NFL Week 4 Report
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THE NFL WEEK 4 REPORT:WE GO ‘ROUND THE LEAGUE WITH A COUPLE MORE PREVIEWS/FORECASTS
PLUS OUR NEWS/NOTES SEGMENT TACKLES SOME TRADE WIND RUMORS … WHAT’S STRAIGHT AHEAD ON SOME OF THE NFL SCHEDULES AS WE CHECK OUT THE FALCONS, SAINTS AND REDSKINS
By Jim Hurley
Here’s some thoughts that have been making the rounds early in this 2013 NFL season:
Now that the Cleveland Browns have traded away RB Trent Richardson, will the AFC North team be putting any more “name players” on the market … and could this win-now NFL make other general managers trigger-happy when it comes to making their own best deals?
No question that the NFL in-season trade deadline never has had the juice associated with that in Major-League Baseball, or even the National Basketball Association, but now that Richardson – a second-year player that’s destined for stardom (no matter what former Cleveland Browns’ great RB Jim Brown might have said on the matter recently) – was shipped to Indy, you do have to wonder what else might be in store trade-wise in the coming weeks.
The NFL Trade Deadline is set for October 29th and here’s some of the names you could be hearing about in the next couple/few weeks:
The Browns – as many in-the-know folks have suggested – likely are not finished when it comes to making deals, and while QB Brandon Weeden (sacked 11 times already with 3 INTs) seems a lock to be sent elsewhere, the player that Cleveland knows it can get a major haul for is CB Joe Haden, who right now is busy gearing up for his head-to-head matchup with Cincinnati star wide-out A.J. Green.
Haden could be a real missing puzzle piece for the Detroit Lions, plus there’s talk that San Francisco might look to make a pre-deadline splash for a defensive playmaker …
Meanwhile, now that New York Giants GM Jerry Reese is feeling some heat in the tri-state area – something that’s really never happened in the past five or six years since he took over for a retired Ernie Accorsi – there’s rumors that the G-men could be looking for a late-September/early-October spark with running back and linebacker on the team’s so-called radar.
Might the Giants deal some draft picks – and maybe RB David Wilson – to the Jacksonville Jaguars and import RB Maurice Jones-Drew, and one of the team’s LBs (say OLB Geno Hayes)? Stay tuned …
Finally, when you’re 0-3, then there’s truly no reason to be feeling chipper, but the Minnesota Vikings are getting blasted by their local media for a slew of things, including the fact they shipped Percy Harvin out of town to Seattle (although he’s hurt and not likely to play for a while), and so even with the import of first-round draftee WR Cordarrelle Patterson, there’s a feeling that the Vikes’ front office must bring in a “home run hitter” to take the pressure off RB Adrian Peterson (just 281 yards rushing in three games).
Might one of Arizona’s young/talented wide receivers – see Michael Floyd or Andre Roberts – be on Minny’s shopping list?
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In other NFL Week 4 Sunday games, it’s …
BALTIMORE (2-1) at BUFFALO (1-2) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Gotta believe the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens have grown more than a little tired of the “lack of leadership” talk spurred on last weekend by former great LB Ray Lewis and Baltimore QB Joe Flacco – who had his own answers for Mr. Lewis a few days ago – now could be headed for a monster stat game here against a Bills secondary that resembles a M*A*S*H unit. Maybe going “over” with the Baltimore team total is the real best bet of this game, eh?
Spread Note – Baltimore has notched pointspread wins in seven of its last 10 games overall dating back to last season.
ARIZONA (1-2) at TAMPA BAY (0-3) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox
All the news here is that under-siege Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Greg Schiano “changed his mind” and switched from starting QB Josh Freeman to green rookie Mike Glennon for this tilt – hey, he’s allowed to do so, but sure seems like the upper management folks made this call, and don’t be shocked if a loss here with a bye week on tap means Schiano’s gonesville by the time the Bucs play their Oct. 13th home game against Philadelphia.
P.S., last week Freeman completed just 19-of-41 passes for 236 yards with one INT in a 23-3 loss in New England, so it’s not like the former Kansas State star is being benched for no good reason!
Spread Note – Arizona is a solid 9-5-1 versus the vig overall as underdog sides since the start of last year and that includes this year’s Week 2 outright win against Detroit.
NEW YORK JETS (2-1) at TENNESSEE (2-1) – 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS
There’s plenty of reason for optimism – all of a sudden – when it comes to this edition of the J-E-T-S as rookie QB Geno Smith is beginning to get his groove on with WRs Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill, plus this NYJ defense ranks in the top 10 league-wide in just about all the important categories. Here, the numero uno key is slowing down Titans RB Chris Johnson (AFC-best 256 yards rushing) but it’ll also be interesting to see if Tennessee QB Jake Locker can get something going with WR Kenny Britt who’s been targeted 16 times but has just five receptions thus far.
Spread Note – Tennessee is just 3-9-1 ATS (against the spread) as betting favorites since the start of the 2011 season.
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NFL SCHEDULES –
Thought it might be a good time to examine what’s straight ahead on some NFL team schedules such as …
The Atlanta Falcons – who’ve lost their two road games in New Orleans and Miami – don’t have to go back on the road till Week 8 when the Birds are in Arizona. The next four weeks includes three home games – versus New England this Sunday Night, a Monday Nighter against the New York Jets and, following a bye, a home game against Tampa Bay.
The New Orleans Saints may be 3-0 out of the starting gate but following this MNF tilt at home against Miami, the NFC South club must play back-to-back roadies against Chicago and New England before a bye in Week 7. Might it happen that the Saints go from 3-0 to 3-3 faster than you can say Mardi Gras?
And the Washington Redskins better win this Sunday’s game at Oakland because here’s what the upcoming sked looks like for Mike Shanahan’s team: A Week 5 bye is followed by a game in Dallas, a home game against Chicago and a road game in Denver. The ‘Skins may only be starting their nightmare season, right?
NOTE: Catch all our NFL Week 4 re-caps plus a big preview/forecast on the Monday Night Football game between the unbeaten Miami Dolphins at the undefeated New Orleans Saints in the next edition of Jim Sez.
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