Week 4 of the NFL 2022 season, picks, tv schedule, how to watch & predictions

by Kent Green
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Expect some “normalcy” to return in Week 4 of the NFL 2022 season, as it becomes easier to identify the league’s most and least consistent teams.

It should only improve from here on out for Sporting News’ choices and predictions against the spread. Even though these selections are for “entertainment purposes only,” it’s time to fight back against the numbers in earnest.

How to watch all games in Week 4 of the NFL:

Week 4 of the NFL picks against the spread

  • Matchup of the Week: Dolphins at Bengals (-3, 47.5 total points).

Thursday at 8:15 pm (E.T), Amazon Prime Video will stream.

The Dolphins’ victory over the Bills to go to 3-0 defied logic, following a near-impossible comeback victory over the Ravens. There is likely to be a reversion to the mean, and their blitzing defense plays well into Joe Burrow’s hands, who passed brilliantly last week. Due to Tua Tagovailoa’s back ailment and minimal running game assistance, this position will be challenging in a hostile environment over a short week. Miami is destined for a classic letdown as Cincinnati continues its return to the A.F.C. playoff picture.

Prediction: The Bengals will win 27-23 and cover the spread.

  • Game (and Surprise) of the Week: Buccaneers over Chiefs (-2.5, 44 total points).

Sunday 8:20 pm (E.T) N.B.C.

In Super Bowl 55, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense could not generate much momentum against a Buccaneers defense managed by Todd Bowles. The Buccaneers have offensive concerns surrounding Tom Brady due to injuries, but they will have additional weapons and blocking this week to create a more balanced and powerful offense. Again, Kansas City’s passing game will be more condensed, while Tampa Bay’s will be more expansive than usual with the GOAT.

Prediction:  The Buccaneers will win 24-23.

  • Ravens at Bills (-3.5, 52 total points).

Sunday 1 pm (E.T) C.B.S.

The Dolphins were statistically trounced by the Bills, who were led by Josh Allen’s big performance. They stopped themselves in crucial situations, which ultimately lost them the game. Given how Lamar Jackson has also excelled as a passer and runner, the Ravens would be 3-0 if they had not lost to the Dolphins in the fourth quarter. Buffalo’s zone defense will contain Jackson’s huge plays, despite the secondary’s questionable health. Despite its playmaking ability on defense, Baltimore has demonstrated that it can give up too much downfield when forced to blitz more.

Prediction:  The Bills will win 27-24, but they will not cover the spread.

  • Packers (-10.5, 39 total) vs Patriots (over/under 39) is the Week 1 lock of the week.

Sunday 4:25 pm (E.T) C.B.S.

Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers have the Packers rolling with the ideal offense-defense complementing football after their typical Week 1 debacle. Rodgers defeated the G.O.A.T. last week, and he’ll now face his former squad against a Bill Belichick defense in alarming decline. The Patriots will have to hope that Brian Hoyer, coming in for the injured Mac Jones, can find more in the passing game despite the team’s reliance on the run. This will not work well on the road in their current offensively disordered form.

Prediction: The Packers will cover the spread and win 30-10.

Read more: If you don’t read our NFL Week 3 Preview

  • Vikings (-2.5, 44 o/u) at Saints

Sunday at 9:30 am (E.T) N.F.L. Network

Under Kevin O’Connell, Minnesota’s offensive identity is still being determined. With Kirk Cousins, the Vikings can be a monster passing club, and it’s great that they have found big-play ability outside of Justin Jefferson. Even without Dalvin Cook, they are still capable of having tremendous success on the ground against the Lions. The Saints are all over the place as they attempt to establish balance and explosiveness with quarterback Jameis Winston, and they will enter the game with significant offensive ailments. In London, Dennis Allen’s defense can only contain so much.

Prediction: The Vikings will cover the spread and win 24-17.

  • Commanders vs Cowboys (-3, O/U 42.5)

Sunday at 1 pm (E.T) Fox airs

Under Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio, the Commanders’ defense is a total disaster. They cannot stop anything against the run or pass and are extremely undisciplined in allowing huge plays. Without Dak Prescott, the Cowboys offense is deliberate and inventive, as Cooper Rush and the running game are well-positioned to produce. Micah Parsons and the Dallas defenders tackle Carson Wentz to finish the game.

Prediction:  Cowboys triumph 20-14.

  • Seahawks at Lions (-6, 50 o/u)

Sunday 1 pm (E.T) C.B.S.

Given the problems in Detroit’s secondary, the Seahawks can stay in the game if Geno Smith can find his wide receivers. However, this will only be temporary as Jared Goff and his weapons will face wide-open coverage, and the Lions have proven they can run the ball effectively against any opponent.

Prediction: The Lions will cover the spread and win 31-23.

  • Browns (-2.5, 48 total) at Falcons (48 total).

Sunday 1 pm (E.T) C.B.S.

The Browns would also be 3-0 if they had not collapsed late in Week 2 against the Jets. They will arrive in Atlanta well-rested and with likely Dawg Pound travel support. When Nick Chubb returns to Georgia, the Falcons’ run defense can expect to take a beating. Even with Marcus Mariota partnering with Jacoby Brissett and playing better than expected at quarterback, the Falcons lack the explosiveness and power to compete with the Browns on either side of the ball.

