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BlackBandit20s Thursday Week 15 Pick
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Here is the pick for the weeks first game, the rest of the picks to follow on Friday


Thursday, December 13

Bengals (7-6) @ Eagles (4-9)

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia 8:20 (NFLN)

Favorite Bengals by 5

Last Week Bengals lost to Cowboys 20-19, Eagles defeated Buccaneers 23-21

Fast Fact Bengals have won 7 of the 11 meetings between the two teams

Blowing a very winnable game, the Bengals damaged their playoff chances by giving away a 9 point lead against Dallas. Philly finally got one to fall their way as they pulled out a last second win against the Bucs on the road. The Bengals have more talent on both sides of the ball and should pressure Nick Foles into a bevy of mistakes. The problem is can the Bengals cash these mistakes in, they had so many chances to bury the Pokes and left them in the game. The Eagles are an offensive mess and struggle to put a cohesive consistent attack. The Bengals are the better team but have a nasty tendency to play down to the level of their opponent which leads me to believe that this game will be closer than it should be but the Bengals should pull it out.


BlackBandit20s Week 14 NFL Picks
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I was annoyed that I messed up my Bengals-Chargers pick, I was all set to pick the Bengals to continue their recent winning ways. The Bengals did win, but my non paying attention self typed in San Diego. So thats a loss I'll take with egg on my face. But I made sure I checked all the picks before submitting these picks for your review, persual and approval. All odds provided by bodog.net this week cause their site came up. The odds are provided for entertainment and comparison purposes only. I say this only because Im so used to saying it and Im not trying to explain to someone wife, girlfriend or significant other why you lost the Christmas Money.

Sunday, December 9

Falcons (11-1) @ Panthers (3-9)

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Falcons by 3˝

Last Week Falcons defeated Saints 23-13, Panthers lost to Chiefs 27-21

Fast Fact Falcons have scored 30 or more points in the last five meetings, winning all of them.

The Falcons are probably the most underrated 11-1 team you will ever see, the have been grinding out wins and avenged their only loss with a solid Thursday performance against the Saints. The Panthers just looked lost in Kansas City last week and the regression of Cam Newton while not full is terribly disheartening to his ardent supporters. The Falcons might not win pretty but they have more than enough talent on both sides of the ball to get the win.




Ravens (9-3) @ Redskins (6-6)

FedEx Field; Landover, MD 1:00 CBS

Favorite Redskins by 3

Last Week Ravens lost to Steelers 23-20, Redskins defeated Giants 17-16

Fast Fact With the exception of the two New York teams that share a stadium, these are the two closest located teams, 33.1 miles from stadium to stadium

The Redskins are quietly climbing back into respectability led by their precocious offensive leader. RGIII. The Ravens once considered an AFC power are slipping badly and the quiet questions are cropping up about if they are really a viable contender. This game screams upset and the weakened Ravens defense looks like it will have problems with Griffin and fellow rookie running back Alfred Morris who has been a wily counterpart. I keep wanting to believe that Joe Flacco will be able to sustain his early solid play and utilize the running of Ray Rice better. I know Im gonna hate myself for this one.



Bears (8-4) @ Vikings (6-6)

Mall of America Field @ HHH Metrodome, Minneapolis 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Bears by 3

Last Week Bears lost to Seahawks 23-17 in OT, Vikings lost to Packers 23-14

Fast Fact Can a player be comeback player of the year after only missing 1 game? Less than year after a major knee injury, Adrian Peterson has rushed for 6.2 yards per carry, 120.5 yards a game and 1446 yards rushing all of which are league bests.

The Bears took a painful OT loss and are in real danger of losing their once solid grip on the NFC North. Meanwhile, the Vikes are coming apart fast and wasting the brilliant comeback season of Adrian Peterson who is pounding out yards despite defenses keying on stopping him. These two teams are not as far apart as some might think. As much as its tempting to give the Bears the benefit of the doubt after their tough loss I think that the Vikings are overdue for a game that keeps them in the hunt. Its dumb I know, but something keeps telling me the Vikes cant keep screwing up Peterson’s breathtaking performances.



