All In The Cards: Neither Passing Nor Failing The First Test (Week 4 Recap)

Welcome to the week four recap! I think that for now on I’ll stick to a straight rundown format for these as they are easier and quicker for me to write. That means I can possibly post these on Tuesdays and Hoosiers In The NBA on Mondays, but we’ll see if that holds true once the NBA season starts. However, let’s get back to the NFL and see how I did with my week four picks. I hope you enjoy and if you do make sure to follow me on Twitter @QTipsforsports or just search the hashtag #Allinthecards for in-game thoughts and analysis:

How I did with NFl Week 4 Predictions:

  • St. Louis 24, Arizona 22: The Cards faced their first test of the season and even though they lost I wouldn’t say they failed that test. Sure it wasn’t worthy of being placed on the kitchen fridge but it was still somewhere between a C- and a B-. Arizona’s offense could move the ball with ease and the defense basically shut down the Rams for most of the game on drives that didn’t follow turnovers. It was the intangibles that lost the Cards this game. Turnovers are always an uncontrollable variable, but the Cardinals performance in the redzone is what really cost them. The best way to explain how a team that scored 11 touchdowns in 12 prior redzone trips is that the first few stops affected the Cards psychologically and thus prevented them from succeeding the rest of the game. (30-19)
  • Baltimore 23, Pittsburgh 17: I wanted to give up on the Ravens but the matchup (Steelers on a short week and playing their first game without Ben Roethlisberger) was too good to pass up. I’ll give credit to Michael Vick, he did an adequate job filling in at quarterback. It’s hard for a quarterback who came in just a month ago to run an offense as intricate as Todd Haley’s scheme. However, there’s no doubt this game would have been too far out of reach for a Ravens comeback if Big Ben was on the field. (31-19)
  • New York Jets 27, Miami 14: For everyone who took my advice to start Chris Ivory in fantasy football (29 carries, 166 yards and 1 TD) you are welcome. With the Bills playing inconsistently, could it be the Jets who have moved into the spot of Patriots opposition for the AFC East? You know, the position we thought the Dolphins would be at the beginning of the season. (32-19)
  • Atlanta 48, Houston 21: I called this Atlanta’s first easy game of the season but I wasn’t thinking that the Falcons would be leading 42-0 after three quarters. The Falcons offense has really found a spark with Devonta Freeman in the backfield, which is bad news for Tevin Coleman when he finally returns from his rib injury. Coleman did win the job during the preseason so there is a chance they’ll just split carries, but I wonder if Freeman has already done enough during the last two weeks to take full control of the job. (33-19)
  • New York Giants 24, Buffalo 10: With the Eagles a mess, the Cowboys struggling since they lost Tony Romo, and the Redskins only being a decent team, I think the Giants proved they are in control of the NFC East after they took care of business in Buffalo against a pretty good Bills team. That’s right, I still think the Bills are good; they’re just inconsistent. (33-20)
  • Chicago 22, Oakland 20: This is one of the rare times where both teams come away from a game satisfied with their performance. The Raiders tenacity continues to impress me and the Bears resolve after the Jay Cutler fourth quarter interception shows real progress. Also I feel happy for Cutler being able to make up for his interception by leading the offense down the field for the game-winning field goal. (33-21)
  • Cincinnati 36, Kansas City 21: I still feel like no one really respects the Bengals as much as they should. What’s sad is the Bengals will probably have to beat the Seahawks this week to get that respect, which is unfair considering what they have accomplished so far this season. Also Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill might be the best young running back duo in the NFL. (34-21)
  • Indianapolis 16, Jacksonville 13 (OT): I expected a blowout but given the fact the Colts were without Andrew Luck I’ll give them a pass. What I learned from this game is that the Colts are really lucky to have a backup of Matt Hasselbeck’s caliber and that having a reliable kicker is a lot more important to a team’s success than we give credit. (35-21)
  • Washington 23, Philadelphia 20*: What if I told you that I had a sports almanac from the future and used it to make this pick similar to how Biff made his fortune in Back To The Future 2? In all seriousness, I knew that this Redskins team was better than how they played against the Giants last week and that this Eagles team is a complete mess. However I did get really lucky with my second perfect score prediction of the season. (36-21)
  • Carolina 37, Tampa Bay 23: Jameis Winston set a lot of career-highs in this game: completions (26), pass attempts (43), passing yards (287) and tied a career-high in touchdown passes (2). He also threw a career-worst four interceptions. He’s made some improvements, but every scout who said Winston would be a turnover machine have been proven right so far. Meanwhile, it looks like Josh Norman is on his way to a career year and may be worthy of some defensive player of the year discussion if he keeps it up. (37-21)
  • San Diego 30, Cleveland 27: It is so unfortunate that this game had to end with the Browns jumping offside on a missed field goal because it overshadowed a really good game. Philip Rivers continues to put the Chargers on his back, this time to the tune of 358 passing yards and three touchdowns. (38-21)
  • Denver 23, Minnesota 20: The Broncos are continuing to prove they are a great overall TEAM. In previous years, if Peyton Manning only threw for 213 yards and had two interceptions that would spell defeat for Denver but now the Broncos defense can relieve some of the pressure off of Manning’s shoulders. Meanwhile Adrian Peterson leads the NFL in rushing with 372 yards, which means the leading rusher isn’t even averaging 100 yards a game. (39-21)
  • Green Bay 17, San Francisco 3: Surprised the Packers didn’t put up more points but the story is Colin Kaepernick. I know the 49ers meant well when they decided to narrow the offensive playbook down but you can tell that defenses are able read the plays so easily now, thus making Kaepernick ineffective. I don’t know the ramifications of complicating an offense in-season but they may have to do it as the offense is to predictable right now.(40-21)
  • New Orleans 26, Dallas 20: First off congrats too Drew Brees on his 400th career touchdown. To believe that 10 years ago we were wondering if his arm injury would cut his career short makes this even sweeter. As for the Cowboys, while it is true that they have been struggling without Tony Romo, don’t blame these two losses on Brandon Weeden. The Cowboys defense has performed considerably worse the last two games. (41-21)
  • Seattle 13, Detroit 10: Have you ever met that one person who always gets their way regardless of if they deserve it or not? Sure I’m bitter about the missed illegal batting call probably giving a ton of momentum to the Seahawks’ season but what’s really sad is that it came at the expense of basically ending the Lions season after just four weeks. (42-21)

Week 4 Record: 12-3
Season Record: 42-21
Perfect Score Predictions: 2


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