Week 4 of the NFL season will be headlined by one of the most hyped up games of the year, featuring Donovan McNabb making his return to Philadelphia, as the NFC East rival Redskins travel to the “City of Brotherly Love” to take on Michael Vick and the Eagles.
This matchup is certainly the highlight of the week, and there are also a bevy of other big games, including Bears vs. Giants on Sunday night and Patriots vs. Dolphins on Monday night.
Here’s a list of the entire Week 4 schedule (spreads as they appear through CBSSports.com). It’s time to “Pick Your Knows”… the only time it’s not a disgusting habit.
Speaking of disgusting, here are KP’s far from stellar numbers on the year:
Last Week: 8-8
National Football League Week 4 Picks Against the Spread
Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans (-6.5)
The Broncos currently are the #1 passing team in the NFL, while Tennessee is in the top 5 among passing defenses. The difference: The Titans also have a rushing attack featuring Vince Young and Chris Johnson – which should be enough to cover the spread at home.
KP’s Pick: Tennessee
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (+3.5)
All three of the Browns’ losses have been by 7 points or less, but Cincinnati’s offense features more weapons than Cleveland has seen to this point – including the Ravens last week.
KP’s Pick: Cincinnati
San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons (-6.5)
The Niners head into the weekend with a new offensive coordinator and a winless record. Adjusting to the offensive changes on the road against a talented Atlanta team does not seem like a recipe for success. Falcons cover.
KP’s Pick: Atlanta
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-1.5)
The Ravens have the best passing defense in the NFL to this point and the Steelers are last in passing offense. Therefore, with Ray Rice potentially returning against a one-dimensional Steelers team, Baltimore may just escape with a huge road victory.
KP’s Pick: Baltimore
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (+5.5)
Revis will sit out another game, but it won’t matter. Mark Sanchez has thrown 6 TD’s over the last two games, so expect another solid performance against a Bills team that will struggle to point up points against the solid Jets defense.
KP’s Pick: New York Jets
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-14.5)
Green Bay will be playing angry after handing the Bears a victory last Monday night. Still, the Lions have been competitive and it’s tough to take the Packers to cover with this kind of a line, especially with a chance for rain showers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
KP’s Pick: Detroit
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-13.5)
Rookie QB Jimmy Clausen makes the first road start of his NFL career – and against the defending Super Bowl champs. Usually, one would think this would be a blowout, but Carolina has enough weapons to stick around against a New Orleans team fighting a number of injuries.
KP’s Pick: Carolina
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams (+0.5)
Rams starting running back Steven Jackson is dealing with a groin injury – a health issue that can linger, especially for a running back. Because of that alone, the Seahawks will win this tossup game in “The Gateway City.”
KP’s Pick: Seattle
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars (+7.5)
Historically, Maurice Jones-Drew fares well against the Colts, but with the way Indy’s offense is clicking, the Jaguars may need to play catchup with the passing game. Therefore, expect the Colts to cover on the road.
KP’s Pick: Indianapolis
Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders (+3.5)
Texans WR Andre Johnson will be a game-time decision on Sunday. Still, Houston is in the top 10 in the NFL in points, yards, passing yards and rushing yards, which will prove to be too much for Raiders.
KP’s Pick: Houston
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5)
GAME OF THE WEEK: Donovan McNabb returns to Philadelphia, and you better believe that he’ll be ready to make a statement to the Eagles and their fans. Sure, Michael Vick has put up MVP numbers to this point, but this game will go down to the wire.
KP’s Pick: Washington
Arizona Cardinals at San Diego Chargers (-8.5)
The Chargers have been a different team at home over recent years – and this year has proven to be no different through 3 weeks. That, plus the Cardinals – not even posting 175 passing yards per game – will not be able to stay with San Diego’s passing offense on the road.
KP’s Pick: San Diego
Chicago Bears at New York Giants (-3.5)
The Bears are allowing just under 40 rushing yards per game, which likely means that this game could turn into a passing shootout between Eli Manning and Jay Cutler. A game-winning field goal seems like a likely possibility.
KP’s Pick: Chicago
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (+0.5)
The Patriots lead the NFL in points per game through 3 weeks and have completed 50% of third down attempts. Miami WR Brandon Marshall will likely carve up New England’s shaky defense, but it won’t be enough. Brady outduels Henne on Monday night.
KP’s Pick: New England
Bye Week: Kansas City, Dallas, Minnesota and Tampa Bay
Which NFL team's performance was the MOST surprising in September?
- Chiefs (3-0) (50%, 3 Votes)
- 49ers (0-3) (33%, 2 Votes)
- Cowboys (1-2) (17%, 1 Votes)
- Bears (3-0) (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 6