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NFL Week 4 early live thread

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Time to hit the quarterpole and see how the 2019 NFL is settling in.

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Tennessee Titans (1-2) at Atlanta Falcons (1-2)

Interesting game here between two teams bitterly disappointed to get out to 1-2 start.

The Titans’ defense has been stifling through three games, but the offense has been limp the last two weeks after blowing out the Cleveland Browns in Week 1.

The Falcons however have been a bit of inconsistency ruling the day.

Strangely, both teams lost the Indianapolis Colts with Indy beating Tennessee in Week 2 and Atlanta in Week 3...by a combined 5 points.

Neither’s in a huge hole as both the AFC South and NFC South are without a 3-0 team.

New England Patriots (3-0) at Buffalo Bills (3-0)

Biggest game in Buffalo since...well, in beyond recent memory.

Time to prove yourselves, Buffalo.

Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) at Detroit Lions (2-0-1)

Can the Lions upset the undefeated Chiefs?

KC looks predictably fantastic. They handled business on the road against the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars to start the season before holding serve against the Baltimore Ravens in that megamatchup in Week 3.

But it’s Detroit with home field advantage here, and they’re gonna need it. They tied the Arizona Cardinals on the road to open the season before beating the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2 at home and got a road win in Week 3 over the Philadelphia Eagles. Three games, total point difference? Six. They’re undefeated by the skin of their teeth. Good chance we’re looking at a similarly close fight here today.

Oakland Raiders (1-2) at Indianapolis Colts (2-1)

This feels like one the Colts really need to validate their relevance in the shadow of QB Andrew Luck’s retirement. They’re playing good football, but they feel more like someone crashing the AFC party than one of the teams the party’s being thrown for.

The Raiders...are the Raiders. They’re certainly improved from 2018, but they’ve lost to two good teams in the Chiefs and the Minnesota Vikings. A loss here catapults them into the NFC North gauntlet with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers preceding a Houston Texans matchup.

Los Angeles Chargers (1-2) at Miami Dolphins (0-3)

At some point Miami is gonna get one...right? They’ve got winnable home games. Not sure this is one, though. The Chargers are desperate to get straightened out here before a very favorable October setup.

Washington Giants Opponents (0-3) at New York Giants (1-2)

Weird NFC East matchup here.

Washington looks pretty weak though they have options to invigorate things if they choose especially rookie QB Dwayne Haskins, Jr.

They need not look beyond their opponent to see how that can impact things. QB Daniel Jones came in last week to power the G-Men out of a 10-28 halftime deficit to top the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Cleveland Browns (1-2) at Baltimore Ravens (2-1)

Great game. NFC North rivalry with the Browns having disappointed since the offseason hype while the Ravens look one of the better teams in the AFC.

This one doesn’t have the hype it will when they matchup in Week 16, but yanno. It matters the same in the win-loss column.

Carolina Panthers (1-2) at Houston Texans (2-1)

Carolina is without QB Cam Newton yet again, but QB Kyle Allen led them to a win in Week 3 against the Cards. Tougher matchup here with the Texans’ only blemish being a two-point loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1.