NFL Week 4 Lookahead Lines: Tom Brady Returns To New England

Written By FairwayJay on September 23, 2021
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Tom Brady returns to New England for the first time as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer to headline NFL Week 4 look-ahead lines. Keep reading to see how big of a favorite oddsmakers installed Brady for his homecoming to take on Bill Belichick and Co.


Week 4 GamesFanDuel Look-Ahead Line
Jaguars at Bengals CIN -6.5
WFT at FalconsWFT -1
Lions at BearsCHI -6
Titans at JetsTEN -6.5
Browns at VikingsCLE -2.5
Colts at DolphinsMIA -2.5
Panthers at CowboysDAL -3.5
Giants at SaintsNO -6.5
Chiefs at EaglesKC -6.5
Texans at BillsBUF -15.5
Cardinals at RamsLA -5.5
Seahawks at 49ersSF -3
Ravens at BroncosBAL -1.5
Steelers at PackersGB -6.5
Buccaneers at PatriotsTB -5.5
Raiders at ChargersLA -3

Week 4 Primetime Games

Thursday Night Football Week 4

Prime time games have been high scoring affairs through two weeks and have gone over the total in all six contests. Thursday Night Football will feature the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals to kickoff Week 4 prime time action.

Sunday Night Football Week 4

Sunday Night Football Week 4 is a good one and among the most anticipated games of the season – Tampa Bay Buaccaneers at New England Patriots for QB Tom Brady’s return to Foxboro.

Monday Night Football Week 4

Monday Night Football on Oct. 4 is an AFC West showdown with two top passers early in the season. Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders travel to tackle Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers.

Potential Week 3 Impact on Week 4 Look-Ahead Lines

Seahawks at 49ers

The Seahawks favored at Minnesota for the Vikings home opener is a WTF game of the week – Wrong Team Favored (in my opinion). A loss by Seattle drops them to 1-2 and on the road at division rival San Francisco in Week 3. Should the 49ers also beat the Packers at home in Week 3, then the lookahead line of San Francisco -3 over Seattle could move off the key number.

Other Week 4 Storylines To Watch

There are some injuries of note going into Week 3, including Miami QB Tua Tagovailoa, who is out with fractured ribs as the Dolphins tackle the Raiders. The market adjustments from the Week 3 look-ahead lines are worth noting as you follow the injury reports, match-ups and schedule ahead as September comes to a close. The Raiders went from a -1.5 favorite on the look-ahead line to currently -4.5 at FanDuel and DraftKings and -4 at PointsBet and Caesars Sportsbook.

Underdogs are producing the most profit for bettors through the opening two weeks going 21-11 ATS. The leading online sportsbooks are making market adjustments knowing many bettors prefer to support the better teams and favorites.

As you evaluate the current week’s match-ups and odds, TheLines is here to provide you additional resources and information. That includes look-ahead lines for next week’s NFL games with an unbiased opinion from the bookmaker ahead of the current week’s results. Let’s take a look.


TheLines turns to FanDuel Sportsbook for opening look-ahead lines for next week’s NFL games. Bookmakers begin posting these lines every Thursday — a full week before the ensuing week’s games on the schedule.

These look-ahead lines allow you a sneak peek at the projected lines for the following week’s games. This information from a leading online sportsbook will help provide lessons in understanding lines and projections before the current week’s games are played.

The tendency for many bettors is to overreact to the previous week’s scores and results. The look-ahead lines provide a sense of stability from the oddsmaker, who is unbiased in setting the lines in advance.

Bettors can also gain an edge or find value in the lines and odds once the current week’s lines are released. They not only apply that based on potential overreaction to the recent week’s results, but also by using team-by-team insight.

That includes key injuries, travel and scheduling situations, and use of NFL power rankings. Making adjustments is part of the process, along with accounting for teams’ strengths, weaknesses, against-the-spread angles and personnel matchups.

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