NFL Week 4

NFL Week 4 – What to Watch

We’re coming up to the quarter pole, and we’ll soon separate the pretenders from the contenders.  Keep your eyes on these matchups in week four.

NFL Week 4 – Ravens at Football Team: Sunday, 10.4 1:00 pm ET.

Bounce back?  Or crumble after a bad loss?  It’s time to see what Baltimore is made of. 

What to watch for:  As much as everyone was in awe of the Mahomes show on Monday Night, that wasn’t the story.  The story was the Chiefs defense completely and utterly stifling a previously dominant Ravens offensive unit.  I mean Mahomes is great, but he didn’t hold Lamar Jackson to only 97 yards passing.  Either the Ravens just got taken by surprise, or the Chiefs just gave every team in the league a blueprint involving lots and lots of pressure.  The strength of Washington’s defense is that front seven, so look for them to try to duplicate the success that Kansas City had.  

Steelers at Titans: TBD-???

When does this game happen?  Next week?  Week eleven?  We just don’t know, and that’s the scary part.  As new positive tests emerge in Tennessee, the situation will only get more complicated.

What to watch for: Both teams are undefeated, but neither team has faced a contender, until now.  Unfortunately, they’ll get what amounts to an unscheduled bye week.  The Titans have beaten the winless Broncos, winless Vikings and the 1-3 Jaguars.  Pittsburgh’s three opponent (Giants, Broncos, Texans) have yet to win a game between them.  This game, if it ever goes off, should give us a window into the quality of these two division leaders.  If it ever happens. 

Bills at Raiders: Sunday, 10.4 4:25 pm ET.

The Raiders looked like contenders after a home win over the Saints, then got blown out by a New England team that had a makeshift offensive line and was missing James White.  So, who are they?

What to watch for: This is a game that Buffalo should win.  Josh Allen has been clutch when needed, but last week shouldn’t have required a last minute drive to secure the win.  Too many errors and poor choices let the Rams back in the game.  Buffalo’s consistency down the stretch will be key if they want to hold onto that AFC East lead.  They’ll need to go into Las Vegas and contain an improved Raider team to do so.  After seeing what New England did to the Raiders (250 rushing yards), expect Sean McDermott and the Bills to grind it on the ground.  

Falcons at Packers: Monday, 10.5 8:15 pm ET.

All gas, no brakes. 

What to watch for: Atlanta is 0-3, but they’ve scored only one less point (90) than the Kansas City Chiefs, good for sixth league-wide through the first three weeks.  Green Bay is 3-0, but they’ve already allowed 85 points, that’s fifteen more than the 0-3 Broncos.  In fact, eight losing teams have allowed fewer points than the undefeated Packers.  There’s a solid chance that this game will be loaded with fireworks and whoever has the ball last will win.  

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