Three weeks have gone by and the first month of the NFL season is in the books. We’ve got five unbeaten teams left, four teams still looking for their first win and plenty of surprises as well.
With Week 4 upon us, the Front 4 team of Kyle, Daisy and Ryan welcome special guest, Adriel “The Natural” as he attempts to out-predict them. This week’s topics cover the Jaguars’ London record, which Quarterback reaches ten touchdowns, the “Fitzpatrick” of the week and much more.
How Many Undefeated Teams Will Remain After Week 4?
Current Undefeated Teams: Vikings, Broncos, Ravens, Patriots, Eagles(Week 4 Bye)
Besides the idle Eagles, I believe two of the four other undefeated teams head into Week 5 undefeated. The Vikings defense will be too much for Eli and co. allowing Minnesota to move to 4-0. The Giants also have the fourth worst record all-time on Monday Night Football at .377. The other undefeated team will be the defending Super Bowl champs who travel to Tampa Bay.
The Tom Brady-less Patriots have looked dominant so far, but uncertainty at the Quarterback position will come back to haunt them this week against the Bills. The Ravens have single-digit wins over the Bills, Browns and Jaguars to start the season so their first real test is this week against the Raiders and I don’t think they pass.
Three teams will continue their dominant starts to the season while the Eagles will coast through their bye week still undefeated. The Ravens will be the only casualty this week, losing a tight game to the Raiders at home.
The Broncos and I guess the Eagles, since they’re on a bye, will remain undefeated after Week 4. The Bills are itching to get back at the Patriots and I think this is their opportunity. The Raiders will step up too with their defense and take down the Ravens. I really think this is the week for them. Eagles are safe this week but only because of their bye.
The Vikings are playing Eli Manning. Enough said. If you remember, on my Top 5 overrated QB’s list going into the season, he was #2 on my list. He proved me right once again with that horrific 4th-quarter performance against the mediocre Washington Redskins. To me, the Broncos are the best team in the AFC right now. That all-time great defense might be better than it was last year and judging from last week’s impressive performance against a quality Bengals team, we still have yet to see the best from young Trevor Siemien. The Ravens have been taking full advantage of an early cupcake schedule and I don’t see it being any different this week as they face the underachieving Raiders.
Will the Jaguars improve to 2-2 in England?
The Jags are currently 1-2, all time, in games played in London
The Jaguars’ games in London over the past three seasons have had plenty of scoring. They lost 42-10 in 2013, 31-17 in 2014 and won 34-31 in 2015. This year their “home” game is against the Colts. A Colts loss will drop them to 1-3 and bring them to a tie with the Jaguars. Andrew Luck should be able to carry his team to the win giving the Jaguars an 0-4 record on the season and a 1-3 record across the pond.
I think their experience with traveling and playing previous games in London will give them the advantage over a not-as-good-as-we-thought Colts team that’s pretty banged up at the moment. Another loss for the winless Jaguars would cement their place in the basement of the AFC South so look for them to come out of the gate swinging.
The Jags definitely have the advantage here since they are playing a banged up Colts team. They will improve 2-2 in London… Unfortunately.
The Jaguars are another underachieving squad so far this season. Poised with talent across the board, the Jaguars have been sloppy and mistake prone. Gus Bradley might be the first coach to be fired once he loses this game.
How Many Winless Teams will Remain After Week 4?
Current winless teams: Browns, Jaguars, Bears, Saints
The Jaguars fall in London. The Browns still have no Josh Gordon and still won’t have a win agains the Redskins. Drew Brees heads to his old stomping grounds, but the Chargers don’t have a pleasant welcoming party. And the Bears, well, they’re turning into the ugly step-sister of the Browns. All four teams remain winless heading into Week 5.
Hard to pick the Browns to win no matter what, but on the road in DC is not a matchup that inspires confidence. Browns make it close, but remain winless. Jags will use their London experience to top the Colts. Jim Bob Cooter and Matthew Stafford will do unholy things to a terrible Bears defense. Bears stay winless. Saints defense sinks them again and Drew Brees can’t do enough on the road. Saints fall again.
I think all four winless teams have the potential to walk away victorious this week. The toughest matchup for me may be the Bears against the Lions because Detroit has looked like a pretty solid team. Ultimately, the Bears get the win.
