Week 4 NFL Matchup Predictions

Week 4 Matchup Predictions

9/27/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

I'm looking to bounce back from last week's atrocity, in which I was 5-10, setting me back to 22-23 on the season. Granted, a buddy of mine who happens to have quite the successful gambling problem struck out on a five team parlay, so I wasn't the only one who was thrown off by some of the more peculiar games you'll ever see. The Titans proved me wrong with the use of kick returns, music city miracles, and Houdini-esque catches. I thought my Colts pick was locked up until an improbable Gabbert-to-Shorts 80 yard touchdown. There are probably a single digit amount of people in the world who picked the Vikings over the 49ers. Finally, there was that appalling touchdown call that cost me my Packers pick. Enough of my whining, here's what's on the slate for Week 4:

September 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws a pass during the game against the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIREBrowns @ Ravens: The Ravens are returning to the east coast's loudest stadium to play a far inferior team that is missing, arguably, their best defensive player in Joe Haden. Flacco has eaten up every defense besides the Eagles, and I expect him to continue his excellent play against the Browns.

Ravens win 30-14.

Panthers @ Falcons: The Falcons have proven that they have an elite offense, and the Panthers are coming off of a miserable Week 3 defensive performance against the Giants. If the Panthers want a shot at winning, they'll have to count on Cam Newton to make play after play to keep up with the Falcons' firepower. With Cam's recent struggles, and the Falcons' impressive defense early in the season, I'd be surprised if the Panthers could keep up in Atlanta.

Falcons win 35-21.

Patriots @ Bills: The Patriots lost here last year, and they know how important this division game is to them. They have a 1-2 record, the first time they're under .500 since 2003. The Bills will almost definitely be without the NFL's leading rusher, CJ Spiller, and if Fred Jackson does return, he may not be at a hundred percent. Brady and company are seasoned enough to respond well to adversity, and they will on Sunday to pull out a much needed victory.

Patriots win 31-24.

Vikings @ Lions: The Lions defense looked absolutely horrendous against the Titans. The Titans had scored 23 points through their first two games, and the Lions let them score 44. The Vikings, on the other hand, are coming off a momentous win against the 49ers, and Christian Ponder is starting to come into his own as the Vikings quarterback. Another week means another step forward for Adrian Peterson getting into game shape, and Jerome Simpson returns from suspension to add a much needed field stretching presence. With Lions' QB Matt Stafford dealing with a hamstring injury that may or may not hold him out on Sunday, the Lions offense could potentially struggle.

Vikings win 27-23.
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9/29/12   |   grangoose2   |   108 respect

Chargers will scalp the Chiefs

9/28/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19919 respect

 AGREE with all........EXCEPT......LIONS will crush the VIKES.......and 2 upsets....CHIEFS OVER CHARGERS........and the JAGS TO SURPRISE THE BENGALS........

9/28/12   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

i respect the upsets you've picked here-- Vikings over Lions, Eagles over Giants. The Vikes chances against the Lions is, of course, very much dependent on whether or not Stafford plays. I consider the Eagles and Giants a toss-up everytime they play, much like the Jets and Dolphins. It doesn't seem to matter what their record is or how they've played, their matchups take on a life of their own.

9/28/12   |   kobe_lova   |   62364 respect

"quite the successful gambling problem" made me laugh.