The 0-3 Steelers head across the pond this week to meet the 0-3 Vikings in a thrilling matchup of top teams the NFL is surely happy to be showcasing at Wembley Stadium.
You cannot underrate how poor each team has played so far. The Steelers are tied with the Giants for the worst turnover margin in the NFL (minus-9) and the Vikings lost at home last week to a winless Browns team that had just traded away its best player and started its backup quarterback.
The Steelers offense had least found some rhythm last week in a 40-23 home loss to the Bears, so I’ll take them to outlast the Vikings.
The Bills has played well at home this year but after E.J. Manuel’s iffy performance last week against Geno Smith, I didn’t feel comfortable taking them at only +3.5 against Baltimore.
Week 4 picks, based on lines printed in Thursday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Steelers -1.5 vs. Minnesota (London) – Pittsburgh
Baltimore -3.5 at Buffalo – Baltimore
Cincinnati -4.5 at Cleveland – Cincinnati
Indianapolis -8 at Jacksonville – Indianapolis
Seattle -3 at Houston – Seattle
Arizona +2.5 at Tampa – Arizona
Chicago +3 at Detroit – Chicago
N.Y. Giants +4.5 at Kansas City – Kansas City
N.Y. Jets +3.5 at Tennessee – Jets
Dallas -2 at San Diego – San Diego
Washington -3 at Oakland – Oakland
Philadelphia +10.5 at Denver – Denver
New England +2 at Atlanta – New England*
Miami +6.5 at New Orleans – Miami