See question #2 about the Jaguars. As for the Browns, once again this organization can’t seem to get out of their own way. The recent news of Josh Gordon missing more time since he’ll be headed to rehab proves that whenever they take one step forward they go two steps back. I like Hue Jackson and I think he will soon have them going in the right direction; just not this week.
Who Gets to 10 Passing Touchdowns First?
9:30AM Start time: Andrew Luck(6)
1:00PM Start time: Matt Ryan(7), Matthew Stafford(7)
4:00pm Start time: Jameis Winston(8), Drew Brees(8)
Kyle: Matthew Stafford
As long as Andrew Luck doesn’t throw four touchdowns in London, which he very well might, Stafford should have the best chance to reach 10 touchdowns as the Lions face off against the Bears who have let up 29 and 31 points to rookie quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott over the last two weeks.
Ryan: Matthew Stafford
One of the early games will definitely produce a 10-TD QB so I’m going to go with Matthew Stafford who has a cake matchup against the Bears, is at home and, of course, is part of Jim Bob Cooter’s cooterific pass-happy offense. Winston and Brees will both be in double digits by the end of the day, but Stafford will be waiting for them before their games even start.
Daisy: Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck will reach 10 touchdowns first, but only because his game is on super early. Considering the team he has around him, he’s been doing pretty well, but this will come at a cost…
Adriel: Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford is playing the Bears; the worst team in the league. End of question.
Who Leads the League in Rushing Yards After Week 4?
Blount 298, Crowell 274, Elliott 274, Miller 269, Freeman 265, Forte 261
Kyle: Ezekiel Elliott
The 49ers have allowed back-to-back 100 yard rushing performances from Foxxy Whittaker and Christine Michael. As the Cowboys travel to San Francisco, Ezekiel Elliot has an opportunity to not only eclipse the 100 yard mark, but also skyrocket to the top spot among all running backs.
Ryan: LeGarrette Blount
LeGarrette Blount, already with a 24-yard lead on the next closest back, will get plenty of touches in what will be an ugly blowout against the Bills. The Patriots own the Bills, winning 28 of the last 32 match-ups since the 2000 season and 13 of 14 games at Gillette Stadium. All that means is that the Patriots will get out to an early lead and coast (aka run the ball) the rest of the game.
Daisy: Ezekiel Elliot
Is this too bold to say? I’m going to go with Ezequiel Elliot. I think he’ll go off against the 49ers defense this week. He definitely has been one of the most exciting players in the league this season.
Adriel: LeGarrette Blount
It is my estimation that he will be the bell cow once again on Sunday. With an inexperienced Jacoby Brissett and an ailing Jimmy Garoppolo, Bill Belichick will call on Blount early and often to get the job done once again for the New England Patriots.
Who’s the Fitzpatrick(Most Interceptions) of the Week?
Kyle: Case Keenum
The Cardinals are coming off a terrible performance against the Bills and are going to be looking to rebound. What better way to do that than against Case Keenum. Keenum has played well enough to get the Rams to two straight wins, but the Cardinals can’t afford to fall to 1-3 which should cause for some stronger play allowing the Cards to pick off Keenum a couple times.
Ryan: Eli Manning
The Vikings defense has been playing out of their collective minds recently and meet an old friend in Eli Manning this week. Eli is 2-5 all-time against Minny and has thrown 14 INT’s in those seven games. This version of the Vikings D will definitely cause some headaches as they rank 1st in sacks and 2nd in interceptions this year, leading to a long day for the Big Blue play-caller.
Daisy: Andrew Luck
Like I said before he’ll get to 10 passing touchdowns first, but will get picked off three times in the process; let’s hope not, though.
Adriel: Eli Manning
This one is so easy. Hey, I know it probably seems like I’m picking on the poor guy but hey, I call it like I see it. Eli Manning is a turnover machine. It’s nothing new. He’s been like this his entire career. I see that trend continuing against that vaunted Vikings defense which is easily one of the top two defenses in the league.
How Many Birds Win in Week 4?
Seahawks, Ravens, Cardinals, Falcons
As I mentioned earlier, the Cardinals will win and the Ravens will lose. Now, the Seahawks travel across the country to play the Jets in what could be a low-scoring affair, however, I believe they get the job done. The Falcons play the Panthers and could make a huge statement knocking off the defending NFC champions, but I think Cam Newton rallies the troops and takes down the Falcons in a shootout.
In what will be known as the worst day for birds until Thanksgiving, all bird teams will take an L this week, with the Cardinals’ last-second loss to the Rams being the most embarrassing.
