Mike Ivcic’s Week 4 NFL Preview and Free Picks

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By Mike Ivcic, UltimateCapper Contributing Writer

Just to show you how bad this has been, the Monday Night debacle also worked against me, as I had the Packers winning and covering the 3.5 point spread, neither of which happened because of a faulty ruling. Yes, that’s a tough call to make for even the seasoned officials, and yes the rulebook is a walking contradiction because “catch” and “possession” sometimes mean the same thing and sometimes mean different things, and yes that play should be allowed to be reviewed under instant replay, but no the Packers should not have lost that game. End of story. And now, week four picks, with a new mentality – keep ‘em short and sweet and just pick the right team to win, and then we’ll see how I feel about the spread.

Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens
Thu, 8:20pm, NFLN
Line: Ravens by 12
Baltimore will win this game. But Cleveland’s defense is good, so I’ll say that at least keep it within two touchdowns
Pick: Baltimore 24, Cleveland 16

Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons
Sun, 1pm, FOX
Line: Falcons by 7.5
Atlanta will win this game. Matt Ryan has a big day and the Panthers defense looks worse than they did against the Giants.
Pick: Atlanta 35, Carolina 17

Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions
Sun, 1pm, FOX
Line: Lions by 6
Detroit is the better team here, and I am still not sold in Minnesota in any way. That means the Lions win this by at least a touchdown.
Pick: Detroit 24, Minnesota 14

New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
Sun, 1pm, CBS
Line: Patriots by 4.5
Buffalo is hot, but the Patriots are still the better team and win this game. With all the field goal games in this league, though, I can’t take the 4.5 point spread.
Pick: New England 27, Buffalo 24

San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Sun, 1pm, CBS
Line: Chargers by 1
San Diego looked awful last week, so K.C. wins this game. It’ll be close, but I still can’t buy into Norv Turner and the Chargers.
Pick: Kansas City 23, San Diego 20


San Francisco 49’ers @ New York Jets
Sun, 1pm, FOX
Line: 49’ers by 4.5
Since drafting Darrelle Revis, the jets have had 0 interceptions on plays where he has not been on the field. The 49’ers rebound and maul the Jets.
Pick: San Francisco 31, New York 17

Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams
Sun, 1pm, FOX
Line: Seahawks by 3
So the refs are back. That might make it more difficult for Seattle to win this game. Rams pull the upset here.
Pick: St. Louis 24, Seattle 20

Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
Sun, 1pm, CBS
Line: Texans by 12
Houston is at home and is the much better team, so they’ll win this game. Twelve points is high but I hate hedging with bad road teams against good home teams.
Pick: Houston 34, Tennessee 17

Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Sun, 4:05pm, CBS
Line: Bengals by 3
I still don’t believe for one second in the Jaguars. Cincinnati wins this game in a rout.
Pick: Cincinnati 33, Jacksonville 10


Miami Dolphins @ Arizona Cardinals
Sun, 4:05pm, CBS
Line: Cardinals by 5
The Dolphins stink and the Cardinals are sneaky good. Should be the easiest game on the board.
Pick: Arizona 31, Miami 13

Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos
Sun, 4:05pm, CBS
Line: Broncos by 6.5
Denver is the better team and should win at home, but they haven’t looked good so we’re picking a close AFC West battle and a Raiders cover.
Pick: Denver 24, Oakland 20

New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay Packers
Sun, 4:25pm, FOX
Line: Packers by 8
Packers finish off the Saints season at Lambeau, as they take out some anger from Monday night’s atrocious ending.
Pick: Green Bay 27, New Orleans 17

Washington Redskins @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sun, 4:25pm, FOX
Line: Buccaneers by 3
I’m off the Redskins bandwagon because their defense stinks, but Tampa had 168 yards of total offense against Dallas. Am I allowed to actually pick a push?
Pick: Washington 17, Tampa Bay 16

New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
Sun, 8:20pm, NBC
Line: Eagles by 1
The last time the Giants lost a road game was like 12 years ago. Eagles are overrated. Giants win this game.
Pick: New York 28, Philadelphia 20

Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys
Mon, 8:30pm, ESPN
Line: Cowboys by 4
Chicago has dominated their two home games and looked atrocious in Green Bay. Another road game here, so Dallas wins.
Pick: Dallas 28, Chicago 20

Straight-Up: 23-25
Against Spread: 13-33-2


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