The action is continuing to heat up across the NFL, with some surprise teams making big waves by staying undefeated and scoring big wins, and some other teams floundering away, unable to find their grooves. While Week 3 featured lots of divisional games, week 4 is devoid of them, so you won’t find some of the typical rivalry games, although there are some intriguing matchups to consider, and you can find predictions for every week 4 match right here.
At Dallas -2.5 Detroit
The Lions are one of the few remaining undefeated teams in the NFL, and the Cowboys are coming off a close and hard fought win over the Redskins. Both teams are riding high right now, and while the Lions may be riding higher, the Cowboys are playing at home. If Romo can stay upright you should like them to defend their home turf.
New Orleans -7 At Jacksonville
Jacksonville has not looked very good this season, and with their rookie QB Gabbert now being the starter, they have been struggling to generate offense and put up points. That’s not a problem for the Saints, and they should put up plenty of points as they cruise to a big road win and cover the spread.
At Philadelphia -7 San Francisco
Philadelphia is a big favorite at home over the San Francisco 49ers. Do they rebound in a big way after a bad loss to the Giants, or do they fall into a bit of a rut, and get plagued by injuries? Philadelphia won’t want to fall to 1-3 and will find a way to get the win at home, although covering the spread may be difficult.
At St. Louis PK Washington
It’s a pick ’em game as the Redskins head into St. Louis. The Redskins have looked better than the Rams so far this season, but the Rams are also going to be desperate to make up for their sloppy play and avoid digging an even bigger hole for themselves. The Rams have gotten some wins over the Redskins in recent years, and will do so again this season.
At Cleveland -1 Tennessee
The Titans hit the road to visit the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland just squeaked out a close win over the Miami Dolphins, and they will play just well enough to get the win at home once again behind Colt McCoy, and hopefully a healthy Peyton Hillis.
Buffalo -3 At Cincinnati
Considering that Buffalo is off to a sensational 3-0 start with big come from behind wins, including last week’s over the New England Patriots, you would think they would be bigger favorites than 3 points. Cincinnati is too young and inexperienced, while the Bills seem to have turned the page into a confident team that expects to win, so the Bills will do just that and cover on the road.
Minnesota -1.5 At Kansas City
This is the battle between two teams who could not have had worse starts to the season than they’ve had. Minnesota has given up three halftime leads, and the Chiefs have been blown out, made late mistakes, and lost key players to injury. Those injuries will make the difference as the Vikings win on the road and the Chiefs continue to sputter.
At Chicago -6.5 Carolina
The Bears are big favorites to win over the Panthers at home. They should be able to disrupt Newton and his offense with some good blitzes and schemes, and they’ll rebound from their big loss to the Packers by taking care of business against the Panthers. Carolina might keep it close those and beat the spread.
At Houston -4 Pittsburgh
The Houston Texans are four point favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have shown weaknesses on both sides of the ball this season, but they are going to bring an every down intensity that the Texans won’t be able to match in this game. Steelers get the upset road win in this match.
Atlanta -4.5 At Seattle
The Falcons have found themselves in an unexpectedly bad position so far, losing two games after losing only three games all of last season. The Seahawks have one of the best home field advantages in the NFL, but the Falcons are a better team and they are in big need of a win, so they’ll find a way to get it.
NY Giants -1.5 At Arizona
The G-Men are favored to go to Phoenix and beat the Cardinals. If they can bother Kevin Kolb as much as they bothered his former teammate, Michael Vick, then they’ll win the game. Look for the Giants to continue their winning ways, making big plays when it counts on both sides of the ball.
At San Diego -7.5 Miami
The Chargers are heavy favorites with the Miami Dolphins coming into town. The Chargers will win this game against struggling Miami, but they may not cover the spread. Pick the Dolphins against the spread as it will be a closer than expected game.
At Green Bay -13 Denver
Green Bay is a huge favorite to beat the visiting Denver Broncos. With the way they can put up points and how many offensive weapons they have, that shouldn’t be a surprise. But a 10 point win for the Packers would still see the Broncos beating the spread, so take the Broncos with the points.
New England -4.5 At Oakland
This is a huge game for both teams, as the Raiders want to continue proving their merits and the Patriots need to bounce back from a bad loss. Tom Brady won’t have a second game like he did last week, and the Patriots won’t let themselves lose two in a row, so they’ll get the road win and cover the spread.
At Baltimore -3.5 NY Jets
Baltimore gets to welcome the Jets and former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, along with many former Ravens players. This should be a very close game, and the deciding factor has to rest with the team who has home field. The Ravens have also shown to be a more versatile offensive team so far.
At Tampa Bay -10 Indianapolis
Just as with last week, the Indianapolis Colts are 10 point underdogs in a big primetime match. They almost squeaked out a win but still beat the spread when the Steelers came to town. This time, on the road, they’ll keep it close once again, beat the spread and maybe even get their first win of the season over the Tampa Bay Bucs.
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