John’s Byrne’ing hot picks

With the regular officials back from their lockout hopefully my picks will not be altered by poor officiating (see Packers @ Seahawks).  After going 8-8 last week, I am still sitting at an even .500 (24-24).  One game does not really stand out to me this week but hopefully I can turn things around.

Week 4 Picks:

Browns @ Ravens (-12)

The Ravens at home last Sunday against the Patriots was the loudest I have ever heard an NFL stadium, at least on TV.  If Tom Brady can’t go in there and win, I do not think Brandon Weeden can come close.

RAVENS -12

Patriots @ Bills +4

With CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson out, Fitzpatrick has thrown for under 200 yards a game.  If the Bills have to lean on his arm I don’t see them being successful.

PATRIOTS -4

Panthers @ Falcons (-7.5)

If you saw the way Cam looked after they got man handled by the Giants, after this game he may need to be put on suicide watch.

FALCONS -7.5

Vikings @ Lions (-5)

Christian Ponder continues to impress but will have to win a shootout against Detriot’s high powered offense.  I like the Vikings getting the points.

VIKINGS +5

49ers @ Jets +4

With Revis Island being done for the season, the 49ers receivers will be traveling to The Meadowlands Endzone.

49ERS -4

Chargers @ Chiefs (Even)

The Chiefs are first in rushing, but the Chargers are 4th in rushing defense.  After being drummed against Atlanta last weekend I think the Chargers bounce back.

CHARGERS Even

Titans @ Texans (-12)

Last week the Titans showed they can put up points, but they also showed that their defense is miserable.  Matt Schaub is coming off a career performance but I like the Titans to cover.

TITANS +12

Seahawks @ Rams +3

If the Seahawks defense plays like they did in the first half of the Monday night game, they could actually be a decent team this year.

SEAHAWKS -3

Dolphins @ Cardinals (-6.5)

The Cards looked strong last week and with Reggie Bush questionable I would take them minus the points.

CARDINALS -6.5

Raiders @ Broncos (-6.5)

Sad to see my boy DHB go down last weekend but the Raiders squeaked out a win against a good Steelers team.  I like the silver and black as my upset of the week.

RAIDERS +6.5

Bengals @ Jaguars +2.5

After what the Bengals did to the Redskins I hope they can beat the Jags by 3.

BENGALS -2.5

Saints @ Packers (-7.5)

This game will be nothing like the thriller that opened the 2011 season a year ago.  Saints look miserable and meanwhile the Packers will be thirsty for blood after the Monday night debacle.

PACKERS -7.5

Redskins @ Bucs (-3)

I’ve been disappointed the past two weeks.

BUCS -3

Giants @ Eagles (-1)

I predict Mike Vick gets injured this game as we learned in last week that he has very little pocket presence and he is least effective out of a 3 step drop.

GIANTS +1

Bears @ Cowboys (-3.5)

I can’t pick the Skins to lose and the Cowboys to win.

BEARS +3.5

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