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NFL Week 4 Game by Game Guide: Matchups, Predictions and Odds

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NFL Week 4 Game by Game Guide: Matchups, Predictions and Odds

Find this week’s NFL betting card in its entirety here. Complete with everything you need to know to get started betting on Week 4 NFL matchups, including stats, trends, injury reports, and more.

NFL Betting Recap Week 3

Overall, favorites went 9-6-1 SU and 9-7-0 ATS in Week 3, home teams went 6-9-1 SU and 7-9-0 ATS, and the OVER cashed in 9 of 16 games

The biggest underdogs to win straight up were the Panthers (+6, ML +230) over the Chargers in a 21-16 win, and Lions (+4.5, ML +199) over the Cardinals in a 26-23 win.

The biggest favourites to cover the point spread were the Colts (-12.5) over the Jets in a 36-7 win; the Browns (-7.5) in a 34-20 win over Washington; Patriots (-7) in a 36-20 win over the Raiders; the Buccaneers (-6) in a 28-10 win over the 28-10 win over the Broncos; and Seahawks (-5-5) in a 38-31 win over the Cowboys.

The biggest margin of victory belonged to the Indianapolis Colts, who beat the Jets by 29 points. The San Francisco 49ers, who crushed the NY Giants 36-9, came in second with a 27-point margin of victory. Separately, the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals settled on a lacklustre 23-23 draw, which saw the Bengals cover as the +5.5 road underdogs as they took a share in the spoils.

The highest scoring match of the week belonged to the Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks, combining for 69 points in a 38-31 win by Seattle. It easily cracked the closing 57-point total. The Sunday Night Football blockbuster clash between the Packers and Saints combined for 67 points, cracking the 52-point total with plenty to spare. The Bucs beat the Broncos 28-10 to cash the UNDER 42.5, which was the lowest total to close on Week 3.

That’s Week 3 NFL betting in a nutshell. On to Week 4…..and the betting of it.

Thursday Night Football

Denver Broncos (0-3-0) vs. New York Jets (0-3-0)

Thursday, October 1, 2020 – 8:20 PM ET at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford

The New York Jets prop up the AFC East with a 0-3-0 SU mark. As the only winless outfit in the division, things are looking dire indeed, and not just for the team, but also specifically for head coach Adam Gase whose hot seat is engulfed in flames right about now.

Gase’s Jets are 7-12 SU and ATS since 2019, with a 7.4 losing margin on average, and a -1.9 differential versus the spread. Under Gase – the so-called “offensive guru,” a nickname he earned thanks to his sepia-toned heyday with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos – 11 of 19 games have seen the Gang Green being decimated in double-digits. In laymen terms, Gase hasn’t made the Jets competitive at all, never mind relevant.

Sam Darnold is coming off a cringe-worthy 3-INT-performance in Indianapolis, two of which proved to be pick-sixes, generously helping the Colts to a lopsided 36-7 victory. Darnold isn’t showing the necessary improvement in his third-year to survive in the league, and the Jets offense as a result is suffering, ranked 32nd with 12.3 points per game on average.

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Not unlike the NY Jets, the Denver Broncos are riding a three-game losing skid into Week 4 and prop up the AFC West as the only winless team in the division. However, that’s where all the similarity seems to end, at least where public and NFL expert estimation is concerned. Unlike the Jets, the Broncos have looked more competitive in defeat, doing so despite suffering a slew of injuries.

Why the public might be feeling charitable towards the Broncos may be down to solid defense, which has been more reliable than the offense for Denver. Failure to launch is an apt description of Denver’s offense, and it may not even launch for some time if the quarterback carousel continues.

On Tuesday, the Denver Broncos announced Brett Rypien as the starter for Thursday night against the Jets. Rypien is an undrafted signing out of Boise State in 2019. He replaced Jeff Driskel in last Sunday’s 28-10 loss to Denver, completing eight of nine attempts for 53 yards with an interception. Market reaction was swift, dropping the NFL line to a PK almost immediately across the NFL odds board.

