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Giants @ Washington - WASHINGTON WIN

Before the season started the Washington offense looked like it was going to score points. Aside from some struggles against J.J. Watt in week one this has indeed proven to be the case.

At home, against a Giants team that is 1-2 so far this season, they should win easily.

Titans @ Colts - COLTS WIN

The Colts are unlucky to be 1-2 heading into week 4. They edged the second half against Denver in week 1 and suffered a game losing meltdown in week two against the Eagles.

They got things back on track in style against the Jaguars on Sunday though and they should cement this first win with a comfortable second against the Titans who are one of the worst teams in the NFL.

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The Titans don't do anything particularly well, they are nothing special on defense, they struggle to run the ball with Shonn Greene as a starter and in the passing game Jake Locker is completely failing to make use of what should be a talented wide receiver corp.

At home Andrew Luck should be looking at another 300+ yards game.

Bills @ Texans - TEXANS WIN

The Bills have come back down to Earth after being beaten at home by the Chargers last week. They now have to travel to Houston to face the Texans.

Neither offense is going to score many points but Arian Foster will likely be fit again. This combined with home advantage and the J.J. Watt wrecking crew should give the Texans a third win of the season.

Jaguars @ Chargers - CHARGERS WIN

The Chargers woes at running back are threatening to derail a promising season. First Ryan Matthews picked up his annual month long injury. Then Danny Woodhead broke his ankle on Sunday and will likely be out for the season.

If a team other than the Jaguars were visiting therefore, I would back the away side however I can't bring myself to back a slow motion car crash. As I wrote earlier the Jacksonville offensive line is awful.

It is so bad in fact that were I Blake Bortles I would be terrified. With this in mind I just don't see how the Jaguars will score points. It's got to be win for the Chargers.

Packers @ Bears - PACKERS WIN

I'm backing Eddie Lacy to come good against a Bears defense that struggles to defend against the run. 

A Lacy return to form coupled with having Aaron Rodgers should give the Packers their first win on the road this season and keep them in alive in the NFC North.

Lions @ Jets - LIONS WIN

The Lions are just a far more polished team than the Jets and they should win it comfortably. Calvin Johnson, in particular, is going to make out like a bandit against these Jets cornerbacks.

Dolphins @ Raiders - DOLPHINS WIN

This one is hardly a game that is going to set pulses racing in London or indeed anywhere else. In the end the Raiders are an awful team whilst the Dolphins are just below average.

Dolphins win.

Buccaneers @ Steelers - STEELERS WIN

After three weeks we can already confidently say that the Buccaneers are strong candidates to enjoy the first pick in next year's draft. As a Bucs fan I like to think that they will improve from last Thursday's drubbing against the Falcons but I don't think it is going to happen.

The Steelers will win this one easily. Fantasy owners of Bell and Blount get ready to see some monster points.

Panthers @ Ravens - PANTHERS WIN

The Panthers defense will go into this game with a point to prove. In week 3 Le'Veon Bell stomped all over them, rushing for 147 yards at an average of seven yards per carry. That isn't going to happen again.

Unfortunately, for the Ravens though more than most teams they really need a strong running game for the offense to function as Flacco is not going to win games if he needs to throw the ball more than 35 times.

With the Panthers shutting down the run the Ravens are going to have to pass and isn't going to work.

Falcons @ Vikings - FALCONS WIN

This should be a close game. I think the Norv Turner offense under rookie Teddy Bridgewater will move the chains. However, the Falcons will have had ten days to prepare for this one.

Furthermore, they will be flying high after their walkover victory over Tampa Bay last Thursday. This should be enough to give Matt Ryan & co the W.

Eagles @ 49ers - 49ERS WIN

I really talked up the Eagles offensive line in my preseason Eagles article. What I hadn't counted on was injuries. Not just one or two but pretty much the entire starting offensive line has gone down.

Couple this with an away trip to a strong 49ers team that will be hurting after two defeats and the 49ers should just have enough to win. If they don't, their playoff hopes in the NFC West will have all but evaporated.

Saints @ Cowboys - SAINTS WIN

The Saints haven't looked great so far this season. They lost two close ones on the road against the Falcons and Browns. In week 3 they won at home against the Vikings but didn't look impressive.

The Cowboys meanwhile should have reasons to be optimistic. The defense doesn't yet look as bad as everyone feared it would, and on offense the run game is strong and Romo is showing signs of improvement.

I'm backing the Saints here though. In my pre-week one power rankings I had them down as the third best team in the NFL and with the quality New Orleans have on both sides of the ball, they should win this.

Patriots @ Chiefs - CHIEFS WIN

I'm going to stick my neck out here and back the Chiefs for a shock win. The injury news suggests that Jaamal Charles will be fit again for this game. Add wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to the mix and QB Alex Smith might just be able to do something on all those plays he extends by scrambling about so much.

It isn't the strength of the Chiefs that has me predicting a home win so much as it is the weakness of the Patriots. Simply put, at the moment, the Patriots don't look like a playoff team. They lost to the Dolphins in week 1 and looked poor doing so. They benefited from the Peterson induced chaos in Minnesota in week 2. Whilst most damaging of all they only managed to beat the Raiders 16-9 at home.

It will be close but home advantage should give the Chiefs enough here.

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