2013 Week 4 5* NFL Picks: CHIEFS -3.5 4* Colts -8 #nflonedotcom

[Giants/CHIEFS] A die hard Giants fan, it pains me to write this. However, arriving 0-6 ATS on the Road, allowing 382 yards per game in 2013, Manning, 70.5 rating, will need a miracle turn around from its rushing attack, averaging only 44.3 yards per game to avoid a blow out versus the Chiefs, who are outscoring their opponents by 12 ppg on the most balanced attack in the NFL.

[Colts/JAGUARS] Could the Giant have had Bradshaw and Richardson? The Colts do. With its defense allowing only 254 total yards and forcing two turnovers in Frisco, look for the Jags, powering only 9 ppg on 230 yards per game, who are most recently 0-4 ATS in their last four games to continue their struggles versus Luck, 92.7 rating, powering 352 yards per game.

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  1. WINNER – Giants 7, CHIEFS 31 – Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – Alex Smith threw three touchdown passes while getting plenty of help from his defense and special teams, and the Kansas City Chiefs maintained their surprising early-season success with a 31-7 rout of the wayward New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium. Smith shook off a pair of interceptions to throw for 288 yards on 24-of-41 passing, while Jamaal Charles accumulated 127 yards from scrimmage and caught one of Smith’s touchdown strikes to help Kansas City (4-0) to its best four-game start to a season since 2003. Dexter McCluster contributed a dazzling 89- yard punt return touchdown to the win, while a swarming defense limited the Giants (0-4) to 298 total yards, 11 first downs and a 1-for-14 success rate on third down. New York, now 0-4 for the first time since the strike-marred 1987 campaign, was dealt a second consecutive lopsided defeat after last week’s 38-0 manhandling by Carolina. Victor Cruz provided the Giants’ lone bright spot by totaling 164 yards on 10 receptions, including a 69-yard touchdown connection with Eli Manning. Manning finished just 18-of-37 for 217 yards with one touchdown and an interception.

  2. WINNER – Colts 37, JAGUARS 3 – Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) – The Indianapolis Colts didn’t fall for the trap. Coming off a solid pounding of the defending NFC champion 49ers in San Francisco with a home game next Sunday against another projected Super Bowl contender in Seattle, Colts coach Chuck Pagano placed mouse traps in his players’ lockers earlier this week as a reminder that this week’s game against Jacksonville was no pushover. The Colts responded and shook off a sluggish start to claim an easy 37-3 victory over the winless Jaguars at EverBank Field. Andrew Luck threw for 260 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception for the Colts (3-1), who scored the final 37 points and have won two straight since a Week 2 loss to Miami. Trent Richardson added a short rushing touchdown and Darius Butler returned an interception for a score. The Jacksonville offense was inept for most of the afternoon, as the Jaguars (0-4) opened a season with four straight losses for the first time since 2003. The Jaguars, who have never started 0-5, managed just 70 total yards on their first nine offensive possessions before adding 135 on their final three drives with the outcome already determined. Blaine Gabbert, back as the Jaguars’ starting quarterback after a two-week absence because of a hand injury, completed 17-of-32 passes for 179 yards with a trio of interceptions. Maurice Jones-Drew managed a mere 23 yards on 13 carries in defeat.

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