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 12 NFL picks

Chippewa strip goers, beware of this man.

Pittsburgh comes to the Ralph this weekend, but it won’t be much of a home game for the Bills. The game miraculously sold out, which is most likely due to Steeler fans coming up to Buffalo. One of my teammates put it best: He’d bet the house except he never bets against the Bills.

Pittsburgh at Bills (+6 1/2)–Pittsburgh

Tennessee (+6 1/2) at Houston–Houston

Green Bay (+2) at Atlanta–Green Bay

Minnesota (+1) at Washington–Washington*

Jacksonville (+7) at N.Y. Giants–Giants

Carolina (+10) at Cleveland–Cleveland. I want anyone +10 against the Browns, but I’m intrigued by Jake Delhomme against his old team.

Kansas City at Seattle (+1 1/2)–Chiefs

Miami (+3) at Oakland–Oakland

St. Louis (+4) at Denver–Rams

Philadelphia at Chicago (+3 1/2)–Eagles

Tampa Bay (+7 1/2) at Baltimore–Bucs

San Diego (+3) at Indianapolis–Peyton Manning doesn’t lose at night.

San Francisco at Arizona (+1)–49ers

Feel like I picked too many favorites, but changing picks is like picking children. Okay not quite, but I couldn’t find any I would change.

On a related note, the Bills promoted Naaman Roosevelt this week. Projected stat line: 3 offensive plays, 1 catch, 4 yards, all garbage time. Might get in on kickoff too.

Northrop: 85-67-5 (7-4)
DiCesare: 82-70-5 (7-4)
Sullivan: 82-70-5 (7-4)
McKissic: 77-75-5 (4-7)
Gaughan: 71-81-5 (8-3)
Wilson: 71-81-5 (8-3)
Game Seven 64-88-5 (8-2-1)

Last week:

Bills (+5 1/2) at Cincinnati–Bengals
Bills 49-31. We won! But Loss
Oakland (+7) at Pittsburgh–Raiders
Pittsburgh 35-3. Loss
Houston (+7) at Jets–Texans
Jets 30-27. Win
Baltimore at Carolina (+10)–Ravens
Ravens 37-13. Win
Washington (+7) at Tennessee–Titans
Washington 19-16 (OT). Loss
Detroit (+6 1/2) at Dallas–Lions
Dallas 35-19. Loss
Green Bay at Minnesota (+3)–Packers
GB 31-3. Win
Cleveland (+1 1/2) at Jacksonville–Browns
Jacksonville 24-20. Loss
Arizona (+8) at Kansas City–Cards
KC 31-13. Loss
Seattle (+11 1/2) at New Orleans–Seahawks
Saints 34-19. Loss
Atlanta at St. Louis (+3)–Falcons*
ATL 34-17. Win
Tampa Bay (+3) at San Francisco–Tampa
Tampa 21-0. Win
Indianapolis (+3) at New England–Colts
Pats 31-28. Push. The news staff doesn’t have any ties, and upon further review, it seems this game was actually a win.
Giants (+3) at Philadelphia–Eagles
Eagles 27-17. Win
Denver (+10) at San Diego–Chargers
Chargers 35-14. Win