TV Channel: NFL Network
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, NFL Network
Opening Line: Broncos -3 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Broncos vs. Jets Picks

Sunday

Indianapolis Colts (2-1-0) vs. Chicago Bears (3-0-0)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at Soldier Field, Chicago

Nick Foles is the newly-minted starter for the Bears, earning the nod after he erased a 16-point deficit in the second half to deliver the seemingly improbable 30-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Granted it marked the third-straight game in which the Falcons fritted away a substantial lead – which is a debate in itself and raises issues about head coach Dan Quinn’s future – but let that not take away from what Saint Nick did.

Foles won that game for Chicago, no ifs or buts about it. The Bears offense clicked for the first time this season—and like never before with Trubisky. The natural chemistry between Foles and his receivers was evident for all to see, that it was evident that the team was now his. Matt Nagy confirming it this week was a mere formality.

Philip Rivers and the Colts improved to 2-1-0 SU and ATS with a 36-7 win over the hapless NY Jets in Week 3. The Colts did have a lot of help from the Jets offense, with Darnold misfiring twice and donating two pick-sixes to their score. However, the Colts defense did its part as well to keep the Jets off the board for the better part of the game.

Bears are 3-0-0 SU and 2-1-0 ATS with a 4-point winning margin and +4.2 differential against the spread. The Bears enter Week 4 against the Colts as the noteworthy home underdogs. Bookmakers opened the game with the Bears tipped at +1 (-110), but with the flow of betting coming down the wire since the weekend, the Bears have jumped out to +3 on the NFL odds board. Are the bookies overrating the Colts at the expense of the Bears at home?

TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Colts -1 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Colts vs. Bears Picks

Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals waits for the the snap from center center Trey Hopkins #66. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2-0) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2-1)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

Gardiner Minshew and the Jacksonville Jaguars got a right spanking by Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami Dolphins last Thursday, a 31-13 defeat at home that left much to be desired and that also saw the Jags fail to come through for their backers as the home chalk. The upshot of which has many wondering whether the Jags are the real deal or whether they were just overly hyped-up after beating the Colts in Week 1.

The Jags are 1-2-0 SU and 2-1-0 ATS with a 4.7 losing margin on average and -0.8 differential versus the spread. They’re third in the AFC South standings, trailing the Colts (by a win) and the undefeated Titans (by two wins).

The Bengals are coming off a 23-23 tie with the Philadelphia Eagles that was a bit of a head-scratcher at the end, as the Eagles opted to punt the ball rather than attempt a game-winning field goal at some distance. In essence, Doug Pederson’s decision to play it safe gifted Zac Taylor the tie and Cincy backers the cover (Bengals covered as the closing +5.5 underdogs).

The Bengals did lead most of the game. Up 23-16 on the Eagles in the fourth quarter, rookie quarterback Joe Burrow appeared to be closing in on his first NFL career win until Carson Wentz and the Eagles played spoilers, leveling the score on a last-gasp effort to send the game into overtime.

Interestingly, bookmakers opened this game with the Bengals as the field-goal faves at home over the Jags. The NFL line hasn’t moved since markets opened, which might be more of an indictment of the Jags than a ringing endorsement of the Bengals.

TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Bengals -3 (+105) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Jaguars vs. Bengals Picks

Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with Dak Prescott #4 after scoring a touchdown. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP

Cleveland Browns (2-1-0) vs. Dallas Cowboys (1-2-0)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at AT&T Stadium, Arlington

The Dallas Cowboys should be 0-3-0 SU going into Week 4, but thanks to the limitless generosity of the Atlanta Falcons, the Cowboys are sitting pretty on a 1-2-0 SU mark three weeks into Mike McCarthy’s tenure. They’re tied with the Washington No-Name team at the top of the NFC East standings.

As it is, the NFC East cuts a woeful figure in the league, with all four teams under .500. No other division is quite the shambles as the NFC East right now. Where -- it seems based on the win-loss records – no team has the wherewithal to put together a convincing run of form.

