NFL Picks Week 4: Carolina Panthers and 2 Teams That Will Win Ugly

Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 25: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers drops back to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Bank of America Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The Panthers defeated the Jaguars 16-10.  (Photo by Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images)
Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images

Ask anyone in the NFL and they will tell you that they don't care how their team wins so long as they get that win. They don't give extra credit for winning by a big margin or winning in dominating fashion, after all.

That's really good news for the following three teams. These teams will win ugly games this Sunday.


Carolina Panthers

The Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton got their first win of the season last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars in what was not a particularly pretty game. They will get another one just like it this week against the Chicago Bears.

If the Bears have designs on making the playoffs again this season, they sure don't act like it. They have struggled to get into a rhythm offensively and their defense hasn't been able to make up for those shortcomings.

Carolina will be able to capitalize on Chicago's weakened offensive state and Cam Newton will make just enough plays to get his team the victory.


Tennessee Titans

I have a feeling the Titans will make weekly appearances on lists like this. They don't have a lot of marquee talent and Chris Johnson has been struggling, but they keep on winning.  

Those wins will continue in Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns. I'm still not convinced that the Titans have what it takes to compete with Houston for the AFC South title, but if they keep piling up wins, I might have to change my tune.

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 25:  Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Tennessee Titans drops back to pass against the Denver Broncos  at LP Field on September 25, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 17-14.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Grant Halverson/Getty Images


Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings have yet to put together a complete game, but they have been getting closer with each passing week. This week, they will get a little bit closer, as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs, the worst team in the NFL.

That's not to say that the Vikings will be dominating. Donovan McNabb is still working his way into this offense and the defense has struggled to slow anyone down. They are still a long way away from where they want to be as a team.