NFL Picks Week 4: Predicting Sunday's Biggest Winners

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts slams the ball down in the endzone after he scored on six yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The Colts won the game 27-7.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL regular season is already starting to fly by, and the time to make the Week 4 picks is upon us. This time we’re looking for Sunday’s biggest winners.

All of the following teams will walk out of Week 4 looking incredibly strong.

Stats via ESPN.


Full Week 4 NFL Predictions
DateMatchupPredicted WinnerTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Sept. 29Baltimore at BuffaloBaltimore Ravens1 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Sept. 29Cincinnati at ClevelandCincinnati Bengals1 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Sept. 29Chicago at DetroitChicago Bears1 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Sept. 29NY Giants at Kansas CityKansas City Chiefs1 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Sept. 29Arizona at Tampa BayArizona Cardinals1 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Sept. 29Indianapolis at JacksonvilleIndianapolis Colts1 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Sept. 29Seattle at HoustonSeattle Seahawks1 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Sept. 29Pittsburgh at MinnesotaPittsburgh Steelers1 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Sept. 29NY Jets at TennesseeNew York Jets4:05 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Sept. 29Washington at OaklandWashington Redskins4:25 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Sept. 29Philadelphia at DenverDenver Broncos4:25 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Sept. 29Dallas at San DiegoSan Diego Chargers4:25 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Sept. 29New England at AtlantaAtlanta Falcons8:30 p.m.NBC
Monday, Sept. 30Miami at New OrleansNew Orleans Saints8:30 p.m.ESPN


September 22, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson (34) looks on during warm ups before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts are coming off a monumental 27-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers and will travel to Jacksonville to square off against the winless Jaguars in what should be the most lopsided game of Week 4.

While the news that running back Ahmad Bradshaw will miss the game with a neck injury is a devastating blow, per Kevin Bowen of, the door has opened for newly acquired Trent Richardson to shine against the league’s worst rush defense (allowing 167.7 yards per game).

Add in the elite play of quarterback Andrew Luck—the weapons across the Indianapolis roster will help keep a healthy lead over Jacksonville all day—and the 29th ranked Jaguars’ running and passing attacks will have the Colts firmly in control.

Prediction: Indianapolis 34, Jacksonville 6


PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs  reacts to getting a Gatorade shower with linebacker Justin Houston #50 after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 26-16 during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on September 19,
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Kansas City Chiefs

The battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Giants should be one of the most exciting matchups of the week, but the lackluster play of the Giants thus far in 2013 will give Andy Reid and the Chiefs a lopsided victory.

Kansas City is still trying to learn Reid’s offensive and defensive systems on the fly, but with huge wins over Dallas and Philadelphia, the Chiefs have started the season with a perfect 3-0 record.

New York is winless this season and will face the toughest test to date against a Kansas City team that is built to stop teams just like the Giants. Quarterback Eli Manning will try to pass his team out of trouble, but going up against the fourth-ranked secondary in the league won’t be easy.

While the Chiefs defense hasn’t played elite against its opponents’ rushing attacks (25th in the league), New York is ranked dead last on the ground, averaging just 44.3 yards per game. Unless running back David Wilson has the biggest game of his short career, Kansas City will dominate this matchup.

Prediction: Kansas City 31, New York 10


Sep 30, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) gets a pat on the helmet from quarterback Andy Dalton (14) and guard Kevin Zeitler (68) after catching a pass for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Jacks
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Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off a huge win over the Green Bay Packers and will look to carry that momentum through Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns. While Cleveland was able to win in Week 3 as well, the Browns are overmatched against the Bengals.

Cleveland’s biggest strength is the defensive unit, but Cincinnati’s running game is starting to pick up—Giovani Bernard had 10 carries for 50 rushing yards and a touchdown last week.

With the pass attack opening up as a result of the improving ground attack, there is little doubt that quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green will rack up the yards in Week 4.

Add in the fact that the Browns will once again be forced to start Brian Hoyer over Brandon Weeden, and Cleveland will be a sitting duck for its division rival. Running the ball would have been a serious option Sunday, but the trade of Trent Richardson to Indianapolis will inhibit that aspect of the Browns' game plan.

It’s going to be a long day for Cleveland.

Prediction: Cincinnati 30, Cleveland 9



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