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NFL 2015 Week 4 Preview

Updated on October 8, 2015
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Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers

The Ravens are coming off another close loss and are currently 0-3. The Steelers were able to outlast the Rams last week, but after losing Ben Roethlisberger to an injury, I think the Steelers may be in trouble. The Ravens are probably the best winless team in the league at this point, and they will need to capitalize on Big Ben being out.

Ravens 27 Steelers 10

New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins

The Jets are coming off a really sloppy game against the Eagles where they turned the ball over four times and only forced one of their own. The Dolphins haven’t looked like anything I thought they’d be this year. This is a hard one for me to pick, but I think the Dolphins and their sense of urgency at this point, along with playing at home, gives them the edge.

Dolphins 24 Jets 16

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts

The Jaguars were obliterated by the Patriots on Sunday 51-10, they will look to keep pace in the AFC South with a win against the Colts on Sunday. The Colts just got their first win of the season, in an ugly game. Feel free to go on the emotional roller coaster with me in my Colts Weekly Recap: Week 3 Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans hub. I think the Colts will pull this one out.

Colts 31 Jaguars 21

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New York Giants @ Buffalo Bills

Tyrod Taylor and the Bills seem to be better on offense than I think anyone thought they would be. They are coming off an impressive 41-14 win against the Dolphins. The Giants, however, should be 3-0. They have a couple of bad fourth quarter losses in the first couple weeks of the year, where they should have beaten both the Cowboys and the Falcons. They were able to get their first win of the year against Washington on Thursday, and I think the extra time to prepare, they will be able to get the win again this week.

Giants 27 Bills 24

Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers are still trying to find themselves. They have a new quarterback who isn’t playing horribly but is playing like a rookie. The Panthers find themselves at 3-0 and are looking to avoid a loss this week so that they can either keep pace with the Falcons or take the lead in the division. I feel like the Panthers defense, especially with adding another defensive end in Jared Allen, will be too much for Jameis Winston and the Bucs.

Panthers 28 Buccaneers 10

Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington

The Eagles still have not looked good on the offensive side of the ball. They gained less than 250 yards of offense last week but were aided by the fact they forced four turnovers and had a punt return for a touchdown by Darren Sproles. Washington scored 21 points, but like the Eagles they were aided by their special teams. They had a 101 yard kick-off returned for a touchdown at the end of the game, which made their game against the Giants look a little closer than what it really was. I think the Eagles will start looking a little more like the team we expected them to be at the beginning of the season.

Eagles 34 Washington 24

Oakland Raiders @ Chicago Bears

Bears’ fans hate Jay Cutler until they see what their team looks like without him. They were dreadful without Cutler on Sunday. They punted on every single possession and didn’t score a single point. I guess it’s smart to point out that they didn’t turn the ball over, with Cutler, they almost certainly would have done that, but they probably would have scored some points. The Raiders look pretty good. Derek Carr is the real deal and he has one of the best young receivers in the league on his team. Amari Cooper is averaging almost 100 yards receiving per game, which is great for anyone, let alone a rookie.

Raiders 30 Bears 14

Houston Texans @ Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are on a roll and this week they host the Texans who just got their first win of the year last week. The Texans will need to do a couple of things to win this game. First, they need to stop the run and make the Falcons one dimensional, but even if they do that, the Falcons are really explosive through the air. Second, they need to find some offense from their quarterback. That is going to be the struggle for the Texans all year, quarterback play. I think they are tough enough up front to stop the run, but they won’t be able to hang with the Falcons passing game.

Falcons 33 Texans 17

Kansas City Chiefs @ Cincinnati Bengals

The Chiefs might have the hardest first quarter of the football season. Their opponents in order: Texans, Broncos, Packers, and Bengals. Going into week four, those opponents have a combined record of 9-2. If they can come away 2-2 through that gantlet, they should then be looking good through eight weeks (next opponents: Bears, Vikings, Steelers (without Big Ben), and Lions). What has the issue been with the Bengals over the last couple years? Andy Dalton’s inability to perform under pressure. Well, on Sunday he led his team from behind, twice, in the fourth quarter to take the lead, and eventually get the win in Baltimore. Dalton doesn’t seem to be the issue anymore, at least not yet, and with all the pieces around him, they will be favored in most of their games.

