By Eric Jacinto
We enter week number four, with only two reminding undefeated teams left in the LA Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. Last week, we saw some upsets as the Buffalo Bills blew out the Minnesota Vikings, the Washington Redskins beaten the Green Bay Packers. And the Detroit Lions beat the New England Patriots.
Week 3 Results:
Bold = Our Picks
New Orleans Saints 43 Atlanta Falcons 37 OT
Washington Redskins 31 Green Bay Packers 17
Philadelphia Eagles 20 Indianapolis Colts 16
Buffalo Bills 27 Minnesota Vikings 6
Miami Dolphins 28 Oakland Raiders 20
Baltimore Ravens 27 Denver Broncos 14
Carolina Panthers 31 Cincinnati Bengals 21
New York Giants 27 Houston Texans 22
Tennessee Titans 9 Jacksonville Jaguars 6
Kansas City Chiefs 38 San Francisco 49ers 27
Los Angeles Rams 35 Los Angeles Chargers 23
Seattle Seahawks 24 Dallas Cowboys 13
Chicago Bears 16 Arizona Cardinals 14
Detroit Lions 26 New England Patriots 10
Pittsburgh Steelers 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27
Eric's Week 3 Record:
Matt's Week 3 Record:
Mike's Week 3 Record:
Week 4 NFL Picks
Bye Week: Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers
Well week 3 didn’t go as we thought it would, but the NFL always has those odd weeks from time to time. This week will be fun as we have a lot of really good games and we have 2 new people writing and picking with us. Welcome Ryan Buck and Josh Hartley who thought they would enjoy getting in on this fun. We are all from a group called FAST – Fantasy And Sports Talk, search us on Facebook. There are two teams on bye this week as the Redskins and Panthers are both in the first bye weeks of the season. Here we go week 4.
(1pm ET Games):
New York Jets, (1-2) @ Jacksonville Jaguars, (2-1), (FOX):
The Jaguars, will look to bounce back from last week's lost to the Tennessee Titans. I see the Jaguars winning a defensive battle to improve to 3-1 on the young season.
Final Score: Jaguars 17 - Jets 7; Eric J
The Jets let the Browns storm back last week behind Baker Mayfield as the ups and downs of a rookie QB continue. I would like to see Darnold with a true number 1 WR and a better pure lead back. The Jets are going to need every bit of their defense to keep this game close if they want to pull off a win. The Jaguars are coming off a tough loss where their offense was sleeping, and Bortles couldn’t get going what-so-ever. I believe it was the division rivalry nonsense that happens to division rivals. The Jaguars are still a top AFC team, and I don’t expect them to lose this one because if they do they are not a real contender.
Final Score: Jaguars 27 - Jets 17; Matt K
Miami Dolphins, (3-0) @ New England Patriots, (1-2), (CBS):
The Miami Dolphins, come into New England undefeated. Can the Dolphins, go into New England and stay undefeated? If the Patriots, lose this game they will fall to 1-3 and three games behind the Dolphins. Tom Brady and the offense looked awful last week against the Detroit Lions. I see the Patriots, given the Dolphins their first loss of the season. Final Score: Patriots 27 - Dolphins 24, OT; Eric J
The Dolphins are still unbeaten and if they can pull off a win this week they have a pretty demanding chokehold on the division. The defense seems like the real deal and so far Tannehill has done enough to impress me after basically two full seasons away with knee injuries. The Dolphins need Kenyan Drake to get more involved this week if they want to pick up the win against a tough division rival. The Patriots are really spinning their wheels, but this is what you get for not spending the money Tom Brady keeps taking as a pay cut. They should have been getting Tom some really good WR’s so the offense can exist as their defense couldn’t stop a bunch of college schools offenses. The Patriots era could really be over, we will see this week, if they don’t win they fall 3 games back already in their division.
