POORE'S PICKS: Week Four

Ricky Williams in game of the week

Jim Poore is back with his weekly picks against the spread. See who Jim thinks will cover this week. He also has his Game of the Week and his Stinker of the week. As always, be sure to let him know what you think.

A lot of teams in the NFL need to get their act together, and that is where I have something in common with them. I was dreadful in week number three, and now I really need to get my act together. There were a lot of upsets, but that holds true for every week of every NFL year. I have been doing this for some time now. I guess I will have some bad weeks like a lot of the teams, and as long as I can right the ship all will be good. And I need to start doing that this week.

Considering it is only week four, there are some pretty big games, and division games on top of it. I won't waste any more time. Let's get right to it.

As always, home team in CAPS.

TENNESSEE 6 1/2 Denver
Not really sure where these two teams stand. I think as the season progresses we will see that each team is going to be an also ran. I am not sure I like the points here, so I am going to take the Broncos to at least cover.
Titans 27-23

PITTSBURGH 1 1/2 Baltimore
The Steelers are one of the league's surprises, being undefeated with backup quarterbacks. I think the streak ends though. The Ravens have actually been mildly disappointing, but I think they are going to start going on a roll. Even in Pittsburgh I like the Ravens here.
Ravens 20-17

Cincinnati 3 CLEVELAND
The Bengals have been pretty good, and the Browns actually have been pretty competitive. I am not sure how far Cincinnati is going to go but I know the Browns aren't going anywhere, at least not this year. I like the Bengals here.
Bengals 30-16

GREEN BAY 14 1/2 Detroit
I have a feeling the Packers are better than they played Monday night, and they are certainly Super Bowl contenders. The Lions have actually been ok, and their young talent is starting to play better. However, I think the Packers are going to come out with something to prove, and the Lions could be the right team to do that to.
Packers 37-14

NEW ORLEANS 13 1/2 Carolina
The Saints are possibly looking to 46 year old kicker John Carney to make field goals for them after last week's disaster. Truth be told, the Saints are still very good. I can't say the same for the Panthers, who might be one of the league's worst teams. At least Jimmy Claussen will have plenty of time to develop. He will need a lot of help in this game.
Saints 36-12

ATLANTA 6 1/2 San Francisco
I am surprised the points are only 6 1/2 here. The Falcons are tough to figure, but the 49ers have been a disaster so far. I guess they have to win sometime, may be even cover. But I don't think it is going to happen here. I like the Falcons to cover at home.
Falcons 26-14

New York Jets 5 BUFFALO
The Jets might be starting to take off, and I don't see Buffalo getting in their way. I don't think the Bills are as bad as everybody thinks, but I am not sure they can give the Jets a very good game here. And to think that Darrelle Revis is hurt right now.
J - E - T -S Jets Jets Jets 30-13

Indianapolis 7 1/2 JACKSONVILLE
The Colts have a ton of injuries, as usual, but as usual they keep rolling along. The Jaguars are a mess right now, and David Garrard is in danger of being benched. He was never that good to begin with. Even on the road I don't see too many problems for the Colts here.
Colts 28-17

Houston 3 1/2 OAKLAND
The Texans looked terrible last week, and with the injury to Andre Johnson might not look great for a while. The Raiders have never looked good, but they should have won last week. I see a nice bounce back game for the Texans, who with a win would be off to a great start.
Texans 31-20

SAN DIEGO 8 Arizona
I think the Chargers simply aren't that good anymore. I am pretty confident that the Cardinals also aren't that good this year. So that could make for an interesting game. The Chargers typically play better at home, but the way they are playing right now, eight points seems high. Still, I will take them anyway despite my reservations..
Chargers 29-13

PHILADELPHIA 6 Washington
This will be an interesting game as Donovan McNabb returns to the City of Brotherly Love. I don't think the Redskins are that great, nor do I think Philadelphia is a playoff contender. Normally I would probably take the Eagles at home, but I think McNabb might have something to prove to his old team. I'll take Washington in the minor upset.
Redskins 27-24

NEW YORK GIANTS 4 Chicago
This game is about two teams going in complete opposite directions. The Giants looked terrible last week, and the Bears are the only unbeaten team in the NFC. I don't think the Bears are all that fantastic, and I think the Giants are better than they played last week. The Giants have to bounce back in some form, and the Bears are on a short week. I'll take the Giants here, but cautiously.
Giants 26-21

GAME OF THE WEEK

New England 1 MIAMI
I have absolutely no idea how the Patriots are favored here, even though it is only a point. Miami has almost always played New England tough at home even in the Patriots' glory days, and this will be no exception. Plus, Miami is simply the better team. A Patriots win wouldn't shock me, but I am pretty confident it isn't going to happen.
Dolphins 33-17

STINKER OF THE WEEK

Seattle 1 ST. LOUIS
Truthfully, there really weren't too many games to pick from this week, so this might be the best choice. The Seahawks are ok, the Rams are really still too young to really do too much. I'll take Seattle here though.
Seahawks 24-20

Record For Week Three: 5-11 ( 7-9 without spread )
Record Through Week Three: 13-18-1 ( 18-14 without spread )
Game of Week Record: 1-1
Stinker of Week Record: 0-1-1


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