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Panthers vs. Lions – Football, Who will win, Live stream, Picks

Panthers vs. Lions: The 3-1 Detroit Lions play the 3-1 Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Ford Field in a battle of first-place teams. Their efficiency metrics have their success as basically even through the first quarter of the season, yet the game remains pivotal for positioning in the NFC.

Panthers vs. Lions

Here are the players to watch from both sides in this matchup, plus a prediction:

Panthers vs. Lions: Offensive player to watch: QB Matthew Stafford

It’s strange to see Matthew Stafford be as off as he has the past two games and to realize the Lions are six inches or a more logical rule from being 2-0. The Lions quarterback hasn’t thrown an interception in that span, though he’s tempted fate on a few different occasions. Instead, his timing has just been off and he’s had trouble locating receivers early in the down. His team managed to win a road game last week despite the fact that he couldn’t find the end zone.

Carolina’s cornerbacks are an average tandem and its safeties are banged-up with veteran ball-hawker Kurt Coleman set to miss this game. Tom Brady threw for 308 yards and two scores on this unit last week, though that’s Tom Brady. Stafford will have to be up to his normal standard with big-bodied rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay to miss this one with a hamstring injury.

Panthers vs. Lions: Defensive player to watch: LB Tahir Whitehead

The Lions will be without Paul Worrilow on Sunday, and they’re waiting to see if they’ll get first-round rookie Jarrad Davis back for the first time in three games. If he’s not out there, it places a huge responsibility onto the veteran of the group, Tahir Whitehead. He’s played about as well as could be expected since he reverted back to an outside linebacker role, and he’ll be challenged Sunday against a run-first Panthers team that thrives on sending power runners like Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart into the teeth of the defense.

Whitehead won’t have big-play tight end Greg Olsen to worry about in coverage, but he will have his hands full with the bevy of options the Panthers throw at linebackers every game.

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Panthers vs. Lions: Rookie to watch: LB Jarrad Davis

Will he play, or won’t he? It’s the question for a third straight week after Detroit’s first-round middle linebacker has been held out of the last two games, in which stud running backs were able to rip off second-level runs on the regular. Davis is out of the concussion protocol now but has continued to be limited with a neck injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday. His availability against the powerful and run-centric Panthers will decide a lot about how well Detroit can dictate the pace of this game.

Panthers vs. Lions: Opponent to fear: LB Luke Kuechly

The Panthers have had their own ups and downs on offense this season, but one element they bring to every game is their do-it-all linebacker. Luke Kuechly covers as much ground as any linebacker in the NFL, dropping from a read-first linebacker spot to a deep free safety role on the regular. He’s skilled at knifing through vacancies in an offensive line for tackles for loss, as the Lions offer on some of their outside zone runs; and he’s in general excellent at limiting plays to the sideline. Ameer Abdullah is coming off his best rushing game of the season against Minnesota, when he nearly broke the century mark on 4.7 yards per carry. His ability to make defenders miss in a little bit of space will be tested by one of the surest tacklers and best free-ranging linebackers in the NFL.

Panthers vs. Lions X-Factor: WR TJ Jones

With two top-10 defenses and two offenses ranked in the 20s in Football Outsiders’ efficiency metrics, this game could be more defensive than the typical Ford Field matchup tends to be. If it is, big plays on third down could become the difference. In Golladay’s absence, TJ Jones has offered a few of those. The past two weeks, Detroit’s No. 3 wide receiver has caught five of eight targets for 98 yards to go along with a two-point conversion catch. Carolina’s front seven is stacked enough to where someone in the receiving corps will be counted on to make a play, and the man replacing the 6-foot-4-inch receiver would make a big difference if he’s able to convert a few.

Panthers vs. Lions Picks: Panthers 23, Lions 21

This is the toughest Lions game yet to predict because, as I wrote this week, the teams have been identically good through the first four games. I expect both teams to crawl down the field and to see drives stall against good defenses, but I think in the end, the Panthers will find ways to expose the issues Detroit has at linebackers. From Cam Newton’s and Jonathan Stewart’s violent running to Christian McCaffrey’s tricky routes, that should provide enough boost in a tight game.


Cowboys vs Packers – Football, Game, Rivalry, Time, Live stream

Cowboys vs Packers: This Sunday, the Dak Prescott-led Dallas Cowboys will square off with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers for the third time in less than a year.

Cowboys vs Packers

The Cowboys surprisingly went into Lambeau Field and beat the Pack by two touchdowns last October, winning their fifth consecutive game in a streak that would eventually reach 11 before being snapped by the Giants. Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott dominated that contest, with the rookie quarterback completing 18 of 27 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns, and the league’s eventual leading rusher ripping off 157 yards on 28 carries.

