NFL Week 4 Preview: Sunday Games

Bears @ Lions

Chicago was my Super Bowl pick and I had Pittsburgh slated to win six games this season. The Bears have taken care of business so far, and they have already proven they can blow you out or pull out a close one. Detroit truly believes they are improved at running back but the back part of the defense is their biggest weakness on the other side of the ball. Chicago plays all three aspects of the game at a high level and I like them to remain undefeated against their foes, 31-24.

Ravens @ Bills

The Ravens returned to their championship form defensively as the special teams contributed to the scoreboard against Houston. The offense sputtered as expected without running back Ray Rice, and he has a chance to suit up this week. Quarterback Joe Flacco is who we thought he was, just another guy. To his defense he doesn’t have the most talented cast, but a leader has to make his teammates better. The Bills have played in three close games and this should be no different. Buffalo has to conitnue to get their trio of playmakers touches and feed off of them: Running backs C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, and wideout Stevie Johnson. I think the Bills are playing better football right now, even with a rookie QB, 24-20.

Cardinals @ Buccaneers

Tampa Bay is in turmoil but they say winning cures everything. Arizona split a pair of close games before Drew Brees picked apart their defense and Rob Ryan drew up a scheme to shut them down to a touchdown last week. The Buccaneers received good news that receiver Vincent Jackson’s rib injury is not serious. I’m rolling with the team in disarray getting their first win at home, leaning on second leading rusher in this early season, running back Doug Martin. Plus, we get to see stud TB CB Darrelle Revis matchup against stud WR Larry Ftizgerald. Bucs 21-20.

Steelers @ Vikings

Here we have a game between two desperate and win-less teams in London, England. Pittsburgh may be missing rookie running back Le’Veon Bell, but honestly he hasn’t played an NFL snap that counts. He could be good and a running game aids the defense, but the oldest defense in the league is going to need more than that to correct things. Minnesota has MVP running back Adrian Peterson which will keep them in most game, I would not put their losses on quarterback Christian Ponder because they’ve scored no less than 24 points. The defense could look good again versus a very mediocre offensive line of the Steelers. Minnesota scrounges up their first win 20-14.

Giants @ Chiefs

The Giants look deplorable this season. They don’t standout at anything and at this point in time, this game looks like a blowout on paper. Kansas City has played well in all three aspects of the game, hence the 3-0 start. The offense is moving the chains and finishing drives. The defense doesn’t stop attacking the backfield, and NY QB Eli Manning will toss them a ball or two, especially since he doesn’t have much of a ground game, defense, or anything really. Remember, Eli threw 25 interceptions a few seasons back. Head Coaches Andy Reid and Tom Coughlin are very familiar with each other. The Chiefs are good at home and I’ll roll with them 27-13.

Eagles @ Broncos

Denver is on fire and should win this game on the road. Their defense is capable of getting stops unlike the Eagles, and boy do the Broncos have a plethora of weapons. You will probably want to watch this high-scoring affair as Offensive Player of the Year candidate LeSean McCoy and playmaker Desean Jackson try to keep up. Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly has a dynamic scheme, he just needs his quarterback to manage consistently since the defense won’t be able to contain Denver’s MVP candidate Peyton Manning. Broncos 41-27.

Colts @ Jaguars

Indianapolis impressively held home field against the 49ers as the Jaguars are seeking out their first victory against their rival. Andrew Luck got the job done last year, and now he has two running backs capable of taking a game over as the newly-formed duo did last week. The defense hasn’t looked too shabby, but the same can’t be said about anything for Jacksonville. Colts 24-17.

Bengals @ Browns

When these teams play they usually score enough points to keep it interesting. Cincinnati looks stronger than they did lasts season and after a tough week 1 loss to the Bears, they convincingly beat the rival Steelers and outscored the Packers. Cleveland on the other hand, well they won their first game of the season at Minnesota after trading running back Trent Richardson. The defense held all-world back Adrian Peterson under 100 yards and they handed backup quarterback Brian Hoyer the keys en route to a 300-yard game. I think the Bengals are making a deep playoff run, which means they’re winning this game despite the Browns playing them tough every meeting. I like to watch Browns CB Joe Haden battle Bengals WR A.J. Green. Cincinnati 27-17.

Jets @ Titans

The Jets are playing better than I thought they would, to start the season at least (2-1). Rookie Quarterback Geno Smith led New York to a couple of comeback wins and they lost to New England by a field goal. As according to plan, they play ugly, old school football. Tennessee got themselves a win last week in the comfort of their home field against San Diego. The Titans really limited Philip Rivers after a few good games and we witnessed a great effort from their man under center, Jake Locker, who got a comeback victory of his own. This won’t be pretty, so I’ll take this moment to Remember the Titans winning this game 21-20.

Redskins @ Raiders

These teams are similar in the offenses they have implemented. Defensively the Redskins have the talent to be better, they just haven’t played well to start the season. The thing is, Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor looks more comfortable in the pocket than Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. Oakland applied pressure on the quarterback in the first couple of games, then Peyton Manning happened to them on MNF. Washington expects to be better, however they are who I thought they were, a team that would win 4-6 games. Raiders keep the Skins out of the win column 26-20.

Cowboys @ Chargers

The Chargers came up short in a dog fight after blowing the lead. At the polar opposite end of the spectrum, Dallas dismantled the Rams in large thanks to running back DeMarco Murray. Quarterback Tony Romo is passing elss and managing more, and so far so good for the new plan of attack. As for San Diego, the focus has been on QB Philip Rivers carrying out new coach Mike McCoy’s game plan. With receiver Miles Austin battling more injuries for the Boys, I think the Bolts can load the box to stop the run and after all, Murray hasn’t been the most durable player in the league. The loss of linebacker Anthony Spencer does hurt Dallas because he played both the pass and run at a respectable level. I give the nod to SD and kicker Nick Novak, 27-24.