Final Score: Patriots 31 - Dolphins 24; Matt K
Philadelphia Eagles, (2-1) @ Tennessee Titans, (2-1), (FOX):
Carson Wentz, returned last week against the Indianapolis Colts and helped the Eagles win. The Titans, won a defensive battle against the Jaguars. I see this as a trap game for the Eagles as they face the Minnesota Vikings next week at home in a rematch of the NFC Championship game. The Titans, win their third game of the season. Final Score: Titans 24 - Eagles 17; Eric J
This game should be interesting. I liked pieces of what I saw from the Eagles last week and saw a lot I didn’t like. I do feel Wentz was rushed back, but he survived his first week back and will slowly take steps into looking like the Wentz of last year. The Titans defense impressed us all last weekend and shut down the Jags which is a task the Patriots couldn’t do. The Titans are 2-1 without a healthy Mariota and a banged-up Bortles as well. Their offensive line isn’t healthy either, yet they keep on surprising us. This game will be a test of the Titans defense again and the Eagles offense.
Final Score: Eagles 20 - Titans 17; Matt K
Houston Texans, (0-3) @ Indianapolis Colts, (1-2); (CBS):
So far the Texans, have been really disappointing as they're winless after three games and their offense hasn't been very good. Andrew Luck and the Colts have been ok but not good or great they return home looking for their second win of the season.
Final Score: Texans 24 - Colts 10; Eric J
Look the Texans are a great team, but for some unknown reason they haven’t scored much in the first half. They in 3 games have only scored 19 points in the first half, but 40 in the 2nd half. While only allowing 19 in the 2nd half yet here they are at 0-3. That’s because they are terrible in the 1st half of football games and I can’t for the life of me figure out why. The Colts are coming in off a rough loss, and they need to see more out of Andrew Luck. He has been slow so far this year and Colts fans have to hope its just rust not actually something still effecting his shoulder. I do worry it is his shoulder because last week when needing a hail marry they threw in Jacoby Brissett at QB to throw one deep because Lucks arm strength isn’t fully back yet. This is tough, but I have a feeling the Texans have a good full game.
Final Score: Texans 28 - Titans 23; Matt K
Buffalo Bills, (1-2) @ Green Bay Packers, (1-1-1); (CBS):
The Bills, shocked the football world last week as they went into Minnesota and beat the Vikings, 27-6. The Packers, lost last week in DC to the Washington Redskins. I don't see the Bills repeating what they did last week in Minnesota as they will get blown out. Final Score: Packers 34 - Bills 14; Eric J
The Bills defense, came to play last week and shut down the Vikings against everyone’s expectations. Josh Allen proved he can run and do so with finesse and power. It is a shame the Bills don’t have better weapons for their good young rookie QB. If the defense can play at the elite level they just played the Vikings with they could really give the Packers a run for their money in Lambeau which we know is no easy task. The Packers are coming off in my eyes what seems to be an embarrassing loss in DC last week. The Packers need to get a run game going if they want Rodgers to have less pressure on him. I really think they could be a great team if they went and traded one of their two first round picks and a small kicker for Le’Veon Bell. Get Rodgers a great ground game and they will be contenders for a Super Bowl.
Final Score: Packers 30 - Bills 24; Matt K
Detroit Lions, (1-2) @ Dallas Cowboys, (1-2); (FOX):
The Lions, won their first game of the season last week on Sunday Night Football as they beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Cowboys, lost last week to the Seattle Seahawks. I see the Lions going to Big D and handing the Cowboys their third loss of the season.
Final Score: Lions 31 - Cowboys 21; Eric J
Wow, Matt Patricia showed up and coached one hell of a game for the Lions against the Pats on Sunday Night football. The Lions finally got a 100-yard rusher in over a full season, I hope they continue to lean on Kerryon Johnson, he has the talent to be a top 10 RB. I really think if they Lions can run the ball behind the rookie monster that will get Matt Stafford off the ground and bring this offense back to full life. The Cowboys flat out need WR’s. The fact that they didn’t go get Josh Gordon is mind blowing. Jeremy Maclin, I believe is a FA and I personally do not see why they don’t try that route it can’t be worse than the crew they have assembled for Dak currently. I just don’t believe in the Cowboys with no supporting cast around Dak besides Zeke, Dak isn’t a good enough QB to not have better WR’s.
