NFL Week 4 picks, plus Prisco’s power rankings and Tom Brady addresses his momentous return to New England

Welcome to the Choose Six Publication! 

In the event you turned the Eagles-Cowboys sport off at halftime final night time in order that you possibly can get some sleep, I’ve some excellent news for you: You made the proper determination. All you missed within the second half was the Eagles doing their greatest impression of the Jets, and when you’ve watched the Jets play in any respect this season, then you understand that is not an excellent factor. 

In fact, I do not even know why I am speaking about that sport as a result of the one factor anybody is speaking about this week is TOM BRADY‘S RETURN TO NEW ENGLAND. We’ll be overlaying that in at this time’s publication along with rehashing the Cowboys 41-21 win for everybody who slept via the second half. Additionally, you will be getting energy rankings from Pete Prisco and a few Week 4 picks from me, so that you’re positively going to wish to stick round. Let’s get to the rundown. 

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1. As we speak’s present: Recapping the Cowboys’ dominating win over the Eagles

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 27: CeeDee Lamb #88 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates his second half landing with Dak Prescott #4 whereas taking part in the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on September 27, 2021 in Arlington, Texas.
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For the primary time all season, we bought a dud in primetime and I’ve to say, I principally blame the Eagles. (Earlier than you say that Bears-Rams and Lions-Packers had been additionally each duds, I’ll level out that each of these had been one-score video games within the second half, which made them watchable. This one was a blowout from the second quarter on.)

Simply because there is a blowout doesn’t suggest we get to skip the podcast, so we buckled down and recapped the sport for Tuesday’s episode of the podcast. 

Listed here are three key issues from the sport that we touched on: 

  • Dak is again. This sport was Dak Prescott’s first one in Dallas since breaking his ankle again in October, and he positively did not appear to be coping with any PTSD. The Cowboys quarterback was almost good in in opposition to Philly, finishing 21 of 26 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Prescott was so good that it opened issues up for the Cowboys’ speeding assault, which totaled 160 yards.  
  • Dan Quinn has labored a miracle. Final season, the Cowboys had arguably the worst protection in soccer. This 12 months, they employed Dan Quinn, and now, they seem like probably the greatest models within the league. The Cowboys’ go rush gave Jalen Hurts matches with Osa Odighizuwa recording 1.5 of the Cowboys two sacks. Micah Parsons additionally had a dominating efficiency, and if the primary three weeks of the season are any indication, he’ll be anchoring this unit for years to come back. The protection principally iced the sport within the third quarter when Trevon Diggs recorded a 58-yard pick-six off of a foul go from Hurts. 
  • Eagles appeared misplaced on offense. It is virtually just like the Eagles forgot to put in the speeding portion of their sport plan for Monday’s sport, as a result of their floor sport was nonexistent. The Eagles’ working backs solely had a complete of THREE carries on this sport. Some groups will abandon their working sport in a blowout, however the Eagles did not even TRY to run, even when this sport was shut. This was a one-score sport for all the first quarter, and the Eagles did not name a single run. With zero floor sport, you are placing a whole lot of stress in your QB, and it was stress Hurts wasn’t fairly able to deal with simply but. 

We talked about these three issues plus every part else you possibly can presumably wish to find out about Monday’s sport, so be sure you test it out. To hearken to at this time’s episode — and to subscribe to the perfect each day NFL podcast on the market — be sure to click here.

2. Prisco’s Energy Rankings heading into Week 4

Relating to Pete Prisco’s Energy Rankings, there’s some massive information this week: For the primary time this season, we have now a brand new group on the prime. The Buccaneers had been within the prime slot ever since they received the Super Bowl again in February, however Prisco lastly dropped them down after they misplaced to the Rams on Sunday. 

Here is a take a look at Prisco’s prime 5 groups heading into Week 4, which incorporates his new No. 1 group. Total, there are two new groups within the prime 5 this week: 

  1. Rams
  2. Cardinals
  3. Packers
  4. Buccaneers
  5. Bills

I am not going to spoil the remainder of the ability rankings right here, however I’m going to present you just a few nuggets. Here is what has modified since final week: 

  • After three weeks, Prisco is lastly placing some respect on the Bengals‘ identify. Following their win over the Steelers on Sunday, Cincinnati made the largest bounce of any group this week, shifting up eight spots from twenty fifth to seventeenth.    
  • For the second straight week, the largest tumble went to the Steelers, who fell eight spots from 14th to twenty second. The drop by the Steelers means they’ve now fallen 15 spots over the previous two weeks, which could be a report for Prisco’s Energy Rankings. I am going to must verify with our energy rating historians earlier than I can say that for a truth. (Observe: I do not suppose we even have any energy rating historians.)  
  • The largest bounce within the NFC this week went to the Vikings, who vaulted up eight spots following their massive win over the Seahawks. Prisco moved them up from twenty sixth to 18th, and I am guessing they will make one other massive leap if they will beat the Browns in Week 4. 
  • In information which may shock you, the Jaguars are NOT ranked useless final anymore. Although they misplaced by double-digits to the Cardinals in Week 3, Prisco was so unimpressed with the Jets that he moved them to the final spot in his rankings. The Jags moved as much as No. 31, which could be the very best spot they attain all season.      