Cowboys (6-6) @ Bengals (7-5)

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Bengals by 3

Last WeekCowboys defeated Eagles 38-33, Bengals defeated Chargers 20-13

Fast Fact The Cowboys have only one win in Cincinnati in 4 tries and that was a 23-20 win by the 2 time defending champs against a weak Bengals squad in 1994

The Pokes again played a shootout but were on the winning side this time around, the Bengals have quietly pushed their way back into playoff contention and are riding an impressive four game win streak. I still have zero faith in Tony Romo, his suspect offensive line (facing a Bengals defense tied for the lead in sacks) and the Pokes non-existant running game. Their secondary is highly vulnerable and facing stud receiver AJ Green is not a recipe for a win. The Bengals won’t be as starstruck as some honks and Poke fans think that they will be. That and I wont mess up my pick entry.



Chiefs (2-10) @ Browns (4-8)

Browns Stadium, Cleveland 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Browns by 6˝

Last WeekChiefs defeated Panthers 27-21, Browns defeated Raiders 20-13

Fast Fact The Browns 475 yards of offense last week against Oakland was a season high.

Burdened by the senseless murder-suicide of their teammate, The Chiefs played an inspired game and upended the Panthers. The Browns have been playing much better as of late and have won back to back games. I think this is the rare chance for the Browns to play the bully. The Chiefs are an emotional mess and the Browns are actually the better team on both sides of the ball.



NY Jets (5-7) @ Jaguars (2-10)

EverBank Field, Jacksonville 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Jets by 3

Last Week Jets defeated Cardinals 7-6, Jaguars lost to Bills 34-18

Fast Fact The Jags rank dead last in the NFL at 78.8 rushing yards per game

The Jets won an absolutely ugly game at home and the mess that is their season has yet to abate. The once grinning and jeering Rex Ryan is trying to find a way out of the QB mess that he partially created. Facing a Jags team that is still trying to find some kind of identity with no real running game and one of their more exciting receivers in Cecil Shorts sidelined with concussion. As much as I would love to say that the Jets will self-destruct and lose here, I cant do it. The Jags are a mess on both sides of the ball, and even the Jets cant screw this one up. Oh no, will this fire up the New York masses for a late playoff charge???

Pick-New York Jets


Eagles (3-9) @ Buccaneers (6-6)

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Buccaneers by 7˝

Last Week Eagles lost to Cowboys 38-33, Buccaneers lost to Broncos 31-23

Fast Fact Eagles in the middle of their longest losing streak in 45 years

The Eagles are basicially playing out the string, while the Bucs fight to stay in the playoff picture. The Bucs have solid production on both running and passing. The Eagles basically have neither and have more or less quit. With the Bucs still very much viable in the playoff hunt, they will have no time to dawdle with this weak opponent.

Pick-Tampa Bay


Chargers (4-8) @ Steelers (7-5)

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite No line due to questionable Pit QB status

Last WeekChargers lost to Bengals 20-13, Steelers defeated Ravens 23-20

Fast Fact The Steelers and Chargers played the first 11-10 final score NFL game in 2008

The Steelers may have very well saved their season with a gritty win in Baltimore, while the Chargers are finding new and exciting ways to lose leads and games. This is the type of break that the Steelers need. A fading team, a west coast team that is headed east to play out the string. This will definitely be a dead team walking here in the Chargers no matter who starts at QB.



Rams (5-6-1) @ Bills (5-7)

Ralph Wilson Stadium; Orchard Park, NY 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Bills by 3

Last Week Rams defeated 49ers 16-13 in OT, Bills defeated Jaguars 34-18

Fast Fact Rams have not won back to back road games since November 2010

Both these teams have quietly snuck back to the fringes of the playoff talk which makes this a little less of a dog game than one would initially think. The Rams are showing promise under Sam Bradford but still lack a go-to receiver. The Bills are showing much improved defensive fortitude as of late and have won 2 of their last three. Im still not really sold on the Rams, and playing on the road is still not something they have mastered and I cant see them going into a cold weather venue and winning.



