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Cats in the NFL: Week 4 Preview

Editor’s note: This article was initially published on 10/1 ahead of Thursday Night Football and is being reposted for Sunday’s NFL games. 

Welcome to Week 4 of the NFL, BBN. This week Avery Williamson will kick us off on Thursday night when his New York Jets host the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football. I would typically completely trash this match up, and don’t get me wrong it will be very bad, but let’s just be thankful we’re playing football tonight. We won’t get to see Benny Snell or Bud Dupree this week due to a COVID outbreak within the Titans organization, so even though the Broncos and Jets might be the worst football game this season, I’ll take what we can get.

For the game tonight, I expect Williamson to make a significant impact. He’s going up a stagnant Denver offense without Drew Lock or Phillip Lindsay, forcing the Broncos to be run-heavy and rely on Melvin Gordon. It should create a lot of opportunities for Williamson, especially since he returned to a normal work-load last week.

Here is the rest of the schedule for Week 4:

If you’re a Bengals fan, close your eyes and pray for Joe Burrow. Cincinnati and that horrible offensive line will face off against Josh Allen and the Jaguars this week. I fully expect a Cinncinati win for Joe Burrow’s first career NFL victory, but I think it could be a career day for Allen as well. It should be fun to watch unless you’re a fan of either team.

Another interesting matchup this week will be the one in Houston, where both the Vikings and Texans will try to get in the win column for the first time this year. I penciled in this game because I think it will be an intriguing matchup with Lonnie Johnson roaming around at safety. He will try to corral Adam Theilen and rookie Justin Jefferson, who emerged with 175 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions last week. I am also interested to see if Randall Cobb can continue to be a reliable target against a Mike Zimmer defense that hasn’t been up to par in 2020.

The final game I’m looking forward to is the Monday Nighter. Sure, Atlanta is 0-3, but they’re still a tall order offensively. If the Packers want to be the best team in the NFL, they’ve got to beat Atlanta convincingly at Lambeau. It should be a fun matchup watching Za’Darius Smith try to slow down that high-powered Atlanta offense. Give me a shootout on Monday Night Football.

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_