Friday Five, Week 4


All-in Browns are just the latest team to show willfully ignorant Cowboys  how things are done in today's NFL

We made it to Friday and actually saw a high-scoring game on Thursday night as the Broncos beat the Jets 38-27. For those of you who had to start Tim Patrick in a league, like I did, congratulations. For those of you facing Tim Patrick, well there’s still plenty of games to help turn your week around.

In these weekly posts I highlight five games on the Sunday slate I’m excited about this week. Here’s the five I’m watching for in Week 4.

Early Games

Cleveland Browns (2-1) at Dallas Cowboys (1-2)
The Browns are above .500 for the first time in a long time. The Cowboys have one of the best offenses in the game, but they’re a miracle comeback away from being 0-3. You’d think this game might tilt one way, but I think this will be a big week for the Cowboys who, quite honestly, don’t have much competition in their division right now. The Browns also haven’t had the strongest secondary this season, which doesn’t bode well when you’re facing a team that has as many passing game weapons as the Cowboys. The only good thing for the Browns is the Cowboys’ defense hasn’t been great itself. This is set up to be a fun shoot out in Dallas.

New Orleans Saints (1-2) at Detroit Lions (1-2)
Both these teams have struggled through inefficiency and injuries. I picked both to be playoff teams, so selfishly I’d like to seem them get on track. The Saints won opening day and haven’t tasted victory since, while Drew Brees has struggled to get on track and Michael Thomas is hampered with an ankle injury. Thomas has returned to limited practice, but it’s unclear if he’ll play. Meanwhile, the Saints have been led by Alvin Kamara, who’s looked like the best running back in the league. The Lions, meanwhile, started 0-2, then got their own injured receiver (Kenny Golladay) back before winning on the road in Arizona. So now these two teams meet, both sitting at 1-2 and both needing a win to get on track early in the season. Hopefully this one has some fireworks.

Minnesota Vikings (0-3) at Houston Texans (0-3)
I don’t usually highlight battles of winless teams, but this feels different. The Vikings and Texans were playoff teams in 2019, but they’ve gotten off to a slow start. Sitting at 0-3, desperation is setting in, as you might expect. The Texans started by playing the Chiefs, Ravens and Steelers, teams that are a collective 8-1 over the first three weeks. The Vikings, meanwhile, got blown out by the Packers and Colts, but looked to be on the verge of a win against the Titans before a major comeback led to a one-point loss. Both teams have talent and both are desperate for a win. Only one will get it, which makes this an interesting battle.

Late Games:

5 bold predictions for the Patriots vs. Chiefs matchup in Week 4

New England Patriots (2-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
This is a pair of contenders in the AFC clashing and might be the premier game of Sunday. The Patriots suffered a Week 2 loss in Seattle, though it was close, and put the Dolphins and Raiders away soundly. The Chiefs, meanwhile, keep on going. Despite a close scare in Week 2, the Chiefs have remained unbeaten and look to again be the best team in the AFC. Can Cam Newton lead the upset, or will Patrick Mahomes guide his team to 4-0. This is one to watch that could have big playoff implications in January.

Buffalo Bills (3-0) at Las Vegas Raiders (2-1)
Josh Allen has looked like the man. He’s posted 300-plus passing yards in each game so far this season, and the Bills are undefeated. The Raiders, meanwhile, started with two wins before hitting a buzz saw in New England in Week 3. Can the Bills keep their winning ways going and ruin the second game in Las Vegas for the Raiders, or will Jon Gruden’s team get a win and keep in the hunt for the playoffs in the early going. This is a critical AFC clash, and should be one of the better games this weekend.

Now, let’s look at this week’s picks!

Weekly Picks:

As I suspected might happen, my wife surged to the lead again in Week 3. She bested me by three picks on the week, again taking a two-pick lead. Will it last? Let’s find out.

Matt’s Picks Week 4:
Broncos Over Jets
Bears Over Colts
Bengals Over Jaguars
Cowboys Over Browns
Saints Over Lions
Seahawks Over Dolphins
Texans Over Vikings
Cardinals Over Panthers
Buccaneers Over Chargers
Ravens Over Washington
Rams Over Giants
Bills Over Raiders
Chiefs Over Patriots
49ers Over Eagles
Packers Over Falcons

Last Week: 8–8
Season: 28–20

Lindsay’s Picks Week 4:
Broncos Over Jets
Bears Over Colts
Bengals Over Jaguars
Cowboys Over Browns
Lions Over Saints
Seahawks Over Dolphins
Vikings Over Texans
Cardinals Over Panthers
Buccaneers Over Chargers
Ravens Over Washington
Rams Over Giants
Raiders Over Bills
Chiefs Over Patriots
49ers Over Eagles
Packers Over Falcons

Last Week: 11-5
Season: 30-18

Matt’s Picks Against the Spread, Week 4:
Broncos -2.5 Over Jets
Bears +2.5 Over Colts
Jaguars +3.5 Over Bengals
Cowboys -4.5 Over Browns
Lions +4.5 Over Saints
Seahawks -6.5 Over Dolphins
Vikings +3.5 Over Texans
Cardinals -3.5 Over Panthers
Buccaneers-7.5 Over Chargers
Ravens -13.5 Over Washington
Rams -12.5 Over Giants
Bills -2.5 Over Raiders
Patriots +6.5 Over Chiefs
49ers -6.5 Over Eagles
Falcons +7.5 Over Packers

Last Week: 9-7
Season: 23-25

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a proud member of the Drive-In Podcast Network.

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