It is Week 4 of the NFL season and so far there have been many surprises and thrilling finishes. here’s to hoping that this one will be loaded with many more to come! Below are my predictions on what the outcome of all fifteen contests will be. Let me know what you think!
Last Week: 11-5
Thursday, October 1st, 8:30 e.t.
Baltimore Ravens (0-3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
Both of these teams suffered big blows last week. The Ravens obviously got knocked down a peg or ten with the loss to Cincy at home while the Steelers have found out they will be without Ben Roethlisberger for the next month and a half. So in steps Mike Vick, and he will try to guide this Pittsburgh offense during that time. At home against a Raven team that is desperate for a win, he will give it a go. The Steelers have LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown still and should have the edge on offense because of it.
Pittsburgh 27, Baltimore 21
Sunday, October 4th, 9:30 am e.t.
New York Jets (2-1) vs. Miami Dolphins (1-2) (London)
After getting flattened at home by the Bills, the Dolphins will jump across the sea and face another tough AFC East defense with the Jets. The Miami offense has really struggled to run the football this season, and Ryan Tannehill is just not good enough to get it all done on his own. I see that trend continuing for one more week as Gang Green has something to prove after getting defeated by Philly last week.
New York 22, Miami 16
Sunday, October 4th, 1:00 e.t.
Carolina Panthers (3-0) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2)
The Panthers have started and impressive 3-0, and Cam Newton has looked solid (for the most part) in those three contests. This week he will go on the road and face a Tampa Bay defense that has the ability to be pretty good but so often looks bad. I really don’t know if I trust the Panthers yet, however, but the Buccaneers don’t excite me too much either. Carolina should improve to 4-0 as long as they take care of the ball and don’t get gashed by Doug Martin on “D”.
Carolina 24, Tampa Bay 11
Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) @ Washington Redskins (1-2)
The Philadelphia offense did struggle some against the Jets last week, but the Jets do have a solid defensive unit. Washington? Not so much. Furthermore, the Eagles have been acceptable in their own right on “D”. They should pick up their second win of the season on the road against a Redskin club that is still trying to find an answer at the quarterback position. Be warned, though. The ‘Skins tend to show up against the Eagles.
Philadelphia 33, Washington 27
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) @ Indianapolis Colts (1-2)
It looked like the Colts were gonna fall to 0-3 last week, but then Andrew Luck happened in the fourth quarter and his team rallied to save their season from a disastrous start. Now, at home against a team that let the Patriots score 51 points and did not force a punt, Indy looks to get back on track. Luck should have a prolific performance in this one. And look for Andre Johnson to actually contribute finally. He scores two TDs as the Colts rip apart the Jags at home.
Indianapolis 37, Jacksonville 18
Houston Texans (1-2) @ Atlanta Falcons (3-0)
I was gonna pick the Texans to take this one in an upset, but then I remembered that Julio Jones is an animal (with 34 catches in his first three games, an NFL record) and that you don’t mess with Matt Ryan in the dome. The Falcons take this game and join the Panthers at 4-0 atop the NFC South because, why not? It would figure that a division that sent a 7-win team to the playoffs a season ago would boast two 4-0 teams the very next year. You gotta love the NFL.
Atlanta 35, Houston 21
Oakland Raiders (2-1) @ Chicago Bears (0-3)
Speaking of cooky things to start the 2015 season, how about the Raiders having a competent offense and starting 3-1? It will happen. Chicago couldn’t do anything but punt the ball away up in Seattle. I do think they’ll fare better at home against a defense that is not so stingy, but that doesn’t mean I completely trust Jimmy Claussen’s Bears.
Oakland 22, Chicago 20
New York Giants (1-2) @ Buffalo Bills (2-1)
Early reports swirling say that LeSean McCoy may be a no-go for the Bills this Sunday against the other New York team (that isn’t actually from New York). But then again the Buffalo Bills aren’t actually from Buffalo, they hail from Orchard Park. In fact, is this game even being played in New York or will Montreal get a little NFL action? I digress. Buffalo still has Karlos Williams, and he has been running like a man possessed this season. So even without Shady, I still like the Bills to take the “W”, coupled with a solid defensive performance.