It’s as if the entire field is keen to outdo one another in the losing column, something that conjures memories of a subpar 2019 campaign in the NFC East, when the Cowboys and Eagles kept fritting away opportunities to pull ahead in the divisional title race.

Last week, the Cowboys fell short of the mark in a shootout loss to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. It marked their second defeat of the season and third straight missed cover – the Cowboys are 0-3-0 ATS with a 3-point losing margin and -1.8 differential versus the spread.

Next up is a Cleveland Browns team that is riding the momentum of back-to-back wins over the Bengals and Washington – two teams that carry little expectation in 2020. The Browns are 2-1-0 SU and 1-2-0 ATS with a -4.3 losing margin on average and -6.5 differential versus the spread.

Cowboys opened as the -5.5 home chalk, but the NFL line is already showing signs of moving against Dallas early in the week. It’s now at 4.5 points on the NFL odds board. Does the NFL line move imply value is with the Browns or is it a further indictment of the Cowboys? It’s a tough one to predict.

TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: FuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Cowboys -5.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes, (% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Browns vs. Cowboys Picks

Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

New Orleans Saints (1-2-0) vs. Detroit Lions (1-2-0)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at Ford Field, Detroit

On the heels of a second-straight defeat for the New Orleans Saints, there are those NFL bettors and pundits that would suggest the sky is falling, that Drew Brees is a spent force, and the Saints are in a whole world of trouble. That the season-opening win over the Tom-Brady-inspired Bucs that was supposed to show all and sundry who the boss of the NFC South is, was all but a fleeting moment in the end.

After losing to the Green Bay Packers in Sunday Night Football at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Saints drop to a 1-2-0 SU, ceding the top spot to none other than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1-0). The Saints are also 1-2-0 ATS with a 2-point losing margin on average and -5.8 differential versus the spread.

What’s most concerning is the fact that the Saints are directly responsible for their misfortunes: they are one of the most penalized teams in the NFL going into Week 4 with 24 penalties for 331 yards. Most of the penalties have come from defensive passer interference (9).

Detroit Lions may have saved Matt Patricia’s job – for a few weeks, at least – after beating the in-form Arizona Cardinals. In the dying minutes of the game, the Lions sailed a game-winning field-goal through the posts to snap an 11-game losing streak that dates back to Week 9 of last season, when Matthew Stafford was ruled out with a season-ending back injury. It wasn’t a convincing win, but it’s a win nevertheless and it finally got the monkey off the Lions’ back.

In spite of home advantage in Week 4, the Lions are at the disadvantage in the betting. Overwhelming, this is held as a “get it right” game for New Orleans, and by that token, bookmakers open the Saints as the -5.5 road chalk across most sports betting platforms. However, not everyone is buying what Drew Brees and the Saints are selling, prompting the NFL line to move against the NFC South hopefuls. As it is, the game's line is now sitting on 4 points.

TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: FuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Saints -5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Saints vs. Lions Picks

Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans - Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images/AFP

Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0-0) vs. Tennessee Titans (3-0-0)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at Nissan Stadium, Nashville

*Wednesday: The game is being rescheduled for later in the season, as two more positive tests for COVID-19 came out of Tennessee this morning. Five Titans' players and six staff members are now infected with the virus.

The NFL issued a statement Wednesday, announcing the decision to push back the Titans’ home game against the Steelers on Sunday amid growing uncertainty surrounding a swash of positive Covid-19 tests. Additional details “on the new game and time either on Monday or Tuesday will be announced as soon as possible,” said the statement.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back in business, sat pretty atop the AFC North with a perfect 3-0-0 SU mark, thanks to the Kansas City Chiefs upsetting the highly-fancied Baltimore Ravens in MNF. Complimenting their perfect run of form is a 2-1-0 ATS mark that includes a 7.3-point winning margin on average and a +2.2 differential versus the spread.