Titans (4-8) @ Colts (8-4)

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Colts by 6

Last Week Titans lost to Texans 24-10, Colts defeated Lions 35-33

Fast Fact The Andrew Luck to Donnie Avery pass to beat the Lions was the Colts first winning score with no time left since 1990.

Continuing to be the leagues most stunning reversal the Colts are playing lights out and are closing in on a playoff berth, the Titans continue to be one of the most disappointing and puzzling teams in the NFL. The Colts are putting up points in a hurry, and playing a team that is very generous with the points allowed (29.6) the Colts shouldn’t have that much trouble here, especially at home.



Dolphins (5-7) @ 49ers (8-3-1)

Candlestick Park, San Francisco 4:05 (CBS)

Favorite 49ers by 10

Last Week Dolphins lost to Patriots 23-16, 49ers lost to Rams 16-13 in OT

Fast Fact The Dolphins only average 317.8 yards a game, while the Niners only allow 279.6.

The Niners played about as bad as they could play and still had a chance to still win it. Colin Kaepernick finally had that kind of game that you were expecting him to play when the lights first were turned up on him. The Dolphins played the Pats tough but you really didn’t expect much from them did you? In any case, I expect a tougher game than the spread might indicate. I think the Niners bounce back strong.

Pick-San Francisco


Cardinals (4-8) @ Seahawks (7-5)

CenturyLink Field, Seattle 4:25 (FOX)

Favorite Seahawks by 10

Last Week Cardinals lost 7-6, Seahawks defeated 23-17 in OT

Fast Fact Cards trying to avoid their first 9 game losing streak since 1943

The Cards played a sluggish lifeless game in Gotham and still had a shot of winning. But that four game winning streak is a distant memory. The Seahawks won a slugfest in Chicago and put themselves in the drivers seat in the wild card race and are still incredibly in striking distance of the Niners in the NFC West. The Seahawks are cash money at home and the Cards aren’t beating anyone but themselves.



Saints (5-7) @ NY Giants (7-5)

MetLife Stadium; E. Rutherford, NJ 4:25 (FOX)

Favorite Giants by 4

Last Week Saints lost to Falcons 23-13, Giants lost to Redskins 17-16

Fast Fact Saints QB Drew Brees was held without a touchdown pass for the first time in 56 games.

The Saints played about as about as flat a game as they could have. The G-Men kept finding ways not to score in DC on Monday and it cost them a critical game in the division. Both teams need this win badly, but the Saints need it more. Does that equate to a win for the visitors? No, I don’t trust that seriously suspect Saints D. Though the G-Men haven’t played real well in Gotham, I think they get the win.

Pick-New York Giants


Lions (4-8) @ Packers (8-4)

Lambeau Field, Green Bay 8:20 (NBC)

Favorite Packers by 7

Last Week Lions lost to Colts 35-33, Packers defeated Vikings 23-14

Fast Fact The Lions have not won at Green Bay since 1991 (including 2 losses in Milwaukee)

The Lions are bickering and fussing and looking nothing like the feel good story that they were last year. The Packers are not the juggernaut that they were this time last year but they are still a solid team. I seriously don’t think that we will see a repeat of the 45-41 shootout that we saw back on New Years, but I think that the Packers are clearly the better team and shouldn’t be troubled at home.

Pick-Green Bay


Monday, December 10

Texans (11-1) @ Patriots (9-3)

Reliant Stadium, Houston 8:30 (ESPN)

Favorite Patriots by 4

Last Week Texans defeated Titans 24-10 Patriots defeated Dolphins 23-16

Fast Fact The 20 combined wins are the tied most for two Monday night opponents have had facing each other.

Easily the best game of the week, two of the bigger name teams of the AFC and NFL face off in the weeks finale. Both teams are playoff bound and this could be repeated for much higher stakes in January. That said, I think both teams will play it close to the vest and keep things under wraps. The Texans are tough on the road, and the Pats rarely lose at home. Im thinking that the Pats will pull out a tight game.

