By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
Week 4 Byes: Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles
Really rough week for me yet again going 6-10 for the second time in a row, which puts me at 21-27 for the year. Good God! In my defense this season has been nuts so far.
But still I have to get my shit together. Time to rebound.
Indianapolis Colts (1-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3) (in Wembley Stadium, London)
(+2.5.) (O/U 49.0)
So they’re doing the whole play NFL games in London thing again this year. I think there is two more. I’m not a big fan of them myself. I don’t like missing any football ever and I will not be up for the 6:30 am kickoff.
Besides, it’s such a long commute for both teams and usually ends up being a lousy game.
Depends on which team can handle the jet lag better I guess.
Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at New York Jets (1-2)
(+2.5) (O/U 41.0)
It took 3 weeks, but Seattle finally got that offense going in a 37-18 shellacking of the 49ers. Christine Michael, Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham looked on point too. Very concerned about Russell Wilson’s knee though. It hit that turf hard and looked nasty. Ended up being a sprained MCL, but could have been much worse. Just bench him please Pete and give Boykin a shot.
I’ll take the loss if it means that Russell is healthy. Besides their QB threw 6 picks against the Chiefs last week and now he has to face a Seattle defense that has led the league in points allowed for 4 straight years.
Detroit Lions (1-2) at Chicago Bears (0-3)
(+3.0) (O/U 47.5)
Apparently it doesn’t matter who the Bears QB is as Brian Hoyer started in place of the injured Cutler last week and still lost to the Cowboys 31-17. I think they’re just a terrible team.
Carolina Panthers (1-2) at Atlanta Falcons (2-1) (+3.0) (O/U 50.0)
Lot of surprises last week, one of the biggest being the Vikings defeating the Panthers 22-10 with no Bridgewater or A.P.
I think they get back on track this week against the Falcons who have a pretty awful defense.
Oakland Raiders (2-1) at Baltimore Ravens (3-0)
(-3.5) (O/U 46.5)
Baltimore is just finding ways to win despite having a next to nothing for offensive weapons. They haven’t exactly played anyone good yet though with wins against the Bills, Browns, and Jaguars all won by one possession much like almost all their games last year as well.
This will be the best offense the Ravens have played yet. A defense that has been stout so far could get exposed.
Buffalo Bills (1-2) at New England Patriots (3-0) (-6.0) (O/U .0)
Apparently Bill Bellichick can win no matter who he has slinging the ball back there, and it looks like Julian Edelman (the receiver) will start at QB this week.
So the question must be asked. How good is Brady really? He’s a system quarterback. Like i’ve been saying all along. Edelman played QB in college though, and this should be interesting.
God I hate this team! But I’ve picked them to lose every week and they are 3-0. Changing tactics.
Cleveland Browns (0-3) at Washington Redskins (1-2)
(-7.5) (O/U 46.5)
What else is new? The Browns suck.
They do have something to be excited about with former Ohio State product Terrelle Pryor played QB, receiver and running back against the Dolphins last week. He was 3 of 5 for 35 yards and QB, ran 4 times for 21 yards and a TD and caught 8 catches for 144 yards. Going to be very interesting to see how they use him from here on out. Maybe he helps change their luck.
Tennessee Titans (1-2) at Houston Texans (2-1)
(-5.0) (O/U 40.5)
An absolute pathetic performance on Thursday night as the Texans were shut out 27-0 by a New England Patriots team playing their 3rd string quarterback.
Brock Osweiller looked awful and worst of all it appears team defensive leader J.J Watt might be lost for the year after sustaining a back injury. With the 1-2 Colts facing off against the 0-3 Jaguars, it’s looking like the AFC South will be garbage once again. 7-9 will most likely win this division. Hell maybe even 6-10
Denver Broncos (3-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2)
(+3.0) (O/U 44.0)
A breakout game last week for Trevor Siemian, as he completed 23 of 35 passes for 312 yards and 4 Td’s against the Bengals.
Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas both had a 100 yards receiving and combined for 227 yards and 3 Td’s.
If this offense gets going like that again the Broncos are going to be dangerous.
New Orleans Saints (0-3) at San Diego Chargers (1-2)
(-3.5) (O/U 53.5)
Drew Brees and Phillip Rivers, two of the best quarterbacks in the league for the last decade or so, face off here. Unfortunately both might be nearing the end of their careers and both have dreadful defenses that are not helping them out.
Dallas Cowboys (2-1) at San Francisco 49ers (1-3)
(+2.5) (O/U 45.5)
Seattle’s Christine Michael ran all over the 49ers last week,with an offensive line still trying to find his groove. So what will Ezekiel Elliott do to them behind the offensive line in the game? Elliott hurdling a defender might have been the play of the week.
Los Angeles Rams (2-1) at Arizona Cardinals (1-2)
(-8.0) (O/U 43.0)
In week 1 I said that I had a feeling that either the Cardinals or the Panthers would fall apart this year and at 1-2 maybe they both will. Either way it’s hard to envision a Jeff Fisher Rams team ever going to 3-1, considering he’s never won more than 7 games with them.
Kansas City Chiefs (2-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
(-5.0) (O/U 47.0)
Just when you think you have football figured out the Steelers get annihilated by the Eagles. Philadelphia held the Pittsburgh to 3 points in a 27-3 victory.
Seriously what the hell happened? Pittsburgh looked like possibly the best team in the AFC and then that happened. No wonder I am 21-27 right now. I guess I’ll pick them to rebound here.
Pick: Steelers 21-14
New York Giants (2-1) at Minnesota Vikings (3-0) (-4.5) (O/U 43.)
And yet another shocker of a game last week as the Vikings defeated the returning NFC champion Panthers 22-10, sans Adrian Peterson and Teddy Bridgewater. They must have one hell of a defense and quite frankly 2-1 or not, I don’t think the Giants are that good.
Pick: Vikings 23- 17