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Week 4 NFL Picks: Road Teams That Will Oust Division Foes

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 23:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks towards Deion Branch (R) #84 during warm ups against Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IISeptember 29, 2012

There is nothing like going into an opponent's stadium and walking away with a victory. Winning on the road as a division foe makes it even more special. 

Here are three teams that will oust division foes on the road: 

 

New England Patriots defeat Buffalo Bills

Could Tom Brady and the New England Patriots lose three straight games? I can't see it happening. They will be a motivated team with a major chip on its shoulder come Sunday.

Brady and the Patriots offense will put up 35 or more points Sunday, which will cause Buffalo to take more chances with the ball.

With Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller injured and questionable for Sunday's game, the game will come down to Ryan Fitzpatrick—the same guy who has been turnover prone throughout his career and the same guy who threw 23 interceptions one year ago.

New England's defense is No. 7 against the run, so it won't matter who suits up at running back because the Pats have proven that they can stop the run. Fitzpatrick will need a big game under center, and he is going up against an opportunistic Patriots' defense that forced 34 turnovers in 2011.

That's not a great combination for a quarterback prone to throwing interceptions. 

Prediction 

Patriots 41, Bills 27 

 

San Diego Chargers defeat Kansas City Chiefs

One of the most difficult things to measure in the early stages of the NFL season is how good or how poor teams really are. 

Is San Diego more like Week 1 and 2, or are they more like Week 3 when they were blown out by Atlanta at home?

Are the Chiefs more Week 3 when they defeated New Orleans on the road, or more Week 1 and 2 when they were blown out?

Week 4 will answer all of these questions.

Kansas City's pass defense has allowed 225 yards and eight touchdowns through three games. They can't stop anybody through the air, and they have given up 122.7 yards per game on the ground.

Philip Rivers and the Chargers' offense will have a bounce back game, and they better. Rivers didn't throw for any touchdowns but did pass for two interceptions in the Chargers' 27-3 loss.

Prior to Sunday's loss, Rivers passed for four touchdowns and just one interception. We'll see Rivers look more like Week 1 and 2 because of the Chiefs defense.

Prediction

Chargers 31, Chiefs 24 

 

New York Giants defeat Philadelphia Eagles

Are the Eagles a good team? They have talent, that's obvious, but we have seen porous play for two of the three weeks despite their 2-1 record.

We know what the Giants are—a good team with a great quarterback and a dynamic defensive front four.

Michael Vick and the Eagles offensive line have allowed nine sacks on the season, and Vick has been hit more than any quarterback in the league.

Here come the Giants and Jason Pierre-Paul and company. Vick will be lucky to get out of this game uninjured if he can't get rid of the ball quicker. 

New York's pass defense has seven tackles for loss, six sacks, six interceptions and two forced fumbles. It all starts with the guys up front, led by Pierre-Paul and his 1.5 sacks.

Prediction

Giants 24, Eagles 20. 

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