Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; A Denver Broncos fans celebrates in the game against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Week four in the NFL! The only thing I know for sure is that the Denver Broncos will not lose this week because it’s their bye week. While the Broncos players enjoy the weekend off, the NFL goes on and I’m sure many Bronco fans will tune into the NFL action, just not with as much passion and enthusiasm as when the Broncos play! For my thoughts on the week four games featuring AFC West teams, please continue reading.
Denver Broncos: Bye (next game is Sunday, October 5th against the Arizona Cardinals in Denver)
Oakland Raiders vs Miami Dolphins (in London): The Raiders are 0-3 and continue to look for their first win of the season. Oakland has hope in this one considering how both teams performed in week three; Oakland was beaten 16-9 by the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins were basically blown out by the Kansas City Chiefs, 34-15. I am still somewhat confused, and amazed, that the Raiders could go into New England and play so well, at least according to the scoreboard. It will be interesting to see if the Raiders can do this two weeks in a row, which will tell us if week three was an anomaly or if the Raiders are slightly improving. I am hoping for the Dolphins to play well, possibly win, and that will give me some ammunition against the Chief fans that continue to gloat over the Chiefs big win in Miami.
New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs: Uggh…. I love Monday Night Football except when it’s at Arrowhead Stadium. As much as the Patriots have been a thorn in the side of the Denver Broncos, I will cheer for them only to see Kansas City lose! Based on the week three game between the Raiders, it certainly appears that the Patriots aren’t quite in mid-season form so I think Kansas City will have a legitimate shot to upset the Patriots. The Chiefs will be without running back Joe McKnight, who was lost for the season this week when he suffered a ruptured Achille tendon at practice. McKnight had six catches for 64-yards and two touchdowns in the week three victory over the Dolphins. With the status of Jamaal Charles probable for Monday night, the injury to McKnight could leave a gap in the Chiefs backfield considering that McKnight was a better receiving back than Knile Davis, who is filling in for Charles.
Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers: Through three weeks of the NFL season, Philip Rivers is having quite the season. Considering the Jaguars are ranked 32nd in the league when it comes to passing yards per game (306), I expect Rivers to have another big day statistically speaking. Through three games, Rivers has had six touchdown passes to one interception and is averaging 259.3 yards per game. Anything can happen but I would expect this to be an easy win for the Chargers.