It's hard to believe that after this weekend, we will be a fourth of the way through the NFL regular season. Week 4 holds some very interesting matchups, especially Donovan Mcnabb's return to Philly, a hard hitting clash between two AFC North giants, and an AFC East showdown to wrap it all up. Teams with byes this week include: Kansas City, Minnesota, Dallas, and Tampa Bay.
The 49ers head to Atlanta this weekend to take on the Falcons, who are flying high after downing the former Superbowl champions in OT last weekend. Last week, I picked the Niners to upset the then 2-0 Chiefs last weekend, and they disappointed me, so I won't be making the same mistake again. The Dirty Birds will dominate every facet of this game, improving to 3-1 easily. The only question I've got is how much longer will the Niners keep Singletary around? I hope the Niners can turn it around, Because Singletary brings a tough mindedness to a sport that seems to be going soft.
ATL 38 - SF 17
Cinci visits the Dawg Pound this weekend, after a trouncing of Carolina, where I picked the latter to upset the the Bengals. I am not high on Cinci, I don't think they will go anywhere without better play from the QB position. Meanwhile, The Browns actually hung with the Ravens right until the end, thanks much in part to the play of Payton Hillis. Look for Hillis to carry the Browns to their first win this week as Cinci struggles to put up points.
CLE 24 - CIN 13
Gangreen heads north after outdueling the Dolphins on Monday night. Buffalo actually did decent, but came up just short against the Pats. After the last two weeks, I have become a firm believer in Mark Sanchez. When did that guy become a passer? Last year it seemed like he would drop back and things would be moving too fast for him, like a deer in the headlights look. this year,he seems a hundred times calmer and is playing much better. No sophomore slump for this kid. Yet.
NYJ 31 - BUF 20
Detroit has lost 22 road games in a row, as they travel to Green Bay and risk starting 0-3 yet again. The packers are coming off a game in which they could have won, but ultimately beat themselves with untimely turnovers and stupid penalties. After a LONG week of practice, Green Bay will likely take out their frustration on the hapless Lions. This could get ugly.
GB 39 - DET 24
UPSET ALERT: Seattle should dominate this game. They should come in and absolutely dictate the game from the opening kickoff. They just beat the Chargers, in impressive fashion. They should win this game. They should. Sam Bradford just won his first of many games as an NFL starting QB. With an array of weapons, and the first win out of the way, The Rams are gonna steal this one in their own building and pull to .500. The greatest show on turf is about a year or two from returning.
STL 27 - SEA 24
Carolina travels to New Orleans to take on the Saints, who just lost a game on the leg of their kicker. Look for the Saints D to make it a long day for Clausen in an extremely lopsided contest as the Saints offense begins firing on all cylinders again.
NO 42 - CAR 16
Two of the stingiest defenses in the league, two offenses who have failed to live up to their potential (to be fair, Pittsburgh is missing their starting QB) and an intense rivalry. This game has it all. If you like low scoring, hard hitting, down to the wire matchups, this game is for you. If you like shoot outs, I believe there is one at The Red River this Saturday. This game is always good, but Joe Flacco has faced the Steelers D several times now. Charlie Batch has not faced the Ravens Defense recently, and let me tell you somethin folks, they are special. Last week was a bad day for their D, but they will do just enough so Flacco and the Ravens O can do just enough to edge the Steelers.
BAL 15 - PIT 10
The Colts go south to face the one win Jaguars this weekend, In what could be a very ugly game. Here's a stat for you: Peyton Manning has thrown three touchdowns in all three games this year without throwing a single INT, and Jacksonville ranks 29th in the league this year at stopping the pass. There is little hope for the Jaguars in this one.
IND 49 - JAX 24
The Texans head west to take on the Raiders, who just lost a game they should have won. Houston was reminded just who is the elite team in Texas, and it looks like that suspension of their starting Left Tackle is going to hurt them. The Secondary on this team is absolutely porous. Yet, the Texans will do just enough to pull one out and keep pace with the Colts.
HOU 24 - OAK 17
What is it with this team and slow starts? The Chargers host the Cardinals this Sunday, and both teams sport a 1-2 record. San Diego just lost against a Seahawks team in a game that presented them with several opportunities. The Cardinals just won a game because Oakland could not score the game winning field goal. Look for San Diego to vent its frustrations out on Arizona.
SD 28 - ARZ 24
GAME OF THE WEEK. The Skins travel to Philly for this NFC East showdown, but this game is even bigger because its the return of Donovan Mcnabb to the city of brotherly love (how ironic).
Michael Vick is having himself an MVP season. He has proven many people wrong this year, including myself. Vick threw three touchdown passes last weekend, and not a one of them was thrown from outside the pocket. He is becoming an excellent QB and is electrifying to watch. The Skins just lost to the Rams, and have only seen their offense get going against the Texans (but who can't move the ball against them right now?)
Mcnabb may receive cheers from Eagles fans this Sunday, but they are nothing compared to the praise they will shout for their current QB after this Sunday.
PHI 35 - WAS 23
The Bears travel to New Meadowlands Sunday night after coming off a win against their bitter rival, the Packers. Jay Cutler will throw all over the field, while Matt Forte and Chester Taylor torch the G-Men's D. It's gonna be a long night in Jersey for Eli Manning against that sting Bears D.
CHI 31 - NYG 13
The Dolphins host the Pats on Monday night, in a matchup where the wildcat was rejuvenated a couple years ago. Much has changed since then, the Dolphins now have a go to guy and a solid QB, so expect to see less of the over-hyped formation this Monday. Meanwhile, the Pats look like they can't stop anyone but the Bengals on defense, so most of their games this year look like the will have to be shootouts, but the time for the question is now: has the window closed for the Patriots?
MIA 24 - NE 21
I don't predict this one gang, so i'll leave it to you in the comments section: Who wins and why?