NFL 2014 Week 4 Preview and Bettor’s Guide

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LOS ANGELES, September 24, 2014 — Summer is over, and the weather is turning into football weather. Contenders are already being separated from pretenders. With that, here is the NFL 2014 Week 4 Bettor’s Guide, with point spreads provided by and all times Eastern.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 8:30 p.m.

New York Giants at Washington Redskins (-3.5) — Kirk Cousins has been lighting up the league. The Giants are fighting hard for Tom Coughlin, but on the road against a reinvigorated Washington squad, the Redskins have a clear advantage. Redskins cover

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1:00 p.m.

Miami Dolphins (-4) at Oakland Raiders — Both of these teams are terrible, giving the futbol hooligans at Wembley Stadium in England one more reason to riot. Given that neither of these teams know how to score, the fans may think it is soccer and love this game. Dolphins win but fail to cover

Green Bay Packers (-1.5) at Chicago Bears — This is the week where we find out if the Bears are for real. They won two straight road games against good teams and now face a desperate Green Bay team on the ropes. Underestimating Aaron Rodgers would be a mistake. Packers cover

Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans (-3) — The Bills were overrated and exposed last week while the Texans are improving under Bill O’Brien. Texans cover

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (-7.5) — The Colts are an offensive juggernaut that beats up on weaker teams. The Titans are one of those weaker teams. Colts cover

Detroit Lions (-1.5) at New York Jets — The Lions are impressive at home, but need to show they can win away from their dome. The Jets lost at home on Monday Night Football but tend to fight hard for Rex Ryan when they are desperate. Upset special, Jets win outright

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7.5) — The Steelers are getting back to where they were two years ago, while the Buccaneers are getting back to the winless and witless orange creamsicle Yuccaneers of 1976. Steelers cover

4:00 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers (-13) — The Blake Bortles era has begun, but expecting much in his very first game would be too much to ask on the road against a much better team. The spread is high, but the Jaguars are awful. Chargers cover

Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers (-5.5) — The Eagles are unbeaten and scoring points at will. The 49ers are on the ropes and desperate. This could be the game that propels the Eagles and buries the 49ers, but San Francisco at home deserves one more chance to show what they can do. They will save their season. 49ers win but fail to cover

Atlanta Falcons (-3) at Minnesota Vikings — Matt Ryan looks phenomenal at home but his one road game was a turkey. Minnesota is not that good a team but they hung tough on the road last week against New Orleans. Upset special, Vikings win outright

8:30 p.m.

New Orleans Saints (-3) at Dallas Cowboys — Both teams have offensive firepower although the Saints underperformed at home last week. The issue is defense, and the Cowboys have yet to prove that they have one. Saints cover

Monday, September 29, 8:30 p.m.

New England Patriots (-3.5) at Kansas Chiefs — The Patriots offense has been out of sync all season, but the Chiefs are a shell of what they were last year. The spotlight of the Monday night lights and a crazed crowd at Arrowhead could help, but Bill Bellichick and Tom Brady do not get fazed on the biggest stages. Patriots win but fail to cover

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