2018 Week 4 NFL Picks
By the Football Garbage Time StaffIf you followed last year, you won over 60% of your picks, and we aim to do even better this year.
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Without further to do, here we go:
Week 4 Games
Ha Kung Wong’s Picks
Ha Kung’s Thoughts:
Last year I ended up with a 62% record for the season, so that’s three years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. I made a bunch of ground in a topsy turvy Week 3 pushing me up to 28-18 (60.9%). And I’m not done yet. I’ll get you up there to 62%+ in no time.
So far this season I’m 2 for 3 on Locks of the Week (darn you, Vikings) and 2 for 3 for Upsets of the Week. Let’s see what I can do for you for Week 4…
Lock of the Week => Los Angeles Chargers (-11.5) over San Francisco 49ers
Poor 49ers. First they lose newly acquired RB Jerick McKinnon to an ACL tear, then they lose they’re new franchise QB Jimmy G to an ACL tear. The defense was already a liability, but now with C.J. Beathard at the helm, the offense can’t make up for it. The Chargers aren’t dominating, and Rivers does tend to force the ball at times, but I don’t see how they don’t end up taking care of the now lowly 49ers. And unlike the last three week, I’m off the “pick against the Bills” strategy seeing how they performed in Week 3 and how injured Aaron Rodgers appears to be.
Upset of the Week => Cleveland Browns (+2.5) over Oakland Raiders
The Browns look like a new team with Baker Mayfield under center. He was decisive, had a quick release and just looked remarkably comfortable for a rookie. Ryan Whitfield, Matt Liepold and I discussed him at length in the latest podcast and we were impressed. The comeback win against the Jets was impressive and having a full 10 days to prepare as the starter is only going to make him better. The Raiders, on the other hand, are a mess. They’re 0-3, are way too conservative on offense and have a complete disaster on defense without Khalil Mack, being the only team with fewer than 20 QB pressures this year. In fact, according to ESPN, Mack has 15 pressures this season, the exact same number as the entire Raiders team. I don’t see the Raiders getting much better in Week 4, and the Browns now have momentum, so I think they win another one.
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Scott King’s Picks
Still hovering around .500 each week isn’t going to cut it. Just when we thought we knew what was happening in the league, the Jags lose at home to the Titans. This week, I’m playing it safe but I am calling for the Broncos to beat the Chiefs at home Monday night. Pat isn’t going to dominate all season and the altitude in Denver is an issue.
This will be the best defense Mahomes has faced and it’s on the road. I expect him to struggle. The Chief’s defense isn’t good enough to hold it down for Mahomes.
Vikings / Falcons / Bears / Lions / Packers / Eagles / Colt / Patriots / Jaguars / Browns / Seahawks / Giants / Chargers / Steelers / Chiefs
Best thing that could happen to the Vikings was a Thursday night game. I expect a huge bounce back from Minnesota and upset of the Rams thanks to a defense that will be by far the toughest the Rams have faced this year.
Huge pressure on the Patriots this week at home to the Dolphins but I think they win a close one. So that leaves one unbeaten team for me a the close of business this week. The Chiefs will survive thanks to Pat Mahomes legs. Think he will find away to escape the clutches of Von Miller and that Broncos front enough to pull out a win at Mile High.
The other big story this week will be that no one will be left winless. Houston will win in Indianapolis by forcing Andrew Luck into turnovers. Arizona will ride David Johnson to a win over the Seahawks. Oakland will win a shootout with Baker Mayfield and finally hang on to a lead in the fourth quarter.
Week 3 Results
Check back next week for our Week 4 results and Week 5 picks!