Week four of the NFL season is officially underway and our NFL analysts have another slate of bold predictions for this weeks array of games.
Jacksonville Jaguars will beat the Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles have been on a roll this season and Jalen Hurts has been playing at a Pro-Bowl level. Unfortunately, the Eagles run will end on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Doug Pederson revenge game. Jacksonville is a completely different team from a year ago due to all the changes the front office made. Pederson and Trevor Lawerence have clicked thus far in the season as the Jaguars are 2-1. Lawrence has six touchdown passes with only one interception in three games. The Jaguars will narrowly beat the Eagles in a high scoring affair.
Las Vegas Raiders will beat the Denver Broncos
One of the biggest questions this off-season had to do with crowning the revamped AFC West. The 0-3 Las Vegas Raiders have been utterly disappointing this season as the expectations were high. This Sunday against a divisional opponent will be a bounce back game for Derek Carr and the entire Raiders organization. The Denver Broncos have been strong on defense, so Josh McDaniels will need to have a creative game plan. Defensively, the Raiders will put pressure on Russell Wilson that will create at least one turnover. Las Vegas is feeling the pressure and understands the magnitude of this game.
Atlanta Falcons Upset Cleveland Browns
The Atlanta Falcons are on upset watch over the Cleveland Browns mainly due to their injury report. Myles Garrett, one of the most dominant pass rushers has been ruled out, not to mention Jadeveon Clowney has been listed as questionable, and Taven Bryan has been ruled out. The Browns defense has been the dominant factor in games this season, and with an offense like the Falcons, without having their most dominant pass rushers in the game could turn the whole game around. Marcus Mariota is a well built mobile quarterback who can attack a defense while on the run, and having weapons like Kyle Pitts and Drake London do not make it easier on defenses. However, the Falcons defense is one of the worst the Browns will face so far, and against the run they allow 109.3 yards per game, with 4.82 yards per carry. Against the pass, the Falcons average around 271.3 passing yards per game. The Browns may not get a lot against the Falcons run defense, but passing could be the key factor in this game, and I do not trust Jacoby Brissett to take on an entire game and win it by passing.
New York Jets Upset Another AFC North Team
Zach Wilson will be back at quarterback on Sunday for the New York Jets, and he will be starting his season off against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are predicted to win this game, however we have seen the Jets offense be both electric and static throughout the past three weeks. Last week we saw what a quarterback playing for the Jets played like when pressure was all over the place, however the Steelers will be without star defensive player T.J. Watt. Zach Wilson may not be a star just yet, but he does have Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall would could certainly punish the Steelers run defense, a run defense that has not been so great the past few weeks. The way that the Jets can win this game is by having Mitchell Tribusky make mistakes, and capitalizing on them. At the end of the day, one of these quarterbacks will make the mistake that determines the game. If it’s Tribusky, then that Steelers defense probably won’t be able to stop the Jets offense.
The New England Patriots Will Beat The Green Bay Packers
Brian Hoyer is starting at quarterback for the New England Patriots and he is going to show people why he still deserves to be an NFL quarterback. Hoyer has only won one game out of his last 16 starts and I think he can add on a win today. Hoyer can put up comparable stats to Mac Jones and he’s been on the Patriots longer too. He can manage the game well and I think that’s what he does tomorrow against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers haven’t scored many points so far this year and I think that continues today. The Patriots gave up 37 points last week against the Baltimore Ravens which was by far the most they’ve given up all season which was previously 20 points to an elite Miami Dolphins offense. I think Belichick plays a very slow and methodical game on Sunday to push out a low scoring victory 16-9.
Breece Hall To Finish As the Top Running Back in Fantasy Football
Breece hall is on the come up. Hall had a huge jump in shared snaps with Michael Carter from 27% in week two to 51% in week three. He’s had some touches in the run game but its the passing game that makes him valuable. The Pittsburgh Steelers defense is not the same defense from previous years and without a healthy T.J. Watt, the Steelers allow the seventh most fantasy points to running backs. The New York Jets are going to be in this game and maybe even outright win. I expect Hall to keep creeping up in snap percentage and hit 60-70% this week. He is going to be the hot hand and even score once or twice this week and be the top scoring running back in fantasy football.
Bears Defeat Giants in a Defensive Battle:
The Bears have proven to be much better than the league-wide expectation as they’re off to a 2-1 start to the year. On the flip side, what seems like a weekly occurrence, the Giants are extremely depleted at the wide receiver position and will likely struggle to move the ball against a solid Bears pass and run defense. I view this game as a defensive battle and have a gut feeling the Bears will be able to pull a win out in similar fashion to their week one win against the 49ers.
Ravens and Bills Duel it Out on Defense:
Potentially the most hyped matchup of week four, many are expecting offensive fireworks from two teams loaded with offensive weapons. Stefon Diggs, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, and Rashod Bateman are just a couple of the lethal playmakers set to play in this game. However, I think the defenses on both teams are being wildly underrated. Both teams are entering with a top five defensive unit and it’s been proven that neither offensive team is entirely unguardable as both sides have greatly struggled in games this year.