28 September 2016

2016 NFL Predictions: Week 4

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This weekend marks October and as we get into the fall and the fall weather, it also means the NFL is rolling on as we now are to Week 4. So without further ado, here are my picks for this week in the National Football League.

Last Week: 7-9
2016: 26-22
Locks: 3-0

Thursday, September 29th
Dolphins (1-2) vs. Bengals (1-2) - NFL Network, 8:25
Miami Dolphins (2013 - Pres)Cincinnati Bengals (1997 - 2003)
Granted they were not able to take out the Browns and Cody Kessler in regulation but hey, a win is a win and the Dolphins will not go 0-16. There is not a whole lot to get truly giddy about since this team has been inconsistent on both offense and on defense thus far this season. I got the Bengals wrong on Sunday (again) but I would be surprised if they fell here on Thursday night.
Bengals 21 Dolphins 13

Sunday, October 2nd
Colts (1-2) vs. Jaguars (0-3) - CBS, 9:30 am
Indianapolis Colts (1984 - 2001)Jacksonville Jaguars (1995 - 2012)
I have officially given up on the Jaguars after they blew chances to defeat the Ravens on Sunday as they fell to 0-3. The problem there is not the talent level because they do have players but the problem appears to be head coach Gus Bradley. After all, Bradley is a hideous 12-39 as a head coach now and poised to get canned sooner rather than later. Their season is basically over as is but now it will become more so as they'll fall to Andrew Luck here in London.
Colts 27 Jaguars 13

Titans (1-2) vs. Texans (2-1) - CBS, 1:00
The Texans looked hideous offensively on Thursday night in Foxborough and now their defense has taken a significant hit with J.J. Watt not being put in injured reserve thanks to a back injury. At least this week they get to return home to take on a Tennessee club that has shown some strength in running the football, and not much else. The Titans have been game this season and they'll keep in interest but the Texans will snag this one.
Texans 23 Titans 20

Browns (0-3) vs. Washington (1-2) - CBS, 1:00
Washington Redskins (2004 - 2008)
If you want to spin it the best way you can, at least the Browns have been competitive in games with their second and third-string quarterbacks. Of course, they lost both games to the Ravens and the Dolphins respectively and they will fall once again this Sunday. That's not to say that Washington is any good because they're not (particularly on defense) but Kirk Cousins should be able to make enough plays with this offense to crank out a win.
Washington 20 Browns 12

Seahawks (2-1) vs. Jets (1-2) - Fox, 1:00
Ryan Fitzpatrick only happened to put together one of the worst quarterback performances in recent years Sunday in Kansas City as he threw a hearty six interceptions, many of them back-breakers, as he helped to give the game away to Kansas City. There's no way he can be that bad again, right? I'd be shocked if he was but now he's got a tougher defense, albeit one playing an early game on the East Coast. Give me the Seahawks in a good one.
Seahawks 19 Jets 14

Bills (1-2) vs. Patriots (3-0) - CBS, 1:00
New England Patriots (1993 - 1999)
Somebody explain how the Bills were able to not only beat the Cardinals but smack them? Okay it was at home and it was an early game but still! We won't see that on Sunday in Foxborough. Yes, neither quarterback for New England is fully healthy but as we saw this past Thursday night, it really does not matter with this team and this coach. The Patriots are not only my Lock of the Week but I also will predict in the wake of this game, the Bills will have a new head coach come Monday.
Patriots 35 Bills 7

Panthers (1-2) vs. Falcons (2-1) - Fox, 1:00
Carolina saw their offense completely shut down at home against the Minnesota Vikings as it helped to drop them to a disappointing 1-2. They will visit the Georgia Dome and take on the Falcons and their red-hot offense. I have confidence in the Carolina defense but if their offense does not get cranked up, that could end up being an issue. I do think that Cam Newton will bounce-beck with a strong performance and lead the Panthers to a victory.
Panthers 31 Falcons 28

Raiders (2-1) vs. Ravens (3-0) - CBS, 1:00
Although the Raiders are 2-1, it is not exactly the most convincing 2-1 record ever considering that their two wins were not exactly impressive. Meanwhile, the Ravens are one of the weaker 3-0 teams I can recall considering they have not exactly looked all that great and have barely beaten three of the weakest teams in the NFL. But here, they catch a break in that they are at home and in the early slot and Oakland is still dreadful defensively.
Ravens 16 Raiders 14

