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NFL picks week 4: Can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pull off the upset of the week?

Tampa Bay Times staff picks: Minnesota and New Orleans are more popular upset picks.
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich hug before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich hug before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. [ MONICA HERNDON | Times ]
Published Sept. 26, 2019

Only one of seven Tampa Bay Times’ NFL pickers is predicting a bounce-back victory this week for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Assistant sports editor Ernest Hooper has the Bucs, 10.5-point underdogs in Los Angeles, beating the Rams in their 4:05 p.m. game Sunday —and by a field goal ...

The Vikings, 2.5-point underdogs at Chicago, are the upset special selection of three Times pickers. From the looks of our predictions, the Saints are the best bet of this week’s five home underdogs. New Orleans, getting 2.5 points in the Superdome against Dallas, is the straight-up selection by four pickers. The other home underdogs and how many of us are picking them to cover:

Detroit +6.5 against Kansas City (4 of 7)

Miami +16.5 against the L.A. Chargers (4 of 7)

Arizona +5.5 against Seattle (4 of 7)

Buffalo +7.5 against New England (2 of 7)

Here’s all the picks:

Visitor Home Eduardo A. Encina, Bucs beat writer John Romano, columnist Martin Fennelly, columnist Ernest Hooper, assistant sports editor Rick Stroud, Bucs beat writer Mike Sherman, deputy editor-sports Thomas Bassinger, sports data reporter
Tampa Bay L.A. Rams (-10.5) LAR 31-20 LAR 24-16 LAR 31-23 TB 23-20 LAR 28-20 LAR 31-21 LAR 41-23
Philadelphia Green Bay (-5.5) GB 24-17 GB 23-16 GB 23-20 GB 33-13 GB 24-21 GB 24-20 GB 24-14
Washington N.Y. Giants (-3.5) NYG 28-20 NYG 30-20 WAS 24-10 WAS 20-17 NYG 30-27 NYG 28-20 NYG 27-20
Kansas City (-6.5) Detroit KC 31-21 KC 30-24 KC 28-27 KC 28-20 KC 34-24 KC 26-20 KC 24-21
Tennessee Atlanta (-4.5) ATL 22-18 ATL 28-20 ATL 27-24 ATL 24-20 ATL 28-21 TEN 21-17 TEN 25-23
Cleveland Baltimore (-7.5) BAL 27-24 BAL 24-23 BAL 27-23 BAL 30-20 CLE 24-23 BAL 28-23 BAL 24-17
Oakland Indianapolis (-6.5) IND 24-10 IND 28-14 IND 27-23 IND 24-10 IND 30-24 IND 28-17 IND 31-16
New England (-7.5) Buffalo NE 28-14 NE 27-12 NE 19-17 NE 27-19 NE 27-21 NE 31-13 NE 28-20
Carolina Houston (-4.5) HOU 28-24 HOU 30-14 HOU 27-24 HOU 24-14 HOU 28-21 HOU 27-23 HOU 28-17
L.A. Chargers (-16.5) Miami LAC 27-9 LAC 30-17 LAC 31-17 LAC 24-10 LAC 34-17 LAC 34-17 LAC 31-17
Seattle (-5.5) Arizona SEA 31-21 SEA 28-20 SEA 24-19 SEA 22-14 SEA 20-17 SEA 24-21 SEA 27-24
Minnesota Chicago (-2.5) MIN 21-17 MIN 24-20 CHI 20-16 CHI 20-14 MIN 27-23 CHI 24-21 MIN 28-7
Jacksonville Denver (-3.5) JAX 24-21 JAX 27-24 JAX 26-24 DEN 17-14 JAX 28-21 JAX 27-17 DEN 27-13
Dallas (-2.5) New Orleans DAL 28-24 DAL 30-24 NO 23-20 NO 20-19 DAL 28-24 NO 24-21 NO 26-22
Cincinnati Pittsburgh (-4.5) PIT 21-10 PIT 17-16 PIT 30-20 PIT 7-6 PIT 30-28 PIT 22-17 PIT 17-10
Lock of the week IND NE PIT HOU LAC LAR HOU
Upset of the week MIN MIN WAS NO NO MIN
Against the spread last week 8-8 9-7 9-7 10-6 8-8 8-8 8-8
Against the spread overall 24-24 25-23 24-24 25-23 24-24 23-25 23-25
Straight up last week 9-7 8-8 10-6 11-5 10-6 8-8 8-8
Straight up overall 30-18 26-22 30-18 28-20 27-21 26-22 26-22
Locks 2-1 2-1 0-3 1-2 2-1 2-1 1-2
Upsets 1-2 2-1 2-1 2-1 1-2 2-1 2-1