Posted: October 2, 2011 by The Cheap Seat Fan in NFL
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It got real in the NFL last week. After a few weeks of the action sticking to the script, and a few surprising clubs managing to stay undefeated mixed in, some loud statements got made by clubs that many folks didn’t think were making real noise. The best part of it all is that many of the biggest shockers came from division matchups, meaning that there’s more drama to come later on and some even worse blood to be shed the second time around.

These division battles jumped all across the schedule and did not go unnoticed in the Fearless Predictions department. The rash of upsets around the league lead to nearly as many losses in week three as in weeks one and two combined. Good news first: it wasn’t a losing week. The Saints, 49ers, Titans, Lions, Panthers (in a ugly fashion), Ravens (in a brutal style), Chargers, Steelers and Cowboys all pulled out wins as predicted, making for nine wins. However, the L’s came early and often in the spotlight games of the week.

Two of the three “Game of the Week” selections ended up going against the script set here, and both were grind out NFC Division matchups that settled their winners in first place in the North and South, respectively. The Packers went into Chicago and behind three Aaron Rodgers/JerMichael Finley connections on pay dirt, pulled out the tough rivalry win. In Tampa, the Buccaneers made the Falcons look lost more often than not, and continued to prove their coming of age may have arrived already. However, these matchups were just the beginning of a few jaw dropping moments around last Sunday.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will look to keep the Bills surprising undefeated run to start the year going.

The Buffalo Bills set the league on fire when they forced Tom Brady to throw as many interceptions in four quarters as he did the whole of last year, and then held the Patriots off and beat them to remain undefeated. The New York Giants became the second team in two weeks to knock Michael Vick out the game, and became the second to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in as much time as well; dropping the much hyped club into the bottom of the East standings. Darren McFadden ran over the New York Jets and led the Raiders to a surprising win over the AFC East powerhouse. Also the Seahawks and Browns won gritty home games as well.

Overall, last week’s forecasts ended up with a 9-7 mark and the season tally on Fearless Predictions is 33-15. Week 3 correct picks were decided by 62 points, while the losses had a 43 point separation.

Game of the Week #1 – Detroit Lions (3-0) at Dallas Cowboys (2-1): The Lions have jumped out the gate with an offense that has finally been able to stay healthy enough to get on the field together, and an aggressive defensive line that pressures non-stop. Dallas, on the other hand, has been banged up all year and for the second week will be missing its number one receiver in Miles Austin….

Read more at Suite101: NFL Week 4 Fearless Predictions |

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