NFL Predictions Week 4: Houston Texans and 2 Other Winners

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 30, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 25: Steve Slaton #20 of the Houston Texans carries the ball against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on September 25, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The NFL can indeed be a kind place. Amidst all the heavy hitting, there are some stories of redemption to highlight in week 4. 

There is a great deal to be thankful for if you are a fan of one of the following teams. Patience has been a necessary virtue for fans of these NFL squads. 

After years of inept play, they are finally getting some well-earned wins. The hits will continue to come in week 4 for the unlikely heroes of 2011. 

Houston Texans

One of the surprise stories of 2011 takes on another this Sunday. The Steelers and Texans are on the opposite side of momentum for the time being. 

I have been weighing whether I can truly take the Texans defense over the Steelers. I may have to call it a draw as far as that matchup. However, I know the Texans offensive line is loads better. The Steelers still have some things to work out, and Houston will benefit. 

Detroit Lions

I have Lions and Cowboys teed up as the marquee early morning match. These are two storied clubs with a lot on the line Sunday. 

The Lions have been far too crisp in their passing game to lose to a still very banged up team. The Cowboys have showed a lot of heart in the first three weeks. However, the only thing heart will get you is a win over the Redskins

Buffalo Bills

This is my lock of the week. There hasn't been a better story that the Buffalo Bills this year. Stuck in the doldrums for what seems like eons, the Bills have put together a team of hard workers and no names. 

This is the kind of team that will never take a play, let alone a game, off. The Bengals are in store for a hurting on Sunday.

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