Hey there folks. Still battling a nasty cold but I'm fighting through it. My picks last week looked like they needed some Nyquil. Tampa Bay going into Foxboro and beating the Patriots? Yeah, right. The Giants beating the Panthers? 38 reasons why they didn't. Minnesota taking advantage of the quitting Browns? Uh, someone forgot to tell Cleveland they're playing for next year. Jacksonville not scoring more than 2 points? Surprise!
So while I try to recover in body and spirit, here's my picks for Week 4 of the National Football League.
Last Week: 9-7 56% Upset Specials: 1-1 50%
Season: 33-17 66% Upset Specials: 3-3 50%
On Bye: Panthers, Packers
49ers 23, Rams 20 - Oh are the Scams a pain the backside for the San Francisco Kaepernicks. I told you folks that Colin's star would come back to terra firma a little bit and the last two weeks have been a bit humbling for Mr. Greatest Quarterback with Tats. Still, the 49ers at 1-3? Nah, I can't see that.
Ravens 20, Bills 10 - Say it with me everyone, "Nobody circles the drain like the Buffalo Bills." Seriously though, the Bills have been ultra competitive this season and the Ravens have been struggling in their Super Bowl afterglow. With that said, B-more's defense is beginning to come around.
Bengals 27, Browns 20 - I've professed my love for the Bengals multiple times this season. It has nothing to do with Hard Knocks, I thought they had a solid football team before the HBO reality show. Cleveland? Not so much.
Bears 26, Lions 20 - I wrestled with this one a bit. With the Cowardly Ones at home, it's not going to be an easy game but I have to admit, I'm thoroughly impressed with the work Mr. Trestman has done with Chicago.
Chiefs 28, Giants 13 - The Chiefs were a very talented team last season that couldn't win because an ineffective quarterback and a substandard coach. Gee, where have I heard that before? Meanwhile in New Jersey, maybe the Giants offense isn't one you should be emulating.
Colts 40, Jacksonville 2 - The quest for 0-16 and Teddy Bridgewater continues.
Upset Special #2: Chargers 23, Cowboys 17 - Phillip Rivers and the Superchargers have been surprisingly competitive this season. They could be 3-0. The Cowboys are the tallest munchkin in the NFC Least. They may win the division at 7-9.
Patriots 23, Falcons 13 - Could the Atlanta Falcons start the season 1-3? The magic 8-ball says "signs point to yes".
Saints 30, Dolphins 20 - Who knew this would be the first marquee matchup on the Monday Night schedule? Dolphins have played great this season but going into the Superdome on a Monday Night? Difficult.