NFL Week 4 – Game Previews, Picks and Predictions
last night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams kicked off week 4 of the young NFL season. Here is a look at this weekends up coming games. Sunday night’s game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, and Monday night’s game between the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints will be covered more in depth upcoming soon.
First let’s take a look at the early games and here are my NFL Week 4 Picks and game previews
Baltimore Ravens (2-1) @ Buffalo Bills (1-2) 9/29 1:00 EST
Line: BAL -3.0
The Ravens go into Buffalo with their much improved defense since losing to Denver, having not given up a touchdown in their last 2 games. Tall order with Buffalo’s quick run offense, but I do see the Ravens coming away with a victory as I believe the defense will do enough to contain the Bills. Prediction: Baltimore Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) @ Cleveland Browns (1-2) 9/29 1:00PM EST
Line: CIN -4.0
After last weeks thrilling victory at home against the Green Bay Packers, I look for the Bengals to continue their winning ways against the Browns, a team they have beaten 7 out of 9 times the last few seasons. With the Browns’ trading away RB Trent Richardson, and appointing of third-string QB Brian Hoyer, I don’t like their chances. Bengals win easily.
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals
Chicago Bears (3-0) @ Detroit Lions (2-1) 9/29 1:00PM EST
Line: DET -3.0
This should be a game to watch as the Detroit Lions look to end their struggles against the NFC North rivals Chicago Bears, who are looking to go 4-0 for the first time in seven years. Although, the Lions get back their flashy RB Reggie Bush back in their offensive mix, I believe the Bears will continue their recent dominance of the Lions and see them winning in a close one on the road.
Prediction: Chicago Bears
New York Giants (0-3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) 9/29 1:00PM EST
Line: -4.0 Over/Under 44.0
Tough task for the New York Giants to go into Kansas City, in search of their first win of the season, against a Chiefs team playing well on both sides of the ball. Although, I expect a better performance from the Giants following last weeks shutout loss to the Panthers, I don’t see them leaving Kansas City with a victory. Chiefs are playing with a lot of confidence, and see them remaining perfect.
So this NFL week 4 Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3) vs. Minnesota Vikings (0-3) @ Wembley Stadium London, England 9/29 1:00PM EST
Line: PIT -3.0 Over/Under 42.0
Both teams look to get into the win column, as they play in the NFL’s annual International Series at the famed Wembley Stadium in London. I see the Steelers having the better chance to win, as Viking QB Christian Ponder is struggling to lead the Viking offense in the early season. Vikings gave one away last week to the Browns. The Steelers to win going away late. Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers Arizona Cardinals (1-2) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3) 1:00PM EST
Line: TB -1.0 Over/Under 40.5
With the Bucs deciding to pull QB Josh Freeman in favor of rookie QB Mike Glennon to help spark the struggling offense, I don’t see it being enough to give the Bucs their first win of the season. Arizona has a bunch of injuries, but I have more confidence in their offense to get the job done on the road. Cardinals in a close one.
My NFL week 4 Pick & Prediction: Arizona Cardinals Indianapolis Colts (2-1) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3) 9/29 1:00PM EST
Line: IND -7.5 Over/Under 42.5
The hot Indianapolis Colts, fresh off their big win of the 49ers last week, go into Jacksonville to play a Jaguar team many believe, are the worst team in football. I agree! Colts in a runaway. For sure pick here. Colts Prediction: Indianapolis Colts
Seattle Seahawks (3-0) @ Houston Texans (2-1) 9/29 1:00PM EST
Great match up here, and the first real true test on the road for the Seattle Seahawks, who look to remain unbeaten. Many critics have the Seahawks as the best team in football. I have them second behind the Broncos, until they can prove they can win on the road. Tough one to call… but I see the Texans winning in a close one. Must see game!
Prediction: Houston Texans
New York Jets (2-1) @ Tennessee Titans (2-1) 9/29 4:05PM EST
Line: TEN -3.5
Should be an interesting game, as Jets rookie QB Geno Smith looks to continue to carry the Jets to victory. I like what I see in the Titans’ offense led by QB Jake Locker, and have the Titans winning easily.
Prediction: Tennessee Titans
Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) @ Denver Broncos (3-0) 9/29 4:25PM EST
Line: DEN -11.0
This is also a must watch game in my book, not that I expect too close of a game, but the offenses of both teams should keep us entertained. Expect lots of points in this one, however, the majority of those points coming from the best team in football.. the Denver Broncos! Fun one to watch.
Prediction: Denver Broncos
Washington Redskins (0-3) @ Oakland Raiders (1-2) 9/29 4:25PM EST
Line: WSH -3.5
I think the key to this game is weather Raider QB Terrelle Pryor will be available to start, after last weeks concussion at Denver. Redskin QB RG3 seems to be on his way back to the quarterback he was last year. Redskins will be playing with a sense of urgency, as they look to notch their first win of the year. Close one to call.. comes down to availability of Terrelle Pryor to give the Raiders a chance to win.
Prediction: Toss-Up (Pick-Em)
Dallas Cowboys (2-1) @ San Diego Chargers (1-2) 9/29 4:25PM EST
Line: DAL -1.0
“Americas Team,” the Dallas Cowboys go into San Diego to battle a team, who have played much better then their record, having given away two games to the Texans and Titans. Cowboys look to establish themselves as a team who this year should be taken seriously as playoff contenders. Another good game to watch. I see the Chargers playing a complete game and winning late.
Prediction: San Diego Chargers
There you go with all the games on the main docket, and my NFL Week 4 pick´s and predictions for this Sunday. Good luck!
By Mario Martinez Wonder-Punter