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Bing Predicts NFL Week 4

  • Bin Predicts NFL Week 4

    If only given one word to describe Week 3 in the NFL, the word would be weird. Take everything that makes sense in football and flip it upside down. Parity was taken to a new level as the league saw major upsets, thrilling endings, and various records broken. The captivating week in, week out action has to cease at some point ... here’s to hoping it doesn’t happen this week.

    A few notable matchups to watch this week include the following. 

    —Vikings, Rams: The NFL’s best team through three weeks takes on a Vikings’ squad coming off of the wrong side of the biggest NFL upset in 23 years. How will Minnesota rebound?

    —Buccaneers, Bears: Tampa Bay leads the league in passing yards per game, but is that enough for Ryan Fitzpatrick to hold on to the starting quarterback role now that Jameis Winston is back from his suspension?

    —Dolphins, Patriots: New England is 1-2. Miami is 3-0. Something has to give in the AFC East, right?

    —Browns, Raiders: There is only one reason this game makes the cut as notable: Baker Mayfield’s first start. The rookie QB will look to give Cleveland its first winning streak since 2014.

    —Ravens, Steelers: An AFC North battle with early playoff implications will have both teams trying to build off of big Week 3 wins.

    —Chiefs, Broncos: Patrick Mahomes II looks like the most dynamic quarterback in football, but the Chiefs’ defense also gives up the most yards in football. This AFC West showdown should see points, and a lot of them.

    Guiding you through every game is Bing Predicts, which leverages search, social, and historical statistics to forecast the week’s winners and losers. Read on for Week 4 predictions.

     ALSO: See how Bing predicted the entire season here.

  • Minnesota Vikings (1-1-1) @ Los Angeles Rams (3-0-0)

    Minnesota Vikings @ Los Angeles Rams

    Game time: Thursday, Sept. 27, 8:20 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Minnesota Vikings lead series 27-16-2

    After a pitiful and wildly surprising blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills at home on Sunday, it’s no surprise that the Minnesota Vikings are a 7-point underdog to the undefeated Rams in Los Angeles on a short week.

    In a game the Vikings were expected to dominate, the reigning NFC North Champions lost 27-6 and attempted only six rushes netting 14 total yards. A team just one game away from the Super Bowl last season is in danger of moving to 1-2-1 and falling into last place in the division.

    The Rams continue to look like one of the NFL’s top teams—an impressive 35-23 victory over the new intercity rival Chargers moved the team to 3-0. The Rams also proved they are good enough to overcome big mistakes. Last week, running back Todd Gurley II fumbled, quarterback Jared Goff threw an interception in the end zone, and kicker Sam Ficken missed a makeable 46-yard field goal attempt—L.A. still won by two scores.

    The Rams have allowed the fewest points of any team in the NFL this season (12 points per game). Last year the Vikings beat the Rams 24-7 in Minnesota, but the Rams are a significantly improved squad, and the 2017 Kings of the North haven’t quite found their 2018 identity.

     

  • Bing Predicts: Los Angeles Rams

    Bing Predicts Winner: Los Angeles Rams (73% chance)

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  • Detroit Lions (1-2-0) @ Dallas Cowboys (1-2-0)

    Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys

    Game time: Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Dallas Cowboys lead series 15-12-0

    Not a lot of people had the Detroit Lions over the New England Patriots when looking at Week 3 matchups, but then again, not a lot of things made sense in Week 3. The Lions’ defense suffocated Tom Brady and the Patriots, holding the five-time Super Bowl champion to just 14 completions for 133 yards. Detroit earned their first victory of the season, controlling possession for nearly two thirds of the 60-minute game.

    The Dallas Cowboys did not experience similar success last Sunday. America’s Team couldn’t improve on their one victory and allowed the Seattle Seahawks their first win after falling 24-13. Quarterback Dak Prescott has been less than impressive through three games—he is averaging just 166 yards per game and has a combined passer rating of under 75. The Cowboys as a whole have completed only three passes of more than 15 yards this season.

