All-Purpose Playbook: NFL Week 4 picks, survivor pool analysis and more

Welcome to the All-Purpose Playbook, a Buzzer column that is either (a) a guide to many things NFL related, or (b) a road map to hell. Check back here on Friday afternoons for survivor pool analysis, football picks, a smattering of GIFs and some nonsense. Follow me @brettsmiley and/or email me with any questions or comments at basmiley [at] gmail [dot] com.

So Week 2 marked the Survivor Pool Mass Extinction. That would make Week 3 of this column the disoriented hangover in its aftermath. 

It survived (barely), sustaining heavy losses, a headache and a queasy feeling of "Wow, still here!"

Remember how we changed course from a survivor focus to more traditional game-picking? Well, that didn’t go so well (1-3).

And then there was the second pick-six he threw with his fourth pass of the game.

Hoo-hah. So much for suspense. And the other afternoon games were equally miserable, so APP got stuck watching a lot more of the 49ers / football deprivement.

said this prior to Week 2: "We’re tired of being just an average football team. We know that it’s going to be very important to win games late in the season, but these games early in the season really count a lot. Our focus right now is just Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and going out there and playing to the best of our abilities."  

So if we give them credit for having a sense of urgency in that case, what happened in Week 3 when they got smoked at home by Buffalo 41-14?! So much for bouncing back.

Alright, screw it boys, we’re pretty damn good at average so let’s just stick to the script.

I don’t see it happening against the Jets, either, who share DNA with the Buffalo Bills with a real strong front seven and better cornerbacks (Revis, Cromartie).


surged so far in front of that race that he may even get left behind in London.

Just for fun, let’s take the temperature of a Dolphins fan, via the ProFootballTalk comments section (always a healthy place to meander). 

Bills cruise to 41-14 win in Miami:""I can no longer support a mediocre team, I am officially quitting on the Dolphins. I am 36 years old, and this had literally done NOTHING for me as a fan. I’m out, I’m done. Being a Miami fan is like a being in a bad marriage, it’s time for a divorce."

I also feel good about the Jets because they’re coming off a dud performance and should get back RB Chris Ivory and maybe also wideout Eric Decker, who both missed last week’s contest.

Before we move on, let’s just savor again for a second that Prince Harry shouting "Laces out, Dan!" at Dan Marino actually happened this week:

New York Giants +5.5 at Buffalo Bills

If you’re into the parallel universe game, remember the Giants were only about 3.5 minutes and two epic brain farts from a 3-0 record. After finally righting the spaceship against Washington last Thursday, they’ve had extra time to rest and prepare for the Bills who will be missing two key offensive players in LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins.

Creepy comedian Eli Manning and I will be here all week.

Anyhow, the Giants conveniently have backfield pass-catching specialist Shane Vereen, formerly of New England, to follow the Patriots’ mold for beating the Bills. And while Victor Cruz suffered a setback, last week Rueben Randle (finally) proved a viable second banana to Odell Beckham Jr. Plus, the Giants will probably get left tackle Ereck Flowers and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie back for a defense that’s been surprisingly deft at defending the run so far this season.

Big Blue’s offensive line will have its toughest challenge to date with Buffalo’s pass rush, but offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s quick-hitting scheme can neutralize that to some extent.

Washington Fightin’ Snyders +3 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

pest-control pitchman Marshawn Lynch come Sunday (he’s "50-50" with a hamstring injury). But the sputtering 0-3 Lions face a very tall task against a defense that suplexed the Bears’ "Welcome back, Kam!" Bowl in last week’s 26-0 shutout.

That’s . . . a problem.

Oh, but you want to take the Indianapolis Colts hosting Jacksonville Jaguars this week? APP is telling you that’s a problem, too. Currently 26 percent of FOX entries are riding the Colts and 29 percent of the Yahoo! crowd.

Luck will probably play, but how effective will he be, even against a bruised and battered Jaguars secondary?  

The Jaguars have capably defended the run this season, so I guess this comes down to how well you think Luck can carve up the Jags’ secondary with his gimpy shoulder.

Ill-Advised Teaser

(Go here if you need an explanation on how teaser bets work.)

It’s an NFC East Special!!!

piled high on the Oakland Raiders on the road (and against the Bears who sold off a couple non-integral assets) and that feels like a bit too much too soon.  

Ludicrous Mode Teaser is not designed to be pleasant, just mildly sensible (and ideally profitable).

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