NFL picks and predictions: Week 4

Three weeks in, we have a decent idea of what some teams are bringing to the table in 2016.

The first slate of bye weeks are here, which leaves 14 games on Week 4's slate.

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We picked all 15 of this weekend's games below. Take a gander and let us know where you disagree.

Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals (CIN -8)
Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET


The Dolphins needed an overtime to secure a win against Cleveland, which was less than promising. Cincinnati needs a win to get back on track before a meeting with Dallas in Week 5, and that's exactly what they'll do.

Pick: Bengals

Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (IND -2.5)
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET


Indianapolis has gotten off to a slow start, but Jacksonville is in even worse shape. After an offseason filled with hype, the Jags are 0-3 -- and a loss to the Colts in London could already throw a sizable wrench into their postseason plans.

Pick: Colts

Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots (NE -6)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET


Who's starting under center for New England? Does it matter? Probably not. New England handled Houston with ease last Thursday night with Jacoby Brissett manning the controls, and it's tough to see the Bills -- despite coming off their best game of the season -- taking one at Gillette.

Pick: Patriots

Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans (HOU -5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET


Houston will need to prove that Week 3's blowout loss was a fluke, and a home game against the Titans is the perfect setting to get back on track. This will be the team's first game without JJ Watt since he was drafted in 2011, and they'll have some figuring out to do -- but this one shouldn't prove to be too difficult.

Pick: Texans

Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears (DET -3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET


Detroit has battled through some issues on both sides of the ball early this year, but Chicago may compete with Cleveland for the league's worst record.

Pick: Lions

Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons (CAR -3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET


The Falcons have a chance to get out to a sizable lead in the NFC East with a home win -- especially with Tampa Bay taking on Denver. But it's hard to expect Caroilna's offense to struggle as much as it did last week. This should be a close one, and could very well end up being closer than the three points Vegas is calling.

Pick: Panthers

Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Jets (SEA -2.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET


New York is coming off its worst game in recent memory, in which Ryan Fitzpatrick completed six passes to the opposite team -- and now have to face the Seawhawks' defense. This one smells like trouble for the Jets -- with or without Russell Wilson.

Pick: Seahawks

Oakland Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens (BAL -3.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET


Baltimore faces its toughest opponent of the season in Oakland after beating up on three subpar opponents. It's also a chance for Oakland to move to 3-1 for the first time in more than a decade. Don't rule out a Raiders upset at M&T Bank Stadium.

Pick: Raiders

Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Redskins (WAS -7.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET


Washington enjoyed an encouraging, come-from-behind win at New York last Sunday, and they'll have a chance to put together some nice momentum heading into a road matchup with Baltimore in Week 5.

Pick: Redskins

Denver Broncos vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DEN -3)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET


Tampa Bay's defense has been a struggle to watch over the first three weeks, and Trevor Siemian is coming off his best game as a pro. Factor in how Jameis Winston played against another talented defense in Airzona, and this one shapes up to be another win for the Broncos.

Pick: Broncos

Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals (ARI -7.5)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET


For the first time all season, the Rams' offense had its way and put some serious numbers on the board against Tampa in Week 3 -- but don't expect them to have similar fortune on the road against Arizona.

Pick: Cardinals

Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers (DAL -2)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET


Dak Prescott has his first NFL touchdown pass under his belt, and Ezekiel Elliott is performing just as expected. If things keep progressing as they have been, Dallas should escape San Francisco with a victory.

Pick: Cowboys

New Orleans Saints vs. San Diego Chargers (SD -4)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET


Drew Brees and the Saints have stumbled out to an 0-3 start, but San Diego presents a chance to finally get on the board. With the Chargers lacking multiple weapons already due to injury, the Saints may finally have found an opponent that won't completely torch their defense.

Pick: Saints

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT -4.5)
Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET


Kansas City has plenty of momentum following a dominant performance at home against the Jets, and Pittsburgh is coming off a deflating outing against Philly where it failed to score a touchdown. But the home crowd at Heinz Field is always a tough one to play in front of as a visitor, and could be a decisive factor here.

Pick: Steelers

New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings (MIN -5)
Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET


Even with Sam Bradford under center, the Vikings seem to be a legit contender. The Giants are coming off a performance that was reminiscent of their putrid 2015, blowing a lead late to Washington. The Vikes' new stadium will surely be rowdy for this primetime matchup, and the Giants may not get the opportunity to get a lead in the first place -- let alone blow it.

Pick: Vikings

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32. Bears (0-3)
Last Week: 31

Mark your calendars for Oct. 20 and Oct. 31, when we get to see the Bears in prime time again!

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31. Browns (0-3)
Last Week: 32

The Browns' near-win was enough to get them out of the No. 32 slot. And things are looking up! They might have the same quarterback start two consecutive games.

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30. Jaguars (0-3)
Last Week: 23

Remember the offseason Jaguars hype? Neither do we.

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27. 49ers (1-2)
Last Week: 25

The 49ers got blown out by Seattle in Week 3, and Blaine Gabbert has thrown for 532 total yards over three games.

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26. Dolphins (1-2)
Last Week: 27

Miami nearly lost to Cleveland in their home building -- it took an overtime period to beat the Browns. That is not good.

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25. Bills (1-2)
Last Week: 30

To Buffalo's credit, they won a very difficult matchup against Arizona to earn its first win of the season. But they've started off 1-2, failing to take advantage of the Tom Brady-less first month in the AFC East.

