Green Bay at Chicago – 1:00 PM ET
Pick: Chicago Bears
The Bears have impressed as of late, especially in a Monday Night Football win versus the good-looking Jets last week. Their offense has been clicking, despite troubles from Matt Forte and injuries that have bothered star WRs Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall. The defense, once known as impenetrable, then abhorrent, has performed admirably in the first 3 games of the year, led by rookie star Kyle Fuller, who has slotted himself in for a pro bowl birth.
Expect a tight one, but Fuller and company will hold Packer star Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter to zero points.
Bears: 24 Packers: 14
Buffalo at Houston – 1:00 PM ET
Pick: Buffalo Bills
Two surprisingly successful teams three weeks in, this one may be a snoozer. The exciting Bills offense vs. the tough Texas defense will be an exciting matchup, and the winner of that battle will win the game. The three headed attack of Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller, and Anthony Dixon with E.J. Manuel will give the Texans all they got, and the Texans D will win that battle – kinda.
I expect the Bills offense to put up FIVE field goals in this game, failing to reach the endzone once. Ryan Fitzpatrick and company will have a shot at a last second field goal, but choke, and give Buffalo their third win of the season.
Bills: 15 Texans: 13
Tennessee at Indianapolis – 1:00 PM ET
Pick: Indianapolis Colts
Many count Tennessee out of games, but they do have some surefire talent on both sides of the ball. Indianapolis is coming off of a stress-relieving blowout of Jacksonville, and the offense may slouch after seeing what kind of AFC South talent they are up against.
Expect the Titans to give Andrew Luck a real scare, but the Colts power offense will come out victorious. Do look for big games from Jake Locker and Justin Hunter, though.
Titans: 24 Colts: 28
Carolina at Baltimore – 1:00 PM ET
Pick: Carolina Panthers
Steve Smith vs. the Panthers. If that is a sentence you thought you would be saying at any point before this season, you are crazy. This matchup is going to be blood and guts galore, as Smith warned.
If you aren’t tuning into this game at 1:00 PM ET, or at least the series of Baltimore offense vs. Carolina defense, then you will be missing out. Many people (including every ESPN analyst) have the Ravens taking this one, but I say Kelvin Benjamin and Cam Newton prove them wrong. One big game from Benjamin and one small game from Smith will be a transitional metaphor, and the Panthers will take this one.
Panthers: 20 Ravens: 10
Detroit at New York – 1:00 PM ET
Pick: New York Jets
Both teams have been surprisingly dangerous so far, and both teams have a lot to prove. The two teams are coming off of completely opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to momentum.
The Jets, reeling off a bad MNF loss to Chicago, are looking to get back on track. The Lions, just finishing enjoying the meal they made of Aaron Rodgers and his Packers, are psyched about the possibilities this season holds for them. I expect this one to be a shootout between Geno Smith and Matthew Stafford, both of whom have struggled up to this point, and the Jets come out on top.
Jets: 30 Lions: 24
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh – 1:00 PM ET
Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh has impressed this season when many thought the reign of Ben Roethlisberger was nearing a close. The Steelers won’t find any trouble with the Bucs, who are coming off a ten day rest to think about the leveling that Atlanta handed them on TNF. I wouldn’t be surprised to see another blowout here in Pittsburgh.
Steelers: 42 Bucs: 13
Miami at Oakland (London,UK) – 1:00 PM ET
Pick: Miami Dolphins
The first of three London games, Miami at Oakland may not sound like a great game, but it will be. NFL games in London have always been exciting, and I think this will be one of the better games to tune into on Sunday. Tannehill is playing for his job, and Oakland is playing to stay alive in the AFC (I know it is only week 4, but still).
I expect both teams to give their fans in London a show, and the teams duke it out until the final play.
Raiders: 17 Dolphins: 21
Jacksonville at San Diego – 4:05 PM ET
Pick: San Diego Chargers
The Chargers have been one of the most impressive teams all season, especially after defeating the Seattle Seahawks in week two. The Jaguars, well, not so much. This one will be over in the first half and won’t be pretty. The only upside for JAX will be Blake Bortles putting up big numbers in garbage time. So they have that going for them, right?
Chargers: 42 Jags: 21
Atlanta at Minnesota – 4:25 PM ET
Pick: Minnesota Vikings
The sleeper pick of all here, I think Minnesota will come out strong against a Falcon team that will severely underestimate them. Teddy Bridgewater gets his first starting nod, one that he hopes is the beginning of many. I say Matt Asiata goes off for over 100 yards, Bridgewater goes for 250 and 2 TDs, and the defense finds a way to slow down Julio Jones.
They won’t have many like them, but I say this is one game this season where everything goes right for the Vikings.
Vikings: 27 Falcons: 20
Philadelphia at San Francisco – 4:25 PM ET
Pick: Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are one of three undefeated teams in the NFL right now. I don’t expect the 49ers, who are coming off a loss to fellow unbeaten Arizona, can change that. Kap and co. won’t be able to run on the Eagles, and Kap will have to rely on his arm, which never works well for him.
Nick Foles and his beautiful chemistry with both Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews will make life very hard for the 49er D, and both receivers will have huge games, just like last week vs. Washington. Expect a somewhat letdown if you were expecting a shootout, because this one will be quite one sided.
Eagles: 34 49ers: 17
Sunday Night Football: New Orleans at Dallas – 8:30 PM ET
Pick: New Orleans Saints
The Dallas Cowboys, who stand at a surprising 2 and 1, will get back to their losing ways on Sunday night. The Saints, on the other hand, will get back to their winning ways and defeat the Cowboys. I expect this game to resemble this week’s Thursday Night Football, where the Giants dismantled the Redskins. Look for Drew Brees to throw all over this defense and Tony Romo toss a few completions to the Saints secondary.
Saints: 35 Cowboys: 14
Monday Night Football: New England at Kansas City – 8:30 PM ET
Pick: Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have gotten off to a slow start, but they remain one of the better teams in the AFC. They have the ability to upset the New England Patriots, it just depends on if they show up to play.
Alex Smith needs Jamaal Charles to come back and give him his two dimensional offense back and, according to NFL Network, he is expected to play. A finally healthy Chiefs offense gives them a chance against the struggling Tom Brady and the Pats. Maybe they will seize the day.
Chiefs: 17 Patriots: 10