Though this slate of games doesn’t match last week’s selection of powerhouse matchups, it does include plenty of intrigue.
The best game
This would have been the Patriots-Chiefs matchup, but we have no idea if that game will happen this week after players on both squads tested positive for Covid-19. The hope is to play this game Tuesday, but it’s a fluid situation.
In its place, let’s go with the Buffalo Bills traveling to face the Las Vegas Raiders. The Bills are undefeated after a wild win over the Rams last week, while the Raiders dropped to 2-1 with a loss to the Patriots. Buffalo is looking legit, but traveling to Pacific Time is never a simple thing. The Raiders are short Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards, but Hunter Renfrow impressed last week. The Bills could end up crushing Las Vegas, but both teams have been fun to watch this season.
Sunday’s matchup of the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears looks like a pivotal moment for both teams. A Week 1 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars threw the general public off the scent of the Colts, who have shown massive improvement on defense from a season ago and continue to make strides with new signal-caller Philip Rivers on the other side of the ball. At 2-1, they find themselves well positioned to make a run for the AFC South crown, especially with the Tennessee Titans currently sidelined amid a COVID-19 outbreak.
Meanwhile, the Bears have put together the NFL’s least-convincing 3-0 records, barely managing to overcome the woeful Detroit Lions, New York Giants, and Atlanta Falcons. But despite the lack of style points, Chicago remains more than capable on defense and has finally given up the ghost with Mitch Trubisky. A victory over the Colts would give the Bears an air of legitimacy they currently lack.
This superlative would have gone to the sad matchup of the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, but that game took place on Thursday. Of the rest of the slate, Sunday’s tilt between the Ravens and Washington Football Team appears unlikely to yield a watchable product. Baltimore comes off a crushing loss to Kansas City and will look to take out their frustrations on a moribund Washington squad that could play without top wideout Terry McLaurin.
2020 NFL TV schedule, Week 4
Giants @ Rams — FOX
Colts @ Bears — CBS
Bills @ Raiders — CBS