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Titans, Browns, Patriots All To Win NFL Week Four

September 28, 2018

Week four of the NFL season is where teams begin to declare their intentions for the rest of the campaign. Those who have stuttered out of the gate could see their playoff hopes affected with another setback on Sunday, making a positive result imperative.

The Los Angeles Rams have declared themselves as a leading contender for the Super Bowl already in week four, using their high-scoring offense to defeat their NFC rivals the Minnesota Vikings on home soil. There are other teams who will be looking to make statements on Sunday and we’ll break down which ones you should in your teaser for week four.

The Patriots are under pressure

Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots

It’s panic stations in New England. The club have lost back-to-back matches for the first time since 2012. A defeat to Miami would seem drop to 1-3 for the first time since the 2001 campaign. Tom Brady and company were stifled by the Detroit Lions’ defense, putting just 10 points on the board on the road. Bill Belichick’s defense could not get off the field as the Lions used 40 minutes to keep Brady on the sideline. The demise of the Patriots has been spoken of before, although it has usually been met by a run to the Super Bowl. However, the Dolphins are on a roll heading into the contest, winning their opening three games of the term.

If there was ever a contest to prove their mettle it’s this one. Adam Gase’s men have been solid enough on defense, while they used their explosiveness on offense to pull away from the Oakland Raiders last week. The Dolphins defeated Brady and company in Miami last season, although their last victory over the 41-year-old came back in 2005 when he barely featured in the last game of the campaign. Xavien Howard, Reshad Jones and Minkah Fitzpatrick have displayed the potential to form a lockdown secondary. It would be a signal of intent and potential changing of the guard to leave Foxborough with the victory. All being said, don’t count against the Patriots at home at odds off -280  with Bovada.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Tennessee Titans

The Titans proved their mettle with a win on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mike Vrabel’s men got off to a poor start to the term, suffering a defeat at the hands of the Miami Dolphins. However, they’ve battled back with two gutsy performances to defeat the Houston Texans and the Jaguars in back-to-back weeks. The result has put them top of the AFC South ahead of the visit of the reigning Super Bowl champions. Scoring points has been an issue for Tennessee due to the health of their quarterbacks. Marcus Mariota was active in the win over the Jaguars, but was only operating at 60% after being forced to enter the game to replace his backup Blaine Gabbert. The defense did their job to restrict the Jags to six points.

Vrabel’s side will be facing a similar style of offense in the form of the Eagles and will have to be at their best once again. Philadelphia struggled to defeat the Indianapolis Colts last week. Carson Wentz returned to the line-up, but lacked the usual clinical edge to his game. It was to be expected, and although the defense stood up to be counted to secure the win, the Eagles are not playing with a lot of confidence. Back the Titans to pull off the win on home soil at odds of +160  with TopBet to pull off a surprising victory.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Chicago Bears

The Bears managed to rally late in their clash against the Arizona Cardinals to inflict a third defeat on the bounce on Steve Wilks. Mitchell Trubisky earned the second triumph of his career, although it was up to his defense to stop Josh Rosen late in the game as he was thrust into the spotlight. Chicago may have one of the best defenses in the NFL led by Khalil Mack. The move to acquire Mack from the Oakland Raiders has been an inspired decision as the 28-year-old has rediscovered his MVP-level form. Mack has improved the players around him, while allowing the Bears to keep the points off the board.

It has allowed Trubisky to do the minimum amount to guide his side to two victories to put them top of the NFC North. Tampa Bay have been a surprise package as well this season. They defeated the Saints in week one then were on form to defeat the Eagles. Their defense has struggled in the early stages of the campaign, giving up points with ease. Ryan Fitzpatrick has led the offense to success and should keep his place ahead of Jameis Winston, after connecting with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, OJ Howard and DeSean Jackson downfield. The Buccaneers have the depth of weapons to trouble the Bears. Take them for the victory on the road at odds of +145  with TopBet.

Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys

The Lions got off the mark under new head coach Matt Patricia, who defeated his mentor Belichick at Ford Field. Patricia had a solid gameplan to limit Brady’s effectiveness by controlling the ball, keeping the quarterback on the sideline. Detroit were able to make plays downfield as Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay found the endzone to secure the victory, while Kerryjon Johnson became the first player to rush for 100 yards for the Lions since the 2013 campaign. It was a good sign for the club that they managed to play complementary football and that will give them a confidence boost to take in their contest on the road at Dallas.

The Cowboys look a dishevelled team at the moment. Jason Garrett is bereft of ideas to kickstart the offense, with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan coming under fire for his playcalling. There’s enough talent to put points on the board, but even with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas are struggling. The defense is not good enough to carry the team. Therefore take the Lions to pull off the win on the road at odds of +135  with TopBet.

Cleveland Browns @ Oakland Raiders

There were celebrations aplenty in Cleveland as the club ended their 635-day drought without a victory, defeating the New York Jets. The arrival of Baker Mayfield into the game turned the contest in the favour of his team after he replaced a concussed Tyrod Taylor. Mayfield was electric in his time on the field, putting his team in position for two touchdowns to eradicate a 14-point deficit. The 23-year-old has been handed the starting job to replace Taylor and he has a good opportunity to string a second victory on the bounce for Hue Jackson’s men.

There’s talent on the defense to limit Derek Carr and Oakland’s offense, who have moved the ball but have failed to score touchdowns with regularity in the redzone. Oakland have bemoaned their lack of pass-rushers, which is a baffling comment to make after trading away Mack. Mayfield has the weapons to expose their defense once again to allow Cleveland to edge the contest on the road. It’s an important contest for Jackson to prove that his side’s win over the Jets was not just a flash in the pan at odds of +125  with BetOnline.

Tips Summary

New England Patriots To Beat Miami Dolphins
Sunday 30th September 2018 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Odds: -280

New England Patriots To Beat Miami Dolphins
Sunday 30th September 2018 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Odds: +160

Tampa Bay Buccaneers To Beat Chicago Bears
Sunday 30th September 2018 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Odds: +145

Detroit Lions To Beat Dallas Cowboys
Sunday 30th September 2018 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Odds: +135

Cleveland Browns To Beat Oakland Raiders
Sunday 30th September 2018 16:05 ET (21:05 BST)
Odds: +125

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    Simon Sinclair
    Simon Sinclair

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    Simon is a freelance sports writer from the UK. He passionately writes about all kinds of sports, sharing his predictions on everything from the latest cricket matches and golf tournaments to major horse racing events and popular American sports.