NFL Picks Week 4: Predicting Home Teams That Will Fall Flat
Week 4 of the 2013 NFL season is already upon us, and several marquee teams playing at home have been picked to lose.
All of the following teams will fall flat on their own turf in Week 4.
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|
In one of the most exciting matchups of Week 4, the Chicago Bears travel to Detroit to square off with the rival Lions in a bitter NCF North battle that will see the home team fail to make a statement to the rest of the league.
Detroit is coming off a big win over the Washington Redskins, but the Bears were undefeated against the Lions in 2012 and have started this season with three hard-fought victories.
With cornerback Charles Tillman likely to play through an injury and defensive end Julius Peppers looking to bring pressure against the division rival, Chicago's defense will force Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford to make mistakes.
If Tillman is healthy enough to give Calvin Johnson a hard time Sunday, the Bears will pull out the victory and send Detroit fans home disappointed.
Predicted Final Score: Chicago 24, Detroit 21
As if the situation couldn’t get worse for a Houston Texans team that lost to the Baltimore Ravens 30-9 in Week 3, the franchise will host the undefeated Seattle Seahawks in a potential blowout.
Houston’s confidence has to be shaken after almost losing to the San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans and getting destroyed last week by the Ravens.
On the other hand, the Seahawks are playing great right now and should have no problem shutting down the Texans offense with their top-ranked pass defense and 12th-ranked run defense.
There are plenty of talented players like quarterback Matt Schaub, running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson (likely to play Sunday) that can step up, but Seattle’s defensive unit is just too good.
Expect Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks' running game to control the clock and lead the team to the win on the road.
Predicted Final Score: Seattle 31, Houston 24
The Tennessee Titans could be one of the most shocking 2-1 teams in the NFL, but Week 4’s matchup against the New York Jets will lead to a stunning home loss that derails much of the momentum created through the first three weeks.
The hands-down most surprising team of the year thus far, though, is the Jets. With a defensive unit ranked in the top 10 against the run and the pass (sixth and seventh respectively), Tennessee and its 30th ranked pass offense (176 yards per game) will be in serious trouble.
Add in the fact that New York is building confidence in second-round pick and starting quarterback Geno Smith as the talented player acclimates to the league. That's bad news for the Titans Sunday.
As long as the Jets stop Chris Johnson and Tennessee's rushing attack Sunday (seventh in the league with 133.7 yards per game), the Titans will face a bitter defeat on their own field.
Predicted Final Score: New York 21, Tennessee 20
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