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Prisco's Picks: Week 4

 
 
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WEEK
4
 
PETE PRISCO
Senior NFL Columnist
Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and can be seen throughout the week on CBS Sports' NFL shows. When he's not watching game tape you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
MATCHUP SCORE ANALYSIS
 
New York
Giants
27
The Giants seemed to right the ship some last week against the Texans, but now must go on the road on a short week for a division game. That's tough. But the Redskins are really banged up on defense and Eli Manning seems to have fixed things on offense. The Giants get to .500.
Washington
Redskins
20
 
Week 4 - Sunday, Sep. 28, 2014
 
Green Bay
Packers
33
The Bears are coming off consecutive road victories and the Packers are playing on the road in successive weeks. That's a formula to pick the Bears. But I just think that Aaron Rodgers will light up the Chicago secondary. It's about time for that. Packers take a shootout.
Chicago
Bears
28
 
 
Detroit
Lions
27
The Jets are playing on a short week after losing to the Bears, and now must get ready for another big-time passing game. The Lions should have a lot of chances down the field against the Jets corners. Geno Smith could be on shaky ground. That's not a good thing.
New York
Jets
20
 
 
Baltimore
Ravens
23
The Panthers were pushed around in a big way against the Steelers last week. They have to be better against the run here. The Ravens will pound it at them with an improved offensive line. Steve Smith will make a big play down the field against his former team, too. Ravens take it.
Carolina
Panthers
17
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
30
Tampa Bay was horrible last week against the Falcons on both sides of the ball. The Steelers got it going on offense against Carolina. I look for that to carry over. Mike Glennon is the likely starter at quarterback for the Bucs with Josh McCown having an injured thumb. Even against a dinged-up Steelers defense, Glennon won't be able to keep up.
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
16
 
 
Indianapolis
Colts
27
The Titans are playing consecutive road games. That's always tough. This one is inside the division against a Colts team that seemed to right things against the Jaguars. Jake Locker vs. Andrew Luck. Mismatch.
Tennessee
Titans
13
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
20
This is a huge game for the Dolphins and quarterback Ryan Tannehill. There is talk of his being benched. That means he has to play well here. The Raiders are on a two-game road trip, which is tough. They played well at New England, but Miami is the better team.
Oakland
Raiders
17
 
 
Houston
Texans
21
These two are coming off their first losses last week, and neither played that well. The Texans are having big problems stopping the run, which could mean a big day for C.J. Spiller. But I think being at home is the edge the Texans need. They find a way.
Buffalo
Bills
14
 
 
San Diego
Chargers
24
This is a tough spot for Blake Bortles to make his first start. This is a long trip. Plus, the Chargers are a good team. They have a good front and Jacksonville's line has really struggled. San Diego wins it with a dominant showing.
Jacksonville
Jaguars
7
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
31
This will be Teddy Bridgewater's first start at quarterback for the Vikings. With that in mind, the Vikings can't allow Matt Ryan to get hot and put up a lot of points. That will put too much pressure on Bridgewater. But I think that's exactly what will happen. Falcons take it.
Minnesota
Vikings
20
 
 
San Francisco
49ers
28
This is one of the have-to games for the 49ers. They can't go to 1-3. They get a break facing an Eagles team that is really banged up on the offensive line. The Eagles defense isn't great, either. The 49ers get back on track.
Philadelphia
Eagles
20
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
31
This has the makings of a fun, explosive game. The Saints still didn't look right in beating Minnesota last week, but the defense was better. This is a much better Dallas offense. I think Drew Brees will win a shootout against Tony Romo.
Dallas
Cowboys
27
 
Week 4 - Monday, Sep. 29, 2014
 
New England
Patriots
23
The Patriots have struggled on offense without a deep threat. They are last in yards per play in the league. But I think they get the running game going against a Chiefs defense that is 28th in rush yards per play. Tom Brady will also hit some play-action chucks to Rob Gronkowski. Patriots take it.
Kansas City
Chiefs
16
 
 
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