The rematch once again saw Prescott and Elliott put up big numbers (24 of 38, 302 yards, three touchdowns and an interception; 22 carries for 125 yards), but the Dallas defense dug their star rookies a huge hole they had to dig out of at the start of the game, and then collapsed at the end of it after Prescott led the second of two game-tying drives in the final minutes. After holding the Packers to just 16 points in the first matchup, the Cowboys allowed Rodgers to hang 34 on them in the playoffs, and because they did, Green Bay advanced to the NFC title game.

Those 16 points they allowed in the first contest are a key number: only three times in Rodgers’ career has his team been held to fewer than 20 points by a Rod Marinelli-coached defense. The Packers are 1-2 in those games and 12-0 against Marinelli-coached squads otherwise.

Despite the fact that Marinelli has coached some incredible defenses over the years (particularly in Chicago), he has largely not been able to solve the Rodgers puzzle. In one game less than the equivalent of a full season against Marinelli defenses, Rodgers has thrown for 4,062 yards, 29 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, and has a 13-2 record. His teams have averaged 25.3 points per game against squads that cumulatively yielded an average of 19.8 per game to non-Rodgers opponents.

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Cowboys vs Packers: The thing that has defined these subpar performances against Rodgers has been a lack of pressure. Marinelli defenses have sacked, hit, or hurried Rodgers on 25 percent of his drop-backs during their 15 matchups, while he was pressured on 31 percent of his drop-backs in all other games. Rodgers, like every other quarterback in the NFL, throws better from a clean pocket than a muddied one, so not being able to get pressure on him is a big issue.

The Marinelli Cowboys have been especially bad at getting into Rodgers’ face, pressuring him on only 23.2 percent of his drop-backs in four matchups. Rodgers has beaten them in three out of four games and thrown nine touchdowns against only two picks.

The Cowboys will surely have to get more pressure on him this Sunday if they want to hold up defensively. Luckily for them, there may not be an edge player in the league playing better than DeMarcus Lawrence right now. Lawrence has a league-high 7.5 sacks in four games, and his 30 pressures are seven more than the next closest player. Lawrence is straight up dominating every right tackle that crosses his path, and Bryan Bulaga, who has been limited in practice this week with his high ankle sprain, should have his hands full all afternoon if he plays.

Cowboys vs Packers: The issue for the Cowboys, especially in their two losses, has been that nobody other than Lawrence has been able to consistently affect the quarterback. While Lawrence has 30 pressures, Maliek Collins is the next-closest player on the roster, with nine. Benson Mayowa and Tyrone Crawford have seven each, and nobody else has more than four. The return of David Irving should help the Cowboys add a dose of variety to their rush because, like Crawford, he is capable of beating players off the edge or on the interior, but they will also need players like Collins, Mayowa, Damontre Moore, first-round pick Taco Charlton, and Stephen Paea to chip in. Green Bay’s line has been banged up all year, and even if Bulaga and David Bakhtiari are on the field together or the first time this season, it’s difficult to imagine that line being in full rhythm right away, so there is an opportunity for this defensive front to get to the quarterback for once.

If they can’t (and the safe bet is usually on the Packers figuring out a way to keep Rodgers clean against Dallas), the crux of the matchup shifts to the back end. We don’t yet know whether or not Davante Adams will play, but whether it’s him or Allison playing opposite Jordy Nelson, Green Bay’s outside receivers seem likely to match up with second-year man Anthony Brown and rookie Jourdan Lewis. It’s hard to tell exactly how the Cowboys will line up on the outside because they haven’t had all of their corners healthy at the same time yet; Nolan Carroll and Chidobe Awuzie are expected to return from injury this week, and with Brown banged up, they may see more time as well.

Cowboys vs Packers: Brown has been targeted more than any other Dallas corner this season because he’s the only one that’s managed to remain healthy, but he also has not matched his level of play from the tail end of last season. Lewis looked lost in Week 2 against the Broncos, but he’s been out of his mind the last two weeks against the Cardinals and Rams. He looks like an absolute steal in the third round of the draft. Awuzie is a player the Cowboys want to move all over the formation, and he could see matchups with all of Green Bay’s wideouts.

The Cowboys have done a good job against Nelson over the last few matchups, but Green Bay has largely come away with victories anyway. They seem likely to tilt coverage toward him yet again, which could open things up underneath.

