The good times keep rolling with an NFL Sunday schedule that is highlighted by the Carolina Panthers versus the Dallas Cowboys, the Cleveland Browns versus the Minnesota Vikings, the Kansas City Chiefs versus the Philadelphia Eagles, the Arizona Cardinals versus the LA Rams and the Seattle Seahawks versus the San Francisco 49ers. There are NFL Week 4 odds available for all of those clashes at top US sportsbooks.
The point spread, moneyline and total has also been up for days for the highly anticipated “Tom Brady Bowl” as TB12 returns to his famous stomping grounds in Foxborough. The Buccaneers were a (-5.5) road favorite last Sunday night at DraftKings Sportsbook despite losing to the Rams in Southern California. Bill Belichick’s Pats also lost last week, falling to the Saints at Gillette Stadium, 28-13. The Patriots were (+7) underdogs as of Sunday morning. The Bucs will enter the game at 2-1 on the season while the Patriots will be 1-2 going in.
Listed below are NFL Week 4 odds from the top sportsbooks for each and every game.
NFL Week 4 odds
Here are NFL Week 4 odds from the top online sportsbooks in the United States. Betting spreads, moneylines and over unders are shown below and are available to wager on.
How NFL Week 4 odds are changing
Below we look at how NFL Week 4 odds are changing in the days leading up to the games. Below are the lookahead lines that were initially posted as well as updated point spreads and moneylines.
- Jaguars (+6) at Bengals (-6)
- Texans (+16.5) at Bills (-16.5)
- Chiefs (-6.5) at Eagles (+6.5)
- Titans (-6.5) at Jets (+6.5)
- Lions (+6) at Bears (-6)
- Panthers (+3.5) at Cowboys (-3.5)
- Browns (-1.5) at Vikings (+1.5)
- Washington Football Team (-1.5) at Falcons (+1.5)
- Cardinals (+6) at Rams (-6)
- Seahawks (+3.5) at 49ers (-3.5)
- Ravens (-1) at Broncos (+1)
- Steelers (+6.5) at Packers (-6.5)
- Buccaneers (-5.5) at Patriots (+5.5)
- Raiders (+3) at Chargers (-3)
|Game||Lookahead line||Tuesday morning||Current spread||Moneyline|
|Jaguars at Bengals||Bengals -6, Jaguars +6||Bengals -7, Jaguars +7||Bengals -7.5, Jaguars +7.5||Bengals -365, Jaguars +280|
|Titans at Jets||Titans -6.5, Jets +6.5||Titans -7.5, Jets +7.5||Titans -7, Jets +7||Titans -310, Jets +245|
|Texans at Bills||Bills -16.5, Texans +16.5||Bills -16, Texans +16||Bills -17, Texans +17||Bills -1500, Texans +850|
|Giants at Saints||Saints -6.5, Giants +6.5||Saints -8, Giants +8||Saints -7.5, Giants +7.5||Saints -335, Giants +260|
|Browns at Vikings||Browns -1.5, Vikings +1.5||Browns -2.5, Vikings +2.5||Browns -2, Vikings +2||Browns -135, Vikings +115|
|Washington at Falcons||Washington -1.5, Falcons +1.5||Washington -1.5, Falcons +1.5||Washington -1, Falcons +1||Washington -120, Falcons +100|
|Colts at Dolphins||Dolphins -2.5, Colts +2.5||Dolphins -1.5, Colts +1.5||Dolphins -2, Colts +2||Dolphins -130, Colts +110|
|Chiefs at Eagles||Chiefs -6.5, Eagles +6.5||Chiefs -7, Eagles +7||Chiefs -7, Eagles +7||Chiefs -310, Eagles +245|
|Lions at Bears||Bears -6, Lions +6||Bears -2.5, Lions +2.5||Bears -3, Lions +3||Bears -140, Lions +120|
|Panthers at Cowboys||Cowboys -3.5, Panthers +3.5||Cowboys -4.5, Panthers +4.5||Cowboys -4, Panthers +4||Cowboys -210, Panthers +175|
|Cardinals at Rams||Rams -6, Cardinals +6||Rams -5.5, Cardinals +5.5||Rams -4, Cardinals +4||Rams -210, Cardinals +175|
|Seahawks at 49ers||49ers -3.5, Seahawks +3.5||49ers -3, Seahawks +3||49ers -3, Seahawks +3||49ers -155, Seahawks +135|
|Ravens at Broncos||Ravens -1, Broncos +1||Broncos -1.5, Ravens +1.5||Broncos -1, Ravens +1||Broncos -110, Ravens -110|
|Steelers at Packers||Packers -6.5, Steelers +6.5||Packers -6.5, Steelers +6.5||Packers -6.5, Steelers +6.5||Packers -290, Steelers +230|
|Buccaneers at Patriots||Buccaneers -5.5, Patriots +5.5||Buccaneers -7, Patriots +7||Buccaneers -6.5, Patriots +6.5||Buccaneers -280, Patriots +225|
|Raiders at Chargers||Chargers -3, Raiders +3||Chargers -3.5, Raiders +3.5||Chargers -3, Raiders +3||Chargers -165, Raiders +145|
Thursday, Sept. 30
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals ()
The Jaguars continued to endure the difficulties of life under a rookie quarterback this past Sunday when they dropped a 31-19 decision to the Cardinals that wasn’t even as close as the score would imply. The Bengals notched an important divisional win, meanwhile, upending the Steelers at Heinz Field for their second victory on the year. It was a win that featured a balanced offensive performance.
