clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

NFL picks 2016, Week 4: Are the Browns destined for 0-16?

Cleveland isn't getting much love from our panel of experts this week, and it's starting to make us wonder if the Browns might be winless this year. On the flip side, will the Patriots, Broncos, or Vikings stay undefeated?

Last week was not a good one for our panel. The results were, to use a specific NFL analogy, Jeff Fisher-esque. We had three panelists (Jeanna, Joel, and Stephen) who went 9-7. Nobody else managed to top .500. A lot of 7-9 b.s.

Part of the reason was that we had all 10 of our experts get it wrong on three games. In the NFL, it's not unusual for a group of 10 pickers all to get a game wrong from one week to the next, but that usually has more to do with a big upset. The Falcons beating the Saints or the Rams beating the Bucs can't really be considered "big" upsets. Those were just tough games to pick. Everyone picked the Panthers to the beat the Vikings, too, but Minnesota won. Since they were 7-point underdogs, we'll go ahead and call that one an upset.

Minnesota is getting more love this week against the Giants on Monday night, but it's not unanimous. I keep thinking that, eventually, the injuries will catch up to the Vikings. Maybe. I certainly would've thought that if there was a loss on the schedule, it was an early season game in Carolina. Picking football games is harder than you think.

Our panel doesn't seem to be overly convinced that Buffalo's thrashing of Arizona last week will do much to help Rex Ryan's team against the Patriots this week. That's probably wise. Picking against the Patriots, just like the Vikings, has been folly through three weeks of the season. I don't think that's going to change yet.

Are the Browns going to go 0-16? They might. It's just as difficult of a feat for a team to lose ALL of its games as it is to win them. You can almost always count on a bad bounce or an ill-prepared favorite or some other outside factor that gives even the crummiest teams a chance to win one or two. But that's where we are with the Browns, waiting for an accident to keep them from going 0-16.

So what's more likely, the Browns going 0-16 or the Patriots, Broncos, or Vikings going 16-0?

There are probably a few of you scratching your head at folks picking the Jets to beat the Seahawks. After Ryan Fitzpatrick's six-interception performance last week against the Chiefs, I struggled with that pick myself. However, Seattle is a West Coast team flying in to play a 1 p.m. ET game on the East Coast. That's a 10 a.m start time on the Pacific, and that's usually a tall order for teams from that side of the country to do (e.g. the Cardinals last week).

There's an AFC South with one of those early a.m. starts because the Colts and Jaguars are playing in London. There might not be a bigger disappointment than the Jaguars. Mostly we're just waiting to see if this results in Gus Bradley's Brexit.

SIGN UP FOR OUR NFL NEWSLETTER

Get all kinds of NFL stories, rumors, game coverage, and inane comments from the NFL media in your inbox every day.

Even without J.J. Watt, I think Houston is a smart pick to beat the Titans. It's been a struggle for Tennessee to score 16 points in two of their games. Another exciting AFC South showdown.

That Houston game could be a prime opportunity for one of our panel members to swap out their pick, given that we made our picks before news of Watt's injury broke. To remind you, we give our panelists the chance to re-pick up to two games on Friday.

And here are this week's picks:

Game RVB Stephen White Thomas George Jeanna Thomas Adam Stites Tyler Tynes Louis Bien Joel Thorman Fooch OddsShark computer
MIA vs CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN
IND vs JAX IND IND JAX JAX JAX IND IND IND JAX JAX
TEN vs HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU
CLE vs WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS
SEA vs NYJ NYJ NYJ SEA SEA SEA NYJ SEA SEA NYJ NYJ
BUF vs NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE
CAR vs ATL CAR CAR CAR CAR ATL CAR ATL CAR CAR ATL
OAK vs BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL OAK BAL BAL BAL BAL
DET vs CHI DET DET DET DET DET DET DET DET CHI CHI
DEN vs TB DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN TB TB
LA vs AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ
NO vs SD SD SD SD SD NO SD SD SD SD SD
DAL vs SF DAL SF DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL SF SF
KC vs PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT KC PIT PIT PIT PIT
NYG vs MIN MIN MIN NYG MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN
This week 6-10 9-7 8-8 9-7 8-8 7-9 7-9 9-7 6-10 8-8
Total 28-20 27-21 25-23 28-20 25-23 25-23 25-23 31-17 23-25 28-20