We’re already at Week 4 of the 2016 NFL Regular Season. Some teams will be looking to bounce back while other teams have solidified themselves as top dogs in the league. See below a right up of every game, for my take on this NFL in Week 4 preview!
Editors Note: Check also Week 4 Betting Picks by Matt Ross
NFL Betting – Regular Season Week 4 Preview
Thursday, Sept. 29
Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals -7 (8:25 pm ET)
The Bengals have played two bad games in a row after the Denver Broncos shamed Cincinnati 29 to 17 at home in Week 3. The Bengals will try to get back to their winning ways from 2015 with a victory against the Miami Dolphins. I don’t have a problem with Cincinnati winning this game. I do have a problem with the point spread since the Bengals allowed Trevor Siemian to look like John Elway in Week 3. I’m taking the Fins and the points.
Sunday, Oct. 2
Indianapolis Colts -2.5 at Jacksonville Jaguars (1:00 pm ET)
This game takes place at Wembley Stadium, which pretty much makes it a home game for the Jacksonville Jaguars whose owner is from the UK. The Jags haven’t looked great in 3 games this season. But, they did look good in Week 1 against Green Bay in a 4-point loss and they looked good in Week 3 in a 2-point loss to Baltimore. I think that Jacksonville finally gets a win in 2016 because the Colts defense is horrendous. I’m going Jacksonville moneyline.
Carolina Panthers -3 at Atlanta Falcons (1:00 pm ET)
Atlanta is the only team to beat Carolina during the regular season in 2015. Carolina’s offense looked putrid against Minnesota in Week 3. It’s hard to say that Carolina will lose 2 games in a row. But it’s happened before to really good teams coming out of a Super Bowl appearance. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan is a stud. I like the Falcons and the points.
Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens -3.5 (1:00 pm ET)
The Raiders’ D finally stepped it up in Week 3. It’s hard to imagine Baltimore beating Oakland by more than 3 points since the Raiders’ offense has been one of the best units in the entire NFL this season. I just don’t see it happening. I have to back the Raiders given the 3.5 points. Oakland has a big shot of winning this game straight up.
Detroit Lions -3 at Chicago Bears (1:00 pm ET)
The Bears won’t stop Detroit’s offense. QB Matthew Stafford already has passed for 985 yards in 3 games. He’s thrown 7 touchdown passes to only 2 interceptions. Stafford should have no trouble rocking the Chicago Bears’ defense on Sunday. This is one of my most confident picks of Week 4, Detroit -3.
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans -6.5 (1:00 pm ET)
Tennessee hasn’t played all that badly this season. No team has blown out the Titans while Tennessee does have a 1 and 2 straight up record. They were even in the game against Oakland in Week 3. Houston’s offense has been close too terrible lately. I do think that eventually QB Brock Osweiler and RB Lamar Miller will get it going. But I have to take the points in this matchup since the Texans are going to have to rely on their defense to beat a good rushing team in Tennessee.
Buffalo Bills at New England -4.5 (1:00 pm ET)
New England owns Buffalo, right? I’m not so sure. The light may have gone off for the Bills in their unbelievable 33 to 18 spanking of Arizona in Week 3. That light bulb could be a sign of things to come for the Bills who should play New England tough now that they know they can hang with the better teams in the NFL. I’ll take the 4.5 points.
Seattle Seahawk -1.5 at New York Jets (1:00 pm ET)
The line opened at Seattle -2.5. It’s gone all the way up to Seattle -1.5. It may not matter at the end. There should be some pro football bettors looking to jump on the Seahawks, driving the point spread down again. I don’t care. To me, this is a game between two even teams with the home team getting points. I’m backing the Jets.
Cleveland Browns at Washington Redskins -10 (1:00 pm ET)
Wow. Washington sneaks by the New York Giants and the Browns cover the spread against the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 but Washington is still a double-digit favorite over Cleveland? Washington’s defense is horrible while Hue Jackson’s offense in Cleveland is getting better and better week to week. This could be a shootout, which means I have to take the 10 points.
Denver Broncos -3 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4:05 pm ET)
The bet of the week, for me at least, is right here when the Denver Broncos battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I don’t see how the Bucs keep this one close. Denver’s secondary, led by excellent corners Chris Harris and Aqib Talib, should have no trouble stopping Tampa’s passing game QB Jameis Winston has a 4 TD to 5 interception ratio in the last two games.
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals -8 (4:25 pm ET)
The Cardinals’ defense is having trouble stopping the rush. What’s more exciting about this point spread is that the Rams’ offense, yes, the Ram’s offense, won the game for them versus Tampa Bay in Week 3. I’m all over L.A. at +8 in this game. That’s way too many points to give a Ram’s team that has won 2 in a row.
New Orleans Saints at San Diego Chargers -4 (4:25 pm ET)
This is another game where the points could come into play. I like the San Diego Chargers. I believe that San Diego is a good team. I’m not so sure about the Saints. But one thing that the Saints can do is score points. I see San Diego possibly getting into a shootout. Once again, I have to take the 4 points because you never know in a shootout.
Dallas Cowboys -3 at San Francisco 49’ers (4:25 pm ET)
The Dallas Cowboys’ offense was absolutely brilliant versus the Chicago Bears defense on Sunday night. That’s how Dallas won the game. This is another battle where the point spread seems out of sorts. Sure, San Francisco played a sparkling game in Week 1 when they beat the L.A. Rams 28 to 0. But in 2 weeks now, the 49’ers have been destroyed on defense. I think Dallas keeps the good times rolling with at least a 6-point win in this match up.
Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers -5 (8:30 pm ET)
What a spread, right? Pittsburgh -5? Really? After their 3 to 34 loss to rookie Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3? Kansas City is 4-1 against the spread in the last 5 games between these two. Not only that, but KC goes into this game off their most impressive win so far of 2016. You bet I’m taking the 5 points!
Monday, Oct. 3
New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings -4 (8:30 pm ET)
After 3 weeks, odds makers are finally on to the Minnesota Vikings. The offense is much, much better than anyone gave them credit for. The defense might be one of the Top 3 units in the entire NFL. The Vikings are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. They should go off as -5 home favorites against a New York Giants squad that dropped a home game to Washington in Week 3. I’m jumping on the -4 spread on the Vikes today.