NFL Week 4 Picks: Sneaky Underdogs Who Will Win Games Outright
NFL underdogs have been on a tear this season and those trends don't intend to stop anytime soon.
Parity is as high as ever in the NFL with only three undefeated teams left heading into Week 4. Several tasty division matchups this weekend should collude the standings even more.
High-profile favorites have the public's ear in Week 4: San Francisco, New England and Arizona (?!?!). Stay away from these public-heavy teams, though; there's a reason the bookies always end up collecting.
A Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that can't pass is favored against the high-powered Washington Redskins? Looks like a one-sided matchup to me.
The Redskins may be depleted on defense, but Washington has its full arsenal of weapons to unleash on a suspect Bucs defense. The Redskins should get deep threat Pierre Garcon back in the lineup. He should open up the offense, as if it wasn't already; the Redskins are averaging over 30 points a contest.
Tampa Bay, on the other hand, has scored 20 points or more only once.
Should be a pleasant trip to Florida for RG3 and company.
St Louis Rams (against Seattle)
Not a flashy pick by any means, but the Rams are physical enough to match Seattle and take the NFC West matchup at home.
Coming off a short week and traveling halfway across these country, Sam Bradford and the Rams' offense will spread the Seattle defense and expose this tired unit. Expect a St. Louis defensive touchdown as well; Jeff Fisher's has his unit well-coached and tough in their own building.
The Jets are going to beat a 49er team that was tops in the league two weeks ago?
Yes they will, and it's because those pesky Minnesota Vikings showed them the blueprint.
The Jets are in a similar mold to the Vikings; both like to ground-and-pound the rock and play tough-nosed football. The Jets will watch the tape of San Francisco's loss last weekend and will prepare accordingly to get out to a fast start at home.
The 49ers have to travel across the country for the second week in a row; that takes a toll on a squad that plays as physically as they do.
New York's offensive line will have to play their best game, but a sense of urgency playing against one of the league's best teams will be a shot of adrenaline.
The passing game could save the 49ers, but Rex Ryan knows what they'll try to do offensively, and he's very good at taking one thing away from offenses.
Watch out for the Jets this weekend, you heard it here first.
Mike Shiekman is a NFL and fantasy football junkie who loves to give advice to unsure fantasy owners. Follow him @TheRealShiek on Twitter.
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