers. Sticking with Minnesota.
Winner: Vikings 23 - 13