Jets vs Jaguars

Jets vs Jaguars : Who are the New York Jets players to watch when they make their trip to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars? Let’s take a close look.. In what is their first of two trips to Florida this week, the New York Jets head to the northern end of the state to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars are likely the best opponent on the Jets schedule this year. So this is undoubtedly going to be a test for Sam Darnold.

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The schedule makers didn’t do the Jets favors with the first three week of the schedule putting them in three games in 11 days. However, they did give them the mini-bye before this game as a result of playing on Thursday. So, it’s not all bad. The players and coaches had three extra days to get ready for the most difficult part of the schedule. It’s just a matter of what they have done with it.

A lot of players are going to need to step up for the Jets to end up the victors in this game. Who are the most important, though? Let’s delve into that.

Leonard Williams was like Carmen Sandiego in the game against Cleveland. He became very hard to find, and it showed on the stat sheet. He was shutout mostly across the board, with the exception of three hurries (via Pro Football Focus — subscription required). The film showed that he wasn’t double-team much. So, we can just chalk it up as a bad day at the office for Williams.

This is the best offensive line the Jets will face. So Williams will have to show up to help his mates in order for the Jets to fly home victorious.

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Seahawks vs Cardinals

Seahawks vs Cardinals : It took a few weeks, but the Cardinals have finally made the switch to rookie Josh Rosen. Sam Bradford now becomes the richest backup QB on the planet. Rosen came in last week to try and clean up the mess Bradford made after their 14-0 lead, but couldn’t seal the deal on the two possessions he got the ball. The Seahawks picked up their first win, beating the Cowboys, 24-13. They have a chance now to get right back in the race with a win over the 0-3 Cardinals on the road.

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Where: Phoenix, Arizona

Start: Sunday, Sept. 30, 4:05 p.m. ET

TV Network: FOX

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A big question mark coming into the season was the Seahawks running game. They got a strong performance from Chris Carson last week, who ran the ball 32 times for 102 yards and a score as he seems to be their workhorse back now. Without Doug Baldwin, this offense has trouble moving the ball. There is a chance Baldwin returns this week as he returned to practice. That is a much-needed boost that can spark this team as they try and recover from the 0-2 start. They will be blitzing plenty against Rosen in his first start.

The Cardinals were unwatchable the first couple of weeks. Rosen now gives a reason to watch what was an inept offense. Maybe a new QB will help the running game as well. Fresh off a contract extension, David Johnson has done next to nothing through the first three weeks. He has 116 yards on the ground through three games. It doesn’t get much worse than that. It’s going to be a long season in Arizona, but at least they can watch their franchise QB get to work and grow with a veteran like Larry Fitzgerald.

Titans vs Eagles

Titans vs Eagles: Identifying the Key Matchups that Could Determine the Outcome of the Tennessee Titans’ Week 4 Contest Against PhiladelphiaThe Tennessee Titans will face off Sunday against another 2-1 team in one of the most underrated games of Week 4. Both teams managed to scrap out ugly wins in Week 3. The Eagles, in Carson Wentz’s first game back off of an ACL tear, managed to squeak past the Indianapolis Colts after trailing for most of the game.

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They cobbled together a running game with Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement. Carson Wentz was rusty in his first game back, but displayed a good rapport with his TEs Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. The Philadelphia front seven made life very difficult on Andrew Luck and rendered the Colts’ rushing attack almost completely ineffective, which eventually allowed them to claw back into the game for a win.

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Meanwhile, the Titans pulled out a win against a more impressive opponent: The Jacksonville Jaguars. The running game put up 150 yards against one of the league’s best fronts, and an injured Mariota came in for Blaine Gabbert and moved the ball enough to complement one of the best defensive performances by the Titans in recent memory.

The Titans will definitely need more out of their offense against Carson Wentz and the Eagles. Philadelphia will begin to get healthier on offense as Wentz is another week removed from his ACL injury, Jay Ajayi will be back on the field, and Alshon Jeffery should make his first appearance of the season. Luckily, the Titans will be healthier too. Jack Conklin will man the RT position for the first time and Mariota’s elbow injury should not limit the offense moving forwards.

