Season Preview: Denver Nuggets
Quietly, the Denver Nuggets have turned into an offensive juggernaut led by a budding superstar in center Nikola Jokic.
Three teams remain undefeated heading into Week 4 and three teams remain winless heading into Week 4. A lot of 1-2 teams have big games this weekend. The bye weeks are already underway and the Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers will not play this week.
Baker Mayfield came into the game last week for the Cleveland Browns and he led them to their first win in 635 days against the New York Jets last Thursday night. Rookie Josh Rosen will make his first career start on Sunday for the Arizona Cardinals. I went 9-7 with my picks last week. So far this season, my record is 25-21-2.
Minnesota Vikings 20 Los Angeles Rams 34: The Vikings looked flat in last week's loss against the Buffalo Bills. They were probably caught looking ahead and expect Minnesota to look much better tonight. However, the Rams have too many play makers on both sides of the ball. Los Angeles will not have Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters at corner, but the Rams defensive line will be a problem. Jared Goff and the Rams offense will continue to be flawless.
Miami Dolphins 28 New England Patriots 21: The speed of the Dolphins might be a problem for the Patriots defense. This might be finally the week the Patriots dynasty is coming to a possible end. New England's backs will be against the wall, but Miami is looking to write its own story this season.
Philadelphia Eagles 21 Tennessee Titans 18: This a tough game to choose, but the Eagles will win at the end of the day because they have a better offense. The Titans are still trying to find an identity on the offensive side of the ball, but they have established an identity on the defensive side of the ball under new Head Coach Mike Vrabel. This is why they have won the last two weeks. Maybe this is the week that Carson Wentz gets rolling after not having a great week last week against the Indianapolis Colts, but he did lead a game-winning drive though.
Cincinnati Bengals 30 Atlanta Falcons 27: Andy Dalton was picked off four times last week against the Carolina Panthers on the road. He will have a bounce back week against a Falcons defense who can't seem to force turnovers. Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense will have another good week, but they will fall short once again.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 Chicago Bears 26: The Fitzmagic era might already be over in Tampa with Jameis Winston returning from suspension this week. Dirk Koetter has not decided on a starting quarterback this week. The Bears have looked really good defensively so far in 2018 because of Khalil Mack. This could also be Mitchell Trubisky's break out game.
Detroit Lions 30 Dallas Cowboys 17: The Lions were able to control the game offensively against a bad defense and they will control the game once again against a tired Cowboys defense. Dallas's offense has not looked good at all and expect Detroit's defense to stack eight in the box this weekend. They will dare Dak Prescott to throw the ball and it could be a long day for the Dallas Cowboys offense.
Buffalo Bills 28 Green Bay Packers 21: Josh Allen looked like a stud against a tough Vikings defense on the road last week. He will look like a stud this week against a suspect Packers defense. Aaron Rodgers has not been at practice for the Packers and that's a concern. It will continue to be a concern inside the Packers locker room.
Houston Texans 20 Indianapolis Colts 28: The Colts have played hard in all three games so far this season despite starting the season with a 1-2 record. The Texans are 0-3 and that is a major surprise. They have talent on that roster, but coaching is a problem. The difference in this game will be that Frank Reich will out coach Bill O'Brien.
New York Jets 10 Jacksonville Jaguars 38: The Jaguars looked flat offensively last week against the Titans at home. The defense has looked good for the first three weeks of the regular season and it will again this week. Sam Darnold has been reckless and he will be again this week for the Jets. Jacksonville's defense will send blitzes from all angles.
Seattle Seahawks 17 Arizona Cardinals 14: The Seahawks got a much needed win last week at home against the Dallas Cowboys to avoid an 0-3 start. Russell Wilson continues to lead inside and outside of the locker room. Arizona will be starting Josh Rosen this week and maybe it could elevate this team. The offense looked awful with Sam Bradford under center.
Cleveland Browns 31 Oakland Raiders 20: The Browns could be a team to be reckoned with for the next few weeks of the season. Baker Mayfield provided a spark to this team last week after trailing 14-0. They came back to win 21-17. Carlos Hyde is a beast in the backfield. Cleveland's defense is good at forcing turnovers. The Raiders might not have anyone on defense to slow down the Browns offense.
San Francisco 49ers 13 Los Angeles Chargers 35: The Chargers should have a field day defensively with the 49ers not having Jimmy Garoppolo for the rest of the season because of a torn ACL. Philip Rivers could have a big day throwing the football because of how mediocre the San Francisco secondary is.
New Orleans Saints 35 New York Giants 42: This could be the game of the week, if not it could possibly be the best game of 2018 so far. Both offenses will find its groove early and often in the game. The Saints secondary has been an issue and Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard could have big games. Saquon Barkley could also have a big game on the ground. Starting Chad Wheeler at right tackle last week for the Giants helped. The Giants may have no answer for Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. The difference in the game will be New York's defense making a key stop or forcing a key turnover late in the game.
Baltimore Ravens 20 Pittsburgh Steelers 23: The Steelers offense has been awesome the last two weeks. The defense looks horrendous. Joe Flacco could have a big day for the Ravens. However, Pittsburgh has more speed and home run hitters. This is one of the best rivalries in the NFL and it will be another good game.
Kansas City Chiefs 27 Denver Broncos 30: Patrick Mahomes made his first career NFL start in a game against the Denver Broncos in Week 17 on the road last season. He looked good in that game and this season, Mahomes is off to a tremendous start and he has already thrown 14 touchdowns. The Broncos defense will roughen him up a little bit and maybe force him to make a mistake. Denver's offense will be back in rhythm this week against a struggling Kansas City defense.
1. Patrick Mahomes will get picked off twice against the Broncos.
2. Eli Manning throws for 400 yards and four touchdowns against the Saints.
3. The Jacksonville Jaguars defense will have two touchdowns.
4. Baker Mayfield throws for 300 yards and two touchdowns against the Raiders.
5. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen will both have 150 yards receiving.