The fourth week of the NFL season is in the books, and there were a lot of good games. Several favorites covered the spread, while others didn’t manage to do so.
Let’s take a look at what went down in Week Four with these Free NFL Picks.
Detroit vs. Chicago
The Lions and Bears squared off in this one, and the end result was not pretty. Matthew Stafford went down with an awful-looking knee injury, although later we learned it wasn’t as bad as it seemed. He should be back soon for the Lions.
The Bears were the favorites in this game, and they covered easily. Johnny Knox continued to impress for the Bears as he ran back a 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Cincinnati vs. Cleveland
Carson Palmer continued to show that he is fully back after a knee injury last season. The Bengals and Browns went into overtime before the Bengals finally pulled off the win with a field goal. The Bengals won the game but did not end up covering the spread. This was one of the more exciting games of the week.
Oakland vs. Houston
This game was over before it started as the Texans jumped all over the Raiders. JaMarcus Russell continued to look like a middle school quarterback as he went 12-of-33 on the game. The Texans looked pretty good on offense as Steve Slaton got in the end zone for the first time this season. The Texans covered the spread easily in this game.
Seattle vs. Indianapolis
The Colts were 10-point favorites going into this game, and the game was not that close. They won the game by 17 points as Peyton Manning continued his blistering pace on the season. The Colts looked very tough in this game compared to a struggling Seattle squad.
Tennessee vs. Jacksonville
Although Tennessee came into the game at 0-3, they were still favored in this game. Favored by three points, they ended up losing by 20 points in the game.
No one would have believed that Tennessee would be 0-4 this season, but that is exactly where they are this week. The Titans are not looking good at this point, and they have a big hole to climb out of.
New York Giants vs. Kansas City
This game looked to be a lot uglier than it turned out towards the beginning. Anytime you fumble the opening kickoff and give the ball to the Giants on the 15-yard line, you know it’s going to be a long day. While the Chiefs were down big, they almost battled back and covered the spread. However, the Giants ended up covering by two points.
Baltimore vs. New England
The Patriots came into the game as mere one-point favorites, and they ended up covering by five. This was a classic AFC battle that literally went down to the final minute. The Ravens were driving the length of the field and dropped a fourth down pass inside the 20-yard line. The Patriots ran out the clock and gave Baltimore its first loss of the season.
Tampa Bay vs. Washington
Despite losing to Detroit last week, the Redskins came into the game as 9.5-point favorites in this one. They failed to cover the spread as they only won the game by three points. This one came down to the wire, and they barely beat a terrible Tampa Bay team. Things are not looking very promising in Washington at the moment.
Miami vs. Buffalo
The oddsmakers thought this was going to be a pretty even game considering they only had Miami as one-point favorites. By the time it was said and done, they won the game by 28 points.
The Bills looked pretty bad in this one and seem to be regressing as the season goes along. They started off well against the Patriots but haven’t looked very good since.
New York Jets vs. New Orleans
This was supposed to be the marquee game of the young season so far featuring two undefeated teams. By the time it was over, the Jets took a beating by 14 points. The Saints defense made the difference in this one to go along with some good rushing by Pierre Thomas.
Dallas vs. Denver
The Cowboys came into the game as favorites even though the Broncos were undefeated on the season. The Broncos offense couldn’t get much going for the majority of the game until Brandon Marshall made a spectacular 51-yard touchdown catch and run. The Cowboys then ended up driving down the field to inside the five-yard line but did not convert on fourth down. The Broncos covered the spread in this one.
St. Louis vs. San Francisco
The Niners were 9.5-point favorites going into this game and covered the spread in spectacular fashion. They won the game 35-0, and the Rams couldn’t have looked more inept against the 49ers defense. Patrick Willis was a monster in this game with 2.5 sacks and a touchdown. Can things get much worse for the Rams?
San Diego vs. Pittsburgh
This game almost saw one of the greatest comebacks of all time. With less than two left minutes in the third quarter, the Chargers were down 28-0. The final score of the game was 38-28 Pittsburgh. If the Steelers had missed a 40-plus-yard field goal, the Chargers would have had the ball with a minute to tie it up. A great effort by the Chargers, but ultimately the Steelers came out on top.
Green Bay vs. Minnesota
This game was all about the Brett Favre saga. Obviously he played for the Packers forever, and this was his first game against his old team. He looked fantastic all night long and really took it to the Packers.
If you were on some NFL sports betting picks, you would know that the Vikings were 4.5-favorites in this game and ended up covering by 2.5. The Minnesota defense harassed Aaron Rodgers all night long, with Jared Allen in particular looking great. The Vikings look like a legitimate contender at this point in the season.
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