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24. Buccaneers (1-2)
Last Week: 19

Tampa Bay has a serious problem on defense, allowing 101 points over its three games -- and 37 last week to an LA team that hadn't scored a touchdown prior.

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23. Titans (1-2)
Last Week: 22

Tennessee competed again, but fell by a touchdown to Oakland. DeMarco Murray looking like his old self is encouraging, though.

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22. Rams (2-1)
Last Week: 28

Not only did the Rams break their touchdown drought, but they poured in 37 points against a Tampa Bay defense that's one of the worst in the league. Encouraging, but they have some work to do before we trust them enough to to slide them significantly up in our rankings.

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21. Lions (1-2)
Last Week: 21

The Lions hung in with Green Bay, thanks to Marvin Jones' 205-yard receiving day, but didn't have enough to outlast the Packers at Lambeau. Good news: The Bears await them in Week 4.

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20. Redskins (1-2)
Last Week: 24

In their first positive performance of the season, Washington outlasted the Giants at MetLife Stadium -- and the NFC East is even more wide-open. We're still not sold on Washington, but Kirk Cousins getting back on track would put them right back in the mix.

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19. Colts (1-2)
Last Week: 20

At home, the Colts managed to sneak by the depleted Chargers 26-22. T.Y. Hilton had a day receiving -- 174 yards over eight catches -- and Andrew Luck threw for 331 yards all told. But this Colts defense is an obstacle they'll have trouble getting past.

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18. Jets (1-2)
Last Week: 12

Ryan Fitzpatrick played the worst game of his life in Week 3, tossing six interceptions into the arms of Kansas City defenders. The Jets, with a stout defense and several playmakers, merely need him to manage games offensively -- which he did successfully, and then some, last year. Seattle travels to MetLife Stadium this week, where the pressure will surely be on Fitzpatrick again.

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17. Falcons (2-1)
Last Week: 18

Atlanta handled the lowly Saints on Monday Night Football in Week 3, putting up 45 against their porous defense. A divisional matchup with the Panthers is up next in Week 4, where we'll really get to see how competitive Atlanta figures to be this season.

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16. Giants (2-1)
Last Week: 13

Blowing a chance to keep a share of first in the NFC East and move to 3-0, the Giants blew a lead against Washington in the second half, reminiscent of 2015. Odell Beckham's attitude is something to monitor moving forward, with rookie head coach Ben McAdoo calling him out on being a distraction after the game.

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15. Raiders (2-1)
Last Week: 14

Oakland's promising start continued in Week 3 with a win over Tennessee, with Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper totaling over 160 yards through the air. A matchup with the undefeated Ravens awaits, where Oakland will have a chance to start a season better than 2-2 for the first time since 2002.

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14. Bengals (1-2)
Last Week: 8

After hanging on for a close victory against the Jets in Week 1, Cincinnati has dropped two straight against tough opponents. Jeremy Hill was responsible for nearly all of the Bengals' offense, with Andy Dalton throwing for just 206 yards and no scores in the loss.

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13. Cowboys (2-1)
Last Week: 15

The Cowboys posted their second consecutive win after Week 1's disappointing finish at the buzzer, handling a weak Chicago team. Dak Prescott was able to get his first career touchdown pass under his belt, creating some positive momentum heading into a winnable game against the 49ers in Week 4.

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12. Texans (2-1)
Last Week: 7

Houston had a chance to prove themselves as a bona fide contender with a win over New England, but completely squandered it, getting shut out despite outgaining the Pats 284-282. They should be able to get back on track, though, next week at home against Tennessee.

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11. Ravens (3-0)
Last Week: 16

Perhaps the most surprising of the remaining undefeated teams, the Ravens have taken advantage of a soft schedule to get out in front of the AFC North. No true juggernauts await them in the near future, so maybe -- just maybe -- Baltimore will be able to keep this up.

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10. Cardinals (1-2)
Last Week: 3

Arizona suffered a bad, bad loss to Buffalo in Week 3 and will need to redeem itself at home against the Rams. It's not time to panic yet, but check back in a week.

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9. Eagles (3-0)
Last Week: 17

Are they for real? It's still early, but it certainly seems that way. After handling the Steelers with ease, the Eagles are 3-0 heading into their bye week. Not a bad start for rookie Carson Wentz.

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6. Seahawks (2-1)
Last Week: 11

One week after an embarrassing loss to the Rams, Seattle asserted its dominance against the 49ers, putting up 37 points in a blowout win. Russell Wilson's health remains a point of concern, though.

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5. Steelers (2-1)
Last Week: 2

Pittsburgh surprisingly laid an egg against the Eagles, dropping the road matchup 34-3. Another tough matchup against the Chiefs awaits in Week 4.

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3. Packers (2-1)
Last Week: 6

Green Bay rebounded nicely from a primetime loss to the apparently formidable Vikings, winning a shootout and putting 34 points up against Detroit.

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2. Broncos (3-0)
Last Week: 4

Denver remained undefeated thanks to a dominant outing from Emmanuel Sanders, who racked up a pair of touchdowns as Trevor Siemian grows more and more comfortable under center each week.

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1. Patriots (3-0)
Last Week: 1

The Patriots found a method to beating Houston in Week 3 with limited healthy quarterbacks on the roster -- by allowing zero points. They shut Houston out in impressive fashion, remaining in our No. 1 slot and bumping the Texans down a few pegs.

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