Week 4 NFL Picks: Lethal Passing Attacks That Will Push Teams to Victory

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 30, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks downfield against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Week 4 of the NFL season will see teams struggling to stop the pass against teams that can flat-out move the ball through the air.

Here are some teams that will be pushed to victory from the arm of their quarterback on Sunday.

San Francisco 49ers (vs. New York Jets)

The 49ers' 24th-ranked passing attack is nowhere near lethal, however, their Week 4 opponent will make it look like it is.

New York will be without its All-Pro cornerback, Darrelle Revis. Revis suffered an ACL injury last week against the Miami Dolphins that will knock him out for the rest of the season.

There is no replacing a talent like Revis, who is easily the best shutdown corner in the NFL. To replace him, the Jets will call on running back Joe McKnight to switch positions and give it a shot on defense.

Quarterback Alex Smith will be salivating at the opportunity to throw the ball against McKnight and the Revis-less Jets. Normally Revis would take San Fran's best receiver out of the mix, but in his absence, the 49ers will have all of their options open with nobody to stop them.

Washington Redskins (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Tampa Bay has the worst passing defense in the NFL, allowing 353 yards per game. On the flip side, the Redskins are the 22nd-ranked passing attack in the league, but have proven to be explosive so far this season.

Robert Griffin III is a star, plain and simple. He's shown an ability to make great throws, both short and long. RG3's best receiver, Pierre Garcon, is listed as questionable (per ESPN.com) and has a chance to play this week.

Also, RG3 has finally begun connecting with his tight end, Fred Davis, and this new option will help the Redskins spread the field with more success.

Alfred Morris has proven to be one of the best running backs in the NFL this season and that should continue this Sunday against the Bucs. Once Washington establishes the run with Morris, that will open things up for RG3 to have a huge day through the air against the weak Tampa Bay secondary.

Denver Broncos (vs. Oakland Raiders)

If Willis McGahee can't go this Sunday or isn't at full strength, the Broncos could look to pass the ball even more as a result.

Denver's Week 4 opponent, Oakland, has done a terrible job against the pass this season. The Raiders are currently ranked 26th in the NFL, allowing 264 yards per game through the air.

Another week, another chance for the Broncos' receivers to learn how to play with Peyton Manning. Slowly but surely, the Broncos are adjusting to the new system that Manning is instilling in the team and Denver's offense finished strong last week against a tough Houston Texans defense.

If the Broncos were able to move the ball with success through the air against the Texans, just imagine what they will do to the Raiders.

Green Bay Packers (vs. New Orleans Saints)

Don't let their ranking fool you, the Packers can pass the ball with the best of them. Green Bay has gotten off to a slow start offensively this season, but the Saints are the perfect team to help them break out of this slump.

New Orleans is currently ranked 25th against the pass and don't have nearly enough help to stop weapons like Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and tight end Jermichael Finley, to name a few.

The Saints are also the worst team in the league against the run, so it's reasonable to think that Green Bay will finally be able to get its rushing attack going and that will open it up for Aaron Rodgers even more.

Even if the Packers can't get the running game going, that only means Rodgers will be throwing more and that will help the reigning MVP gain even more yardage through the air.