Here are my picks for the NFL's Week 4:
*Sunday September 28, 2008*
RJ's Lame-Game Of The Week: Cleveland 0-3 at Cincinnati 0-3 - 1:00 PM (Line: Cincinnati by 3)
Last Week: Cleveland was beaten by Baltimore, 28-10. The Browns managed just 169 total net yards and turned the ball over three times (all Derek Anderson INTs). Cincinnati lost to the Giants in overtime, 26-23. T. J. Houshmandzadeh caught 12 passes for 146 yards and a TD in the loss.
What To Expect: The Bengals have essentially no pass rush (just one sack for the entire team through three games). This is good news for Derek Anderson, who's been sacked 7 times already this season. Anderson isn't used to facing much pressure; he was sacked just 14 times all of last year (and he started in 15 games). The pass rush has clearly rattled him so far this season: He's thrown five interceptions and has a dismal quarterback rating of 43.5. So the fact that he'll presumably have plenty of time in the pocket this week leads me to believe that the Browns will be able to put some points on the board for a change (they've scored just 26 points total this year, last in the NFL). Therefore, I think they'll pull off the upset on the road.
RJ's Pick: Cleveland by 2
Minnesota 1-2 at Tennessee 3-0 - 1:00 PM (Line: Tennessee by 3)
Last Week: Minnesota beat the Panthers, 20-10. The offense dominated the time-of-possession, and the defense sacked Jake Delhomme five times and forced two fumbles. Tennessee defeated Houston, 31-12. LenDale White ran for two scores and the defense intercepted Matt Schaub three times.
What To Expect: The Vikings have an excellent run defense and are clearly a better offensive team with Gus Frerotte under center. The Titans have a great all-around defense (they've given up just 29 points total this season, best among NFL teams that have played three games), and are clearly a better offensive team with Kerry Collins starting at quarterback. I don't expect a blowout, but I do believe the home team will get it done.