Lions (1-2) vs. Bears (0-3) - Fox, 1:00
Detroit Lions (1970 - 2002)Chicago Bears (1962 - 1973)
This Chicago team appears to be that bad to where I really don't that much doubt in picking a team coached by friend of the blog Jim Caldwell. Whether it is Jay Cutler or Brian Hoyer or Moses Moreno or whoever, this Chicago offense will struggle to get much offense, even at home, and will fall to the Lions here.
Lions 19 Bears 10

Broncos (3-0) vs. Buccaneers (1-2) - CBS, 4:05
Denver Broncos (1993 - 1996)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1997 - 2013)
It looks like I am rather wrong regarding the Broncos because is not only the defense apparently as good as the unit we saw leading the Broncos to the Super Bowl, the offense is looking good too since Trevor Siemian is doing some nice things under center. It should not seem wild to say that this team actually looks better than this team a year ago. Tampa Bay's defense is so good, they just gave up 37 points to the Rams. The Rams!
Broncos 27 Buccaneers 16

Saints (0-3) vs. Chargers (1-2) - Fox, 4:25
New Orleans Saints (2000 - 2005)San Diego Chargers (2002 - 2006)
No matter what the great Jim Mora thinks, the season probably is over for the New Orleans Saints. After all, their defense is horrible once again and can't seem to be able to stop anybody. So no, I don't think they can shut down either Philip Rivers or Melvin Gordon on the road. Drew Brees will crank up plenty of passing offense as always but it just will not be enough.
Chargers 34 Saints 31

Rams (2-1) vs. Cardinals (1-2) - Fox, 4:25
Los Angeles Rams (2016 - Pres)Arizona Cardinals (1994 - 2004)
I think the Cardinals have shown that they aren't very good. Give me all the excuses you want but a team considered by many to be a Super Bowl contender should not go on the road to Orchard Park and get smacked by a Bills team that is trash. On the good side, they get to take on a Rams team that is not as good as their record indicates. I don't see them cranking out a defensive showdown like they did against Seattle nor do I see them running up the offense like they did against Tampa Bay. Arizona will even up their record.
Cardinals 23 Rams 13

Cowboys (2-1) vs. 49ers (1-2) - Fox, 4:25
San Francisco 49ers (2009 - Pres)
The great John Breech points out that it is dangerous for the Cowboys to be a road favorite here against the 49ers. It is an interesting stat that he points out but I'm not going to base my pick off of that simply because the 49ers just aren't that good. Blaine Gabbert looked like Blaine Gabbert this past Sunday in Seattle and even at home, I'm not that confident he will come out and look sharp. Look for the Cowboys to get some road offense going and for them to get the win.
Cowboys 27 49ers 19

Chiefs (2-1) vs. Steelers (2-1) - NBC, 8:30
Pittsburgh Steelers (1969 - 2001)
Pittsburgh looked bad on the road in Philadelphia in Sunday but in my opinion, I think that was a fluke. Not only that but now the Steelers will get Le'veon Bell back in the backfield and that is a huge coup as he is tremendous. Plus, does anybody see Ben Roethlisberger pulling a Ryan Fitzpatrick in throwing six picks? I sure don't and while the Chiefs are a fine team, I do not see them going on the road and taking out the Steelers.
Steelers 30 Chiefs 22

Monday, October 3rd
Giants (2-1) vs. Vikings (3-0) - ESPN, 8:30
New York Giants (2005 - Pres)Minnesota Vikings (2013 - Pres)
How about this, a quality football contest on Monday Night Football? The Giants essentially gagged a game away to Washington at home and showed that perhaps they are not as good as people may have thought. Minnesota, meanwhile, is not getting very much from the offensive side of the ball but their defense has been terrific. I think Mike Zimmer's defense will ultimately be the difference and get them the win here.
Vikings 16 Giants 9


  1. Ben I bet for your lock of the week for next week will be Tom Brady smashing the Cleveland Browns. I am so excited that Brady is coming back from his suspension that never should of happened.

  2. Hi Ben
    The Skins put my LOTW to the sword last week so my confidence has taken a battering. The Pats over Buffalo seems a clear LOTW so I agree with yours. That said if the Bills keep it to within 10 Rex might get another week...