Ron Glover’s NFL Previews and Predictions for Week 4: Will Jeremy Maclin’s return push the Eagles past the Giants?
Jeremy Maclin returns at a time when the Eagles need him most.
Week 4 in the NFL carries the first bye week of the season as the Steelers and Colts take an early breather. Some of the games of note this week feature the Jets hosting the Niners, the Vikings at 2-1 take on the 1-2 Lions. Sunday’s later games include the Redskins against the Buccaneers, the Packers welcome in the Saints to Lambeau Field and the Giants and Eagles renew their rivalry in South Philly.
Monday night the Cowboys meet the Bears.
Sunday September 30, 2012 1:00pm:
Fred Jackson in any capacity would be a boost for the Bills.
New England Patriots (1-2) at Buffalo Bills (2-1) – The Bills always play the Patriots tough at home, but they are banged up at the worst time. Fred Jackson had limited practice this week.
Patriots 24- Bills 14
Minnesota Vikings (2-1) at Detroit Lions (1-2) – The Lions let one get away last week in Tennessee. We’ll see id last week’s shocker over the Niners pushes the Vikes.
Lions 27 – 24 OT
Carolina Panthers (1-2) at Atlanta Falcons (3-0) – Cam Newton and the Panthers have had ten days to stew in that Giants loss. Sunday’s performance could be telling.
Falcons 30 – Panthers 26
San Francisco 49’ers (2-1) at NY Jets (2-1) – Vernon Davis thanks Rex Ryan for his compliments earlier in the week by scorching his secondary.
Niners 31 – Jets 23
San Diego Chargers (2-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) – Ryan Matthews and his fumbling ways have been put on notice. Jamaal Charles could hit the Bolts up for 150+.
Chiefs 23 – Chargers 21
The Texans’ J.J. Watt leads the defensive charge.
Tennessee Titans (1-2) at Houston Texans (3-0) – To see the Titans put up 44 points and know that Chris Johnson had nothing to do with it is disturbing.
Texans 33 – Titans 20
Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at St. Louis Rams (1-2) – Lost in last week’s controversy was the fact of how well the Seahawks defense played — that was no fluke.
Seahawks 24 – Rams 13
Sunday September 30, 2012 4:00 pm or later:
Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) – Andy Dalton and A.J. Green are the NFL’s new dynamic duo.
Bengals 27 – Jags 13
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When Darren McFadden is on his game the Raiders are a tough out.
Oakland Raiders (1-2) at Denver Broncos (1-2) – The Raiders dug down deep against the Steelers last week. It won’t take much for them to get up for the hated Broncos.
Raiders 30 – Broncos 21
Miami Dolphins (1-2) at Arizona Cardinals (3-0) – If Reggie Bush doesn’t play this just won’t be fair for Ryan Tannehil
Cardinals 20 – Dolphins 14
Washington Redskins (1-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2) – Should be an entertaining game between two teams in search of relevance in the conference.
Bucs 20 – Redskins 17
New Orleans Saints (0-3) at Green Bay Packers (1-2) – Records be damned, this game will have conference championship intensity.
Packers 33 – Saints 28
Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) at NY Giants (2-1) – See Saints/Packers.
Eagles 26 – Giants 20
Monday October 1, 2012 8:30 pm:
The Bears need to get Devin Hester involved early and often against the Cowboys.
Chicago Bears (2-1) at Dallas Cowboys (2-1) – The Cowboys aren’t quite themselves yet. The Bears hope to continue their turnaround.
Bears 23 – Cowboys 17
Last Week’s record: 9-7
2012 Season: 24-24