The Buccaneers (2-1) sit atop the NFC South after reeling off consecutive wins against the Panthers (31-17) and Broncos (28-10). This should be another easy game for Tom Brady.
The Chargers (1-2) are rolling with rookie QB Justin Herbert, as Tyrod Taylor remains doubtful. He has performed well for a rookie, but he has losses to the Chiefs (23-20) and Panthers (21-16).
If LAC couldn’t beat the Panthers last week as big favorites, how are they going to beat the Bucs on the road with Tom Brady at the helm? The Bucs are banged up a bit at WR, as Chris Godwin is listed as doubtful and Scotty Miller is questionable, but Mike Evans is good to go.
The Chargers haven’t scored more than 20 points in a game this season.
The Buccaneers make for a great NFL week 4 teaser pick at only –1.
The surprising Bears are a home underdog in NFL week 4 against a pretty good Colts defense. Last week, Indy’s defense forced three turnovers, returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and held the Jets to just 260 yards of offense.
The Bears are now 3-0 with some life after coming back to beat Atlanta last week 30-26. Backup quarterback Nick Foles entered the game and went 16-of-29 for 188 yards and three touchdowns – all in the fourth quarter – to lead the Bears to the victory.
The Bears are just 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games, but the Colts haven’t won a road game in their last six attempts. Chicago’s last three wins against the spread all came when they were favored by +2.5 or +3.
The Bears actually won each game outright. Two of those ATS wins were this season against the Lions in Week 1 and Atlanta last week. Both of those games were on the road.
With Foles at quarterback and teasing the spread to +8.5, how can you not like the Bears at home?
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.