Pick-New England


Last Week:10-6 (Lock & Upset Correct)

Overall: 121-70-1


Upset: 6-7

Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!

Blackbandit20s Week 14 Thursday Pick
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks & Predictions

Here is the Thursday Pick, the rest of the Week 14 picks will be posted tomorrow.


Thursday, December 6

Denver (9-3) @ Oakland (3-9)

O.co Coliseum, Oakland 8:20 (NFLN)

Favorite Broncos by 10˝

Last Week  Broncos defeated Buccaneers 31-23, Raiders lost to Browns 20-13

Fast Fact Raiders QB Carson Palmer has never defeated Broncos QB Peyton Manning (0-4 Bengals vs Colts, 0-1 Raiders vs Broncos)

The Broncos are on a serious roll, Peyton Manning is playing like his usual impeccable self. Meanwhile the Raiders are scuffling along. Carson Palmer is likely wishing that he hadn’t tried the force a trade route. Lets just put it this way, the Raiders are on auto pilot and the Broncos are just the better team. This game is just another dog Thursday game. The Broncos shouldn’t be threatened here.

Pick-Denver (Lock of the Week)


Blackbandit20s Week 13 NFL Picks...on video!
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Im gonna experiment....heres a video of my picks...Its about 17 mins.

Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!

Blackbandit20s Week 12 NFL Picks
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Sunday, November 25

Falcons (9-1) @ Buccaneers (6-4)

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Falcons by 1˝

Last Week Falcons lost to Cardinals 23-19 Buccaneers defeated Panthers 27-21 in OT

Fast Fact Falcons QB Matt Ryan is the first QB since Bart Starr in 1967 to throw 5 interceptions without a TD in a win.

The Falcons are just winning, even if its ugly in a 9-1 start. The Bucs have strung a 4 game win streak to climb into postseason contention and won a thrilling come from behind game in Carolina. The Bucs are getting to be a dangerous team with the solid running of Doug Martin accenting the passing game. Im still not sold on the Bucs as a viable playoff team but the Falcons can play suspect as well. Im concerned about the Falcons heading to Tampa and getting a win but Im going to bank on the Falcons defense being strong enough to keep the young hungry Bucs at bay.



Bills (4-6) @ Colts (6-4)

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite No line

Last Week Bills defeated Dolphins 19-14, Colts lost to Patriots 59-24

Fast Fact Colt QB Andrew Luck threw three interceptions against the Pats his first three INT game since his career debut against the Bears.

The Bills enjoyed a rock-em sock-em win over a depised divisional rival a week ago Thursday while the Colts took a frightful beating from the Pats. The Bills are a study in inconsistent play. The Colts are playing much better than most pundits ever dreamed of. Im liking the Colts to continue their solid play at home, with Luck having a bounce back game.



Broncos (7-3) @ Chiefs (1-9)

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Broncos by 10˝

Last Week Broncos defeated Chargers 30-24, Chiefs lost to Bengals 28-6

Fast Fact

The Broncos raced out to a huge lead then let the Chargers back into the game late. The Chiefs have went from sad sack to pathetic to punch line. Im liking the kind of game Peyton Manning has brought to the Broncos and he should find the sledding quite easy against a weak Kansas City defense whos fans have just given up. This game could get really ugly.

Pick-Denver (Lock of the Week)



Vikings (6-4) @ Bears (7-3)

Soldier Field, Chicago 1:00 FOX

Favorite No Line due to injury status of Cutler

Last Week Vikings were on a bye, Bears lost to 49ers 32-7

Fast Fact The Bears have won 10 of the last 11 meetings in Chicago

The Vikings are coming in well rested after a bye and having thumped the Lions. The Bears took a nasty beating on Monday night from the Niners and are still unsure if Jay Cutler will be able to go following missing that game with a concussion. Adrian Peterson is a serious MVP candidate and as long as the Vikings passing game remains a bit serviceable they can keep defenses from loading up to stop Peterson. I like the Bears defense but their offense has gotten punchy and that defense is just getting worn out. This is a pick that Im probably going to regret but Im not sold on the Bears anymore especially with Jason Campbell at the control.