Jacksonville notched only two offensive touchdowns last Sunday, as a third score game on a 109-yard missed field-goal return. Trevor Lawrence threw another two interceptions, although he did continue to display strong chemistry with Marvin Jones and threw a touchdown to D.J. Chark. James Robinson also gained 88 yards and recorded a rushing TD, but life could be a bit more difficult against a Bengals defense that’s allowed the eighth-fewest total yards per game (317.0) through three weeks.
Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd all made important contributions in the win over Pittsburgh, which saw the Cincy offense bounce back from an ugly loss to the Bears in Week 2. Tee Higgins missed the Week 3 contest due to a shoulder injury and could be challenged to make it back on the short week leading up to this contest. However, even if he misses, both the Bengals’ passing and running games could be in good shape against a Jags defense allowing the fifth-most total yards per game (418.0) through three weeks.
Sunday, Oct. 3
Washington Football Team () at Atlanta Falcons
The Football Team took an ugly loss in Week 3, succumbing by a 43-21 score to the Bills that wasn’t even as close as that pretty large margin indicates. Atlanta, meanwhile, managed to notch the first victory of the Arthur Smith Era, besting the hapless Giants on the road by a 17-14 score on a Younghoe Koo 40-yard field goal as time expired.
Taylor Heinicke continued to produce serviceable numbers in Washington’s loss, but he also threw a pair of interceptions and attempted only 24 passes in a game his team lost the time of possession battle in by over 11 minutes. The matchup is much softer this week against Atlanta as compared to traveling to Buffalo. Antonio Gibson, who ripped off a 73-yard catch-and-run touchdown off a screen pass Sunday, could be set to get back on track on the ground and help keep the Falcons’ defense honest.
Matt Ryan and his teammates on that side of the ball seem to be getting the hang of their new offense week by week, with the veteran quarterback looking sharp Sunday while completing 27 of 36 attempts against New York and throwing a pair of touchdowns without an INT. Pass protection continues to be an issue though as Ryan was taken down another three times last Sunday. Washington brings an aggressive front that’s averaging two sacks per contest.
Washington remains a narrow favorite following Week 3 outcomes despite Atlanta’s victory and host status in Week 4.
Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills ()
The Texans gave it a valiant effort on Thursday night to kick off Week 3 against the Panthers with Davis Mills under center, but they came up predictably short, 24-9. The Bills manhandled Washington by a 43-21 margin, with Josh Allen having his first breakout effort of the season with five total touchdowns.
Mills actually didn’t look bad for a rookie third round pick making his first NFL start, and on a short week of prep time to boot. The Stanford product showed excellent chemistry with Houston’s No. 1 wideout Brandin Cooks, who looks to be on pace for one of the best seasons of his impressive career, and he had to forge ahead without much of a running game. The veteran trio of Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay and David Johnson were stymied by a Panthers defense that rightfully wasn’t too worried about Mills beating them downfield. Houston could well encounter a similar scenario against an even savvier Bills unit.
Allen offered a reminder of why he earned a record extension in the offseason with his Week 3 effort, throwing for 358 yards and four scores while adding a fifth visit to the end zone with his legs. What should be even more concerning for the rest of the AFC is that he accomplished it without a major contribution from Stefon Diggs (6-62) and continued to show improved chemistry with offseason arrival Emmanuel Sanders (two TDs).
