2015 NFL Football Betting – Weekly NFL Preview For Week Four
The NFL season moves into week four, and the list of games really isn’t that appealing. However, it’s not as though this schedule didn’t look attractive at the beginning of the season. What’s happened is that some teams expected to be good have gotten off to rough starts.
1 – Best Sunday Afternoon Games:
Houston Texans @ Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs @ Cincinnati Bengals
Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings @ Denver Broncos
The Houston-Atlanta game is a featured game because everyone wants to see if the 3-0 Falcons are for real. Atlanta is going to be tested over the next several weeks, so that NFL analysts can see if this team can handle the pressure and expectations that come with a 3-0 start. Houston has a tough defense, but a very mediocre offense. The main challenge for Atlanta will be to protect quarterback Matt Ryan against the Texans’ powerful front seven.
The Kansas City-Cincinnati game might seem ordinary, since the Chiefs are 1-2, but Kansas City still has playoff-level talent. This game, however, is going to be very tough for the Chiefs to win, since Cincinnati has some of the best offensive talent in the entire NFL. If Kansas City wins here, it could become the turning point for the whole season. If the Chiefs lose, though, they will be 1-3, and it will be a lot harder to see how they’ll make the long move up the ladder to the playoffs. The Chiefs also can’t afford to fall too far behind the Denver Broncos in the AFC West.
The Green Bay-San Francisco game might be a rout, but it is dramatic in that it already represents what feels like a last chance for the 49ers to show that they’re better than everyone thinks they are. The Niners have been blown out the last two weeks by Pittsburgh and Arizona. If they lose here, they will be 1-3 with three games against Seattle (two) and Arizona (one) still left on their schedule. Can Colin Kaepernick be the quarterback who terrorized the Packers in the playoffs under Jim Harbaugh? It will be interesting to find out.
Minnesota-Denver is the best Sunday afternoon game. The 2-1 Vikings have a defense which can contain an aging Peyton Manning, but can Teddy Bridgewater score enough points against Denver’s outstanding defense to win this game on the road?
2 – Sunday Night Football: Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints
This is the backup quarterback bowl. Brandon Weeden will replace Tony Romo for Dallas, and Luke McCown will go for the Saints if Drew Brees can’t heal up in time for kickoff. Dallas’ defense needs to carry the team while Romo is out, but it collapsed against Atlanta last week. Can New Orleans take advantage at home? The Saints are 0-3 and have to win this game if they want to have any shot at the playoffs at all.
3 – Monday Night Football: Detroit Lions @ Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks’ offense is still struggling, especially because of a mediocre offensive line which is allowing too many sacks. However, Detroit’s offense is worse, having scored only 12 points last week against Denver and showing no improvement from 2014. Seattle’s defense, meanwhile, is great once again. The return of Kam Chancellor enabled Seattle to shut out the Chicago Bears, forcing 10 punts on 10 possessions and allowing Chicago to start only two plays from the Seahawks’ side of the 50. It will be very hard for Detroit to win this game.
4 – B
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