Raiders (3-7) @ Bengals (5-5)

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Bengals by 8

Last Week Raiders lost to Saints 38-17, Bengals defeated Chiefs 28-6

Fast Fact The Raiders have given up 32.2 points a game, an NFL worst.

One time Bengal franchise QB Carson Palmer returns to the city where he played for 7 seasons, he was there 9 actually but sat the first season and refused to play half of his last. The suprising  trade to the Raiders was well chronicled in Bengal country and most fans of the team was quick to say good riddance especially after the promising play of Andy Dalton  Palmer’s acrimonious split with the Bengals rankled some and when the schedule came out Bengal fans were quick to point that game out as one they would turn out to heckle Palmer. As the season has progressed most Bengals fans have shown less concern about the former QB and more with the status of their team that is very much in playoff contention after a pair solid to break a four game skid. The Raiders porous defense is making Palmers tough job even more difficult. I’ve long held the assertion that west coast teams heading east are dead meat playing early games. Combine that with the Bengals passing game likely to have its way against a weak Raider secondary and the Bengals should make Palmers return a forgettable one.



Steelers (6-4) @ Browns (2-8)

Browns Stadium, Cleveland 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite No Line due to uncertain Pit QB status

Last Week Steelers lost to Ravens 13-10, Browns lost to Cowboys 23-20 in OT

Fast Fact  The Steelers have won the last four matchup by a combined score 96-31

When in doubt, bring the Browns out. At least that’s what the Steelers think more often than not. The Steelers lost a slugfest with their hated rivals and at a fearsome cost, losing backup Byron Leftwich with busted ribs. Ageless Charlie Batch (Is he still in this league?) will get the start. The Browns who played courageously against the Cowboys and nearly stole it in OT are not a pushover and I suspect that they will give the Steelers a tough way to go at home, but aren’t close to being good enough to even beat a depleted Steelers team that is used to imposing their will on the Browns.


Seahawks (6-4) @ Dolphins (4-6)

SunLife Stadium, Miami 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Seahawks by 3

Last Week  Seahawks were on a bye, Dolphins lost to Bills 19-14

Fast Fact The Seahawks and Dolphins are the two NFL teams furthest from one another according to Google Maps, The distance from Century Link Field to SunLife Stadium is 3247 miles.

The Seahawks are the Jekyll/Hyde team. Fearsome in their own crib, they are pretty pedestrian outside the Pacific Northwest. The Dolphins are a team that looked to be on the rise a few weeks ago and then started taking hella beatings. Their offense has gone missing and they have fallen by the wayside. As a result they have lost their last three, but heres the thing. The Seahawks are coming cross country for a 1p start which means more often than not they are dead man walking. Im tempted to pick the Dolphins for this very reason. But I don’t trust their consistency and the Seahawks defense is better than the last West Coast team that came east and got smashed in Miami.



Titans (4-6) @ Jaguars (1-9)

EverBank Field, Jacksonville 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Titans by 4

Last Week  Titans were on a bye, Jaguars lost to Texans 43-37 in OT

Fast Fact The Jaguars scored as many points last week (37) as they did in the previous 3 combined (39)

The Titans rebounded from a horrid performance to dominate the Dolphins before their bye, they Jags may have found a spark in their offense with a valiant performance by Chad Henne The Titans are another hard team to pin down, they played like chumps against the Bears only to rebound to smash the Dolphins. With so many offensive questions, the Titans are a wildly inconsistent team to call from week to week but they do have some offense weapons. The Jags might look like they could be at least pro caliber with Henne directing the offense; playing at home the Jags might be able to spring the upset. As much as I would like to call this one I just cant.



Ravens (8-2) @ Chargers (4-6)

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego 4:05 (CBS)

Favorite Ravens by 1

Last Week Ravens defeated Steelers 13-10, Chargers lost to Broncos 30-23

Fast Fact This is about a dead even rivalry as one could get. The teams have split eight meetings and have scored 153 points total in the meetings.

