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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 4 Preseason Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | August 29-30, 2012

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Wednesday, August 29

7:00 pm New England (-1 1/2, 41) at NY Giants - In what should be a week of the least important - and therefore most difficult to handicap - games of the preseason, starters will sit (mostly) while second and third-stringers get their chances to make an impression on coaches.

For the Giants and Patriots, this is a renewal of last season's Super Bowl, so why the Pats are road favorites is something of a mystery.

David Carr will take most of the New York snaps, while Tom Brady will defer to backup Brian Hoyer, who has been shaky in his playing time.

Both teams are 1-2, but the Giants are at home, so give them the nod here.

Prediction: Giants 27 Patriots 17


7:00 pm Tampa Bay at Washington (-4, 40) - Dan Orlovsky starts in place of Josh Freeman for the Bucs, which is probably a good thing, as Orlovsky was 6-7, for 53 yards and a score in last week's win over the Patriots. Experienced, Orlovsky should be able to manage the game just fine.

The same can probably be said about the Redskins' Rex Grossman, who was 8-for-8 passing against the Colts last week as Washington won their second of three games, beating the Colts, 30-17.

Grossman threw for a pair of TDs in that win, though he's likely to be facing a little tighter coverage against Tampa Bay. In what figures to be a close one, since it's not winter and Washington is not that far north, the Buccaneers should at least stay close enough to cover and maybe win it late.

Prediction: Buccaneers 24 Redskins 23


8:30 pm Miami at Dallas (-3, 37) - The Cowboys looked pretty good in last week's 20-19 squeaker over the Rams, though the first team scored 17 first quarter points and the reserves were held scoreless in the second half. Backup QBs Kyle Orton and Stephen McGee were a combined 13 of 18 for 152 yards with no TDs, but no picks, either.

Miami, looking very much like a fish out of water in their 23-6 loss to Atlanta, gave up points in each quarter, with the reserves giving up both of Atlanta's touchdowns. Should these trends continue, this will be a fairly low-scoring affair, which the Cowboys will somehow find a way to win and make owner Jerry Jones smile for a few seconds.

Prediction: Cowboys 20 Dolphins 10


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Thursday, August 30

6:30 pm Atlanta at Jacksonville (-3, 38 1/2) - Coming off a 23-6 butt-kicking of Miami, the Falcons make the short trip to Jacksonville sporting a 1-2 record, but fresh off a victory.

The Jaguars are 2-1, but have given up a whopping 103 points during preseason, tying them with Arizona for the most allowed. That fact has no doubt been observed by the Falcon coaches and backup QBs, Dominique Davis and Chris Redman, who are fighting over the second string position.

Davis has much less experience than Redman, but more upside ability and should guide Atlanta on a number of scoring marches.

Prediction: Falcons 30 Jaguars 17


6:35 pm NY Jets at Philadelphia (-5, 37) - Let's face it. The Jets are not ready for the regular season though starter Mark Sanchez wasn't all that bad, going 11 of 18 for 123 yards and a pick in week three's 17-12 loss to the Panthers.

Trouble is, Sanchez won't be starting. Tim Tebow will, and he's been just awful, as in 4-for-14 for 55 yards, three sacks and a pick last week.

The Jets haven't won a game yet this preseason and there's little reason to suggest that the Eagles - who project as one of the best teams in the league - aren't about to allow that to change. This could be a real slaughter.

Prediction: Eagles 28 Jets 7


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7:00 pm Baltimore at St. Louis (-5, 38 1/2) - Kellen Clemens will see most of the action for the 1-2 Rams, who have been competitive, at least in their last two games after being blown away by the Colts, 38-3 in their preseason opener.

The 2-1 Ravens are as solid a starting unit as can be found around the league, but the starters will be spectators in this one. Flashy Tyrod Taylor will try to put up points for Baltimore, and they've outscored all but Seattle through the first three weeks of preseason.

Still, St. Louis backups need to make solid impressions and are probably a little bit better on artificial turf than the visitors here.

Prediction: Rams 24 Ravens 17


7:00 pm Buffalo at Detroit (-4, 38 1/2) - Detroit is supposed to be an offensive juggernaut this season, but they haven't shown much, scoring 64 points while going 1-2.

Buffalo is supposed to be an average, 8-8, type of team, and since they cut Bince Young earlier in the week, they'll be looking to Tyler Thigpen to make plays with the second string offense. Tarvaris Jackson is the other newly-arrived QB, who is supposed to see 4th quarter action, and his athletic ability should get the Bills their first win.

Prediction: Bills 23 Lions 14


7:00 pm Carolina at Pittsburgh (-3 1/2, 38) - The Steelers have a couple of advantages over Carolina in this contest. Both teams are 2-1, but Pittsburgh has mostly experience and depth throughout their reserves, while the Panthers are still searching and evaluating a passel of young talent.

Once the Steelers coaches get an idea of what Carolina is trying to do offensively, they will shut it down, run the ball and run up the score, as they did last week against the Bills in a 38-7 win.

Home field is the other edge for the Steelers, and it's somewhat surprising they aren't favored by more in this one.

Prediction: Steelers 31 Panthers 10

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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