Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL WEEK 4 REPORT –
SUNDAY’S SIZZLING SHOWDOWNS
PLUS, THERE’S LOTS MORE
It’s always fun to see who the “last man standing” will be in terms of the final unbeaten NFL squad left – right now by virtue of Thursday’s 38-31 win/push the Los Angeles Rams are the league’s only 4-0 SU (straight-up) team – as both the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs will enter Week 4 play at 3-and-oh.
Hey, it doesn’t necessarily mean that perfection through several NFL weeks will equate into a Super Bowl appearance but it surely helps the cause and so with all this said let’s check on the Fish and the Chiefs on this NFL Week 4 card plus we’ll get you the Sunday Night prime-timer from Pittsburgh in what many folks still believe is the league’s most intense rivalry … that’s the Baltimore Ravens at the Pittsburgh Steelers.
First, though, we tie up some loose ends from a pointspread perspective …
The only three teams in the league where they play for pay without a pointspread “W” so far include the Denver Broncos who are 0-2-1 ATS (against the spread), the Houston Texans (0-3 spreadwise) and the San Francisco 49ers (0-3 ATS).
Okay, so the Niners really have their work cut out for ‘em the rest of the way without the services of QB Jimmy Garopppolo (718 passing yards with 5 TDs and 3 INTs) and may we remind that San Fran went 5-6 against the odds last year before Garoppolo popped into the picture. The Niners are a 10.5-point underdog for their Week 4 game at the Los Angeles Chargers and they have not been that large a dog since taking 13 points in a 33-10 mid-season game at Philadelphia last year;
The Texans, meanwhile, have been a real mystery so far while losing spread verdicts at New England, at Tennessee and home to the New York (Football) Giants and it’s not as if Bill O’Brien’s club is down the ranks stat-wise: Houston’s 8th in the league in total offense and 17th in total defense. All we know is that a pointspread loss at Indianapolis (in a Pick ‘Em) game here in Week 4 would mean Houston would be 0-4 ATS to start a season for the first time since 2013 (and that squad started off 0-6 against the odds!);
Finally, the Broncos have managed 3- and 1-point home wins SU against Seattle and Oakland to start off this current campaign but the Mile High City gang has yet to cover a price tag and now the Broncs currently are a 4.5-point home dog versus Kansas City in the Monday Night Football game (we’ll preview that AFC West tilt in Monday’s Jim Sez column). Note that Denver is actually 2-12-1 ATS in its last 15 regular-season games dating back to early 2017 … wow!
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NFL WEEK 4
MIAMI (3-0) at NEW ENGLAND (1-2) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
The two-time defending AFC champion Patriots have won/covered six consecutive home games against the Dolphins dating back to the 2012 season and now are nearly a full-TD fav here despite the fact Miami comes into Foxboro unbeaten – Miami QB Ryan Tannehill (687 yards passing with 7 TDs and 2 INTs) is making more veteran decisions and let’s see how the Pats handle hot WR Kenny Stills (3 TDs) here. P.S., we don’t remember the last time a New England team was dominated the way they were in last week’s 26-10 loss in Detroit.
NEW ORLEANS (2-1) at NEW YORK GIANTS (1-2) – 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Fun matchup in the NFC where the NY Giants “came back from the dead” with last Sunday’s solid 27-22 win at 6.5-point favorite Houston: The Giants watched two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning turn back the clock with a 25-of-29, 297-yard, 2-TD showing but keep in mind the last time these clubs clashed it was a nip-and-tuck 16-13 Giants’ non-cover win back in 2016 – so is the totals price moving in the wrong direction having gone from 49 to 52 points?
On Sunday Night, it’s …
BALTIMORE (2-1) at PITTSBURGH (1-1-1) – 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Gotta admit it’s been a pretty quiet week in Pittsburgh: Okay, so no Le’Veon Bell sightings (we think he’ll get traded within the next 10 days and don’t be shocked if Green Bay makes a major run at ‘em) but WR Antonio Brown has been silent while coming off a modest 50-yard catch game in Tampa Bay. Hey, if the 3-point favorite Steelers re gonna win/cover this AFC North bash, then Brown will have to make more on-field noise than that and a defense that ranks 29th in the league better step up against a hot QB Joe Flacco (see 889 passing yards with 6 TDs and 2 INTs).
NOTE: All the NFL Week 4 recaps and that MNF preview in the next Jim Sez.