The Seahawks will defeat the Jets, but it will be closer than we think. The Ravens will get trampled by the Raiders defense; really hoping they go off. Arizona will beat up the Rams and the Panthers will walk away lifting the belt over the Falcons.
It’s no secret that I love Russell Wilson. He’s my favorite quarterback in the NFL and with good reason. Not only is he talented, he’s on a top organization with a top coach and a top defense. Being hobbled for basically the entire season so far, Russell will continue to tough it out against a vaunted Jets front seven. Bringing home the victory like he usually does, I look for the Seahawks to take advantage of Fitzpatrick and his turnover-prone self. As for the Ravens, they should continue to take full advantage of their cupcake schedule to start the season. I see them continuing their winning ways against the Raiders. There’s nothing special here, but Baltimore is just good enough to beat the disappointing Raiders in their friendly confines.
What Will be the Highest Scoring Game?
Kyle: Saints @ Chargers
Drew Brees gets to face his old team as the Saints look for their first win of the season. It’ll be tough against a Chargers offense that has been clicking to start the season. Both offenses rank in the top 10 in points scored which should make for some fun football to watch between Philip Rivers and Drew Brees.
Ryan: Saints @ Chargers
It’s basically a given that the Saints will be in a high scoring affair week in and week out. This week will be no exception against the Chargers. Two elite QBs? Check. Two top-10 offenses? Check. Two atrocious defenses? Check. Yeah this one is gonna be a barnburner.
Daisy: Bills @ Patriots
For my bold prediction of the week I will go with the Bills-Pats game. I think there will be lots of touchdowns in this game, but the winner will be determined with a FG in OT.
Adriel: Panthers @ Falcons
Cam Newton and Matt Ryan are two of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. They both feature some of the most talented pass catchers in the game in Kelvin Benjamin and Julio Jones. These division rivals will not disappoint as they move the ball up and down the field on that fast track in the Georgia Dome.
What Will be the Lowest Scoring Game?
Kyle: Browns @ Redskins
This could turn into an ugly game and as long as the Browns don’t allow the Redskins to run up the score it could turn into a 17-6 win for Washington. In their two home games on the year, the Redskins only managed 16 points against the Steelers and 23 points against the shaky Cowboys defense.
Ryan: Seahawks @ Jets
Both teams have struggling offenses and incredible stout defenses. Ryan Fitzpatrick was abysmal last week and Russell Wilson is a little banged up so neither offense will really be expected to put up huge numbers. This will be a defensive battle in the swamps of Jersey.
Daisy: Seahawks @ Jets
I am going to go with the Seahawks-Jets game just because both teams are defense-oriented teams. I am banking on the Jets to make this interesting and not embarrassing for themselves.
Adriel: Giants @ Vikings
Here we go again; a recurring theme here. The Vikings defense is on another level right now and Eli Manning’s offense should be no match for them. As for the Vikings, with Sam Bradford still finding his way and Adrian Peterson on the IR, I look for Minnesota to struggle against a much improved Giants defense.
Will the First Kick-Return Touchdown of the Season Happen in Week 4?
Kyle: Yes, by the Chicago Bears
Even though the new kickoff rules have prevented a kick-return touchdown thus far, the league is bound to see one sooner or later. The Bears will be giving up plenty of touchdowns to the Lions which will give them quite a few chances to deliver the most exciting play in football. Look for Deonte Thompson to break through and reach the end zone.
Tom Brady, still drunk and under-clothed from his vacation in Italy, runs onto the field on the Bills kickoff, pushes Danny Amendola out of the way and fields the ball, running through the confused defense 105 yards into the endzone. Gronk goes nuts and his manic celebration in the endzone is enough to scare the officials into not throwing a flag, resulting in a touchdown. Other than that, no, no kick returns this week.
Don’t think so, but if anyone does it will be ANTONIO BROWN. Mainly, because I’d love to see him run down the field juking everyone on the Chiefs. Would also love to see those points on my fantasy team.
Adriel: Yes, by the Seattle Seahawks
I believe.I believe. I believe. In only his second year in the league, Tyler Lockette is already the most dangerous return man in the game. Just as the doctor ordered, he’ll join the rest of the Seattle Seahawks that pick up the slack for an ailing Russell Wilson. I envision Lockette leaving the Jets on skates and leaving them in the dust on the first play of the second half. Do I get a bonus for predicting the time of game also?
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