Buffalo 21, New York 13
Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) @ Cincinnati Bengals (3-0)
The Bengals might be for real. They have looked pretty good in three consecutive weeks. Jeremy Hill has killed my fantasy team over the last two, but that’s really none of my business… I think the Bengals get things rolling on the ground against a Kansas City defense that hasn’t been extra sharp this season. Throws will be there for Andy Dalton as well. Let’s hope this game doesn’t end in a tie like it did the last time Andy Ried traveled to Cincinnati.
Cincinnati 25, Kansas City 23
Sunday, October 4th, 4:05 e.t.
Cleveland Browns (1-2) @ San Diego Chargers (1-2)
The Chargers, who looked good in the second half of their first game and solid in their second game, got destroyed on the road in Minnesota last week. They look to bounce back against a Cleveland team that is 0-2 when starting Josh McCown this season and 1-0 when starting John Football (just saying). McCown is starting this game, so look for that stat to drop to 0-3. The Chargers do have the more talented team here. As long as they can contain Travis Benjamin they should be fine.
San Diego 28, Cleveland 13
Sunday, October 4th, 4:25 e.t.
Green Bay Packers (3-0) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-2)
Coming on the road on a short week versus the 49ers (a team that seemingly always plays well against the Packers) spells trap game for Green Bay. I feel like I haven’t picked enough shockers this week, so how about I do it here. The Niners will bounce back from an atrocious performance in Arizona and pick up a win at home over Aaron Rodgers who, as another bold prediction, will turn the ball over three times after not doing so at all in the first three games.
San Francisco 28, Green Bay 24
Minnesota Vikings (2-1) @ Denver Broncos (3-0)
Denver probably has the best defense in all of football right now, and it has carried the Broncos to a 3-0 start this season. At home against a Viking team that hasn’t done much in the way of throwing the ball this year, I would say that their odds of winning are pretty good. Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib have been monsters on the outside. As long as the Broncos don’t get torched by Adrian Peterson, they should be another team that improves to 4-0.
Denver 23, Minnesota 10
St. Louis Rams (1-2) @ Arizona Cardinals (3-0)
I feel as though I’ve been a little too harsh on the Cardinals this year, and they really don’t deserve it. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald have been amazing on offense this year, and the defense has been fantastic (especially last week). Facing the Rams, a team that has managed only 16 points since scoring 34 in Week 1, I would say their odds of winning are pretty good.
Arizona 31, St. Louis 14
Sunday, October 4th, 8:30 e.t.
Dallas Cowboys (2-1) @ New Orleans Saints (0-3)
The Saints nearly pulled an upset last week on the road and Carolina, but were killed at the end with an amazing interception courtesy of Josh Norman. Now, they will host the Cowboys, who relinquished a 14 point halftime lead to the Falcons at home. Sure, Dallas does play better on the road, but this week I see that changing. Luke McCown or Drew Brees should focus on getting the ball to C.J. Spiller, Mark Ingram, and Brandin Cooks in space and watch them carry the offense.
New Orleans 21, Dallas 20
Monday, October 5th, 8:30 e.t.
Detroit Lions (0-3) @ Seattle Seahawks (1-2)
The Lions (along with Baltimore) may be the most surprising 0-3 team on the season. I would say there is no way that they drop to 0-4, but they do play the Seahawks in Seattle on a Monday night. Good luck with that. Seattle should play a bit better on offense and their defense, although it did pitch a shutout against the Bears last week, has room for improvement. The ‘Hawks win big against a banged up Matthew Stafford and a team that cannot run the ball worth a lick.
Seattle 27, Detroit 9
Week 4 Bonus Predictions
Upset of the Week (0-3): San Francisco over Green Bay
Sure Bet of the Week (2-1): Indianapolis over Jacksonville
Rookie of the Week: Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders
Offensive Player of the Week: Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
Defensive Player of the Week: Von Miller, LB, Broncos
Best Overall Offense: Indianapolis Colts
Best Overall Defense: Seattle Seahawks
Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!