Let’s take a look at a few key matchups to watch in this Week 4 game that pits two contenders growing in strength against one another in what I expect will be a battle of two very stout defenses.

Buccaneers vs Bears

Buccaneers vs Bears: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers publicly haven’t shown their hand in regard to their starting quarterback for the Week 4 contest against the Chicago Bears, but the team came up aces with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center.

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Fitzpatrick is expected to get the nod over Jameis Winston as the Buccaneers (2-1) bid to rebound from their first loss of the season on Sunday when they face Khalil Mack and the Bears (2-1) at Soldier Field.

The 35-year-old Fitzpatrick was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week following both of Tampa Bay’s victories in its first two games. He overcame three interceptions to lead a comeback attempt that fell just short in Monday’s 30-27 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Fitzpatrick still leads the NFL in passing yards per game (410.0) and is second behind Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes in both touchdown passes (11) and passer rating (124.8).

Winston, who was the top overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, returned to the team this week after serving a three-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

“So we know what we’re going to do, both guys know what we’re going to do, and I hope everybody can appreciate it doesn’t do us any good to tell our opponents what we’re going to do,” Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said. “That’ll work itself out as the week goes on, but we do have a plan and both guys are aware of it.”

While Koetter has refused to divulge his starter for competitive reasons, Mack insists it’s all part of the game.

“Man, that’s the whole point in playing in the NFL,” Mack said. “You have to be prepared. You get paid to go out and be able to know. No matter who it is, you’ve got to be prepared. That’s going to be a challenge. You’re ready to meet the challenge.”

Mack has met the challenge since being traded from the Oakland Raiders, recording four sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles for a Bears team that is tied for second in the NFL with eight takeaways.

A former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Mack had two sacks and five tackles as Chicago overcame an early deficit to post a 16-14 victory over the winless Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Mitchell Trubisky was limited to just 220 yards and an interception against the Cardinals, but a date with a forgiving Buccaneers defense that ranks 31st in yards allowed and 29th in scoring can help silence his mounting critics.

“In this sport, at the quarterback position, there’s immense pressure, especially with a great team like we have here in the great city of Chicago,” Bears head coach Matt Nagy said. “There are a lot of people and a lot of people that care, and so it’s easy to direct it at one person.

“And then you throw on top of that somebody that’s a high draft pick, that’s a lot of pressure. But that’s OK. This kid is willing to take anything and everything on. I want to make sure that he understands that there are so many parts to this offense that take time, and as long as I convey that to him, that the only thing he needs to worry about is what I tell him and how he’s going at our pace, that’s the only thing that matters.”

Tampa Bay defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul provides another worry for Trubisky, as he has three of his team’s seven sacks.

The Bears’ fifth-ranked defense will need to keep a keen eye on Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin, as the three Buccaneers receivers each have three touchdown receptions under their belt. In fact, Evans (367 yards) and Jackson (312 yards) are the first pair of teammates in league history to have at least 300 receiving yards and three touchdown catches apiece through their team’s first three games of a season.

“(Jackson is) underrated as a route runner, he’s a phenomenal route runner,” Nagy said. “And then you’ve got Mike Evans, he’s so big he can beat you with his physical size but yet you saw he can go downfield and his ball skills are amazing. He can make great catches. And that’s been like that since Texas A&M.”

While the passing game has flourished, Tampa Bay’s rushing attack ranks last in the NFL in yards per carry (3.0). Last week, the Buccaneers fell behind 30-10 and abandoned the run game early. To slow the Bears’ pass rush, they will have to be more balanced.

Running back Peyton Barber gets most of the carries and it remains to be seen if second-round pick Ronald Jones II will see his first action of the season.

