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You wanted the week four picks, you got the week four picks!

So, I’m an idiot (shock!).

This season, Adam and I have been trading off duties for putting together our weekly picks posts. Adam had a wedding to go to today (a 5:30 p.m. wedding on a Friday? Huh?). He asked me if I’d take his turn in the rotation, if you will. “Sure,” I said. “No problem.”

Then, I decided to take a post-work nap. And I napped. And napped. And napped.

Next thing I know, it’s 9:30 p.m. At that point, I think what I took is no longer classified as a nap, but rather some sort of weird second-sleep thing. I mean, I woke up and Canadian Football was on the NFL Network. Talk about being confused.

Anyways, that’s why this post is up later than usual. I apologize.

Here are the standings after three weeks:

Gene – 30-18 (10-6 last week)

Adam – 29-19 (10-6 last week)

Chris – 27-21 (10-6 last week)

(All times listed are Lambeau Time and, once again, Gene will be going with his extreme approach to brevity. That’s how confident he is.)

New York Jets (2-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-3), Noon, CBS

Chris – I’ve gone back and forth on the Jets more than Rex Ryan goes back and forth to the ham at an Old Country Buffet (they have those out east, right?). I loved them in early summer, then jumped ship during camp, only to now jump back on board. This team is really good, especially if Mark Sanchez plays like he has the past six quarters. New York 27, Buffalo 13

Adam – The Bills surprised everyone by staying with the Patriots last week. However, the Jets have a much stronger defense and won’t let C.J. Spiller hurt them when he is the only weapon Buffalo has. New York 24, Buffalo 13

Gene – New York

Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-3), Noon, CBS

Chris – After an atrocious week one showing, the Bengals have quietly righted the ship, from the looks of it. With Jake Delhomme likely back under center for Cleveland, that ship is gonna keep on righting. Cincinnati 28, Cleveland 17

Adam – Is it just me or is Carson Palmer slowly evovling into the quarterback he may face Sunday – Jake Delhomme? Not a good thing if you are a Bengals fan. I think the Bengals are primed for an upset and I don’t know why. Cleveland 14, Cincinnati 13

Gene – Cincinnati

Denver Broncos (1-2) at Tennessee Titans (2-1), Noon, CBS

Chris – The Titans are right where they want to be. In other words, they’re a pretty good team, yet one that no one is discussing. That’s the sweet spot in the NFL. Denver is…well…in something less sweet. The bitter spot? That have a ring to it? Tennessee 21, Denver 13

Adam – Did you know the Denver is second in the league in offense and first in passing? That is all smoke and mirrors though when you look at who they have played – Jackonsville, Seattle and Indianapolis. Tennessee is the best defense they have faced so far and it will show Sunday. Tennessee 23, Denver 14

Gene – Tennessee

Carolina Panthers (0-3) at New Orleans Saints (2-1), Noon, FOX

Chris – You just know the Saints are going to be furious after blowing it last week. That’d spell trouble for whomever they were scheduled to play. But if that team just happens to be the Carolina Clausens? Have you seen the movie “Cloverfield” by chance? Yeah – something like that. New Orleans 35, Carolina 14

Adam – The Saints are definitely suffering from a Super Bowl hangover, but still sit at 2-1 and draw the hapless Panthers this week. Jimmy Clausen making his second career start in the Superdome sets up for a prime opportunity for the Saints to shake off their hangover. New Orleans 34, Carolina 10

Gene – New Orleans

Detroit Lions (0-3) at Green Bay Packers (2-1), Noon, FOX

Chris – I’m going to make this real simple: I want blood in this one. I want the Packers to unleash hell on the lowly Lions. And, more than that, I want this team to want those things. It’s the least it can do after last week’s embarassment. Green Bay 37, Detroit 10

Adam – I am sick and tired of hearing how some people say that the Lions could cause problems for the Packers because they always play a little sneaky against Green Bay. Maybe on the road you would have to smidge to worry about, but not at Lambeau where they haven’t won since 1991 (yes, that is before Favre). I have a feeling (or at least I hope) that McCarthy laid into this team like he never has before about their discipline and it will show on the field. Green Bay 31, Detroit 10

Gene – Green Bay

Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at St. Louis Rams (1-2), Noon, FOX

Chris – If you need further proof as to why the NFL is the strangest, weirdest, most wonderful league on the planet, look at the Seahawks. Everyone – myself included – hated them before the season. Three games in, they’re the likely favorites in the NFC West. They’ll continue to look this way after this week. Seattle 24, St. Louis 20

Adam – Typical ‘yawwwn game’, but this may go a long ways to deciding who is the front runner in the NFC West. Sam Bradford is improving every week and the Seahwaks seem to only win at home. St. Louis 20, Seattle 17

Gene – Seattle

San Francisco 49ers (0-3) at Atlanta Falcons (2-1), Noon, FOX

Chris – So, Mike Singletary is definitely a sham and the Falcons are definitely for real. Do YOU see that changing this week? Atlanta 23, San Francisco 12

