NFL Schedule Week 4: Complete Preview and Predictions for Every Game
Week 4 of the NFL season is at our doorstep and promises another slate of unpredictable games. Parity around the league is seemingly on the rise as several new contenders have established themselves during the early goings of the 2013 season.
After underperforming for what seems like forever, the Kansas City Chiefs are surging with new head coach Andy Reid at the helm. Will they, and the other six unbeaten teams, continue to play top-caliber football to stay undefeated this week?
On Monday Night Football, we’ll get a look at two of those unbeatens when Miami travels to New Orleans to take on the Saints. That is just one of the exciting games on this week’s schedule. Here’s a look at the weekend schedule along with TV information and predictions:
|Baltimore Ravens @ Buffalo Bills||1 p.m.||CBS||Bills|
|Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns||1 p.m.||CBS||Browns|
|Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions||1 p.m.||FOX||Bears|
|New York Giants @ Kansas City Chiefs||1 p.m.||FOX||Chiefs|
|Pittsburgh Steelers @ Minnesota Vikings||1 p.m.||CBS||Steelers|
|Arizona Cardinals @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1 p.m.||FOX||Bucs|
|Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars||1 p.m.||CBS||Colts|
|Seattle Seahawks @ Houston Texans||1 p.m.||FOX||Seahawks|
|New York Jets @ Tennessee Titans||4:05 p.m.||CBS||Jets|
|Philadelphia Eagles @ Denver Broncos||4:25 p.m.||FOX||Broncos|
|Washington Redskins @ Oakland Raiders||4:25 p.m.||FOX||Redskins|
|Dallas Cowboys @ San Diego Chargers||4:25 p.m.||FOX||Chargers|
|New England Patriots @ Atlanta Falcons||8:30 p.m.||NBC||Falcons|
|Miami Dolphins @ New Orleans Saints||8:30 p.m. (Monday)||ESPN||Saints|
Schedule via ESPN.com
Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) at Denver Broncos (3-0)
The Denver Broncos don’t appear to have a weakness as they have blown away the competition through three weeks. Their 127 points during that hot start hasn’t been matched since the Dallas Cowboys did it in 1967.
But maybe, just maybe, the new-look Philadelphia Eagles might be able to shock the world to score an upset win this weekend. After losing a disappointing Thursday night game to their former coach, the Eagles have had some extra time to prepare for the Peyton Manning-led assault that awaits them in the mile-high atmosphere of Sports Authority Field.
If they hope to do it, though, the Eagles will have to energize their high-tempo rushing attack against a Broncos rush defense that is first in the NFL, allowing just 43.3 yards per game on the ground. However, Manning and the Broncos will likely do enough against the Eagles’ porous pass defense—323 yards per game—to make Philly pass to keep up.
SNF: New England Patriots (3-0) at Atlanta Falcons (1-2)
Every week is important, but this is as close to a must-win situation for the Atlanta Falcons as they come in the early stages of a season. With injuries mounting for the Falcons, the task couldn’t be harder against the perennial powerhouse New England Patriots.
But the Falcons will have something working in their favor. Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola are both out for another game, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Danny Amendola did not travel to Atlanta and will not play Sunday night vs. Falcons.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 28, 2013
That narrows quarterback Tom Brady’s offensive options. The Pats have fared well so far with their young receivers, but there’s no doubt they’ll be even more potent with those two on the field.
Plus, the Patriots really haven’t convinced anyone they are still one of the NFL’s elite with narrow wins over the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. They handed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a decisive loss last week, but Brady and their offense have yet to score more than 23 points in a game.
That could be a problem if Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ explosive offense takes flight on prime time Sunday night.
MNF: Miami Dolphins (3-0) at New Orleans Saints (3-0)
As mentioned, the Dolphins and Saints head into their Monday night matchup unbeaten after three weeks of action. It hasn’t been pretty at times for either team, but they have both found ways to stay out of the loss column.
Miami is riding the hot hand of second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill. His 75-yard game-winning drive in the closing moments of their Week 3 win over Atlanta is indicative of the progress he’s made in such a short time in the NFL.
For the Saints, Drew Brees and their offense finally got on track last week against Arizona after struggling in the red zone for the first two weeks. Brees threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns while the team rushed for over 100 yards in the rout.
Even if Miami can stifle Brees with its potent pass rush, expect the quarterback to have another big game. Miami will struggle to keep up, but it proved last week it can come back if teams let them stay close. The Fins will make this one close, but Brees and Co. will eke out a win in the fourth quarter.
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