NFL Week 4 - Sunday Preview Part 2

NFL Week 4 - Sunday Preview Part 2

Denver Broncos (3-0) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2) - Raymond James Stadium

The Broncos are defying all  their critics this season and will look to remain undefeated when they head to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers on Sunday. The reigning Super Bowl Champions have been ultra impressive behind first year quarterback Trevor Siemian and a typically elite defence. Siemian put in his best performance of his short career last week throwing 4 touchdown passes in a huge win in Cincinnati. The Bucs are reeling after dropping 2 straight games against the Cardinals and Rams. The Bucs have given up 77 point in those last 2 losses and need to tighten up defensively if they are to be a chance of causing an upset here. 

Verdict - Broncos 26 Bucs 21

I think there is a chance of un upset here, however it is hard to tip against the Broncos given what they have shown so far this year. They are a far more reliable and consistent team than the Bucs whose best is capable of beating Denver here, but worst was capable of losing to the Rams at home last week. 

Los Angeles Rams (2-1) @ Arizona Cardinals (1-2) - University of Phoenix Stadium

The Cardinals need to keep pace with the NFC West as they face a crucial divisional match up against the Rams at home on Sunday. The Cardinals form has been inexplicably inconsistent this year as they were blown apart in Buffalo 33-16 last week to drop to 1-2. The Cardinals high octane offense has been a massive let down so far this year and have failed to score a point in the first quarters. The Rams are suddenly 2-1 after a nightmare week 1 performance in San Francisco. Jeff Fisher and his side were rubbed after a deplorable first up display, however they rebounded with wins against the Seahawks and Buccaneers. 

Verdict - Cardinals 34 Rams 13

The Cardinals really need this game and I think they will lift themselves for a divisional match up. At home I expect them to be a far different proposition to the limp display they gave us on the road last week. The Rams deserve respect at 2-1, however I still think their record might be a little flattering in the long run. 

New Orleans Saints (0-3) @ San Diego Chargers (1-2) - Qualcomm Stadium

Drew Brees returns to his former home in San Diego on Sunday as his winless Saints search for a first win against the Chargers. The Saints defence was rotten last week, giving up 45 to the Falcons at home and they will be under the microscope again here. The Chargers threw away a game at the Colts which they led up until the final minute. With both teams ravaged by injury, the loser of this game can just about kiss goodbye their playoff hopes this season.

Verdict - Chargers 38 Saints 28

I think the Chargers can win a shootout here at home. The Saints' defence was horrible last week and on the road I expect them to suffer once again here. San Diego have looked a far more complete and tougher football team than the Saints who are relying solely on Drew Brees to hold them together. 

Dallas Cowboys (2-1) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-2) - Levi Stadium

The Cowboys will be looking for a 3rd straight victory when they head to San Francisco to take on the struggling 49ers. The Cowboys' rookie quarterback and running back in Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have been impressive in guiding the Cowboys to back-to-back wins against the Redskins and Bears. Prescott has shown composure beyond his years at quarterback in throwing 99 passes with an interception to start his NFL career. The 49ers have been flogged in consecutive weeks against the Panthers and Seahawks after a promising Week 1 victory over the Rams. Blaine Gabbert has been ordinary at quarterback and is under pressure from Colin Kaepernick to hold onto  his starting job.

Verdict - Cowboys 24 49ers 21

I think this game will be a tight contest right throughout.The 49ers have played a couple of really tough opponents on the road and were excellent at home in Week 1. However I just think the Cowboys have a bit too much quality for them and can win this game courtesy of a late field goal. 

Kansas City Chiefs (2-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) - Heinz Field

The Steelers and Chiefs meet in a high octane AFC clash at Heinz Field on Sunday Night Football.The Steelers put in a shocker last week in being completely outplayed on both sides of the ball in their 34-3 loss in Philadelphia. The Steelers were considered an early favourite for the Super Bowl this year after impressive wins over the Redskins and Bengals, however came crashing back to earth this week. The Chiefs got back to what they know best last week in playing aggressive defence in picking off Ryan Fitzpatrick 6 times in a 24-3 beat down of the Jets at home

Verdict - Steelers 24 Chiefs 20

I think the Steelers will be stinging from last week's shocker and can bounce back at home here on the big stage. Their offense could not do anything last week and the Chiefs will sense an opportunity to put another dent in them here. I just don't think the Chiefs have the offensive power on the road to go with a team like the Steelers.