NFL: A Look at Some Week 4 Predictions
Week 4 of the NFL begins Thursday night on the NFL Network. Here is a look at some predictions as the week begins.
Thursday, October 1st
(0-3)Denver Broncos at New York Jets(0-3) at 8:20 PM ET on NFL Network
It has been a rough ride for both teams. Denver has been competitive against good teams like Pittsburgh and Tennessee. Because the New York Jets have clearly looked second best in their first three games, I see the Broncos winning. There will be turnovers and penalties to illustrate why these teams hold their September status. Broncos 20 Jets 10 the final score in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Sunday, October 4th
(1-2)Los Angeles Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers(2-1) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS
Tom Brady seldom loses to the Chargers organization. If memory serves, Drew Brees was the signal-caller in 2005 in a decisive victory in Foxboro, but outside of that, Brady’s Patriots teams were superior in head-to-head matchups. No reason to see a change this week. The Buccaneers continue to sharpen their offense. Tampa Bay 31 Los Angeles Chargers 21 will be the result.
(2-1)Baltimore Ravens at Washington Football Team(1-2) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS
Baltimore licks their NFL wounds as their defense received some humble pie against Kansas City. This game will take a while to percolate. Washington is still building, and it would not surprise me if later in the season they were to land a big win later this season. Perhaps it takes until the second half for the Ravens to lock it in gear considering they were on a short week. It finishes Baltimore 38 Washington 14.
(3-0)Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans(3-0) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS (Postponed)
This looks like a delicious matchup on paper. Both teams are very skilled defensively. T.J. Watt will make his share of plays, and the same will be said of Johnathan Joseph. Both bring great running games to the table as James Conner and Derrick Henry will feature. Strangely enough, I sense Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski becoming involved for a fourth consecutive week. Tennessee 27 Pittsburgh 24 in the Music City.
(3-0)Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins(1-2) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX
This is about as long of a plane ride as there can be across the lower forty-eight of the United States from Seattle to Miami. I do not see that being an effect as the Seahawks will win, but the Dolphins will make it interesting. Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw touchdowns and interceptions, but Russell Wilson lights it up in the fourth quarter again. Seahawks pull away 28-17.
(0-3)Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans(0-3) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX
The Texans have dug out of 0-3 a couple of seasons ago to win the NFL’s AFC South, so the season might not be over yet. The Vikings had trouble scoring in their only road game, but I think they put together a good performance. The Texans did some good things in Pittsburgh, but could not finish. I think Minnesota gets by 26-23 for their maiden win.
(1-2)New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions(1-2) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX
These are two NFL teams eager to get on track, one feeling better than the other. Detroit beat a Cardinals side trying to move up the ladder in year two of the Kyler Murray administration. Much has been made of the play of future Hall of Famer Drew Brees in New Orleans. I think Detroit gets back to even as the defense holds on downs for a 28-24 win.
(1-2)Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals(0-2-1) at 1:00 PM on CBS
I think Jacksonville will play well, but this is the week Joe Burrow gets his first win. Cincinnati has been knocking on the door. They will need a few drafts to challenge Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland, but the Bengals get to feel good. Their hard work in some tight games pays off in a high-scoring NFL game, 35-31.
(2-1)Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers(1-2) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX
This one reeks of a game that should have a lot of touchdowns Sunday. DeAndre Hopkins will score three times in Charlotte. The Cardinals continue to perform to stay in the peloton known as the NFC West. They bounce back on the first week of October and Arizona walks away 3-1, 35-28.
(2-1)Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys(1-2) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX
Nick Chubb looked very impressive last week against Washington. Reading lots of comments on Twitter, listening to commentators talk, I cannot disagree that Cleveland needs to run the ball effectively in order to set up the aerial attack with Landry and Beckham. The Cowboys have been in every game, losing two games they were in a position to win and winning their lone game when they really should not have. This feels like the team with the ball last wins, Browns get the game’s final touchdown from Jarvis Landry, 41-38.
(0-3)New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams(2-1) at 4:05 PM ET on FOX
The Rams almost had a remarkable comeback in Orchard Park, New York. They do not have another slow start this time. The defense comes to play, Aaron Donald gets double-teamed leaving other teammates to sack Daniel Jones. Los Angeles takes the Giants seriously, build a big lead, and do not look back. The Rams clobber the New York Giants 38-10.
(2-1)New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs(3-0) at 4:25 PM ET on CBS
The contrast in style is what fascinates me. Watching New England early on, they are a ball-control offense but have done well in the red zone in finishing drives. Kansas City can carve up any defense, beating the opposition either quickly or methodically. I think the Patriots chance is to keep scoring sevens, as Seattle did in the Week 2 game, I think the Chiefs defense creates enough stops to get separation. Entertaining game, but the championship belt-holders pull away late, Kansas City 38 New England 27.
(3-0)Buffalo Bills at Las Vegas Raiders(2-1) at 4:25 PM ET on CBS
I think the Bills are for real, but every team has a tough week at some point. I would not be surprised to see Las Vegas pull out the win. I don’t know if the Raiders are a playoff team this year because they may be too inconsistent, but they put it together in Week 4. The Raiders bounce back 24-20 after a flat performance in Foxboro.
(0-2-1)Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers(2-1) at 8:20 PM ET on NBC
As bad of a few sets of weeks as the Eagles offense has had, I see them playing well in this matchup. They escape the scrutiny of the local media by being on the west coast and compete. It will not be enough as San Francisco tries to continue to tread water through all of the injuries. 49ers 30 Eagles 20 under the lights in Santa Clara.
Monday, October 5th
(0-3)Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers(3-0) at 8:15 PM ET on ESPN
Green Bay looks dominant offensively like the 2014 version that, in truth, should have played in the Super Bowl that year. They will still give up some points because the Falcons can still put up points. Still, the Packers will finish off a perfect first quarter of the regular season with a win on Monday Night Football by a score of 42-21.
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