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NFL picks, Week 4: 49ers, Raiders look like winners

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Can the Eagles become the first team to four wins this season? Will the Jaguars, Raiders or Buccaneers pick up their first win? SB Nation's expert panel weighs in on those games and the rest of the Week 4 action.

If anyone had the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals as the only undefeated teams through Week 3, I'd suggest heading to Vegas right now and establishing residency at the MGM Grand.

The Eagles had to overcome double-digit deficits to win each of their first three games (becoming the first team in NFL history to achieve that feat) and the Cardinals won in Weeks 2 and 3 with backup quarterback Drew Stanton (who had not won a game as a starter since 2010). Okay, so maybe a 3-0 start by the defending AFC North champion Bengals isn't that surprising.

Both the Bengals and Cardinals have a bye this week, so the Eagles are the only team that has a chance to become the league's first four-win team this season. That might not be such a challenge against a 1-2 San Francisco 49ers team that has been outscored 52-3 in the second half, although five of our seven experts think San Francisco at home can hand Philly its first loss of the season.

The Detroit Lions, New York Giants and Cardinals pulled off the biggest upsets in Week 3, according to the picks by our experts. None of our panel picked Detroit to beat Green Bay, and only one picked Arizona over San Francisco and New York over Houston. We also have to give props to Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers for their dominant win on the road against the Carolina Panthers, who were picked by five of our seven experts to remain undefeated on the season.

If you are looking for an upset special this week, the Kansas City Chiefs look like a good value pick at home against the New England Patriots. New England might be 2-1 but it scored just 16 points against the winless Oakland Raiders in Week 3 and Tom Brady is having the worst season of his career. Kansas City picked up its first win on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, the same team that handed the Patriots their only loss of the season in Week 1. The Chiefs also have history on their side -- they are 7-1-1 in their last nine home games against New England. Arrowhead Stadium is one of the most intimidating places to play in the league, and you can bet the fans will be especially fired up for this primetime Monday night matchup.

Let the madness begin.

Week 4 Ryan Van Bibber Stephen White Joel Thorman David Fucillo Danny Kelly PFT Commenter Matt Ufford
NYG vs. WAS NYG WAS NYG WAS WAS WAS NYG
GB vs. CHI CHI CHI GB CHI CHI GB GB
BUF vs. HOU HOU HOU BUF HOU HOU HOU HOU
TEN vs. IND IND IND IND IND IND IND IND
CAR vs. BAL CAR CAR BAL CAR CAR BAL BAL
DET vs. NYJ DET NYJ DET DET DET DET DET
TB vs. PIT PIT TB PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT
MIA vs. OAK MIA OAK OAK OAK OAK tie MIA
JAX vs. SD SD SD SD SD SD SD SD
PHI vs. SF PHI SF PHI SF SF SF SF
ATL vs. MIN ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL MIN
NO vs. DAL NO NO NO DAL NO DAL NO
NE vs. KC NE NE NE NE NE KC KC

Our panel consists of: David Fucillo, SB Nation's fantasy guru; Danny Kelly, SB Nation NFL contributor; PFT Commenter, SB Nation's hot takes expert; Joel Thorman, manager of SB Nation NFL blogs; Matt Ufford, editorial producer, SB Nation studios; Ryan Van Bibber, SB Nation's NFL editor; and Stephen White, retired NFL defensive end and SB Nation NFL contributor.

Here's how well they've picked this season:


RVB White Thorman Fucillo Kelly PFT Commenter Ufford
Week 3 11-5 9-7 13-3 9-7 9-7 7-9 9-7
Overall 27-21 26-22 27-21 27-21 26-22 25-23 25-23