The battle in the slot will largely be waged between Randall Cobb and Orlando Scandrick, as it has been in the last several matchups between these teams, but rookie safety Xavier Woods has been bumping down inside as well. Woods is a ballhawk and a monster hitter, and will move all over the formation to guard Cobb, Martellus Bennett, and any other tight end that goes out on a route. The same goes for Awuzie if he plays, and third-year free safety Byron Jones as well.

The Packers receivers (except for Allison) have a massive experience edge over the Dallas defensive backs, but experience doesn’t always necessarily win out. The Dallas corners have the athleticism and instincts to stick to Nelson, Cobb, and Bennett for a while, but if the front seven can’t get pressure and/or if Rodgers escapes from the pocket, they could be in for a long day of having to chase receivers around for too much time, and those receivers will spring open. They know the scramble drill too well at this point.

Cowboys vs Packers: In the end, the matchup of the Dallas defense and the Green Bay offense will likely come down to Rodgers’ ability to freelance if and when the play breaks down. It almost always does. For the most part, he has been able to keep plays alive and beat the Cowboys (and other Rod Marinelli defenses) with both his arm and his legs. For Dallas to come away with a win, they’ll have to get pressure and keep contain at the same time, and they’ll also have to hope their young secondary is up to the task of locking horns with Rodgers’ dangerous weapons.

NFL Week 5: Bills vs Bengals, Football, Game, Time, TV info

Bills vs Bengals: The Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills will face off on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST. The Bills travel to Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon to take on the Bengals. Here are a few things you need to know.

Bills vs Bengals

Kickoff: 1 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati.

Network TV: CBS, channel 8 in Rochester, channel 4 in Buffalo. Tom McCarthy, play-by-play; Steve Beuerlein, analyst; Steve Tasker, sideline reporter.

Satellite radio: Sirius – 112 (Buffalo), 121 (Cincinnati); XM 384 (Buffalo), 228 (Cincinnati).

Bills radio: 96.5 WCMF-FM in Rochester, WGR 550-AM in Buffalo. John Murphy, play-by-play; Mark Kelso, analyst; Sal Capaccio, sideline reporter.

Bengals radio: WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530), WEBN-FM 92.7. Dan Hoard, play-by-play; Dave Lapham, analyst.

Spread: Buffalo + 3.0 points.

Bills vs Bengals

Series history: This will be the 31st regular-season meeting, and the Bills lead the series 16-14. For a stretch between 1989-2010, the Bills won 10 consecutive games against Cincinnati, their longest winning streak over one team ever, and also the longest losing streak for the Bengals against one team. Buffalo did lose three in a row when Andy Dalton arrived in Cincinnati, but Buffalo won the most recent game, 16-12 in 2016. Oddly, Buffalo is 4-1 in five games at Paul Brown Stadium.

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It’s part of the early slate of CBS games, which includes Tennessee Titans versus Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars versus Pittsburgh Steelers. Those are the games you’ll be seeing if you live in Ohio or Kentucky.

Bills vs Bengals: Most of Ohio will get the Bengals’ game, but if you’re unfortunately in an area without the game, you better plan on having Sunday Ticket or hitting a sports bar.

Bills vs Bengals: The late CBS games include the Baltimore Ravens facing the Oakland Raiders, or the Seattle Seahawks taking on the Los Angeles Rams.

As for the early slate of Fox games, most of the nation will witness the Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions face off. A good portion of the country will see the Philadelphia Eagles host the Arizona Cardinals.

Cowboys-Rams: football, game, live stream for NFL Week 4

Cowboys vs Rams: It was a much-needed victory for a Dallas Cowboys’ team coming off one of the worst outings in recent memory.

A slow start in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals turned into a heavyweight bout, with both sides landing haymakers before the Cowboys finally landed the 28-17 knock out in Glendale, AZ, marking the first time they’ve ever won a game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

And now they’re on to very talented Los Angeles Rams’ team.

As they begin to fire up practice at The Star in Frisco, TX, they’ll do so with injuries to key players in the forefront of the mind. Cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Nolan Carroll sat out versus the Cardinals with hamstring issues and a concussion, respectively, while linebacker Anthony Hitchens continues to rehabilitate his knee.

Cowboys vs Rams

And after their backyard brawl with Arizona, all eyes are now (also) on the hamstring of All-Pro LB Sean Lee and rookie CB Jourdan Lewis — players who will undoubtedly be needed against a Rams’ offense 35.7 points per game.

Cowboys vs Rams: The team didn’t hold an official practice on Wednesday due to their game being held on Monday night, but they did participate in a formal walk-through followed by the release of their first official injury report for Week 4.

The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys enter their Week 4 contest with matching records and a similar objective: show the flashes of success so far this season are actually a trend.

