Forecaster Frank Week 4 Going Full Throttle

A rare winning week saw me post a 9-7 record in Week 3. On the season, I am still underwater at 21-26-1.

Thursday Night

Det -1.5 (o.u 46)

Lions 27 Packers 23

It is safe to say the Lions' Lambeau curse is over. In Week 18 last season, they eliminated the Packers moments after their own season came to an end. The Lions now can smell blood and can take control of the NFC North with a win. Look for a big night from Jared Goff, as the Detroit defense as Jordan Love stumbles in his first game under the lights. 

London Game

Jax -3 (o/u 43.5)

Jaguars 24 Falcons 13

After their loss in Week 2 to the Chiefs, the Jaguars came out flat against the Texans last week. Starting a two-week stay in London, their season could be in peril if they do not bounce back against the Falcons. Expect the Jaguars to come out strong, with Trevor Lawrence putting up big passing numbers. 

Sunday at 1

Mia -2.5 (o/u 53.5)

Dolphins 37 Bills 34

After their 70-20 win over the Broncos, the NFL is starting to take notice of the Miami Dolphins. Armed with an offense that could set records, the Dolphins could be on the verge of a special season. This game will be their first test. Winning in Buffalo will not be easy. It will be a track meet, and the last team that has the ball will get the win, and the Dolphins will find a way. 

Car  +3.5 (o/u 45.5)

Panthers 24 Vikings 20

A matchup of winless teams sees Bryce Young coming off his best game of the season. The Panthers are winless but improving. The Vikings are winless, with themselves to blame. Only chefs at fine bakeries have more turnovers than the Vikings in 2023. Expect that trend to continue as fans in the Twin Cities are fed up with Kirk Cousins. 

Den -3.5 (o/u 46)

Broncos 37 Bears 20

This is a manhood game for the Broncos. After losing 70-20, they have to show that they can have some pride and make the Bears pay. The Bears are a team in ashes. There is no hope, and the sooner they can get focused on the future, the better. The Broncos, if they lose this game, may need to tear it all down and start again, with Russell Wilson being their first player to ride out of Bronco country. 

Cle -2.5 (o/u  40.5)

Browns 17 Ravens 13

Don't look now, but the Browns have a defense that is beginning to shake up the NFL. Myles Garrett has been making life hell for opposing quarterbacks as Cleveland is poised to make a run for the AFC North. The Ravens have already been ravaged by injuries and limp into this one, looking vulnerable to the hungry dogs in the pound. 

Pit -3 (o/u 42)

Steelers 20 Texans 16

C.J. Stroud is feeling proud after his first NFL win. The Texans, though, face a tough test as they host the Steelers. T.J. Watt has shown once again that he is one of the NFL's best defenders, creating havoc in Pittsburgh's two wins. Expect a big day from Watt as the Steelers get the win. 

LAR +1 (o/u 46.5)

Rams 24 Colts 20

The Colts hope that Anthony Richardson will be able to play after missing last week's game. That may not be advisable, as his running style could put him in harm's way with Aaron Donald still breathing down the necks of opposing quarterbacks. Look for Donald to create havoc as the Rams get a win on the road. 

NO -3. (o/u 40.5)

Saints 27 Buccaneers 17

The Saints can take command of the NFC South with a win. Last week, they lost Derek Carr in the second half and lost a game in Green Bay. Even if Carr is unable to go, Jameis Winston should be able to beat the Buccaneers, who now are sailing into stormy waters after a 2-0 start. 

Phi -8 (o/u 44)

Eagles 38 Commanders 12

The Eagles are ready to soar after finding their stride against the Buccaneers on Monday night. The Commanders, meanwhile, were exposed as frauds by the Bills. Look for another rough afternoon for Sam Howell as the Eagles get an easy win. 

Ten +2 (o/u 41)

Titans 20 Bengals 17

Joe Burrow is trying his best, but the calf muscle has limited his ability to run the offense. The Bengals were able to claw their way to a win against the Rams, but sooner or later, the Bengals are going to need to give Burrow time to heal. The Titans are also facing a decision as Derrick Henry appears to be running on empty. This game could be a turning point for either team.

Sunday Late Games

LV +5.5 (o/u 47.5)

Raiders 27 Chargers 20

This will feel like a Raiders' home game as fans in Los Angeles get to root for their favorite team. After losing Mike Williams, the Chargers will be challenged to get things going as the coaching of Brandon Staley continues to come under fire. 


Dal -7 (o/u 43)

Cowboys 31 Patriots 10

The Cowboys lost Trevon Diggs in practice and suffered a stunning loss to the Cardinals. Expect a full statement and bounce back as they tear up the Patriots.

SF -14 (o/u 44)

49ers 37 Cardinals 13

This game has blown out written all over it. The 49ers are stacked and loaded and ready to dominate. Their defense is the best in football, and they have an offense that is loaded with Christian McCaffery leading the way. 

Sunday Night

KC -9.5 (o/u 42.5)

Chiefs 33 Jets 9

The Jets are back in primetime, and there is no fanfare this time, as Zach Wilson is under center, and things are bleak. The Chiefs come into town after their best game of the season and will swiftly beat the Jets. Expect Travis Kelce to shake off the Jets' defenders and score twice, as the Jets are never ever getting back in the playoffs. 

Monday Night

Sea +1.5 (o/u 47) 

Seahawks 27 Giants 20

Without Saquan Barkley, the Giants will be hard-pressed to win this game. Their defense is not good enough to stop Kenneth Walker, and Daniel Jones is not good enough to win the game on his own.