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NFL Week 4 Picks: Stone-Cold Locks That Will Cover on Sunday
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The kickoff to Week 4 of the 2013 NFL season is still weeks away, but spreads are already available for the upcoming slate of games.

Between the disparity of teams squaring off and generous opening numbers, three favorites stand out as stone-cold locks to dominate and easily cover on Sunday.

Granted, it's easy to rail against two hapless and winless teams at this juncture in the season, but the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants look incapable of beating anyone—much less two of the hottest teams in the league.

The Seattle Seahawks are the only reigning playoff team in the NFC with a winning record. With a difficult trip to Reliant Stadium in facing the Houston Texans, they should still improve to 4-0 with relative ease.

Read on to find out why that is, and how the aforementioned win-free franchises will continue to be saddled with a goose egg in the "wins" column.

 

Indianapolis Colts (-4) over Jacksonville Jaguars

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After a 27-7 road victory over the San Francisco 49ers, how is it that the Colts are only given a four-point benefit of the doubt over what is arguably the league's worst team?

The Jaguars are downright awful and are incapable of generating any sort of offense outside of garbage time. Indianapolis held the dynamic Niners QB Colin Kaepernick in check and played a physical brand of football not seen from the team in recent memory.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has a new weapon in running back Trent Richardson, who scored a touchdown on his first carry as a Colt in Week 3:

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Luck took it to his old Stanford coach in Jim Harbaugh, and ESPN's Colin Cowherd implied it was a welcome development:

To manhandle a Harbaugh team to that extent speaks volumes to how the Colts are playing on both sides of the ball. Look for the defense to swarm Jags running back Maurice Jones-Drew and maul QB Chad Henne in an easy win at EverBank Field.

Prediction: Colts 34, Jaguars 13

 

Kansas City Chiefs (-4) over New York Giants

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Tom Coughlin's Giants are an absolute mess at this point with an 0-3 record, a defense that can't stop a nosebleed and a quarterback in Eli Manning who has thrown eight interceptions.

That's a bad amalgamation of elements, which makes it likely impossible for the G-Men to have a respectable 2013 season. Manning isn't helped by a league-worst rushing attack that averages 44.3 yards per contest, either.

Week 3's 38-0 loss to Carolina was particularly awful for Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP:

Meanwhile, new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has revitalized the franchise, and QB Alex Smith is playing mistake-free football, unlike Manning.

Kansas City has yet to turn the ball over in its 3-0 start and has nine takeaways.

The Giants can't seem to avoid making mistakes, so this should be a blowout victory for the home team at Arrowhead Stadium—a hostile environment liable to compound the Giants' giant problems.

Prediction: Chiefs 24, Giants 10

 

Seattle Seahawks (-2) over Houston Texans

The margin is so minimal that picking the other way would essentially imply the Texans winning outright, and that won't happen.

This should be a defensive battle, but the Seahawks will be able to keep their undefeated record intact. Although the Texans have a formidable duo at wide receiver in Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, Seattle has the personnel to match up with physical corners in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner.

Even though it's only his second year, Russell Wilson is a trustworthier signal-caller than his Texans counterpart, Matt Schaub, who was dinking and dunking in a 30-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3.

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Wilson's mobility presents problems even for a vaunted Houston defense, while Schaub simply doesn't bring anything resembling that as a statuesque and inconsistent pocket passer.

Seattle is the best team in the NFL and will continue to prove it with a signature road victory as it shows it can get the job done even away from the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field.

Prediction: Seahawks 31, Texans 20

Complete Week 4 NFL Picks
Away Team Home Team Pick (Opening Spread)
San Francisco 49ers St. Louis Rams Rams (+2.5)
Baltimore Ravens Buffalo Bills Ravens (-3)
Indianapolis Colts Jacksonville Jaguars Colts (-4)
Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns Browns (+3.5)
New York Giants Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs (-4)
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings Vikings (PICK)
Chicago Bears Detroit Lions Lions (-3)
Arizona Cardinals Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cardinals (+3)
Seattle Seahawks Houston Texans Seahawks (-2)
New York Jets Tennessee Titans Jets (+6.5)
Philadelphia Eagles Denver Broncos Broncos (-7.5)
Washington Redskins Oakland Raiders Raiders (+2.5)
Dallas Cowboys San Diego Chargers Chargers (-1.5)
New England Patriots Atlanta Falcons Falcons (+2)
Miami Dolphins New Orleans Saints Dolphins (+5.5)

Source: Oddssshark.com

 

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