But a winning trend would mean different things for the two organizations as the 2017 campaign settles in for the long haul and Los Angeles visits Dallas.

The Rams lost 11 of their last 12 games a year ago, so their 2-1 start under first-year coach Sean McVay already feels like a move in the right direction.

Cowboys vs Rams: Another positive for Los Angeles has been the quarterback play of 2016 No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. He threw seven interceptions to just five touchdowns while starting the final seven games last season but is flipping the script the last three weeks as he enters Sunday’s game with 817 passing yards and five TDs to one interception.

Cowboys vs Rams

“Really pleased with Jared tonight,” McVay said after the Rams’ 41-39 victory over San Francisco on Thursday. “I thought he made great decisions with the football. I thought Jared managed the game extremely well, distributed to his playmakers, gave guys a chance down the field — you look at Sammy (Watkins) and Robert (Woods) coming away with over 100 (yards) apiece. And, really, those are the kinds of things we expect from him.”

Cowboys-Rams – However, Goff will face new challenges this week in Dallas. For starters, receivers Watkins and Tavon Austin are in the concussion protocol and their availability for Sunday is unknown.

And then there’s the Dallas defense, spearheaded by NFL sacks leader DeMarcus Lawrence. The Cowboys made life miserable for Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the season-opener in Dallas.

“They’re an excellent defense,” said McVay, who was the Redskins offensive coordinator the last three seasons. “(Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod) Marinelli has those guys playing really hard. Just being in that division the last couple of years, a lot of respect for them.”

One variable factor will be the availability of Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee, who suffered a hamstring injury versus Arizona on Monday night. Lee was listed as questionable on Wednesday.

While the Rams hope to keep breathing new life into the organization, Dallas is attempting to find the same rhythm it used to win 11 straight through the heart of the 2016 season.

The Broncos thumped the Cowboys in Week 2, but Dallas recovered from a slow start against the Cardinals and edged Arizona 28-17 on Monday.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the charge.

Dallas coach Jason Garrett said his team didn’t get rattled after the Cardinals controlled the early stages of the Monday night game.

“The big thing you have to do in that situation is just kind of stay locked in on what you need to do individually, what your job is on your play,” Garrett said. “If everybody does that, you’re going to start executing ball plays on both sides, and we were able to do that.”

The Cowboys are still sweating whether or not star running back Ezekiel Elliott will have to serve a six-game suspension this season, but Prescott’s play against the Cardinals gave Cowboys fans hope their team can stay on track either way.

Elliott will be available on Sunday and it could be a big show at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys offense clicked at times versus the Giants, Broncos and Cardinals, and each of those opponents appear to be stronger on defense than the Rams.

Los Angeles surrendered 421 yards of total offense against San Francisco. Even so, McVay looked at the glass as half full after the victory.

“The one thing that we were most proud of is that in crunch time, when you have to be your best, Troy Hill makes a huge play on the two-point to stop them,” McVay said. “Aaron (Donald) finishes off the game with a sack to close it out. They were their best when they had to be.”

Steelers vs Ravens: What to know about the Week 4, live stream

Steelers vs Ravens: The games between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Ravens are always special, but Sunday’s game will have a deeper meaning.

It gets us back to Terrell Suggs vs. Ben Roethlisberger and Jimmy Smith against Antonio Brown. It’s a chance to second-guess Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, and it allows us to discuss whether Le’Veon Bell is indeed the best running back in the NFL.

I just want to watch some football without theater.

Steelers vs Ravens

We know nothing Steelers vs Ravens. Week 3 was the prime example of why this picks column, formerly known back in the day as the Primer, is “for entertainment purposes only.”

Steelers vs Ravens: We took so many baths that we’ll be zestfully clean for rest of the 2017 NFL season. So let’s laugh, shake it off and get back on the donkey descending down into the depths. They also didn’t use to call his the fearless forecast for nothing.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were back to work, and back to football, hoping to put their Week 3 debacle behind them and turn their attention to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4. With it being Wednesday, it meant the team was back to practice, and their first injury report was released to the public.

For the Steelers, they had some good news, as well as some bad news. The good news was Stephon Tuitt (biceps), T.J. Watt (groin) and Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) were all back to full participation at practice. Barring a setback between now and Sunday, those three starters are set to be back in the lineup vs. Baltimore.

The Steelers had their starting safety tandem, Sean Davis and Mike Mitchell, both watching practice on Wednesday. It doesn’t mean the two won’t play Sunday, but they will have to get back on the practice field to do so. Despite the Ravens lackluster offense, I am not sure fans would be comfortable with J.J. Wilcox and Robert Golden as their starting safeties in a huge road AFC North game in Week 4.

