It was another 1-2 week for Coach Rick. It’s time to turn this thing around. Week 4 of the 2020 NFL season presents some pretty interesting moneyline underdogs, including the New England Patriots at home.
Week 4 gets started with another Thursday night pillow fight. The winless Broncos (0-3) take on the winless Jets (0-3). One good thing is that neither team will start the season 0-4, which both the Jets and Broncos did last year.
The Jets are dead last in the NFL in scoring (12.3 points per game) and QB Sam Darnold threw more touchdown passes to his opponent than his own team last week. Darnold threw two pick-sixes but just one Jets touchdown.
The Broncos lost QB Drew Lock to a shoulder injury. Jeff Driskel is subbing in his place. Last week, Driskel managed just 176 passing yards and was sacked five times. In the past two weeks, Denver’s offensive line has surrendered 13 sacks. Not good.
Somehow, the Jets have managed to win four of their last five at home. With the short week at home, that may allow them to get some of their injured – WR Jamison Crowder, WR Breshad Perriman, and RB Le’Veon Bell – back in time for Thursday night.
To make the decision a little easier, Jacksonville is 11-5 straight up in its last 16 games against Cincinnati. The Bengals will have trouble stopping the “’Stache,” aka Jacksonville QB Gardner Minshew.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans Week 4 Picks
Here’s where I’m tempted to take Miami with the huge upset. The problem is their pass defense is horrendous and Seattle’s Russell Wilson is on fire. Plus, as a starter Wilson is 71-53-7 ATS. Coach Rick just couldn’t do it.
So, he defers to his team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 3-0, the Steelers have a defense worthy of a championship and an offense with just enough to do some damage.
The Tennessee Titans have won all three of their games by a total of six points. In each game, Tennessee has kicked a field in the game’s final two minutes to get the victory.
Pittsburgh at least has a point differential of +22 in its three wins. Plus, the Steelers have a knack for doing well as underdogs under head coach Mike Tomlin.
Pittsburgh is 34-18-2 ATS as an underdog under Tomlin. More importantly, as a dog of fewer than seven points with Tomlin in charge, the Steelers are 28-22.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.
His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.
When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.