Statistics would suggest it will be difficult to get Bears running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen running lanes, but the Buccaneers’ defense hasn’t really been tested on the ground. Attacking with the inside zone and occasional jet sweeps or screen passes is the best way to move the ball and keep Tampa Bay’s own offense watching the game.

Howard rushed for 100 yards during a 2016 encounter versus the Buccaneers.

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Dolphins vs Patriots

Dolphins vs Patriots :Who would have thought, going into Week 4 of the season, that the Miami Dolphins would not only be in first place, but they would be 3-0 AND have a two-game lead on the New England Patriots?

It’s a long season and it’s still early, but the Patriots come into this game returning home in need of a win after two straight double-digit losses. A loss this week would put them three games out of first place. This is a big AFC East matchup.

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Where: Foxborough, Massachusetts

Start: Sunday, Sept. 30, 1:00 p.m. ET

TV Network: CBS

Radio: WQAM (Dolphins)

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The Dolphins are rolling along at 3-0 as one of three undefeated teams in the NFL. All they do is win when Ryan Tannehill has been healthy and started. They are 10-1 in the last 11 games he has started, yet nobody has talked about him. Miami has won each game by one possession, coming back last week thanks to some trickery on an Albert Wilson TD pass. Their defense has been physical and they are getting key stops in the 4th quarter. This Dolphins team could be a legit threat to challenge the Patriots in the division the way things are going.

It’s way too soon to count the Patriots out, but they badly could use Josh Gordon on the field this week. After trading for the troubled star receiver, Gordon was inactive against the Lions. There’s a great chance he plays this week in a game the Patriots desperately need playmakers. Julian Edelman will be back next week for a Thursday night game, so the Patriots could quickly turn this thing around with a win over their division rival. Their defense is going to need to show up first, though.

Eagles vs Titans

Eagles vs Titans: The Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans are set to play each other this Sunday at Nissan Stadium. In order to preview the Eagles’ Week 4 game, I reached out to our associates over at Music City Miracles. The jovial Jimmy Morris (@jmorrisMCM) took the time to answer my questions about the upcoming tilt. Let’s take a look at his answers.

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Mike Vrabel said on Wednesday that Marcus Mariota will start on Sunday and shouldn’t be limited. Austin Davis, who the Titans signed on Tuesday, will most likely serve as the backup with Blaine Gabbert in the concussion protocol.

I have all of the confidence in the world in Mariota. He will be much closer to 100% on Sunday, and he proved last week that he doesn’t need to be 100% to be effective. This coaching staff, and I will elaborate on this more in the next question, has proven that they can put together a game plan that gives the Titans a chance to win regardless of the limitations.

They have been nothing short of awesome. The Titans are 2-1 and here is what they have had to deal with so far:

Week 1 in Miami they play a 7+ hour game because of 2 weather delays that combined were a little bit more than 4 hours. In that game they lost Mariota to the nerve issue he is still dealing with, Pro Bowl LT Taylor Lewan to a concussion, and Pro Bowl TE Delanie Walker to a broken ankle. They were already playing without All-Pro RT Jack Conklin.

Week 2 they have to play without Lewan, Conklin and 3rd OT Dennis Kelly who was hospitalized because of an illness. They had to call up a tackle from the practice squad to play RT and use Kevin Pamphile, who they signed to play guard, at LT against a Texans’ defense featuring JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus. On Friday afternoon they installed a wild cat package with Derrick Henry and the Titans won the game.

Week 3 they have to travel to Jacksonville to face arguably the best defense in the NFL still without Conklin and with Mariota not ready to start. Gabbert gets knocked out in the first quarter so they have to figure out a way to move the ball with Mariota not being able to throw downfield. They win that game as well.

This coaching staff has proven to be able to adapt on the fly. The coaching staff here last year was terrible at that. There is still a lot of season left to be played, but we couldn’t be more thrilled with the job they have done so far.

We still haven’t seen this offense at full strength, which it looks like we finally will in this game, but they should be able to control the line of scrimmage- even against a front as good as the Eagles. That will allow them to run the ball with Henry and Dion Lewis. I also think they will be able to slow down the Eagles’ pass rush with screens to Lewis and the wide receivers.

