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

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Week 7 NFL picks

Foreshadowing? Ray Lewis said this game is "going to be rough on Buffalo."

It’s the seventh week of the football season, and there’s still no reason to think the Bills can pull out a win.

The Bills have had two weeks to prepare for the trip to Baltimore, but it wouldn’t matter if they had 20. Ray Rice has the NFL’s worst run defense circled on his calendar.


Bills (+13) at Baltimore–Ravens

Pittsburgh at Miami (+3)–Steelers

Cincinnati (+3 1/2) at Atlanta–Bengals

Jacksonville (+4 1/2) at Kansas City–Chiefs

Philadelphia (+3) at Tennessee–Eagles

Washington (+3) at Chicago–Redskins

Cleveland (+13) at New Orleans–Saints

San Francisco at Carolina (+3)–49ers

St. Louis (+2 1/2) at Tampa Bay–Rams

Arizona (+5 1/2) at Seattle–Seahawks

New England (+3) at San Diego–Patriots

Oakland (+7) at Denver–Broncos

Minnesota (+3) at Green Bay–Vikings

Giants (+3) at Dallas–Giants


San Diego @ St. Louis (+8)–Rams. St. Louis 20-17. Win
Kansas City (+4 1/2) @ Houston–Chiefs. Houston 35-31. Win
Baltimore (+2 1/2) @ New England–Ravens. New England 23-20 OT. Loss
New Orleans @ Tampa Bay (+4)–Bucs. New Orleans 31-6. Loss
Atlanta (+3) @ Philadelphia–Falcons. Philadelphia 31-17. Loss
Detroit (+10) @ NYG–Lions. Giants 28-20. Win
Seattle (+6 1/2) @ Chicago–Seahawks. Seattle 23-20. Win
Miami (+3) @ Green Bay–Packers. Miami 23-20 OT. Loss
Cleveland (+13 1/2) @ Pittsburgh–Browns. Pittsburgh 28-10. Loss
Jets @ Denver (+3)–Jets (Best bet). NYJ 24-20. Win
Oakland (+6 1/2) @ San Francisco–Raiders. SF 17-9. Loss
Dallas (+1 1/2) @ Minnesota–Cowboys. Minnesota 24-21. Loss
Indianapolis @ Washington (+3)–Colts. Indi 27-24. Push
Tennessee @ Jacksonville (+3)–Titans. Tennessee 30-3. Win

6-7-1. By best week thus far, but still room for improvement.

Standings (best bets)
Sullivan: 48-37-4 (3-3)
Northrop: 42-43-4 (4-2)
McKissic: 41-44-4 (3-3)
DiCesare: 41-44-4 (2-4)
Wilson: 40-45-4 (3-3)
Gaughan: 39-46-4 (4-2)
It’s Always Game Seven 28-57-4 (3-2-1)

It’s going to be a dramatic comeback.