MFST’s Week 4 NFL Picks
After this week, one quarter of the NFL season will be complete. Just like the NFL, we have a solid competition going on in our weekly NFL picks segment. Here is the updated leader-board after the TNF clash between the Vikings and the Rams.
Standing after TNF Week 4
Brandon Reid: 30-17-2
Dan Schalk: 25-22-2
Orlando Torres: 24-23-2
Week 4 NFL Picks
Lions at Cowboys
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. This is a homer pick—more of a I want it to happen rather than I expect this to happen. Dak needs to start looking like a quarterback if he wants to be the ‘franchise’ guy for Dallas.
Brandon Reid: Detroit Lions. The Cowboys passing game is anemic. That’s why I declined to take Ezekiel Elliot number one overall in the MFST fantasy draft. I knew there was a high probability the Cowboys would be playing from behind this year, and teams could load the box because of no passing threat from the Cowboys offense. It’s gonna be a long year in Big D.
Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. Alright the Lions finally got a win out the way, but all the laugh comes to an end, as Dak will finally throw for more than 200 yards here.
Bengals at Falcons
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta should rebound at home against a solid Cincinnati team.
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. Once again the Bengals will have no run game with their offensive line banged up, no Joe Mixon, and only little Gio to carry it. Falcons should be ticked about dropping last week’s game.
Orlando Torres: Atlanta Falcons. A win for Cincy would be nice for them here, but they face yet another potential playoff team on the road. This should be a fun close game, but Atlanta will do more to edge it out.
Buccaneers at Bears
Dan Schalk: Chicago Bears. Ryan Fitzpatrick does this everywhere he goes–turns in five great starts, then begins to become Ryan Fitzpatrick again. Don’t be fooled.
Brandon Reid: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fitzpatrick already has over 1,200 yards through three games this year. I would say the Bears is the toughest defensive test they have faced so far this year, but the Bucs have already played Philly and Pittsburgh. I think Tampa Bay outscores the Bears for the win.
Orlando Torres: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As good as the defense has been, offensively Trubisky has been a bit shaky. Allen Robinson hasn’t been utilized as much, besides his 10 catch game, it just hasn’t been as consistent. Fitz is going to do whatever he can if he gets the start to keep Winston away.
Bills at Packers
Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. In my mind, Buffalo is still a bottom-five team in the NFL. Last week was a fluke.
Brandon Reid: Green Bay Packers. I’ll keep it short and sweet. Last week…c’mon.
Orlando Torres: Green Bay Packers. The Packers are coming off a brutal loss on the road, and the Bills are flying high after stomping the Vikes, something’s gotta give here. Although the Josh Allen era is just beginning in buffalo, the Packers are seeking to bounce back.
Eagles at Titans
Dan Schalk: Philadelphia Eagles. I do not know how the Titans are 2-1, but they are about to be 2-2.
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. If Tennessee wins this game then I will apologize to all my Titans friends. But I’ll say what I’ve been saying all week, the offense is horrible (healthy or not), and the defense is being overrated a bit. Titans have played very mediocre offenses to this point and the defense is holding their own, while the offense hasn’t turned the ball over. Reality check this week.
Orlando Torres: Philadelphia Eagles. Expect the Titans to keep this close. Wentz is still getting back into his game flow, but it won’t be a beatdown either on the road.
Texans at Colts
Dan Schalk: Houston Texans. I like the Houston defense more than Indy’s–but watching Colts rookie LB Darius Leonard is fun (I hyped him up during the NFL Draft process).
Brandon Reid: Houston Texans. I’m seeing the Texans offense get better each week. There was some rust to be expected from Deshaun Watson. He’s basically still a rookie. They are 0-3 but have been in every game, losing by 7, 3, and 5. I believe Indianapolis is the worst team in the division, so this should be the Texans first win of the 2018 season.
Orlando Torres: Indianapolis Colts. Watson will return to his form from last season, but I don’t think it’ll happen just yet on the road. People questioned if Luck is still okay after Brissett was the one who attempted the Hail Mary last week, but the Colts win a close divisional game here.