The Steelers started the season with a relatively straightforward matchup against the NY Giants and moved on to the Broncos in Week 2. In Week 3, the competition level was raised, with a date against the Houston Texans, which featured a happy familial reunion between the Watt brothers.

In beating the Texans 28-21, Big Ben and the Steelers may have answered any misgivings about their legitimacy in the race for the AFC North crown. And the best bit, they did it by coming from behind to clinch the win at Heinz Field, with the stout Steelers defense shutting out the Texans in the second-half to complete the comeback. The Steelers defense ranks No.1 against the run, underscored by holding the Texans to a paltry 29 rushing yards.

Tennesse also boasts a perfect 3-0-0 SU mark ahead of this pivotal Week 4 date, but they are 0-3-0 ATS with a 2-point winning margin on average and a -2.5 differential versus the spread. The Titans have been winning by the skin of their teeth – what many initiated sports fans would term “winning ugly.”

The Titans too came from behind to defeat the Minnesota Vikings on the road 31-30. Ryan Tannehill is playing solid ball and boasts a 6:1 TD:INT ratio through three games of the season. Derrick Henry has picked up from where he left off last season, and the defense is slowly rounding out into form.

Tennesse opened as the -2.5 home chalk for the date against the Steelers, but since markets opened trading, the NFL line has jumped the fence. Now, Pittsburgh is trading in minus-money, with most of the top-rated sportsbooks tipping the Steelers as the -1 to -1.5 road chalk.

TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Titans -2.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: TBD
Full Game Preview: Game postponed

Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to throw a pass. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP

Seattle Seahawks (3-0-0) vs. Miami Dolphins (1-2-0)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have been flying by the seat of their pants in the last couple of weeks, winning hotly-contested games by no more than a score. In spite of the edge-of-your-seat action, the Seahawks are riding high in the NFC West, undefeated through three weeks of the season.

While their season-opener featured a commanding win over the Falcons, the ensuing weeks were a little too close for comfort. In Week 2, the Seahawks beat the Patriots 35-30. Then they beat the Cowboys 38-31 the following week.

All told, the Seahawks are a perfect 3-0-0 SU and ATS on the season, sporting an 8,3 winning margin on average and a +5.5 differential versus the spread. A lot of Seattle’s success has everything to do with Russell Wilson, who is playing out of his mind and leads the NFL with 14 TDs to his credit – 5 of which came against the Cowboys last weekend.

The Seattle defense is a far cry from the famed Legion of Boom days, leaking yards and points at an alarming rate. In fact, the Seahawks defense ranks bottom of the league with 497.3 yards per game and 22nd in points per game allowed (28.7). Had the Seahawks had any other quarterback, this would have been a serious problem. As it so happens, it’s not. Well, not yet it isn’t. Put it simply, the Seahawks defense can’t continue to be more porous than Swiss cheese.

The Miami Dolphins are coming off a stellar win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in TNF that marked their first win of the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick’s positive attitude was contagious, and the Dolphins thoroughly deserved their first W. The Dolphins are 1-2-0 SU and 2-1-0 ATS with a 1.7 winning margin on average and a +6.8 differential versus the spread.

The Dolphins enter Week 4 as the home underdogs, but after opening as the 7-point underdogs the NFL line has dropped to +6.5. The Dolphins came close to upsetting the Buffalo Bills in Week 2. Clearly, NFL bettors aren’t underestimating the Dolphins and taking them lightly in the betting.

TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Seahawks -7 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Seahawks vs. Dolphins Picks

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

Los Angeles Chargers (1-2-0) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2-0)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers improved to a 2-1-0 SU mark behind a commanding 28-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Mile High. The upshot of which has the Bucs in sole possession of top spot in the NFC South, after the Saints failed to come through against the Green Bay Packers later that day.

From Week 1 to Week 3, there are clear signs of improvement for Tom Brady within Bruce Arians’ offense; most notably, the 43-year-old veteran threw for nearly 300 yards and tossed 3TDs. Rob Gronkowski also showed signs of settling in as he featured more prominently this week and Brady was able to spread the ball to a rash of offensive targets.

