Week 4 Sunday Night Football Preview
We have a marquee matchup tonight as Tom Brady and the Pats travel to Atlanta to take on Matt Ryan and the Falcons. It should be a great game with a ton of offense. However, the Pats will still be down their top two receivers, as Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski are both out. Atlanta has injury problems as well, as starting RB Steven Jackson will miss a few weeks with a hamstring injury. The Falcons are also decimated on the defensive side of the ball, so Brady should be able to pick apart the secondary. I would also expect a rebound game from Stevan Ridley, who has been nothing short of a colossal disappointment so far. The Falcons are very tough to beat at home, and I think they will end up pulling this game out. My final prediction is 27-21 in favor of the Falcons.
There were a few interesting developments during the day games today. The Giants continued to look pathetic on offense and were beaten by the resurgent Chiefs. The Giants are now 0-4 and the playoffs are already a long shot. The Texans were up by 14 in the fourth quarter and somehow gave the Seahawks a win in overtime. Seattle has a knack for winning games they have no business winning, just like this game and their opener against Carolina. Matt Schaub is not a big-game QB, and if I were a Texans fan, I would be scared of him laying an egg in other important games this year. It also doesn’t help that Brian Cushing left the game with a concussion. The one good thing for Houston was that Arian Foster looked like his old self against the best defense in the NFL. Lastly, Brian Hoyer went to 2-0 as the Browns starter, and he is locked in on TE Jordan Cameron. Cameron is now a top-3 TE play each week.
The late games have two blowouts and two close games. The Cowboys and Chargers are locked in a tight game, as are the Raiders and Redskins. The Titans are trouncing the Jets, even though the Titans just lost starting QB Jake Locker to a hip injury. Lastly, as expected, the Broncos are toying with the Eagles and should continue to pad their lead against an awful Eagles defense.