Some were narrow defeats, http://www.authenticsdenverbroncos.com/cheap-adam-gotsis-jersey but hey, a loss is a loss, and we all know that I’ll brag all day about a victory. So I gotta take my lumps as well. Thankfully, this Thursday has a good game. We get to see the Rams beat the snot out of the Cousins’, and we all know I love seeing the Vikings lose for this very reason. We also have another primetime game to watch: Monday Night Football. I’m gonna dish out some free advice to you all: Take Tuesday off, because if you sit through the entire game, you’re going to need the next day to recover from that massive headache you’ll wake up with. Now onto the picks.Last Week: 6-10Overall: 22-24-2Minnesota Vikings (1-1-1) at Los Angeles Rams (3-0) 6:20pm Fox/NFLN/AMAZON PRIME TNFI can think of nothing better for the Vikings’ fresh new blowout than playing the best team in football. I mean, the reason why they got Cousins and dumped Keenum was because they wanted to have the perennial loser (Cousins) start winning? Interesting strategy there Vikings. How is that working out for you these days? Prediction: Vikings 13, Rams 34New York Jets (1-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) 11:00am FOXThe Jags are gonna be PISSED after dropping an easy game to the Titans. And what better way to have some vengeance than to be a bully to a rookie QB team? Prediction: Jets 9, Jaguars 27Miami Dolphins (3-0) at New England Patriots (1-2) 11:00am CBSIt’s been over a decade since Miami has won in Foxboro. Not only that, but they are undefeated and the Patriots look lost. This means an easy victory, right? Wrong! We’ve seen slow starts from the Patriots before, only to watch them rip off 12 in a row. This will mark the 1st of what will be a long string of victories. And before you can blink your eye, the dolphins will only have a 1 game lead on them, and that’s why the Patriots will win yet another division title. Prediction: Dolphins 17, Patriots 35Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) at Tennessee Titans (2-1) 11:00am FOXThe Eagles are starting to trend up, which spells disaster for the Titans’ chances this weekend. I’m not saying this will be a high scoring affair for Philly, but the Eagles will do Eagles things. Prediction: Eagles 27, Titans 9Houston Texans (0-3) at Indianapolis Colts (1-2) 11:00pmThat’s it, I’m done. I’m done giving DeShaun Watson and JJ Watt the benefit of the doubt. They aren’t winning and I gotta get a higher percentage for my picks. This is embarrassing. So prove me wrong Texans, because I’m predicting that Andrew Luck and the boys run wild on you. Prediction: Texans 17, Colts 27Buffalo Bills (1-2) at Green Bay Packers (1-1-1) 11:00am CBSJosh Allen came in last week and ran all over the Vikings. Who would have seen that coming? Can he do it against the Packers who won’t be surprised by his athleticism? Let me ask my Magic 8 Ball... There you have it. Prediction: Bills 16, Packers 31Detroit Lions (1-2) at Dallas Cowboys (1-2) 11:00am FOXThe Lions just stunned the NFL world by steamrolling the Patriots. So surely they can take down the lowly Cowgirls, right? Fine fine fine, Cowpeople. Better? The answer is a resounding yes. I think Matt Patricia knew a thing or two about the Patriots and that’s why they won, but winning can be contagious, and so can losing. And the Cowboys are exactly what Kirk Cousins is: Losers. Prediction: Lions 30, Cowboys 24Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) at Chicago Bears (2-1) 11:00am FOXOk, so is Fitzmagic alive or dead? I say the Steelers defense is a) pathetic, b) let up which extended “garbage time”, and c) couldn’t pull themselves out of it fast enough to slam a comeback attempt shut, as teams often struggle with. So again, is the magic over? Or still rolling? I think that the Bears with their defense goes a long way to answering this question. Prediction: Bucs 16, Bears 17Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) at Atlanta Falcons (1-2) 11:00am CBSBoth of these teams are head scratchers. I want to say the Bengals are worse than their record and the Falcons are better than theirs. The Falcons have fallen just short of opening the season 3-0, and to me, that counts for something. Meanwhile, I still just don’t trust the Bengals. Prediction: Bengals 24, Falcons 31Seattle Seahawks (1-2) at Arizona Cardinals (0-3) 2:05pm FOXWill Earl Thomas still be a Seahawk by the time they play? That’s a decently deciding factor in this. I mean, he could very well feast on Josh Rosen in his first start. Without him, I like theCardinals’ chances a whole lot better, and with him, I think the Seahawks steamroll Arizona. I think I just basically said that no matter what, the Seahawks win, it’s just simply trying to