Heading into week four after a week three that was full of surprises
Following a crazy week three, what will week four have in store? Last week, the Chiefs upset the Eagles to move to 3-0 and the Dolphins upset the Falcons to move to 3-0 as well. In addition, the Ravens routed the Texans, the Browns took down the Vikings, the Colts defeated the heavily favored 49ers and the Panthers shut out the Giants. Now the Dolphins and Chiefs look to stay undefeated as they face off against the Saints and Giants, respectively. Also the Sunday night match up, the Patriots and the Falcons, looks like it could be a good one.
As for our experts, it was an off week for everyone. Only Jacob managed to go over the .500 mark at 9-7 for the week. Although Sam retains his lead, Jacob is now only two games behind. The standings go as follows:
49ers at Rams
Both these teams displayed troubling performances that don't make me confident on either team. However, 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick will be by far the most electrifying player on the field. And expect a bounce back day from the 49ers' defense.
Despite the disappointing loss to Indy last week, look for the Niners to bounce back with a big road win.
The 49ers lost back-to-back games for the first time in the Jim Harbaugh era last Sunday, and they, especially Colin Kaepernick, have heard all the talk of panic in San Francisco. The 49ers will come out angry and will bounce back against the disappointing Rams.
Although they have been in a recent bad run of form, the 49ers will look to bounce back this week against the Rams.
Ravens at Bills
Although the home field advantage will give the Ravens troubles, the return of Ray Rice should allow them to be more potent offensively.
I was the only one to pick them last week and the Buffalo squad they face is of much lower quality than Houston.
I've underestimated the Ravens during the first three weeks. They haven't exactly been explosive on offense, but, with their stout defense, they won't need to be against a Bills team led by a rookie quarterback.
After a strong outing against the Texans, the Ravens have turned a few heads. Look for this game to be a close one but the Ravens will come out on top.
Bengals at Browns
No Hoyer magic this week. Sorry Browns fans
Brian Hoyer's magic will certainly run out against Cincy's prolific passing attack.
Both teams played with resilience in their respective games last week, but the Bengals are just too talented for this Browns team.
After beating a very strong side in Green Bay, the Bengals' defense will continue to impress and they will defeat the Browns.
Bears at Lions
The Lions are playing well but I love what the Bears are putting together by utilizing their "Big 3” offensively. Expect a monster game from QB Jay Cutler, RB Matt Forte and WR Brandon Marshall.
The Lions' triple threat offense combo of QB Matt Stafford, WR Calvin Johnson and RB Reggie Bush should help them put the first blemish on the Bears' season in front of the Ford Field faithful.
The Bears' defense is a scoring machine, and my guy Jay Cutler is proving to everyone that not only is he a top 12 quarterback but tough as nails as well.
With a 3-0 record the Bears are looking to stay undefeated against the Lions. The return of Reggie Bush will not be able to prevent this.
Seahawks at Texans
In an upset pick I love the new RB tandem the Texans are putting together with Arian Foster and Ben Tate. They will control the time of possession to keep the beast, Marshawn Lynch, off the field.
The Seahawks are looking like one of the league's premier teams this year. The suffocating defense should be able to stop Texans' pro bowl running back Arian Foster.
The Seahawks have looked like one of the top two teams in the league, alongside the Broncos, while the Texans have gotten off to a very shaky start.
With another win the Seahawks could continue to go undefeated against the Texans who got demolished by the Ravens.
Colts at Jaguars
You couldn't even pay me to pick the Jaguars.
The Colts are coming off of a big win, and the Jaguars can't win anything.
The Colts were by far the team of the week after dominating the 49ers in their own stadium. Now, they get to boost morale by playing the miserable Jaguars.
The Jaguars are always poor and they will get no help against the Colts.
Giants at Chiefs
Former Eagles (now Chiefs) coach Andy Reid has shown that he knows the NFC East teams more than they know themselves. But this is the type of game the inconsistent Giants always win, so I'm very unconfident about this pick.
These are two teams that look as if they're heading in opposite directions right now. I'll take new coach Andy Reid to get another big win at home.
Losing 38-0 to the Panthers? Unbelievable. The Chiefs defense will have their way with a Giants offensive line that gave up 7(!) sacks last Sunday.
After a strong outing against the Eagles, the Chiefs will continue their winning ways and beat the poor Giants who failed to put a score up on the board last week against Carolina.
