It's Week 4 of the NFL season, and there are injuries, suspensions and budding quarterback controversies—business as usual.
This is the last week before the bye weeks begin, so this is the final week where all of the teams are in action until Week 10. Then there are four teams with byes in Week 11, but that concludes them.
Here are my predictions for the winners in Week 4.
Detroit at Dallas
The Lions are undefeated and the proved they were for real with their come from behind victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3. The Cowboys are hurting at receiver and haven't been able to get a consistent running attack. I'll take the Lions, on the road, 4-0, I can't believe I'm saying that. Lions 24, Cowboys 20
Carolina at Chicago
The Bears still have a top notch defense, despite the peril on the offensive line. Another thing to consider is the fact that they have played the most difficult schedule in the NFL (Atlanta, New Orleans and Green Bay).
The Panthers are one dimensional as the running game has been sub-par. Bears played better last week on the O-Line, they improve again and win this one at home—Bears 20, Panthers 6.
Buffalo at Cincinnati
The Bills offense has been explosive but the defense has been nearly as generous as the offense has been dangerous. The Bengals have played better than most expected. Andy Dalton has been solid as a day one starter but the Bills keep rolling here in a high scoring game. Bills 34, Bengals 28.
Tennessee at Cleveland
The Titans attack will have to be adjusted without Kenny Britt. Before he went down he was the NFL's leading receiver. Nate Washington and LaVell Hawkins will have to pick up the slack and the league keeps waiting on the real Chris Johnson to show.
The Browns pulled out a tough one last week against the Dolphins but the biggest key to the Titans success has been their defense. That D will be the key here as well—Titans 21, Browns 10.
Minnesota at Kansas City
Someone has to win right? Well, no but I believe the Vikings are a better team. The Chiefs will not be able to take advantage of the Vikings inability to score through the air. Vikings win the battle of the winless—Vikings 16, Chiefs 6.
Washington at St. Louis
The Redskins endured a tough division loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night and look to rebound against the winless Rams. Only one problem, I'm still not sold on Rex Grossman winning a game for the Skins.
In each game since the season opener, the Redskins point total has dropped. The run game is being keyed on more and it will force Rex into situations he's failed in before. The Rams are a better team than their 3-0 record would suggest. They get their first win—Rams 23, Redskins 14.
New Orleans at Jacksonville
The Saints offense is the best in the NFL in my opinion. It has balance and playmakers all over the field. Brees is the general and they can't really be shut down. To beat them, you have to be able to pile points with your offense, as the Packers did in Week 1.
Needless to say, the Jags don't have that kind of an offense led by rookie Blaine Gabbert. They will have to fight hard to prevent a laugher, even at home. Saints 36, Jaguars 14.
Pittsburgh at Houston
This could be the game of the week. The Steelers haven't had the type of rushing attack they'd hoped for and the Texans have rushed well but it hasn't come from their stud Arian Foster. Ben Tate has filled in admirably and Matt Schaub has been dialed in for two of the three games.
If the trends continue, this will be a shootout. This is a very important game for the Texans. They must decide if this is the year they'll be contenders. 3-1 is a huge difference for them over 2-2. They could have won last week against New Orleans, now they must defeat a tough Steeler team at home and they will—Texans 32, Steelers 27.
San Francisco at Philadelphia
The Eagles desperately want to avoid the 1-3 start. There goal has to be Super Bowl or bust. Only one team has won a Super Bowl in the current playoff structure after starting 1-3, the 2002 New England Patriots.
The Niners have a banged up Frank Gore ready to start against the Eagles poor run defense. The Eagles will tighten the screws against the run and climb back to .500. Eagles 28, 49ers 13.
NY Giants at Arizona
The Giants are almost as big of a surprise as the Washington Redskins. Through injuries across the squad they are 2-1 after knocking off Philly in Week 3. The Cards defense has been bad and it looks like Justin Tuck and Osi Umeniyora are playing. Giants 24, Cards 10.
Atlanta at Seattle
The Falcons looked pretty shaky in the first game of the season but they seem to hitting their stride. They have the Seahawks outclassed but all bets are off at Qwest Field. Still, Matty Ice and the Falcons avoid an upset and win. Falcons 17, Seahawks 14.
Miami at San Diego
The Chargers are the most unimpressive 2-1 in the NFL. Both of their wins are over winless teams (Vikings and Chiefs) and the KC game was a struggle. Luck for them the next game is against the winless Dolphins.
Miami was close last week against the Browns but couldn't pull it out. The Chargers will win this at home. How long will Tony Sporano last? Chargers 23, Browns 10.
New England at Oakland
Tom Brady is likely on his way to a record setting season. It'll be for naught if they don't get their secondary in order. It isn't likely he'll have another four interception game this decade so the Raiders need to dominate time of possession with their formidable running game.
I don't think they'll be able to take the air out of the mall enough or keep up with the scoring pace. They can't stop New England and the turnover bug isn't likely to bit two weeks in a row—Patriots 32, Raiders 21.
Denver at Green Bay
The Packers are rolling, I believe their defense is overrated but they are rolling. Denver has no identity on offense and Orton won't get much help from the running game. Packers win big at home—Packers 28, Broncos 10.
NY Jets at Baltimore
Two of the most ballyhooed defenses in the NFL square off. The key to this game is how well Joe Flacco handles the pressure and if the Ravens can have any success on the ground. The Ravens D will neutralize the Jets attack, which has been void of a rushing attack. Flacco makes enough plays—Ravens 19, Jets 9.
Indianapolis at Tampa Bay
The moment Peyton Manning went down ABC/ESPN should have altered this matchup. No matter what Colts QB is under center, the offense will be brutal and the Bucs will win this at home. Bucs 24, Colts 9.
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