Steelers vs Ravens

Steelers vs Ravens: Other than the safeties, Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell were given days off, while Martavis Bryant was sick and Ramon Foster sat out with the thumb injury which kept him off the field in Week 3.

But after the national anthem and coin flip Sunday, the NFL will return to business. One of the league’s best grudge matches will resume, a series in which 12 of the games played since 2008 have been decided by three points or fewer.

The assumption here is that most NFL teams will protest in some form possibly one more time before Sunday’s game and that will be the end. Some might not do anything.

It wasn’t easy to watch last week’s game. It was a rough one. It’s also never easy to go toe-to-toe with your biggest rival, but maybe – just maybe – this is the perfect equation for this team.

This is the NFL’s equivalent of a double negative. Putting a lot of stinky plays on European tape has given the Ravens a roadmap for fixing their most critical schematic issues, and having the Steelers come to town is giving us focus and a sense of urgency.

It’s like having a bad breakup when you’re 30 years old. Your body is starting to fall apart (me speaking about me) but at least you know exactly what you’re looking for (or at least what you’re not looking for).

Steelers vs Ravens: Big Ben has had lots of success in the NFL. He’s won two Super Bowls, and given us headaches in the past, but there’s a mean little stat that keeps getting brushed under the table: Big Ben has only won two times in Baltimore. Look it up. His career record as a starter at M&T Bank Stadium is 2-7. In fact, the most points a Ben Roethlisberger offense has ever scored in Baltimore was 20.

I know we’re a little down in the dumps, but we have work to do, and it starts by making M&T Bank Stadium a very, very familiar place for No. 7.

It’s been amusing to watch this week unfold. As of late Wednesday 40,000 people had reportedly signed an online petition that wanted the removal of the Ray Lewis statue at M&T Bank Stadium “because of his refusal to stand during the national anthem” while he was on the sideline with the team last weekend in London.

But the video showed Lewis on both knees praying, as he claimed. Some fans have suggested they plan to wear their jerseys inside out Sunday and others have said they plan to leave early to show their unhappiness.

Steelers vs Ravens, Another protest of a protest. Why not just stay home and cut the grass or rake some leaves? At least do something constructive with the time.

It’s sad in a sense because Baltimore is one of the NFL’s most storied cities, up there with Green Bay, Dallas, Chicago and Washington. The players really weren’t protesting the anthem; they were protesting Trump.

Dolphins vs Saints: Football, in Week 4, Live Stream

Dolphins vs Saints: The Miami Dolphins are two weeks into the new season, and not a whole lot has gone right. The offense has looked sluggish two weeks in a row. The pass defense has been nothing short of atrocious. The coaching staff hasn’t been able to make adjustments or light a fire under the players. About the only good thing you can say is that the rush defense has improved dramatically from last season.

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Dolphins vs Saints: Last week the Dolphins had what on paper should have been a relatively easy game. There are no easy wins in the NFL, and the Dolphins found that out the hard way against the New York Jets. Josh McCown channeled his inner Joe Montana for much of the game, lighting up the Dolphins defense to the tune of 249 yards, and one touchdown. Those numbers don’t tell the full story of just how well McCown played, though. With a 78 percent completion rate and 126.3 passer rating, McCown picked apart the Dolphins secondary on the way to a comfortable victory.

Dolphins vs Saints: In what looks like a perfect storm of poor circumstances for the Dolphins, they travel across the pond to square off against the New Orleans Saints in London, England. This is technically a home game for the Dolphins, but one can hardly call it a home game when you have to travel over 4,000 miles for it. If travel wasn’t bad enough, the Dolphins porous pass defense runs up against arguably the most prolific passer of this generation in Drew Brees.

Here are three bold predictions for Dolphins vs Saints Sunday’s game.

Dolphins vs Saints: In what looks like a perfect storm of poor circumstances for the Dolphins, they travel across the pond to square off against the New Orleans Saints in London, England. This is technically a home game for the Dolphins, but one can hardly call it a home game when you have to travel over 4,000 miles for it. If travel wasn’t bad enough, the Dolphins porous pass defense runs up against arguably the most prolific passer of this generation in Drew Brees.

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Here are three bold predictions for Dolphins vs Saints Sunday’s game.

Dolphins vs Saints: Only two games into the season, but the Dolphins defense has been somewhat a tale of Jekyll and Hyde. On one hand, the Dolphins rush defense has been much improved so far. Last season they were 30th in the league in rush defense. This season they’re an impressive fifth, giving up only 73.5 yards on the ground. They’re also sixth in the league in points allowed, giving up only 18.5 points per game. Why, then, all the talk about how bad the Dolphins defense is? The pass defense.

