If it weren’t for a few close calls, my record last week would have looked like Jeff Fisher’s average season. Check out my week 4 picks and pray that I have a bounce back week.
Last Week’s Record: 9-7
Season Record: 30-17
The Pack struggled against a suddenly respectable Bengals team last week, but a division game at home should have Aaron Rodgers and the offense firing on all cylinders. Chicago’s win over Pittsburgh was a fluke, but hey, it’s the NFL and anything can happen.
New Orleans Saints @ Miami Dolphins (Game in London)
A week ago, I would have picked Miami in a close one. The Saints defense had been horrible and Miami played well against the Chargers, a team I still believe in. But then, Drew Brees and the Saints decided to blow out Carolina and the Dolphins lost a bad one to the joke of the league, the Jets. Give me the hot team.
Carolina Panthers @ New England Patriots
Carolina limps into New England coming off a blowout loss to the Saints just as the reigning Super Bowl champs are hitting their stride offensively. Tom Brady has won back to back AFC Offensive Player of the Week awards and Brandin Cooks is finally being fully utilized in the Pats system. Cam Newton can’t afford another 3-interception performance, or any mistakes for that matter, if he wants to keep the Panthers in this game.
Buffalo Bills @ Atlanta Falcons
Buffalo’s defense has allowed the least amount of points (37) in the league through 3 games. Normally I would be very impressed by that, but those games were against the Jets, the joke of the league, the Panthers, who’s offense has struggled all year, and the Broncos. So 2 out of those 3 games were against really bad teams, so I’m not sold on the idea that they will be able to stop the high powered Falcons offense.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns
Against the Packers, one of the better teams in the league, Cincy did what it hadn’t been able to do through the first 2 games of the season, score touchdowns. Despite the loss, it showed Andy Dalton and the Bengals are a competitive team in the league and should be able to care of business against Cleveland, who I think I set my expectations for at a far too high level.
Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas Cowboys
I really like this Rams team. They have offensive weapons (Todd Gurley, Sammy Watkins), they have a young quarterback coming into his own in front of our eyes (Jared Goff), a hungry and young head coach (Sean McVay), and some studs of the defensive side (Trumaine Johnson, Aaron Donald, Mark Baron). They will become a great team, but they aren’t there yet, and they aren’t at the level right now to beat a team like the Cowboys, especially with the way Dak Prescott is becoming more and more elite with every game.
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
Sam Bradford is out this week, and although Case Keenum performed well in the Vikings win over the Bucs last weekend, they’ll get a much tougher Detroit team coming to visit, who are coming off their first loss of the season to the reigning NFC champs.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Jets
The Jags left the country and did what no one though was even possible, blew the Ravens out of London 44-7. Was it luck? Do the Ravens just suck? Is Blake Bortles figuring it out? Who knows, but they have a chance to build a winning streak with a trip to New York, against a Jets team who really suck at tanking after they beat Miami last week.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens
One of the best rivalry games in football. The Steelers head into Baltimore following an embarrassing loss to Chicago, while the Ravens return from London after being blown out by the Jaguars. Both teams will be looking to get back on track, but Pittsburgh has the superior talent.
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
Deshaun Watson showed a lot of growth last week, nearly upsetting the Patriots. But the Texans still have a long way to go before truly being able to compete, and the Titans are coming off a big win against Seattle.
San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals
If Carson Palmer plays like he did in the first quarter against Dallas last Monday, the Cardinals will have an easy time with San Francisco. Brian Hoyer looked sharp as ever against Los Angeles, but history says he won’t likely be able to stretch that success to two straight games.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Los Angeles Chargers
I know, I ‘ve been wrong about this Chargers team so far, but I still look at the talent they have and believe they can save this sinking ship. Carson Wentz looks like he’s mad he was taken behind Jared Goff, and the Eagles are playing well as a team, but I’ll still take the upset.
New York Giants @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Giants are bad, it’s official now. It’s hard to believe this is the same team a lot of experts thought could go to the Super Bowl this year. The offensive line is garbage and Eli isn’t producing like he needs to. Now they head to Tampa where they’ll get a Buccaneers offense that has the weapons to explode any day now, and are coming off a tough loss to Minnesota. Jameis is a competitor, and should come out firing.
Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos
My gut says that last week’s surprising loss to the Redskins was caused by Oakland looking ahead to a big divisional game against Denver this week. Derek Carr can only play better after his worst game ever, and the Raiders will be looking to regain their stature as one of the top teams in the AFC.
Indianapolis Colts @ Seattle Seahawks
Beating the Browns doesn’t make the Colts respectable in my opinion, if anything, it makes the Browns look worse for me. Seattle will be desperate to get back on track after a loss against the Titans, and won’t overlook Indy.
Washington Redskins @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Redskins came out and shocked the world by upsetting the Raiders last Sunday night, and now face the hottest team in the league in another prime time match up. Kansas City has shown no signs of slowing down, and Kirk Cousins will be facing a much tougher defense than Oakland’s.