Randall the Handle's Week 4 NFL picks

RANDALL THE HANDLE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:17 PM ET

BEST BETS

Lions (3-0) at Cowboys (2-1)

LINE: DALLAS BY 1

Lions are flying high while the Cowboys are taxiing midair, trying to smooth out a bumpy ride, despite Dallas’ moderate success. That bodes well here as we get the benefit of the Cowboys’ Monday night performance and the salty taste left in most mouths despite the win. While it took six field goals and zero touchdowns to secure that win, the most important aspect of that game may have been the sudden maturation of QB Tony Romo, displaying leadership qualities previously in question. Detroit had to overcome a 20-0 deficit before eking out an OT win in Minnesota. Now it must travel on consecutive weeks to play a team that will have the luxury of being home again and having next week off. The young Lions also are in danger of looking ahead to their rare Monday night appearance next week against visiting Bears. Small price to spot under ideal conditions.

TAKING: COWBOYS —1

RISKING: $44 TO WIN $40

Jets (2-1) at Ravens (2-1)

LINE: BALTIMORE BY 3.5

This is where the Jets are most comfortable, taking back points against a quality opponent. In the middle of a three-game road trip for the New Yorkers, with the last stop being next week in New England, this one becomes crucial. Expect a solid effort from Rex Ryan’s group after they admittedly played poorly in a loss to Oakland last week. For the Jets, that means pressuring the quarterback and we expect a much more aggressive effort from New York’s defensive packages.

Baltimore may have roughed up St. Louis last week but we still don’t trust Baltimore’s shaky secondary which was anything but tested against the Rams’ inept aerial game. New York is taking back a tag for first time this season and we’re stepping in with confidence.

TAKING: JETS +3.5

RISKING: $33 TO WIN $30

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49ers (2-1) at Eagles (1-2)

LINE: PHILADELPHIA BY 9

The records aren’t exactly what most projected but things should even out when this one is done. The Eagles figure to be miffed after losing to Giants while San Fran’s wins have come against the hapless Seahawks and Bengals.

TAKING: EAGLES —9

Redskins (2-1) at Rams (0-3)

LINE: WASHINGTON BY 1.5

Has Washington’s bubble burst after demoralizing loss to Dallas Monday? Winless Rams may be even more demoralized but teams rarely get punched out in consecutive home games and with the ‘Skins traveling on a short week, St. Louis can steal one here.

TAKING: RAMS +1.5

Titans (2-1) at Browns (2-1)

LINE: Pick

Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck has thrown for 300+ yards in back-to-back games but now finds himself minus his favourite target as Kenny Britt is lost for the season. Browns aren’t fancy but their methodical ways can lead to win here over suspect visitor.

TAKING: BROWNS Pick

Steelers (2-1) at Texans (2-1)

LINE: HOUSTON BY 4

The Texans ran into a juggernaut and could not protect leads last week. This will be a much slower-paced visitor and one that is not likely to stay close if Houston’s offence is in gear. Steelers still have too many issues on its front line to hang with quality competition.

TAKING: TEXANS —4

Bills (3-0) at Bengals (1-2)

LINE: BUFFALO BY 3

Emotion plays a big part each Sunday and after Buffalo’s ginormous win over the Pats, the jubilation may not have worn off in time to focus on this foe.

TAKING: BENGALS +3

Saints (2-1) at Jaguars (1-2)

LINE: NEW ORLEANS BY 7

We all know who the better team here is but we’ve seen the Saints snooze in situations like this, as evidenced by New Orleans having just one cover in last 10 against teams with a losing record. We’ll err on the side of caution with a Jags team that has covered 4 of past 5 here.

TAKING: JAGUARS +7

Vikings (0-3) at Chiefs (0-3)

LINE: MINNESOTA BY 2

One of these dregs will be off the schneid. Don’t be surprised if it’s the Chiefs. Minnesota’s morale is low after blowing a 20-0 lead last week and third double-digit lead in as many weeks.

TAKING: CHIEFS +2

Panthers (1-2) at Bears (1-2)

LINE: CHICAGO BY 6

Rookie quarterbacks are greatly aided by a strong running game but with QB Cam Newton being Carolina’s leading rusher, challenges lie ahead. The Bears’ defensive schemes are tough.

TAKING: BEARS —6

Falcons (1-2) at Seahawks (1-2)

LINE: ATLANTA BY 4.5

Not exactly enamoured with Seattle but similarly unimpressed with underachieving Falcons, who couldn’t tackle Betty White at the moment. Until we see them toughen up, we’re reluctant to spot road points with them.

TAKING: SEAHAWKS +4.5

Giants (2-1) at Cardinals (1-2)

LINE: NY GIANTS BY 1

Cardinals travel terribly and after two close road losses, they’ll be happy to be home. The Giants found a way to upset the Eagles but they are extremely thin in secondary and receiving corps. It is also N.Y.’s third road game in four weeks.

TAKING: CARDINALS +1

Patriots (2-1) at Raiders (2-1)

LINE: NEW ENGLAND BY 4

You can’t just sweep Pats’ 32nd-ranked defence under the rug. Without a pass rush, opposing quarterbacks are having their way against the Pats secondary. Raiders looked solid in win over Jets and are home again.

TAKING: RAIDERS +4

Dolphins (0-3) at Chargers (2-1)

LINE: SAN DIEGO BY 7

Miami has struggled terribly in the red zone and that does not bode well against a team that has the ability to fill up the scoreboard. Chargers are unreliable but are slightly preferred in this matchup.

TAKING: CHARGERS —7

Broncos (1-2) at Packers (3-0)

LINE: GREEN BAY BY 12.5

Lend the Broncos five points and they would be undefeated. It’s never that simple but we can’t ignore slim margins in Denver’s games. Combination of Broncos getting healthier and Green Bay suffering some maladies of its own, this one should stay within range.

TAKING: BRONCOS +12.Colts (0-3) at Buccaneers (2-1)

LINE: TAMPA BAY BY 10

Result aside, the Steelers were a 10-point fave in Indianapolis last week. From where we sit, the Bucs are on par with the Steelers. So why would Tampa be the same 10-point favourite at home? Expect the Bucs to showcase in rare Monday night opportunity.

TAKING: BUCCANEERS —10

Last week’s record: 9-6 (One game had no line)

Season: 24-20-3


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