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Week 4 Pro Football Predictions

Posted on: September 28th, 2017 by Rob Popeleski No Comments

Washington @ Kansas City

Washington is coming off an upset over Oakland in which they allowed just 128 total yards. On offense, it was the Chris Thompson show as he had 188 total yards of offense while Kirk Cousins threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns. Kansas City is the most complete team in the league and one of only two unbeaten teams left. Rookie Kareem Hunt leads the league in rushing and is averaging 133 yards per game. The Washington defense is allowing 62 yards a game on the ground. Washington has injury concerns on offense with Jordan Reed, Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley all questionable to play. Kansas City 27-23

Chicago @ Green Bay

Green Bay was fortunate to win last week against Cincinnati and there were things to be concerned about as well. The Cincinnati offense came into the game without a touchdown but scored 17 offensive points while putting up over 300 yards on the Green Bay defense. Green Bay has numerous injuries including their two offensive tackles. Chicago is feisty, beating previously unbeaten Pittsburgh and nearly beating Atlanta in week 1 but Aaron Rodgers at home will be too much to overcome. Green Bay 28-20

Buffalo @ Atlanta

Buffalo has been a surprise, especially on defense where they are allowing a league-low 37 points. Two of those opponents were the NYJ and Carolina so this is a step up in competition against Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Devonta Freeman. Buffalo hasn’t allowed a touchdown pass this year but again, they haven’t faced anything close to this Atlanta offense. Atlanta 31-17

Cincinnati @ Cleveland

Two teams without a win meet in this in-state divisional rivalry. Cincinnati has swept Cleveland the last two seasons and has beaten them in five straight meetings. In both meetings last year Cincinnati rushed for over 200 yards in each game. Could be a breakout game for Joe Mixon. Cincinnati 24-20

LAR @ Dallas

If someone asked who would have the highest scoring offense after the first three weeks of the season not many would’ve predicted Los Angeles. They are the only team that has scored more than 100 points so far. This week Jared Goff will face pressure that he hasn’t faced yet. Dallas is second in sacks, led by Demarcus Lawrence who had 3 last week and now 7 on the season. Dallas hasn’t run the ball well this year but look for a big game from Ezekiel Elliott against a Los Angeles defense allowing the fourth most rushing yards in the league. Dallas 27-17

Tennessee @ Houston

These teams split the season series last year with each team winning at home. Tennessee has scored over 30 points and rushed for over 150 yards in each of their last two games and it came against two very good defenses in Seattle and Jacksonville. Deshaun Watson nearly became the first rookie quarterback to beat a Bill Belichick coached team in New England last week but a late touchdown throw from Tom Brady prevented that. Watson is improving but can his defense stop the Tennessee offense? Tennessee 24-17

New Orleans vs Miami (London)

Not sure what to expect from Miami. They were embarrassed last week as the NYJ held their offense to just 225 total yards. If they can’t score against a New Orleans defense allowing 26 points a game then it may be time to panic. On the other side of the ball, Drew Brees has a good matchup against a Miami defense that couldn’t stop Josh McCown last week. Miami 28-24

Detroit @ Minnesota

Detroit beat Minnesota in both meetings last season but both games were close. Sam Bradford is questionable to play but Case Keenum did a very good job last week, throwing for over 300 yards. Detroit was very close to beating Atlanta last week but a touchdown pass was overturned. Should be another tight game but I like Matthew Stafford in this one. Detroit 23-20

Carolina @ New England

The New England defense has allowed the most points in the league this year and is at the bottom of the league in passing defense. Unfortunately for Carolina, Cam Newton is really struggling and he’s lost one of the best tight ends in the league and his best receiver is questionable to play.  New England 30-20

Jacksonville @ NYJ

The NYJ defense finally stepped up last week after two disappointing efforts to begin the year. Their offense hasn’t been terrible but the Jacksonville defense is very good. In the past, I’d be reluctant to take Jacksonville on the road in the Northeast but with Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone in charge, this looks like a different team than past seasons. Jacksonville 24-13

Pittsburgh @ Baltimore

It’ll be interesting to see how Baltimore responds after their embarrassing loss to Jacksonville last week. On defense, they’ve allowed over 400 yards and failed to reach 200 on offense. These teams usually play close games. Two teams coming off bad losses and not confident in Pittsburgh on the road but I’ll go with the team with the better offense. Pittsburgh 24-19

San Francisco @ Arizona

Arizona has won the last four meetings with San Francisco. Both defenses are ranked near the bottom of the league. Arizona has faced two very good offenses in Detroit and Dallas though. Arizona has really struggled to run the ball without David Johnson. The San Francisco offense finally scored a touchdown last week but it’ll be tougher this week against Arizona. Arizona 23-14

  Oakland @ Denver

It’s another matchup of two teams that played poorly last week. Oakland couldn’t do anything offensively and now they face a Denver defense that hasn’t allowed 300 total yards to any opposing offense this year. Trevor Siemian needs to play better than he did last week in Buffalo. Close but I’ll go with the home team and the better defense. Denver 20-17

Philadelphia @ LAC

Los Angeles has been in every game but has fallen short in all three. This week they host a Philadelphia team that is hot behind Carson Wentz. Melvin Gordon is questionable to play which hurts the Los Angeles offense but Philip Rivers is used to carrying this team. They are due to win one of these. I’ll take them over an East coast team traveling to the West coast after a hard-fought win over their divisional rival. LAC 24-20

NYG @ Tampa Bay

The NYG offense finally woke up in the 4th quarter last week but their defense let them down as they were beaten on a 61-yard game-winning field goal. I thought last week was a game they would get in a desperate situation but now there is no room for error. The offensive line didn’t allow a sack last week which is a plus. The Tampa Bay defense has just 1 sack on the season. Something tells me Eli wins this one late. NYG 27-24

Indianapolis @ Seattle

The Seattle defense was bad last week on the road in Tennessee, allowing almost 200 yards on the ground. This weeks matchup is a lot easier against Indianapolis at home. Best bet of the week. Seattle 31-10

Record: Last Week 8-7, Season 29-17

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