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NFL Must See TV Week 4

NFL Must See TV Week 4

By Andrew Devey, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Sep. 30, 2011 at 9:10 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Here is a rundown of the NFL's week 4 games from the most compelling to those games with these amount of intrigue.

Jets at Ravens - 9.4

Two of the top teams in the AFC will square off on Sunday Night prime-time TV. The Jets are looking to bounce back from last week's tough loss to the Raiders. Unfortunately the Jets rush defense is near the bottom of the league and Ray Rice and Ricky Williams are providing a nice combo for the Ravens. Mark Sanchez has thrown for six touchdowns so far this season as the Jets passing game looks to be the strength of their team. However, the Ravens have Ed Reed. One of the league's most dangerous defenders and owner of two interceptions so far this season. This game has everything needed to be a classic. Be sure to tune in.

Patriots at Raiders - 9.0

Each team is 2-1 and both teams can show the rest of the league that the serious contenders with a win. Darren McFadden is leading the league in rushing and is averaging 131 ypg. Michael Bush does a good job of mixing up the tempo for Oakland. The Patriots have the league's top passing offense and Tom Brady is averaging 442 ypg. and has thrown for 11 touchdowns already. While the Raiders pass defense ranks in the bottom five of the league. Both teams rank first in the offensive strengths meaning that the defense will determine the game.

Lions at Cowboys - 8.9

The Lions have outscored their opponents by 55 points through three games and currently lead the NFC North division. Detroit trailed by 20 at halftime last week but launched a formidable comeback against the Vikings proving to the league that they're for real. Matt Stafford if fourth in the league in passing averaging 321 ypg, and Calvin Johnson has six touchdown catches so far. Dallas is coming off of a come-from-behind victory on Monday night thanks to Tony Romo who is third in the league in passing. The Cowboys looked unimpressive with many mistakes and failing to get into the end zone, but somehow managed to pull out the victory. This should be an exciting matchup between two high-octane offenses and team with much to prove.

Steelers at Texans - 8.8

Houston has a great opportunity to win their division this year as Manning-less Colts are still trying to figure out what to do. A win over the defending AFC champions would definitely boost their confidence and give them momentum heading into the middle part of the season. Matt Schaub is a very capable quarterback and the Texans have had success running the ball so far this year with Ben Tate as they wait for Arian Foster to return. After an embarrassing week one loss the Steelers are back on track but their running game still needs some work. Rashard Mendenhall hasn't been as effective as anticipated but look for Pittsburgh to try and establish the run on Sunday.

Panthers at Bears - 8.5

Cam Newton picked up his first win as a NFL quarterback last week but it was also his lowest offensive output of the year so far throwing for just 158 yards. However, Newton is still averaging 321 ypg, which is good enough to be fifth in the league. The Bears have dropped off quite a bit after an impressive opening weekend victory over Atlanta. Jay Cutler has been forced to carry the offense because of the Bears huge void at running back. The quarterback play in this game is worth watching. Cutler's gunslinger style of play compared to Newton's flair and finesse should make this game entertaining.

49ers at Eagles - 8.1

Believe it or not San Francisco has a better record than Philadelphia heading into week four. Michael Vick is saying that he's going to play but many are wondering how effective he'll be. Look for the Eagles to call on LeSean McCoy who has been solid so far this season with four touchdowns and 345 yards in three games. The 49ers are only a few plays away from being 3-0 despite having the lowest ranked offense in the league. Unfortunately this week starts a more difficult stretch of the season than what San Francisco just went through. The explosive Eagles offense is always fun to watch though, with or without Vick.

Broncos at Packers - 7.9

Both teams have dedicated fan bases that are well represented in Utah, which makes this game interesting to our readers. The Packers are looking to stay perfect on the year and the Broncos are just hoping to get rolling. Eric Decker has been one of a few bright spots for Denver so far this year and the Broncos looking for ways to get the ball into his hands. Aaron Rodger has been solid, as usual; throwing for eight touchdown passes so far. Interestingly though, the Green Bay defense is the best against the run but ranked next to last against the pass. Look for Kyle Orton to have a break out game.