Dolphins at Patriots
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. You actually think the Patriots are going 1-3? No way.
Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. I will not entertain the idea of the Patriots losing three straight games. I’m pretty sure that has never happened in the Brady/Belichick era.
Orlando Torres: New England Patriots. I do think the Dolphins are for real this season. Not a complete threat, but they’ll be competitive all season, however it’s not going to be easy stopping a pissed off Patriots team at home.
Jets at Jaguars
Dan Schalk: Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags defense is going to make Sam Darnold wish he was still playing at USC.
Brandon Reid: Jacksonville Jaguars. I don’t give the Jets much a of chance to win this one. Last week was a tough division game for the Jags, and a bit of a one-off, in my opinion. The Jags are still one of the three best teams in the AFC. The Jets are far from it.
Orlando Torres: Jacksonville Jaguars. What the hell did we see last week? The Jags put on an absolute crap show in week 3. Hopefully Fournette will finally make his return.
Browns at Raiders
Dan Schalk: Cleveland Browns. Watching Baker Mayfield make his debut, I’m pretty sure I was wrong about him during the pre-draft process. The X-Factor here, Antonio Callaway–no one on the Raiders can cover him. Browns score 30+ and win.
Brandon Reid: Oakland Raiders. This is a tough call but I’m not going to fall victim to the Baker Mayfield hype just yet. I think he will play well, and learn as he goes, it just might not translate into a win this Sunday. I think the Raiders pick up their first win of the season, at home, in a tough game.
Orlando Torres: Oakland Raiders. Oakland…. don’t blow this…
Seahawks at Cardinals
Dan Schalk: Arionza Cardinals. David Johnson will have 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving. Josh Rosen will be competent unlike Sam Bradford.
Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. I’m not picking the Cardinals to beat anyone right now. I know they won’t go 0-16, but they are the worst offense in football, and now insert a rookie QB.
Orlando Torres: Arizona Cardinals. This is the Josh Rosen era now, so I expect this team to start experimenting and trying new things, they also have a hell of a running back who has yet to get going.
Saints at Giants
Dan Schalk: New York Giants. This game will be a shootout and the Saints defense is worse than the Giants.
Brandon Reid: New Orleans Saints. The Saints are too versatile on offense for the Giants to keep up with. The Giants still have offensive line issues. They will not be much better than last year.
Orlando Torres: New Orleans Saints. Say what you want about the Giants offensive line, every time Brees and Manning meet, it’s usually a high scoring affair, and very fantasy friendly.
49ers at Chargers
Dan Schalk: LA Chargers. I actually like C.J. Beathard a lot and think he can be a viable starter–this will be a close game, but Philip Rivers does enough to pull out the victory.
Brandon Reid: LA Chargers. I hate this for the 49ers, but they have no chance of turning Beathard around in time to compete with the Chargers.
Orlando Torres: LA Chargers. Well the future for the Niners is pretty cloudy without some of their stars for the remainder of the season, but they have enough weapons to stay competitive. Won’t be enough though.
Ravens at Steelers
Dan Schalk: Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh at home is a different team.
Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. This will probably be closer than some might expect and my confidence in my pick is not extremely high. I just think the Steelers are a little more complete on both sides of the ball right now, and they’re at home.
Orlando Torres: Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh won’t be tied at the bottom with Cleveland for very long. These two teams always present a brutal game defensively, but look for the Steelers to start picking up some steam.
Chiefs at Broncos
Dan Schalk: Denver Broncos. The Chiefs can’t run the ball and they can’t stop anyone on defense. Also, Patrick Mahomes has never won a game that was higher than 854 meters altitude. The Broncos play at 1,609-meters.
Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. Blow out. Take the 4.5 point spread all day.
Orlando Torres: Kansas City Chiefs. As good as Von Miller is, one man isn’t capable of stopping the high-flying offense of the Chiefs. The Broncos will be able to hang offensively early on, but won’t be enough to close out the game.