determine a final score. Prediction: Seahawks 27, Cardinals 13Cleveland Browns (1-1-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-3) 2:05pm FOXDing Ding Ding, all aboard the Baker Mayfield train! The Browns have a really good defense that’s loaded with talent. And finally they’re doing what they should have done from Day 1 of training camp: Give all the reps to your future! I’m not saying it’ll be record breaking or anything, but I am saying Mayfield is gonna have the Browns winning. Prediction: Browns 20, Raiders 16New Orleans Saints (2-1) at New York Giants (1-2) 2:25pm CBSDrew Brees showed that you’re never too old to be a QB in the NFL. Throwing for almost 400 yards and 3 TDs and running in for a few more. This team might not have much of a defense, but if they can tighten up just a little bit (kinda like the Chiefs), they’ll be a juggernaut in the NFL. And this week? Well, the Giants will likely score some points. Even Eli and OBJ can get their collective “stuff” together to do that for this week. But lets face it, it won’t be enough. Prediction: Saints 41, Giants 31San Francisco 49ers (1-2) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-2) 2:25pm CBSThe only team that wants their money back more than the Vikings is the 49ers. This game was gonna be a toss-up before Garoppolo went down for the year. And when he went down, so too did the 49ers season, including any offensive production. Meanwhile Youth Jared Veldheer Jersey , the Chargers have a shot to get to .500, which they’ll gladly capitalize on with the resurgent of the Rivers-to-Gates connection. Prediction: 49ers 3, Chargers 24Baltimore Ravens (2-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1-1) 6:20pm NBC SNFThe Ravens are coming off their dismantling of the Denver Broncos. As Joe Flacco said, they could have passed it 55 times and been just fine. That’s how piss poor the Broncos secondary is, and guess what? The Steelers aren’t a whole lot better. But they do have some pieces on offense, and any time you have Roethlisberger and Brown, you have a shot. Especially at home and against a tough division rival. Prediction: Ravens 31, Steelers 30Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) at Denver Broncos (2-1) 6:15pm ESPN MNFDo you want a key to this game? Dress every single defensive lineman and linebacker you can, even if this is the only game of the year they play. Why? Because the Broncos will need to hit Mahomes on literally every single passing play in order to rattle him and have any legitimate shot at winning this game. And if we’ve learned anything about the 2018 season, its that quarterbacks aren’t actually allowed to play contact football. They are cupcakes and snowflakes and a bunch of prissy little B’s. There will be many personal fouls for roughing the passer, and there will be many ejections. So stock up on these linebackers and linemen, cause we’re gonna be churning and burning through them. Prediction: Chiefs 52, Broncos 23NFL Power Rankings Week 4: NFL is very top heavy in 2018 I’m going to try really freaking hard to not be all “doom and gloom” about the Broncos this week. I mean, I predicted this outcome twice last week. Once in my NFL Predictions column, and the other in the Staff’s column. Sure, I was the only staff member who lives in the real world and saw this as the loss it was always going to be, but it still hurts to see it unfold the way it did.Here’s the thing: Yes, the Broncos got jobbed on some straight up game wrecking calls. We also got jobbed on a bunch of legit calls. Now to answer your obvious question: If the call was legit (such as holding) then how in the hell did the Broncos get jobbed? I’m so glad you asked, and the answer is simple: Because they didn’t call holding on the Ravens when there was obvious holding, yet they called it on the Broncos when there was obvious holding. Look, if you’re gonna call a game one way, at least call it the same way for both freaking teams! /End RantThe Good: We were hella efficient in the opening 2 drives. 1 pay and a touchdown. Another play and another touchdown. The rout was on, right? DT also remembered his hands that day. And, umm, umm, umm, yeah, that’s about it. That’s all I got for the good.The Bad: Our quarterback is SURELY better than this, right? Look Case, you’re apparently going to throw interceptions no matter what, so at least do so while trying to run an electric and high tempo offense. I’d rather you throw 3 INTS like you did in week 1 and have us look like an offense that is waiting to explode than throw 1 interception and have us look like Siemian Lite out there. How about our secondary? Do you want to know the most troubling stat I have seen all year? 8.2 and 8.0. What are those numbers? 