Week 4 Predictions

San Francisco at St. Louis

The 49ers have been in a bit of a funk, and St. Louis was 1-0-1 against them last season. It’s a short week for the Niners to right the ship, and they’re on the road for this one. But it’s a short week for the Rams as well, and let’s not forget what the Cowboys were able to do to them. Bradford may not be the answer, and it seems the Rams are still lacking in offensive weapons. The offense might not return to dominance, but the defense should do more than enough for San Francisco to win this one.

49ers win 24-13

Baltimore at Buffalo

The Bills have been close in all three games so far this season. They return home after their first away game of the season last week. But the Ravens have been looking better and better, and their main weakness is a lack of playmakers at receiver. Well Buffalo is hurting in the secondary right now, and the Ravens defense is still pretty good.

Ravens win 27-20

Cincinnati at Cleveland

Big win for the Browns last week. Who knows, maybe Brian Hoyer is a quality quarterback, and maybe getting Josh Gordon back was the shot in the arm they needed. But let’s not forget that was the Vikings defense they were going up against. Oh, and Hoyer still had three interceptions. The Bengals have proven they are in a completely different class than Minnesota. The Browns defense needs to go back to the way they played the first two weeks, as opposed what they showed against Christian Ponder and the Vikings. It probably won’t be enough.

Bengals win 27-14

Chicago at Detroit

This is both team’s first real test within the division. Each had a home win over Minnesota, and both games were closer than they should’ve been. The Bears haven’t faced a really good offense yet, but the Lions won’t be a real threat unless they have Reggie Bush back. The Bears offensive line has been much improved, but the Lions front will really measure how far they’ve come. The Bears faired well against the Bengals and their defensive line, and you gotta like their chances to get a turnover in this one.

Bears win 24-21

NY Giants at Kansas City

The Giants can’t go 0-4, right? There is too much talent on the offensive side of the ball for them to stay dormant for long. But this isn’t the week things change. The Chiefs have had a great defense, and lead the league in sacks, not something this Giants offensive line wants to hear. The game is also in Kansas City where the Chiefs have one of the best homefield advantages in the league.

Chiefs win 27-17

Arizona at Tampa Bay

The Bucs have to get a win eventually. They were 7-9 last season and added more talent in the offseason. They were close to wins the first two weeks, and will be home for this one. Arizona looked terrible last week, and Carson Palmer is still the quarterback. The Bucs switch to Mike Glennon at quarterback muddles things a bit. He’s a rookie who didn’t win the job as much as Josh Freeman lost it. But there is a reason Josh Freeman lost it, and it’s hard to imagine someone being a lot worse. The switch might even spark this team. I might be talking myself into this, but I think the Bucs get their first win of the season.

Bucs win 20-14

Indianapolis at Jacksonville

The game is in Jacksonville….and that’s pretty much the only reason to like the Jaguars. The Colts will build on their big win last Sunday with another convincing win this week.

Colts win 31-17

Seattle at Houston

Ed Reed believes this is a Super Bowl preview. Did he get a concussion last week? Despite a 2-1 record the Texans have not looked great this season, and Seattle has. The biggest problem is how the Seahawks will play on the road. Their only win on the road came week one in a close game against the Panthers. The Texans still have talent, are returning home, and are still thought of as contenders, but it’s really hard to pick them with their play to start the season.

Seahawks win 24-21

Pittsburgh at Minnesota

Matt Cassel will be starting for the Vikings. That might be a positive thing with the way Christian Ponder is playing, but Cassel was the starter for the 2-14 Chiefs last season. You can’t even give Minnesota the benefit of a home game since it’s in London. The Steelers defense won’t have another bad game, and they might even have a good offensive performance. The Vikings have been dreadful at getting pressure this season, and that’s what the struggling offensive line of the Steelers needs.

Steelers win 27-17

NY Jets at Tennessee

Two similar teams. Both have been winning close games on the strength of a solid defense. But the Jets defense is just in another class. The Titans offense has looked average at best. The Jets should have no problem shutting down the Titans running game, and should be able to get to Jake Locker who has been sacked plenty this season. Geno Smith might not have a great game, but he should be able to do enough.

Jets win 27-17

Washington at Oakland

The Redskins have looked better every week. The Raiders might be without Terrelle Pryor for this one. Matt Flynn is going to be an easy target for a Redskins defense that excels at pass rushing.

Redskins win 31-17

Philadelphia at Denver

The schedule makers were not friendly to Chip Kelly and the Eagles, and this week is no different. The Broncos have looked like one of the best teams in the league, and the Eagles get them in Denver. Most teams try to beat Peyton by keeping him off the field, but the Eagles entire offense is based around a fast pace that has given them little time of possession. The Broncos defense has been better than advertised, and it’ll be interesting to see how a revived Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie plays going up against his old team.

Broncos win 38-24

Dallas at San Diego

The Cowboys had a big win last week, and are looking like the favorites of the NFC East. But the Chargers could easily be 2-1, and have been close in every game they have played so far. Problem is the Cowboys strength on defense has been their defensive, and the Chargers aren’t known for having a great offensive line. The Chargers allowed Chris Johnson to average 4.7 yards per carry last week, when he failed to crack 4 the previous two weeks. DeMarco Murray is probably in for another big game. This will be closer for the Cowboys than last week, but they should be able to stay ahead of the pack in the East.

Cowboys win 31-23

New England at Atlanta

The toughest team New England will face yet. Atlanta has the offense to put up points, and the defense to make things tough for Brady and the young receiving corp. If Rob Gronkowski comes back it’ll be a different story, but the Patriots don’t have enough weapons right now to take down the Falcons in a Georgie Dome they’ve played very well in during Matt Ryan’s career.

Falcons win 28-21

Miami at New Orleans

The battle of two 3-0 teams. The Dolphins have been very impressive so far this season, but the AFC East isn’t going to do well in primetime this week. The Dolphins needed to come back to beat the Falcons at home. The Saints are better than the Falcons, especially in the Superdome. The Saints defense has been the story for them so far this season, and they should make things hard for Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins offense. The Saints will score enough to advance to 4-0.

Saints win 27-20

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