Adrian Peterson: Best in the game.

NFL Picks Week 4: No Vikes Win This Week

By The Coach and Dr. Football

TAMPA, Fla. — Not much to say this week. I’m at the beach and will be watching the games on Sunday from a bar at St. Pete’s Beach. I will enjoy them.

I will say this, however. If Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson play as well this week against a very good team as they did last week (at home) against a very bad team, then the Vikings can beat Denver.

But frankly, Denver’s defense is too good.

The Denver Broncos defense.

The Denver Broncos defense.

Our fearless prognosticators are too good, too.

Last week Dr. Football was solid. The Doc went 10-6 (25-23) and 10-6 (23-25) against the spread. The Coach went 9-7 straight up (26-22) and, in a rarity, 10-6 against the spread (26-22). Sometimes, NOT taking the chalk can be your friend.

This week, the Doc writes brilliantly about out choices while The Coach will spend his time watching three games at once to avoid as many TV commercials as possible.

Let’s look closely at Week 4:

Thursday Night

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens (0-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)

Line: Ravens by 2.5

Michael Vick gets the start as he fills in for Big Ben. The Ravens are desperate, and that will cause a lot of mistakes. The Coach says: I love Michael Vick. Hope he wins. Likely, he won’t

Dr. Football: Take the Steelers in an upset.

The Coach: Take the Ravens to win and cover.

Early Sunday Afternoon

New York Jets (2-1) vs. Miami Dolphins (1-2)

Line: Jets by 2.5

The Dolphins are a mess and traveling across an ocean for a home game won’t make things any easier. The Coach says: The Dolphins Joe Philbin might be the first coach fired.

Dr. Football: Take the Jets to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Jets to win and cover.

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Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) at Indianapolis Colts (1-2)

Line: Colts by 8.5

Who would ever imagine that this would be a battle of two 1-2 teams? The Colts will regroup. The Coach says: The Colts silliness will end this Sunday.

Dr. Football: Take the Colts to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Colts to win and cover.

Houston Texans (1-2) at Atlanta Falcons (3-0)

Line: Falcons by 6.5

I’ll admit I put little faith in the Falcons before the season began. They work hard and will still be perfect Monday morning. The Coach says: Julio Jones is your best Fantasy pick this week.

Dr. Football: Take the Falcons to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Falcons to win and cover.

Carolina Panthers (3-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2)

Line: Panthers by 3

The Panthers want to protect their perfect start and acquired Jared Allen earlier in the week to bolster their pass rush. The Bucs well, let’s just say I expected them to go 0-16 so I guess you can say they have exceeded expectations this season. The Coach says: The Bucs’ Lovie Smith could be the first coach fired this year.

Dr. Football: Take the Panthers to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Panthers to win and cover.

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills.

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills.

New York Giants (1-2) at Buffalo Bills (2-1)

Line: Bills by 6.5

Tom Coughlin’s sigh of relief from last week will be short lived. The Bills are back to playing tough, especially at home. The Coach says: You know, this is possible: Tyrod Taylor, player of the year.

Dr. Football: Take the Bills to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Bills to win and cover.

Oakland Raiders (2-1) at Chicago Bears (0-3)

Line: Raiders by 2.5

Chicago, has been outscored 105-46 in three losses. The Raiders aren’t that good, but even a lousy team can beat the Bears. The Coach says: The Bears John Fox could be the first coach fired this year.

Dr. Football: Take the Raiders to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Raiders to win and cover.

Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) at Washington Redskins (1-2)

Line: Eagles by 3

The Eagles got things rolling last week against the Jets and should have little trouble making the trip down Hwy 95. The Coach says: The real Eagles have landed.

Dr. Football: Take the Eagles to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Eagles to win and cover.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-0)

Line: Bengals by 3

The Chiefs were beat up pretty bad on Monday play their second consecutive road game against a undefeated team. The Bengals are roaring. The Coach says: This won’t even be close.

Dr. Football: Take the Bengals to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Bengals to win and cover.

Late Sunday Afternoon

Cleveland Browns (1-2) at San Diego Chargers (1-2)

Line: Chargers by 8

The Chargers are struggling with injuries and didn’t look sharp in Minnesota, while the Browns lost to the Raiders at home. Not a good time to fly across the country. The Coach says: Browns head coach Mike Pettine is an idiot. He’s going with Josh McCown at quarterback. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is a bigger idiot because he lets Pettine get away with it. Until Johnny Pigskin is the No. 1 quarterback, the Browns will lose. McCown has already proven he can’t win in the NFL. Manziel hasn’t been given a chance to prove anything. Except that the head coach is an idiot.

Dr. Football: Take the Chargers to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Chargers to win and cover.

Green Bay Packers (3-0) at San Francisco 49ers (1-2)

Line: Packers by 9

So far this season Aaron Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns and no interceptions for an NFL best 135.0 passer rating. Colin Kaepernick has thrown two touchdowns and eight interceptions for a passer rating of 71.1 and is coming of a crushing loss. The Packers did play on Monday, so this win won’t be as lopsided as one would think. The Coach says: Yes, it will be as lopsided as one would think. Jordy Who?

Dr. Football: Take the Packers to win but not cover.

The Coach: Take the Packers to win and cover.

Teddy,

Teddy, “Look out!!!”

Minnesota Vikings (2-1) at Denver Broncos (3-0)

Line: Broncos by 6.5

The Broncos defense makes up for the fact that their offense is ranked 30th in the NFL. Teddy hasn’t faced this kind of a test all year. AP will be ready, but the Broncos will shut him down. The Coach says: The Broncos defense will eat the Vikings offensive line for dinner. Coach Zimmer might as well tell Teddy to “Look out!!!!” right now.

Dr. Football: Take the Broncos to win but not cover.

The Coach: Take the Broncos to win and cover.

St. Louis Rams (1-2) at Arizona Cardinals (3-0)

Line: Cardinals by 6.5

The Rams only hope is that the Arizona’s stadium catches fire before the game. The Coach says: Love that fire joke. Bwahahahaha! I’m surprised the line is only 6.5 points.

Dr. Football: Take the Cardinals to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Cardinals to win and cover.

Sunday Night

Dallas Cowboys (2-1) at New Orleans Saints (0-3)

Line: No line until Drew Brees status is determined

Just what the Saints fans need…the Cowboys without Tony Romo to cure their ills. There are so many injuries to the Cowboys defense, that a returning Drew Brees should have little trouble getting New Orleans their first win. The Coach says: If Brees plays, the Saints win against a team that is something other than the Cowboys.

Dr. Football: Take the Saints to win.

The Coach: Take the Saints and hold your nose.

Monday Night

Matthew Stafford, keep your head up.

Matthew Stafford, keep your head up.

Detroit Lions (0-3) at Seattle Seahawks (1-2)

Line: Seahawks by 9.5

If I’m a Lions player I wouldn’t get on the plane after seeing what Seattle did to the Bears last week. The Coach says: Could the Lions go 0-16 again? Oh, and who thought this would be a good Monday Night game?

Dr. Football: Take the Seahawks to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Seahawks to win and cover.

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