No Punt Intended: NFL Picks Week Four Edition
By Brody Burns
Last Week: 7-9 Season Record: 20-11
Dallas (-2) at San Diego – Heartbreak struck the Chargers again last Sunday as Titans QB Jack Locker
completed a 34 yard game-winning touchdown pass with 15 seconds left. The Chargers offense looked
pretty pedestrian in the second half. The highlight may have been Philip Rivers’ awesome Landon
Donovan impression when he kicked a live ball on the final play. I don’t think they bounce back, sorry
Bolt fans, Romo and the Boys get this one. My Pick: Cowboys 27, Chargers 21.
Thursday Night: San Francisco (-3) at St. Louis – Jim Harbaugh hasn’t lost three in a row in his brief NFL
career, in fact that last time he lost three in a row as a coach was in 2008 at Stanford. Thursday won’t be
three in a row; the Niners will bounce back. The Rams are a solid team and they play tough at home, and
for what it is worth home teams are 2-1 on Thursday nights this year, but the Niners still get this one.
My Pick: Niners 17, Rams 14.
Baltimore (-6) at Buffalo – The Bills offensive line looked almost as bad as the Steelers line last Sunday,
as they allowed the Jets to sack E.J. Manuel eight times. Manuel looked pretty bad all day, the defense
gave up over 500 yards to the Jets, yeah the Jets, and running back CJ Spiller got hurt. Meanwhile the
Ravens bounced back with an impressive win over the Texans, and are quietly 2-1. No reason to pick
against a surging Ravens team. My Pick: Ravens 24, Bills 12
Cincinnati (-6) at Cleveland – No Brandon Weeden, no Trent Richardson, no Bernie Kosar, no LeBron
James… no problem. The Browns may have found their secret weapon in QB Brian Hoyer, the former
Tom Brady understudy, who led the Browns to a surprising win over the Vikings in Minnesota last
weekend. Can he do it again? Nope, I’m on Hard Knocks. My Pick: Bengals 27, Browns 20.
Chicago at Detroit (-2) – The Fightin’ Ditka’s are 3-0, while the Lions are an upstart 2-1. Sunday’s poised
to be a classic NFC North showdown. The real question is what happens first; Ndamukong Suh body
slams Brandon Marshall, or Jay Cutler and Reggie Bush convene midfield to compare notes on their
relationships with Reality TV stars. The key will be the Bears defense, and Matthew Stafford’s propensity
to throw to the other team. My pick: Bears 24, Lions 21.
N.Y. Giants at Kansas City (-4) – The Chiefs will be coming off ten days of rest, and going up against a
Giants team that just got demoralized by the Panthers. The Chiefs are good, and are going to battle the
Broncos through mid-season, until the two teams meet in week 11. Sorry Eli, no reason to pick against
the Chiefs. My Pick: Chiefs 31, Giants 17.
Arizona at Tampa Bay (-3) – The Bucs have looked pretty bad this season, and considering it’s a contract
year for Josh Freeman, it’s a bit surprising. Maybe he’s shopping his talents for the CFL. The Cardinals
were mediocre in the first two weeks, and then ran into the Saints last weekend. This weekend they’re
traveling across country, again, and that spells danger. This is a tough one, but I think the Bucs win at
home. My Pick: Buccaneers 15, Cardinals 14.
Indianapolis (-8) at Jacksonville – If you had to pick a young quarterback to start a franchise around it
would have to be Luck. He’s scary good. Jacksonville is not scary. This one will be lopsided. My Pick: Colts
27, Jaguars 13.
Seattle (-3) at Houston – These next two weeks will show a lot about the Seahawks. They take their
show on the road to Houston, and Indianapolis, two playoff teams from last year. Don’t get me wrong,
they’re good, but these two games will tell us all how good they really are. I don’t know what to make of
the Texans yet – gifted a game in San Diego, win in overtime over Tennessee and then get rolled over by
the Ravens. This is a big game for both teams. My Pick: Seahawks 31, Texans 21.
Pittsburgh (-1) at Minnesota – Neither team has looked good this year. The Steelers showed signs of life
against the Bears on Sunday, but 5 turnovers, 4 from Roethlisberger, proved too much to overcome.
The Vikings meanwhile lost to the lowly Browns. You gotta feel for AP. The game is in London, so you
have to pick Big Ben. Right? My Pick: Steelers 19, Vikings 15.
N.Y. Jets at Tennessee (-4.5) – Geno Smith is quickly making Jets fans forget about the Mark Sanchez era,
although truthfully that’s not too hard. The Jets could easily be 3-0. I think the wheels fall off a bit on
Sunday, I’m on the Titans. My Pick: Titans 26, Jets 23.
Washington (-3) at Oakland – Washington goes into the black hole as favorites on Sunday, despite
being 0-3. RG3 hasn’t looked good, and their defense is dead last in the league in yards given up. (One
spot below the Chargers.) It’s still not enough to pick against them though. The Raiders will keep it
competitive, look for Darren McFadden to have a bounce back game. My Pick: Washington 23, Raiders
Editor’s Note: The official name for the Washington franchise, a racial epithet, will no longer be
published by Motions.
Philadelphia at Denver (-10) – The only reason I can think to pick the Eagles is the long week off, but that
is not enough. Denver keeps the stampede going. My Pick: Broncos 37, Eagles 24.
New England at Atlanta (-2) – This should be a good one. The Falcons are 1-2, and two games behind the
Saints in the NFC South, and the late game luck from last season seems to be against them this season.
Meanwhile the Patriots used a tune up from the Bucs to get the machine going. I think the Patriots win
in primetime. My Pick: Patriots 28, Falcons 27.
Miami at New Orleans (-6) – The Saints are a quiet 3-0, while the Fins are also 3-0. Monday has the
makings of a great game. The Dolphins are in the midst of a killer stretch to open the season, and they
keep winning over quality teams, including the Colts and the Falcons. Monday night will be all about the home field advantage though. I like the Saints. My Pick: Saints 31, Dolphins 24.