NFL Week 4 picks 2013

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

Last week:
Buffalo +2 at NY Jets — Buffalo
Jets 27-20. Loss.
Chicago -2.5 at Pittsburgh — Chicago
Bears 40-23. Win.
Cleveland +5.5 at Minnesota — Minnesota
Browns 31-27. Loss.
Tampa Bay +7.5 at New England — Tampa
Patriots 23-3. Loss.
Houston -2.5 at Baltimore — Baltimore
Ravens 30-9. Win.
St. Louis +4 at Dallas — Dallas
Cowboys 31-7. Win.
Arizona +7.5 at New Orleans — Arizona
Saints 31-7. Loss.
Detroit +2 at Washington — Detroit
Lions 27-20. Win.
Green Bay -2.5 at Cincinnati — Cincinnati
Bengals 34-30. Win.
NY Giants +1 at Carolina — NY Giants
Panthers 38-0. Loss.
Atlanta +2 at Miami — Atlanta*
Dolphins 27-23. Loss.
Indianapolis +10.5 at San Francisco — Indianapolis
Colts 27-7. Win.
Jacksonville +19.5 at Seattle — Jacksonville
Seahawks 45-17. Loss.
Oakland +15 at Denver — Oakland
Broncos 37-21. Loss
Last: 6-8, 0-1
Total: 15-27-2, 0-3
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