The Ravens won a low-scoring tussle with the Steelers and are in the drivers seat in the AFC North, the Chargers are coming apart fast and Norv Turner’s job gets more and more tenous with each Philip Rivers sack, interception or bad play. These are teams that are fast heading in opposite directions and boosted by the non-suspension of Ed Reed the Ravens defense gets tougher. Im seeing the aged but effective Ravens defense forcing Rivers into mistakes and pulling out a close win.



49ers (7-2-1) @ Saints (5-5)

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans 4:25 (FOX)

Favorite No line due to uncertain SF QB status

Last Week 49ers defeated Bears 32-7, Saints defeated Raiders 38-17

Fast Fact The Niners haven’t allowed a 300 yard passer all season, but the last to do it was Drew Brees in last years playoff game.

The Niners looked absolutely fierce in a total domination of the Bears last Monday while the Saints have looked to have made their 0-4 start a distant memory and have climbed back into the playoff hunt. The questions of who will QB the Niners is now the paramount question with Colin Kaepernick filling in capably for the concussed Alex Smith last week. There is no such question in the Big Easy as Drew Brees continued to put up massive numbers and has had to with the leaky Saints defense. The Niners have played well over the last few weeks, the tie game excepted but Im thinking they are overdue for a flat road game or to lose a shootout. I think it happens here.

Pick-New Orleans (Upset of the Week)


Rams (3-6-1) @ Cardinals (4-6)

University of Phoenix, Glendale AZ 4:25 (FOX)

Favorite Cardinals by 1˝

Last Week Rams lost to Jets 27-13 Cardinals lost to Falcons 23-19

Fast Fact Since the Rams 17-3 win over the Cards on Oct. 4th neither team has won a game.

I thought the Rams were ready to turn a corner and instead they turned in a dud performance, looking lost against a beatable Jets squad. The Cards are a mess having lost their last six games after getting out to a 4-0 start, Im not real sure of which team will turn in the more horrid performance and especially with the Cards going through one QB after another. Ill give this one to the home team, since I just don’t trust the Rams.



Packers (7-3) @ NY Giants (6-4)

MetLife Stadium; E. Rutherford, NJ 8:20 (NBC)

Favorite Giants by 3

Last Week  Packers defeated Lions 24-20, Giants were on a bye

Fast Fact The Giants have won their last 5 games after a bye, which may help Eli Manning who is 0-2 in the regular season against the Packers.

The last two Super Bowl champs face off in a primetime doozy that promises to be better than the clunker the other MetLife Stadium resident turned in. But you cant be totally sure about the G-Men who will turn in a couple head-scratchers here and there every year, witness the pre-bye thumping at the hands of the Bengals. Meanwhile the Pack have been grinding out wins to tighten the NFC North title race. The Pack manage their injuries and have the incomparable Aaron Rodgers to throw his usual bushel of accurate passes. This looks to be a tight well played contest. Ill take a chance here and bet on the road team because Im not convinced that the G-Men have their yearly spasm of bad games out of their system.

Pick-Green Bay

Monday, November 26

Panthers (2-8) @ Eagles (3-7)

Lincoln Financial Field, 8:30 (ESPN)

Favorite No Line due to uncertain PHI QB status

Last Week  Panthers lost to Buccaneers 27-21, Eagles lost to Redskins 31-6

Fast Fact The Eagles have lost their last four by an average of 14 points.

A pair of disappointing teams wrap up the week, the Panthers played a good Bucs team tough but dropped it in OT while the Eagles are just wanting it to be all over. Nick Foles looks like he will continue to start for the Eagles and Cam Newton is playing better but is still looking very much like hes still trying to get through a tough sophomore jinx. Tough came to call since both of these teams are playing more for pride but Im thinking the Eagles are way overdue for a win.



Last Week 13-1 (Lock and Upset Correct)

Overall 104-55-1 (Thanksgiving games not included)

Locks: 8-3

Upsets: 5-6

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