Week 3 had put us into an unprepared territory for the 2010 NFL season. By Week 4, nobody could have possibly predicted that the only unbeaten teams in the league were going to be the Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Chicago Bears.
I have to be honest, my prediction record has been oddly off because of all the strange turn of events. In Week 3, I went 9-7, yet again, with games right and wrong.
The games I got wrong last week:
I got four more games wrong than I had expected. Hopefully, this week will be a lot better.
Top Story Lines From Week 4
1. Welcome to Pink Nation—Will football players be wearing pink gear again? It's possible. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the NFL will be showing it.
2. The Steelers last game without Big Ben—Will they come through and make themselves 4-0 before their franchise quarterback is allowed to play?
3. Donovan McNabb returns to Philly—Obviously this a big storyline. Who will prevail? The Vick-led Eagles or the McNabb-led Redskins?
There are a big nine divisional games this weekend. Some looking to be interesting while others simply looking to be another notch in the win column for certain teams.
1. New York Jets (2-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-3)—With the Bills playing the way they've been playing, and the Jets playing the way THEY have been playing, this game should be pretty lopsided. Buffalo is perhaps the ONLY team not to look at in the AFC East.
2. Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-3)—This is almost a similar situation in the AFC North, the Browns at least look decent, though. Will this be the week the Browns finally get a W? Or will the Bengals improve to 3-1?
3. Baltimore Ravens (2-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)—One of the only remaining perfect teams against a Ravens team that finally came out of the shadows last week. Will Pittsburgh's 'D' meet it's match? Will Charlie Batch be able to keep pace and win another one for the 'Burgh?
4. Detroit Lions (0-3) at Green Bay Packers (2-1)—Don't laugh at this, but this may actually be a tough game for Green Bay. The Lions are not much of a push-over, just ask the Bears. The Vikings didn't seem to have much of a problem with them though. The Packers will be looking to make this their bounce-back game.
5. Carolina Panthers (0-3) at New Orleans Saints (2-1)—The Saints may have lost last week, but they also were not playing a push-over team like the Panthers. How long will the Panthers be able to go without a win before some blame starts to fall of John Fox?
6. Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at St. Louis Rams (1-2)—As of now, the Seahawks look like they may be sure-winners of this division with Arizona and St. Louis fighting for second place. To think that the 49ers are the bottom-feeders of this division right now and they were predicted to be number one.
7. Indianapolis Colts (2-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)—This shouldn't be a hard game for Peyton Manning and his crew. The Jaguars just signed Trent Edwards, but their starter is still David Garrard.
8. Washington Redskins (1-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-1)—Donovan McNabb returns to the city he so longly had stayed at. He returns to a play against a team he has led to the Super Bowl and lost against the Patriots. The Eagles, on the other hand, are prepared to play the Redskins with Michael Vick at the helm. McNabb against Vick, this should prove to be interesting.
9. New England Patriots (2-1) at Miami Dolphins (2-1)—Another interesting Monday night showdown. Will the Dolphins win at home to make up for their loss against the Jets, or will Tom Brady and company try and keep up with the Jets?
Week 3 Predictions
Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010
New York Jets (2-1) @ Buffalo Bills (1-2) (1 EST)
Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) @ Cleveland Browns (0-3) (1 EST)
Baltimore Ravens (2-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) (1 EST)
Denver Broncos (1-2) @ Tennessee Titans (2-1) (1 EST)
Detroit Lions (0-3) @ Green Bay Packers (2-1) (1 EST)
San Francisco 49ers (0-3) @ Atlanta Falcons (2-1) (1 EST)
Carolina Panthers (0-3) @ New Orleans Saints (2-1) (1 EST)
Seattle Seahawks (2-1) @ St. Louis Rams (1-2) (1 EST)
Indianapolis Colts (2-1) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) (4:05 EST)
Houston Texans (2-1) @ Oakland Raiders (1-2) (4:05 EST)
Washington Redskins (1-2) @ Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) (4:15 EST)
Arizona Cardinals (2-1) @ San Diego Chargers (1-2) (4:15 EST)
Chicago Bears (3-0) @ New York Giants (1-2) (8:20 EST)
Monday, Oct. 4, 2010
New England Patriots (2-1) @ Miami Dolphins (2-1) (8:30 EST)