BY KELTON BROOKS
*Slow hand clap* Congratulations to the NFL for ridding the league of those one-eyed refs. I could have sworn I saw one of the refs officiating a LFL game. (Lingerie Football League) . Don’t believe me? Tune in to Spike TV. I’m so serious.
Here are my week 4 predictions:
|Ravens vs. Browns||Ravens|
|Panthers vs. Falcons||Falcons|
|Patriots vs. Bills||Bills|
|Lions vs. Vikings||Lions|
|Chargers vs. Chiefs||Chargers|
|Seahawks vs. Rams||Seahawks|
|49ers vs. Jets||49ers|
|Titans vs. Texans||Texans|
|Raiders vs. Broncos||Broncos|
|Dolphins vs. Cardinals||Cardinals|
|Bengals vs. Jaguars||Bengals|
|Saints vs. Packers||Packers|
|Redskins vs. Buccaneers||Buccaneers|
|Eagles vs. Giants||Giants|
Carolina Panthers (1-2) vs. Atlanta Falcons (3-0)
The Falcons are making a believer out of me. I had my doubts about Matt Ryan because of his dismal playoffs performances. In last year’s 24-2 lost to the eventual Superbowl Champion Giants, I gave up on Matt Ryan. But this year, the “quadruplets” Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Julio Jones and the grizzly vet, Tony Gonzales are giving teams all they can handle. It’s hard to believe that Cam Newton will let his team lose back-to-back games, but the sophomore slump is beginning to take effect. After Steve Smith lit into Cam as he sulked on the sideline, I expect a heroic performance. Perhaps the Panthers can pull this one out is he explodes, however, it still may not be enough. (Notice the indecisiveness?)
Bears (2-1) vs. Cowboys (2-1)
Da Bears. Chris Berman cracks me up with that. The Bears’ defense looked unstoppable as they tore through the St. Louis Rams’ makeshift O-line. But you have to think, was that performance justified? However, Chicago looked way more impressive in their win than the Cowboys. Dallas squeaked passed a tough Buccaneers team, but one thing is for sure, the Cowboys defense is the real deal. Dallas WR Dez Bryant has to become more consistent and a vocal point in the offense. Is it me, or are the Cowboys an accident waiting to happen? This game is vastly underrated.
Browns (0-3) vs. Ravens (2-1)
This prediction is becoming a jinx. Look back at my other obvious pick selections and you’ll see why. Cleveland has the 26th ranked offense and the 25th ranked defense; not only can they not score, but they can’t stop teams from scoring either. On paper, the Ravens should easily win by double digits. The only way the Ravens will lose is IF they have an emotional let down due to that roller-coaster of a game against the Patriots. The Ravens are far too superior to lose this game.
Patriots (1-2) vs. Bills (2-1)
So far I am 2-1 on my upset picks. I’m going big on this one. The Patriots do not lose back-to-back games, but they don’t look like their normal dominant selves. Is Gronk’ playing? Is he in witness protection? When this same question was asked about Wes Welker, he quieted his critics with an 8 rec 142 yds game. Maybe Rob Gronkowski will do the same this week, but that remains to be seen. Remember when the Buffalo Bills shocked the Patriots last year and intercepted Tom Brady 4 times? I believe they will send a message to the division to let them know they are contenders. IF C.J. Spiller is healthy, the Bills have a legitimate shot to win.
Two for the show
Saints (0-3) vs. Packers (1-2)
I would hate to be the Saints right now. With the NFL’s 32nd ranked defense (LAST), Aaron Rodgers is tucking in his bib. Drew Brees and the Saints will have his team fired up for this one, but this game may be over by halftime. Green Bay is still licking their chops after being robbed of a victory in the now famous “Touch-erception game”
49ers (2-1) vs. Jets (2-1)
In Tebow I trust. But he can’t win if he’s out there running routes. Game after game Mark Sanchez is proving he is not the answer at quarterback. It’s only a matter of time until we start to hear the “Tebow” chants. Likewise for Alex Smith of San Francisco. He is a game manager, period. He can not will his team from a deep deficit. He couldn’t conduct a game winning drive against the Minnesota Vikings. Really? This game will come down to the best defense, and with Darrelle Revis out for the season, San Fran’s D has gained a significant advantage.
Thanks for reading.