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NFL picks, predictions for Week 4: Browns upset Cowboys; Packers, Bears stay unbeaten

Bill Bender

Week 4 of the NFL season features a little bit of everything.  

There are two matchups between winless teams, including a Thursday Night Football gem between the Broncos and Jets. The more surprising winless matchup is Sunday between the Vikings and Texans, a matchup that will put the losing coach on the hot seat.  

There are great matchups too. Tennessee and Pittsburgh meet in a battle of 3-0 teams in the AFC in the 1 p.m. slot, and that comes before New England travels to Kansas City. When dealing with spreads, the Ravens are a 14.5-favorite against Washington, and the Rams are a 13.5-point favorite against the Giants.  

Who will join the 4-0 club in the NFL? With that as the mind, below are our picks and predictions for Week 4 of the NFL season. As always, our point spreads are courtesy of Sports Insider

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NFL picks, predictions for Week 4

  • Denver Broncos (-2 1/2) at New York Jets 

Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network 

It’s a dynamite matchup between two of the three worst offenses in the NFL through three weeks. If the Broncos can protect Jeff Driskel or Brett Rypien, then Melvin Gordon and Jerry Jeudy should make a few big plays. The Adam Gase hot seat watch continues.  

Pick: Broncos 21, Jets 18 

  • Baltimore Ravens (-14) at Washington  
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Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS 

It’s a short week for Baltimore heading into this Beltway Battle. Washington has won the last two meetings, and none of the six previous matchups have been decided by more than 14 points. That said, Lamar Jackson presents too many problems, especially if Chase Young (groin) is out.  

Pick: Ravens 33, Redskins 20  

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  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals (-3)  

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS 

Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow has given the franchise hope, but he’s also taken 14 sacks in the first three games. Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew has taken 10 sacks. This game might be more fun in a few years when the Jaguars have Trevor Lawrence at quarterback (if they can get him). Cincinnati gets Burrow in the win column here.   

Pick: Bengals 23, Jaguars 20 

  • Seattle Seahawks (-6.5) at Miami Dolphins  

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX 

Russell Wilson is playing at a MVP level, and that will need to continue if the Seahawks shuffle their rushing attack without Chris Carson (knee). Tua watch continues in Miami, but Ryan Fitzpatrick has managed to hold that by not throwing a pick in his last two starts. The Seahawks should cover on the road and improve to 4-0.  

Pick: Seahawks 30, Dolphins 20  

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  • Los Angeles Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7.5)   
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Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS 

A battle of two teams Tom Brady was deciding between in the offseason, and the veteran quarterback is coming off his sharpest performance of the season. Chargers rookie Justin Herbert struggled in his second start, and the Buccaneers have a surprising top-five defense through three games.  

Pick: Buccaneers 30, Chargers 21  

  • Arizona Cardinals (-4) at Carolina Panthers  

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS 

Kyler Murray three interceptions in Week 3, and the Panthers have a better turnover margin than Detroit. The Panthers return home after two weeks on the road, but without Christian McCaffrey it might be tougher for Teddy Bridgewater to match big plays with Murray in a tight contest.  

Pick: Cardinals 27, Panthers 24  

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  • New Orleans Saints (-3.5) at Detroit Lions  

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS 

This is a must-win game for a pair of 1-2 teams, and the Lions have won three of the last four meetings. Both defenses are giving up more than 30 points per game, and that means Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford should be able to turn this into a thriller. Take the over.  

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Pick: Saints 34, Lions 31  

  • Houston Texans (-4) at Minnesota Vikings  

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX 

A pair of preseason playoff contenders are trying to hold off a 0-4 start. Houston wasn’t given any breaks by the schedule makers, but the Vikings have not inspired much confidence against AFC South teams the last two weeks. How much heat will Mike Zimmer and Kirk Cousins feel after another loss?  

Pick: Texans 28, Vikings 24 

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  • Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys (-4.5)  

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX 

Cleveland has taken care of business in two games since an embarrassing Week 1 loss, and that Nick Chubb-Kareem Hunt tandem should work against Dallas’ run defense. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will keep the Cowboys going, but Baker Mayfield and Myles Garrett — both Texas natives — will match those big plays in a turning-point game for both teams.  

Pick: Browns 34, Cowboys 31  

  • Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans (NL)  

NOTE: The Steelers-Titans game has been postponed to a later date due to positive COVID-19 tests.

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS 

For those who love hard-nosed, throw-back AFC football, this is the game for you. Pittsburgh must keep Derrick Henry under wraps, but the Titans have to hold a furious Steelers’ pass rush that leads the NFL with 15 sacks. Pittsburgh joins the 4-0 club.  

Pick: Steelers 24, Titans 21  

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  • Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) at Chicago Bears  

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS 

The Colts have the league’s top defense, and Philip Rivers has settled in at quarterback. Chicago turned to Nick Foles last week, and the knack for winning close games continues at home. Yep, the Bears become the most-surprising member of the 4-0 club.  

Pick: Bears 27, Colts 23  

  • New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams (-13)  

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX  

The Giants average just 12.7 points per game, and that’s not going to cut it against a Rams team that has re-established its offensive rhythm. New York allows 123 rushing yards per game, and that could lead to another big game for Los Angeles running back Darrell Henderson. The big plays are coming.  

Pick: Rams 35, Giants 17  

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  • Buffalo Bills (-2.5) at Las Vegas Raiders  

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS 

The Bills have an opportunity to get off to a 4-0 start against an improved Raiders’ team. Josh Allen has emerged as one of the league’s top quarterbacks, but this matchup will come down to which team can feed off the running game. That’s going to be tricky in a wild afternoon nail-biter.  

Pick: Raiders 28, Bills 26 

  • New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs (-7 

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS  

The Patriots are good with Cam Newton, but this is the second time in three weeks they can prove they will be a true Super Bowl contender. Patrick Mahomes is 1-2 in three career starts against the Pats, but the Chiefs average 31.3 points per game in those contests. It’s on New England to keep up this time, and they can’t quite do it this time. Kansas City is 4-0.  

Pick: Chiefs 35, Patriots 32  

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  • Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers (-6) 

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC 

Carson Wentz is under immense pressure here off the field, and the 49ers will provide more than enough on it. Despite injuries, the 49ers have recalibrated their offense. Nick Mullens will keep that rolling in the right direction at home, and it’s a chance to get the rushing attack going. The Eagles also have the league’s worst turnover ratio at –7.  

Pick: 49ers 31, Eagles 19  

  • Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers (-6.5 

Monday, 8:15 p.m., NBC 

It’s about state of mind for the Falcons after back-to-back fourth-quarter collapses against the Cowboys and Bears. The Packers are riding high, but Matt Ryan has a 100.2 career passer rating against Green Bay. The home team has won the last six games in this series. The over is a good play here, too. The Packers round out the 4-0 club heading into a bye week, but it won’t be easy. 

Pick: Packers 34, Falcons 28  

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