NFL Week 4 predictions: Raiders vs. Cowboys, Bills vs. Bengals, Patriots vs. Chiefs
The NFL’s Week 4 slate looks like a mixed bag of division titles, including a divisional tiebreaker against the Kansas City Chiefs, but the rest of the slate is pretty much what you’d expect.
We’ll have our final playoff predictions on Sunday.1.
AFC South: AFC South teams have the chance to be winners in Week 4.
This is a team that has the best chance to make the playoffs by virtue of having the easiest schedule in the division, and is a favorite to do so.2.
NFC West: The 49ers are a sneaky favorite, as they’ve gone 8-2 with their only loss coming to the Seahawks.
They’ve also lost two in a row, but it’s their defense that has been their undoing.
The Seahawks defense is going to need to step up in the final two weeks to have any chance at making the playoffs.3.
NFC North: The Cowboys are in the NFC West after losing to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1, but they still have a tough matchup in Seattle.
They should be favored, but we’ll have to see how well Dallas’s offense will play in the rematch.4.
AFC East: New England will face the Jets, who are 3-1 against AFC East teams this season.
The Patriots defense should have the edge this week, but if the Jets get the Jets’ offense off to a hot start, the Patriots defense could have a difficult time coming back.5.
NFC South: The Falcons are a sleeper team, as the Panthers have struggled in the last two weeks.
The Falcons offense has been on fire and is going through some ups and downs, but there’s a good chance that the Falcons offense will be able to get some momentum going in the second half of the season.6.
NFC East: The Bears are in a tough spot with their win over the New York Jets coming on the heels of a defeat in Indianapolis.
Chicago will need to play better in the playoffs if it hopes to have a chance at the playoffs, and this will be a test of the defense that helped the Bears win the NFC North.7.
AFC North: Denver is in a bit of a tough position.
The Broncos offense has not played well all year, and they’ve had a tough time against the run all year.
Denver has a lot of weapons, and the Patriots could be able as well, but Denver has to make up for that with some big plays from their defense.8.
AFC West: It looks like the Chargers will be without Keenan Allen for Week 4, as he’ll miss Week 1.
The Chargers offense will need Allen to be able get his game back on track to be a threat for a division title, and that’s not going to happen overnight.9.
AFC Championship: The Broncos will be in the AFC Championship Game, as Denver will be playing the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders are in their worst stretch of the year, as both they and Oakland have lost at home to each other.
The good news for Denver is that they have the best quarterback in the league in Derek Carr, and if he can get his head around the Raiders offense, Denver could be in a great spot to win the AFC West.10.
NFC Championship: Arizona’s defense will be one of the best in the NFL, as it’s allowed just six passing touchdowns in four games.
Arizona’s offense is going up against one of those teams in Green Bay, and it’ll be a tough game for the defense to get anything going.11.
AFC Wildcard: The Packers are in line to make it to the Super Bowl, as Aaron Rodgers is the only quarterback in NFL history to have more than 1,000 career passing yards.
The Packers defense has been one of Rodgers’ strengths this season, and Aaron Rodgers has the chance this week to make history in his second Super Bowl.12.
AFC Divisional: The Patriots have a lot riding on their matchup against the Bengals, as a win there would make them the favorite to win a division championship.
The Bengals have the toughest schedule in football this season and have given up over 1,200 points in the process.
The defense has a chance to pick up some momentum and help the Patriots come back from an early deficit.13.
AFC Playoff: We’re pretty sure that the Patriots will have the easiest remaining schedule in their division, which is a big reason why we think they’ll be the favorite.
The Steelers will have a hard time beating them, while the Steelers defense will have to be very effective against the Ravens and Bengals.14.
AFC NFC: The Rams are a playoff team, and have shown the ability to win with their defense in the past.
The Rams defense will need their offense to pick it up in a big way in Week 5 to win their division.15.
The Cardinals will be the wild card team in the first round.