The 2013 NFL regular season is already starting to fly by, and the time to make the Week 4 picks is upon us. This time we’re looking for Sunday’s biggest winners.
All of the following teams will walk out of Week 4 looking incredibly strong.
Stats via ESPN.
|Date||Matchup||Predicted Winner||Time (ET)||TV|
|Sunday, Sept. 29||Baltimore at Buffalo||Baltimore Ravens||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Sept. 29||Cincinnati at Cleveland||Cincinnati Bengals||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Sept. 29||Chicago at Detroit||Chicago Bears||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 29||NY Giants at Kansas City||Kansas City Chiefs||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 29||Arizona at Tampa Bay||Arizona Cardinals||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 29||Indianapolis at Jacksonville||Indianapolis Colts||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Sept. 29||Seattle at Houston||Seattle Seahawks||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 29||Pittsburgh at Minnesota||Pittsburgh Steelers||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Sept. 29||NY Jets at Tennessee||New York Jets||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Sept. 29||Washington at Oakland||Washington Redskins||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 29||Philadelphia at Denver||Denver Broncos||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 29||Dallas at San Diego||San Diego Chargers||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 29||New England at Atlanta||Atlanta Falcons||8:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Monday, Sept. 30||Miami at New Orleans||New Orleans Saints||8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
The Indianapolis Colts are coming off a monumental 27-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers and will travel to Jacksonville to square off against the winless Jaguars in what should be the most lopsided game of Week 4.
While the news that running back Ahmad Bradshaw will miss the game with a neck injury is a devastating blow, per Kevin Bowen of Colts.com, the door has opened for newly acquired Trent Richardson to shine against the league’s worst rush defense (allowing 167.7 yards per game).
Add in the elite play of quarterback Andrew Luck—the weapons across the Indianapolis roster will help keep a healthy lead over Jacksonville all day—and the 29th ranked Jaguars’ running and passing attacks will have the Colts firmly in control.
Prediction: Indianapolis 34, Jacksonville 6
Kansas City Chiefs
The battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Giants should be one of the most exciting matchups of the week, but the lackluster play of the Giants thus far in 2013 will give Andy Reid and the Chiefs a lopsided victory.
Kansas City is still trying to learn Reid’s offensive and defensive systems on the fly, but with huge wins over Dallas and Philadelphia, the Chiefs have started the season with a perfect 3-0 record.
New York is winless this season and will face the toughest test to date against a Kansas City team that is built to stop teams just like the Giants. Quarterback Eli Manning will try to pass his team out of trouble, but going up against the fourth-ranked secondary in the league won’t be easy.
While the Chiefs defense hasn’t played elite against its opponents’ rushing attacks (25th in the league), New York is ranked dead last on the ground, averaging just 44.3 yards per game. Unless running back David Wilson has the biggest game of his short career, Kansas City will dominate this matchup.
Prediction: Kansas City 31, New York 10
The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off a huge win over the Green Bay Packers and will look to carry that momentum through Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns. While Cleveland was able to win in Week 3 as well, the Browns are overmatched against the Bengals.
Cleveland’s biggest strength is the defensive unit, but Cincinnati’s running game is starting to pick up—Giovani Bernard had 10 carries for 50 rushing yards and a touchdown last week.
Add in the fact that the Browns will once again be forced to start Brian Hoyer over Brandon Weeden, and Cleveland will be a sitting duck for its division rival. Running the ball would have been a serious option Sunday, but the trade of Trent Richardson to Indianapolis will inhibit that aspect of the Browns' game plan.
It’s going to be a long day for Cleveland.
Prediction: Cincinnati 30, Cleveland 9