Dolphins vs Saints: The Dolphins pass defense has struggled mightily this season, nearly as much as the rush defense struggled last year. After two games, the Dolphins have allowed the fifth-most passing yards per game in the NFL at 278. They’ve only allowed two passing touchdowns, which is great, but that “bend but don’t break” mentality isn’t sustainable, especially in today’s pass-happy era of the NFL. Giving up chunk yards like that is just asking to get burned.

Raiders vs Broncos: Football, Matchups, Live Stream

Raiders vs Broncos: The Oakland Raiders first game against a division opponent is here, and it is sure to be an all-out battle. Whenever you play a rival there’s a little extra at stake, and while many of the players will tell you it’s just another game, this one is special for a few reasons.

With that being said, let’s break down three matchups I’ll be observing this Sunday.

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Raiders vs Broncos

Raiders vs Broncos: Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders throws in the first quarter of play against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 24, 2017 in Landover, Maryland.

As a fan, Week 3 felt like the official beginning of the 2017 NFL season as exciting games, controversial finishes and epic moments occurred in most every matchup. As a prognosticator, it was a week your bankroll may have taken a serious beating. Ten underdogs not only covered but won straight up, a week that likely paid off summer homes for the heads of Las Vegas’ top sportsbooks.

But the true fan of the betting game doesn’t cower in these moments. We play the percentages and hit back hard in a week where there is plenty of value to be found on the big board and multiple opportunities to make calculated strikes to bolster your winnings.

It’s a week where more than ever, you need solid advice finding those moments of clarity in the odds. Thankfully, we’ve got a friend that’s ready to help you rebound. Zack Jones of is assisting us in picking the best games to tackle in Week 4.

Raiders vs Broncos: Entering the Raiders final regular season game of 2016, it was expected to be a heated match, considering it was two division rivals clashing on the gridiron. What many didn’t expect however, was for tempers to flare between Crabtree and Talib.

For the unaware, Talib is notorious for his physical style of play, and it’s a big reason why he’s been successful at the pro level. Slated with covering No. 15, it didn’t take long for them to lock horns. With five minutes left in the first quarter, after a play was dead, Crabtree starting walking from the sideline to the huddle, but not before Talib grabbed the former Texas Tech Red Raider’s chain and forcefully ripped it off.

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The act sparked a spur of comments between the two following the game, and Crabtree didn’t mince words.

“You’re snatching chains in front of the police and take off running,” he continued. “That was childish, man.”

It’s early in the season, but expect Crabtree and Talib to play with a little added incentive this Sunday.

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Khalil Mack and Von Miller are two of – if not the best – defenders in the NFL. For a majority of their time in the league, the duo have been paired together, and compared in a variety of ways. Over the course of Miller’s six years in the league, not including this season, he’s totaled 73.5 sacks, 20 forced fumbles, two touchdowns, and 13 passes defensed.

While Mack hasn’t been in the league as long as Miller, No. 52 has earned the respect of his peers by overtaking a game, and coming up clutch in the waning moments of games. Obviously Mack and Miller won’t go head-to-head physically on the field, but watching them try to out-do one another will be a key component of the game.

Over his career, the reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year has feasted against the Broncos, totaling 20 tackles, and seven sacks in six games. The Raiders and the Broncos both sit at 2-1, and a win against a division rival goes a long way, so look for Mack and Miller to battle it out come Sunday.

One team is coming off an emotional last-second comeback, as Tom Brady engineered the 50th fourth-quarter comeback of his career against the Texans. Meanwhile, the Panthers are seemingly crawling toward a bye, trying to get healthy physically and record-wise after a confidence shaking loss to the Saints. Are they opportunities for Cam Newton to get back on track? Jones doesn’t see it.


NFL Week 4 – Falcons vs Bills live, Football, Game & Prediction

Falcons vs Bills: The Atlanta Falcons are one of only two unbeaten teams through the first three weeks of the season – and they’re in good position to extend that run as they host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon. The Falcons come into this one as one of the highest-scoring teams in the NFL, and have covered in back-to-back weeks after missing out by a point in their opener. The Bills are coming off an impressive home win over Denver and share the lead in the AFC East.

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Early Falcons vs Bills odds have the Falcons set as 8-point favourites.
Date: Sunday, October 1, 1 p.m. ET
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.
Point Spread and Betting Analysis for Falcons vs Bills

The Bills’ defense ranks sixth in yards allowed (278.3), ninth against the pass (203.0) and seventh against the run (75.3). The remodeled secondary has become a featured story with cornerbacks Tre White and E.J. Gaines and safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer each with an interception.

