The 2013 NFL regular season has featured its fair share of stunning upsets and unforeseen blowouts. As a result, eight undefeated teams remain after two weeks, and the term "unpredictable" has adopted a new meaning.
The question is, which teams will defy the odds in Week 3?
|Date||Road Team||Prediction||Home Team||Betting Line (via BOVADA)|
|Thursday, Sept. 19||Kansas City Chiefs||26-16 (Final)||Philadelphia Eagles||N/A|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||Green Bay Packers||27-21||Cincinnati Bengals||Packers (-3)|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||St. Louis Rams||17-28||Dallas Cowboys||Cowboys (-4)|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||San Diego Chargers||24-17||Tennessee Titans||Titans (-3)|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||Cleveland Browns||7-24||Minnesota Vikings||Vikings (-7)|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||21-23||New England Patriots||Patriots (-7)|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||Arizona Cardinals||24-35||New Orleans Saints||Saints (-7)|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||Detroit Lions||30-34||Washington Redskins||Even|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||New York Giants||20-28||Carolina Panthers||Giants (-1.5)|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||Houston Texans||20-16||Baltimore Ravens||Texans (-3)|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||Atlanta Falcons||34-23||Miami Dolphins||Dolphins (-3)|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||Buffalo Bills||19-16 OT||New York Jets||Jets (-3)|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||Indianapolis Colts||20-30||San Francisco 49ers||49ers (-10)|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||Jacksonville Jaguars||6-31||Seattle Seahawks||Seahawks (-19)|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||Chicago Bears||20-14||Pittsburgh Steelers||Bears (-3)|
|Monday, Sept. 23||Oakland Raiders||14-31||Denver Broncos||Broncos (-15.5)|
Week 2: 11-5, Season: 22-11;
Opponent: New York Jets
Betting Line: Jets (-3) via Bovada
The Buffalo Bills enter Week 3 with a 1-1 record. The Bills lost 23-21 to the New England Patriots during Week 1 but responded with a 24-23 nail-biting victory over the Carolina Panthers after EJ Manuel found Stevie Johnson for a touchdown with two seconds remaining in regulation.
Who will win?
The key in this meeting will be the battle between rookie quarterbacks Manuel and Geno Smith. Both have experienced a close loss and a close win, and now each will have the opportunity to take his team above .500.
Expect the Bills to overcome the odds and do just that.
After throwing for 150 yards during Week 1, Manuel torched the Panthers for 296 yards on 27-of-39 passing. Complementing Manuel was the running back tandem of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, who have combined for 241 rushing yards through two games.
New York has the defense to compete, but offensively, Buffalo has a notable advantage. With Mario Williams coming to life on defense, picking up 4.5 sacks during Week 2, the Bills are a genuine team to watch in the AFC.
This will be a battle, but Buffalo will beat the odds.
Opponent: New York Giants
Betting Line: Giants (-1.5) via Bovada
The Carolina Panthers are one of the best teams in the NFL when it comes to the second half of the regular season. Under Cam Newton, the Panthers are 9-3 during the final six games of the past two regular seasons.
Unfortunately, Carolina is also 4-18 during the opening 11 weeks under Newton.
Who will win?
Going up against an elite front seven, the Giants will be in trouble.
The pressure is on Newton in Week 3, as he was underwhelming and conservative against the Seattle Seahawks during Week 1. One week later, he was strong against the Bills but still failed to produce at the elite level expected of him.
Against a Giants team that is averaging just 36.5 rushing yards per game, Newton will run a high volume of plays and lead Carolina to a much-needed victory.
San Diego Chargers
Opponent: Tennessee Titans
Betting Line: Titans (-3) via Bovada
Despite splitting games and ending up at 1-1, the San Diego Chargers have been turning heads for two weeks. Philip Rivers led the Chargers to a 31-28 near-upset of the Houston Texans and a 33-30 road win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Up next is a road game against a rising Tennessee Titans squad.
Who will win?
Until Locker can average better than 136.5 passing yards per game, however, it's going to be tough to trust the Titans.
The Chargers counter Locker and Johnson with Rivers and Ryan Mathews. Mathews has underwhelmed, but Rivers has seven passing touchdowns to one interception and is fresh off a performance in which he threw for 419 yards against the Eagles.
The Titans have the squad necessary to pull out this win, but the Chargers are displaying signs of life under new head coach Mike McCoy. If not for a second-half meltdown against the Texans, San Diego would be 2-0.
This is a tough game to pick, but San Diego will defeat the odds.