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Week 4 NFL Picks

Photo: Mike Morbeck

Photo: Mike Morbeck

Green Bay at Chicago – 1 p.m. (FOX)

Pick: Bears

Buffalo at Houston – 1 p.m. (CBS)

Pick: Texans

Tennessee at Indianapolis – 1 p.m. (CBS)

Pick: Colts

Carolina at Baltimore – 1 p.m. (FOX)

Pick: Ravens

Detroit at NY Jets – 1 p.m. (FOX)

Pick: Jets

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Thursday Night Preview: Giants vs. Redskins

Photo: Keith Allison

Photo: Keith Allison

Week 4’s installment of Thursday Night Football features a pivotal NFC East matchup in our nation’s capital between the 1-2 New York Giants and the 1-2 Washington Redskins.

The winner will notch its first division win and even its record at 2-2, while the loser will spend at least the next 10 days in the NFC East basement.

So who has the advantage? It depends on your viewpoint.

History tells us that the road team is at a clear disadvantage on a short week. Since 2006, visiting teams win just 36.4 percent of the time on Thursday night, according to The Hoya’s Michael Ippolito. So far in 2014, road teams have been outscored 118-36 on Thursday night.

The Giants are riding high after last week’s 30-17 win over the Houston Texans, but having to travel on a condensed work week could be a momentum killer.

Then there are injuries for the home team. After last Sunday’s 37-34 slugfest loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Redskins’ injury report on Wednesday included 17 players. Is three days enough time to recuperate for another divisional opponent?

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Week 3 NFL Picks

San Diego at Buffalo – 1 p.m. (CBS)2013 - PHILIP RIVERS

Pick: Chargers

Dallas at St. Louis – 1 p.m. (FOX)

Pick: Cowboys

Houston at NY Giants– 1 p.m. (CBS)

Pick: Texans

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Week 2 NFL Picks

2013 - JJ WATTMiami at Buffalo – 1 p.m. (CBS)

Pick: Bills

Detroit at Carolina – 1 p.m. (FOX)

Pick: Lions

Atlanta at Cincinnati – 1 p.m. (FOX)

Pick: Bengals

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Quick-Hit NFL Picks: Week 1

Mark Runyon | Pro Football Schedules

Mark Runyon | Pro Football Schedules

New Orleans at Atlanta – 1 p.m. (FOX)

-These two teams also opened the 2013 season against each other. New Orleans prevailed 23-17.

-The Saints are 13-3 against the Falcons since 2006.

Pick: Saints

 

Minnesota at St. Louis – 1 p.m. (FOX)

-In two career games against the Rams, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has 38 carries for 279 yards (7.4 YPC) and three touchdowns.

-St. Louis ranked ninth against the run in 2013.

Pick: Vikings

 

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