We’ve entered the final game in the first quarter of the 2019 NFL season, and things don’t appear like they did at this point last season.
The Buffalo Bills (3-0) and Detroit Lions are undefeated (2-0-1), the Minnesota Vikings have the best run game in the league and the Cleveland Browns look destined to repeat their disappointment. Well, then again, some things never change.
Now it’s time for Week 4, where there is another great slate of games featuring some premium lineups.
Here are five must-watch games in Week 4:
1. Vikings vs. Bears
Sunday, 9/29, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
An early must-win divisional showdown, the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears enter Sunday’s game with a lot in common. They’re both 2-1, they both have dominant defenses and they both have a quarterback that doesn’t inspire confidence. Expect this game to be a close, defense-dominated affair. If Chicago can stop Dalvin Cook, who’s broken off three straight 100-yard rushing games, then Kirk Cousins is in for a long day. Conversely, if the Vikings defense can pressure Mitch Trubisky into mistakes, this game should come down to which defense makes the most plays and which quarterback makes the most mistakes.
2. Chiefs vs. Lions
Sunday, 9/29, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Patrick Mahomes makes his dome debut at Ford Field against an undefeated Detroit Lions team that is 2-0-1. The Lions, while unable to close it out against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1, have beaten two playoff teams from a season ago in the Los Angeles Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles. But you can’t account for the magic that is Mahomes and the Chiefs offense, which only serves to operate better in a dome. While the Lions might be able to keep it close early, it won’t take long for Mahomes to take this game over.
3. Saints vs. Cowboys
Sunday, 9/22, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
A couple of weeks ago, this match-up would’ve been the highest-anticipated game of the week. But then Drew Brees torn a ligament in his thumb and is out for several weeks. Now, this becomes a match-up of an undefeated Dallas Cowboys team going up against a Teddy Bridgewater-led Saints team. Luckily, the Saints have Alvin Kamara to fall back on, but it’s unclear if that’ll be enough to stop the red-hot Cowboys.
4. Bills vs. Patriots
Sunday, 9/29, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
The Buffalo Bills are undefeated at 3-0, but that streak likely comes to an end against the also undefeated New England Patriots. the Bills have beaten up on three bad teams, but they haven’t seen anything like the Patriots, who have obliterated their equally bad opponents. While the Bills might be able to keep it close early, Tom Brady, even down some receivers, always has a way of taking games over.
5. Browns vs. Ravens
Sunday, 9/29, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
The Cleveland Browns are a disappointment in an entirely new way this year. With all of the talent and all of the hype heading into this season, the Browns have stumbled out of the gate behind the shaky play of QB Baker Mayfield. But a team that wasn’t expected to do much — and has impressed — has been the Baltimore Ravens led by QB Lamar Jackson, who has improved as a passer. This game will be interesting to watch in terms of which quarterback does more to help his team win.
What NFL games are must-watch television for you in Week 4?