Prediction: The Browns will cover the spread and win 23-20.

  • Jaguars vs Eagles (-6.5, 48.5 o/u)

Sunday 1 p.m. E.T., C.B.S.

Doug Pederson will attempt to perform better than Carson Wentz in his rematch against Philadelphia. Pederson’s offense appears comprehensive with Trevor Lawrence, Christian Kirk, and James Robinson, among others. This is a formidable defensive challenge for the Jaguars, but they will have some success with a dynamic and varied offense. There are enough flaws for the Jaguars to struggle on the road against the Eagles’ balance and explosiveness, led by a red-hot Jalen Hurts, despite the early success of several rookie guys on defense.

Prediction: The Eagles will cover the spread and win 34-27.

  • Titans at Colts (-3, 42.5 o/u)

Sunday at 1 pm (E.T) Fox airs

Last week, Derrick Henry got the Titans back on track, resulting in their first victory. The Colts secured a significant win in Week 2 despite Jonathan Taylor’s lack of explosiveness in the previous two games. The Titans’ offensive front line and wide receivers are unreliable, presenting an opportunity for the Colts’ revamped defense. Taylor is expected to dominate this game, and he will allow Indy to ride him to victory.

Prediction: The Colts will cover the spread and win 24-20.

  • Bears vs Giants (-3.5, 39 o/u)

Sunday at 1:11 pm (E.T) Fox

The game between Justin Fields and Daniel Jones will likely be the ugliest of the week as Matt Eberflus and Brian Daboll attempt to grind out another victory with their defense and running attack; using this strategy, there must be a winner, barring a low-scoring tie. With Jones supported by Saquon Barkley and capable of producing more vital dual-threat plays than Fields at home, the Giants have a somewhat superior formula.

Prediction:  The Giants win 16-13 but cannot cover the spread.

  • Jets at Steelers (-3.5, 41.5 o/u)

Sunday 1 pm (E.T) C.B.S.

It appears that the Steelers will not have another opportunity to face Joe Flacco since Zach Wilson is likely to return and start for New York. The Steelers’ insistence on starting Mitchell Trubisky over Kenny Pickett gives them the veteran edge, even though a Wilson-Pickett showdown would give this game a more youthful quarterback feel. To prevent a home upset, the Steelers will keep things simple and rely on a bounce performance from their defense and running game without T.J. Watt.

Prediction: The Steelers will cover the spread and win 23-17.

  • Chargers (-6, 45.5 total) vs Texans

Sunday 1 p.m. E.T., C.B.S.

In their game against the Jaguars, the Chargers were out of sorts because Justin Herbert was not healthy. In addition to Keenan Allen, they were without left tackle Rashawn Slater and edged rusher Joey Bosa. The injury curse may have returned to give them the blues, but this augurs a road get-well game for Herbert and all of his weapons, especially Austin Ekeler. Davis Mills’s status as Houston’s starting quarterback is rapidly diminishing, and the Los Angeles pass defense will be highly motivated to play well against the pass.

Prediction:  The Chargers will cover the spread and win 34-14.

  • Cardinals against Panthers (-1.5, 44 total points)

Sunday 4:05 pm (E.T)C.B.S.

Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy as Oklahoma quarterbacks and were selected first in their respective N.F.L. Drafts. Neither quarterback is living up to the team’s expectations, Murray despite his hefty new contract and Mayfield despite his savior reputation.

Arizona is at risk of losing postseason contention if Murray does not assume more offensive responsibility. The defense has started to play better, and it is time for him to respond. James Conner and the traditional rushing game should provide him with plenty of help. The Panthers’ offensive issues around Mayfield continue, notably his inability to effectively utilize his assets.

Prediction: The Cardinals will win 24-14.

  • Broncos at Raiders (-2, 44 o/u)

Sunday 4:25 pm (E.T) C.B.S.

The Broncos and Raiders are introducing new offensive-minded coaches, Nathaniel Hackett and Josh McDaniels. Despite possessing an abundance of receiving weapons, Russell Wilson and Derek Carr have been slow to adjust and produce in the new schemes. The play-calling is not in sync for either quarterback, but Las Vegas has shown more signs of improvement. The Denver defense has overachieved thus far and will likely regress on the road. Carr and the plucky Raiders experience a surge of desperation, resulting in a victory that places them back in the suddenly underachieving A.F.C. West.

Prediction: The Raiders cover the point spread and win 23-20.

  • Rams at 49ers (-2.5, 45 o/u)

Monday 8:15 p.m (E.T) ESPN.

The quarterback performance of the Rams and 49ers is uncertain, as Matthew Stafford is recovering from a right elbow injury, and Jimmy Garoppolo is recovering from right shoulder surgery. This should be a traditional, grueling, challenging, and physical contest between the two N.F.C. West rivals, similar to their final two significant games of 2022, including the N.F.C. championship game. Give the advantage to the 49ers because of their superior overall defense, more dependable running game at home, and the recent success of Kyle Shanahan over Sean McVay.

Prediction: 49ers win 20-17.

So here is all Week 4 of the NFL 2022 season.

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