The Titans, particularly Malcolm Butler, have been bad against the deep ball this season. With the Eagles seemingly getting more healthy on offense, I worry that they will be able to hit some shots down the field against this defense- especially when you consider Wentz’s ability to keep plays alive and allow things to develop.

I’m going to be a homer here and pick the Titans. They are on a roll now and playing with a lot of confidence. The way they have won the last 2 weeks has them believing they can beat anyone right now, even with limitations. The game is close in the 4th quarter with the Titans kicking a late field goal to get a 27-24 win.

As for the rest of the season, I expect the Titans to be a 10 or 11 win team and win the AFC South. They won a playoff game with one of the worst offensive coaching staffs in the history of the world (not an exaggeration). There is no reason not to expect them to take another step forward this season with a competent coaching staff.

Patriots vs Dolphins

Patriots vs Dolphins: When taking a peek at the division standings through the first three weeks of the 2018 NFL season, perhaps the most surprising thing you’ll see is at the top of the AFC East. Rather than the New England Patriots, you’ll see the Miami Dolphins. New England is 1-2 after dropping back-to-back games to the Jaguars and Lions, while the Dolphins are 3-0 after consecutive victories over the Titans, Jets, and Raiders.

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New England has gotten off to a slow start before and still come back to win the division. They’ve won the AFC East in 15 of the past 17 seasons, with the only exceptions being 2002 and 2008. In 2008, though, it was the Dolphins who took the division crown when Tom Brady was injured. That Miami team took the league completely by surprise with an innovative offense and one of the stingiest defenses in football.

Are we looking at a repeat of the same scenario 10 years later? Sunday’s AFC East showdown could provide some answers. Here’s what to look out for when the Pats and Dolphins square off.

Let’s start here: little of what the Dolphins are doing offensively seems remotely sustainable, or even solely attributable to what their actual offense is doing. (Thingslook very cool schematically and they’re popping some big plays, but read on to see why there’s not as much under the hood as you might think.)

Miami ranks 23rd in yards and 31st in plays run so far in 2018. The Dolphins rank seventh in yards per play but they’re 28th in first downs, 28th in third-down conversion rate, and 25th in yards per drive. They’ve turned only 32.4 percent of their drives into points, 21st in the league. And despite all that, they have the 11th-most points in the NFL. What on earth is going on?

Well, they’re one of 14 teams with a defensive or special teams touchdown, having gotten a kick-return score from Jakeem Grant back in Week 1. So, that helps. But mostly, they’re benefitting from league-best field position, starting their average drive on the 35.4 yard line — nearly three yards closer to the end zone than any other team in the league and more than seven yards closer than the average NFL team. (Three yards might not seem like a lot but it’s equivalent to the difference between the team with the second-best field position and the team in ninth. It’s not nothing.) It’s also 2.5 yards closer than the league-best starting field position the Rams enjoyed last season.

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Ryan Tannehill has thrown seven touchdowns on just 74 pass attempts, a rate wildly out of line with his career norms (throwing a touchdown on 9.5 percent of his passes would nearly double his current career-best touchdown rate), and the Dolphins also got a 52-yard touchdown pass last Sunday from Albert Wilson. So, eight of their 75 passes have gone for scores. The likelihood of that continuing seems vanishingly low. Additionally, Tannehill’s current 9.3 yards per attempt figure is far ahead of his career-best 7.7 yards per attempt, indicating that he is likely due for some regression on that front as well. Considering the current target distribution of the offense — Grant leads the team with 14 targets despite having played less than 40 percent of the offensive snaps — it would not be surprising if the pass offense took a large step backward fairly soon.

If and when that happens, the Dolphins better hope their run game improves. It almost has to be better than it was last week against the Raiders, when Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore combined for 15 yards on eight carries. It’s not as though Drake, who broke out last season in the led back role, had been crushing it previously, however; he had been averaging just barely 4.0 yards per carry through the season’s first two weeks.

