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

Thursday’s Game

Indianapolis at Houston

As if Thursday night games aren’t sloppy enough, these two teams have combined to turn the ball over 20 times in four weeks.

Gworek's Pick: Colts, 19-17.

Sunday’s Games

Chicago at Kansas City

After a 1–3 start, the Bears hit the road for five of their next seven. The Chiefs need someone other than their kicker to score this week.

Gworek's Pick: Kansas City, 26–14.

Seattle at Cincinnati

The Bengals are averaging 30 points per game. Seattle’s defense has allowed three points in the last two games. Something has to give.

Gworek's Pick: Seattle, 20–16.

Washington at Atlanta

The Redskins are minus-4 in turnover differential. The Falcons are plus-6 and haven’t given the ball away since the season opener.

Gworek's Pick: Atlanta, 27–20.

Jacksonville at Tampa Bay

The three NFL teams in Florida are a combined 3–9 so far. Miami is off this week, but somebody has to win this one … right?

Gworek's Pick: Jacksonville, 16–14.

New Orleans at Philadelphia

The Saints saved their season with the OT win against Dallas last week. The winner of this one stays in the Wild Card race, the loser digs a big hole.

Gworek's Pick: New Orleans, 21–17.

Cleveland at Baltimore

For all the attention the Browns quarterback situation gets, the league’s worst defense is a bigger problem.

Gworek's Pick: Baltimore, 30–20.

St. Louis at Green Bay

The Packers are rolling but should beware: The Rams have played their best against the best, having beaten the Seahawks and Cardinals.

Gworek's Pick: Green Bay, 23–17.

Buffalo at Tennessee

Tennessee ranks in the top 10 in both offense and defense, but odds are Marcus Mariota will see some crazy things from Rex Ryan this week.

Gworek's Pick: Buffalo, 24–14.

Arizona at Detroit

The Lions can’t catch a break and now get the 3–1 Cardinals on a short week. Arizona plays three of its next four in the Eastern Time zone.

Gworek's Pick: Cardinals, 21–13.

New England at Dallas

The defense has let the Cowboys down since Tony Romo got hurt. It’s unlikely to get better against the rested Patriots this week.

Gworek's Pick: New England, 34–21.

Denver at Oakland

The Raiders were on the verge of a 3–1 start before blowing three separate leads in Chicago. The Broncos are doing it with defense.

Gworek's Pick: Denver, 27-10.

San Francisco at N.Y. Giants

About the only thing the 49ers have done well is run the ball. The Giants lead the NFL in rushing defense.

Gworek's Pick: N.Y. Giants, 20-14.

Monday’s Game

Pittsburgh at San Diego

The Steelers can blame Josh Scobee for the loss to Baltimore, but the offense has gone nowhere since Ben Roethlisberger went down.

Gworek's Pick: San Diego, 23-17.

Week 4 Record: 10–5

Overall Record: 41–22