As the NFL season gets ready to hit the quarter pole and teams begin to establish whether they are title contenders, playoff hopefuls or complete pretenders, picks should start to become more uniform. So far, there has been a wide range of opinions.
Heading into Week 4, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are looking like the class of their respective conferences. Then there are teams like the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs that are off to strong starts.
It leaves a large number of squads with plenty to prove starting this week. Knowing that, let's check out some selections from experts around the web and analyze what those results would mean moving forward for some of the teams involved.
The Seahawks face their most difficult test of the season's first quarter with a trip to face the Houston Texans. It's the type of victory that could very well move Seattle into sole possession of Super Bowl favorite status, and Jaworski thinks the Seahawks will pull it off.
As they visit London, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings are both 0-3 and desperate for a victory to start a turnaround. Without either team having home-field advantage, it's a toss-up that Jaws thinks will go to Adrian Peterson and the Vikings.
Finally, the Patriots are undefeated but have been far from dominant in the early stages. They will get their first major test from an Atlanta Falcons squad that's had to battle through a tough schedule so far. The ESPN quarterback guru sides with Tom Brady over Matt Ryan in Week 4.
The 49ers are reeling after back-to-back blowout losses at the hands of the Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts. After reaching the Super Bowl last season, San Francisco now faces a key road game against the division rival St. Louis Rams. Prisco thinks the slide will continue.
One of the more interesting games of the week features the Tampa Bay Buccaneers going up against the Arizona Cardinals. It marks the first career start for Mike Glennon, who has all the physical tools but will likely take some time to adapt to the NFL level. The CBS columnist sides with Arizona.
A pick Prisco is far from alone in making is the Baltimore Ravens over the Buffalo Bills. The defending champions have come back with two straight wins after getting blown out by the Broncos in the opener. Buffalo should provide a tricky test, though.
The Bears are another 3-0 team gearing up for their toughest test so far as they face off with the high-powered Detroit Lions. Chicago's pass defense ranks 24th through three weeks and must improve to knock off Calvin Johnson and Co., which Schrager expects to happen.
Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins were one of the league's most exciting teams last season. With Griffin still working his way back to full strength, the Redskins have faltered en route to an 0-3 start and are in desperate need of a win. Schrager doesn't think it will come against the Oakland Raiders.
His other pick of note is the San Diego Chargers taking down the Dallas Cowboys. Things are setting up perfectly for the Cowboys to take control of the NFC East, but nothing ever seems easy in that division. A win by San Diego over Dallas would shake things up again.
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