NFL Week 3 Predictions: Teams That Will Rebound After Winless Starts

Ryan DavenportContributor ISeptember 18, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 09: Running back Alfred Morris #46 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. The Philadelphia Eagles won, 33-27. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The first two weeks of the 2013 NFL season have been turbulent ones for a number of squads, as the excitement and hope that comes with the beginning of a new season wears off as the losses pile up. 

And that's particularly true for teams that entered the year expecting to earn postseason berths, or at the very least, be in contention deep into the season. 

Now, with eight NFL teams still in search of that elusive first win of the year, here's a look at which ones will finally end up on the winning side of things in Week 3. 


Cleveland at Minnesota

This game features exactly 25 percent of the remaining winless teams, so either way, one club will leave leave in Minnesota with the much-needed sense of relief that comes with the first victory of the season. 

Unfortunately for fans of the Browns, it won't be the visitors, as the Vikings are simply too talented to go 0-3 to start the season. 

Against Cleveland, Adrian Peterson will better his season-high of 100 yards rushing, and Christian Ponder may even manage to keep from throwing an interception for the first time in 2013, but either way, this one won't be particularly close. 

To make matters worse for the Browns, starting quarterback Brandon Weeden appears unlikely to play on Sunday, and if that's the case, things will be that much more difficult for Cleveland. 

Prediction: Vikings 31, Browns 13


Detroit at Washington

Through the Redskins' first two games, everything that could have gone wrong for Mike Shanahan and company has, and then some. 

The defense has been horrendous (giving up at least 24 first-half points against both Green Bay and Philadelphia), and Robert Griffin III's offense hasn't been much better, save for six touchdowns during garbage time. 

But against the Lions, who have given up an average of 24.5 points per game thus far, RG3, Alfred Morris and the rest of Kyle Shanahan's offensive attack will finally put things together before halftime, and the Redskins will roll. 

Yes, Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are more than capable of putting up big numbers against this porous defense, but the potential loss of Reggie Bush, who is far from a lock to play on Sunday, according to CBS Sports, would be too much to overcome. 

RG3 has to bounce back at some point, because he's simply too good not to, and count on that happening at FedEx Field during Week 3. 

Prediction: Redskins 27, Detroit 20 


New York at Carolina

Once again, this clash will feature two winless squads, which bodes well for the better of the two teams, which is, at least on paper, the New York Giants. 

So far Eli Manning has been about as bad as he's been in quite some time, tossing up seven picks in two games, but against the Panthers, he'll have an ideal opponent to gain back some of the confidence lost during the losses to the Broncos and Cowboys. 

And given how nonexistent the Giants' offensive attack on the ground has been, he'll have to be. 

Luckily, the Panthers don't appear capable to keep up with Manning, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, regardless of how discouraging the G-men have been on defense, so the Giants will notch victory No. 1 of 2013 on the road against Cam Newton and the Panthers. 

Prediction: Giants 23, Panthers 13