NFL Predictions Week 4: Struggling Stars Who Will Come Alive

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent ISeptember 25, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 22:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins scrambles with the ball as he avoids the tackle of Ezekiel Ansah #94 of the Detroit Lions in the first half during a game at FedExField on September 22, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The NFL's top superstars are men who can't be held down for long. 

Though they may have a few bad games here and there, they always manage to rebound when their teams need them the most. 

With three games in the rear-view mirror, we've seen a few top players struggle badly to open the season. Thankfully, the NFL season isn't a sprint, and these players are ready to turn things around in Week 4 to get their seasons back on track. 


Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers

After opening up the season with a 412-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick has had his worst stretch of playing time as a pro in his subsequent two games. 

Against the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts, Kaepernick passed for just 277 yards with zero touchdowns and a whopping four interceptions, completing less than half his passes in both games.

Don't expect the young gunslinger to continue wallowing in despair in Week 4 against the St. Louis Rams, however. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers is sacked by Jerrell Freeman #50 of the Indianapolis Colts at Candlestick Park on September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The Rams have allowed 31 points to the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys the past two games—losing both games. Matt Ryan passed for 374 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions, and Tony Romo threw for 210 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

St. Louis' defensive secondary has some serious issues, and Kaepernick will exploit it just as Ryan and Romo were able to do. 


Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

After falling just nine yards short of the all-time single-season rushing record last year, Peterson hasn't been able to duplicate the success he had late last year. 

He started the season with a bang, taking his first carry 78 yards to pay dirt. Since that monster run, however, Peterson has averaged less than three yards per carry, as noted by TDdaily:

But Peterson is one of the league's most reliable playmakers, and he's due to break out with a big game. 

Normally, you wouldn't associate the Pittsburgh Steelers as a team that is open to getting hammered via the run, but this isn't your father's Steelers we're talking about. Matt Forte was successful in Week 3 against Pittsburgh, rushing for 87 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries (5.4 yards per carry).

Dec 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton (42) blocks as running back Adrian Peterson (28) carries the ball against the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelg
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With fullback Jerome Felton making his return to the field of play in Week 4, Peterson's numbers will swell. According to Pro Football Focus, Peterson has made 18 different would-be tacklers miss already this season:

He'll put on a show for the Brits across the pond this weekend, carrying his team on his back for the victory in London. 


Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins

There's no sugarcoating just how bad Robert Griffin III has been to start the 2013 campaign as he attempts to recover from a devastating knee injury.

With five touchdown passes and four interceptions, he's turned the ball over at least once a game. Furthermore, the explosiveness and speed he displayed in his rookie season hasn't been evident, and he's been extremely uncomfortable in the pocket.

Washington is 0-3, but thankfully the Oakland Raiders are the perfect salve for this team's maladies.

Oakland's secondary is a sieve, as we saw on Monday Night Football against the Denver Broncos. Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson will get open early and often against this defense, and RGIII will find them.

This is the perfect opponent to get Griffin III back on track, and he won't whiff on this prime opportunity to turn his season around. 


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