Atlanta is getting more than a touchdown against visiting Buffalo. Last year the Falcons were at least 7-point favourites three times, covering twice and coming oh-so-close in a six-point win over New Orleans to end the regular season. But the Bills have been on a roll after being written off to open the year; Buffalo has covered in each of its first three games after doing so just six times all of last season. Sports Interaction bettors are leaning 63 percent toward the Falcons.

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The trend is much stronger regarding the game total of 48.5, with a whopping 97 percent early NFL betting on Sports Interaction backing the over. The thought process here is a simple one: The Falcons have played a stunning 12 consecutive overs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with teams combining to average nearly 62 points (!) in those contests. The alternate total is a solid play here, with Sports Interaction offering +130 for over 52.5.

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Buffalo has looked good so far, but history will record that the Bills didn’t score a single first-quarter point in the month of September. In fact, a Graham Gano field goal represents the only first-quarter scoring in any of Buffalo’s three games to date. This flies in the face of Atlanta’s run of high-scoring home games, but you can get +255 if you wager on the first touchdown of the game coming in the second quarter.

Falcons vs Bills

As you might expect with a team this prolific, the Falcons have scored the first touchdown in each of their first three outings; Sports Interaction has +120 odds on an Atlanta TD being the first scoring play of the game. And with the Falcons having already posted four quarters with 10+ points compared to just one by the Bills, taking Atlanta at -213 to record the highest-scoring quarter in the game looks like another solid play.

“I think it’s a credit to Coach Frazier, to Coach McDermott, to (GM) Brandon Beane in bringing guys in here that they felt fit in well with what we we’re trying to do,’’ veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. “There’s a lot of credit to go around, so far, but there’s a lot of work and a lot more Sundays left. We’ve got quite a challenge in front of us coming this Sunday.’’

Falcons vs Bills prediction

Falcons 31, Bills 20

Panthers vs Patriots: Sunday Football, Game, Live Stream

Panthers vs Patriots: The New England Patriots closed out the first month of the season with a 2-1 record and begin the month of October at home when they host the Carolina Panthers this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots are an NFL-best 53-17 in the month of October since 2000. Last season, the Patriots finished with a 4-1 October record.

This Sunday’s game will be the Patriots’ second against an NFC team. In Week 2, the Patriots traveled to New Orleans and beat the Saints, 36-20. New England owns a 49-12 (.803) record vs. NFC teams since realignment in 2002, the best inter-conference record in the NFL during that time. Pittsburgh is second with a 41-20 record.

Panthers vs Patriots

QB Tom Brady has thrown for 825 yards and eight touchdowns in the last two games with 447 yards and three touchdowns at the Saints and 378 yards and five touchdowns vs. Houston.

The Panthers fell to 2-1 over the weekend in a 34-13 loss to NFC rival, the New Orleans Saints. There was a lot in question leading up to the game.

Panthers vs Patriots: How would Carolina’s secondary fare against a future Hall-of-Famer? Could the offense finally begin to click against the league’s worst ranked defense? Ultimately, Carolina didn’t respond well to either question. However, they’ll have a chance to re-answer those exact questions this week against the reigning Super Bowl champions.

The New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers will meet for the first time in the regular season since 2013 and for the first time at Gillette Stadium in a regular season game since the 2009 season. The 2009 matchup, a 20- 10 Patriots win, was Carolina’s only regular season game played between the two teams at Gillette Stadium.

Panthers vs Patriots: Patriots owner Robert Kraft was among many executives across the league to respond to Trump’s comments, saying he was “deeply disappointed” by his remarks. Quarterback Tom Brady also said he “disagrees” with what Trump said, supporting his teammates’ right to choose what to do during the anthem. Both Kraft and Brady stood during the anthem last Sunday, while Brady locked arms with Patriots receiver Phillip Dorsett.

Panthers vs Patriots

The decision of many players to kneel during the national anthem in Foxboro drew a wide range of reactions, some negative. Former Patriots tackle Matt Light said he felt “ashamed” to be a Patriot for the first time in his life. Fans appeared split on the issue of players protesting the anthem.

If the Patriots do end up standing as a collective group during the national anthem next Sunday, it will send the message of unity that the players were trying to send last weekend.

The teams last played in the regular season in 2013 in a competitive Monday Night Football contest on Nov. 18, 2013 when a Tom Brady pass to TE Rob Gronkowski fell incomplete on the last play of the game to give Carolina a 24-20 win at Bank of America.