Bills at Bengals - 7.8

Giants at Cardinals - 7.1

Kevin Kolb is slowly learning that Larry Fitzgerald is always open. Kolb should have plenty of opportunities to find Fitzgerald against the Giants defense that ranks in the bottom half of the league in pass defense. However, New York is feeling some momentum after beating Philadelphia last week and getting revenge for last year's collapse against them. Eli Manning has thrown for six touchdowns and Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs provide the G-Men with a nice one-two punch in the running game. This should be a nice, competitive game.

Saints at Jaguars - 7.0

The Saints offense is one of the most fun to watch especially when they get into rhythm. It looks like they found their rhythm in past two games and look to continue that against Jacksonville on Sunday. Blaine Gabbert played pretty well in his first start last week but wasn't able to get the victory. Don't expect him to be able to get his first one this weekend either, but you never know. Maurice Jones-Drew has the ability to have a break out game any week, and the Jaguars are hoping that this is the week.

Titans at Browns - 6.6

The Titans are paying Chris Johnson $53.5 million and what do they have to show for it? The lowest ranked rushing offense in the league. But, somehow the Titans have been able to win two in a row and are looking for a third Sunday against Cleveland. Matt Hasselbeck is proving that he is still capable to lead an offense and win ball games and has Seattle wishing that they had kept him. Cleveland is 2-1 and should be feeling good considering they've done it with a second year quarterback Colt McCoy at the helm. Both teams are 2-1 coming into the game but only one will leave with the victory.

Falcons at Seahawks - 6.3

Seattle surprised everyone beating Arizona last week, while Atlanta disappointed everyone by losing to Tampa Bay. Both teams come in with identical records but very different expectations. Seattle seems to have been spiraling downward since the offseason until last weekend's victory, and Atlanta was thinking Super Bowl to start the season but has suffered two deflating defeats. Matt Ryan and Michael Turner pace the Falcon offense and the Seahawks looks to Tavaris Jackson and Marshawn Lynch to get them going. This game could be a barnburner or a yawner, but whichever team's defense steps up will win.

Dolphins at Chargers - 5.9

Phillip Rivers is averaging 326 ypg and has thrown for four touchdowns so far this year for the Chargers. Meanwhile, Chad Henne has been playing well for the Dolphins but hasn't been able to translate his play into wins. Miami is 0-3 on the year and now have to travel across the country to face San Diego and its high-powered offense. Expect the Chargers to shock the Dolphins and keep them winless on the year.

Redskins at Rams - 5.3

The Redskins blew last week's game on Monday night but have to still feel good about their season thus far. Rex Grossman has been playing well and is averaging 282 ypg so far. Sam Bradford and the Rams had high hopes coming into this season but haven't lived up to them yet. Bradford is only completing 50 percent of his passes and with Steven Jackson still out Cadillac Williams has had to carry the load. Washington looks to get another win before they head into their bye week.

Colts at Buccaneers - 5.0

Indianapolis hasn't been able to get on track without Peyton Manning under center. And, now that Kerry Collins is out with a concussion the Colts are looking to Curtis Painter to lead them. Joseph Addai has been leading the Colts ground game but hasn't had much success thus far averaging only 63 ypg. The Buccaneers have Josh Freeman and LeGarrette Blout to lead their offense and have done a fair job putting up and average of 20 ppg. Tamp Bay is looking show the nation on Monday night what they're made of.

Vikings at Chiefs - 1.1

Honestly, I don't know why you would watch this game unless you are a diehard fan of either team. Kansas City has been outscored by 82 points so far this year and Donovan McNabb has shown that he isn't the same player he used to be. Whoever wins this game will pick up their first victory of the year.

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