All that said, the likelihood of Miami’s offense falling off a cliff this week, in particular, seems low. The New England defense has been carved up through the air and on the ground so far this season, and just this week the Patriots placed one of the few defenders who could reasonably be described as playing well (linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley) on Injured Reserve. They’ve struggled to create pressure (only the Raiders have fewer sacks than New England’s four), the secondary seems eminently beatable, and the front has not gotten nearly enough push in the run game (they’re allowing 4.7 yards per carry).

The Patriots are off to their worst offensive start in years. New England has just 57 points through the first three weeks of the season, their fourth-lowest scoring total to this point of the season in the entire Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. (And one of the three seasons below this one is the 2008 campaign when Brady tore his ACL on opening day.) That total also represents a steep drop from a year ago, when the Patriots had 99 points through their first three games of the season.

The New England running game, in particular, has struggled to get on track — and that may not cease any time soon. Jeremy Hill was lost for the season to a torn ACL in Week 1, and Rex Burkhead was placed on Injured Reserve with a neck injury earlier this week. Add in the fact that rookie Sony Michel is seemingly still hobbled by the knee injury that plagued him during training camp and has been wildly ineffective so far — 24 carries for 84 yards — and it’s not looking good for the Patriots rushing attack. James White is clearly the team’s best option in the backfield at this point, but he’s already nearly a third of the way to what would be a career-high in carries and he’s carried the ball only 13 times. (His 43 carries last season were the most of his career.) The Pats like to use short passes as an extension of the running game and White does an excellent job chipping in on that front (he already has 14 grabs for 125 yards and two scores); but the absence of stalwarts like Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola has definitely been felt early on in the year.

The struggles of the run game do not seem like the fault of the offensive line, either. According to Sports Info Solutions, Patriots offensive linemen have blown just three run blocks this season, and committed only one holding penalty in the run game. The line ranks ninth in Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Line Yards, which assigns credit to the offensive line in the run game based on a percentage of yards gained per carry. The Pats have also had just nine percent of their runs stuffed in the backfield, the third-lowest share in the league. Instead, the fault seems to lie with the backs, who have done a below-average job of creating yardage after first contact. (New England ranks 22nd in the league in yards after contact per carry.)

The run game issues, however, pale in comparison to New England’s difficulties in an area that should be familiar to anyone who has ever attempted to pinpoint an offensive issue for the Patriots over the years: downfield passing. Brady struggled for a few years in the early 2010s to throw the ball downfield, but in recent seasons he had cleaned that issue up and become an excellent deep thrower. This year has been a return to poor form. On throws 15 or more yards downfield, Brady is just 6 of 18 for 139 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His 57.4 passer rating on such throws ranks 31st among the 34 quarterbacks who have attempted at least five passes 15 or more yards downfield.

The loss of burner Brandin Cooks, who provided the Patriots offense with its sole deep speed element last season, has played a role, as has Brady’s inability to form a meaningful connection with Phillip Dorsett — the struggles that we saw last week against the Lions were particularly noticeable. Perhaps more concerning is his struggle to connect in any real way with Chris Hogan, who has just seven catches for 84 yards in three games. Cordarrelle Patterson has been a non-factor. The heavy-formation flex guys — Jacob Hollister, James Develin — have made minimal impact. And Rob Gronkowski is off to a muted start with just 13 catches for 186 yards and a score.

It’s not the best news for the Pats that they are squaring off with a Miami pass defense that has looked spectacular so far this season, with cornerback Xavien Howard in particular looking like a potential shut-down guy early in the season. Howard has been targeted in coverage 13 times this season, per Sports Info Solutions, and opponents’ passer rating is 7.05 on those throws. (Yes, you read that correctly.) Brady typically bounces back after weak performances like the one he had against the Lions, but he’s in a particularly tough spot this week. All that said, actually picking against him and Belichick seems like a particularly unwise idea. Every time it looks like they might really be on the downslide this time, they always manage to turn it around. And besides, those guys are a ridiculous 14-1 against Miami at home in their time together.

