Your Week 4 Sunday NFL Preview

Last week we bounced back and at least reached the Mendoza line going 2-2. As we get deeper into the season, it gets harder to bet against the line as Vegas gets a better feel for each club. Miami vs New York Jets (-1) in London After a strong start in the first two weeks, the Jets played a hungry Philadelphia team and lost 24-17. While the Jets have a strong defense, they have to play perfectly on offense in order to secure a win. This week they play a struggling Miami team and it is being reported that if the Dolphins don’t win, Head Coach Joe Philbin could be replaced. Situations like that can make a team either play harder or tank. My feeling is that the players want to keep Philbin but that won’t be enough to overcome the strong Jets defense. I like the Jets by 3. That said, give the single point and take the Jets. Philadelphia (-2.5) at Washington With this game being played in Washington the weather will have an effect on playing conditions. The field will be sloppy and that may keep the score down. After losing their first two games, Philadelphia finally got their act together last week in their win over the Jets. They still aren’t getting good quarterback play from Sam Bradford and their running game has been inconsistent. Washington has been similar with quarterback Kirk Cousins having struggles similar to Bradford. Both have thrown 3 touchdown passes to four interceptions. I feel this game will get down to who has the better defense and in this case I have to go with the Eagles. Take the visitors and give the points. New York Giants at Buffalo (-5) In the Giants first two losses, the games were relatively close, one was on the road while the other was at home. Last week they beat a hapless Washington team-  but is that really saying much? Buffalo is one of the better teams in the AFC, the defense is outstanding and quarterback Tyrod Taylor is just beginning to come into his own. The Bills may be without LeSean McCoy, but rookie Karlos Williams is playing like he should have been a much higher draft pick. Eli Manning has played very inconsistently for the past three seasons and you almost don’t know which Manning will show up. Because of that and the strength of the Buffalo defense I like the Bills. Give the 5 points. Carolina (-3) at Tampa Bay Carolina has gone 3-0 because of one main thing: they are one of the best coached teams in the NFL. Because of injuries they don’t have the manpower that some other clubs have but they don’t let themselves get beat. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, plays sloppy football. Jameis Winston has played like the rookie he is and makes too many mistakes. He also doesn’t have a great feel for pass rushers yet. On paper, Tampa Bay may have a bit more talent but Carolina’s consistency will win out in the end. Give the 3 points and take the Panthers. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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