No Huddle: NFL week four predictions

By: Michael Mills, Staff Writer

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Week three of the NFL season delivered in a huge way. After fans groaned about the lack of competitiveness and scoring in the first two weeks, teams bounced back and provided intense performances. Week three had everything a football fan could ever want – eight games decided by one possession, a fourth quarter comeback by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, two fantastic touchdowns by New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and a 61-yard game-winning field goal by Philadelphia Eagles rookie kicker Jake Elliott.

Across the pond in London, the Baltimore Ravens got embarrassed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 44-7 loss. Fans might as well start calling them the London Jaguars because they’re much better off playing every game in Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars have won three straight games in London, scoring more than 30 points in each victory.

To the chagrin of Ravens fans, the Steelers also suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Chicago Bears. Bears running back Jordan Howard ran wild on the Steelers defense, racking up 138 rushing yards and two scores, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime.

Week four of the NFL is full of competitive divisional matchups. Here are some interesting, high stakes games to look out for.

After suffering disappointing losses, the Steelers and Ravens will meet up in Baltimore with first place in the AFC North on the line. When these teams meet up, it’s always a hard-nosed physical matchup. The defenses will play aggressive and both quarterbacks will take a beating, but I see the Ravens eking this one out.

Score: Ravens 17 Steelers 16

Another classic rivalry takes the stage on Thursday night, as the Bears and Packers meet up at Lambeau Field. Both teams are both coming off of victories against AFC North teams.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have won 12 out of their last 14 against the Bears. Look for that trend to continue on Thursday night.

Score: Packers 24 Bears 13

The NFC North matchup between the Lions and Vikings might prove to be more competitive, as both teams have surprised a lot of people with their impressive play this season.  Both teams look like they could challenge the Packers for supremacy in their division. With quarterback Case Keenum under center, the Vikings dominated a talented Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. In the absence of quarterback Sam Bradford, Keenum threw for 369  yards and three touchdowns. It remains uncertain whether Bradford will play against the Lions. After two impressive wins, the Lions nearly defeated the defending NFC champion Falcons. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has looked worthy of all the money the Lions paid him in the offseason. However, the Vikings have looked nearly unbeatable at home up to this point so this should be a tight game.

Score: Vikings 31 Lions 26

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