The bread and butter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the defense, according to Bruce Arians. Who in a post-game interview indicated that they were the foundation upon which the team was built and Brady was merely the "icing on the cake." The defense sacked Jeff Driskel and Brett Rypien six times combined and picked off each once.

Justin Herbert and the Chargers succumbed to a second-straight loss in Week 3, losing a 21-16 to the Carolina Panthers. Herbert’s second start in the NFL was more of a slugfest against a Panthers defense that surprisingly showed up and gave him fits. There were some positive highlights, but Herbert and the Chargers fell short in the end.

Justin Herbert is likely to get the start against the Bucs this Sunday as Tyrod Taylor continues to recover from a punctured lung. Taking the GOAT is sure to be a memorable experience for the young rookie quarterback, who couldn’t have anticipated he’d see the field this early in the season. Predictably, the Bucs are the hot faves in this game, jumping out to -7.5 after opening at -5 in early NFL betting markets.

TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Buccaneers -5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Chargers vs. Buccaneers Picks

Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens rushes the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Baltimore Ravens (2-1-0) vs. Washington (1-2-0)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at FedEx Field, Landover

The main talking point to come out of Week 3: Lamar Jackson is 0-3 SU against Patrick Mahomes, which is a losing run of form that dates back to 2018 when the pair first burst onto the NFL scene. It’s just another slight against the Ravens’ quarterback, on top of the fact that he’s 0-2 SU in the playoffs.

Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens were left shell-shocked in a 34-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday night. The Ravens fell behind to the Chiefs quickly and by halftime, they were staring into the abyss of a 27-10 score-line. It might have been 31-10 had the Chiefs not missed a field goal and the extra point.

Where that leaves the Ravens in the broad spectrum of the 2020 NFL season remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt that this was a costly defeat that could prove to be deciding for the playoff frame. Moreover, in the immediate present, it sets back the Ravens in the AFC North – they’re 2-1-0 SU, trailing behind the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A date against the Washington No-Name team couldn’t have come at a better time, immediately after a sobering defeat. The Ravens are pretty reliable against lesser opponents, consistently having decimated similar such teams in the past. Heck, they were flying high behind a perfect 2-0-0 SU and ATS start in the first two weeks with a 24.5 point winning margin on average, until Mahomes brought them crashing back down to earth.

Washington has lost back-to-back games to the Cardinals and Browns. Dwayne Haskins hasn’t impressed since playing one solid half against the Eagles in Week 1. Equally concerning for Washington is the fact that Chase Young is questionable after suffering a groin injury against the Browns in Week 3.

Washington takes a 1-2-0 SU and ATS mark that is underscored by a 9-point losing margin on average into Week 4. Washington has a home-field advantage, but the Ravens have the advantage on the odds board. Opening as double-digit faves across sports betting platforms the Ravens are laying -13 points.

TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Ravens -13 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Ravens vs. Washington Picks

Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Arizona Cardinals (2-1-0) vs. Carolina Panthers (1-2-0)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte

The Arizona Cardinals’ perfect start to the season was derailed by the Detroit Lions in Week 3, who came from behind to upset Kyler Murray and the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium last Sunday. It was a disappointing loss for Kliff Kingsbury’s side, and the Cardinals slip to 2-1-0 SU and ATS with a 5.3 winning margin and a +3.7 differential versus the spread.

As it stands, the Cardinals are tied with the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers on a 2-1 SU record and all three rivals trail divisional leaders Seattle Seahawks. The NFC West is proving to be the most competitive in the league, meaning the premium on winning is only going to grow with each passing week.

The Carolina Panthers finally got into the win column, beating the Los Angeles Chargers 21-16 at SoFi Stadium on Sunday. The Panthers' defense finally showed up for Matt Rhule and Teddy Bridgewater showed measured improvement with his new offense.

