Welcome back to the only NFL picks on Associated Content still recovering from his bachelor weekend. Thanks a lot, guys, but I’m way too old for those kinds of shenanigans. This is the NFL week 4 edition of Zac’s Backs.
What a rebound for The Kid in week 3 after a horrible week 2. I went 13-3 in my NFL picks for the previous Sunday, making that whole Penn State loss on Saturday night a little less traumatic. Yeah, that’s a lie, but 13-3 in NFL picks is still pretty good. Can I repeat my performance in week 4 of the 2009 NFL regular season? Let’s find out.
Detroit at Chicago
Congrats to all you Lions fans that have stuck with your team throughout the past 20 NFL regular season contests. Now, could you all do me a huge favor and offer counseling to Browns fans around the country? Cleveland may not win a football game until 2011. Enjoy the victory all week, Detroit, because two in a row just isn’t happening.
Cincinnati at Cleveland
I’m actually saving my thoughts on the Cleveland Browns for my week 4 NFL power rankings. Sadly for Cincy, the Bengals should be 4-0 after this week.
Seattle at Indianapolis
Seattle is 1-2 and my man crush Peyton Manning and the Colts are 3-0? Didn’t see either of those coming at this point of the 2009 NFL regular season. Manning is in playoff form after three weeks of football and the Seahawks may be the only NFL team with more injuries than the New York football Giants. I fully expect Indy to run it up at home in week 4.
Tampa Bay at Washington
Both of these football teams are absolutely terrible and I’m convinced that nobody, not even those in the Tampa Bay or Washington areas, wants to watch this NFL game. The Giants toyed with the Bucs last Sunday and still shut Tampa Bay out and the Redskins lost to the Lions. I think that the Redskins are just slightly less of a mess and, thus, will come out on top. Maybe Jim Zorn can keep his job for another week, after all.
Tennessee at Jacksonville
The Tennessee Titans have given away two victories in three weeks of football during the 2009 NFL season. Jacksonville finally won by defeating what I’m now confident to call an overrated Houston squad (although some of us never drank the Texans Kool-Aid). I’m fairly confident that a Tennessee wide receiver will drop something by the time I’m done typing this sentence but the Titans are not starting the season 0-4. Maybe.
Oakland at Houston
Poor Oakland has Houston, the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles in the next three weeks. The Texans have to win a home game sometime this NFL season (0-2 at home in 2009, thus far) and Houston has enough offensive weaponry to beat the Raiders. Hey, I’d still take the Oakland offense over Cleveland’s.
Baltimore at New England
What a football game this should be. Baltimore looks like an elite team but the Ravens have also played Kansas City, San Diego and Cleveland thus far. New England, on the other hand, is coming off an impressive home victory against a very good Falcons team. Baltimore’s defense is much like that of the Jets (gee, wonder why) and you can expect New England quarterback Tom Brady to be hassled all day. I like the Ravens in a very close contest.
New York Jets at New Orleans
Another great NFL contest; solid defense versus phenomenal offense. As I stated earlier, the Jets should be 2-1 but the Titans decided to offer New York a win. How good are the Saints? They weren’t nearly as dominant against Buffalo as in the team’s previous two contests and New Orleans still won by 20. Wow.
I have just a little more faith in the Saints than the Jets, especially because the game is being played in New Orleans. If the Saints can put up 30+ points on the New York defense, I’ll be very, very impressed.
Winner: New Orleans
Buffalo at Miami
Ladies and gentlemen, the Chad Henne era! I’m actually not going to pass judgment on Henne as we haven’t had a real chance to see how he will handle being a starting quarterback in the NFL. There will obviously be some growing pains, though, and the Bills defense should be just enough to put the Dolphins at 0-4.
Dallas at Denver
Are the Broncos for real? We will get a glimpse of the answer to that question when Denver hosts the now run-happy Cowboys. At the beginning of the 2009 NFL regular season, I picked Dallas to finish second in the NFC East behind the New York football Giants. You can say all you want about Denver’s easy schedule, thus far. Those three wins count just as much as any other victories and they’ve also given this football team a huge momentum push to start the 2009 NFL regular season.
I’m going to be a minority when it comes to NFL picks for week 4. The Broncos will move to 4-0. You heard it here, first.
St. Louis at San Francisco
What a heartbreaking loss for the 49ers against Hollywood Brett Favre and the Vikings last week. What better way to rebound than facing the Rams at home? San Francisco should win this football game by 20. At least.
Winner: San Francisco
San Diego at Pittsburgh
Don’t look now but the defending Super Bowl champs are 1-2! I love the fact that NBC is trying to convince me that the Chargers and Steelers are a new “heated rivalry” in the NFL. Meh. Pittsburgh fans have to be a little unhappy that Big Ben will be hosting WWE Monday Night Raw just 24 hours after this football game.
The Steelers at home in prime time are going to be tough to beat. One reason I like the Chargers, though, is that this game is being played early in the season. If this was November or December, I’d be picking Pittsburgh without question. I really do like San Diego, though, in what many will consider to be an upset.
Winner: San Diego
Green Bay at Minnesota
Speaking of Hollywood Brett Favre, NFL fans and “experts” are already drooling over the fact that Favre is playing against his former team. This is the big chance Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been waiting for since, well since he was drafted by the Packers. Rodgers has been solid when his offensive line has given him some time in the pocket. Meanwhile, I may not like or respect Hollywood Brett Favre anymore but you must give the devil his due. What a throw on Sunday against San Fran.
Lots of emotion in this Monday night football game and I just can’t see the Packers winning on the road. I hope that I’m wrong, though, as watching Favre celebrate actually makes me sick to my stomach.
Check back later in the week to see if I pick the New York football Giants. My game preview should be up on Friday (pre-cana on Saturday. Lucky me).
Thanks for reading. You’ve been great, as always. Enjoy Wake Up With Al on the Weather Channel.