NFL Week 4 Preview

NFL Week 4 Preview

DANNY JACOBSON


Only two teams remain perfect after a crazy Week 3 in the NFL.  There were upsets aplenty and wild finishes.  The Patriots scored with :23 left to beat the Texans.  The Lions scored a game-winning touchdown with :08 remaining on the clock.  But after review, Golden Tate was short of the goal line, so the score didn't count. With the :10 runoff rule, the game ended right there and the Falcons remained unbeaten.  Von Miller acts like he will help Tyrod Taylor get up on an incomplete 3rd down, but pulls his hand away jokingly, drawing an unsportsmanlike penalty to extend a Bills drive.

This week has implications on who will take the early lead in their respective divisions.  Here are 5 matchups to watch this week.

Carolina (2-1) @ New England (2-1)

Where is the offense for Carolina?  Cam Newton and company need to get back to their Super Bowl form of two years ago to make this a competitive game.  Tom Brady has proven again that he is elite with his game-winning drive last week against the Texans.  This game shouldn’t be as close as last week's game was for the Patriots.  

    Prediction- New England 31, Carolina 13

Oakland (2-1) @ Denver (2-1)

With the way Kansas City has been playing to start the season, this game is extremely important for both Oakland and Denver, as they try to keep pace with the Chiefs.  Both teams are coming off a loss in which they were expected to win.  The Broncos defense didn’t look great against the Bills, surrendering 26 points to a team that scored just 3 points the previous week.  Oakland looked uninspired against Washington on both sides of the ball.  Only one point separates these teams in points scored (82 Broncos, 81 Raiders) and points against (64 Broncos, 63 Raiders) this season so far.

    Prediction- Denver 23, Oakland 21

Detroit (2-1) @ Minnesota (2-1)

Detroit narrowly missed beating the NFC favorite Atlanta Falcons last week.  Golden Tate appeared to score the go-ahead touchdown to give the Lions a lead with 8 ticks left on the clock.  That play was reviewed and he was actually down at the 1.  Not only did that result in the Lions losing the game, it also resulted in me losing in my fantasy football league.  Double whammy!  However, they are proving to be able to compete with anyone in the league.  The Vikings offensive line has opened gaping holes for rookie RB Dalvin Cook to run through.  He currently is second in the league in rushing yards this season.  

    Prediction- Detroit 28, Minnesota 24

Washington (2-1) @ Kansas City (3-0)

Monday Night Football has a great game this week.  The only unbeaten team in the AFC, Kansas City, hosting Washington.  Kirk Cousins only had 5 incompletions and 365 passing yards last week.  Kareem Hunt leads the league in rushing yards with 401 through 3 games.  He’s averaging 8.5 yards per carry.  That makes the Chiefs offense literally a threat to score from anywhere on the field at any time, on any down and distance.  

    Prediction- Kansas City 31, Washington 21

Buffalo (2-1) @ Atlanta (3-0)

The Buffalo Bills took down the Denver Broncos last week, proving that they are not the cellar-dwellar that many pundits had them to start the season.  Tyrod Taylor led the charge as LeSean McCoy had another underwhelming game running the ball.  Atlanta has looked like the cream of the crop this year as the only undefeated team remaining in the NFC.  WR Julio Jones tweaked his back but says he’s good to go this week against a very tough Bills defense.

    Prediction- Atlanta 27, Buffalo 20

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