All told, this game is a right toss-up for Week 4 NFL betting, even though oddsmakers are showing faith in the Cardinals. Opening NFL betting markets for this game see the Cardinals favored by 4 points. However, the NFL line has dropped to Cardinals -3.5 already and it could drop further as the betting picks up pace over the course of the week.

TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Cardinals -4 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Cardinals vs. Panthers Picks

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans warms up prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images/AFP

Minnesota Vikings (0-3-0) vs. Houston Texans (0-0-3)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at NRG Stadium, Houston

Few would have predicted that these two teams would be winless going into Week 4 of the 2020 NFL season, and yet that’s exactly the case. Of course, barring an unsatisfactory tie, one of these two teams will end the negative slide. The question is: which will it be?

According to top-rated betting sites, the Texans are the better bet to win this pivotal clash and avoid what would most likely be a campaign-ending 0-4 SU start on the season. Home advantage likely underscores the NFL betting outlook for this game, which sees the Texans open as the field-goal faves.

Houston has had a brutal NFL schedule to contend with that included dates against the Chiefs, Ravens, and Steelers in the first three weeks of the season. The Texans are 0-3-0 SU and ATS with a 12.7-point losing margin on average and a -5.8 differential versus the spread. The first two games were blowouts, but the last was a 28-21 loss to the Steelers that saw the Texans lose a considerable lead.

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The Vikings are a mess right now, and they remain the only winless team in the NFC North. The Vikings lost to the Packers in Week 1 43-34, then they lost to the Colts 28-11 in Week 2, and finally, they lost 31-30 to the Titans in Week 3.

Kirk Cousins is struggling with something awful and the offense barely has any chemistry or rhythm. The Vikings defense is another source of concern for Mike Zimmer, who is predominantly defensive-minded in his coaching style.

To all intents and purposes, this game is a right tossup for NFL picks. Bookmakers appear to have faith in the Texans, as do early bettors it seems – the NFL line has jumped out from Texans -3 to Texans -4. That said, it’s really anybody’s game for the taking.

*The Vikings played the Titans on Sunday. As of Monday morning, Minnesota has suspended all in-person team activities, following the NFL Protocols regarding COVID-19. So far, all the Vikings' tests have come back negative.

*As of Wednesday morning the Vikings have no positive tests and have reopened their practice facility, they're set to practice this afternoon.

TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Texans -3 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Vikings vs. Texans Picks

Cooper Kupp #10 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates his touchdown with Jared Goff #16. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images/AFP

NY Giants (0-3-0) vs. Los Angeles Rams (2-1-0)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 4:05 PM ET at SoFi Stadium, Inglewood

If there was a lower NFL league – a second division in the NFL, as is the case in European football (soccer), for instance – the NY Giants would have long been demoted into second-tier obscurity (along with the NY Jets, one might add). Granted some allowances can be made, for the fact that the Giants are in redevelopment mode with a new coaching staff and starting quarterback…but there must be a limit to stipends of goodwill.

To put it simply, the Giants are simply awful. The Giants are off to a 0-3-0 SU start, which includes a 1-2-0 ATS mark and a 13.7 losing margin on average and a -9.2 differential versus the spread. On both sides of the ball, the team is struggling, but the offense is decidedly worse off than defense. The NY Giants are second to last in the standings, with 272.3 yards per game on average, and just 12.7 points per game.

Overall, the stats aren’t an encouraging read, and that sets up the Giants at the considerable disadvantage for a Week 4 clash against the Los Angeles Rams that were – in the eyes of their fans – robbed of a win in Buffalo last week on a rather contentious penalty call in the final seconds of the game.

The Rams are 2-1-0 SU and ATS with a 6-point winning margin on average and +6.8 differential versus the spread. The Rams got the better of the Cowboys and Eagles in the first two weeks of the season before falling to the Bills 35-32 in Week 3.

Unlike the Giants, the Rams offense is firing at all cylinders, and Jared Goff is having a solid start. The strength of the Rams is the defense, which is likely to give Daniel Jones fits. Heck, it might even give first-time head coach Joe Judge fits too, making him wish he’d never left the comfy confines of New England, where winning was a way of normal life.

