Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 4
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Cleveland Browns (0-3) at Baltimore Ravens (2-1), 8 p.m., Thursday
The Skinny: The Ravens have won 12 consecutive games at home, a streak that is likely to continue against the Browns. Of course, there is always the possibility the Browns could rise up and do what the Raiders, Vikings, Chiefs and Titans did on Sunday -- pull one of the surprising upsets. There is also a possibility there will be NHL hockey in October.
Prediction: Ravens, 24-6
Carolina Panthers (1-2) at Atlanta Falcons (3-0), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Panthers have had a lot of time to regroup after their Thursday night shellacking from the Giants. They better hope the Falcons are suffering from jet lag after the shellacking they handed the Chargers in San Diego.
Prediction: Falcons, 37-17
New England Patriots (1-2) at Buffalo Bills (2-1), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: How many people thought the Patriots, Steelers, Lions and Packers would be 1-2? And, how many thought the Bills would win two in a row after early whipping from the Jets? The Upset Special.
Prediction: Bills, 34-31
Minnesota Vikings (2-1) at Detroit Lions (1-2), xx p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: You thought the Raiders upset was a surprise? How bout the Vikings holding the 49ers to 13 points? Or the Lions giving up 44 in overtime to the Titans? Even if Matthew Stafford doesn't play, Lions should rebound.
Prediction: Lions, 31-17
Tennessee Titans (1-2) at Houston Texans (3-0), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: More than 12 years after they pulled the gimmick play the first time, The Titans ran a version of "Home Run Throwback" to beat the Lions. They will need several home run to beat the Texans at home.
Prediction: Texans, 31-20
San Diego Chargers (2-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-2), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Just when you thought the Chargers might be back to their old form, they get hammered at home by the Falcons. And just when you thought the Chiefs were, well, the Chiefs, they win in New Orleans. Go figure.
Prediction: Chiefs, 24-21
San Francisco 49ers (2-1) at New York Jets (2-1), 1`p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: This is the third road game in four weeks for the 49ers, and the air miles aren't getting any shorter. The Jets were fortunate to survive last week's OT win in Miami. They won't be so lucky this time.
Prediction: 49ers, 20-17
Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at St. Louis Rams (1-2), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Golden Tate said he didn't push Packers CB Sam Shields from behind on the controversial winning TD catch Monday night. The comment by the former Notre Dame receiver was so embarrassing that even Touchdown Jesus lowered his arms.
Prediction: Rams, 17-14
Miami Dolphins (1-2) at Arizona Cardinals (3-0), 4:05 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The stingiest division in the NFL? That would be the NFC West, where the four teams allow an average of 18.5 points per game. The unbeaten Cardinals have won eight of their past nine, dating to 2011.
Prediction: Cardinals, 24-13
Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2), 4:25 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: There was nothing controversial about the way the Jaguars won their first game in the final seconds -- an 80-yard TD by Cecil Shorts with 45 seconds remaining. What would really be incredulous is if they beat the Bengals.
Prediction: Bengals 27-17
Oakland Raiders (1-2) at Denver Broncos (1-2), 4:25 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Raiders and Broncos share a common thread -- each team has managed to beat the Steelers. The Raiders have something else in common with Broncos: They've beaten them in Denver the past four years.
Prediction: Broncos, 27-21
New Orleans Saints (0-3) at Green Bay Packers (1-2), 4:25 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: What's wrong with the Packers and their high-octane offense? They have scored just 57 points in three games, fourth fewest in the NFC. But how about the winless Saints? They have allowed 103 points, most in the NFC.
Prediction: Packers, 34-24
Washington Redskins (1-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2), 4:25 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Redskins have proven they can score points with RG3. They have also shown they can allow them, too. I hear "High School Harry" Schiano might give lettermen jackets to the players with a victory.
Prediction: Buccaneers, 23-21
New York Giants (2-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-1), 8:20 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Eagles offense has generated only 47 points, the fewest in the NFL. And Michael Vick is taking more shots than the Flyers goalie. This, though, will be more about their defense and whether they can handle Eli Manning.
Prediction: Giants, 23-20
Chicago Bears (2-1) at Dallas Cowboys (2-1), 8:30 p.m., Monday
The Skinny: Return specialist Devin Hester always seems to shine on Monday nights. He has six return TDs in eight MNF appearances, making him a bigger Monday night star than Billy Gardell. The Cowboys better beware.
Prediction: Bears, 30-28
First Published September 27, 2012 1:55 pm