8.2 is the number of yards per pass play that the Broncos allow. Ok, so what’s the 8.0? That’s the yards per pass play that the Kansas City Chiefs allow. Yes ladies and gentlemen, the Chiefs and their “sad ass defense” is actually BETTER than the Broncos “we got an amazing defense!” Why do I mention that? Oh, you know, because we play them next Monday. And if the Chiefs Offense is a McClaren P1, then the Broncos offense is a beat-up rust bucket that backfires and has bathroom towels as seat covers. But fear not Broncos Country, at least their defense is pathetic so it’ll keep us in the game, right? Yeah, until you look and see our defense is actually more pathetic in the passing game, you know, where most of NFL offense is generated. So yeah, color me pessimistic about our chances. I’m hoping the Chiefs “only” double our score and don’t triple it... at home... in Denver... in Prime Time.Now onto the rankings. Remember, I’m ranking teams as they stand TODAY. Not a culmination of last year or the last decade. If they look like they are world beaters today, they’ll be ranked high regardless of what their record is. After-all, if we went by record alone, then Power Rankings wouldn’t exist, you could just look in your local newspaper (do they even exist anymore?) to see the standings.POWER RANKINGS WEEK 41. Los Angeles Rams:The Rams are the NFL’s best and most complete team. Their defense is legit and their offense is high scoring. Now be honest with me people, who here saw Talib snatch that ball for a fumble and think to themselves “why did we trade him away again? Oh yeah, because he thought Vance Joseph was a crap coach... which he is!” Yeah, you are missed Talib. Sorely missed.2. Kansas City Chiefs:I think the Chief fans are in denial about their team. Last week I had them #2 and they bitched and moaned that the Jags were. So after I was proven 100% correct, what will their excuse be to complain this week? Is it because their QB is in a “slump” because he only threw 3 TDs instead of 5? Look, the Rams are clearly the best team in the NFL, but the Chiefs are clearly the 2nd best. The NFL is currently like the NBA, 2-4 mega good teams, and then “the rest.” The AFC and NFC have the two best teams in football. Everyone else is just cannon fodder till playoff time. 3. Philadelphia Eagles:We now see the Eagles start to move towards their end of year lofty perch. Carson Wentz showed that there wasn’t a whole hell of a lot of rust, and he’s picking up where he left off White Von Miller Jersey , which is music to all their fans’ ears. 4. New Orleans Saints:The Saints look a lot like the Chiefs, just with a worse defense (who knew that was even possible?). They are scoring at will, but also giving up scores almost as frequently. Why have them at #4? Because why not? Outside of the two top teams, all the others have plenty of flaws. If the Eagles pick up with Wentz where they left off, then we’ll have a clear Top 3. But after that, the Saints are as worthy as any to be right here.5. Jacksonville Jaguars:The waters are muddy for the next 5-10 teams. Are the Jags better? Probably, but how can we be so sure when you score a whopping 6 points! That’s inexcusable for a Top 5 team and borderline inexcusable for a Top 12 team. Fortunately for them, there were a lot of eggs laid this last Sunday, so here you go. You’re welcome Blake Bortles.6. Carolina Panthers:Look at C.J. Anderson rumbling down the sideline! This team can do some good things if they don’t try getting too cute.7. Cincinnati Bengals: Are they really this high? For today they are simply because I don’t trust anyone else below them to really be better than them today. 8. Baltimore Ravens:Much like the Bengals, they are really here by default as there really isn’t many teams below them that I’d trust to beat them, or at least be this high up. I told you the waters are muddy in no-mans-land.9. Miami Dolphins:I struggle with these guys as I’m still not sure if they are really all that good or if they’re just this lucky. But if Woody Harrelson taught us anything in Zombieland, “Sometimes its better to be lucky than good.” So here you go Miami, Top 10 for you!10. Cleveland Browns:WHAT?!?! Yes, Baker Mayfield mania is gonna take over! The Browns defense is legit and now their offense can score. Isn’t that right Baker?11. Washington Redskins:Say hello to the last “if the playoffs started today, this is the last team in” teams. Are they deserving? Who the hell knows anymore. Show me a team outside of the Rams that isn’t flawed and I’ll answer this question for you. But they are playing above average for the 2018 season, especially seeing up is now down with the historically dominant teams looking so “meh”.12. Green Bay Packers:I’m not sure I want to put them here, but everyone else around them is crumbling just as fast. At least they still have a semi-healthy Aaron Rodgers, and eventually Clay Matthews won’t be called for roughing the passer. Maybe. 