3 NFL Games to Watch Week 4

The NFL’s Week 4 has kicked off with a sloppy (and badly coached as far as Steelers fans should be concerned) game, but there is a lot better football to be played ahead of us.

Green Bay takes on the San Francisco 49ers Sunday afternoon, so here are three morning games worth taking a look at to pass the time and no, they don’t include the Miami Dolphins-New York Jets game in England, because you should be sleeping.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts

The biggest reason this is on here is the cloud of mystery around Andrew Luck, who may not play. If he doesn’t, it’s Matt Hasselbeck time and all bets are off because Hasselbeck is mostly there to get a paycheck. I don’t think he ever expected Luck to get hurt, even as often as Luck has been getting hit.

We already have grave reservations about the way the Colts look with Luck under center. Without him? Yipes.

Yes, the Jaguars were taken apart by the New England Patriots last week, but the Colts suffered at Tom Brady’s hands as well and, honestly, nobody has looked good against New England so far.

Even if Luck plays, every game is critical for the team. The Colts have stumbled – don’t think the rest of the AFC South isn’t smelling blood in the water. We need to see the Colts adjust whether Luck is under center or not.

Oakland Raiders at Chicago Bears

Aside from the glee that you Packers fans like to take part in when Chicago sucks – and they do – we’re really watching this for the Raiders.

That’s right, I typed that and I stand by it.

Amari Cooper has been unconscious so far in his rookie season and Derek Carr, after a rough first game, has been very sharp. On top of that, Latavius Murray has been running well out of the backfield and the defense has been solid.

The Bears are awful and this is a game the Raiders are supposed to win. It’s also the type of game the Raiders tend to lose, so as much as we think they have improved, they have to prove it this weekend.

You’re seeing the future with Carr and Cooper though, and it’s a bright one.

Both of these pale in comparison to our final game – and really the best choice to whet your appetite for the Packers game.

Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals

Back to back losses – the first a heartbreaking collapsed, the second a decimation at the hands of this site’s favorite team – should make Kansas City fans very nervous. Especially going against possibly the second best (next to New England) team in the AFC.

A third loss in a row isn’t the end of the world, but it would be a sign that the end is extremely nigh.

Jamaal Charles continues to be the engine of this offense, as Alex Smith is way too scattered to fully realize the power he has in Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce. Add to it a defense which has seen better days and you have a team in some real trouble.

Meanwhile, the Bengals are rolling along with Andy Dalton playing some of his best football ever. Yes, we’ve heard that before and he normally face-plants not long after we say that. However, he does seem to be playing smarter and taking better care of the ball than ever before.

While AJ Green continues to be a huge factor, Dalton has liberally sprinkled in Mohamad Sanu, Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert to keep defenses guessing. Meanwhile, the running back tandem of Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill are very effective and the defense plays tough.

We find out how bad the Chiefs are this week, but we also get some more of an idea as to how good the Bengals are as well.

This is one nobody should miss.

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Portland Mark's picture

October 03, 2015 at 01:15 pm

I think Detroit at Seattle will be interesting. Have the Lions really regressed this far? Will they actually start 0 -4? They will be highly motivated to win this one.

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October 03, 2015 at 07:27 pm

Thanks but only one game I'm interested in. Go Pack Go. Another can't wait to see game, this time 9ers

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