When it comes to the slate of NFL Week 4 matchups on the 2018 regular season schedule, there’s no shortage of intriguing – and potentially – super-exciting matchups that are going to take place.
The Los Angeles Rams host the Minnesota Vikings in a matchup of legitimate NFC Super Bowl contenders and the Tennessee Titans host the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in a pairing of 2017 playoff participants.
Hell, the Los Angeles Chargers host the San Francisco 49ers in another intriguing matchup while the Ravens and Steelers and Chiefs and broncos go at it in a pair of divisional showdowns that both have the look of knock-down, drag-out affairs that will leave NFL fans and betting enthusiasts glued to their television sets no matter which teams they like.
However, if you’re looking for the best value on the Week 4 schedule, I don’t think it lies with any of the aforementioned matchups and have identified three contests that all look like they’re offering excellent value for their own specific reasons.
In an effort to help you cash in early and often this coming season, I’m breaking down all three games just for you MyBookie NFL betting faithful! Let’s get started.
NFL Week 4 Must Bet Games – 2018 Season
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Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals at 4:05 p.m. ET (PK)
The Seahawks are in a bit of a rebuild mode after an offseason of roster and coaching changes, following their first missed postseason appearance in six years. Gone, are stalwarts, Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett and Jimmy Graham. Two more longtime stars appeared to be finished because of medical reasons in Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril.
Head coach Pete Carroll brought in six new assistants including two new coordinators on both sides of the ball. Seattle’s style of play also changed as they went from a defensive-minded powerhouse to one that tried to win behind the talents of Russell Wilson first and foremost.
“We didn’t like the way it went, and we wanted to do something about it,” Carroll says. “You’re seeing the result of that.”
Last season, Wilson became the first quarterback to lead his team in rushing since Randall Cunningham did so with the Philadelphia Eagles 27 years ago. Now, the Seahawks will look to rookie running back Rashad Penny to improve their rushing game and give them an added dimension on offense.
Wilson tossed a career-high 34 TD passes and had a MVP caliber season despite being basically a one-man-gang that defenses knew they had to stop. More importantly, the Seahawks made some upgrades to their offensive line that have been needed for the last few years.
With longtime head coach Bruce Arians and starting quarterback Carson Palmer both deciding to hang it up after last season, Arizona is also headed in a new direction under first-year head coach Steve Wilks and veteran signal-caller Sam Bradford, although the future in Arizona clearly rests in the hands of rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, the 10th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.
Superstar running back David Johnson, who rushed for 1,239 yards and led the NFL with 20 touchdowns and 2,118 total yards from scrimmage two seasons ago, will be back on the field, but the Cards have a lot of question marks on both sides of the ball, starting at quarterback where Bradford is always one snap away from being incapacitated.
Despite being on the road, Seattle is the easy pick to get the win and cover the chalk as a likely Pick ‘Em in this NFC West divisional battle. The Seahawks have the big edge at quarterback and Pete Carroll will out-coach Steve Wilks, even though I like Arizona’s hire. Seattle has won four straight on the road in this series and they’ll win another.
NFL Week 5 Betting Pick: Seattle 28 Arizona 23
New Orleans Saints (-2.5) at New York Giants at 4:05 p.m. ET
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints went 11-5 last season to tie Carolina for victories in the competitive NFC South and were one play away from reaching the NFC Championship game before falling victim to the Minneapolis Miracle in the divisional round. Still the Saints will enter the 2018 regular season as one of the top favorites to win the conference after finishing last season ranked fourth in scoring (28.0 ppg) and an eye-opening 10th in points allowed (20.4 ppg).
Eli Manning and the New York Giants were a complete mess as they sank to 3-13 last season while ranking a pitiful 31st in scoring (15.4 ppg) and 27th in points allowed (24.2 ppg). While the G-Men parted ways with former head coach Ben McAdoo after he foolishly benched Manning late in the regular season and made a smart hire by naming Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to lead them in a new direction, the Giants will be lucky to keep this Week 4 matchup against the Saints close by the time halftime rolls around.
New Orleans has some legitimate Super Bowl hopes and is the far superior team on both sides of the ball in this Week 4 affair. The Saints will win tis one by a minimum of a touchdown to easily cover the spread against Manning and the Giants, although I expect the latter to be way better than they were a year ago and love their addition of No. 2 overall draft pick, former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.
NFL Week 5 Betting Pick: Saints 31 Giants 21
Houston Texans (-3) at Indianapolis Colts
The Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts may have both gone an identical 4-12 a year ago, but the two longtime AFC South division rivals are clearly headed in polar opposite directions heading into 2018. Houston is looking to get back in the playoff mix under gifted young quarterback Deshaun Watson and a star-studded defense headed up by superstar defensive lineman J.J. Watt.
Indianapolis will be happy to have franchise quarterback Andrew Luck back on the field after he missed all of the 2017 season with a shoulder injury, but the Colts have problems all over the place as they ranked an pitiful 30th in scoring (16.4 ppg) and points allowed (25.2 ppg).
The Texans have some legitimate playoff hopes heading into 2018 and the Colts certainly don’t. Indy has a first-time head coach in Frank Reich and a lack of talent on both sides of the ball. This one is easy picking NFL betting buffs!
NFL Week 5 Betting Pick: Texans 35 Colts 20