Steelers at Vikings
Last week I said there is no way the Steelers would go 0-3. Now I'm saying there is no way the Steelers will do 0-4. I still like their run defense against Adrian Peterson.
Look for Adrian Peterson to help the Vikings control time of possession. Plus the Steelers offense is really old.
The Steelers have got to get a win at some point, right? They showed some offensive ability Sunday night versus the Bears and as long as Christian Ponder is the Vikings starting quarterback, I will never trust them.
Pittsburgh can produce on offense and their defense is still solid. This will be their week to get their first win against the Vikings. With Le'Veon Bell coming back from injury the Steelers are aiming to get their first win of the season.
Cardinals at Buccaneers
Rumors are surfacing that the Bucs are benching starting QB Josh Freeman for rookie QB Mike Glennon. Maybe a good decision long term, but not the first week, Glennon will struggle against a good Cardinals defense.
The Bucs are starting rookie quarterback Mike Glennon and it will take him at least one game to get acclimated to the NFL.
The Bucs are a MESS. And now they'll be starting rookie Mike Glennon at quarterback.
The Cardinals let me down this past week and this only gives me more fuel to go along with my pick of the Buccaneers. With Josh Freeman benched and rookie quarterback Mike Glennon looking to make an impact I see Tampa Bay winning this one.
Jets at Titans
I've taken the Jets in their two wins, but not this week. The Titans have impressed this year, and have now shown they can come back to win as well. They are shaping up to be a dark-horse playoff contender.
Give me the Titans at home against an inconsistent Jets offense.
Despite the win and impressive performance by quarterback Geno Smith, the Jets had 20 penalties last Sunday! The Titans continued to demonstrate their toughness and should pull out a win in a close game.
With Chris Johnson in the form that he is in, it will be hard to beat the Titans. The Jets will not accomplish this feat and will lose.
Eagles at Broncos
I want to pick the Eagles for an upset. In a game that will be all offense, the Eagles should be competitive, but Broncos' QB Peyton Manning is just too good.
The way Peyton Manning is playing it's hard to pick anyone who faces Denver. The Eagles' D would have to do things it just isn't capable of to win this one.
This is a no-brainer. The Broncos are arguably the best team in the league and Peyton Manning is on fire. He might throw for another 7 touchdowns against a bad Eagles defense.
The Broncos are looking unstoppable with Peyton Manning. He has racked up a lot of stats and will only continue this trend against the Eagles who do not have a quality defense.
Redskins at Raiders
This will be the week the hometown Redskins will get their first win, it's sad it has to be against the lowly Raiders though.
The Skins will finally get off the snide against a subpar Raiders squad.
The Skins have to win this game right?
After heeding to the request of NFL guru Kyle Kirwan, I am influenced to believe that the Redskins will pull off the win against the lowly Raiders who showed me to not trust my gut.
Cowboys at Chargers
I'll take the Chargers in an upset pick, their defense is quietly getting better and QB Philip Rivers is ranked second in the NFL in touchdown passes.
Phillip Rivers and the offense should be able to put up enough points to get past Dallas.
Believe it or not, the Cowboys are looking very good and are by far the best team in the NFC East. The offense has showed how explosive they can be, especially when they run the ball, and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has really improved the defense. The Chargers are simply the Chargers.
After barely losing last week the Chargers will rebound with a win against the Cowboys at Qualcomm stadium in the sunny Southern California sun.
Patriots at Falcons
I never thought I'd say this with Patriots QB Tom Brady at the helm, but they just don't have enough weapons to stay with the Falcons, and it's not Brady's fault.
The heavyweight matchup will come down to the wire. The Patriots' defense hasn't looked too impressive and Matt Ryan doesn't lose at home.
Neither team is very good defensively so it'll come down to the quarterbacks. I'll take Matt Ryan over Tom Brady in this one because of Ryan's superior receiving weapons.
The only concern I have about this game is whether or not the Falcons need the defense to show up. If the Falcons rack up enough points in the first half then they will inch out the Pats.
Dolphins at Saints
If the Dolphins win, they will have completely gotten my approval. But I say it every week; the Saints are a dark-horse Super Bowl contender that is flying under the radar. I apologize for getting repetitive.
I don't know how the Dolphins are undefeated right now but it should all come to an end against Drew Brees and a strong Saints offense.
The 'Fins might be the best team in the division, but I like Drew Brees and the Saints firepower more in this game, which could be the best of the week.
I have learned from my mistake and will pick the Saints this week against the 3-0 Dolphins who will suffer their first defeat of the season.
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