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Kibbles and Picks 2016 Week 4

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Slow and steady wins the race. At least, I hope so.

Week 3 wasn't a great one for either Stella or I, but it was ever-so-slightly better for me. I managed a 9-7 record on last week's slate, while she went 8-8; in essence, we simply flip-flopped our Week 2 records, leaving Stella with the same three-game lead she had after the opening week.

Here in Week 4, Stella and I differ on half-a-dozen games. It feels like one of those weeks where one of us is going to make a significant move; unless we tie, we're looking at a two-game swing at the very least.

In one of the odd quirks of Kibbles and Picks, we almost always differ on the NFL's London games. This time is no different; I'm picking the ostensible 'home' team in the Jaguars, while Stella is going with the Colts. I feel like Jacksonville is just too talented to keep struggling; their youth might insulate them somewhat from the physical rigors of overseas travel. Stella thinks that Andrew Luck will have no problem leading the Indy offense against the Jags and thinks the Colts defense will keep Blake Bortles and company in check.

Back on this side of the pond, Stella has a good feeling about what Washington will do this week, while I am going with my (admittedly inexplicable) gut feeling and picking the Browns to get their first victory of the season. Stella's not necessarily a Washington believer, but she thinks they've got more than enough to take down Cleveland. I'm rolling the dice and hoping that Josh McCown can carry the day for the Browns offense. I'm also picking the road team in the Raiders/Ravens tilt I've been a believer in Oakland since the preseason and I'm not ready to give up on them now. I like the receiving duo of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree to put up strong performances. Stella doesn't think the Baltimore defense is quite as good as it has shown so far, but she thinks it's good enough to keep the Raiders in check and lay the groundwork for Joe Flacco and the offense to put up the points necessary for the win.

I've got San Diego winning at home against the Saints; as banged-up as the Chargers are, they should be able to handle the New Orleans defense. Stella knows that Drew Brees isn't nearly as good outside the Superdome, but she believes that he'll be good enough against this iffy San Diego squad. I'm picking the Chiefs to roll into Pittsburgh and continue their winning ways they looked fantastic last week, while the Steelers definitely didn't. That KC D won't pick off six passes again, but they probably won't need to. Stella thinks the Steelers bounce back in a BIG way after last week's embarrassing showing against the Eagles. Ace running back Le'Veon Bell is back, while Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown are still here. This one has a chance to be the best game of the weekend.

Finally, we're at odds once more on the Monday night matchup. I've decided to believe that the Minnesota defense's early showing is for real; they're the sort of D that has given Giants QB Eli Manning fits in the past. It should be enough to overcome a limping offensive unit. Stella agrees with regards to the Vikings defense, but she also thinks New York's D-side is no slouch. And she definitely likes Manning and the Giants receiving corps far more than Minnesota's still-settling-in Sam Bradford and his group of replacement-level skill players.

So that's week 4. I'd love to gain back a couple of games here, but let's be real I'll be happy if I can just maintain the status quo.

(winners in caps)

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ALLEN'S PICKS

Thursday, Sept. 29

Miami at CINCINNATI

Sunday, Oct. 2

Indianapolis at JACKSONVILLE

Tennessee at HOUSTON

CLEVELAND at Washington

SEATTLE at NY Jets

Buffalo at NEW ENGLAND

CAROLINA at Atlanta

OAKLAND at Baltimore

DETROIT at Chicago

DENVER at Tampa Bay

Los Angeles at ARIZONA

New Orleans at SAN DIEGO

DALLAS at San Francisco

KANSAS CITY at Pittsburgh

Monday, Oct. 3

NY Giants at MINNESOTA

Week 3 record: 9-7

Season record: 26-22

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STELLA'S PICKS

Thursday, Sept. 29

Miami at CINCINNATI

Sunday, Oct. 2

INDIANAPOLIS at Jacksonville

Tennessee at HOUSTON

Cleveland at WASHINGTON

SEATTLE at NY Jets

Buffalo at NEW ENGLAND

CAROLINA at Atlanta

Oakland at BALTIMORE

DETROIT at Chicago

DENVER at Tampa Bay

Los Angeles at ARIZONA

NEW ORLEANS at San Diego

DALLAS at San Francisco

Kansas City at PITTSBURGH

Monday, Oct. 3

NY GIANTS at Minnesota

Week 3 record: 8-8

Season record: 29-19

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