NFL predictions: Lombardiave staffers give it their best shot


With the Green Bay Packers on a bye this week, we here at Lombardiave decided to take a shot at predicting all the other games in the NFL in this Week 4.

Just a note … because the Colts and Jaguars were well under way by the time we posted this, we have left that game out of the mix.

So, without further ado, here is our picks …

Brad Miller

Atlanta vs. Carolina: Hotlanta?! I’ll go with the mild upset.

Falcons 34 – Panthers 24

Baltimore vs. Oakland: Baltimore is quietly undefeated. How does 4-0 sound Ravens fans?

Ravens 17 – Raiders 16

Chicago vs. Detroit: Poor, poor Chicago. Where’s Ditka when you need him?

Lions 35 – Bears 13

Tennessee vs. Houston: Mariota and Murray have to break out sometime this year. I vote for this Sunday.

Titans 27 – Texans 21

New England vs. Buffalo: I can play QB for New England and win. This week win be no different.

Patriots 24 – Bills 13

Seattle vs. New York Jets: Which team is healthier right now? Seattle in a close one.

Seahawks 23 – Jets 21

Cleveland vs. Washington: Cleveland is… Cleveland. Cousins gets back on track.

Redskins 30 – Browns 17

Tampa Bay vs. Denver: What happened to Tampa Bay? They will not figure it out against Miller & Co.

Broncos 28 – Bucs 13

Los Angeles vs. Arizona: Rams always play the Cards close but Arizona finds a way to pull it out.

Cardinals 31 – Rams 23

San Diego vs. New Orleans: Question is will either defense make a play for their team? Don’t hold your breath!

Chargers 38 – Saints 34

Dallas vs. San Francisco: The Dak Prescott era is here! Tony who?

Cowboys 26 – 49ers 13

Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City: Great matchup! Bell will be eager to prove his worth.

Steelers 23 – Chiefs 17

Minnesota vs. New York Giants: Coach Zimmer has Minnesota playing excellent defense right now.

Vikings 20 – Giants 9

Ray Rivard

Atlanta vs. Carolina: The Falcons seem to be on a roll, while Carolina got rolled over by the Vikings last week.

Falcons 28 – Panthers 27

Baltimore vs. Oakland: Who is this Ravens unit that is unbeaten? The Raiders have struggled.

Ravens 22 – Raiders 13

Chicago vs. Detroit: Da Bears are as bad as I’ve ever seen them. The Lions have a potent offense even with their injuries.

Lions 42 – Bears 10

Tennessee vs. Houston: The Titans have Mariotta; the Texans are without J.J. Watt.

Titans 31 – Texans 17

New England vs. Buffalo: The Patriots could win with Donald Trump at quarterback. Buffalo just isn’t very good.

Patriots 29 – Bills 10

Seattle vs. New York Jets: Both teams have injury issues, but the Seahawks win a defensive battle.

Seahawks 17 – Jets 13

Cleveland vs. Washington: Gosh I would really dislike being a Browns fan, but the Redskins aren’t what everyone thought either.

Redskins 23 – Browns 12

Tampa Bay vs. Denver: I thought the Bucs would be better and Denver has the D to keep rolling.

Broncos 26 – Bucs 12

Los Angeles vs. Arizona: The Cardinals break out of their funk today against an L.A. team that is up and down.

Cardinals 28 – Rams 23

San Diego vs. New Orleans: The ball will be flying around today, but the Chargers get a late score to win.

Chargers 33 – Saints 28

Dallas vs. San Francisco: Is Dak Prescott the real deal? SF isn’t.

Cowboys 23 – 49ers 10

Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City: This should be a really good game, but the Steelers bounce back from the shellacking they took last week.

Steelers 26 – Chiefs 23

Minnesota vs. New York Giants: The Vikings’ defense is for real and the Giants pay the price this week.

Vikings 17 – Giants 6

Ralph Mancini

Houston 20 Tennessee 17 – The Texans still have enough on defense to force a couple of key turnovers out of Marcus Mariota even without J.J. Watt in the lineup.

Browns 23 Redskins 21 – Here is my upset special of the week. Hue Jackson’s boys jump out to an early lead and pound the opposition with their running game. The Redskins’ defense isn’t very good these days.

NY Jets 20 Seahawks 19 Russell Wilson won’t be himself wearing a restrictive knee brace versus a Jets front seven that will firing off the ball. Look for Trevone Boykin to replace Wilson in the second half.

Patriots 22 Bills 10 – Rookie Jacoby Brissett once again gets the call in what should be a game featuring a ton of running plays on both sides. The difference here is Bill Belichick putting the clamps on LeSean McCoy and force Tyrod Taylor to run for his life.

Panthers 30 Falcons 23 – The Panthers are hungry for a win and they’ll get one versus a Falcons’ defense that’s vulnerable at the safety position. Look for Greg Olsen to hit pay dirt and Kelvin Benjamin to get back on track.

Ravens 27 Raiders 25 – The Raiders make a valiant comeback effort, but fall short against an opportunistic defense that already has five interceptions.

Lions 33 Bears 16 Matthew Stafford gets on a roll while the Bears don’t have the horses to keep pace. Things are looking bleak for the Monsters of the Midway.

Broncos 24 Buccaneers 17 – The game plan is obvious: Force Trevor Siemian to throw the ball. He will and he will play just as he did versus Cincinnati last week. Tampa Bay will really miss their bellcow runner Doug Martin.

Cardinals 31 Rams 21 – This is a must-win division battle for the Redbirds. David Johnson outperforms Todd Gurley and that will be enough for Bruce Arians to earn the W.

Saints 34 Chargers 28 – Look at the Saints’ schedule and you’ll be hard pressed to find many games they’ll be favored to win. This week, though, Drew Brees will bring his best against his former team by getting multiple weapons involved, including rookie Mike Thomas.

Cowboys 20 49ers 12 – Dallas will things down to a grind while pounding the rock with Ezekial Elliott and Alfred Morris.

Steelers 28 Chiefs 27 – This one is anyone’s game and it will probably be won in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. The return of LeVeon Bell should get the Steelers over the top, but I don’t have a strong feeling about this matchup.

Vikings 24 Giants 13: A shell-shocked Eli Manning gets a rude awakening versus arguably the best defense in pro football. Kyle Rudolph scores again.