I was 10-6 last week, a big step up from where I was at the beginning of the season. My overall record is now 23-25. On to the week 4 picks (and the bye weeks).
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears, Bears favoured by 9 1/2
It was great to see the Lions win a game last week. They spent so long losing, fans were starting to lose faith (though I’m not sure in what). Anyways, the Bears will be too tough a team for the Lions. It would have been nice to see Detroit go on a winning streak, but the streak will end at one. Bears to win.
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns, Bengals by 5 1/2
Cleveland has been brutal this season. The coach has lost the team. They’ve already switched quarterbacks. They haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in about five years. Bengals to win.
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans, Texans favoured by 9 1/2
Houston hasn’t always looked good this season, while Oakland has put up some solid games. I think the spread is too much. Raiders to cover.
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts, Colts by 8 1/2
A few weeks ago, I said the Colts had the opportunity to start the season 8-0. This win will get them halfway there. Colts to win.
Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars, Titans favoured by 2 1/2
I don’t even know where to start with these teams. The two teams are a combined 1-5 to start the season. Neither looks good while playing. But I think the Titans have more pride to play for. Titans to win.
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs, Giants by 8 1/2
The Giants have looked almost unbeatable this season, winning each of their first three games by a little more than 10 points a game. They should be able to cover this easily. Giants to win.
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots, Patriots by 2 1/2
The Patriots are in trouble this week. Despite their 2-0 record, they’ve had some problems. They struggled against the Bills and Jets. Now they play a top team in the Ravens. Even though the Pats are at home, I don’t know how their favoured in this match. Ravens to win.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins, Redskins by 6 1/2
Tampa has given up an average of 30 points a game, while scoring about 14. The Redskins have played some weak teams this year, but are only 1-2. They’ll kick themselves when they eventually realize they could have been about 3-1. Redskins to win.
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins, Bills favoured by 2 1/2
The Bills offence has looked brutal, but Terrell Owens will be thrown to about eight times this week to keep him happy. Bills to win.
New York Jets at New Orleans Saints, Saints favoured by 6 1/2
The Saints showed last week that if the passing game doesn’t work, the Saints can beat you with the running game. They Jets are a surprising 3-0, but they’ll meet their match this week. Saints to win.
Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos, Cowboys favoured by 2 1/2
The Broncos are 3-0. They’ve played some mediocre teams, and will be playing another one this week in the Cowboys. Broncos to win.
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers, 49ers by 9 1/2
The Rams should get used to this. Eventually, all these point spread will roll up in the double digits. Look for the 49ers to win big.
San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers, Steelers favoured by 6 1/2
This will be the game of the week. Two hard-hitting defences with two star quarterbacks. I give the advantage to the Chargers though, because Troy Polamalu is injured for the Steelers, and Philip Rivers is a better quarterback than Ben Roethlisberger. Chargers to cover.
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings, Vikings favoured by 3 1/2
It’s always a big deal when a player for a franchise plays against his former team, and this week’s Monday night game will be a big one. Green Bay fans have been irate for a while, and are ready to snap because of their former beloved player. But Minnesota kicker Ryan Longwell, who spent nine seasons in Green Bay, is a professional, and I expect him to be able to battle through all the emotions to help his team win the game. Vikings to win.