Meanwhile, Houston’s secondary is already allowing 269.3 passing yards per game, setting up another potentially big day for the star signal-caller.
Buffalo unsurprisingly opened as a massive 16.5-point home favorite late last week.
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears ()
The Lions certainly can’t afford to think this way but the rest of us are free to – Detroit may just be a cursed franchise. Those are the types of thoughts that spring to mind when one sees a team get beat on a 66-yard field goal that bounces off a crossbar. The Bears had no such close call last Sunday as they were beaten by the Cleveland Browns, 26-6.
The Lions are undoubtedly playing hard for head coach Dan Campbell, and it’s fair to wonder what the new coach will be able to do once he has anything that resembles a legitimate NFL receiving corps at his disposal. For the time being, new QB Jared Goff is doing the best with what he’s got and is looking solid under the circumstances. The backfield duo of D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams is contributing plenty through both the ground and air. Detroit’s defense also played better than expected against Baltimore but were helped by three dropped passes for Marquise Brown that would have gone for long gains and/or TDs.
That Detroit defense might be just what QB Justin Fields needs to regain his confidence after his abysmal showing against Cleveland. The heralded rookie mustered all of 68 passing yards and another 12 on the ground while taking a whopping nine sacks. The offensive line, which has now given up a whopping 15 sacks through three games, certainly bears blame. But Fields deserves a slice of blame pie for indecision. Chicago could potentially utilize this matchup to get David Montgomery back on track after a pair of lackluster weeks and get Fields some help in the process by keeping the defense honest.
Oddsmakers and the public have taken note of the Lions’ new fighting spirit and the Bears’ ineptitude. A line that opened with the Bears as 6.5-point favorites has been shrunk significantly following Week 3 results.
Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys ()
The Panthers continued their strong start in the Week 3 TNF game, besting a short-handed Texans squad by a 24-9 score but also losing Christian McCaffrey to injury. Dallas, meanwhile, got its own primetime victory as it dismantled the rival Eagles at AT&T Stadium.
Sam Darnold has looked right at home in Carolina over his first three games, but he’ll encounter a major challenge this coming Sunday against the Cowboys. A McCaffrey-less Panthers offense is naturally a less potent one, and more will be expected from Darnold and his pass catchers as a result. They’ll be tasked with keeping up with a potent Dallas attack on its home turf, albeit while catching Dallas with a massive rest disadvantage.
Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins ()
The Colts continued their early-season free fall against the Titans on Sunday, dropping a 25-16 decision to their division rival. The Dolphins went through plenty of trials and tribulations in Jacoby Brissett’s season debut as a starter and ultimately fell to the Raiders by a 31-28 overtime score.
Carson Wentz toughed it out through two sprained ankles this past Sunday, but he was far from his sharpest while completing just over 50.0 percent of his throws and averaging a meager 5.2 yards per attempt. Indy only attempted 18 rushes as well in a game script that eventually turned away from the ground attack, and the Colts clearly lack explosion in the passing game without T.Y. Hilton (neck) and with Parris Campbell simply not reliable enough. Hilton would be eligible to come off IR for this game but isn’t expected to be quite ready.
Brissett unsurprisingly looked a bit more composed under center against Vegas with a week to prepare as the starter and with the threat of Will Fuller on the outside. Fuller only produced a 3-20 line and two-point conversion, though, and Brissett averaged a tiny 4.4 yards per attempt. The dink-and-dunk approach is likely going to be hard to win many games with. Miami coach Brian Flores may opt to put more on the shoulders of Myles Gaskin, considering Indianapolis comes in allowing 140.3 rushing yards per contest.
Although neither team looks particularly threatening at the moment, one has to be favored, so oddsmakers have defaulted to a narrow advantage for the host Dolphins.
Cleveland Browns () at Minnesota Vikings
The Browns got Odell Beckham on the field for the first time in 2021 last Sunday against the Bears, but it took until the fourth quarter for Cleveland to truly separate and notch a 26-6 win going away. The Vikings atoned for two losses to open the season by beating the visiting Seahawks, 30-17, with Dalvin Cook unavailable due to an ankle sprain.
Baker Mayfield was a bit wild high with a couple of early throws against Chicago, but he eventually settled down to put together a solid performance. Mayfield hit Beckham on five occasions for a team-leading 77 yards. Kareem Hunt also stepped up as both runner and receiver, which was bad news for a porous defense like Minnesota’s.
