Taylor’s NFL Picks Week 4

Taylor Hauck

New York Giants @ Washington Redskins
The Giants finally got their first win of the season over the Texans on Sunday in what was probably a must-win game. The Giants will need a strong showing on defense since Washington has put up a combined 75 Points in the last two games. Kirk Cousins has proven that he should be the starter for the Redskins. Expect a good game on Thursday Night Football between the NFC East rivals.

Philadelphia Eagles @ San Francisco 49ers
The Eagles’ defense has been very shaky in the early part of the season, but the offense has been able to overcome the poor defense. Meanwhile, San Francisco has lost two straight games and hasn’t looked like the same team that has been to three consecutive NFC Championship games. Expect the 49ers to look improved, but the Eagles high-powered offense should be too much to handle. Expect the Eagles to improve to 4-0.

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
Both teams haven’t looked very impressive in the early going, especially the Packers. An Aaron Rodgers led team hasn’t looked this bad in a few years. Expect them to battle to stay afloat in the division. Chicago has been inconsistent in the early going but look to beat their division rival. Expect a good, competitive game in Chicago.

Buffalo Bills @ Houston Texans
Both these teams are 2-1 to start the season, however neither team has played a tough opponent. Houston lost a game they should have won against the Giants. Both teams surprisingly sit atop their divisions and one of these teams will stay on top with a win. Expect the Titans defense to be too much for the Bills.

Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts
The Colts finally found the win column after their blowout win over the Jaguars. Andrew Luck has found his form and looks to use the momentum to take down the Titans. Tennessee hasn’t looked good since their upset win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Look for the Colts to down the Titans at home.

Carolina Panthers @ Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are 2-1 to start the season, but it hasn’t been entirely easy. They needed a last second field goal to down the feisty Browns. Baltimore’s offense hasn’t been up to par and will need to turn that around to compete in the tough AFC North. Carolina joins a long list of inconsistent teams despite their 2-1 record. Look for the Panthers to get better and compete for the division crown. This game should be close with the Ravens coming out on top.

Detroit Lions @ New York Jets
The Lions have been up and down to start the season. They played extremely well in their two wins and will look to put together a win streak against the Jets. The Jets are not a bad team this year and have had bad breaks. Expect the Lions to improve to 3-1 with a win.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers made a statement on Sunday Night Football that they are a true contender in the NFL. Roethlisberger didn’t throw for many yards but he was effective. If the Steelers continue to have a good running game, they will be tough to stop. The Bucs are 0-3 and looked bad against the Falcons. Expect the Bucs to change their game plan to compete, but the Steelers should win easily.

Miami Dolphins @ Oakland Raiders
Neither of these teams have started the season well, but one team has a chance to turn things around. The Raiders continue to struggle early in the season and need a big change if they want to compete in their division. The Dolphins haven’t impressed since coming from behind against the Patriots in Week One. They are ranked twenty-ninth in passing yards and need to better that to have a balanced attack against opponents. Expect the Dolphins to rebound and beat the Raiders.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego Chargers
San Diego has looked extremely well in the first three games and was only a two points away from a 3-0 start. Instead they are 2-1 and look to continue their hot start against a Jaguars team that hasn’t played well since the first half of their season. Expect the Chargers to blow out the Jaguars.

Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota Vikings
The Falcons are looking strong this year, despite their one lopsided loss. They have scored a lot of points in their two wins behind quarterback Matt Ryan’s stellar play. Minnesota has to turn to backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, after starter Matt Cassel went down with a broken foot. The rest of the season will be a glimpse into the future of the Minnesota Vikings. Expect the Falcons to win on the road.

New Orleans Saints @ Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys made history Sunday by having the biggest regular season comeback in team history. They were down 21 points to start the game against the Rams. Expect the Cowboys to have a much better start on Monday Night Football. The Saints got their first win of the season after having tough luck in their opening two games. Expect the Saints to put together a streak and climb back to .500. This game should be a good game on Monday Night Football.