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Here are this week’s picks from Athlon Sports senior editor John Gworek:

Thursday's Game

Arizona at San Francisco

Other than a stunning rout of the Rams on opening night, the 49ers have been about as bad as expected. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are better than their 1–3 record.

Gworek's Pick: Arizona, 26–14

Sunday’s Games

New England at Cleveland

Tom Brady returns, but he could be rusty. And Cleveland has actually played New England tougher than expected over the last few seasons, winning in 2010 and losing by only one in 2013. And — oh, who are we kidding?

Gworek's Pick: New England, 30–13

Philadelphia at Detroit

It’s hard to believe that the Eagles are as good as their undefeated record, and Carson Wentz is bound to look like a rookie eventually. But it probably won’t be this week.

Gworek's Pick: Philadelphia, 23–17

Chicago at Indianapolis

Times are getting desperate for the Colts. Andrew Luck can’t do it alone, and management has not surrounded him with much. Still, asking the Bears and Brian Hoyer to beat No. 1 overall picks back-to-back is too much.

Gworek's Pick: Indianapolis, 27–20

Tennessee at Miami

The Titans haven’t scored more than 20 points in any game this season. Miami’s only win was over Cleveland — and the Dolphins needed overtime to get it. Go with the home team.

Gworek's Pick: Miami, 21–18

Washington at Baltimore

Washington has won two in a row to get back to even, forcing three turnovers in each of their wins. No team has given up fewer yards than the Ravens this season.

Gworek's Pick: Baltimore, 20–17

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Houston at Minnesota

The Vikings keep rolling along undefeated despite not scoring more than 25 points in any game and ranking 31st in total offense. That trend should continue against a Texans team that turns it over too much to beat a good team on the road.

Gworek's Pick: Minnesota, 20–10

N.Y. Jets at Pittsburgh

Comparing scores is a dangerous game; still, the Jets lost to Kansas City 24–3 one week before the Steelers beat those same Chiefs 43–14. Le’Veon Bell was as productive as ever in his return from suspension for Pittsburgh.

Gworek's Pick: Pittsburgh, 24–13

Atlanta at Denver

Atlanta has allowed at least 28 points in every game this season. Denver hasn’t allowed 28 points at home since November 2014. It won’t happen this week, either.

Gworek's Pick: Denver, 23–16

Cincinnati at Dallas

Eventually someone is going to shut down the Cowboys running game and force Dak Prescott to beat them with his arm. If this is the week, Dallas won’t be able to keep up with the Bengals’ passing game.

Gworek's Pick: Cincinnati, 27–21

Buffalo at Los Angeles

Both teams love to run the ball and win with defense. but the Rams aren’t getting it done on offense, as they are averaging just 3.0 yards per carry, 31st in the NFL. The Bills have been better, ranking fifth at 4.6 per carry.

Gworek's Pick: Buffalo, 20–13

San Diego at Oakland

The Chargers keep finding fun new ways to lose games. Neither team can stop anyone, so there ill be plenty of offense. But at least the Raiders take care of the ball.

Gworek's Pick: Oakland, 33–30

N.Y. Giants at Green Bay

The Packers had last week off to figure out what is wrong with their 29th-ranked offense. The Giants move the ball just fine (sixth in total offense), but you’re not going to win much at minus-8 in turnover differential through four games.

Gworek's Pick: Packers, 30–20

Monday’s Game

Tampa Bay at Carolina

Cam Newton has been knocked around this season, and the Panthers have turned it over nine times in the last three games. But Tampa Bay has turned it over even more (10 in the last three games) and has only two takeaways all season.

Gworek's Pick: Carolina, 24–14

Week 4 Record: 9–6

Overall Record: 33–30