The New Orleans Saints enter Week 4 with a 1-2 record and are coming off their first victory of the season. This week, the Saints face one of the most hated franchises among the Who Dat Nation in the Dallas Cowboys. The Saints played their most complete defensive game of the season last week and look to continue that trend against Dallas in primetime. A chance to right the ship, so to speak, and come up with a big performance on the national stage is within the Saints' reach, as is the opportunity to stay within striking distance in the NFC South. Let's take a look at all of the games on the Week 4 NFL schedule.
Last week I went 11-5
Thursday, September 25th
Giants(1-2) at Redskins (1-2)
Washington builds on their solid performances over the past two weeks with a home win in this one.
Sunday, September 28th - Early Games
After the game, Aaron Rodgers will give the Green Bay fans permission to P-A-N-I-C.
Bills(2-1) at Texans(2-1)
Houston rebounds from their Week 3 loss with a home win behind a strong running game in this one.
The Tennessee defense will keep them in it for a while, but Andrew Luck and the Indy passing attack will overwhelm them in the end.
Carolina's struggles in the run game and difficulties handling physical teams will continue to hurt them in Baltimore.
The matchup of the Detroit offense against Rex Ryan's defense is a very intriguing one. Ex-Saint Chris Ivory will outplay Ex-Saints Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, as the Jets will surprise with a home win.
The Pittsburgh rushing attack will steamroll Tampa into the Heinz Field turf.
Oakland will depend heavily on their defense in this one, seeing as their offense is atrocious. Miami will lean on the ground game and defense of their own to pick up the victory overseas.
Sunday, September 28th - Late Games
Jaguars(0-3) at Chargers(2-1)
Hey Jags, at least San Diego has a beautiful coastline, fantastic mexican food, and a world-class zoo, so you guys didn't waste a trip!
Philly catches San Francisco at a perfect time as they are reeling from two consecutive losses. Despite how both teams have been trending in the early stages of this season, this should make for a tremendous game. I'll take Philly in a close one.
The Minnesota defense will have to get used to seeing Julio Jones speeding away into the end zone on an endless loop in this one.
Sunday Night Football
Saints(1-2) at Cowboys(2-1)
The Saints make their 2014 primetime debut, and they have played their best when the lights have shined brightest in recent years. This game though, will be on the road in the cavernous AT&T Stadium. Although the Saints 2013 deconstruction of the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football is still fresh in our minds, I don't think that's how this game will go. I think this will be more like the 2010 & 2012 games, which were 3 point games respectively.
Both teams have dangerous weapons to try to contain, and most of them are familiar faces. Keeping Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray under control will be paramount in this game for the Saints defense. Hopefully, the Saints can carry over some confidence and momentum from their best defensive performance of the early season as Rob Ryan makes his long awaited return to Dallas. On offense, Marques Colston and Khiry Robinson will be key to the Saints' success.
In the end, I see the Saints winning a very close game, very late, 31-28.
Monday, September 29th - Monday Night Football
As much as New England has been underwhelming on offense, Kansas City has been underwhelming across the board. As big as a primetime game in KC will be, it won't be enough for the Chiefs to get the win.
That's how I see Week 4 playing out, as the Saints look to even their record to .500 and get a bit of a reset to the 2014 NFL season. Leave us your picks, insight, and comments below!