Week 3 of the NFL season kicks off on Thursday night with the Kansas City Chiefs and Andy Reid heading to Philadelphia in a reunion game for the head coach as he plays his old team in the Eagles.
Some of the NFL experts from around the country have made their picks this week, and analyzing their picks can give us some good insight into what they're thinking about and which teams are getting a lot of hype at this point in the season.
Below are predictions for Week 3 from four of the most well-known experts in the NFL world.
Prisco's big upset this week is the Bengals over the Packers, and that's a fair one. Despite how impressive Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' offense was, their pass defense is still a concern with that banged up secondary. The Packers got off to a slow start in 2012, so a 1-2 record after Sunday wouldn't put the team in panic mode just yet.
It's quite clear that Prisco isn't buying into the hype surrounding the Dolphins just yet, however. The Dolphins may be 2-0, but they've played two questionable teams in the Colts and Browns. The Falcons still have weapons for Matt Ryan to throw to in Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez that will be able to open up the field.
Other than those two, everything else seems pretty standard with his picks this week.
Talk about some boring picks.
There's not a lot to talk about with Mort's picks, although he did pick the Dolphins over the Falcons. He clearly buys into the hype, with Ryan Tannehill throwing to Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. The defense for the Dolphins has looked solid thanks to a strong showing by the secondary and an intimidating pass rush led by Cameron Wake, but they' yet to be truly tested.
Mortensen does seem to like Geno Smith over E.J. Manuel in the battle of rookie quarterbacks, however. After the expectations were so low for the Jets heading into this season, it's pretty surprising to see them as favorites to win games just three weeks in, especially when going against an offense with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson in the backfield.
We will if Mort, who is 23-9 through two weeks of picks, is mostly right yet again this week.
Of the four experts, these are the picks that I personally like the most.
Banks is buying into the Dolphins and Jets as well, but he also thinks that the Panthers will be able to take down Eli Manning and the Giants. Ron Rivera is going to be fighting for his job already in this game, dooming himself if he starts the season at 0-3. The Giants lead the NFL with 10 turnovers this season, and the Panthers will look to add a few more this week.
Everyone on this list so far has the Steelers winning against the Bears, which surprises me. The Bears are 2-0 while the Steelers are 0-2. Jay Cutler has finally had time to throw this season, sacked only one time so far as opposed to nine sacks through two games in 2012.
Meanwhile, the Steelers have produced just 19 points and 75 yards rushing. They looked bad against the Cincinnati Bengals, who lost to the Bears in Week 1.
Banks might have one of the bolder picks in the Panthers, and with an impressive 25-7 start to the year, I'm buying into what he's selling.
I might not agree with all of Jaws' picks, but they certainly are refreshing.
Jaws has the Bengals upsetting the Packers, which we talked about earlier, but he also has the Buccaneers pulling off the major upset over the Patriots.
The Patriots certainly haven't been themselves lately. The receivers Brady has been throwing to have looked lost, and Brady has looked frustrated. They narrowly escaped with a win last Thursday against the Jets, so that certainly raised some questions. The Buccaneers have an improved secondary with Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis, so they could give these receivers fits.
Jaworski also buys into the Panthers along with the Dolphins, but he steers away from the other experts on here with his Bills pick. He must really believe that Manuel is going to get the job done, much like he was able to with that game-winning drive against the Panthers last week.
The former QB is 23-9 this season, and his Week 3 record is going to look a lot different than the other experts, for better or for worse.