NFL 4-fold: Our top tips for Week 4
The Saints should continue to roll at Wembley, while the Bengals are primed for their first win of the season in Cleveland.
New Orleans Saints to beat Miami Dolphins –
The Saints thrashed the Carolina Panthers for their first win of the season last week, and should see off the Dolphins in similar fashion at Wembley.
New Orleans’ formidable offense found its feet in Carolina, with Drew Brees passing for 220 yards and three touchdowns, while their defence – which was tipped in the preseason to be much better than last year – picked off Cam Newton three times.
The Saints should expect more turnovers against Miami quarterback Jay Cutler, who put up just six points against the lowly New York Jets last week.
The Dolphins rank second-last in offensive yards per play this season, and have conceded the third-most yards per play on the other side of the ball.
Houston Texans to beat Tennessee Titans –
He’s only two starts into his professional career, but Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson looks like the real deal.
The 22-year-old led the Texans past the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 and almost beat the defending Super Bowl champions in New England last Sunday.
Watson ranks first among all quarterbacks in rushing yards – despite having started just two games – and should have some success through the air against a Tennessee defence than has conceded the fifth-most passing yards and second-most passing touchdowns in the league.
Watson will also benefit from starting at home for the first time. The Texans won seven of their eight games in Houston last season, with the Kansas City Chiefs the only team to beat them on home turf.
Cincinnati Bengals to beat Cleveland Browns –
The Browns lost (again) to Jacoby Brissett and the Indianapolis Colts last week, conceding 31 points against a quarterback who was making just the third start of his career.
Cleveland have now lost 21 of their last 22 games dating back to December 2015.
Cincinnati are also without a win this season, but came close last week as they took the Green Bay Packers – widely considered to be contenders for the Super Bowl – to overtime.
The Bengals have won their last five meeting with their Ohio rivals, and should extend that run this weekend.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers to beat New York Giants –
The Giants reached the playoffs last season and posted their first winning record in three years, but look to have regressed in 2017 and are yet to win a game.
Their main problem is their offensive line. They’ve failed to give Eli Manning enough time to throw downfield, and could struggle on Sunday against Gerald McCoy – Tampa Bay’s star defensive tackle.
The Buccaneers lost to the Vikings last Sunday, but looked much better at home to the Bears the week before and will be tough to beat when their talented offense finds its feet.
With how poor the Giants have been this season, that could be this week.