Final Score: Lions 26 - Cowboys 19; Matt K
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (2-1) @ Chicago Bears, (2-1); (FOX):
This will be an interesting game as both the Bucs and Bears have been a surprise so far this season. The Bears, win a close game as Ryan Fitzpatrick, will come back to earth as he struggles against the Bears defense. Final Score: Bears 26 - Buccaneers 24; Eric J
The Buccaneers, I don’t believe know who their QB is entering this week. They stormed back last week but fell just short against the Steelers. They have a good roster but the drama around the QB position is now going to cause issues if they don’t just select a starter and stick by them unless things get out of hand. The Bears struggled against a bad Arizona team as Trubisky is still not fully developed into a great QB yet. The defense will hold up though, as they will with Khalil Mack as the leader of their defense. I like the Bears odds to move to 3-1 this weekend. Final Score: Bears 26 - Buccaneers 23; Matt K
Cincinnati Bengals, (2-1) @ Atlanta Falcons, (1-2); (CBS):
This could be a shootout in Atlanta as both teams look to bounce back from their losses last week. The Falcons, lost a shootout in overtime to their rivals the New Orleans Saints and the Bengals lost to the Carolina Panthers. The Falcons, come away with the win as Matt Ryan leads the offense. Final Score: Falcons 41 - Bengals 31; Eric J
The Bengals, struggled last week as I think they will do without Joe Mixon. He is important to this roster and their success, but I believe Tyler Boyd will continue to prove he is a new weapon of Dalton’s and once they get Mixon back will be a tough team to handle for opposing defenses. The Falcons defense keeps on losing major pieces as they have already lost Deion Jones and Keanu Neal. They are now without Ricardo Allen as well for the year as this team is going to struggle badly defensively. The offense better be ready to air it out weekly because their defense will struggle to slow down top passing offenses. This is one is really tough to call. Final Score: Bengals 31 - Falcons 28; Matt K
Seattle Seahawks, (1-2) @ Arizona Cardinals, (0-3), 4:05pm ET; (FOX):
This might be the worst game of the weekend as the Seahawks travel to Arizona and play the Cardinals who are the worse team in the NFL. Josh Rosen, is set to make his first career start as the Cardinals decided to make a quarterback change as the offense was really awful with Sam Bradford under center.
Final Score: Seahawks 20 - Cardinals 17; Eric J
The Seahawks, are coming in off a win regardless of letting Zeke run all over them. Russell Wilson regardless of having the 31st ranked offensive line is a beast and honestly can only be slowed down and not stopped. There is only one QB in the league I find more entertaining to watch lately and that is Patrick Mahomes. The Cardinals are a bad team who way overpaid a QB that doesn’t fit their system and isn’t worth the money. Josh Rosen is going to be starting his first game of his career only after 3 games of waiting behind Bradford. Not a full 3 games either as he came in with 2 minutes left against the Bears. I think Rosen is being rushed into this situation but will learn through hellfire on his own. I do believe he is a great QB but will grow in this league and need time to do so. This game will be close.
Final Score: Seahawks 26 - Cardinals 21; Matt K
Cleveland Browns, (1-1-1) @ Oakland Raiders, (0-3), 4:05pm ET; (FOX):
So far Jon Gruden, return to the NFL hasn't been what he expected as the Raiders still haven't won a game. The Browns, defense as been really impressive so far this season and they look to go into Oakland and hand the Raiders another loss. I see the Browns defense winning this game and winning their second game of the season. Final Score: Browns 24 - Raiders 10
The Browns, won a game last week on Thursday night football. They didn’t look great doing so offensively it took them to put in a QB that the Jets weren’t prepared for. I do believe their defense is a top-level defense but I would like to see more out of Baker Mayfield before I jump on the wagon like everyone else. The Raiders are now 0-3 after giving up a good lead last week against the Dolphins. I have heard there is turmoil between Gruden and their front office in Oakland. The defense looked pretty good in the first 3 quarters of that games last week. Carr and Amari need to do a lot more than they have so far this year though and get this Raiders offense off the ground. This game will be an interesting one to watch.