Cowboys vs Lions

Cowboys vs Lions :The Dallas Cowboys will play host to the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Both teams are 1-2 and desperately need to win to boost their postseason hopes. The Cowboys are 3-point favorites after opening at 3.5, while the over-under for total points scored has held steady at 44. The Cowboys are -145 on the money line (risk $145 to win $100), while the Lions are +125 (risk $100 to win $125).

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Before you make any Cowboys vs. Lions picks, you need to see what SportsLine’s Projection Model has to say.

Their proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

It also nailed its two top-rated picks in Week 3, including the Ravens (-5.5) against the Broncos. It’s now 7-2 on top-rated picks this season, extending its run to 55-36.

Now, it has simulated Lions vs. Cowboys 10,000 times. We can tell you that the model is leaning toward the Under, but its much stronger play is on the side. It has generated a point-spread selection that should hit better than half the time, and that pick is available at SportsLine.

The model knows this game is the proverbial must-win for a pair of NFC clubs that are hoping to overcome sluggish starts and contend for a playoff berth. The Cowboys (1-2) have seen their sputtering offense serve as the primary culprit in their two losses, sandwiched around a home victory against the Giants. They generated only 303 yards of total offense in a 24-13 loss at Seattle last week. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 127 yards, but Dallas consistently saw drives stalled because of its inability to convert in the passing game.

On the bright side, the Cowboys’ defense held Seattle to 295 yards and limited Russell Wilson to 192 passing yards. They also held the Giants to 255 total yards in a 20-13 victory in their only home game of the season thus far. Dallas ranks No. 3 in the NFL in total defense, allowing 17.7 points and 281 yards per contest.

Just because the Cowboys have shown signs of life on defense doesn’t mean they’ll cover on Sunday.

The Lions (1-2) appeared to turn the corner in last week’s 26-10 prime-time upset of the defending AFC champion Patriots. First-year coach Matt Patricia defeated his mentor, Bill Belichick, as Detroit took command from the outset and never let New England threaten. The Lions’ defense allowed only 209 total yards and one touchdown while dominating time of possession.

Matthew Stafford threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns against one interception. Detroit’s long-dormant running game broke out for 159 yards, led by rookie Kerryon Johnson (101 yards on 16 carries).

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Michigan vs Northwestern

Michigan vs Northwestern : Michigan has dominated its last three opponents, and looks to get its second Big Ten win as it travels to Evanston, Ill. to take on Northwestern.The Kent State Golden Flashes and the Ball State Cardinals square off in college football MAC-tion from Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Indiana on Saturday afternoon.

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The Kent State Golden Flashes will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses, including a 38-17 defeat at the hands of Ole Miss in their last outing. Woody Barrett has thrown for 826 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 picks with a 57.4% completion percentage this year while also rushing for 3 touchdowns as well. Justin Rankin has logged a team-high 263 yards on the ground for Kent State while Mike Carrigan leads the Golden Flashes’ receiving corps with 205 yards and 19 catches. As a team, Kent State is averaging 394 yards of total offense and 26.2 points per game this season.

The Ball State Cardinals will also be eager to bounce back from a 1-3 starts after a 3rd straight defeat in the form of a 28-20 loss to Western Kentucky in their last outing. Riley Neal has thrown for 839 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in completing 57% of his 149 pass attempts. James Gilbert has rushed for 302 yards while Riley Miller and Corey Lacanaria each have 200+ receiving yards and Justin Hall leads the Cardinals with 21 catches this season. As a team, Ball State is averaging 438.8 yards of total offense and 22 points per game this season.

Kent State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall wAngelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their predictions on the outcome of Saturday’s Michigan-Northwestern game at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. (4:30 p.m., Fox/950 AM).

