I’d like to tell you that Week 4 of the preseason matters. But it simply doesn’t – well, unless you are a fringe player looking to make a roster. Mybookie bettors will see almost no starters play around the league in Week 4, with every game on Thursday night to close things out. But we know you will be on the games so here’s a look at two relatively interesting matchups. Check back for NFL Odds.
2019 NFL Preseason Week 4 Odds, Overview & Picks
Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
- When: Thursday, 7 PM ET
- TV: NFL Network
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
As noted above, no key starters are going to play for either team, but even if this was a different week of the preseason, Carolina’s Cam Newton wouldn’t be playing. That’s because in last Thursday’s 10-3 loss at New England, Newton left with a foot injury that nearly torpedoed the Panthers’ season. However, Newton was expected to return to practice in some capacity on Monday. His injury is being called a mid-foot sprain.
GM Marty Hurney remains confident he’ll be ready for Week 1 against the Rams. Kyle Allen, Taylor Heinicke and rookie Will Grier should be the guys who play in this one. Star running back Christian McCaffrey was pulled the moment Newton was injured and ruled out for the rest of the game.
Panthers second-round offensive tackle Greg Little (concussion) was carted off the field Thursday in the loss. Carolina weighed taking Little No. 16 overall, but eventually traded up to nab him in the second once he slipped through the cracks. He was projected to protect Cam Newton’s blindside next to LG Daryl Williams, C Matt Paradis, RG Trai Turner, and RT Taylor Moton up front.
The Steelers are 3-0 this preseason after an 18-6 win in Tennessee on Sunday night. Roethlisberger completed 8-of-13 passes for 63 yards and one touchdown. Last year, Roethlisberger set career-highs in passing yards (5,129) and passing touchdowns (34) while leading the NFL in pass attempts (675). James Conner rushed for 41 yards on five carries and caught both of his targets in the Steelers’ third preseason game.
These teams now play in the preseason finale every year. Last year, Pittsburgh was a 39-24 home winner. Joshua Dobbs threw for a score and ran for one. He’s currently battling Mason Rudolph for the backup job to Big Ben.
These teams also played last regular season. The Panthers looked like a Super Bowl contender entering it the Week 10 matchup but were crushed 52-21 and were never the same after – neither was Newton. Roethlisberger threw for 328 yards and five touchdowns, while Conner ran for 65 yards and a score. Antonio Brown added eight receptions for 96 yards — including a 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Of course, he’s now with Oakland. Carolina fell to 0-4 all-time in Pittsburgh in the regular season and was never really in it after the Steelers scored 21 points in the game’s first 11 minutes.
Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals
- When: Thursday, 7 PM ET
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Well, we for sure know that Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck won’t be playing because he stunned the world over the weekend by retiring at age 29. The Colts played their third preseason game Saturday night in Indianapolis against the Chicago Bears. Luck already had been ruled out of the game because of an ankle injury, but he was seen on the sideline, laughing and conversing with teammates.
After the game, Luck announced his decision during an impromptu 25-minute news conference. He said an official announcement wasn’t planned until Sunday afternoon, but he changed course once news broke during the game. Luck was just too physically beaten up over the years. He ended up missing 26 games — including the entire 2017 season — because of shoulder, kidney and rib injuries. This year, he had been dealing with a lower leg injury. Luck is leaving $58.1 million in salary on the table by calling it quits, but said injuries had taken the joy out of playing.
The Colts have reached a financial settlement with Luck, the former No. 1 overall pick. The Colts could have recouped $24.8 million from Luck—a prorated $12.8 million from his signing bonus and another $12 million in roster bonuses—but instead the team is letting him keep it all. Jacoby Brissett will be the Colts’ Week 1 starter. A 16-game starter during Luck’s 2017 absence with a shoulder injury, Brissett completed fewer than 60 percent of his passes while averaging 6.6 yards per attempt. Doubt that Brissett plays in this one.
Cincinnati is 1-2 this preseason following a 25-23 loss to the Giants last week. The team remains without star receiver AJ Green following ankle surgery and he’ll miss at least Week 1 of the regular season. Fellow receiver John Ross just returned to practice from a hamstring injury.
Andy Dalton completed 7-of-10 passes for 104 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals‘ third preseason game against the Giants. The Bengals’ starters played three series, with the first two stalling miserably before getting things going on the third and marching down the field into the end zone. Dalton finishes the preseason 19-of-28 for 220 yards and a 1:1 TD:INT mark.
Expert 2019 NFL Preseason Week 4 Betting PicksBack both home teams.
Rest of the 2019 NFL Preseason Week 4 Games
- Atlanta Falcons vs Jacksonville Jaguars
- Minnesota Vikings vs Buffalo Bills
- Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Jets
- New York Giants vs New England Patriots
- Detroit Lions vs Cleveland Browns
- Baltimore Ravens vs Washington Redskins
- Miami Dolphins vs New Orleans Saints
- Los Angeles Rams vs Houston Texans
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys
- Tennessee Titans vs Chicago Bears
- Kansas City Chiefs vs Gren Bay Packers
- Arizona Cardinals vs Denver Broncos
- Los Angeles Chargers vs San Francisco 49ers
- Oakland Raiders vs Seattle Seahawks