If you wish to know the place your favourite group ended up in Prisco’s Week 4 Power Rankings, be sure to click here. If you wish to argue with Prisco over his rankings, you can do that on Twitter by clicking here. I argue with him on a regular basis about every part. 

3. Breech’s Week 4 picks

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates a 3rd quarter landing throw by Matthew Stafford #9 within the sport in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at SoFi Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Inglewood, California. 
Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Pictures

It is Tuesday, and that may solely imply one factor: It is time for my weekly picks. 

I am not saying you need to learn them this week, but when they go something like final week’s picks, you are positively going to wish to. For Week 3, I went 12-4 straight up and 11-5 in opposition to the unfold, and that report really would have been higher if I hadn’t been dumb sufficient to take Washington over Buffalo. I am by no means choosing Washington to win one other sport. 

With that in thoughts, listed here are three of my picks for Week 4:  

  • Chiefs (-6) at Eagles: This can be a nightmare sport for the Eagles. Not solely have they got to face Kansas Metropolis on a brief week, however they’ll be going through an indignant Chiefs group that is coming off two straight losses. Patrick Mahomes has misplaced two video games in a row twice in his profession, and each occasions, he averted a 3rd straight loss by profitable in a blowout (35-3 and 30-6). Additionally, I believe Andy Reid nonetheless hates the Eagles for firing him, so the Chiefs can have some added motivation this week. PICK: Chiefs 38-27 over Eagles. 
  • Cardinals at Rams (-6): I am undecided what the largest teaching mismatch is of Week 4, however this one could be on the checklist. Since Kliff Kingsbury took over as Arizona’s coach in 2019, he is 0-4 in opposition to Sean McVay, and the Rams have received these 4 video games by a mean of 13.8 factors per sport. This sport will most likely be barely nearer than that, however not by a lot. PICK: Rams 30-23 over Cardinals. 
  • Jaguars at Bengals (-7.5): That is one these picks that I am not going to overthink: The Bengals are literally good and the Jaguars usually are not. This can be a battle of the previous two No. 1 general picks (Trevor Lawrence vs. Joe Burrow), and I solely place confidence in one in all them proper now, particularly since Lawrence is on tempo to throw roughly 500 interceptions this season. PICK: Bengals 27-17 over Jaguars.  

To verify out the rest of my picks for Week 4, be sure to click here

4. One factor we realized about every group in Week 3

Now that every one 16 video games from Week 3 have been performed, Cody Benjamin determined to wade via the aftermath to determine what we realized about every group. For some groups, just like the Cowboys, this was an excellent factor as a result of we realized that they are virtually definitely the perfect group within the NFC East. For different groups, just like the Giants, this was a foul factor, as a result of it is beginning to seem like they could be the worst group within the NFC East.

Here is a take a look at what we realized about 5 groups: 

  • Payments: We will cease worrying about Josh Allen. “Regardless of an uneven begin to the season, there is not any current motive to fret about Josh Allen. In opposition to Washington’s supposedly stingy protection, he lit it up via the air with 358 yards and 4 touchdowns.”
  • Bears: Not even Justin Fields can save this offense. “Matt Nagy simply cannot get this factor proper, and it does not assist he is nonetheless deploying a subpar unit within the trenches.”
  • Colts: The Carson Wentz commerce is not understanding so properly. “If it wasn’t clear already, Frank Reich’s total offense is a multitude. Accidents are accountable, however there are such a lot of different components right here. Three video games in, and the Carson Wentz gamble has paid zero dividends, for a wide range of causes..”
  • Rams DeSean Jackson can nonetheless ball. “We already knew after two video games Matthew Stafford was sure to enter awards speak taking part in beneath Sean McVay, however Week 3 had a shock revelation: DeSean Jackson remains to be an elite weapon, giving L.A. one more toy to deploy.”
  • Steelers: Large Ben appears able to retire. Ben Roethlisberger appears older by the week, and if that does not change quickly, they could be the worst group within the division. Straightforward to say after the loss to Cincy, maybe, however what are they providing apart from Najee Harris and some standout defenders?”

If you wish to see the one factor we realized about all 32 groups, you possibly can check out Cody’s entire story by clicking here

5. Tom Brady addresses his return to New England

Oct 27, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Invoice Belichick with quarterback Tom Brady (12) after defeating the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium.
Greg M. Cooper / USA TODAY Sports activities

If there’s one sport that nobody is speaking about this week, it is Buccaneers at Patriots. Simply kidding, everyone seems to be speaking about it. It is solely Tuesday and I already really feel like this could be probably the most hyped-up common season sport of all-time. 

