Please insert cool line about bye weeks to intro my column here: ___.
Yep, it's that time of the football year, with a light bye week to kick off the annual midseason vacations. The Eagles and Packers are off this week, meaning we can't write paeans to the great Carson Wentz or openly question the state of the Packers' offense for the 567th time. Aaron Rodgers' perceived disrespect-fueled games usually mean lots of points and a Cheesehead win ... or five. On to more "disrespect" ...
You can see my pick for that game -- and the other 14 on this week's slate -- below. Hit me with your hot take(s) on any of 'em: @HarrisonNFL is the place.
Now, let's get to it!
Elliot Harrison went 9-7 on his predictions for Week 3, giving him a record of 31-17 thus far this season. How will he fare in Week 4? His picks are below:
**Fun Fact No. 1:** No team that has lost in London has ever made it to the postseason.
**A)** Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is going to be walking around like the Terminator after he got effed-up in the big-rig crash.
**D)** Seattle's secondary matches up very well versus the Jets' wideouts.
**G)** Those Matt Forte dumpoffs and screens won't play as well against a team like the Seahawks, who don't need to blitz.
OK, Silver-and-Black fans -- take solace in the fact that Baltimore bested a wholly ineffective Blake Bortles last week and beat up Josh McCown the week prior. Week 1, the Bills couldn't get anything going -- some of that due to solid defense, much of it because of a Buffalo offensive line that laid an egg. Don't think Derek Carr and his line will be an easy out. That is, if Raiders receivers don't stone-hands the ball like in Nashville. Offensively, it's up to deep-ball dynamo Joe Flacco to hit the vertical throws that are open against a secondary that's allowed the most big pass plays (20 yards or more) in the NFL. #OAKvsBAL
The key in this game will be the Steelers' passing chemistry, which has looked out of sync early on. Can they get their groove back against an opportunistic Chiefs pass defense that scores high in anticipation and football intelligence? (Yes, they can.) Well, expect Le'Veon Bell to get his usual workload taking handoffs, but it's his presence in the short-to-intermediate passing game that should help widen windows for Big Ben. Alex Smith has been his usual self this season, averaging 9.9 yards per completion, the lowest figure in the NFL. (Might be true, but Smith shouldn't always be criticized for this.) So look for Keith Butler's unit to get physical on the perimeter and try to disrupt Kansas City's rhythm on offense. There were only three total touchdowns scored in the 2015 battle between these two teams, but Landry Jones was at the helm for the Steelers, so no need for Andy Reid to dig up last year's game plan. (Spot-on analysis, even from an undercover Steelers homer. With the return of some key offensive players, expect some points to be scored.) #KCvsPIT
THURSDAY NIGHT'S GAME
**Interesting side note:** The last time these teams squared off on Thursday night, Cameron Wake was the finisher, sacking Andy Dalton in the end zone, in overtime, for a kick save and a beauty. Last week, Wake forced Browns QB Cody Kessler to fumble, then had another strip-sack called back because he jumped the snap.
**Additional side note:** You have my pick for Thursday night, but be sure to make yours, as well. Go to NFL.com/budlight to vote for "Which Can will Win" or use #DolphinsCan or #BengalsCan on Twitter.