NFL Week Three Predictions

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NFL Week Three Predictions
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Last week's record: 9-7

Overall record: 22-10

Lock of the Week: 1 for 2

Washington (1-1) @ Detroit (0-2): After last Sunday, I was very confident in picking Detroit to finally get a win, but I'm not feeling as confident anymore as more and more people seem to be picking the Lions here. That's never a good thing. However, Washington just has not looked good this season. They looked uninspired against a very bad St. Louis team and have looked average on offense all year. I'm still going with Detroit because they are at home and I think the Skins will play like they did last week.

Detroit wins, 24-17

 

Green Bay (1-1) @ St. Louis (0-2): The Rams are a bad football team. For them to win this game, they are going to have to force a lot of turnovers. That may not be as far out there as you may think because it starts with pressure from the front seven and Green Bay has given up entirely too many sacks thus far. Green Bay will halt that, at least for this week. Look for Greg Jennings to have a bounce back game.

Green Bay wins, 27-7 (Lock of the Week)

 

San Francisco (2-0) @ Minnesota (2-0): This game will go a long way in telling us if the 49ers are for real or not. Personally, I think they are, but they won't win this game. The Vikings are playing very well right now and although I think it will be a very tight contest throughout, Minnesota simply has more weapons than the Niners.

Minnesota wins, 26-20

 

Atlanta (2-0) @ New England (1-1): The Pats are coming off of a game where they did not look like the Patriots. Tom Brady was constantly facing pressure throughout the second half. I think they rectify that this week. I think that they were a little bit shocked by how the Jets played them, but there will be no such surprise against the Falcons. Atlanta is one of the best teams in the league and the Pats know that. This will be a back and forth game but New England will force Matt Ryan into one late mistake to win the game.

New England wins, 28-27

 

Tennessee (0-2) @ New York Jets (2-0): The Titans are the only team at 0-2 that can afford to lose their third game, but they still really need a win here. The Jets still haven't given up a touchdown yet and they've been all over quarterbacks, but a lightening-fast running back is a good way to combat that. Look for Chris Johnson to have a big game.

On the other side of the ball, I also expect Mark Sanchez to have another good game. Tennessee's secondary has given up far too many yards. In the end, Tennessee's offense will make one more play than the Jets, just due to the fact that they need it much more than the Jets need it.

Tennessee wins, 18-14

 

Kansas City (0-2) @ Philadelphia (1-1): This game will be much more about Philly's quarterbacks than how the game actually goes. KC's defense is not that good and Kevin Kolb now has a game under his belt (that he actually played well in). He should go over 300 yards again and this will be a blowout. As far as Michael Vick goes, I expect him to get in somewhere around ten plays and for him to accumulate about 50 total yards.

Philadelphia wins, 33-14

 

New York Giants (2-0) @ Tampa Bay (0-2): Tampa's secondary is horrible and New York's top two receivers have surpassed expectations so far. On a positive for Tampa, Byron Leftwich has been pretty consistent for them at the quarterback position, but again, it won't be enough. It will be a little bit closer than most think because the Giants are banged up on defense, but they have good depth.

New York Giants win, 30-17

 

Cleveland (0-2) @ Baltimore (2-0): Baltimore's defense has dropped off a bit since last season, but they won't have trouble with Cleveland. The Browns can't move the ball and they can't score. Baltimore, on the other hand, has been great on offense. They are moving the ball at will and that won't change in the slightest this week.

Baltimore wins, 24-10

 

Jacksonville (0-2) @ Houston (1-1): Which Houston do we see in this game? I think that the Texans will be closer to how they played in Week Two as opposed to how they played in Week One. Jacksonville can not afford to fall down early. They don't have a good enough offense to battle back from an early deficit. They have to keep it a low scoring game, but they won't.

Houston wins, 24-9

 

New Orleans (2-0) @ Buffalo (1-1): The Saints are playing on another level right now on offense. I mean St. Louis "Greatest Show on Turf" level. Obviously it is early in the year, but I think they can keep it up. Buffalo has the offense to stay with them for a few quarters, but they don't have the defense to consistently stop them.

New Orleans wins, 34-24

 

Chicago (1-1) @ Seattle (1-1): Chicago got a really big win last weekend at home. That combined with Matt Hasselbeck's injury went from them looking at a potentially 0-3 start to a 2-1 start being a real possibility. Seneca Wallace is a good backup, but I don't think he can withstand what Chicago will throw at him.

Chicago wins, 21-13

 

Pittsburgh (1-1) @ Cincinnati (1-1): Cincy has a ton of confidence coming into this game. They got a big win in Green Bay last week. They feel like they should be 2-0 coming into this game. Pittsburgh is coming off of a loss. The Bengals think they are much better than they were last year. Carson Palmer is healthy. Pittsburgh's secondary didn't look great last week without Troy Polamalu. However, the Steelers haven't lost in Cincy in eight years and the defense is still great. Willie Parker also usually plays well in Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh wins, 27-14

 

Denver (2-0) @ Oakland (1-1): Originally, I picked Oakland to win this game. Then I thought about how Denver's defense is actually pretty good so far and JaMarcus Russell is playing like the worst starting quarterback in the league. I don't mean to pile on, but Russell's numbers are just awful. It's also about time that I gave Denver credit for starting off 2-0 and the fact that they have a pretty good chance at being 3-0.

Denver wins, 21-9

 

Miami (0-2) @ San Diego (1-1): San Diego can afford to lose this game much more than Miami can. Miami's schedule is ridiculous and if they want to make the playoffs, this is a must win. San Diego is notorious for getting off to very slow starts under Norv Turner and they are in a division where they can afford to start off 1-2. Miami has to win this game.

Miami wins, 24-20

 

Indianapolis (2-0) @ Arizona (1-1): I think that most people would consider this an upset if Zona won, but I disagree. It's always tough for teams to make cross-country trips, especially coming off of a short week. Indy's defense was not good last week and Arizona can put up points in bunches. The Cardinals' defense will do just enough to slow Manning and company down.

Arizona wins, 33-28

 

Carolina (0-2) @ Dallas (1-1): I'm not a Dallas fan at all, but I think it's ridiculous how the media is jumping on Tony Romo. He had a bad game. It happens. Plus, they still only lost on a game-winning field goal. This game isn't a big game. Nor is it a playoff game. Nor is this game happening in December or January. Therefore, Romo and the Cowboys should be fine.

Dallas wins, 27-17

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