NFL News and Previews
- Washington Redskins vs. Kansas City Chiefs Preview - October 2, 2017
- Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos Preview - October 1, 2017
- Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots Preview - October 1, 2017
- 2017 NFL Week 4 Picks and Predictions
NFL 2017 Week 4 Predictions, Picks and Preview
Thursday, Sept. 28
The Packers once again struggled against the Bengals as their banged up line was unable to adequately protect Aaron Rodgers. Fortunately, Rodgers is so good that he can simply bail his team out. However, the Packers could have another rough night with the Bears’ strong defensive front and capable running game, which was in full display against the Steelers.
Writer’s Prediction: Bears (+7)
Sunday, Oct. 1
The Dolphins offense sputtered in their shock loss to the Jets, in large part due to the running game’s inability to get going. Don’t expect Jay Ajayi to be silenced for two weeks in a row, especially as he faces a Saints team that still struggles to stop the run.
Writer’s Prediction: Dolphins (+3)
The Bills are 2-1 and have held opponents to just 12.3 points per game. However, a lot of that could be attributed to the fact that they have faced three subpar quarterbacks, Cam Newton included. The Falcons’ Matt Ryan will be a significant step up in that regard. He and the Falcons offense should have more than enough firepower to outlast the Bills.
Writer’s Prediction: Falcons (-8)
For the second time in three games, the Browns lost by just three points. But unlike in Week 1 against the Steelers, they were unable to beat the Colts despite being road favorites. Still, it was a somewhat promising performance from the Browns, who are proving to be a tough, plucky bunch. Given how unconvincing the Bengals have been through three weeks, the Browns have a decent shot at pulling off an upset at home.
Writer’s Prediction: Browns (+3.5)
Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys – 1:00 PM ET
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – 1:00 PM ET
The Lions have proven themselves to be a consistently strong team through the first three weeks of the season. After being both the Cardinals and Giants by double-digits, there isn’t a lot of shame in losing to the defending NFC champion Falcons at home by a single score. While Case Keenum performed well at home against the Bucs, Stafford should be a good bet to outduel the Vikings QB and overcome a strong Minnesota defense.
Writer’s Prediction: Lions
Cam Newton is still struggling post-shoulder surgery, and the Panthers offense is suffering as a result. With their star quarterback unable to recapture his MVP form, Carolina will likely struggle to come away with a win at Foxboro against the defending Super Bowl champions.
Writer’s Prediction: Patriots (-9)
Two blowout wins in three games is mighty impressive from Jacksonville. No one quite knows which Blake Bortles will show up from game to game, but the Jags defense is quickly showing it can bring it at a high level consistently. While the Jets did well to avoid going winless for the season, expecting back-to-back strong performances from that team could be too much to ask.
Writer’s Prediction: Jaguars (-3.5)
Through three weeks, the Steelers have to be among the most disappointing teams in the league given their high expectations heading into the season. Le’Veon Bell has yet to put together a performance that most have grown accustomed to. Despite their shocking performance in London, the Ravens defense still has the ability to get the better of the Steelers’ inconsistent offense and squeeze out a win in this rivalry game.
Writer’s Prediction: Ravens (+3)
The Titans are rolling after back-to-back 30-plus-point outings in wins against two top defenses in the Jags and Seahawks. Can they make it three in a row against the Texans? That might be asking too much. Houston finally got a strong performance out of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, who almost led them to an upset at New England. He should be extra motivated to perform in his first-ever home start.
Writer’s Prediction: Texans (+1.5)
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (4:05 PM ET)
Philadelphia Eagles (+1) at Los Angeles Chargers (4:05 PM ET)
It’s desperation time for the Chargers after three straight defeats to start the season. After a horrific performance against the Chiefs, Philip Rivers should be out to redeem himself. The Chargers have been unable to get Melvin Gordon going, but facing an Eagles front that has struggled against the run should be a perfect opportunity for L.A. to finally get the ground game on track.
Writer’s Prediction: Chargers (-1)
The Giants might have lost a third-straight game, but the good news is that Odell Beckham Jr. finally looked close to his best against Philadelphia. And after seeing how vulnerable the Bucs’ secondary looked against Case Keenum and the Vikings, the Giants have a decent chance of getting their first W on the board at Tampa Bay.
Writer’s Prediction: Giants (+3)
The Raiders delivered a stinker of a game against the Redskins on Sunday night. It was just one of those games for Oakland, and it was evident right from Derek Carr’s very first throw, which was picked off. But bouncing back will be tough to do, especially as they go on the road to face the Broncos’ outstanding defense. The Redskins were able to expose the Raiders’ lingering weakness along the secondary, which is good news for Trevor Siemian’s chances of recovering from his rough outing at Buffalo.
Writer’s Prediction: Broncos (-3)
Indianapolis Colts (+13.5) at Seattle Seahawks – 8:30 PM ET
The Seahawks defense had an uncharacteristic off-night in the team’s loss to the Titans as it gave up way too many big plays. Lightning doesn’t figure to strike twice against the Colts, though. Seattle’s D is just too good to have back-to-back bad games, and the Colts offense remains too inconsistent to read too much into their 31-28 win over the Browns.
Writer’s Prediction: Seahawks (-13.5)
Monday, Oct. 2
The Redskins had an eye-opening performance in their Sunday night win over the Raiders. Running back Chris Thompson is looking like a breakout star, while the defense put together a complete performance. The Chiefs have looked like the best team in the league through three weeks, but they have to slow down at some point. Although the Redskins may not have the horses to pull off the upset on the road, they certainly have the weapons to make it a much more competitive contest than most expect.
Writer’s Prediction: Redskins (+7)
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