2018 NFL Preseason Week 4 Betting Predictions

Posted by Juan Carlos on August 27, 2018 in

NFL Preseason Week 4 is the final week we have to put up with exhibition games as we pray to the football gods that none of our fantasy players suffer injuries.  It’s a weird time as a football fan, because we cheer for our favorite teams, but still don’t really care about the outcome the next morning either way.  The week will get kicked off with the Browns versus the Lions.  I expect big things in a turnaround season for the Browns and maybe that is blinding my football judgement, considering they have won just four games in the previous three seasons, but I think they win this last contest of the preseason.

2018 NFL Preseason Week 4 Betting Predictions

Big Expectations for Lions/Browns

I expect big things from kerryon Johnson, Kenny Golliday, Carlos Hyde, Myles Garrett, and Baker Mayfield in this one, but keep an eye out for sleepers in your fantasy team.  David Njoku is my pick for the yardage and touchdown leader from the tight end position this season.

Bears and Bills Should Excite

Another game this week, I’ll highlight a bit is the matchup between the Bills and Bears.  Josh Allen was sacked five times in his last outing, his first as a starter.  This Bears team is one of the standouts with defensive line depth, pressure on the quarterback, and relentless pursuit, all things that don’t add up for a great day for Allen, already in the concussion protocol procedure.

For the Bears, Javon Wims has looked like a stunning pickup for GM Ryan Pace. He is elusive and the ability to climb the ladder and grab the passes that really jumpstart the momentum for his team.  I’m looking for Chicago to make a statement on defense and prove they are on their way up in this league.

Defensive Minded Teams Matchup

This week also pits the Vikings against the Titans.  I look for continued struggles from the Titans.  When this team was first constructed under new head coach, Mike Vrabel, I thought it could take some time, but the pieces are just not fitting together how I thought they would.  They have two running backs with special skills, but not much else has shown me much of what I had hoped this team could deliver.

On the other hand, the Vikings are a team with very few flaws and very few holes.  They have an outstanding defense with playmakers at each level and on the outsides.  Minnesota also have one of the most explosive offensive combinations including Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Dalvin Cook, and Kyle Rudolph.  They lost their starting center to injury, but just traded for Pat Elfflien’s replacement in former New York Giant,  Brett Jones.  This is critical as it gives him plenty of time to familiarize himself with the play calling and blocking schemes for his new team.

Defending Champs Want to Get on Track

The last highlighted game on the schedule for this week sees the Jets taking on the Eagles.  As one would guess, this is not much of a contest if the game counted.  The Eagles are one of the most consistent and stable organizations, while the Jets are the historical opposite.  There is a silver lining for the Jets though, as rookie quarterback, Sam Darnold has looked to be the bright light of the future.  He has shown that he can be the durable producer they need him to be.  THis game will be slightly different though as we will see him face off against the best overall team in the league.  I’m excited to see Darnold, but I expect the Eagles’ team depth to overwhelm the lesser Jets.