    Bad news for the Cowboys’ defense: linebacker Sean Lee left Sunday’s game after reaggravating an already bothersome hamstring. It’s unclear how much time he’ll miss, but it’s unlikely he’ll be available this week at home.

    The Lions will bring momentum into Dallas, but neither team can afford to fall to 1-3.

  • Bing Predicts: Dallas Cowboys

    Bing Predicts Winner: Dallas Cowboys (64% chance)

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  • Cincinnati Bengals (2-1-0) @ Atlanta Falcons (1-2-0)

    Cincinnati Bengals @ Atlanta Falcons

    Game time: Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Cincinnati Bengals lead series 8-5-0

    The Atlanta Falcons are off to a tough start in 2018, but they are expected to win this Sunday in Atlanta when the Cincinnati Bengals come to town. Atlanta is 1-2, but could easily be 3-0, losing close contests to the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles and in overtime to the division rival New Orleans Saints.

    The Bengals and their opportunistic defense started the season 2-0, but were overmatched in Week 3 in a 31-21 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

    The Falcons showcased the offensive performance the league has come to expect of them despite a 43-37 loss on Sunday. Having found what looks like their stride, Atlanta’s offensive firepower will be hard to match for the Bengals—especially if Bengals’ wide receiver A.J. Green has to take drives off. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection tweaked his groin last Sunday, and while the injury appears minor, he won’t be at 100%.    

    Andy Dalton will need to take better care of the ball for Cincinnati to have a chance—the Bengals’ QB threw four interceptions in the Week 3 loss.  

  • Bing Predicts: Atlanta Falcons

    Bing Predicts Winner: Atlanta Falcons (60% chance)

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  • Philadelphia Eagles (2-1-0) @ Tennessee Titans (2-1-0)

    Philadelphia Eagles @ Tennessee Titans

    Game time: Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Philadelphia Eagles lead series 7-4-0

    The Eagles and the Titans both found ways to win last week, and they will battle in Nashville this Sunday.

    In his first game back from rehabbing a torn ACL, Carson Wentz led the Eagles to a 20-16 comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Wentz threw for over 250 yards and a touchdown, but more importantly, engineered a 17-play drive that ate up the majority of the fourth quarter.

    The Titans eked out a 9-6 victory over the Jaguars after an injured Marcus Mariota was forced to relieve his backup, Blaine Gabbert, who suffered a concussion. Mariota was still not 100% on Sunday, but did just enough to get past one of the scariest defenses in the NFL.

    While it appears Mariota will start, it’s unclear how he and his injured elbow will fare. Philadelphia leads the NFL in run defense, so the Titans will need to rely on their passing game if they want to find success.

     

  • Bing Predicts: Philadelphia Eagles

    Bing Predicts Winner: Philadelphia Eagles (58% chance)

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  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1-0) @ Chicago Bears (2-1-0)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Chicago Bears

    Game time: Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Chicago Bears lead series 38-20-0

    There was ‘Fitzmagic’ in the air on Monday night, but it kicked in a little too late. The Buccaneers’ backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has made a strong case to stay in the starting role despite regular starter Jameis Winston returning from his suspension this week. After a superhero-esque start to the season, the 14-year journeyman reminded everyone why he has never been the face of a franchise. He threw three interceptions in the second quarter of Tampa’s loss to the Steelers and helped dig the team into a 20-point hole.

    But instead of folding, Fitzpatrick and the Bucs battled back to score 17 unanswered points, which was just short of what they needed for a win. Through three games, Fitzpatrick leads the NFL in passing yards (1,230) and is the first player in NFL history with three straight games of 400-plus yards passing.

    The Bears were almost part of another massive Week 3 upset, but narrowly escaped Arizona with a 16-14 victory. Chicago has been a surprise this season; the only loss the Bears suffered came in heartbreaking fashion to the Packers in Week 1.  

    Sunday will feature one of the league’s most prolific offenses battling All-Pro linebacker Khalil Mack and a dominant Bears’ defense.

     

  • Bing Predicts: Chicago Bears

    Bing Predicts Winner: Chicago Bears (55% chance)

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