The New Orleans Saints enter Week 4 with a 2-1 record as they head home following a long trip to the West Coast. Now the Saints return home to a familiar setting (Sunday Night Football) against a familiar opponent (the Dallas Cowboys). These two teams are no strangers to each other in primetime, where the majority of their matchups have occurred since 2006, most recently last year, where the Cowboys ended the Saints’ 10-game winning streak when they met on Thursday Night Football in Dallas. Now the Saints look to exact some vengeance this week at home, and there will be no forgiveness to the Cowboys for their showdown last season. Now let’s take a look at this and all of the games on the Week 4 NFL schedule.
Last week I went 8-8
I told you so: Texans over Chargers!
What do I know: Seahawks over Saints?!!! (Never happier to be wrong!)
Thursday, September 26th - Thursday Night Football
The terrible case of the drops that the Philly receiving corps is suffering with will bite them once again in this matchup at Lambeau. Green Bay wins 25-17.
Sunday, September 29th- Early Games
A last-second field goal seals the win for Atlanta over the quarterback challenged Titans. Atlanta wins 17-14.
Daniel Jones leads the G-Men to another victory, this time over their winless NFC East rivals. Giants win 27-17.
Miami stays winless after another terrible effort, this time against the Chargers. Los Angeles wins 27-9.
Both teams will have a solid game on the ground but Indy gets the edge at home. Indianapolis wins 29-26.
Carolina’s defense will hold for a while, but will eventually buckle to Deshaun Watson and the Texans in Houston. Houston wins 24-14.
Kansas City will continue to play pinball with the scoreboard this week, but Matthew Stafford and the Detroit passing attack will hold their own in Motown. Kansas City wins 42-32.
Both teams are coming off tough losses last week and they will be in for a dogfight in this one. Baltimore will edge out Cleveland in a close one at home. Baltimore wins 21-20.
Buffalo has been riding high the first three weeks of this season but will come crashing down against the Pats. New England wins 23-9.
Sunday, September 29th- Late Games
Buccaneers(1-2) at Rams(3-0)
This will be a much closer game than most people imagine. Tampa will hang in there until the fourth quarter, where the Rams defense will seal the win. Los Angeles wins 29-24.
Seattle will rebound from last week’s loss by feasting on a bad Arizona defense. Seattle wins 24-21.
Minnesota will attempt to grind out this game but turnovers will cost them dearly in this one. Chicago wins 23-14.
Gardner Mishnew mania will run wild in a weird, yet entertaining game in the Mile High City. Jacksonville wins 24-17.
Sunday Night Football
Cowboys(3-0) at Saints(2-1) - Game of the Week
Dallas has been quite impressive going undefeated in the first three weeks of this season, but the level of their competition has been far less impressive. Dallas had beaten the 1-2 Giants before Eli Manning was replaced, the 0-3 Redskins, and the 0-3 “tank mode” Dolphins. The Texans, Rams, and Seahawks those are not. You can only play who's on your schedule, but let’s not crown the star just yet.
Dallas did beat the 10-1 Saints with Drew Brees in primetime just a season ago, but those Saints were coming off a short week with a battered offensive line. Now although the task will certainly be tough without Brees under center, the Saints know they will have to be dialed in on defense and special teams, as they were in Seattle last week, to make up some of the difference.
Defensively, Cam Jordan will once again be at the difference maker for the Saints, getting pressure on Dak Prescott, and making opportunities available for his fellow linemen. On offense, two pass-catchers will be key to a Saints victory in this one. First will be Ted Ginn, who has been a non-factor in the last two games, following his huge Week 1 effort. Second will be, and tell me if you've heard this one before, tight end Jared Cook, who will finally have his breakout performance in a Saints uniform.
Dallas will be the favorites here, with last season’s game fresh on the public’s mind and especially without Brees on the field, but these Saints are not one superbly talented quarterback and a collection of role players, but a collection of extremely talented players led by equally talented coaches, backed by the most passionate fans in the league. Those players, that talent, and that passion will be the key to a home primetime win, where the Saints tend to be at their best. Saints win 28-24.
Monday, September 30th - Monday Night Football
Behind a huge game from Andy Dalton, Cincy finally gets over the hump over Pittsburgh in this matchup of winless AFC North has-beens. Cincinnati wins 22-17.
That’s how I see Week 4 playing out. Leave us your picks, insight, and comments below!