Alexander Mattison once again proved himself to be one of the most valued backup RBs in the league with his effort in Cook’s stead, compiling 171 total yards. Cook’s status for this game won’t likely be known until very late in the week or gameday itself, but Mattison serves as an excellent insurance policy and complement to the pass-catching exploits of Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. Kirk Cousins owns an 8:0 TD:INT ratio through three weeks but will get a stiff test from Cleveland. The Browns now have 12 sacks after taking down Justin Fields nine times Sunday and have yielded just 181.7 passing yards per contest.
The Browns opened as narrow road favorites and remained so after Week 3 results.
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints ()
The Giants suffered a second straight close defeat Sunday, losing to the Falcons at home on a Younghoe Koo 40-yard field goal as time expired. The Saints’ rollercoaster start continued, as they bounced back from a debacle against the Panthers to topple the Patriots on the road, 28-13.
Daniel Jones accounted for 305 yards of total offense and played mistake-free football Sunday (he recovered both his fumbles), but it still wasn’t enough to get the Giants their first win. Saquon Barkley (94 total yards, one rushing TD) does look stronger by the week yet New York’s receiving corps is now thin with both Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton being forced from Sunday’s contest with hamstring injuries. The condition of both players may not be known until very close to gameday given the tricky nature of the injuries. A matchup against a talented Saints defense that can force plenty of turnovers is a dangerous one for Jones even with a full arsenal.
Sean Payton once again kept Jameis Winston in a very strict game manager role against New England and it resulted in a victory for the second time in three weeks. Winston has yet to attempt more than 22 passes in any of his first three games – a stark departure for a quarterback that put up a whopping 626 attempts in his final Buccaneers season in 2019. The favorable matchup against a porous New York unit may tempt Payton to open the playbook a bit more.
The Saints opened as near-touchdown favorites in the look-ahead line and Week 3 results did nothing to discourage that number. In fact, it eclipsed 7 points as the week began.
Tennessee Titans () at New York Jets
The Titans put together their most complete performance of the young season against the Colts in Week 3, posting a 25-16 win that featured a near-even split of 188 passing yards and 180 rushing yards. The Jets continued to look relatively hopeless in the third game of Robert Saleh’s tenure, falling to the Broncos by a 26-0 score on the road.
Ryan Tannehill did damage through both the ground and air Sunday and made do without A.J. Brown, who exited the game in the first half with a hamstring issue. The third-year wideout has already received the dreaded “week to week” label, so he could well sit out this contest. A top four receiver quartet of Julio Jones, Chester Rogers, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Josh Reynolds may not cut it against many teams, but with the help of some of Derrick Henry’s stellar ground work, it would probably be more than enough to handle New York.
Zach Wilson continued throwing it to the other uniforms last Sunday, bringing his total to seven through three weeks. The absence of trusted veteran Jamison Crowder (groin) certainly hasn’t helped the rookie signal-caller, and a fairly tepid ground game isn’t keeping defenses busy, either. Tennessee also displayed some improvement in its secondary Sunday against Indy, which could be more bad news for Wilson.
The Titans opened as just under a touchdown favorite late last week and have now crossed that threshold.
Kansas City Chiefs () at Philadelphia Eagles
The Chiefs are a virtually unthinkable 1-2 after dropping a 30-24 decision to the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead in Week 3. The Eagles will look to bounce back from a Monday night thumping that came via the rival Cowboys.
Kansas City got three touchdown passes from Patrick Mahomes, a 100-yard rushing day from Clyde Edwards-Helaire and a 104-yard receiving tally from Travis Kelce and still came up short, with Justin Herbert outdueling the one-time league MVP. Mahomes threw a pair of ill-timed interceptions and the defense couldn’t slow down the Chargers through the air.
Jalen Hurts will need to be better for Philly this week than he was in the Monday night game. The second year man threw a pair of picks against Dallas.
Kanas City was a +7 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook on Tuesday morning and has held at that number going into kickoff.
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams ()
The Cardinals may have had a bit more trouble than they bargained for last Sunday against the Jags, but they ultimately emerged from Jacksonville with a 31-19 victory. The Rams were up to the challenge of taking on the mighty Buccaneers, toppling Tom Brady and company by a 34-24 score.
