Week #4 is the first week of the BYE. Carolina and Green Bay are the first two teams to reap the benefits of a week off. Both the Panthers and Packers are underperforming so far, although the Panthers just blew out the New York Football Giants in a Week 3 Ass Kicking. The Packers have not been their usual selves on offense. They have shown flashes but they are no where near what we have saw Aaron Rodgers do in the past. Both of these teams will take this time to get healthy and regroup. Anyways, THE SAV and Myself are back with our Week 4 Picks as we both try to right the ship after a few poor weeks. So here are my picks for Week 4:
This game is being played in London and will pit a battle of two winless teams. The Steelers and Vikings are both 0-3 at this point and are both at must win points of the season. The Steelers are favored by 2.5 Points. Adrian Peterson is off to a decent start, however he is nowhere near the top of his game. Also, there is more turmoil as Christian Ponder has reportedly been benched and Matt Cassel will get the start in his place. For the Steelers, they have been poor in the trenches both rushing the ball and defending the run. Ben Rothlisberger should be able to lead the Steelers up and down the field against an overrated Vikings pass defense. The Steelers win 20-17 and cover. ENJOY LONDON!!!!!!!!! This is what you miss out on!
BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-1)
BUFFALO BILLS (1-2)
Baltimore is struggling on Defense as expected. Ray Rice is also questionable as he was held out of practice most of the week. The Ravens, despite their struggles are 2-1. The Bills on the other hand are not playing their game. Their patented Rushing Attack has been atrocious. Going into the season, the Bills were rated as one of the Top Rushing Teams in Football. CJ Spiller, a Top 5 Fantasy Pick, has been a bust so far. Fred Jackson is also grinding gears in the backfield. Baltimore is favored by 3 points in this game and I am going to take the favorite here as well…Ravens 17- Bills 10.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-1)
CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-2)
The Bengals are favored by 3.5 here on the road. The Bengals, who many experts picked to have a shot at the Super Bowl during the pre season has not found their identity on either side of the ball. Their Defense in particular has been a disappointment thus far. In contrast, Brian Hoyer had a surprise effort in his NFL debut throwing for three touchdowns. The Browns have been a bite confusing, as they traded away their Franchise Running Back Trent Richardson to the rival Colts. However, Josh Gordon is back from his suspension and has potential to be a super star on this team. Last week he had a breakout game. I see the Browns in an upset here…21-17.
INDIANPOLIS COLTS (2-1)
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-3)
The Jaguars may lose every game this season. They are horrible in all facets of the game. The Colts are 2-1 and are favored by 8.5 Points. I see Indy pounding the ball with Trent Richardson and setting up the play action pass from Andrew Luck to Reggie Wayne and the other Colts weapons. The Colts will dominate both sides of the line of scrimmage. The final score…Colts win 28-10.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-0)
HOUSTON TEXANS (2-1)
The Seahawks come into this game only favored by 2.5. I am sure if this game was in Seattle the spread would be double digits. I mean, Houston has a good team, but the Seahawks have been a machine on all sides of the ball. Their special teams is ranked at the top. They have the best defense. Marshawn Lynch is a beast carrying the rock. Russel Wilson is picking up where he left off. The Texans will be missing their Number One wide Receiver Andre Johnson. I see the Seahawks winning fairly easily by a score of 34-20.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-2)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-3)
Tampa is in Turmoil. Meanwhile their season is hanging in the balance. Their Franchise Quarterback, Josh Freeman has asked to be traded. Now their are reports that he will be inactive this week. Vincent Jackson, their best Wide Receiver is out with an injury as well. The Cardinals are not performing as well as expected coming into the season and have some injuries themselves. Larry Fitzgerald has been pedestrian like. However, the Cardinals bring it on Defense. With a new Quarterback starting his first game, the Cardinals will put eight in the box to stop Doug Martin (the one bright spot), and force the passing game. Tampa is only favored by 2.5 and I can only see this as a home field advantage. I am going Arizona to win the game outright 21-16.
CHICAGO BEARS (3-0)
DETROIT LIONS (2-1)
The Bears are one of the Top teams in the NFC. The Lions have the prolific offense and they are getting another weapon, Reggie Bush back from injury. The Bears are 3 Point Underdogs on the Road. There is much history here between these two bitter rivals. There is a new hatred towards each other. The Defensive stalwart SU always brings it and knows how to pressure Jay Cutler. Expect a steady dose of Matt Forte. The Lions are favored but I am going to say the Bears will remain undefeated by winning in solid fashion 27-17.
NEW YORK GIANTS (0-3)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-0)
The Upstart Chiefs are the talk of the NFL right now. Former Eagle’s head coach Andy Reid has inherited a very talented team. Reid has shown that he can have success with the right players…5 NFC CHAMPIONSHIPS…4 in a row. I mean, no matter how bad the Eagle’s fans wanted him out of there, he is a great coach. This team is so balanced and I see Alex Smith as the dink and dunk quarterback Reid hoped that McNabb would grow into. Jamal Charles is one of the best Running Backs in Football and to boot the Chiefs have the League’s Number One Defense. The Giants are in shambles. Just like any other sport…its hard for a team to have success forever. I just see the Giants on a downward spiral. Their defense is banged up and they do not pound the rock. The Chiefs who are favored by 4 will win the game as well as cover as they beat the road dog Giants 20-10.
NEW YORK JETS (2-1)
TENNESSEE TITANS (2-1)
Both of these teams come into this game at 2-1. The Titans are growing behind Jake Locker. The Jets on the other hand are playing behind Geno Smith, a rookie. The Titans are favored by 3.5 Points at home. However, I feel that in order to win this game the Titans need to get back to basics. Chris Johnson is still an above average running back that plays better with more carries. For the Jets, Bilal Powell a virtual no name is one of the top rushers in the NFL. Last week he rushed for 147 Yards and a Touchdown. I am taking the Jets to pull this one out on the road 16-14.
DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1)
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (1-2)
The Dallas Cowboys will be playing this game without their number 2 Wideout Miles Austin who is out again with a hamstring injury. However, they have plenty of other weapons. Tony Romo is actually off to his best start of his career completing 70 Percent of his passes. San Diego has been inconsistent and they have been burned through the air. They are giving up the most points and yards to wide receivers at this point. Dallas wins 28-24 and covers the 2 Point Spread.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (0-3)
OAKLAND RAIDERS (1-2)
These teams are both struggling but the Redskins are in dire straights. Expect both big games from Alfred Morris and RGIII. The Redskins are favored by 3.5 Points and will win 21-10.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-2)
DENVER BRONCOS (3-0)
This is the prime game of the week. Two High Octane Offenses. I don’t care who has the better defense…this game is going to be a shootout. The Broncos are favored by 11 at Home. I see the Broncos winning 42-35 so they do not cover.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-0)
ATLANTA FALCONS (1-2)
WELL…The Patriots win again folks. Matty Ice has been Ice Cold. The Atlanta rushing game is hurting without Jackson and Roddy White is Shotty. Pats win and upset the favored Falcons.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-0)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-0)
The Saints are favored but I am going Dolphins. Fish to 4-0.
***TOMORROW I WILL HAVE MY START EM/SIT EMS!