NFL Schedule - Team vs. Team - Week 4
NFC South divisional rivals the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons meet in what should be a high-scoring affair. The Falcons offense has been superb in 2012 and Matt Ryan is finally starting to play like an elite quarterback. The Carolina Panthers have been inconsistent but a win over their divisional rivals would put them right in the playoffs picture. The Panthers will be desperate to end a four game losing streak against the Falcons and improve on their woeful record at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons should be slightly too strong in this game.
The Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys meet for just the fourth time since 2004. Both sides started the 2012 NFL schedule well but fell into a hole in week 2. Both sides have star-studded offenses but they both struggle for consistency. Tony Romo is a better quarterback than Jay Cutler and the Cowboys have more attacking weapons but their defense isn't as strong as the Bear's led by multi-time Pro Bowler Brian Urlacher. This is a pivotal game for both sides and will signal which franchise is more likely to be a contender for the NFC Conference Championship. This will be a very interesting gambling game and we suggest you bet on whichever team is available at longer odds.
The Cincinnati Bengals will be looking to improve on their dreadful record against the Jacksonville Jaguars when they meet in week 4. The Bengals have lost seven of their last ten matches against the Jaguars but have won their last two meetings. The Jaguars have shown significant improvement in 2012 especially sophomore quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert will face off against fellow sophomore quarterback Andy Dalton in this game. This should be a low scoring encounter with both teams looking to run the ball as much as possible. The battle between the offensive and defensive lines will probably decide the game and for that reason we believe that the Bengals is the best betting proposition.
The Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens is always one of the most personal battles in the NFL season because of the sides shared history. In 1996 the entire Cleveland Browns franchise was moved to Baltimore and became the Baltimore Ravens and the Browns reentered the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1999. The Ravens have dominated the meetings between these two sides in recent years. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco generally performs well against the Browns and the young Browns offense, led by Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson, will have a tough time against the Ravens defense. The Ravens should win this game easily and the under bet in the Under/Over betting market would be a good bet.
The Arizona Cardinals have performed above expectations in 2012 and their defeat of the New England Patriots in week 2 was the biggest upset of the year thus far. The Cardinals defense has been very strong but they have still failed to click on offense. Star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has struggled so far this season and has very little chemistry with quarterback Kevin Kolb. Running back Reggie Bush has been a revelation for the Dolphins this season. He is the only offensive threat the side has but is thriving under the additional work load. The Cardinals will have to overcome a terrible record against the Dolphins to win this game but should prove slightly too strong.
The Minnesota Vikings have an excellent record against the Detroit Lions but are currently on the wrong side of a three game losing streak. The Vikings squad is developing nicely but they still look a couple of years away from being a playoff contender again. The Detroit Lions consider themselves Super Bowl contenders but based on what we have seen so far they have a great deal of work to do. Quarterback Matt Stafford has played poorly at times in 2012 and must improve his decision making if the Lions are going to go all the way. They should still have enough quality to beat the Minnesota Vikings and with a spread of -7 or less they are worth a bet at Online Sportsbooks.
New England Patriots quarterback and head Bill Belichick have fantastic records against the Buffalo Bills. Brady has lost just two games in twenty meetings and has led to side to some large victories over the Bills. The Bills finally ended their fifteen game losing streak to the Patriots in week three of last season but were then badly beaten by the Patriots later in the year. The Bills might have a chance against a Patriots side that looks slightly vulnerable in 2012. They were stunned by the Cardinals in week 2 (a poor result for many NFL gamblers' accumulator bets) and will be desperate to avoid further upset losses. It will take a big effort from Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick if his side is to be victorious. The Patriots class should be enough to get them the win in this game.
Games between the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers are generally high-scoring affairs and this year should be no different. Leading quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees will do battle in what is sure to be a passing shoot-out. Last year's game between the sides featured seventy-six points and over 700 passing yards. The Saints will be desperate to upset the Packers and get themselves back into the playoff race, after a disappointing start to the season. The side is obviously feeling the effects of their disruptive off-season but need to put that behind them. The Packers should be too strong in this game and should be available at good odds at Online Sportsbooks.
Divisional rivals New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles clash in an extremely important game for both sides. The NFC East is expected to be one of the closest divisions in the NFL with all four teams in playoff contention. The Eagles are under pressure to return to the playoffs in 2012 and to do that they must have positive results against their divisional rivals. They have a strong recent record against the New York Giants and will be the favorites to win this game with Online Sportsbooks. The Giants, the defending Super Bowl champions, have been inconsistent in 2012. Quarterback Eli Manning got the side out of trouble against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 2 and will need to play well if his side are going to beat the Eagles.
The Oakland Raiders have had a poor start to the season and it doesn't get any easier against the Denver Broncos. Quarterback Carson Palmer has played well but the Raiders have struggled and are currently at long odds to qualify for the playoffs. The Peyton Manning comeback tour started with a bang against the Pittsburgh Steelers but he put his team in massive hole against the Atlanta Falcons, throwing three interceptions in the first half. Inconsistency is to be expected for the Broncos, early in the season, as they are still meshing as an offensive unit. The Broncos should win this game easily and are a good bet to beat the spread.
The rivalry between the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs is one of the tightest in the NFL. Just one win separates the teams after 104 meetings. The Chargers have played well in 2012 and look as though they will be the team to beat in the AFC West. They have a relatively easy schedule so as long as they maintain their current form they should qualify for the playoffs. In contrast, the Kansas City Chiefs have looked horrible in 2012 and are at long odds at Online Sportsbooks to qualify for the playoffs. Star running back Jamaal Charles has been quiet and quarterback Matt Cassel inconsistent and without those two performing it is tough for the Chiefs to win games. The Chargers should win this game comfortably.
This will be just the third meeting between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets since 2001. The recent meetings between the sides have been low-scoring, defense dominated affairs and it should be no different in 2012. Neither team has 100% confident in their quarterback so both sides will keep the ball on the ground and try to avoid mistakes on offense. The 49ers are an incredibly strong unit and are well coached by Jim Harbaugh. The Jets still have a divided locker room and it is very difficult to see their offense troubling the 49ers. The 49ers should win this game but the best betting option may be under in the over/under betting market.
This will be a very interesting game between these NFC West rivals. The Rams have surprised everybody in 2012 and look a completely different side to the one that struggled in 2012. Sam Bradford has recaptured the form of his rookie season and is back to being the best quarterback in the NFC West. The Seahawks have also shown positive signs. Marshawn Lynch has carried his form from the end of 2011 into this season and is one of the form running backs in the NFL. This game will be very close and the best betting play will be to gamble on the team available at longer odds at Online Sportsbooks.
Tennessee Titans vs Houston Texans games are generally very physical and intense. These teams have a shared disdain of each other so don't be surprised if the odd scuffle breaks out in this game. The Houston Texans have a stronger squad than the Titans on both sides of the football but that doesn't mean that much in a rivalry game like this one. The Titans have struggled in 2012 but they are still capable of upsetting their biggest rivals. The Houston Texans should win this game but don't be surprised if this game is very tight. Betting on the Titans to beat the spread would be a good bet.
The Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have both shown significant improvement in 2012. Robert Griffin III looks like being the franchise quarterback the Redskins expected him to be and he has fit into the Shanahan offensive system perfectly. Under Greg Schiano, the Buccaneers have shown a passion and determination that was missing in 2012. This is the type of game they need to win if they want to be playoff contenders in 2012. This should be a high scoring encounter so the best gambling option in this game is over in the over/under betting market.