Final Score: Browns 20 - Raiders 17; Matt K
New Orleans Saints, (2-1) @ New York Giants, (1-2), 4:25pm ET; (CBS):
The New York Giants, won their first game of the season last weekend against the Houston Texnas. Drew Brees and the Saints offense, continue look great and will look to win their third game of the season against Eli and the Giants. I see the Saints, winning a shootout.
Final Score: Saints 41 - Giants 34; Eric J
The Saints, just wouldn’t go away last week against the Falcons. Their offense is lethal, but their defense has introverted back to their old ways of not being able to stop anyone. The Saints better hope Lattimore can slow down OBJ because if he can then the Saints and the best WR in the league right now, Michael Thomas, will roll. The Giants have a great weapon in OBJ and Barkley is a great pass catching RB and has the skills to be a top 10 RB in the league but they offensive line isn’t helping anyone. I believe Cam Jordan is actually going to make a difference in this one and Saints pass rush slows down Eli enough.
Final Score: Saints 36 - Giants 23; Matt K
San Francisco 49ers, (1-2) @ Los Angeles Chargers, (1-2), 4:25pm ET; (CBS):
The Niners, will be with out Jimmy Garoppolo, for the rest of the season as he tore his ACL last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. C.J. Beathard, will take over the starting quarterback position for the niners. The Chargers, will bounce back from their loss last week and dominate this game on both sides of the ball. Final Score: Chargers 37 - 49ers 13
The 49ers, will be without Jimmy G for the rest of the season. They will be going forward with CJ Beathard so it seems and I believed in him last year and I believe he isn’t as bad as the average fan is making him seem. He won’t be able to win them a bunch of games but with help he can keep this team fairly competitive. The Chargers are now without Bosa for longer than they originally thought, it has to be worse than a bone bruise right? The Chargers offense is pretty awesome but their defense isn’t really doing what we thought they would this year but if they come around the Chargers could be a serious playoff team. I love the Chargers in this one even if the 49ers had Jimmy G.
Final Score: Chargers 32 - 49ers 20; Matt K
Sunday Night Football, 8:20pm ET; (NBC)
Baltimore Ravens, (2-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers, (1-1-1):
The Steelers, are coming off their first victory of the season on Monday night Tampa Bay to the Buccaneers and the Ravens beat the Denver Broncos at home. As always this game will be a great game. I see the Steelers winning the first battle of the season on Sunday Night Football.
Final Score: Steelers 23 - Ravens 16; Eric J
The Ravens, have a legit roster with the retooled WR’s around Joe and their offense looks great. They have Alex Collins and Javorious Allen running well behind an offensive line we thought would be bad before the season started. The defense is as always gritty and tough even with CJ Mosley injured they still seem elite. When they add Hayden Hurst into this offense they will be even scarier of a team. I actually like the Ravens right now a lot. The Steelers on the other hand still have no Le’Veon Bell because he believes he is worth more than what 14 million in one season? Anyway Big Ben looked great last week and the offense is back alive even without Bell because Conner can do a good enough job to pick them up wins. This game will be gritty as always between these two teams that loathe each other but I believe the superior team will win this game. Final Score: Ravens 20 - Steelers 17; Matt K
Monday Night Football, 8:15pm ET; (ESPN)
Kansas City Chiefs, (3-0) @ Denver Broncos, (2-1):
This should be a phenomenal Monday night game as the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Denver to face their AFC West rivals the Broncos. Patrick Mahomes, looks to continue his fantastic start to the season and help the Chiefs to another win. The Broncos, defense isn't what it used to be but they're still a solid unit especially at home. I see the Broncos, handing the Chiefs their first loss of the season.
Final Score: Broncos 24 - Chiefs 17; Eric J
The Chiefs, are riding a phenomenal Patrick Mahomes and the weapons all over their roster. The Chiefs defense is one of the worst in the league but their offense can outscore what their defense will allow them to score. The Broncos are behind an offense who needs to do more if they want to keep up with their division rival Chiefs. Their defense also isn’t as elite as it used to be, and it could cost them in games like this where they are going to be required to slow down a defense or explode offensively. I think the Broncos are slightly in over their head in this one. Final Score: Chiefs 31 - Broncos 27; Matt K