13. Chicago Bears:I simply can’t put them higher than the Packers seeing the Packers beat them already. Mack is looking like he plays Michael Schofield every week. Maybe he needed to get out of Oakland to see his true potential? 14. Denver Broncos:Let the free-fall begin. If they play this brand of pathetic defense and offense, we shouldn’t count on a much better record than last year. I believe Doc Holiday said it best:15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:It looked like the clock had struck midnight on Fitzmagic, but 17 unanswered points in the second half keeps that dream alive for Bucs fans, even if it was complete garbage time! 16. Tennessee Titans:Why? Because I’m still not a believer. Hey, they beat Blake Bortles and held him to 6 points. But is that really an accomplishment? Is it? ... IS IT?!?!???17. Atlanta Falcons:I almost feel sorry for the Dirty Birds. They are so close to being 3-0. I believe the phrase is “Always a bridesmaid, never the bride!” 18. Minnesota Vikings:hahahahahaha wow, best $90 million EVER! hahahahahahaha19. Indianapolis Colts:They’re close to being good again. With each rep, Andrew Luck gets better. It’s still interesting that they pulled him for a Hail Mary throw. Is it because he’s lacking the strength? Or is it because they didn’t want to risk injury by having him air it out? 20. New England Patriots:I LOVE watching this team in full decline. I don’t expect it to last much longer, and they’ll probably finish the season something ridiculous like 14-2, but today, as they stand, they aren’t all that good. 21. Los Angeles Chargers:They aren’t all that bad, but they aren’t all that good either. One thing is for sure though, Antonio Gates is gonna destroy the Broncos defense. He looked 25 out there on Sunday, and we have to play them twice in the last few weeks of the season! Yikes!22. Pittsburgh Steelers:Mike Tomlin might bet canned. And you know what? That bodes well for the Broncos. Why? Because you might be looking at our next head coach. This team is destroying itself from the inside, but they still have a ton of talent.23. Oakland Raiders:Once they pull it together, they’ll start winning a few. They are in every game they play, right up until the wheels fall off. They aren’t as bad as the other undefeated teams, but they until they can learn how to win a game, its safe to say they are losers.24. New York Jets:They have their rookie QB starting, and he looks just like a rookie QB. He has his ups and his downs. They are playing semi-decent in between the growing pains, which is enough to keep them out of the bottom of the barrel. 25. Buffalo Bills:Darnold won in his first start. Mayfield won in his first action. Now Allen wins in his first start. I’m beginning to see a trend here. Then again, Darnold sucked in his second start, so the jury is out on if Allen will be good, bad, or in between in his second start. Which is why they’re landing where they are on these rankings.26. Dallas Cowboys:I’m not sure what to make of this team. They aren’t any good, yet have all the flashes of hope you’d want from a younger core of players. But they’ve already gone through their growing pains, so is this really all that can be expected? Or does their coaching staff just needing to be replaced?27. Seattle Seahawks:Their defense seems to be the only thing working for them, and it isn’t a historically great defense anymore, so it isn’t nearly enough as they figure out what they have on offense and how to protect Wilson.28. New York Giants:Throwing around all that money to dependent players seems to be the perfect plan... if that plan is to lose and look stupid in doing so. Yes, I get great pleasure out of watching this team and a few of their players suffer. Deal with it.29. Detroit Lions:I’m not sure if they’re on the up-tick or not, but they did just beat the Patriots who seem to be a shell of their former self. So lets string together a few more wins before you see real movement from the bottom dwellers. Until then, I’m chalking this up to Matt Patricia knowing the Patriots offense.30. Houston Texans:I’m still waiting for the magic to happen. Now at this point, I hope it doesn’t happen until after the Broncos play them.31. Arizona Cardinals:But boy oh boy did they try to win. Now we can finally see the Josh Rosen era ushered in.Seriously, can they PLEASE trade us Patrick Peterson? Please? 32. San Francisco 49ers:I hate to kick anyone when they’re down, but they are officially done with Garoppolo out for the year with a torn ACL. #1 draft pick, here you come!