An Uneducated Take: Week 4

“Nothing made sense anymore”

by Three Point Stance Contributor Zack Couch | @ZackCouch

“The world was changing and the puppy was getting…bigger.”  – Billy Madison

That’s a bit how I feel after Week 4.  Honestly, I didn’t get to see much due to a day date with the wife.  The 1:00pm games were at halftime when I stepped into a movie, and when I got out, nothing made sense anymore.

Lock of the Week
Let’s just say the title of this article is an appropriate one.  I am extremely uneducated when it comes to football.  Why wouldn’t the Rams beat the Bucs by 9 and a half?  It only seems logical after what we have seen in the first three weeks, right? 

The Rams defense would never give up 6 offensive touchdowns to a lowly group like the Bucs, right?!

Well, things tightened up quickly in the AFC North, didn’t they?  The Ravens had about as bad a 4th quarter against the Browns as you can have after a great start to it.  After Baltimore made it 30-18, they give up an 88 yard run to Chubb, turn it over on downs, and then throw interceptions on their next two possessions.

Lamar Jackson might be falling to Earth, which was expected, but the Ravens next two weeks offer some winnable games at Pittsburgh and home against Cincinnati.  So, no reason to panic…yet.

The Browns on the other hand got a much needed win.  They have one of the toughest October schedules out of anybody.  Freddie Kitchens should be pleased after this week.  With the way things are shaping up in the North right now, if they went 0-3 or 1-2 in October, it’s not the end of the world, due to the back half of the season being filled with winnable games.

Cowboys Stifled!
The impressive Cowboys offense was shut down against the Saints in what I would say was the finest coaching job Sean Payton has ever done. 

Mini Historical Sean Payton Rant: I don’t care what anybody says. The onside kick at the start of the second half in the Super Bowl against the Colts did not win them that game.  It was a great call, but it did not win the game.  Everybody forgets that the score going into the 4th quarter was 17-16 Colts leading.  Saints took the lead 24-17 off the touchdown and two pointer and then Peyton throws the the pick six to seal it for the Saints. The onside kick did not win them that game.

Anyway, back to the game against the Cowboys. It wasn’t the most exciting game, but it showed that the Saints can win in different ways. 

The Saints defense was amazing, only giving up two scoring drives in the entire game and forcing three turnovers. I think what was the most impressive thing I saw all week, was that long drive the Saints made after Dallas took the lead.  Bridgewater led them on a 15-play and nine minute drive that seemed to suck the life out of the Cowboys. Granted, the Saints only got a field goal, but it was enough.  

The Cowboys don’t need to panic yet, but things could get rough next Sunday for them against the Packers as both are coming off losses and Green Bay got extra time to rest.

Game of the Week
Rarely do we get to say this, but Thursday Night Football provided the best game.  Philly got what I would call a season saving win in Green Bay. Now that DeSean Jackson is coming back, the Cowboys losing, and two winnable games upcoming, Philly is looking ready to make a run.  The Week 7 matchup against the Cowboys could be incredible with first place in the NFC East on the line.

Quick Takes

Bears: That defense is scary good.

New York Giants: Eli could have won the last two games.  All I’m saying.

Lions-Chiefs: Fantastic game.

AFC South: Nobody wants to win this division.

Patriots-Bills: It wasn’t pretty, but Brady escapes Western NY with a win.  Don’t be sad, Bills.

Falcons, Broncos, Dolphins, Cardinals, Bengals, and Redskins: This is going to be one amazing race for the #1 pick next year.

Look Ahead
A lot of great games to keep your eye on this week.  As far as meaningful games, this could be the best one of the first half of the season.

Rams-Seahawks on Thursday night could be huge.  Spread is currently Seahawks -1.5.  I’m taking the Rams to cover, but lose…

Bucs-Saints: First place in the division on the line in this one. Saints are 3.5 point favorite and I expect them to cover.

Jags-Panthers: On paper, this doesn’t seem that special, but both teams need a win to keep pace.  It should be a lot of fun. Panthers as a 3 point favorite might be a little high. I’d say go for it if it drops to 2, but what do I know.  I’m 2-4 on my picks this year.

Packers-Cowboys: With only two 4:00pm games on Sunday and the other being Broncos-Chargers, the entire NFL world is going to be focused on this one.  Feel free to turn off RedZone and stay with this.  This could be fantastic. Cowboys are 3.5 favorite and I expect the Packers to win coming off the long rest.  It’d be nicer if this could be flexed to the Sunday night game but oh well.

49ers-Browns: If the 49ers were able to work out their offensive kinks, this could be a long day for the Browns, but with the way both teams defenses have been playing, this could be a very tight game.  First place is on the line both teams. O/U is at 47 and San Francisco is 3.5 point favorite.  I’d take the under and Niners to cover. 

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