NFL Week 4 Betting Lines
Thursday Night Football opens Week 4 with a highly interesting matchup of the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Cincinnati Bengals. In any prior season, such a pairing would be utterly ignored and disdained. But not this time. Former Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer returns to the state where he is a revered legend as the rookie head coach of the Jaguars. The game should also feature the last two number one overall picks of the NFL Draft, quarterbacks Joe Burrow (2020) of the Bengals and Trevor Lawrence (2021) of the Jaguars. Thus, a matchup of perennial losers will draw eyeballs and betting handle.
One of the most interesting Week 4 matchups on Sunday features the NFC North showdown of the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. By the time this game is played, we should have a good idea of how the Jared Goff acquisition is working out for the Lions. We’ll also know if Justin Fields has taken over as the starting quarterback of the Bears. Many forget that the Bears were a 2020 NFL Playoffs team with Mitch Trubisky under center, just as they forget that Goff is a former Pro Bowl quarterback that led the Los Angeles Rams to the 2018 NFC Championship.
Speaking of what we’ll know and what we’ve forgotten, how about the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Carolina Panthers. Carolina acquired, or perhaps make that rescued, quarterback Sam Darnold from the New York Jets. It is forgotten that Darnold was one of the most desired quarterbacks of the 2018 NFL Draft. It is believed that with a competent coach like Matt Rhule, he can flourish as originally expected. Meanwhile, the much-maligned Cowboy defense was fortified by the first six picks of Dallas’ 2021 NFL Draft. Along with new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
One of the great rivalries from the NFC West will renew when the San Francisco 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks. By this point, the 49ers will have determined if first round draft pick Trey Lance or veteran 2019 NFC champion Jimmy Garoppolo will be under center. Seattle Superman quarterback Russell Wilson was said to have wanted out of town, but salary cap gravity prevents that. Plus, Wilson literally carries head coach Pete Carroll’s team that still lacks a reliable defense.
The game of the week, and one of the biggest games of the year, takes place on NBC Sunday Night Football as the New England Patriots host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Brady returns as the conquering hero that won a Super Bowl last year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after defecting from Bill Belichick and the Patriots. It was said that both Brady and Belichick dreamed for years about separating and winning a Super Bowl without the other man as a partner. Brady is up 1-0. Meanwhile, the Hoodie must choose between the failed Cam Newton and first round draft pick Mac Jones as Brady’s replacement.
Monday night brings us an old-fashioned rivalry dating back to the inaugural season of the American Football League in 1960. The Los Angeles Chargers will host the Las Vegas Raiders in what should be an AFL-style shootout. Justin Herbert is one of the hottest names in the NFL, and the Chargers believe they can make a charge towards the AFC Playoffs.
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