25% of the way through the football season. It never seems long enough. Even when things aren’t going the way we had hoped for our purple team. Here are my week 4 picks.
Panthers vs Bears
The Bears totally let us down last weekend against those Pukers. The Panthers couldn’t score more than 16 points against a Jaguars team that has a coach on the hot seat. Given the Soldier Field location and that Lovie Smith probably isn’t too happy about the loss to GB, I’m reluctantly going with the Bears in this one – mostly because of Urlacher. I didn’t want anyone to think that I thought Cutler was any good. Bears 21, Panthers 17.
Bills vs Bengals
The Bills are heading to the banks of the Ohio River this week to take on Andy Dalton and the Bengals. The Bills, with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm, took down the Patriots last weekend, in a game that stunned nearly everyone. The Bungles chalked up a woeful 8 points against the 49ers. I don’t see home-field advantage being a factor here. Bills 31, Bengals 13.
Titans vs Browns
These two teams both scored a win last week. The Titans took it to the Broncos while the Browns eked past the Dolphins at home. They’re back in Cleveland this week and the Dawg Pound will be in full force. I don’t believe it will be enough though as the Titans tally up a road win. Titans 24, Browns 19.
Lions vs Cowboys
Who could have predicted that the Lions would have a better record heading into this game than the Cowboys? And, who could have anticipated that Tony Romo would be described as “clutch”, “a warrior” and “captain comeback“? This match up is going down in the house that Jerry built. The Cowboys have an injured Romo at the helm with a snap-happy center and receivers that look perpetually confused. The Lions are on a tear and Stafford is still healthy. Lions 28, Cowboys 24.
Steelers vs Texans
The Steelers’ play has been a bit erratic. The Texans are looking for their first play-off berth in the history of the franchise. Is their desire to win, plus home field advantage, enough to push them past the Steelers? Every instinct I have, save one, is telling me to go with the Steelers… but I have this little tiny voice saying that this could be the upset of the week. Decisions, decisions… Texans 27, Steelers 24.
Saints vs Jaguars
Ah. The war of the elite QBs. Drew Brees vs Blaine Gabbert. Ooops – I guess only one of those guys is “elite” while the other is a last ditch attempt for Jack Del Rio to solve his QB dilemma (mostly self-inflicted). The Saints had a bit of trouble against the Texans last week, before going in for the kill, while the Jaguars couldn’t manage to overpower the Panthers. I don’t think this game will end with a surprise, even with a new QB in Jax. Saints 31, Jaguars 10.
Vikings vs Chiefs
I believe we’re all aware of the Vikings’ inability to play a full 60 minutes. The Chiefs are also 0-3 but have 2 advantages: even when they suck, they’re consistent during the entire game, and they have the ethereal home-field advantage. Part of me thinks the Vikings will get it together. The other part of me acknowledges that we have the same team & coaching staff as last week. Can we possibly go 0-4? I think we can. But I also think this might be 1 of 3 wins we might manage this season if things don’t turn around. Vikings 21, Chiefs 19.
49ers vs Eagles
The 49ers struggled against the Bungles while the Eagles lost to the Giants. Vick has a deep contusion on his right (non-throwing hand) while Alex Smith is still looking for an identity. These two teams have had their struggles so I think this one comes down to coaching. Harbaugh is a shiny new coach while Andy Reid has been a constant presence in the City of Brotherly Love for a long time. Eagles 27, 49ers 13.
Redskins vs Rams
The Redskins are coming off a loss to a team whose center couldn’t tell when to snap the ball and the receivers had no idea how to run routes. That doesn’t bode well for Rex Grossman & the boys, unless they’re playing a team that is looking a lot like the team that didn’t have Sam Bradford prior to last year. The Rams are looking like a team that’s rebuilding rather than a team that was coalescing around a 2nd year QB. Redskins 28, Rams 14.
Giants vs Cardinals
Kevin Kolb was supplanted early in the Eagles’ 2010 season by Michael Vick. He’s found new life in Arizona as a starter – but not a significant amount of success, even with a weapon like Minnesota’s own Larry Fitzgerald. The Giants haven’t been overly impressive this season either, but with Eli Manning at the helm, there’s always the possibility that something great will happen. Giants 24, Cardinals 21.
Falcons vs Seahawks
The Seachickens beat the Cardinals with T-Jack at the helm and an injured Sidney Rice receiving over 100 yards. Uh hem. The Falcons lost to the Buccaneers with a lackluster performance in the Sunshine State. I have to wonder if Dunta Robinson might try a helmet to helmet with Squid since the NFL only fined him $40,000 for his second infraction. I guess we’ll see on Sunday. Falcons 27, Seahawks 17.
Broncos vs Packers
Oh dear. The Broncos are coming off a loss to the Titans while, upon review, the Packers still suck. Sweet baby Odin I hate picking the Pukers to win – but how could Kyle Orton possibly compete at Lameblow? I refuse to say anything nice about those who dwell behind the Cheddar Curtain. Pukers 34, Broncos 13.
Patriots vs Raiders
The Raiders are fresh off a win over the Jets. Meanwhile, the Patriots were just upset by the Bills. I think this has all the makings of a very interesting match up. In fact, given the home field advantage and the Black Hole, I think the Raiders have a shot at this one. Raiders 28, Patriots 24.
Dolphins vs Chargers
The Dolphins aren’t having the best season. In fact, PFT believes Sparano is on the hot seat this season. The Charges are winning – but are looking a bit sluggish at the same time. This match up will be in sunny San Diego, giving the Chargers a theoretical home-field bump… if the 12th man would actually show up. You know they have a bit of a problem selling out their games… Chargers 21, Dolphins 17.
Jets vs Ravens
The Ravens started strong against the Steelers, had an off week and then came roaring back against… the Rams. The Jets just lost to the Raiders. Yeah. Those Raiders. Joe Flacco has the knack-0 to put up some pretty big numbers, while Mark Sanchez is recovering from a broken schnoz. I believe both purple teams will triumph this week. Ravens 23, Jets 19.
Colts vs Buccaneers
The Buccaneers are on a roll. Josh Freeman is in the groove while the Colts are in disarray at the QB position. It’s going to be a shame that the local Tampa market won’t be able to watch their home team take down the Colts – even in their reduced state. Bucs 27, Colts 13.
Those are my picks this week. Agree? Disagree? Leave me a comment!