Kyler Murray actually failed to throw a touchdown Sunday and Arizona still won by double digits. That is a testament to the team effort the victory stemmed from. The emergence of James Conner as a goal-line asset – he scored twice from in close Sunday – certainly gives defensive coordinators something else to think about. Strong play from Conner could come in handy versus a Rams team that a balanced attack is necessary against in order to have a chance at victory.
The Rams once again displayed impressive team-wide balance in Sunday’s big win, and the Matthew Stafford-Cooper Kupp connection continued to look particularly unstoppable. Stafford is playing at an MVP level through three games in Sean McVay’s system, and it remains to be seen if the emergence of DeSean Jackson, who produced a 3-120-1 line Sunday after managing just two Week 2 catches coming in, will last. L.A. is blessed with solid depth at running back as well thanks to Sony Michel, so they should be in fine shape versus a Cards defense that’s yielded 5.4 yards per rush attempt.
The Rams have won eight straight in this series, meaning Murray is winless against them in his career.
Oddsmakers and the public are undoubtedly factoring this and the Rams’ dominance thus far in keeping a line that opened at -6 for those hosts steady.
Sunday 10/2 Update: The line has notably narrowed 2-to-2.5 points more, with the Cardinals now between +3.5 and +4 at multiple sportsbooks as of Sunday morning.
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers ()
The Seahawks started strong and faded in the second half on the road against the Dalvin Cook-less Vikings this past Sunday, falling by a 30-17 score. The 49ers experienced a rollercoaster over the final minutes of a 30-28 loss to the Packers, as a seemingly game-winning eight-play, 75-yard march went for naught when Aaron Rodgers and company drove down for a clinching Mason Crosby field goal as time expired.
Russell Wilson and D.K. Metcalf truly got cooking for the first time this season against Minnesota. Chris Carson also enjoyed a highly efficient day on the ground by averaging nearly 7.0 yards per carry on his 12 totes. However, the secondary repeatedly allowed Kirk Cousins and multiple pass catchers to get open and did a fairly poor job limiting Alexander Mattison as well. The matchup against the 49ers will be an easier one on the ground given San Fran’s plethora of injuries at the position, but Deebo Samuel, the slowly-emerging Brandon Aiyuk and star tight end George Kittle could certainly exploit weakness on the back end.
All three of those pass catchers were productive to varying degree versus the Packers on Sunday night, and Jimmy Garoppolo did a solid job in the second half after a slow start. Whether he’s able to start clicking earlier against Seattle’s aforementioned vulnerable coverage will be key to how this game unfolds, especially if rookie running back Elijah Mitchell is forced to miss another contest with his shoulder injury. Rookie Trey Lance naturally waits in the wings behind Jimmy G, but Kyle Shanahan appears content with rotating him in selectively.
Seattle has won 13 of the last 15 in this series, but they opened as +3.5 road underdogs. The Seahawks have seen their projected disadvantage narrow a bit following Week 3, however. This will be one of the more interesting lines to monitor in NFL Week 4.
Sunday, 10/2 Update: With Kittle legitimately a game-time decision due to a calf injury, the 49ers’ projected advantage has narrowed down to as low a 2.5 points as of Sunday morning.
Baltimore Ravens () at Denver Broncos
The Ravens squeaked by for the second consecutive week Sunday, toppling the Lions on the road with a Justin Tucker 66-yard record field goal. The Broncos comfortably moved to 3-0 despite losing K.J. Hamler for the season to a knee injury, routing the Jets by a 26-0 score.
Lamar Jackson had to take matters into his own hands frequently on Sunday as three likely touchdown passes he floated to Marquise Brown all ended up on the turf thanks to the receiver’s drops. Jackson ended up with 287 passing yards on the day and got Mark Andrews over the 100-yard mark for the first time this season in the process. The Baltimore passing game, however, will be challenged against a Denver defense that’s allowed just 162.3 passing yards per game through three contests.
Teddy Bridgewater has validated Denver’s decision to go with him over Drew Lock as the starting QB, even as he’s had a soft landing while facing the Giants, Jaguars and Jets. What is concerning for the veteran going into this matchup is that he’s starting to run low on healthy receivers. Jerry Jeudy (ankle) is still unavailable and Hamler is now gone. Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick and Noah Fant are still a talented top pass-catching trio and will have to step it up against a Baltimore secondary that’s surprisingly allowed just under 315.0 passing yards per game thus far.
