“Pick ‘Em or Kick ‘Em”™: FGT VS. Urban Sports Scene 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.
And if you’ve been following us, you know that we here at Football Garbage Time have gone head to head against Wally, Will and Ray at Urban Sports Scene on our NFL Picks for the last 4 seasons. Why? Because they’re awesome competitors, they KNOW their sports, and, heck, they’re just good guys! This year we’ll have their picks up right HERE, so keep it tuned in, to both us and them, because we’ll be picking all season all long.
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 64.7% record for the season, so that’s five years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. Plus, I had a 88.2% record on Locks of the Week and a 64.7% record on Upsets of the Week. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on stopping now!
We had a solid Week 3 going 10-5 (taking out the Eagles v. Bengals tie), leaving us at 34-14 for the season (72.3%), which is pretty darn good. But I’ve got plenty of work to do, so let’s get to that Lock (for Survivor Leagues) and Upset for Week 4…
Lock of the Week ➡ Baltimore Ravens (-13.0) over Washington Football Team
The Baltimore Ravens were completely embarrassed by the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football, and I don’t think that makes the Ravens a bad team, just one that couldn’t keep their nerves in check in an important primetime game. So I feel bad for the Washington Football Team, as they unluckily are on tap against a Ravens team looking to take out their frustrations in Week 4. And unfortunately for Washington, their pass rush is going to be short handed as Matt Ionannidis and rookie phenom Chase Young are both out in Week 4. This is clearly a smash spot for Lamar Jackson and company. Sometimes it’s best not to overthink it. Just lock em’ in.
Upset of the Week ➡ Chicago Bears (+2.5) over Indianapolis Colts
No matter what, the Bears just keep finding ways to win, and usually right down to the end of the 4th quarter. The heart attack Bears have a new face under center in former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles after he put on a show with 3 straight TDs for a comeback victory against the Falcons in Week 3. The Colts are 2-1, but their two wins are against the downward trending Vikings and the rock bottom Jets. And their loss was to a Jacksonville Jaguars team that was totally annihilated by the then-winless Dolphins on Thursday Night Football. It seems odd to me that this game isn’t at least a pick em’, and like the Bears to upset the Colts with Foles running the show.
Joanne Kong’s Picks
Survivor Pick: Baltimore Ravens
Scott King’s Picks
Grinding away. First game impacted by Covid, hopefully it’s not a theme.
Ryan Whitfield’s Picks
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Check out Wole’s thoughts on his picks at around the 57 minute mark of the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
UPDATE – In light of Cam Newton, Wole is changing his pick to the Kansas City Chiefs.
— Wole USS (@UrbanSportScene) September 30, 2020
Check out Ray’s thoughts on his picks at around the 57 minute mark of the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
Check out Will’s thoughts on his picks at around the 57 minute mark of the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
Some near misses (thanks a lot Cincinnati, Atlanta and Houston) kept me from an outstanding week but I am still hanging around near the top.
New England at Kansas City is clearly the game of the week but for as well as the Pats defense is playing it’s hard to see any way they can contain Patrick Mahomes’ utter brilliance. So what the Pats must do is ride the legs of Cam Newton, Rex Burkhead and any other running threat to hold on the ball and keep that offense on the sideline.
They will be valiant, but the Chiefs will win.
Survivor: Nothing fancy this week, take the Ravens to bounce back by throttling Washington.
Upsets: Two small ones this week. Las Vegas were fairly competitive early in New England before they unraveled with turnovers. They get back to running the football at home and end the Bills fortunate unbeaten run.
Jacksonville is back in the role that best suits them, being an underdog. And they get a Bengals team that contrived to tie a game they surely should’ve won. So Cincinnati played a full game + a full overtime while the Jags with 3 extra days off. That plus a secondary that will allow Gardner Minshew to bounce back from a terrible effort against Miami gives me confidence in the Jaguars.
Others: Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee are a battle of 2 unbeaten teams but COVID issues could radically affect the Titans preparation. Take the Steelers.
Arizona’s game at Carolina looks tricky but I can’t see Kyler Murray playing that bad 2 weeks in a row.
Houston vs. Minnesota is a battle of the winless. Texans have been 0-3 before and turned a season around. They start do it here against the struggling Kirk Cousins and the collapsing Vikings.
Week 3 Results
Check back next week for our Week 4 results and Week 5 picks!