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Week 4 NFL Picks: Can The Cowboys Keep Their Playoff Hopes Alive vs. Saints?

The BTB writers pick the winners for all the Week 4 action.

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Over the course of a season, most football fans construct a mental map of the NFL teams. After last season for example, most football fans would have agreed that the Seahawks and Colts would be contenders this year. Yet after just three weeks, both teams have already dropped two games.

In the NFC, the Rams, 49ers, Giants, and Eagles are struggling to stay relevant after they all stumbled to 1-2 records. A loss this weekend and all three are virtually eliminated from playoff contention. And for the 0-3 Lions, Bears, and Saints, the season is already almost over.

It's still early in the season, and the teams off to a slow start can still rebound, while the teams off to a strong start could still hit a slump. But like every season, the NFL landscape is changing, and with it we fans have to readjust our mental map of NFL teams.

The reality of the 2015 season is taking shape right before our eyes, and that reality doesn't have much to do with with the 2014 season.

At the end of the day, sucessfully picking winners for the weekend games hinges on our ability to accurately assess the 2015 landscape and forget about what happened in 2014. Can we do that? Have a look at the picks below to find out - and don't forget to enter our Pick 256 challenge this week.

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2015 Record
28-20
27-21 28-20 27-21
27-21
27-21 32-16
32-16 30-18
30-18
2015 Percentage .583
.563
.583
.563
.563
.563 .667
.667
.625
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Record Week 2
10-6
10-6 10-6 12-4
12-4
12-4
11-5 12-4
13-3 12-4

BAL (-3) @ PIT Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Pit_medium Bal_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium
NYJ (-1.5) @ MIA Mia_medium Nyj_medium Nyj_medium Nyj_medium Mia_medium Mia_medium Nyj_medium Nyj_medium Nyj_medium Nyj_medium
JAC @ IND (-9) Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium
HOU @ ATL (-6.5) Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Hou_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium
CAR (-3) @ TB Car_medium Car_medium Car_medium Car_medium Car_medium Car_medium Car_medium Car_medium Car_medium Car_medium
NYG @ BUF (-5.5) Buf_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium Nyg_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium
OAK (-3) @ CHI Oak_medium Chi_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium
PHI (-3) @ WAS Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Was_medium Was_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium
KC @ CIN (-4) Cin_medium Kan_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium
CLE @ SD (-7.5) Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium
GB (-8.5) @ SF Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium
MIN @ DEN (-6.5) Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium
STL @ ARI (-7) Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium
DAL @ NO (-4) Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium
DET @ SEA (-10) Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium

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Get your picks in for the BTB Pick 256 Challenge!

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If you haven't yet submitted your picks, now would be a good time. Here's the link to the entry form.

If the link above doesn't work for whatever reason, use the following alternative, which does not autofill your BTB user name into the entry form.

Alternative Pick 256 Entry Form

We have close to 300 participants who've already submitted their picks for Week 4. If you haven't submitted your picks yet, you still have until 8:25 pm EST tonight to submit your picks, so time is running low.

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