Panthers vs Patriots: For the second week running, the Panthers’ offense will take on the league’s worst ranked defense. Last week the Saints’ defense ranked 32nd in the NFL, but after a poor performance from Cam Newton and Co., New Orleans moved up and New England slid down.

The Patriots’ defense has allowed 330 yards per game against the pass and eight touchdowns through the air – the highest totals in the NFL. The defense doesn’t fair much better against the run. New England has allowed 130 yards per game on average on the ground – seventh most in the NFL – and a whopping 5.1 yards per carry.

Panthers vs Patriots: “I think Bill said it best after the game. We’ve got a lot of work to do,” safety Devin McCourty said about the defense after Week 3. “It’s just a constant work in progress. We’ve got to keep after it.”

Monday Night Football – Chiefs vs Redskins, Game, Live Stream

Chiefs vs Redskins; The Kansas City Chiefs host the Washington Redskins in the final game of Week 4. The Chiefs are 3-0 and are at the top of many power rankings. They have a win at New England on their ledger and they are in the top 10 in the NFL in both scoring offense and scoring defense. They average 9.2 yards per pass attempt and 6.8 yards per rush. Do the Redskins stand a chance? Well, they weren’t supposed to have much of a shot against the Raiders and they came out of that one OK so we will see.

Chiefs vs Redskins

—Quarterback Alex Smith is rolling sevens. He has completed 77 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. His QB rating is an absurd 132.7. Smith has been sacked 12 times so there is a chink in the armor. The former first overall pick in the draft will not go all year with such a high passer rating and completion percentage. But he could do it one more game and that’s what matters to the Redskins.

—Rookie running back Kareem Hunt is starting off his NFL career on a roll. He has over 400 yards rushing in three games with an average of 8.5 yards per attempt. Hunt has 12 runs of 10 yards or longer and a touchdown run of longer than 50 years in each of the Chiefs’ three games. The Redskins will need to tackle as well as they did against the Raiders to keep Hunt under wraps. Like with Smith, he can’t keep it up all year (he’s on pace to run for 2,139 yards) but as far as the Redskins are concerned all that matters is him not getting it done next Monday.

—Defensively, the Chiefs do not appear to be that imposing. They are 23rd in passing defense and 18th in rushing. But they do a good job of getting off the field so they are a very respectable seventh in scoring defense.

—If the Redskins are going to upset another unbeaten AFC West team they probably are going to have to find a way to get the Chiefs to turn the ball over. Kansas City has lost only one fumble and, as noted, Smith has yet to throw an interception. It is doubtful that the Redskins will be able to get away with a multi-turnover game as they had in Weeks 1 and 3. The Redskins arguably have the best defense the Chiefs have faced this season and they should be able to move the ball against that defense. If they can hold onto the ball they should have a shot in this one.

The line has already seen plenty of movement. It opened at Chiefs -8, but has since dropped to -7. That means Vegas thinks the Chiefs win by a touchdown.

The over-under stands at 49.5, meaning Vegas thinks 49.5 total points will be scored. It’s unchanged from where it opened.

Before you make any bets on Chiefs vs Redskins, you’ll want to hear what Mike “Top Dog” Tierney has to say.

Chiefs vs Redskins

Tierney went a sizzling 22-9 on NFL over-unders last season. And he is an impressive 6-2 this season, including nailing unders on both “Sunday Night Football” and “Monday Night Football” last week. He has been money in prime time.

Chiefs vs Redskins success: He’s full of inside information. He has reported from seven Super Bowls and is a well-known national sportswriter. Anyone who has followed his picks has been well-rewarded.

Tierney knows the dynamic duo of Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill have turned the Chiefs into a threat to score on any snap from any spot on the field. The two have combined for four touchdowns of between 30 and 75 yards. And he knows the over is 4-1 in the Chiefs’ past five games.

The Chiefs are third in yards per game with almost 400, and the Redskins are eighth in the same category at 373.

Chiefs vs Redskins: But that doesn’t mean “Monday Night Football” definitely goes over. The Chiefs’ No. 28 defensive rating is misleading. Opponents have been forced to play catch-up and throw heavily. Tom Brady threw it 36 times, Carson Wentz had 46 attempts and Philip Rivers had 40 last week. More tellingly, the Chiefs’ yards-per-play yield is tied for 13th.

And the Redskins just held a Raiders team that scored 71 points in the first two weeks to only 10 on Sunday night last week.

Tierney is leaning on the Redskins to stay within the spread, but what about the over-under, which he has made his name picking?

Chiefs vs Redskins: He knows there’s a huge x-factor that ultimately determines whether Redskins-Chiefs on “Monday Night Football” goes over or under. And he’s sharing it over at SportsLine.