Pickard’s Sunday Picks: Week 4

Pickard’s Sunday Picks: Week 4

by September 29, 2019 0 comments

There is an exciting slate of 13 games on Sunday. Here are final score predictions for all of the Week 4 Sunday contests, with reasoning.

Keep track of my “Sunday Score” all season long. This weighted formula gives me five points for every correct outcome. For every team whose score I predict exactly correct, I get an additional three points. Here’s how I’ve fared so far:

Sunday Score: 150

Winner/Loser picked correctly: 24/39

Washington Redskins 18, New York Giants 26

Daniel Jones will keep on rolling, even without Saquo Barkley. He pulled out a last-minute victory against the Buccaneers last week, and he’ll build a winning streak of two as he moves to 2-0 in his career. For Washington, the defense will struggle but the deep-threat receivers will post solid games.

Los Angeles Chargers 31, Miami Dolphins 3

This week’s lucky contestant that gets to play the Dolphins is the Los Angeles Chargers. The Bolts have lost their last two games against the Lions and Texans but should be able to improve to 2-2 against the absolutely pitiful Dolphins.

Oakland Raiders 17, Indianapolis Colts 27

The Raiders, after a Week 1 win against the Broncos, lost their next two and should lose a third in Indy. The Colts, 2-1 so far, should be able to improve to 3-1 despite the retirement of Andrew Luck. Jacoby Brissett is off to a great start this season.

Carolina Panthers 16, Houston Texans 28

The Carolina Panthers, with Kyle Allen at the helm, will lose this week after winning last week. Perhaps some personnel moves are in order for the 1-3 Panthers. As for the Texans, it seems like Deshaun Watson can’t be stopped.

Kansas City Chiefs 31, Detroit Lions 24

We are finally seeing the Detroit Lions that we knew we could see. After years of mediocrity or worse, the Lions are off to a 2-0-1 start. But they’ll get their first loss this week in a one-possession game against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and their unstoppable quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.

New England Patriots 27, Buffalo Bills 21

The Patriots will finally come back down to earth this week against the Bills after outscoring opponents 106-17 in their first three games. Of course, that doesn’t mean the Patriots will lose. They should be able to remain undefeated as they hand the Bills their first loss.

Cleveland Browns 20, Baltimore Ravens 28

The Browns lost again last week. They are 1-2, with their one win not deserving of much pride as it came against a Luke Falk-led Jets team. The Browns’ offensive line has struggled, and Baker Mayfield has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. It may stay somewhat close, but the Ravens will win.

Tennessee Titans 16, Atlanta Falcons 26

The Titans and Falcons are both off to 1-2 starts, but the Atlanta squad is arguably much better than the Tennessee group. The Falcons’ explosive offense has struggled more than they would have hoped, but they should move to .500 with a win over the Titans.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13, Los Angeles Rams 41

The Rams won again last week, moving to 3-0 on the season. Meanwhile, the Bucs lost. The reigning NFC champs should beat up on the struggling Buccaneers.

Seattle Seahawks 27, Arizona Cardinals 24

The Seahawks got their first loss last week against the Saints. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are looking for their first win. The 0-2-1 unit from Arizona should be able to put up a fight at home, but the Seahawks will ultimately earn the win and improve to 3-1.

Jacksonville Jaguars 24, Denver Broncos 13

Gardner Minshew just keeps on rolling. Although he lost in Weeks 1 and 2, the second loss wasn’t his fault, it was his coach’s. The Jags got the win in Week 3 and should be able to defeat the winless Denver Broncos in Week 4.

Minnesota Vikings 24, Chicago Bears 10

This is an outcome nobody could’ve predicted a few weeks ago. But Dalvin Cook and this entire Vikings team has been playing great football, while the Bears are off to a somewhat slow start. While both are 2-1, the Vikings certainly have the advantage here.

Dallas Cowboys 24, New Orleans Saints 13

The Cowboys are going to advance to 4-0 and the Saints will fall to 2-2. Teddy Bridgewater looked surprisingly good against the Seahawks but that was likely just a fluke. Even if it wasn’t, he doesn’t stand much of a chance against the Cowboys.

Andersen is a teenage sportswriter and reporter whose articles have appeared across the Prime Time Sports Talk, Sports Illustrated Kids, FantasyPros, and SB Nation platforms. He has also received credit from RotoWorld, CBS Sports, ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, The Athletic, SB Nation, NBC Sports, NY Post, and dozens of other sports sites for his reporting work.

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