The Loop NFL Picks: Week 4

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The Loop NFL Picks: Week 4
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Every Sunday, Kevin Cusick makes his predictions against the latest Las Vegas point spread, the way God intended …

Browns at Vikings (+2½):
Vikings running star Dalvin Cook threw some bouquets at teammate Kirk Cousins, saying the quarterback is “the best in the game” when he has a “clean pocket.” The quote immediately raised suspicions that Cook has never watched an NFL game in which he wasn’t actually playing.
Pick: Browns by 3

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) hands off to Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Steelers at Packers (-6½):
Aaron Rodgers, blissful about the Packers’ comeback victory over San Francisco, asked “How could you not be romantic about football.” This raised some eyebrows in Green Bay, where romance and football was last intertwined a decade ago with the Internet sensation “Fifty Shades of Favre.”
Pick: Packers by 14

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) gestures as he jogs off the field after the Packers defeated the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Buccaneers at Patriots (+6½):
Just in time for the Tom Brady reunion, a new book on the Patriots dynasty claims that owner Robert Kraft once called coach Bill Belichick “the biggest (expletive expletive) in my life.” That’s quite a statement considering Kraft’s longtime acquaintance with the last president.
Pick: Buccaneers by 10

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FILE – In this April 19, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump is presented with a New England Patriots jersey from Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, and head coach Bill Belichick during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, where the Patriots were honored for their Super Bowl LI victory. In addition to the jersey, the team confirmed on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, that Kraft decided after the team’s visit to also have a Super Bowl championship ring made for Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Ravens at Broncos (-1½):
Baltimore’s Justin Tucker made history with an NFL record 66-yard field goal as time expired to beat Detroit. The ball majestically flew through the air, ricocheted off the crossbar and bounced into the netting. Then it was dropped by Marquise Brown.
Pick: Ravens by 3

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Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) kicks a 66-yard field goal in the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Baltimore won 19-17. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Cardinals at Rams (-5½):
The Cardinals had to rally to win in Jacksonville after giving up a 109-yard touchdown return on a foolhardy 68-yard field goal attempt. But coach Kliff Kingsbury’s brain cramp proved yet again that it’s almost impossible to lose a game to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Pick: Rams by 3

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Fans celebrate with Jacksonville Jaguars players after wide receiver Jamal Agnew ran back an Arizona Cardinals missed field goal for a 109-yard touchdown return during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Chiefs at Eagles (+7½):
Oft-suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon is back in the headlines after signing with the Chiefs. If he’s able to get in shape and pair up with the fleet Tyreek Hill, that would give Kansas City the NFL’s most game-breaking pair of recidivists.
Pick: Chiefs by 11

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FILE – Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon warms up before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., in this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, file photo. Josh Gordon was conditionally reinstated by the NFL on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, and can begin the process of joining the Seattle Seahawks’ roster as early as Friday. Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Gordon after nearly a one-year suspension following his latest off-field transgression for violations of the league’s substance abuse policies. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Lions at Bears (-2½):
The Bears, looking to change the headlines after Justin Fields’ struggles, paid nearly $200 million for a tract of land in far-suburban Arlington Heights that could very well become the site for a new stadium. It’s a bad idea, as it would make commuting to games for Bears fans almost as torturous as watching those games.
Pick: Bears by 3

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Cleveland Browns linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, left, sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Colts at Dolphins (-1½):
Colts owner Jim Irsay caused a stir this week when he opined that it’s harder to depend on Indy quarterback Carson Wentz because he is unvaccinated. That’s quite a statement coming from an owner who, over the past two decades, has proven to be the least dependable dude in all of Indiana.
Pick: Dolphins by 4

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FILE – In this Oct. 8, 2013 file photo, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay pauses as he speaks to reporters following the NFL owners’ fall meetings in Washington. Authorities say Irsay is in jail after being stopped on suspicion of drunken driving. Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bryant Orem says Irsay was arrested Sunday night, March 16, 2014, in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Panthers at Cowboys (-4½):
Dallas right tackle La’el Collins reportedly was suspended after he tried to bribe an NFL drug test collector after he missed seven tests. It’s a far cry from the franchise’s glory days when the Cowboys were much more effective at skirting drug testing.
Pick: Cowboys by 7

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Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle La’el Collins (71) blocks against Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Seahawks at 49ers (-2½):
Former Seattle and San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman has rejected his former teams and signed a free-agent contract with Tampa Bay. He decided to sign with the Buccaneers because the Seahawks and Niners could not fulfill Sherman’s demand that they trade for Tom Brady.
Pick: 49ers by 4

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FILE – In this Oct. 14, 2012, file photo, Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman (25) talks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after Seahawks won 24-23 in an NFL football game in Seattle. The two teams meet in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Giants at Saints (-7½):
John Mara was taken aback last Sunday after he was booed during the Giants’ hall of fame induction for Eli Manning. But the two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player quickly came to the owner’s defense by giving fans the double bird.
Pick: Saints by 11

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New York Giants president John Mara speaks during a ceremony for former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning to retire his jersey number 10 and celebrate his tenure with the team during half-time of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

OTHER GAMES
Washington at Falcons (-1½):
Pick: Falcons by 3

Texans at Bills (-16½):
Pick: Bills by 28

Titans at Jets (+7½):
Pick: Titans by 17

Raiders at Chargers (-3½):
Pick: Chargers by 7

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Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

RECORD
Week 3
10-6 straight up
7-9 vs. spread
Season
30-18 straight up (.625)
24-22-2 vs. spread (.522)

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Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo (7) reacts after kicking the game-winning field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Pointspreads through Thursday. You can hear Kevin Cusick on Wednesdays on Bob Sansevere’s “BS Show” podcast on iTunes. You can follow Kevin on Twitter — @theloopnow. He can be reached at [email protected]

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