Thursday, September 26, 2013

NFL Football - Week Four Preview

One of  the positive things for the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Heftyinfo really took it on the chin with last weekend's NFL game selections (going 5-11) as too many of the "upsets" picked were the wrong ones.
But that was last week and now it is on to Week Four around the National Football League.
There is a game "across the pond" this Sunday as the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Minnesota Vikings in the
first of TWO games in London, England this season.
Both squads are 0-3 and the Steelers have looked rather awful in their first three games while the Vikings don't seem to be the same team they were a year ago as they have stumbled out of the gate.
The Thursday Night Football game will feature the San Francisco 49ers at the St. Louis Rams in a NFC West contest. The Rams were blasted at Dallas last Sunday while the 49ers were blown by Indianapolis at Candlestick Park. Go figure.
The upstart Cleveland Browns, fresh off a road win at Minnesota, will host the suddenly surging Cincinnati Bengals, who rallied from 16 points down to defeat the Green Bay Packers.
Seattle at Houston should provide an intriguing matchup as the Texans were humbled big time at Baltimore last week while the 3-0 Seahawks drilled the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars in the Emerald City. Houston boasts a solid defense, just not quite as good as the Seahawks and both teams have been adequate on the offense in the first three games.
Two teams with somewhat surprising 2-1 records will face each other as the New York Jets travel to Tennessee to face the Titans, who barely pulled out a 20-17 victory against San Diego last Sunday. The Jets have been doing it with defense and some fortunate breaks in their two wins this year.
The Dallas Cowboys will go to San Diego and face the Chargers, who are 1-2 and have seen all three games decided by three points. Dallas looked real good at home last week in blowing the St. Louis Rams as running back DeMarco Murray had a big game along with the defense.
The scoreboard will get a workout when the Philadelphia Eagles, led by Head Coach Chip Kelly and his high octane, fast paced offense travels to face the Denver Broncos, the league's highest scoring team through the first three games.
The "prime time" games will feature the New England Patriots (3-0) at Atlanta on Sunday night while the Monday Night Football game will have two unbeaten teams facing each other with the Miami Dolphins playing the New Orleans Saints in the Louisiana Super Dome.

The short breakdowns below are followed by the Heftyinfo picks for Week Four, which hopefully will go better than last week's picks. (Green Bay and Carolina have the bye week)

San Francisco (1-2) at St. Louis (1-2) - Suddenly, the 49ers don't look so invincible any more.

Baltimore (2-1) at Buffalo (1-2) - The Ravens should roll this week, but you never know.

Cincinnati (2-1) at Cleveland (1-2) - The battle of Ohio... take the Bengals (in a close one).

Chicago (3-0) at Detroit (2-1) - This game will most likely go down to the wire, whoever has the football last.

NY Giants (0-3) at Kansas City (3-0) - Winless Giants? VS. Undefeated Chiefs? Yes, that is correct. Beware the trap game, Kansas City!

Pittsburgh (0-3) at Minnesota (0-3) IN LONDON, ENGLAND - Two teams playing poorly traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to play each other. Yawn!

Arizona (1-2) at Tampa Bay (0-3) - The host Buccaneers are a mess.

Indianapolis (2-1) at Jacksonville (0-3) - The Colts, fresh off their blowout win against 49ers, against hapless Jags. Sure thing, right? Maybe not.

Seattle (3-0) at Houston (2-1) - Super Bowl 48 preview? Too soon to tell.

NY Jets (2-1) at Tennessee (2-1) - Jets' fans are saying Mark who? Beware the Titans!

Philadelphia (1-2) at Denver (3-0) - Can any team stop Peyton Manning and the Broncos? Not the Eagles.

Dallas (2-1) at San Diego (1-2) - Once upon a time (back in 2006, '07, '08), this matchup was thought to be a potential Super Bowl game. My, how times have changed.

Washington (0-3) at Oakland (1-2) - RG3 gets it done for the Redskins this week.

New England (3-0) at Atlanta (1-2) - The Patriots just continue to roll along while the Falcons have struggled so far in 2013.

Miami (3-0) at New Orleans (3-0) - The Dolphins and Saints in "prime time" ... Ryan Tannehill vs. Drew Brees ... two solid defenses ... Take the Saints.

The Heftyinfo predictions for Week Four  . . .  (Home teams are listed in BOLD; Lock of the Week pick is listed in BOLD CAPS)

San Francisco over St. Louis
Baltimore over Buffalo
Cincinnati over Cleveland
Detroit over Chicago
NY Giants over Kansas City
Pittsburgh over Minnesota (Game is in London, England)
Tampa Bay over Arizona
Indianapolis over Jacksonville
Houston over Seattle
Tennessee over NY Jets
DENVER over Philadelphia
Dallas over San Diego
Washington over Oakland
Atlanta over New England
New Orleans over Miami

Last Week's Record:  5-11


Lock of the Week Record:  3-0

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