Only one of the three remaining undefeated NFL teams will be in action in Week 4, with the 3-0 Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals both on byes. The Philadelphia Eagles will put their perfect record on the line this week as they visit the San Francisco 49ers as five-point road underdogs.
San Francisco opened as a four-point favorite according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com and has been bet up early despite the fact that Philadelphia has dominated the series recently. The Eagles have won five of the last six meetings with the 49ers both straight-up and against the spread, and they have also performed very well on the road lately, going 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS in their past seven games away from home. San Francisco is 1-4 ATS in its last five home games and lost the first game in new Levi’s Stadium in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears 28-20 as a 7-point favorite.
IN an NFC North showdown, the Bears host the Green Bay Packers, who at 1-2 are in desperation mode and listed as small road favorites at -1.5. This matchup, widely considered as the longest rivalry in the NFL, is intriguing on many levels, with the quarterbacks taking center stage once again. Bears QB Jay Cutler has led his team to consecutive road wins in primetime over the past two weeks, but he is just 1-9 lifetime against the Packers. Meanwhile, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is 10-3 during his career vs. Chicago. Chicago is also only 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 home games, with Green Bay on a 4-8 ATS run on the road.
NFL bettors should closely watch a few more matchups, especially those in which players will face their former teams. Wide receiver Steve Smith and the Baltimore Ravens will host his old team the Carolina Panthers as 3.5-point favorites. The Buffalo Bills will visit former QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Houston Texans as three-point road underdogs.
Other early Week 4 games on Sunday include the Miami Dolphins (-4) meeting the Oakland Raiders in London, the Indianapolis Colts (-7.5) hosting the Tennessee Titans in an AFC South matchup, the Detroit Lions (-1.5) visiting the New York Jets, and the Pittsburgh Steelers (-7.5)taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers off their Sunday Night Football win at Carolina. The Raiders and Bucs are still looking for their first wins of the season while the Jets will be playing an NFC North team for the third week in a row after losing to the Packers and Bears in their past two games.
Later in the day, the San Diego Chargers (-13) host the winless Jacksonville Jaguars as the biggest favorites on thebetting board, and the Atlanta Falcons (-3) visit the Minnesota Vikings with rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater set to make his first NFL start for the home team. The Chargers are an amazing 13-1 ATS in their last 14 home games against AFC South opponents, and the Vikings are 7-2 SU and ATS in their past nine games as home underdogs according to the OddsShark NFL Database.