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 14 NFL picks

The Bills have lost three straight against Cleveland and are averaging just 10 points per game in the losses. Forecasts are calling for a rain/snow mix, but hopefully this one turns out better than the previous snow game against the Browns.

Cleveland (+1) at Bills–Bills

Oakland (+4) at Jacksonville–Jags

Cincinnati (+8 1/2) at Pittsburgh–Bengals

New England at Chicago (+3)–Pats

Giants at Minnesota (+2)–Giants

Green Bay at Detroit (+6 1/2)–Packers

Atlanta at Carolina (+7)–Atlanta*

Tampa Bay at Washington (+2)–Tampa

St. Louis (+9) at New Orleans–Rams

Seattle (+4 1/2) at San Francisco–Seattle. Beast Mode.

Miami (+5 1/2) at Jets–Jets

Denver at Arizona (+5 1/2)–Denver

Kansas City (+7) at San Diego–SD

Philadelphia at Dallas (+3 1/2)–Dallas

Baltimore at Houston (+3)–Baltimore

Northrop: 103-77-5 (9-4)
Sullivan: 100-80-5 (9-4)
DiCesare: 93-87-5 (8-5)
Gaughan: 87-93-5 (8-5)
Wilson: 86-94-5 (9-4)
McKissic: 85-95-5 (5-8)
Game Seven 77-103-5 (9-3-1)
It’s going to be a dramatic comeback.

Last week

Bills (+6) at Minnesota–Bills
Peterson 38-14. Loss
Cleveland (+4 1/2) at Miami–Cleveland
Cleveland 13-10. Win
Jacksonville at Tennessee (+2)–Jacksonville
Jags 17-6. Win
Denver (+8 1/2) at Kansas City–Denver
KC 10-6. Win
Washington (+7) at Giants–Washington
Giants 31-7. Loss
Chicago at Detroit (+3 1/2)–Bears*
Chicago 24-20. Win
San Francisco (+9 1/2) at Green Bay–49ers
Packers 34-16. Loss
New Orleans at Cincinnati (+6 1/2)–Saints
Saints 34-30. Loss
Atlanta at Tampa Bay (+3)–Falcons
Atlanta 28-24. Win
Oakland (+13) at San Diego–San Diego
Oakland 28-13. Loss
Carolina (+6) at Seattle–Seahawks. Beast Mode.
Seattle 31-14. Win
Dallas (+5 1/2) at Indianapolis–Indi. Peyton doesn’t lose twice in a row.
I lied again. Dallas 38-35 (OT). Loss
St. Louis at Arizona (+3)–Rams
Rams 19-6. Win
Pittsburgh (+3) at Baltimore–Steelers
Steelers 13-10. Win
Jets (+3 1/2) at New England–Jets
Pats 45-3. Loss