Sunday, 10/2 Update: This line opened with the Ravens as narrow one-point road favorites, but it’s moved to a Pick ‘Em or Broncos -1 as of Sunday morning.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers ()
The Steelers’ new offense continued to mostly flop Sunday against the Bengals, leading to a 24-10 loss in which Pittsburgh suffered even more attrition at receiver. The Packers pulled off a miracle against the host 49ers on Sunday night, driving down the field in the final 34 seconds to set up Mason Crosby for a game-winning 51-yard boot as time expired.
Pittsburgh is unsurprisingly experiencing struggles on the offensive line after an offseason of departures, but the diminishing numbers at receiver are of equal concern at the moment. Diontae Johnson was already unavailable for Sunday’s contest due to a knee injury, and JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs) is also now iffy for Week 4. Chase Claypool also had to be checked out on the sideline for what may have been a lower-body issue against Cincy.
The Steelers defense has also been besieged by injury, which is less than ideal with Aaron Rodgers on tap. Pittsburgh will hope to have T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith back from their respective groin injuries for this contest and finally field a full linebacker corps again. Rodgers, Davante Adams and Aaron Jones all look to be back to midseason form after a nightmarish Week 1, so even a fully intact Pittsburgh defense could struggle to limit the Pack’s attack for four quarters.
This game looked like a potential marquee matchup on paper before the season, but the Packers are a near-touchdown favorite based on each team’s performances the last two weeks.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers () at New England Patriots
The Buccaneers got some extra incentive for this “Brady Bowl” showdown by stumbling in Week 3, losing 34-24 to the Rams in what could very well have been an NFC Championship Game preview. The Pats suffered their own hiccup, as the visiting Saints handed them a 28-13 defeat.
Tom Brady put up pretty numbers and the final margin of defeat didn’t look too bad, but all that was primarily cosmetic. The Rams eviscerated the Buccaneers secondary repeatedly and the offense couldn’t sustain enough drives when it mattered versus Los Angeles’ suffocating defense. Bruce Arians and his staff will naturally be out to avoid a repeat in what will be a second consecutive highly emotionally charged road atmosphere.
Mac Jones went into Week 3 looking like the grizzled veteran of his rookie QB class, but he showed some of the first-year warts many of his peers have already displayed when he got picked off for the first three times as a pro by the Saints’ aggressive veteran unit. He’s got another massive undertaking on his hands in this Week 4 battle, even without factoring in the immeasurable intangible of squaring off against the standard-bearer at the quarterback position. The Bucs defense employs a similarly attacking style to New Orleans that could give Jones fits, and Tampa Bay’s brick wall of a defensive front leaves the young quarterback little hope to get help from his running game.
In a game that will undoubtedly see an avalanche of betting action, the Buccaneers went from 5.5-point favorites at the open to a 7 point figure.
Sunday, 10/2 Update: Even with Rob Gronkowski out due to his rib fractures and Tampa Bay missing multiple pieces in the secondary, the public has continued to back Brady and the Bucs throughout the week and pushed the champs’ projected advantage to 6.5-to-7 points as of Sunday morning.
Monday, Oct. 4
Las Vegas Raiders at LA Chargers ()
The Raiders started fast, allowed the Dolphins to catch up, but eventually escaped to remain undefeated, 31-28 in overtime. The Chargers notched a major confidence-building win under new head man Brandon Staley, taking a 30-24 decision from the Chiefs at Arrowhead.
Derek Carr continued to look like the best version of himself in Sunday’s win, throwing for 386 yards, which is only his second-highest tally of the young season. Carr now has 1,203 passing yards through three weeks and a 6:2 TD:INT, but all those metrics will be challenged by a Chargers defense that’s allowing just 201.7 passing yards per game and a modest 6.6 yards per attempt. Carr will also hope to have Josh Jacobs lined up behind him again in Week 4 after the star back missed the past two games with ankle and toe injuries, although Peyton Barber did manage an out-of-nowhere 111-yard effort Sunday.
The Chargers haven’t bothered with their run game too much yet as the trio of Justin Herbert, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams has largely made that unnecessary due to their strong play. Herbert outdueled Patrick Mahomes on Sunday with a four-touchdown, zero-interception effort, and Williams finally looks like a complete receiver and star on the rise in new coordinator Joe Lombardi’s system. The Raiders are ranked in the top half of the league with 235.3 passing yards per game and just 5.9 yards per attempt allowed.
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