Angelique S. Chengelis: Losing Jeremy Larkin is enormous for the Wildcats, but they’re more than likely going to play inspired to honor him. They’re also coming off a bye and Pat Fitzgerald will have them enthused and ready to face the Wolverines. But so much of their offensive production was based on Larkin. The Wildcats should have success defending Michigan’s run game, so this could be a big day for Shea Patterson and the receivers. Michigan, 31-10

Matt Charboneau: The last couple of weeks would tell you that Michigan should have no problem rolling into Evanston and taking care of the Wildcats, especially after last week’s blowout of Nebraska. Add in the fact Northwestern lost its top rusher to a career-ending injury and things look bleak for the Cats while confidence is high for the Wolverines. But with a week off, something tells me Northwestern at least keeps this on interesting. Michigan, 31-21

Bob Wojnowski: The Wildcats usually are a tricky foe at home, but with leading rusher Jeremy Larkin’s sudden retirement due to injury, they lose their biggest edge. They’ll try to dink and dunk with quarterback Clayton Thorson, and the Wolverines’ defense must maintain discipline. If they do, and if the running game and offensive line truly are developing, this should be fairly straightforward. Pick: Michigan 34-13

John Niyo: Northwestern’s chances of controlling the game took a hit when running back Jeremy Larkin took a seat. Now the pressure’s on an erratic defense to make enough big plays to give the Wildcats some short fields. That might’ve happened a year ago with Michigan, but these Wolverines aren’t going to be so giving. Michigan, 28-13hile the under is 17-8 in their last 25 road games. Ball State is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 18-38 in their last 56 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 conference matchups. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

The touchdown with the hook is tempting for the Golden Flashes, but the bottom line is that Kent State isn’t a good defensive team. Sure, two of those games were against Penn State and Ole Miss, but Ball State also went toe-to-toe with Notre Dame and held their own for a bit against Indiana. All in all, we are laying a touchdown with the better team offensively and last I checked, you need to score to win games so I’ll lay the points with Ball State in this one.

Bills vs Packers

Bills vs Packers :The Packers and Bills will meet on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET with Buffalo looking to upset a second successive NFC North team on the road. After shocking the Vikings as 17-point underdogs, the Bills are now 9.5-point dogs against the Packers at Lambeau Field, down from an opener of 10.5. The Over-Under for total points scored is 44.5 in the latest Packers vs. Bills odds, up from 44.

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Before you make any Packers vs. Bills picks, be sure to check out what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say.

SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

It also nailed its two top-rated picks in Week 3, including backing the Ravens (-5.5) against the Broncos. It’s now 7-2 on top-rated picks this season, extending its run to 55-36.

Now, the SportsLine Projection Model has simulated Packers vs. Bills 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you the computer slightly favors the Over in this matchup, but its stronger play is on the spread, saying one side hits in almost 60 percent of simulations.

The SportsLine model has taken into account the Bills’ stunning upset of the Vikings as double-digit underdogs and the Packers slipping up against the Redskins last week. Now both teams are entering Sunday staring down a potentially defining moment.

Aaron Rodgers already has had to battle through injury again this season, but he’s still been outstanding, with 832 yards passing, a 66.4 completion percentage, six touchdowns and no interceptions. The model expects him to have another big Sunday, projecting nearly 250 yards and two touchdowns.

But Rodgers’ big numbers don’t guarantee that the Packers will be able to cover this spread against a Buffalo team coming into Week 4 with a ton of confidence. The Bills have already slayed one NFC North team on the road, so heading to Lambeau shouldn’t faze them.

The Bills made the switch to rookie quarterback Josh Allen in Week 3 and it paid immediate dividends as he delivered a three-touchdown performance (one passing, two rushing) against the Vikings. The model is calling for Allen to account for over 200 yards of total offense again this week as Buffalo looks to build on last week’s performance.

So what side of the Packers vs. Bills spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on Sunday, all from the advanced computer that returned over $4,000 to $100 bettors the last two seasons.