NFL Week 4 Picks: Winless Teams That Will Bounce Back with Upset Victories

Ryan DavenportContributor ISeptember 24, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 22:   Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants drops back to pass against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The first three weeks of the 2013 NFL schedule have presented us with an alarming number of upsets, which is a big reason why there are a handful of teams that have shockingly bad records after being considered potential postseason contenders heading into the season. 

It's also why previously mediocre squads such as Kansas City and Miami enter Week 4 at 3-0, as it has been a wildly unpredictable NFL campaign thus far. 

Now, with a full slate of intriguing tilts on tap for this weekend, here's a look at which winless teams will rebound to claim victories in surprising fashion, as well as a complete set of picks for Week 4. 


Week 4 Picks

DateVisiting TeamWinnerHome Team
Thursday, Sept. 26San Francisco 49ersSan FranciscoSt. Louis Rams
Sunday, Sept. 29Cincinnati BengalsCincinnatiCleveland Browns
Sunday, Sept. 29Baltimore RavensBaltimoreBuffalo Bills
Sunday, Sept. 29Arizona CardinalsTampa BayTampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, Sept. 29Indianapolis ColtsIndianapolisJacksonville Jaguars
Sunday, Sept. 29Seattle SeahawksSeattleHouston Texans
Sunday, Sept. 29Chicago BearsChicagoDetroit Lions
Sunday, Sept. 29New York GiantsNew YorkKansas City Chiefs
Sunday, Sept. 29Pittsburgh SteelersMinnesotaMinnesota Vikings
Sunday, Sept. 29New York JetsNew YorkTennessee Titans
Sunday, Sept. 29Washington RedskinsWashingtonOakland Raiders
Sunday, Sept. 29Dallas CowboysDallasSan Diego Chargers
Sunday, Sept. 29Philadelphia EaglesPhiladelphiaDenver Broncos
Sunday, Sept. 29New England PatriotsNew EnglandAtlanta Falcons
Monday, Sept. 30Miami DolphinsMiamiNew Orleans Saints


Washington Redskins vs. Oakland Raiders 

No, neither team has been overly impressive thus far, but with the league's worst defense to date, the Washington Redskins shouldn't be viewed as a favorite over anyone at this stage. 

But on Sunday, Robert Griffin III will finally do enough to get D.C. its first victory of the year over Terrelle Pryor's Raiders. 

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 22:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins scrambles with the ball as he avoids the tackle of Ezekiel Ansah #94 of the Detroit Lions in the first half during a game at FedExField on September 22, 2013 in Landover, Mary
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Through the first three weeks of the season, RGIII has been mediocre at best, and Washington's defense has had a huge amount of trouble getting stops at critical points, so Mike Shanahan's team needs this one badly. 

Griffin, Alfred Morris and Pierre Garcon will be better on the road in Oakland, and Washington will get things back on track for at least one day heading into a much-needed Week 5 bye. 

It won't be pretty, but RGIII will limit his turnovers, and the Redskins will get an all-important road win in Oakland in Week 4. 

Prediction: Redskins 27, Raiders 23


New York Giants vs. Kansas City Chiefs 

For the New York Giants, the first three weeks of the season have gone terribly, as Tom Coughlin's boys have limped to an 0-3 start less than 24 months after their Super Bowl victory. 

And now, with undefeated Kansas City set to host Eli Manning and company in Week 4, things won't be getting any easier for the Giants. 

However, Coughlin will get his team up for this one, and a motivated Manning will lead New York to a much-needed upset win over Alex Smith's Chiefs on the road. 

Just one week after giving up an unthinkable 38 points to Carolina, the G-men will bounce back with a much better outing at Arrowhead Stadium.

Prediction: Giants 31, Chiefs 24


Arizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

With just 34 points through three weeks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense has been toothless thus far, but with a home date against the 1-2 Cardinals next up, Tampa Bay has a golden opportunity to grab its first win of the season in Week 4. 

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after throwing an incomplete pass in the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash
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Against the league's 26th-best pass defense, Josh Freeman will have his best game of the season to date, and the Bucs will squeak out a victory at home against an Arizona team that will be reeling after getting pummeled by New Orleans on the road in Week 3. 

Doug Martin will continue to put up impressive numbers on the ground, and the Bucs will outgun Arizona's struggling offense to get that elusive first win of 2013. 

It'll be an ugly one, but the Cardinals will surrender 21 or more points for the fourth consecutive week, and Tampa Bay will send fans home happy Sunday. 

Prediction: Buccaneers 21, Cardinals 17


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