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Kibbles and Picks 2020 – Week 4

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And Stella’s lead grows again.

While neither she nor I were able to match our Week 2 success, we both had reasonable performances in Week 3. However, her reasonable (10-5-1) was slightly better than my reasonable (9-6-1), allowing her to bump her season lead back up to three games.

She’ll have a shot at increasing that lead significantly this week – we differ on seven games this go-round. If I nail it, I can erase her lead before it gets out of hand. If she nails it, well … then her lead will get out of hand. Cross your fingers for the former, but expect the latter – I feel like Stella’s poised to go on something of a run.

Leading off, we have the Thursday night game between Denver and the New York Jets. This is a bad game where, frankly, nobody wins. I went with the Broncos and Stella took the Jets, but neither of us did so with the least bit of conviction. Moving on…

Next, we’re looking at Indianapolis/Chicago. I went with the Bears here – call me a sucker, but I liked the energy that Nick Foles brought to the field when he took over for Mitchell Trubisky. Do I think this is a good team? No. I’m not even sure I think they’re better than the Colts. I just think they’re going to hit hot this week. Stella thinks that’s all a bunch of nonsense and that the Foles effect is largely a mirage. She’s invested in seeing what happens as rookie running back Jonathan Taylor continues to embrace his role in the offense. She expects this Indy team to control the clock and execute a couple of big defensive plays to pull out a close one.

Not long ago, Jacksonville/Cincinnati would have been a contender for worst game of the week. Now, we get something that promises to be…not quite that terrible, but still pretty bad. I’m going with the road Jaguars, almost solely because I like what I’ve seen from quarterback Gardner Minshew(…’s mustache). Stella wants to see if rookie QB Joe Burrow can earn his first NFL win. Neither of us really care what happens here and neither should you.

I’m picking the Buccaneers to win at home against the Chargers. Tom Brady has looked kind of old so far this season, but he’s not out of gas just yet. And he’s got a wealth of receiving talent and a resurgent Leonard Fournette carrying the ball. If the O-line can keep him on his feet and give him time to throw, this Tampa Bay offense could be something. Stella thinks the Chargers are going to find ways to disrupt the flow of the Bucs offense. She also thinks that Tampa Bay has no answer for running back Austin Ekeler – particularly if rookie QB Justin Herbert is starting – leading to the Chargers moving the ball with impunity.

This next one struck me as a bit of a head-scratcher. I went with Arizona to beat Carolina. It really looks like QB Kyler Murray is making a leap forward in terms of his development, and with offensive weapons like receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the mix, it’s tough to imagine them having any trouble moving the ball. Their defensive playmakers can certainly hand with the Panthers. So what am I missing? Stella doesn’t have much to say beyond the fact that she has a gut feeling that Carolina is poised to have a big game this weekend. She acknowledges that the team is diminished by the absence of Christian McCaffery, but believes that the Panthers will find ways to surprise.

Full disclosure: I concede that the following is 100% a homer pick. I’ve got the Patriots winning on the road against Kansas City. Yes, it sounds unlikely on the surface, but I do believe that New England is ready to give the Chiefs a game. The key will be whether the very good Patriots secondary can slow down the powerhouse Kansas City offense. I believe they will, just enough to allow QB Cam Newton and his cohort to make it a game. Stella appreciates my commitment to the cause even as she recognizes my clouded judgment. She doesn’t think anyone is going to be able to stop this Chiefs offense for four quarters – and just one good quarter is enough to beat just about anyone. She thinks that K.C. might score less than usual thanks to the Pats secondary, but they’ll still put up more than enough points to take down New England.

Lastly, I’m going with the Las Vegas Raiders to win at home against the Buffalo Bills. Yes, the Raiders had some struggles last week, but I think they’ll be looking to bounce back. Expect a big night from running back Josh Jacobs; I think coach John Gruden is going to lean hard on the ground game in this one. Stella actually thinks quite highly of the Bills in general this year; she’s been keeping an eye on QB Josh Allen and isn’t surprised at his breakout performance thus far this season. She also thinks that the Bills defense shouldn’t be slept on. We’re both of the mind that this has the potential to be one of the best games of the week.

And there you have it. Tune in next time and see how we did. I’m already second-guessing some of my choices, while Stella is coolly confident, so everything over here is about as it should be.

(winners in caps)

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ALLEN’S PICKS

Thursday, Oct. 1

DENVER at NY Jets

Sunday, Oct. 4

Indianapolis at CHICAGO

JACKSONVILLE at Cincinnati

Cleveland at DALLAS

NEW ORLEANS at Detroit

SEATTLE at Miami

LA Chargers at TAMPA BAY

BALTIMORE at Washington

ARIZONA at Carolina

Minnesota at HOUSTON

NY Giants at LA RAMS

NEW ENGLAND at Kansas City

Buffalo at Las Vegas

Philadelphia at SAN FRANCISCO

Monday, Oct. 5

Atlanta at GREEN BAY

Week 3 record: 9-6-1

Season record: 30-17-1

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STELLA’S PICKS

Thursday, Oct. 1

Denver at NY JETS

Sunday, Oct. 4

INDIANAPOLIS at Chicago

Jacksonville at CINCINNATI

Cleveland at DALLAS

NEW ORLEANS at Detroit

SEATTLE at Miami

LA CHARGERS at Tampa Bay

BALTIMORE at Washington

Arizona at CAROLINA

Minnesota at HOUSTON

NY Giants at LA RAMS

New England at KANSAS CITY

BUFFALO at Las Vegas

Philadelphia at SAN FRANCISCO

Monday, Oct. 5

Atlanta at GREEN BAY

Week 3 record: 10-5-1

Season record: 33-14-1

(Note: The scheduled Titans/Steelers game for Week 4 has been postponed to a later date due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Tennessee organization.)

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