NFL Week 4 Predictions

Mike CraigCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2008

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

Atlanta Falcons (2-1) at Carolina Panthers (2-1)
This is hard for me to pick a winner here. I am obviously going to go with the safe bet, however I want to explain why I think it's hard.

Carolina started off 2-0 looking strong. I thought they were going to be a team to beat. Maybe last week against the Vikings was a fluke. I mean come on, they got Steve Smith back! So hopefully they will be better.

The Falcons have won two games by a good margin. Those two teams? The Detroit Lions (0-3), and the Kansas City Chiefs (0-3). They lost to the Bucs by more than 20 points. Hmm, I think I've made my decision.

My Pick: Panthers


Cleveland Browns (0-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-3)
What meaning does this game have? Oh yeah, which Ohio team is going to be at the bottom of the AFC North at the end? Not much analysis here. After the way the Bengals played last Sunday...

My Pick: Bengals


Houston Texans (0-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)
Who knows what is going to happen in this one? The only team in the AFC South that seems to know which direction they are going is the Titans. However, the Texans are playing like crap. At least the Jaguars pulled off an upset and beat the Colts last week.

My Pick: Jaguars


Denver Broncos (3-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (0-3)
Hands down, the Broncos win. I say the Broncos will be a 4-0 team after week four is over. The Chiefs are just doing absolutely horrible.

My Pick: Broncos


San Francisco 49ers (2-1) at New Orleans Saints (1-2)
This might turn out to be a really good game.

The 49ers have only lost one game, and it was to the Arizona Cardinals, who are the leaders of the NFC West right now. They beat Seattle by three points, and then spanked Detroit.

The Saints almost beat the undefeated Broncos. They also barley lost to the Redskins. The beat the Bucs by four points.

My Pick: Saints


Arizona Cardinals (2-1) at New York Jets (1-2)
Not sure how this one is going to go. The Jets beat the Dolphins, who busted out of a rut and spanked the Patriots with five rushing touchdowns. However, the Jets lost to the Patriots 19-10 in week two. Then on Monday Night Football, the Jets lost to the Chargers. However, the Jets seemed to show a spark of a comeback (which was quickly put out).

The Cardinals lost to the Redskins last week 24-17. It was their first loss of the season and Kurt Warner didn't look so good. Kurt Warner against Brett Favre. Those two names look very familiar to the football universe. Which oldie will be the better one on Sunday?

My Pick: Cardinals


Green Bay Packers (2-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)
I think this will be a candidate for Game of the Week.

The Green Bay Packers are coming off of a loss at home to Dallas. Aaron Rodgers didn't make any mistakes, but he also didn't make any plays to help his team win. The coaching staff needs to stop trying to prove that they made the right decision in picking Rodgers over Favre and they need to use their running game on third and short.

The Bucs are coming off of a win against the Bears, who they only beat by three points. Brian Griese may have done well against his old team. However, this will be the game that we find out if Al Harris' absence will be a problem for the Green Bay defense. The winner of the Battle of the Bays?

My Pick: Packers


Minnesota Vikings (1-2) at Tennessee Titans (3-0)
My guess is the Vikings got lucky last week in beating a good Panthers team. As for the Titans, without Vince Young they are looking amazing. I would expect that they would just keep him out.

My Pick: Titans


San Diego Chargers (1-2) at Oakland Raiders (1-2)
The Chargers picked up their first win on Monday Night as they beat the Jets 48-29. The Jets started to come back, which showed that the Chargers' defense still needs work.

The Raiders are starting to look good again. This team almost beat the Buffalo Bills. They only lost by one point. Expect to see the Chargers have trouble with the Raiders.

My Pick: Chargers


Buffalo Bills (3-0) at St. Louis Rams (0-3)
Don't even make me do an analysis on this.

My Pick: Bills


Washington Redskins (2-1) at Dallas Cowboys (3-0)
This is the other game that I think has Game of the Week potential. Will the Cowboys be upset at home, or will the Redskins be the fourth victim to fall to Da Boys? I won't even make an analysis. Why? Because they are both really good teams and I don't think analyzing it would help me pick.

My Pick: Cowboys


Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) at Chicago Bears (1-2)
Hmm, after watching the way the Eagles destroyed the Steelers' offense, you might think this is an easy pick. Well it isn't.

The Bears' defense is still pretty good too. This is going to be a boring game offensively.

My Pick: Eagles


Monday, Sept. 29, 2008

Baltimore Ravens (2-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
Ravens against Steelers. Monday Night Football. Rookie against Big Ben. Hmmm.

The Steelers have an explosive offense when the offensive line actually does its job. When it doesn't, the Steelers are for a lack of a nicer word, garbage.

The Ravens are undefeated. They would be 3-0 right now because they were going to be playing the Houston Texans in week two. However, it got postponed. I hate to do this, but...

My Pick: Ravens


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