Bengals 27 Chiefs 21

Cleveland Browns @ San Diego Chargers

This is a hard game for me to pick. I don’t think either team is very good, but they have moments that make them appear better than they are. I think the Chargers are the better team, and I think that is the right way to lean, but both teams are struggling offensively, and both have decent defenses. I’m not confident, but I’m going with the Chargers.

Chargers 24 Browns 20

Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers

This isn’t even a fair game. The 49ers are just a bad team, where the Packers are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. The Cardinals blew out the 49ers last week, and I realize the Cardinals have a much better defense than the Packers, but the Packers have Aaron Rodgers who is basically the perfect quarterback. Not only can he throw with accurately, but he can throw with power as well. He is also very athletic and can run and get yards on his own, or deliver a perfect pass while on the run. This one won’t be close.

Packers 35 49ers 17

St. Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals

The Rams started off the year with a very impressive win at home against the Seahawks. They have not played well at all since. The Cardinals have an amazing 77 point differential through three games, the more impressive stat is that there are 22 teams in the league that haven’t even scored 77 points this year, and that’s their DIFFERENTIAL! I think that number keeps climbing with another big win.

Cardinals 38 Rams 13

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Minnesota Vikings @ Denver Broncos

The question in this game is, “Can the Broncos slow down Adrian “All Day” Peterson?” The Broncos do have one of the better defenses in the league so far this year, it may be possible. If they can do that, it will for Teddy Bridgewater to do more than the Vikings want him to have to do. Peterson, however, is a MAN playing a boys game. If this game wasn’t in Denver, I would give the edge to the Vikings, but the altitude may help slow down AP.

Broncos 28 Vikings 24

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Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints

From what I’ve heard, Drew Brees will be back in action this week, which bodes well for the Saints as they host the injured Cowboys. Yes, the Cowboys jumped out to a big lead last week, but they were completely shut out in the second half. I see Rob Ryan taking the Falcons’ second-half game plan and putting it to use. Really, they will just need to stop the run. Then it’s up to the Saints offense to not be terrible like it’s been so far this year. This SHOULD be the Saints’ first win of the year.

Saints 27 Cowboys 17

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Detroit Lions @ Seattle Seahawks

Earlier I said the Chiefs may have had the hardest opening four games of the year. I might have to take that back, especially after seeing how well the Vikings have been playing. The Lions have had the Chargers (who are hit or miss), Vikings, and Broncos so far. Now they travel to Seattle to take on the defending NFC Champion from last year. The Seahawks have started to shine after a couple of tough losses to the Rams and Packers. Their defense completely shut out the Bears and I don’t think they will have too many issues shutting down the Lions.

Seahawks 24 Lions 17

My Predictions
 
 
 
Actual Results
 
 
 
Winner
Score
Loser
Score
Winner
Score
Loser
Score
Ravens
27
Steelers
10
Ravens
23
Steelers
20
Dolphins
24
Jets
16
Jets
27
Dolphins
14
Colts
31
Jaguars
21
Colts
16
Jaguars
13
Giants
27
Bills
24
Giants
24
Bills
10
Panthers
28
Buccaneers
10
Panthers
37
Buccaneers
23
Eagles
34
Washington
24
Washington
23
Eagles
20
Raiders
30
Bears
14
Bears
22
Raiders
20
Falcons
33
Texans
17
Falcons
48
Texans
21
Bengals
27
Chiefs
21
Bengals
36
Chiefs
21
Chargers
24
Browns
20
Chargers
30
Browns
27
Packers
35
49ers
17
Packers
17
49ers
3
Cardinals
38
Rams
13
Rams
24
Cardinals
22
Broncos
28
Vikings
24
Broncos
23
Vikings
20
Saints
27
Cowboys
17
Saints
26
Cowboys
20
Seahawks
24
Lions
17
Seahawks
13
Lions
10

BYE Week

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      COLTS FAN! 2 years ago

      Love the article! Go Colts!