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NFL Picks Against the Spread: Week 4


A betting preview of every game (against the spread) on Sunday and Monday in Week 4.

Locks of the Week
Both of these teams have something to prove after shocking results last week.

Seahawks (-3) at Rams
Marshawn Lynch was in “Beast Mode” against the Rams last season, rushing for a combined 203 yards and two TDs in two wins — a 24–7 triumph at St. Louis in Week 11 and a 30–13 victory at home in Week 14. And if it comes down to the final play, you know Golden Tate has got this in the bag.

Bengals (-3) at Jaguars
This is a catfight between two second-year signal-callers, Andy Dalton and Blaine Gabbert. The Jags are probably still hung over after their upset of the Colts last week.

Patriots (-4.5) at Bills
Tom Brady carries an 18–2 mark against the Bills, although one of those two losses did come last season in a 34–31 Week 3 defeat in Buffalo.

Straight Up Upsets
These underdogs don’t look as good as Kate Upton’s Twitter pics, but they look good.

Giants (+1) at Eagles
The Big Blue Wrecking Crew should be able to take advantage of Michael Vick, who has already thrown six INTs and lost three of his five fumbles this season.

Redskins (+3) at Buccaneers
Ride the RG3 bandwagon until the wheels fall off, the rookie has 956 total yards, seven total TDs and just two turnovers through three games.

Backdoor Covers
These underdogs may or may not pull off the straight up upset, but they should keep it close enough to cash in.

Vikings (+4.5) at Lions
The Vikes are riding high after their upset of the 49ers, while the Lions are looking shaky after an epic overtime defeat against the Titans — in a game that Matthew Stafford left injured.

Saints (+8) at Packers
It’s do or die for New Orleans. Sure, Green Bay will be fired up. But the Pack will also be emotionally drained after the Golden Gate fiasco, the short week after Monday night and long flight from Seattle.

Sucker Bets
Stay away completely. These games are meant for local yokels who always bet on their home team, or for degenerates who always have to have action.

Chargers (-1) at Chiefs
Arrowhead ain’t easy. This is a coin toss contest, just like the line says.

Cowboys (-3.5) vs. Bears
Two quarterbacks — Tony Romo and Jay Cutler — with a reputation of stinking it up on national television; this one could go down to the final INT.

49ers (-4.5) at Jets
The Niners looked like an unstoppable juggernaut in Weeks 1 and 2 before choking out in Week 3. Now without Darrelle Revis, the Jets could be in trouble against San Fran.

Cardinals (-6) vs. Dolphins
The rising Phoenix has been on fire thus far this season.

Broncos (-7) vs. Raiders
Still not sure which Peyton Manning will show up. Once the most reliable player around, No. 18 is a wild card until further notice.

Falcons (-7.5) vs. Panthers
A division showdown in Cam Newton’s hometown — where he lost 31–17 in Week 6 last season.

Texans (-12) vs. Titans
The old Houston Oilers return to face the new Houston Texans. It will be tough for CJ1YPC to have a breakout game against the Texans defense.