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2012 Week Four NFL Picks and Predictions: One Fan's Predictions

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Let it be known that week three of the 2012 NFL football season was off the charts loopy. As a huge NFL football fan that has picked the games for as long as I can remember, I don't recall ever having as bad of a week as I did during week three. Every game went the opposite it seemed of what I expected and the losses just kept on coming. With that said, I have heard of such weeks from other prognosticators before. I guess I was overdue for a horrid week like that. Whatever the case, I am ready to move on with a lesson in humility. At least I can feel good knowing I really had at least one more win having picked the Green Bay Packers to beat the Seattle Seahawks.

Like a cornerback that was burned one on one on a stop and go, I am utilizing a short memory and moving forward. Now on with the week four picks and predictions!

Thursday, Sept. 27

Cleveland at Baltimore

There is absolutely no discernible reason why the Cleveland Browns should be able to beat the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night in Baltimore.

Week Four NFL Winner - Baltimore Ravens

Sunday, Sep. 30

Minnesota at Detroit

Minnesota certainly looked impressive in beating the mighty San Francisco 49ers, but I expect the Lions to rebound in a big way at home. The Lions are due for a break out signature win, so this could be the week. Expect a blowout.

Week Four NFL Winner - Detroit Lions

Seattle at St. Louis

The Seahawks got a gift on Monday Night Football and there is little doubt about that. The Rams are no joke in 2012, but they are going to struggle big time against a tough Seahawks defense. Bradford will likely spend a ton of time on his rear end, but I think the Rams will surprise the Hawks at home.

Week Four NFL Winner - St. Louis Rams

San Francisco at N.Y. Jets

The Jets lost a key player in week three when Darrelle Revis tore his ACL. The Niners suffered a humiliating defeat against the Vikings in week three. Both teams feature outstanding defenses and the Niners are going to be looking for blood. Still, I think the Jets will come up big at home.

Week Four NFL Winner - New York Jets

San Diego at Kansas City

This game is smelling like a possible Kansas City upset and I am going with my gut here. Jamaal Charles is on a roll and the normally solid Phillip Rivers looked incredibly shaky against the Falcons in week three. I like the Chiefs at home in an upset.

Week Four NFL Winner - Kansas City Chiefs

Tennessee at Houston

I like Houston in this game and it is not even close.

Week Four NFL Winner - Houston Texans

Carolina at Atlanta

The Carolina Panthers laid a horrible rotten egg during week three against the New York Giants. They have had a bit of time to recover and I expect a much better showing during week four. Still, the Falcons are too strong right now.

Week Four NFL Winner - Atlanta Falcons

New England at Buffalo

The Patriots are upset after a loss to Baltimore, so they are going to be fired up. Buffalo certainly could pull off this game at home, but I think that Tom Brady will push his team to victory.

Week Four NFL Winner - New England Patriots

Cincinnati at Jacksonville

The Bengals impressed me a great deal against the Redskins. That offense is something else and Andy Dalton is only getting better and better. With Maurice Jones-Drew in the backfield, however, the Jaguars are always dangerous as well. This one could go either way, but I like the Bengals.

Week Four NFL Winner - Cincinnati Bengals

Miami at Arizona

Arizona is for real and Miami is hurting with injuries. This one should be easy.

Week Four NFL Winner - Arizona Cardinals

Oakland at Denver

The Raiders never seem to win when I pick them. The Broncos are also a team I have little luck with. Perhaps I should flip a coin? Whatever the case, I like the Broncos at home in this one.

Week Four NFL Winner - Denver Broncos

Washington at Tampa Bay

I think that the quick defense for Tampa Bay will shut down the explosive Washington offense enough to get the win at home. Josh Freeman will have a huge day.

Week Four NFL Winner - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New Orleans at Green Bay

Both of these teams really need a victory and the Green Bay Packers are ticked off as well. I give the edge to the team with some anger to spur their team on. Green Bay will blow up big in this one to make a point.

Week Four NFL Winner - Green Bay Packers

N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia

The Eagles were horrible in week three and the Giants were awesome. I expect more of the same in week four.

Week Four NFL Winner - New York Giants

Monday, Oct. 01

Chicago at Dallas

The Bears are facing off against a Dallas team that could be as good as anyone. Chicago is great when Cutler is on point. Unfortunately, that has not been the case much of the time. This will be a dogfight but a Dallas win in the end due to Cutler turnovers.

Week Four NFL Winner - Dallas Cowboys

Week Three NFL Picks Record - 5-11

Season NFL Picks Record to Date - 26-22

Source--Yahoo Sports Stats Page

*Southern is a huge Carolina Panthers fan that is convinced that he will see a Super Bowl Trophy in Charlotte within five years.

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