Week 4 NFL Suicide Pool Picks: Can Michael Vick Defeat Donovan McNabb?
Donovan McNabb let me down once again.
Best Week 3 Picks: 4-1
The St. Louis Rams won their first game of the season, capitalizing on two costly Washington turnovers. A 40-yard run by Stephen Jackson and three fourth-quarter field goals led to a 30-16 St. Louis victory.
Should always try to avoid road teams and teams playing winless teams.
But in the unpredictable NFL, those games are sometimes the safest bets.
Here are my most dangerous and best week 4 picks for suicide pool leagues.
Caution: Dangerous Picks
Here are my most dangerous week 4 suicide pool picks:
San Francisco at Atlanta*; SUN 1:00 PM
The San Francisco 49ers are better than a 0-3 team. However, they do have to travel across the country. Offensive Coordinator firing may inspire team or confuse team.
The Atlanta Falcons are coming off a big win against the New Orleans Saints. This could be a let down game.
New York* at Buffalo, SUN 1:00 PM
The Buffalo Bills shocked everyone last week and proved that they could score the football. They have home-field advantage and are hungry for their first win.
The New York Jets had a somewhat short week. This is their second road, divisional game in a row (3rd straight divisional game). They may destroy the Bills but the offense may return to their sloppy ways. The defense was not spectacular either against the Dolphins.
Baltimore at Pittsburgh*, SUN 1:00 PM
This game is always a battle. The Baltimore Ravens need to win this game after already losing one divisional game to the Bengals.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are undefeated and they are home, but Charlie Batch is still the quarterback. Ray Lewis by himself is more frightening than the entire Tampa Bay defense.
Other Dangerous Picks:
Houston* at Oakland, SUN 4:05 PM
Chicago* at New York, SUN 8:20 PM
5. Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles*, SUN 4:15 PM
This may not be the safest pick, but some teams may be already used.
This is a very important game for both teams, but the Eagles have the home field advantage. The crowd should also be very rowdy since it is the return of Donovan McNabb.
The Philadelphia Eagles easily defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 3. Michael Vick shined once again, by throwing for three touchdowns and running for a touchdown.
On the other hand, McNabb's new team has experienced back-to-back defeats.
In week 2, the Redskins lost a heart-breaker to the Houston Texans. Last week, Washington failed to go on the road and beat the St. Louis Rams.
With the return of middle linebacker Stewart Bradley, the Philadelphia defense looked more sharp last week, only giving up three points.
The Redskins are walking into a very tough environment. If they get down early, the Eagles may win in a blowout.
4. Tennessee Titans
Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans*, SUN 1:00 PM
The Denver Broncos will travel to Tennessee this weekend with a 1-2 record.
Their two losses both came at home against two AFC South teams, the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars.
In week 2, Denver won on the road against the Seattle Seahawks, a very questionable team.
The Tennessee Titans are 2-1 heading into week 4. Their two wins came against the Oakland Raiders and New York Giants.
Their only loss came in a close game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are currently undefeated.
The Titans have not allowed 20 points in a game this season.
While the Broncos could not manage to score 20 points against a terrible Jacksonville and an average Indianapolis defense.
This will be a low scoring game, but the Titans will win by more than a touchdown.
3. Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts* at Jacksonville Jaguars, SUN 4:05 PM
Usually in suicide pool leagues, it is good practice to stay away from road teams.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are also known to play the Indianapolis Colts tough.
Not this season though. Not with that Jacksonville defense.
The Colts' running game struggled last week. However, this week Joseph Addai and Donald Brown should have much better games.
The Jaguars are allowing an average of 115 rushing yards per game (STATS, Inc.).
Jacksonville has also only scored 16 points the last two weeks. Indianapolis on the other hand has scored 65 points.
Expect the Colts to have another huge offensive game. An early lead should limit the numbers of carries MJD will have and force the Jaguars to throw the ball.
Trent Edwards may even enter the game.....
2. New Orleans Saints
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints*, SUN 1:00 PM
Breaking the other rule here. It is just hard to believe that the Saints will lose two games in a row.
The Carolina Panthers' offense has struggled greatly this season. The team has averaged just over 10 points (Only scored seven the last two games).
The New Orleans Saints are coming off a tough loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Sean Payton and Drew Brees should be angry, which is trouble for the Carolina defense.
It is hard to imagine that a rookie quarterback, Jimmy Clausen, will lead the Panthers to a win in the Superdome.
One scary fact is that even in the Saints' two wins, the games have been very close.
Let's hope that the New Orleans Saints stop that trend this week.
The defending champions should roll to an easy win.
1. Green Bay Packers
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers****, SUN 1:00 PM
Here is a scary fact, The Detroit Lions are winless and hungry for a victory.
Here is a bunch of comforting facts.
The Detroit Lions' defense has allowed an average of 26 points per game.
The Green Bay Packers have averaged 26 points per game.
The Packers are home and coming off a loss (which was strictly due to dumb penalties and costly turnovers).
If the Packers truly are Super Bowl contenders, they will not lose two games in a row. Certainly not against Shaun Hill and the Detroit Lions.
Expect at least one defensive touchdown. Clay Matthews is an absolute beast and he may force Detroit to put in their third-string quarterback.
Trust Aaron Rodgers to get the job done. Pick the Pack.