WELCOME TO WEEK 4 OF THE 2017 NFL SEASON!!
Last week was a total bust for me! I hope everyone else made out much better. I don't want to have another week like that, but at the rate this season is going, there are no real guarantees. Any given Sunday as they say. Let's get right into the games this week and see what I can come up with.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS VS MIAMI DOLPHINS:
Drew Brees is on fire. Jay Cutler is a Dolphin. Although the Saints are 1-2, that has not really stopped their passing game. Miami's secondary is definitely not going to be a challenge for New Orleans. Is it possible that the 'Phins quarterback is not quite in keeping with what the team did last year? A change in scenery and decent targets does not seem to have done any wonders for Cutler. They had a hard time with the New York Jets last week. REALLY?! Saints get this win on the road.
TENNESSEE TITANS VS HOUSTON TEXANS:
The Titans are all about defense right now. Even with the close game in New England last week, Houston is not the defensive powerhouse expected so far this season. With rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson leading the charge, it may be a little tough for the Texans to score on that Titan defense. Marcus Mariota for the Titans will be able to get the offense going enough against a defense that allowed 36 points to be scored on them last week. Going to go with the visiting Titans.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS VS NEW YORK JETS:
The Jets are pedestrian at best. The win over Miami last week was more of a result of Miami falling over themselves than New York playing a well executed game. The Jaguars are not anything to write home about either, but they are much better put together than the Jets at this point. The Jets will have to do a lot of convincing to be taken seriously. Expect the Jaguars run game to get them over. Jaguars take this one.
CAROLINA PANTHERS VS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS:
What is going on with Cam and company? There is just no rhythm there. Could the fact that the Patriots has one of the worst defenses in the league right now help the Panthers put points on the board? They can only hope. Tom Brady is not having any snafus like the one in week one happen again this season. If that means he has to do it all himself, so be it. New England will not lose at home.
DETROIT LIONS VS MINNESOTA VIKINGS:
NFC North division game here! Both teams have talented defenses to speak of. This could be a low scoring game. Coming into this matchup, both teams are 2-1. The Lions do not have much of a running game to talk about, so if the Vikings can shut down Matt Stafford and the pass game, they can be the victors. This should not be difficult with the excellent secondary the Vikings have in place. Plus, that Dalvin Cook (FSU!!!) character is not too shabby. Give this win to the home team.
BUFFALO BILLS VS ATLANTA FALCONS:
This might be a game where Matt Ryan will be looking up at the wonderful new surround jumbotron all day. The Bills defense is THAT GOOD. The past couple of weeks the Falcons have struggled against decent defenses. Unless they have found a way around it, Matt Ryan could be in for a long afternoon. The Bills are not 2-1 for nothing. This game will even both team's records to 3-1. The win goes to the traveling team this time. Bills win a close one.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS VS BALTIMORE RAVENS:
Did everyone ask themselves, "What is going on with Pittsburgh?" Last week had to be a fluke right? In OT? To the Bears? Division games are some of the best football at times. Baltimore will try to redeem themselves at home after that horrific loss to the Jacksonville in London last week. Joe Flacco could very well have one of those flashes of greatness this week. He will have to if he wants to win this matchup. This game goes to the Steelers winning in Baltimore for the first time in about five years.
CINCINNATI BENGALS VS CLEVELAND BROWNS:
At the end of this meeting, one team will still be winless. The Browns have no exciting offense to mention with rookie DeShon Kizer taking the lead. Andy Dalton could take some of the momentum from his game against the Packers in week 3 and give his team a great shot at a win. Most will not pay attention to this game, but this could be an amazingly tight game. In a matchup between to winless teams, the win goes to Cincinnati.
LOS ANGELSE RAMS VS DALLAS COWBOYS:
There will be a winner here, and it will be close. If the Cowboys can play like they did last week against the Cardinals, the Cowboys could get the "W". Ezekiel Elliott or Todd Gurley? The running game will determine the outcome of this one. Cowboys fans will be on the edge of their seats all game. The Rams may not have the run defense they need against the Cowboys. Jerry World celebrates as the home team gets the win.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES VS LOS ANGELES CHARGERS:
No Melvin Gordon means no running game for the Lightning Bolts. The Charger defense leaves a lot to be desired are well. The Eagles will have plenty of opportunity with Carson Wentz and offense. The Eagles are not without their own defensive struggles either. The Chargers will "almost win" again and end the evening 0-4.
NEW YORK GIANTS VS TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS:
The Giants just cannot start 0-4. Can they? If the Giants defense can pressure Jameis Winston and expose his lack of ball protection, they may score enough to win. On the other hand, if Winston can get his offense scoring early and fast, the Giants may be in trouble. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr. will get on track this week. The Giants will not stay winless after today. Giants get a much needed win on the road at Raymond James Stadium.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS VS ARIZONA CARDINALS:
All Carson Palmer has to do is pass the ball. The 49ers pass rush is non-existent. The loss of David Johnson cannot allow the Cardinals to let their opponents think they are one dimensional. Larry Fitzgerald and company can still get the job done. The 49ers did not perform well against the Rams last week. They could not shut down Jeff Goff, so shutting down Palmer is out of the question. Look for the 49ers to remain winless.
OAKLAND RAIDERS VS DENVER BRONCOS:
The Raiders defense is not built to stay on the field for an extended period of time. That just might happen Sunday evening. The longer Trevor Seimian is on the field the more opportunity for Denver to put points on the board. Quarterback Derek Carr and Beastmode aka Marshawn Lynch will have to battle for every yard against a pretty dominate Bronco defense. The consistency of Denver's defense to keep teams at bay will have them protecting their house. Home team wins here.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS VS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS:
The turnover machine that is Jacoby Brissett does not stand a chance against a 'Hawks team that is starting to find their way. Hard to believe that both of these teams are 1-2 to start the season. The 'Hawks will click even more in week 4 leaving the Colts to fumble over themselves. Seattle is looking for a win to build their confidence. Indianapolis is looking not to get crushed. Sunday night goes to the Seattle Seahawks.
Well folks, there you have it. That's how I think Sunday will go. I make no guarantees. Let me know what you think. I love feedback. Good luck to your teams and your picks.
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