Predictably, the Rams enter this game as the faves across the NFL betting board. Bookmakers went to press with the Rams as the 10-point faves, but since the markets opened for betting, the NFL line soared to 13-points. Along with the Ravens, the Rams are the biggest faves trading in Week 4.

TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Rams -10 (-105) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Giants vs. Rams Picks

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Patrick Mahomes - Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

New England Patriots (2-1-0) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0-0)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 4:25 PM ET at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

Kansas City Chiefs burst out of the gates in MNF with a verve and swagger that befits reigning Super Bowl champions, and they took it to the Baltimore Ravens in convincing fashion to win 34-20 at M&T Bank Stadium. In fact, the Chiefs closed as the +3 road underdogs to the Ravens. However, they put paid on that score with impunity; likely, this may have been the last time the Chiefs are ever disadvantaged on the NFL odds board this season...

Patrick Mahomes led the offense to a 27-10 lead over the Ravens in the first half—and it could have been worse, had it not been for a missed point and a botched field goal which would have had the Chiefs up 31-10 at the halfway mark. Mahomes faced more resistance from the Ravens defense in the second half, but he was still able to have his way and advance the Chiefs’ lead.

When all was said and done, the Chiefs won 34-20 with Mahomes lobbing 5TDs to zero interceptions. The Chiefs improve to 3-0-0 SU and 2-1-0 ATS. Importantly, with wins over both Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson, Mahomes and the Chiefs underscored their odds in Super Bowl futures betting markets.

Next up for the Chiefs are the Patriots, who bounced back in Week 3 with a convincing 36-20 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Cam Newton and the Patriots are 2-1-0 SU and ATS going into this much-anticipated Week 4 NFL clash, which includes a 7-point winning margin and a +3.5 differential versus the spread.

Newton hasn’t faced a quarterback or team quite like Mahomes and the Chiefs yet this season, save for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. This matchup will be a great measure for Newton and his Patriots. Bill Belichick is likely to come up with a great game plan that will make the Patriots competitive, but the manner in which the Chiefs left the Ravens shell-shocked just shows how difficult it is to stop this high-powered Chiefs offense

TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Chiefs -7.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Patriots vs. Chiefs Picks

QB Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images/AFP

Buffalo Bills (3-0-0) vs. Las Vegas Raiders (1-2-0)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 4:25 PM ET at Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas

Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills improve to 3-0-0 SU to stay abreast of the New England Patriots in the AFC East standings. The Bills got lucky against the Rams, winning 35-32 on a game-winning touchdown in the dying seconds of the game after the defensive passer interference penalty reset Buffalo with a fresh set of downs.

Tale told, the Bills are 3-0-0 SU and 2-1-0 ATS with a 5.3 winning margin on average and a +0.8 differential versus the spread. Josh Allen is enjoying a banner start to the 2020 season, his best start in three years in the NFL, underscored by significant improvements to his passing game.

The Las Vegas Raiders are coming off a 36-20 loss to the New England Patriots at Foxboro, less than a week after they were the belles of the NFL, following the upset win over the New Orleans Saints in MNF. The Raiders offense barely struck an audible chord against a Patriots defense that was up for the challenge, while the Raiders defense had no answer for the Cam Newton and the offense, ceding 23 second-half points to the hosts.

Not surprisingly, the Bills are tipped as the faves for their date with the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Bookmakers opened with Buffalo as the notional -1.5-point faves, but since the start of the week, the Bills have improved to -3 across the board.

TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Bills -1.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Bills vs. Raiders Picks

Nick Mullens #4 of the San Francisco 49ers passes the ball against the New York Giants. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

Philadelphia Eagles (0-2-1) vs. San Francisco 49ers (2-1-0)

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 8:20 PM ET at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara

The San Francisco 49ers were hit by a slew of injuries at the start of the season, despite the adversity such a setback presents, they’ve managed to prevail and improve to a 2-1-0 SU mark behind wins over the Jets and Giants. Granted, neither team is impressing anyone in the NFL, but that shouldn’t take away from well-deserved wins nonetheless.