Adam – Is Mike Singletary a fraud? His act seems to be getting old in the bay and may be more suited for the high school or college ranks. If a team ever needed an easy opponent this week it is San Francisco, but they get Atlanta, who is starting to look like a pretty formidable contender. This won’t be close. Atlanta 31, San Francisco 14

Gene – Atlanta

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

Chris – Game of the Week right here. With these two teams, you know the score. It’ll be a hard-hitting, intense, defensive struggle. Expect the quarterbacks to make the ultimate difference. Hmm, let’s see – Joe Flacco or Chaz Batch? I’ll go with Flacco here, although things will be different in the re-match with Nasty Ben back under center. Baltimore 14, Pittsburgh 10

Adam – The game of the week in my opinon and the one I am looking forward to the most outside of Green Bay. Every drive and scoring chance will matter in the classic slug-it-out game. Even though the Steelers look impressive, they haven’t face a defense as good at Baltimore’s yet and the lack of Big Ben will finally show. Baltimore 13, Pittsburgh 10

Gene – Pittsburgh

Houston Texans (2-1) at Oakland Raiders (1-2), 3:05 p.m., CBS

Chris – The Texans were knocked down a peg last week by the Cowboys, but that was to be expected. Dallas needed that game or it was a season-over situation. The Raiders aren’t nearly as talented or desperate, so Houston should re-enter the win column here. Houston 30, Oakland 20

Adam – Houston was brought back down to earth a bit against Dallas last week, but the Cowboys needed that game for than Houston did. I think the Texans are for real and the Raiders are still starting Bruce Gradkowski. It wil be closer than expected though. Houston 30, Oakland 27

Gene – Houston

Indianapolis Colts (2-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2), 3:05 p.m., CBS

Chris – The Jags sit at -43 in the net points category. And, somewhere, you just know Peyton Manning is salivating. Indianapolis 31, Jacksonville 14

Adam – Peyton Manning versus maybe the worst pass defense in the league? Check, please! Indianapolis 38, Jacksonville 17

Gene – Indianapolis

Washington Redskins (1-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-1), 3:15 p.m., FOX

Chris – This game is being plenty hyped-up by the “Worldwide Leader” for obvious reasons (McNabb’s return home). I get that, but when you look at this matchup, there isn’t much to be excited about. Philly’s a pretty damn good team; Washington isn’t. D.C., get ready – OBOD is heading your way next weekend. Philadelphia 24, Washington 13

Adam – As far as drama goes, this is as much you will see since Favre’s return to Lambeau last season.  I think McNabb will play lights out to prove the Eagles wrong (remember, he didn’t really request a trade). Unfortunately, the rest of his new team stinks. Philadelphia 27, Washington 17

Gene – Philadelphia

Arizona Cardinals (2-1) at San Diego Chargers (1-2), 3:15 p.m., FOX

Chris – This matchup does nothing for me. There – I said it. San Diego 27, Arizona 17

Adam – How the hell is Derek Anderson 2-1? Oh, that’s right - wins against St. Louis and Oakland, both that came down to the wire. San Diego may not be as good as years past, but it won’t matter this week. San Diego 38, Arizona 14

Gene – San Diego

Chicago Bears (3-0) at New York Giants (1-2), 7:20 p.m., NBC

Chris – I hear there’s talk of a mutiny goings on in the Big Apple. That may lead you to think I’m going with the Bears. Think again. I’m sorry, but Chicago is just not very good. Something tells me the Giants are going to make a final stand here. I like dem odds. New York 21, Chicago 20

Adam – The Giants are on the brink of implosion it seems and while it is early, this is a must-win for them. Chicago looked less than impressive against Green Bay, but its defense should be able to create some turnovers against the G-men, which will decide the game. Chicago 23, New York 16

Gene – New York

New England Patriots (2-1) at Miami Dolphins (2-1), 7:30 p.m., ESPN (MNF)

Chris – Did you know New England’s defense has allowed the fourth-most points in the league (82) over the first three weeks? What happened to “The Hoodie’s” defensive genius? Can Miami take advantage of this weak unit often enough to squeeze out a win? Call me crazy, but I think so. Miami 28, New England 24

Adam – I have Favre’d (flip-flop) on this game all week. I can’t see New England losing two games in the division this early, but I also can’t see Miami losing back-to-back games at home. I liked what I saw from Miami more than what I saw from New England last week when they let the Bills stay in the game. Miami 24, New England 21

Gene – Miami

-Chris Lempesis, Adam Somers and Gene Bosling

2 comments to You wanted the week four picks, you got the week four picks!

  • I cant believe there are so many brain injuries in the nfl lately. You guys to wonrder if its because the league swept it under the rug in the past, or is there a serious equipment problem.

  • Here’s how it works: You ever have a dog as a kid? You know how little dogs are always yipping, trying to prove they belong and trying way too hard to intimidate the big dogs? And you know how big dogs just kind of sit there and say nothing, knowing they’re intimidating and knowing they don’t need the extra show to prove it?

    When you’re the big dog, and you’re out in front, you don’t need all the extra yipping. That’s how I roll.

    –Gene

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