NFL picks for Week 4 have most CBS experts picking against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Week 4 NFL picks begin with the Thursday, September 31 game, with the Steelers hosting the Baltimore Ravens. The analysts at CBS Sports have picked the Ravens to win the road game. The loss of Ben Roethlisberger has the experts feeling that the 2-1 Steelers are about to lose to a 0-3 Ravens team.
There are a number of unanimous selections from the eight analysts, including the Carolina Panthers over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Atlanta Falcons over the Houston Texans, the Indianapolis Colts over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cincinnati Bengals over the Kansas City Chiefs, the San Diego Chargers over the Cleveland Browns, and the Green Bay Packers over the San Francisco 49ers. The 3-0 Panthers are on the road, but are favored to beat the 0-3 Bucs. The Falcons are also 3-0 and favored to improve to 4-0 already.
Several of the Week NFL picks from CBS Sports have just one expert going with an underdog against the favored team. Those games have overall predictions of the Buffalo Bills beating the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles beating the Washington Redskins, the Denver Broncos beating the Minnesota Vikings, and the Seattle Seahawks beating the Detroit Lions on Monday night football (October 5). Three of those underdog picks come from football analyst Jason La Canorfa.
Through the first three weeks of game, La Conorfa is ranked fourth among the CBS analysts for predicting games correctly in 2015. He is 30-18 in his selections, but now predicts the Lions will beat the Seahawks, the St. Louis Rams will beat the Arizona Cardinals, the Vikings will beat the Broncos, and the Giants will beat the Bills. On three of those games, he stands alone in his predictions. Jamey Eisenberg (26-22) also picks the Rams to win, but overall the CBS analysts are siding with the Cardinals.
The rest of the Week 4 NFL picks have some closer predictions, with the analysts just slightly favoring one team over the other. That includes the Dallas Cowboys beating the New Orleans Saints, the Oakland Raiders beating the Chicago Bears, and the Baltimore Ravens beating the Pittsburgh Steelers. The analysts were completely split on the New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins game from Sunday, October 4. The 1-2 Dolphins will host the 2-1 Jets in a very important AFC East match-up.
For the Week 4 NFL schedule, two teams have bye weeks already. Those teams are the 3-0 New England Patriots and the 1-2 Cleveland Browns. It provides each team with some early season rest before getting back into action during Week 5. Right now the Browns have a quarterback controversy, where Johnny Manziel could get named the starter by the next time the team plays.
Several teams are projected to improve to 4-0 this week, including the Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, and Atlanta Falcons. That would lead to an amazing seven undefeated teams when Week 5 gets started, something that hasn't happened before in NFL history. Football fans wagering on picks this week could take history into account when looking to pick out a few upsets.
It's also worth noting that a few teams are predicted to fall to 0-4 on the season, showing an extreme disparity between the successful franchises and those that are really struggling. The 0-4 projections include the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, and Detroit Lions. The Baltimore Ravens could fall to 0-4 with a loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night as well.
The Sunday night game (October 4) on NBC is the Dallas vs. New Orleans match-up. Two injured quarterbacks will be sitting this one out, as the backups for Drew Brees and Tony Romo look to win a game. Monday night football has the Seattle Seahawks hosting the Detroit Lions and looking to keep the momentum of a Week 3 26-0 victory going. That's it for the Week 4 NFL picks from the CBS Sports experts, with Jamey Eisenberg looking to bounce back from a very tough beginning to the season.
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