Heading into Week 4 of the year, we are starting to get a better idea of where teams stand. There are a few great matchups ahead this weekend amongst powerhouse teams so far. The key points to look for in each game will be highlighted below. Let’s take a look at what Week 4 of the 2021 NFL season has in store.
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Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are coming off a huge road victory and have started the season pleasantly well. This is a good spot for them to build on their start. Having a short week early in the season at home against a struggling team is favorable for them here. Zac Taylor deserves credit for his best work with the Bengals yet. Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase have had their special connection make a big impact. They have been fun to watch. The Bengals’ defense has done well. For the Jaguars, their start has been bad. Hopefully, Trevor Lawrence can limit the turnovers in this game and play better. Relying on James Robinson will be important in this one. In the end, the Bengals will win by a touchdown at the minimum.
Tennessee Titans at New York Jets
The Titans have put together two solid wins in a row and very well could make it three after this week. The Jets have struggled the last two weeks. The offensive line has been a major concern to this point. In two out of the three games played, they have ran for under 50 yards. This had led to some tough times for Zach Wilson. Expect Corey Davis to be hungry and play well in this game. The Jets stout defensive line against Derrick Henry should be a good battle. The Titans may be without Julio Jones and A.J. Brown in this game. Still, anticipate Ryan Tannehill having a solid outing. The Titans will win by at least 10.
Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles
Surprisingly, the Chiefs have lost their last two games and now a 1-3 start is possible. This is a great game for them to bounce back and get on track with that being said. The Eagles are on a short week going into this game and were brutal on Monday night. Their best hope in this game is their talented defensive line getting after Patrick Mahomes. Aside from that, the Chiefs will win this game by around 10.
Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys
This matchup is a very fascinating one and the best game in the early time slot. The Panthers are off to a great 3-0 start. Their young defense has been impressive early on and quarterback Sam Darnold is playing very well. Unfortunately, they will be without Christian McCaffrey for some time. The Panthers do have the skill talent to still be efficient offensively. They will need a big game from Robby Anderson as his start has been quiet. D.J. Moore and Terrace Marshall Jr. have produced well. The Cowboys are coming off a great win. Dak Prescott has been fantastic leading this team. Their defense has been much improved. In the end, the Cowboys end up winning by a score.
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints
After a big offseason, the Giants are off to a very disappointing 0-3 start. The Saints are coming off a solid bounce-back win. Defensively, the Saints are very talented. They should have a big impact on this game. This game is a tough one for the Giants to win. Most importantly in this game, Jameis Winston has to take good care of the football. If he does, the Saints will win by at least a touchdown.
Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings
This matchup is a fairly polarizing one. Both of these teams have played respectable football to this moment. Each quarterback has done great things. These teams are even across the board for the most part. What will be interesting to see is how the Vikings’ defense executes in this one. How they play will have a key impact on the final. Expect both offenses to play well led by Kirk Cousins and Baker Mayfield. This game will likely come down to the wire. The Browns will win a close one.
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
This game does not have the most exciting teams in it. The Bears are coming off an uninspiring loss and we do not know who their starting quarterback will be. The Lions lost a tough game at the end last week. They have played better football than anticipated. Jared Goff, D’Andre Swift, and T.J. Hockenson could all have big games. The Lions’ defensive front should be successful against the Bears’ horrible offensive line. The Lions will win by one score.
Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills
The Bills have put together two exceptional performances over the last two weeks. Expect them to win this one big as well. The Texans simply lack the talent to even keep this game competitive. Defensively, the Bills are arguably the best. Two key, underrated contributors for them who have been spectacular are Matt Milano and Taron Johnson. Expect another great game from Josh Allen and all the awesome skill talent around him. The Bills will win by at least two touchdowns.
Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins
Both of these teams have absolutely everything to play for in this one. The Colts had high expectations entering the season and have yet to win a game. The Dolphins have lost their last two. The health status of Carson Wentz will have a lot to do with the outcome of this one. This is a game the Colts’ capable defense has to put together a dominant performance. In the end, the Colts will win by one score.
Washington Football Team at Atlanta Falcons
Each team enters this battle at 1-2. To this point, the talented defense of Washington has been underwhelming. This is a great team for them to get it going against. The Falcons have not been very good at all. For Washington, it is realistic for them to have a good game offensively. Taylor Heinicke, Antonio Gibson, Terry McLaurin, and Logan Thomas should all have a sizable impact in this one. Washington will win by a touchdown.
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
This matchup is a very intriguing one that is vital for each team being in a competitive division. The Seahawks have lost two in a row and their defense is struggling. The 49ers are coming off a very tough loss. Expect Kyle Shanahan to have a great game plan and for the 49ers’ offense to score a lot of points. For the Seahawks, they will need the best they can get from Russell Wilson, Chris Carson, D.K. Metcalf, and Tyler Lockett to win. Fortunately, for them, the 49ers’ defense is hurting in the secondary. The Seahawks need this one more and win in a very close game.
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams
The best game of Week 4 between two 3-0 football teams in the same division. Matthew Stafford and Kyler Murray are two of the best quarterbacks in the game right now. There is a lot of skill talent on the outside in this one between DeAndre Hopkins, Cooper Kupp, and Rondale Moore. The difference in this one could be the Rams’ talented defense led by two great ones in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey. This game will be very close. The Rams will win by one score.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers
The Packers have played very good football the last two weeks. On the other hand, the Steelers have had two disappointing home losses. This is an unlikely spot for them to get a bounce-back win. They are battling injuries as well. For the Packers, Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams special connection is back. The Steelers will need a big game from Najee Harris to have a chance. The Packers will win by around 10.
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos
This matchup is a fascinating one. The Broncos have played some very impressive football and are 3-0. The Ravens have had two straight wins at the wire. Teddy Bridgewater has done a stellar job through the first three games. With some injuries to key wide receivers, Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler, expect Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams to have bigger roles moving forward. The Broncos’ defense is one of the best in the league. For the Ravens, they will need another big game out of Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews. Their defense could give up some points in this game. This will be a close one-score game that the Broncos win.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots
Tom Brady makes his return to New England to face his former team. Expect a big game from Brady and former Patriot, Rob Gronkowski. The Buccaneers have had a great start. They simply ran into a fantastic Rams team last week. The Patriots have not been impressive at all in the early going. It will be interesting to see how Bill Belichick prepares for Brady and Gronkowski after all his years coaching them. The Buccaneers will win by around 10.
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers
Week 4 ends with a great AFC West matchup. The Raiders have had a terrific 3-0 start and the Chargers are coming off an impressive win on the road against the Chiefs. Derek Carr and Justin Herbert have been two of the best quarterbacks in football through the first three weeks. They have gotten help from great skill players in Darren Waller, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Renfrow, and Henry Ruggs. Expect another spectacular defensive game plan from Brandon Staley. He will need big performances from Joey Bosa, Asante Samuel Jr., and Derwin James. Jon Gruden has done a masterful job so far. In the end, the Chargers will win a very close one at the end by about a field goal.
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