What to Watch: NFL Week 4

Eagles at Packers: Thursday Night Football 9.26 8:20 PM

The Eagles are a surprising 1-2 after back-to-back losses to the Falcons and Lions. The Packers are a surprising 3-0 after a shakeup that looked like I might doom Aaron Rodgers to another losing season.

What to watch for: Can A-Rod and that Packers offense get the ball moving against an Eagles defense that has allowed a whopping 293.7 YPG in the air. Yes, they probably can. Look for a big game from Davante Adams.

Browns at Ravens, Sunday 1pm ET.

We’ve been waiting for this one…It’s the early battle for the soul of the AFC North. The Browns were a trendy preseason pick, but the Ravens are on a roll, despite losing to the Chiefs last week.

What to watch for: Do the Browns grow and evolve? Or become just another shade of well…Brown? With a win, Cleveland would level the division at 2-2. With a loss, they could well be in an insurmountable hole at 1-3. Baltimore boasts the best rushing offense in football and averages the most yards per game overall. Myles Garrett and that Browns D have been in the middle of the pack against the run thus far. They’ll need to step it up to have a chance this Sunday.

Patriots at Bills, Sunday 1pm ET.

Two teams at 3-0 atop the AFC East. Something’s gotta give.

What to watch for: Are the Patriots too dinged up to continue their run of dominance? Julian Edelman left last week’s game with a chest injury, and the offensive line is once again a work in progress. Is that enough to make the 3-0 Bills the favorite? Nope. Buffalo is a home underdog in this one, mostly because the idea of young Josh Allen dissecting a top-ranked Patriot defense that has allowed three points all season is pretty hard to wrap one’s head around. That being said, Buffalo’s defense isn’t bad either, ranking in the top five in points and yards allowed. So, don’t bet the over.

Cowboys at Saints, Sunday Night Football 8:20 pm ET.

The Saints are without Drew Brees for the next five weeks or so, but they took down Seattle without him. Can they do the same to a 3-0 Dallas team that looks like an NFC title contender?

What to watch for: Whose defense will hold up? Both units are middle of the pack against the run, but the Saints are susceptible to the pass. Will the Cowboys try to grind it out? Or put the ball in Dak’s hands and ask him to win the game in the air. Can Alvin Kamara duplicate his defense shredding performance from last week, when he lit the Seahawks up for a total of 161 combined yards and two TDs? My hunch is that the Cowboys take this game, but it’s going to be a close one.

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