Today we talk with FanIQ's very own sports expert, Scott! If you don't know Scott, this is the guy who you should usually listen to when laying money on games. If I was smart, I would probably just leave this blog to him and let him do all the talking. But, we all know I'm not always that smart.
Scott: Through 3 weeks, the Falcons look like the class of the NFC South. Carolina is struggling on both sides of the ball. I see more trouble for Cam Newton and another steady performance from Matt Ryan. Pick: Falcons
Jess: I love watching this Falcons team play this year so far, especially at home. This team is legit. Carolina is a mess. I don't see anything changing this week. Pick: Falcons
Scott: Patriots are a more dangerous team when they open up the playbook and let Tom Brady throw the ball around the field. The retooled Bills defense will have their hands full. I expect a high scoring game with the Bills pulling off another surprising home win against Brady. Pick: Bills
Jess: I don't really know a whole lot about the Bills defense this year, but the Pats are never easy to hold back. I also see a high scoring game, coming down to the wire...but I'm not sure the Bills will prevail this week. I'm going the other way. Pick: Patriots
Scott: Vikings certainly raised some eyebrows with their upset win over the 49ers last week, but I look for the Lions to bounce back at home. This game will be closer than what most people think. Pick: Lions
Jess: I'm not quite ready to say that Vikings game against the Niners last week wasn't a fluke, unfortunately. And I don't see the Lions allowing the kind of points from the Vikings as they did last week. Pick: Lions
Scott: Chargers laid an egg at home in week 3 and now face a Chiefs team that put up over 500 yards on offense against the Saints. I like Jamaal Charles to run wild once again and lead the Chiefs to a big division win. Pick: Chiefs
Jess: I don't think the Chiefs will run all over San Diego like they did the Saints. The Chargers don't seem to be gelling, but this might be the week. Arrowhead is tough, but it is a division game, and Chargers do have the potential to make big plays. Pick: Chargers
Scott: Lost in all the hoopla over the Monday Night game, the Hawks are a good and dangerous team, especially defensively. The Rams main weakness is their offensive line, which means the Hawks are going to be coming after Sam Bradford as much as they did Aaron Rodgers. If the Rams can slow down Marshawn Lynch and make Russell Wilson beat them with his arm, I like their chances. Pick: Rams
Jess: Again, I never pick games when my team is playing. I'm a little scared of this being a trap game for the Hawks, but they're also coming in with something to prove after last week. It should be interesting.
Scott: Both teams suffered huge losses in week 3, the 49ers to the Vikings and the Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis for the year to a torn ACL. I expect a low scoring, defensive battle with a fired up 49ers squad coming away with the win. Pick: 49ers
Jess: Unless the Niners are actually regressing and last week wasn't a fluke, the Jets don't stand much of a chance against this team. As a fan of a division rival I hope that loss to the Vikings was a sign of unraveling, but I have a feeling that's not happening. Pick: Niners
Scott: IMO, the Texans are the most complete team in the NFL. Tennessee will need Jake Locker to go off again in this game like he did against the Lions. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening against the league's #1 defense. Pick: Texans
Jess: I agree - I don't think that the Titans have that strong of a team this year. They looked great against Detroit at first, but I think their young QB will struggle against the Texans, and their D won't be able to contain Foster & Co. Pick: Texans
Scott: Even though the Raiders have won 4 straight in Denver, I think this matchup favors Peyton Manning more than it does Carson Palmer. Broncos finally buck the trend of falling behind by 20, rallying to trail by 6 before losing in the end. Pick: Broncos
Jess: Peyton is coming off of a pair of tough losses. That's all I really need to know about this game to know the Raiders won't win their 5th in Denver today. Pick: Broncos
Scott: Rookie quarterback heading to the desert to take on a Cardinals defense that bruised and battered the previously unbeaten Eagles in week 3. I predict a long day for Ryan Tannehill. Pick: Cardinals
Jess: University of Phoenix Stadium isn't far behind CenturyLink in opponent false starts. Arizona is also a lot better team than anyone expected them to be. Between the hostile crowd and that Cardinals D, Miami will have a tough day in Glendale. Pick: Cardinals
Scott: Bengals really impressed me with their performance against the Redskins. Maurice Jones-Drew is always a threat for the Jaguars. This game will go back and forth before Andy Dalton and AJ Green lead the Bengals to a 4th quarter win. Pick: Bengals
Jess: The Bengals and Jags both surprised me last week, so this is a tough one to call. I still think that the Jaguars don't really have a complete team right now, and the Bengals are quietly producing. Plus, I'm riding your coattails. Pick: Bengals
Scott: Saints just seem like a different team without Sean Payton. The offense has been inconsistent and the defense has been awful. The Packers are going to be pissed after what happened on Monday Night. Pick: Packers
Jess: I really really wouldn't want to be a Saints fan today. The Packers are not happy, and they're going to want to take it out on somebody. Unfortunately, the Saints D is already no match for the explosive GB offense. I have a feeling this is going to be an ugly blowout. Pick: Packers
Scott: While the Redskins are having trouble stopping opponents, no team is struggling to move the ball more than the Bucs. That means something must give and I see it being the Bucs offense. They break out in a big way. Pick: Bucs
Jess: I think that Washington is on the verge of doing something exciting offensively. I'm going with them in this game. Pick: Redskins
Scott: Giants come into this game with some positive momentum after dominating the Panthers in week 3. If the Eagles want to win, they'll need improved play and less turnovers from Michael Vick. This should be your typical NFC East war and I like the Giants to come up big. Pick: Giants
Jess: Ahhh my favorite rivalry game! I think that the Eagles started their season with a couple of lucky wins, but they've been exposed, and they're just really no good right now on offense. At least under center. I do think they'll put up a bigger fight than expected, however. Nevertheless, Pick: Giants
Bonus MNF Pick
Scott: Both teams have really bad offensive lines. Both teams have defenses that are really good. This will be a dogfight that will come down to which quarterback makes the least amount of mistake. Pick: Cowboys
Jess: This will be a more interesting game than it appears on the outside, I think. As inconsistent as both teams and their quarterbacks are, the Bears are usually good for at least one surprisingly dominant game against a strong opponent, and I can't help but wonder if that's going to be this week. Just for kicks... Pick: Bears
Thank you, Scott, for taking the time to share your picks and analyses with us.
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