Clichés can be tiring quickly, no matter how true they may become.
After the week three slate for the NFL, it appeared there were not too many other "analysts" out there in media-land who fared much better than Chris and I. Thus, some weekly television shows subjected its viewers to hear about how tough it is to predict this league, where parity supposedly reigns.
Chris and I will again set off this week to prove them wrong as our contest continues. I won for the second week in a row last time, but only managed an 8-8 performance. Chris had the first over .500 week in going 5-11. Overall for the season, I hold a six-game lead, 29-19 to 23-25.
As always, we pick games straight up, and not for gambling purposes.
Onto our week four picks:
San Francisco at St. Louis
Chris: 49ers – Can begin to call it a season for San Francisco if they lose this one, or at minimum really start to worry.
Steven: 49ers – You know who had the best record in NFC West games last season? St. Louis. Won't happen again this year.
Baltimore at Buffalo
Chris: Bills – Buffalo is a huge improvement and formidable for anyone.
Steven: Ravens – Baltimore's offense is better than what it has shown.
Cincinnati at Cleveland
Chris: Bengals – I usually prefer a Cleveland win in this game, but it's not happening this season.
Steven: Bengals – Cincinnati appears to have the same kind of magic this season that could let its fans down later.
Chicago at Detroit
Chris: Bears – Chicago is just plain good this year.
Steven: Bears – I concur, but this won't be an easy game. Nothing comes that way in the NFC North.
Seattle at Houston
Chris: Seahawks – Another tough team, wondering if not as good as last year, but good none-the-less.
Steven: Texans – High quality opponents haven't been the best matchups for Houston, but this is as good of week as any to put it together.
Indianapolis at Jacksonville
Chris: Colts – Jacksonville is clearly the best shot at 0-16 immortality.
Steven: Colts – Don't get blinded by the helmets.
New York Giants at Kansas City
Chris: Chiefs – They're facing a 3-0 team, but Tom Coughlin has be walking the line this year. Could happen midseason if they can't find it.
Steven: Chiefs – One team hasn't turn the ball over, and the other cannot stop giving the ball away.
Pittsburgh at Minnesota
Chris: Vikings – Changed my mind several times on this game, but I feel like more comfortable in the home team.
Steven: Steelers – Pittsburgh still doesn't allow big runs, and Minnesota won't get going unless it can get Adrian Peterson up.
Arizona at Tampa Bay
Chris: Cardinals – The Josh Freeman saga is getting to be too much, too quickly.
Steven: Cardinals – Tampa Bay's offense has just given off that, 'Yikes!' vibe.
New York Jets at Tennessee
Chris: Jets – Who remember Mark Sanchez anymore?
Steven: Titans – Jake Locker is going to make opposing fans and teams not forget about him fairly soon.
Philadelphia at Denver
Chris: Broncos – I can repeat myself every week. How could he not do it again this week?
Steven: Broncos – Peyton Manning against the Philadelphia defense? Break out the calculators.
Washington at Oakland
Chris: Redskins – RGIII will find it, and being a better second half team, plays well against Oakland.
Steven: Raiders – It's a far cry to expect Terrelle Pryor on a short week to be ready to go, but Washington's defense is just too awful.
Dallas at San Diego
Chris: Cowboys – They're a contender, and could be overlooked because of past inconsistencies.
Steven: Chargers – What won't be overlooked? Dallas most likely going back to passing the ball, and losing again from it.
New England at Atlanta
Chris: Patriots – Really inconsistent in its own right this year, but it's still New England.
Steven: Falcons – This feels like a quirky game, where things just go wrong for New England, much to Atlanta's delight.
Miami at New Orleans
Chris: Dolphins – Call it my upset of the week, despite being undefeated.
Steven: Saints – New Orleans' defense may be the NFL's most improved unit this season. Jimmy Graham is becoming an unstoppable machine on the other side of the ball.
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