Friday, September 26, 2014

NFL - Week Four Preview

As the month of September winds down, that means the NFL season is in full swing as the "Bye Week" hits for the first time for six teams.
There are thirteen games on tap this weekend, including one over in London, England where the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders will square off in what will likely be a ho-hum game.
Still not sure why ($$$) the NFL big wigs continue to force teams from here in America to travel all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to play over in England. But that's how it is these days in professional sports.
It's all about the money.
Over here in the USA, there will be twelve games going on and the one that appears to be most interesting is the game between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The Packers have looked listless in two of the three games this season and their 1-2 mark reflects that. Meanwhile, the Bears have suddenly awakened after losing the opener to Buffalo by responding with big wins against the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets, both on the road and in "prime time."
Carolina will be at Baltimore and that should draw some interest as Steve Smith (wide receiver who left Carolina to sign with Baltimore this past off-season) gets the chance to show the Panthers he still has some football life left and will do all he can to help the Ravens win this game.
Two other matchups that should be good ones are the Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco and the Sunday Night Football game between the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys in Jerry Jones' wonder dome down in Dallas.
Expect high scoring in both of those games and expect to hear NBC color analyst Cris Collinsworth compare Dallas quarterback Tony Romo with Saints QB Drew Brees at least ten times during the game.
It should be another interesting week around the league (and yes, Roger Goodell is still the NFL Commissioner) so here's a look at the games in capsule style breakdown with the Heftyinfo predictions for Week Four following up.

Green Bay (1-2) at Chicago (2-1) -  Can Aaron Rodgers and company steal another win in Chicago like they did last year? Bears better be ready.

Buffalo (2-1) at Houston (2-1) - The Texans got a wake up call last week after beating up on two cupcakes ... the Bills were blown out at home by the Chargers and now have to travel this week.

Tennessee (1-2) at Indianapolis (1-2) - The loser of this game could find themselves two games out of first place in the AFC South.

Carolina (2-1) at Baltimore (2-1) - The visiting Panthers were crushed at home last week by Pittsburgh while Baltimore has manhandled those same Steelers a week earlier. So it stands to reason the Ravens should win this game, right? Not necessarily.

Detroit (2-1) at New York Jets (1-2) - The Jets really stunk it up again last week (this time on Monday Night Football) and will look to get even against the Lions. The Lions thumped the Packers last week and are flying high heading into this game.

Tampa Bay (0-3) at Pittsburgh (2-1) - The Steelers are coming off a huge road win and are facing the hapless Bucs ... beware!

Miami (1-2) vs. Oakland (0-3) in London, England -  Yawn.

Jacksonville (0-3) at San Diego (2-1) - The worst team in pro football traveling to play a Chargers team whose running game is depleted by injuries. But the 'Bolts have QB Philip Rivers and that's the big difference here.

Atlanta (2-1) at Minnesota (1-2) - This could be a good one as rookie Teddy Bridgewater gets his first start as QB for the Vikings. Falcons showed they can score at will last week in rout of Tampa Bay.

Philadelphia (3-0) at San Francisco (1-2) - Can the 49ers rebound after two consecutive losses? Will the Eagles continue to soar and light up the scoreboard once again?

New Orleans (1-2) at Dallas (2-1) - The Cowboys are riding high after coming back from a 21-point deficit last week, The Saints struggled again, but did get their first win of the season.

New England (2-1) at Kansas City (1-2) - The Monday Night game in KC should be a good one. Could go down to the wire.

The Heftyinfo picks for Week Four  . . .     (Home teams are listed in BOLD type and Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)

NY Giants over Washington
Chicago over Green Bay
Houston over Buffalo
Indianapolis over Tennessee
Baltimore over Carolina
Detroit over NY Jets
Pittsburgh over Tampa Bay
Miami over Oakland
SAN DIEGO over Jacksonville
Atlanta over Minnesota
San Francisco over Philadelphia
New Orleans over Dallas
New England over Kansas City 

Last Week's Record:  11-5


Lock of the Week Record:  2-1



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