It’s the next-man-up in San Francisco’s camp. Jimmy Garoppolo was sidelined in Week 3 with a high-ankle sprain, giving Nick Mullens his first start in 2020. The backup quarterback didn’t let the side down, as he led the Niners to a convincing 36-9 win over the Giants. Other lesser-known players stepping into the void have also played a significant part in the last two weeks to help the Niners stay relevant in the NFC West and wider conference.

The same can’t be said of the Philadelphia Eagles, who have had to contend with a slew of injuries of their own too but haven’t risen to the challenge in kind. The Eagles are 0-3-0 SU and ATS, which includes a 9.3 losing margin on average and a -13.7 differential versus the spread.

The Eagles fritted away a 17-point lead against Washington in Week 1, then they succumbed to a 31-19 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Last week, the Eagles inexplicably settled on a 23-23 tie with the Bengals instead of going for the win in overtime after a costly penalty put them out of field-goal range.

Carson Wentz is struggling with something huge, to the detriment of his side. The only thing the Eagles have going for them is the fact that the NFC East is awful, with all four teams sporting a .500 mark through three weeks. That fact likely is one reason why the Eagles aren’t panicking, or why Doug Pederson isn’t thinking about benching Carson Wentz in favor of rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts. However, should Wentz continue being a liability, the calls from fans to see Hurts in action might become deafening.

The NFL betting line for this game is skewed in favor of the Niners, who’ll be at home after a two-week stint at MetLife Stadium. The Niners opened as the -5,5 home chalk, but within a short space of time they jumped out to -6.5 on the NFL odds board. It won’t be surprising if the Niners close as touchdown favorites before kick-off on Sunday night.

TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, NBC
Opening Line: Niners -5.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Eagles vs. 49ers Picks

Monday Night Football

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers hands the ball to Aaron Jones #33. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFP

Atlanta Falcons (0-3-0) vs. Green Bay Packers (3-0-0)

Monday, October 5, 2020 - 8:15 PM ET at Lambeau Field, Green Bay

Dan Quinn’s future is on the line, according to bookmakers across various sports betting sites. Following last week’s dispiriting 30-26 loss to the Chicago Bears, the third-straight loss, and second-straight defeat in which the Falcons allowed a lead to slip through their fingers, Quinn moves to the front of the queue to be the first head coach fired in 2020.

Needless to say, it’s the worst time possible to be facing the Green Bay Packers in MNF on the road, a primetime affair that's likely to speed up Quinn’s progress in the direction of the EXIT sign should the Falcons imploded spectacularly again.

After allowing a 20-point lead to slip through their fingers in Week 2’s 40-39 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Falcons allowed a 16-point lead to slip through their fingers in Week 3 against the Bears. The upshot of which, the Falcons are propping up the NFC South with a 0-3-0 SU mark, that includes a 1-2- 0 ATS mark featuring a 6-point losing margin on average and a -6.2 differential versus the spread.

No two teams could be enjoying more contrasting fortunes in 2020 than these two: the Packers are 3-0-0 SU and ATS, which includes a 12.3 winning margin on average and a +11.5 differential versus the spread. Green Bay is flush off an impressive 37-30 win over the New Orleans Saints on the road – a game in which they were dubbed as the road underdogs.

It was a comprehensive and complete performance, with Rodgers dialing it back to his heyday. He went 21 of 32 for 283 yards and 3TDs. The Packers did damage through the air and on the ground, the latter of which saw the pacey Aaron Jones add a fourth touchdown to his credit this season.

Predictably, the Packers opened as the -6 home chalk against the Falcons, but then knee-jerk early betting pushed the NFL line up by a point and/or point-and-a-half, depending on your choice sportsbook. As it is, the Packers are laying -7 and -7.5 points against a Falcons offense that is pretty potent too.

TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, ESPN
Opening Line: Packers -6 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Falcons vs. Packers