Saturday, September 29, 2007

NFL Week 4 Preview and Picks

Seahawks vs 49ers
This is a battle for NFL West supremacy as both these teams are 2-1 going into Sunday. The 49ers must pound Frank Gore into the heart of the Seahawks defense and Gore should get no less than 25 carries. Alex Smith has to not make any critical turnovers. If Smith struggles, you will not see Trent Dilfer in the game as Mike Nolan will stick with Smith through thick and thin. The reason for this is because Nolan drafted Smith. Arizona's Ken Whisenhunt benched Matt Leinart last week in place of veteran Kurt Warner and Warner almost led the team to an upset over the Ravens. Whisenhunt did not draft Leinart and therefore does not hesitate to make a quarterback swith when his starter is playing poorly. For the Seahawks, Shaun Alexander is playing hurt and has an injury in his left wrist that prevents him from stiff-arming opponents or carry the ball with his left hand. This injury will affect his receiving abilities as well. Look for Maurice Morris to get more playing time this week. Matt Hasselback is one of the more accurate passers in the league but he better watch out for CB Nate Clements who will be covering WR Deion Branch all game long. The 49ers should play WR Ashley Lelie more as he is the only 49er that can stretch the field. This game will come down to a field goal.
49ers 23 Seattle 20

Raiders vs Dolphins
There might be rain in the forecast in Miami on Sunday. The Raiders will have a good chance to pull the upset if Daunte Culpepper plays well and he surely has the motivation to do so and stick it to his former team. Joey Porter has predicted a win for the Dolphins which surely will fire up his team as well as the Raiders. Miami's defense has been terrible all season and LaMont Jordan could have another big rushing game. Look for the Raiders to pound Jordan for more than 20 carries. Ronnie Brown will also get many caries for the Dolphins. Trent Green needs to be careful with the ball against the Raiders cornerbacks and linebackers. I will go with the Raiders here as Lane Kiffin will outcoach another rookie coach, Cam Cameron and Culpepper gets his sweet revenge.
Raiders 23 Dolphins 20

Packers vs Vikings
Brett Favre will win this game for the Packers along with the Packers defense. The Packers have no running game to speak of but the Vikings are dominant against the run anyways. Favre will take advantage of the Vikings cornerbacks and safeties. Kelly Holcomb is the starter for the Vikings but he will have a tough team getting anything going offensively against the talented Packers defense. The Packers are on the rise and although Favre doesn't play as well on turf as he does on grass, the Packers have the clear edge in this game.
Packers 27 Vikings 13

Chiefs vs Chargers
Chargers are 1-2 and everyone is blaming Norv Turner. Be patient everyone as we are only three games into the season and the Chargers will destroy the Chiefs. This team lost two tough games on the road but they will be in the friendly confines of Qualcomm Stadium this week. LaDanian Tomlinson will get his touchdowns and the Chargers defense will cause a few turnovers.
Chargers 31 Chiefs 10

Bears vs Lions
The Bears finallly pulled the plug on Rex Grossman as their starting quarterback and have inserted Brian Griese as their new starter. The Lions defense gave up 56 points to the Eagles last week. The Bears have too many injuries on defense and the Lions will get the upset.
Lions 24 Bears 16

Texans vs Falcons
Matt Schaub returns to Atlanta to face his former team. He will be without three of his main offensive weapons as Andre Johnson, Jacoby Jones, and Ahman Green are all out with injuries. The Falcons will look for the upset here and get it.
Falcons 19 Texans 17

Ravens vs Browns
The Ravens defense will be too much for Derek Anderson and the Browns offense. Willis McGahee will have a big game for the Ravens.
Ravens 24 Browns 10

Rams vs Cowboys
Marc Bulgar is playing with two broken ribs. Steven Jackson is out for this game. Dallas will roll in this one and TO will score at least two touchdowns along with Marion the Barbarian Barber III.
Cowboys 34 Rams 13

Jets vs Bills
Trent Edwards will start for the Bills as JP Losman is out with an injury. This is a must-win for the Jets. Bills defense is terrible and the Jets will roll to an easy victory.
Jets 24 Bills 9

Broncos vs Colts
This will be a good game and should be close. I give the edge to the Colts at home. Javon Walker is out for the Broncos. The Broncos picked up Dre Bly in the offseason and he has to show up today and cover Reggie Wayne well.
Colts 27 Broncos 20

Eagles vs Giants
The Eagles will win this one on the road. The Giants secondary is terrible and Donovan McNabb will exploit their weak corners all day.
Eagles 31 Giants 20

Bucs vs Panthers
Jeff Garcia has not thrown an interception all year and runs the West Coast Offense as good as anyone. This game will come down to an field goal.
Bucs 20 Panthers 17

Patriots vs Bengals
Will Randy Moss be my AFC East player of the week for the fourth week in a row? Bengals do not have a good defense and their running back Rudi Johnson is out for the game. Kenny Watson will start in his place. Patriots roll to a easy victory in front of whole nation on Monday Night Football.
Patriots 38 Bengals 23

Steelers vs Cardinals
Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm will face their old team this afternoon. Both were past over by the Steelers for the head coaching job which went to Mike Tomlin. Anquan Boldin is out for the Cardinals. Steelers will be without Hines Ward.
Steelers 24 Cardinals 17

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