Bold predictions: Joe Thomas scores TD in Browns win

By Around the NFL staff
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Week 4 of the NFL season is upon us, and that means it’s time for another round of bold predictions. As always, this week’s edition of fearless prognostications includes a macho helping of audaciousness and abandon as we head into Sunday and Monday’s contests. Warning: these predictions are not for the faint of heart.

Joe Flacco tosses three TDs; two go to Mike Wallace

This was initially going to be four touchdowns, typically the passing baseline for bold predictions. Then I recalled Baltimore’s last two games, checked the stats and had to adjust. The Ravens are 25th in the NFL in total offense (324.3 yards per game), 21st in passing (242 YPG) and have exceeded 20 points just once — in a clunky win over the Browns that wasn’t easy on the eyes. But there’s good news for the Ravens: Oakland is dead last in passing defense, allowing 340 yards per game. It’s somewhat of a skewed statistic after only three games, but it was over 400 yards after two weeks before Tennessee’s offense — a passing game handcuffed by coach Mike Mularkey’s exotic smashmouth emphasis, which has Marcus Mariota noticeably floundering — brought that total closer to earth. There can’t be a better matchup for Flacco, which leads an offense that includes wideout Mike Wallace, who has shown he still has the speed to go deep for six.

Plus, Flacco just welcomed his fourth child — and first daughter — to Earth this week! What’s better than a father with a new addition to his family taking the field with a deep threat against a defense that has shown a tendency to give up big chunks of yards through the air? Flacco caps his memorable week and brings Evelyn Renee Flacco into the football world with a big game and another win for Baltimore.

— Nick Shook

To read the full Week 4 bold predictions from the Around the NFL writers, click here.

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