Congratulations to BigRedskinDaddy for going 14-2 in last week’s hognostications. There were many close games in which several games weren’t decided until the clock reached zero.
What happened to the Pats? Colts? Da Bears?
It looks like anything can happen this season so choose wisely. That said, below are my picks for week 4.
Houston at Jacksonville: The Texans (0-2), who have yet to play a home game thanks to Hurricane Ike, travel to Jacksonville this week. The Jags (1-2) are coming off of an impressive win against the Colts last week. Look for the Jags to even their record this weekend. Pick Jags
Denver at Kansas City: Denver (3-0) has the top offense in the AFC but they are also last in defense. The Chiefs (0-3) are in for a long season. These teams are bitter rivals, but that won’t come into play this week. If the Chiefs were a little, better this game could be a trap game for the Broncos, but I think not. Pick Broncos
San Francisco at New Orleans: San Fran (2-1) has been turning some heads so far this season. They have put up over 30 points in each of the last two games and have an impressive defense. The injury riddled Saints (1-2) have lost the last two games by a total of six points. This game could go either way, but I will go with the home team. Pick Saints
Cleveland at Cincinnati: Cleveland (0-3) is dead last in offense in the AFC. Cincinnati (0-3) is one spot above them. Since the Bengals took the reigning champs into OT last week I will give them the nod. Pick Bengals
Atlanta at Carolina: This will be an exciting divisional game with 3 teams tied at 2-1 going into this weekend. Atlanta (2-10) returned to their high scoring games with a win last week over the Chiefs 38-14. Carolina (2-1) suffered their first loss last week against the Vikings. Carolina, though, has beaten better teams than the Falcons. Pick Panthers
Arizona at New York Jets: Arizona (2-1) suffered their first loss last week to the Redskins 24-17. The Jets (1-2) have lost two straight. Looks like Favre’s fire is flickering (say that 3 times). Look for the Cardinals to stay on top of their division after this game. Pick Cardinals
Minnesota at Tennessee: Minnesota (1-2) got their first win last week over the Panthers 20-10. Can Gus be their answer? Tennessee (3-0) continues to impress. The Titans rank #5 in offense and #3 in defense in the AFC. Look for the Titans to remain undefeated. Pick Titans
Green Bay at Tampa Bay: Green Bay (2-1) suffered their first defeat to the Cowboys last Sunday night. The Packers must improve their defense if they want to return to the playoffs. Tampa Bay (2-1) beat the Bears last week in OT 27-24, and Brian Griese had over 400 passing yards. This game could easily go either way, and I am sure this will separate some hognosticators. Pick Bucs
San Diego at Oakland: The Charges (1-2) are much better than their record states. They finally got their first win last Monday night against the Jets. The Raiders (1-2) lost a squeaker last week to the Bills 24-23 that prompted rumors of Al Davis firing head coach Lane Kiffin. Will the Raiders win one for their coach? Nah. Pick Chargers
Buffalo at St. Louis: The Bills (3-0) are on a roll. They have the AFC’s # 3 offense and #4 defense. The Rams (0-3) are #31 on offense and dead last in defense for the entire NFL. Hopefully, this won’t turn out like last week’s Patriots pick (thanks JSPB22)…..Pick Bills
Washington at Dallas: Dallas (3-0) hosts the Redskins for the final match-up in the toilet. Because it is early in the season, they have the NFL’s #1 offense and a respectable defense. Washington (2-1) are tied for third in the toughest division in all of football. With continued improvement each week they have quieted some nay-sayers…for the time being. This has all the makings of a trap game, but hopefully the Redskins will focus on this game and not look towards next week’s game against the Eagles. Pick WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Philadelphia at Chicago:The Eagles (2-1) came out of last week’s game banged up with injuries to McNabb and Westbrook. The Bears (1-2) beat the Colts on opening day and lost to Carolina and Tampa Bay by three points each. Look for the Eagles to be in last place in the NFC East after Sunday. Pick Bears.
Baltimore at Pittsburgh: This should be an exciting divisional Monday night game. Baltimore (2-0) has beaten the Bengals and the Browns, which isn’t exactly earth shattering. They do, however, have the AFC’s #1 defense. The Steelers (2-1) got their first loss of the season last week against the Eagles 15-6. Pittsburgh has a better defense than the Ravens, but Big Ben needs to get his groove back. Look for the Ravens to suffer their first divisional loss. Pick Steelers
Bye week: Lions, Colts, Dolphins, Patriots, Giants and Seahawks.
Last week: 11-5