Well, here we are in week four, and we're supposed to knwow some things about our favorite NFL teams, right? Well, I'm not sure we're quite there with the Packers.
Just as anyone who went through the schedule game-by-game before the year would've predicted, the Packers are 2-1. Home wins over Seattle and Cincinnati with a road loss in Atlanta sandwiched in between sounds reasonable.
The odds would dictate the Packers move to 3-1 with a victory over the Bears tonight. But really, who knows what happens? It's a grand football experiment tonight at Lambeau Field, as the Packers attempt to field a team without any offensive tackles.
We really have no idea how this is going to work. These guys could either be serviceable, or we could have Ty Montgomery taking snaps out of the wildcat formation by the middle of the second quarter because both quarterbacks have been airlifted out of Lambeau. We have no idea.
The seven-point spread, because of the aforementioned uncertainty at tackle, seems a bit much. I like the Pack tonight, but it's going to be ugly and close.
PACKERS 17, BEARS 13
• NEW ORLEANS (-3) vs. MIAMI: Another London special, and hey, at least it's better than the Jags and the Ravens. I still kind of like this Saints team despite their 1-2 start. That was an impressive win in Miami. The Dolphins washed away all of their good vibes after their season-opening win at San Diego with a terrible loss at the Jets.
SAINTS 27, DOLPHINS 20
• CAROLINA at NEW ENGLAND (-9): The Pats were nearly stunned by the Texans at home Sunday, which would've made them an unthinkable 0-2 in Foxboro. The Panthers just haven't been good enough to inspire enough confidence to pick them on the road.
PATRIOTS 34, PANTHERS 27
• LA RAMS at DALLAS (-6): The Rams have been one of the league's surprises, while the Cowboys are working on a short week after beating ARizona Monday night. Still, it looked as though Dallas found something in the desert.
COWBOYS 24, RAMS 14
• DETROIT at MINNESOTA (no line): The oddsmakers are awaiting the fate of Sam Bradford for this game, but after what Case Kennum did to the Bucs, it might not matter all that much. It was an impressive showing, and I'm not sure how the Lions will bounce back after coming within an inch, literally, from beating Atlanta
VIKINGS 30, LIONS 20
• TENNESSEE (-1.5) at HOUSTON: Realy solid early-season matchup here between two division title contenders. I like the Texans at home here, even though I shall probably live to regret it.
TEXANS 27, TITANS 24
• JACKSONVILLE (-3) at NY JETS. Last week the Browns were road favorites. This week, the Jags. I couldn't pick Indianapolis fast enough last week, and now they are asking me to pick another one. But man, the Jets are terrible. Just awful. And the Jags defense is real, I believe.
JAGUARS 17, JETS 13
• CINCINNATI (-3) at CLEVELAND: Ugh. The battle for Ohio has rarely looked less appealing as the teams sport a combined 0-6 mark. I think the Bengals get this one done after blowing a 14-point lead last week.
BENGALS 27, BROWNS 20
• PITTSBURGH (-3) at BALTIMORE: Boy, the Ravens were blasted in London by the Jags. I still can't get over that one. Let's go with a classic NFL bounceback game here.
RAVENS 20, STEELERS 17
• BUFFALO at ATLANTA (-7.5) You could talk me into the Bills if this thing were in Buffalo. Alas, it's not.
FALCONS 27, BILLS 20
• GIANTS at TAMPA BAY (-3). Just three points here? Love the Bucs in this situation, especially after how bad they were last week.
BUCCANEERS 27, GIANTS 12
• PHILADELPHIA (-1) at CHARGERS. The Chargers are ready to break through for a win here, even if it doesn't make all that much sense.
CHARGERS 30, EAGLES 24
• SAN FRANCISCO at ARIZONA (-6.5). Gross.
CARDINALS 21, 49ERS 14
• OAKLAND at DENVER (-3). Road dawg!
RAIDERS 17, BRONCOS 16
• INDIANAPOLIS at SEATTLE (-13). What a terrible Sunday night showcase, especially with no Andrew Luck.
SEAHAWKS 24, COLTS 3
• WASHINGTON at KANSAS CITY (-7). The Chiefs are one of just two unbeaten teams this season, which is incredible to me after week 3. That will continue for Kansas City.
CHIEFS 27, REDSKINS 20