While mostly everyone in America seems to think that Tom Brady’s return to New England is the most anticipated game of the NFL’s Week 4 schedule, the game I’ll be watching is the matchup between two undefeated teams in the NFC West, as the Los Angeles Rams will host the Arizona Cardinals.
The Rams have won the last six meetings with the Cardinals and are coming off a dominating win over Brady and the defending Super Bowl champs, 34-24. Arizona had to work much harder to defeat winless Jacksonville last week, but Kyler Murray is a weapon the Rams defense will have to nullify.
I like the Rams to stay undefeated in this one.
Another interesting matchup is the 3-0 Carolina Panthers led by a resurgent Sam Darnold, as they travel to Dallas to take on a Cowboys team coming off its most impressive performance of the season, a 41-21 rout of Philadephia. We’re told that the Cowboys no longer have an elite offensive line, but they pushed the Eagles all over the field on Monday night. Predictably, the Cowboys — winning in prime time — seem to be everyone’s favorite pick this week.
The Panthers will be without Christian McCaffrey, which makes picking them a long shot to win this game, but I like what I see from Darnold so far.
The other game I’ll be locked in on is the Monday night matchup of the 3-0 Las Vegas Raiders traveling to SoFi Stadium to take on the best-dressed team in football, the LA Chargers (2-1). Both of these teams are always hard to figure out; the Raiders pulled out an overtime win over Miami to stay perfect on the season but didn’t look so impressive in doing so. The Chargers knocked off the Chiefs at Kansas City, nearly blowing an early 14-0 lead, and were down 24-21 late in the fourth before Justin Hebert rallied his team to a 30-24 win.
The pick here is the Chargers, handing Las Vegas its first loss.
As for the rest of the schedule:
I like the Falcons at home over Washington, the Bengals to keep the Jags winless (Editor’s Note – this prediction came true, though Jacksonville made it tough within early 14-0 lead) Buffalo will beat the Texans, Detroit will get its first win and beat the disorganized Bears, and the Colts will stay winless and lose to host Miami.
The Browns will win at Minnesota, the misery in New York will continue as the winless Giants will lose at New Orleans, and the Jets will fall at home to Tennesee. Kansas City will bounce back and destroy the Eagles, the Seahawks have a shot at San Francisco, but will probably lose a close one. The Broncos are not really a 3-0 team, and the Ravens will solve that anomaly at Mile High, Green Bay will prevail over the visiting Steelers, and Brady and the Buccaneers will rebound from the Rams loss and soundly defeat the Patriots in Foxboro.
How do you see this week’s games?