For the primary time this 12 months, Brady provided some intensive feedback on the sport whereas recording his podcast Monday night time. (Yup, Brady has a podcast.) Brady is the co-host of “Let’s Go! with Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray.”  

Here is what Brady needed to say about this week’s sport: 

  • He will not be reminiscing about his time in New England. “I am not going to necessarily reminisce. I do not suppose that is the second for that. I am going to have lots alternatives to reminisce about my soccer profession — none of it, none of which I actually care to do proper now as a result of I am a lot within the second. I am not going to be interested by 20 years of historical past. I’ll be interested by one night time of soccer, a Sunday night time sport coming off a extremely robust loss.”
  • He is not anticipating Patriots followers to welcome him dwelling with open arms. “I wouldn’t expect that — a homecoming. I imply, I believe they’re there to root for his or her group, and their group is the Patriots. I believe they’re gonna cheer for his or her group as I might anticipate them to, and I believe in the event that they know something about me, they’re gonna know that I am going on the market to attempt to win the soccer sport, so I believe they will respect that about me.”
  • Brady has nothing unhealthy to say about his time with Invoice Belichick. “I believe there’s positively nice classes I’ve realized from him. He is an important soccer coach, and he does an important job for his group. And, you understand any participant, I believe they might simply hope that their coaches give them every part they bought. I am positive each nice coach desires each participant to present them every part they bought. And I believe that is what makes an important relationship.”
  • He might need his dad dedicated. Brady’s father just lately blamed Belichick for the break up, saying that the Patriots coach wished  the quarterback “out the door.” Brady did not sound too thrilled with the truth that his dad shared that tidbit. “Feedback made by Thomas Edward Brady, a 77-year-old insurance coverage firm CEO who ought to know higher at this level in his life, does not essentially mirror the views or positions held by his son, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr.,” Brady mentioned, via ESPN. “Moreover, ought to Tom Sr. proceed to talk out on behalf of his son with out the specific written consent, Tom Jr. reserves the proper to ultimately put him in a house in opposition to his will. That is all I’ve to say.”

Brady and Belichick will each be assembly with the media later this week, and there is a 100% likelihood they will be requested about one another, so keep tuned for extra attainable feedback. 

6. Speedy-fire roundup

It has been a busy 24 hours within the NFL, and because it’s almost unattainable to maintain monitor of every part that occurred, I went forward and put collectively a roundup for you. 

  • Josh Gordon signing with the Chiefs. Simply hours after getting reinstated to the NFL, Gordon shortly discovered a brand new group to play for. The receiver announced on Twitter that he’s headed to Kansas City, which really looks as if an excellent match for him. Gordon averaged 15.8 yards per reception the final time he was on the sector in 2019, and if he can provide the Chiefs that sort of manufacturing, it is going to make them even more durable to cease. 
  • Richard Sherman visiting the Buccaneers. The free agent nook is headed to Tampa to make his first go to with a group because the begin of the common season, according to If the Buccaneers make a strong supply, it is attainable Sherman could possibly be on the roster earlier than this week’s sport in opposition to the Patriots. 
  • Bears do not know who shall be beginning on Sunday. After Justin Fields’ disastrous outing in opposition to Cleveland, Matt Nagy hasn’t decided who will be starting in Week 4 in opposition to the Lions. If Andy Dalton is wholesome sufficient, he’ll almost definitely be the starter, but when he cannot go, then Fields or Nick Foles might find yourself beginning.  
  • Broncos lose K.J. Hamler for the season. The vast receiver tore his ACL in opposition to the Jets on Sunday and is now carried out for the season. The second-year participant will end 2021 with 5 catches for 74 yards. 
  • Patriots lose James White to a hip damage. The working again will not get to see his previous pal Tom Brady on Sunday and that is as a result of he’ll be lacking the sport on account of a hip damage, according to Proper now, it isn’t clear how severe the damage is. White would possibly solely miss this week’s sport, however there’s additionally a risk that he could possibly be positioned on IR, which might trigger him to overlook at the very least three video games. 
  • Christian McCaffrey not occurring IR. The Panthers working again injured his hamstring in Week 3, and though these might be dicey accidents, it appears just like the group is anticipating him to return sooner somewhat than later. The Panthers will not be placing him on injured reserve, which implies they doubtless really feel he’ll be capable of play in some unspecified time in the future within the subsequent three weeks. (If he was place on IR, he’d must miss at the very least three video games.)
  • Bengals receiver says Steelers gave up. The rivalry between the Bengals and Steelers simply bought a little bit juicier because of a postgame remark from Tyler Boyd. The Bengals receiver mentioned the Steelers principally gave up on the finish of the sport. “The final performs of the sport for them, they gave up,” Boyd mentioned. “You may see it. They’d three drops in a row.” The Steelers will most likely be submitting away that remark away for when the 2 groups meet once more in Week 12. | NFL Week 4 picks, plus Prisco’s energy rankings and Tom Brady addresses his momentous return to New England


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