NFL Picks Week 3: Four Games that Are Better than Advertised
This current NFL season has shown many surprises through only two weeks. These surprises include teams like the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers being 2-0, while teams like the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings are 0-2.
This week will showcase several games that may not be nationally recognized, but will prove to be solid matchups.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Both the Steelers and Buccaneers are 2-0. The Buccaneers have rallied behind the arm of Josh Freeman, while the Steelers have relied on their defense to keep their opponents' point totals low.
Pittsburgh will be starting either Charlie Batch or Byron Leftwich, after Dennis Dixon tore his lateral meniscus in his left knee against Tennessee.
Normally, Pittsburgh would be heavily picked in this game to beat Tampa Bay, however, given the play of the Bucs so far, this game could be close going into the fourth quarter.
Pittsburgh has to survive for two more games with out Ben Roethlisberger, while Tampa will look to surprise the NFL by going 3-0.
Prediction: Steelers Win 17-13
Tennessee Titans @ New York Giants
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Both Tennessee and New York lost during Week 2. While they both looked unimpressive, this will be a rebound game for both of these teams.
The Giants failed to gain an offensive rhythm against a struggling Colts defense, while Tennessee struggled against a rejuvenated Steelers defense.
Chris Johnson was held under 100 yards for the first time in what seems like a decade, while Vince Young was benched in favor of Kerry Collins. Vince Young will start this game.
Brandon Jacobs is also disgruntled with his situation in New York, as Ahmad Bradshaw is getting the majority of the carries on offense.
Both of these teams are 1-1, and losing this game could be a big setback for either of these squads. This will be a hard fought matchup.
Prediction: Titans Win 28-23
San Francisco 49ers @ Kansas City Chiefs
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The San Francisco 49ers lost their second game of the season on Monday night against New Orleans, while Kansas City improved to 2-0 after beating the Browns.
It is hard to say what is more unexpected, the 0-2 start of the 49ers or the 2-0 start by the Chiefs.
Head coach Mike Singletary had his squad motivated to beat New Orleans on Monday night; however, that ended with a game winning field goal, giving the Saints the win.
This game will showcase whether the Chiefs are contenders or pretenders, as they will face a solid defense and a team that is desperate to win.
Matt Cassel has struggled so far this season, and will need to have a solid game against a fast and hard-hitting 49ers defense.
Prediction: 49ers Win 16-14
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
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The Detroit Lions have been very close to winning both of their games, while the Minnesota Vikings have underachieved thus far.
Brett Favre seems to lack motivation, which is almost as surprising as the Vikings' 0-2 start.
The Lions seem to be headed in the right direction, with a motivated head coach that is dedicated to their turnaround. The Vikings, however, are headed in the wrong direction, especially after Brett Favre retires.
Look for Calvin Johnson of the Lions to exploit an injured Vikings secondary.
If the Vikings want to get back on track, they will need to do so by giving Adrian Peterson the ball any time they can. Peterson was the only bright spot in the loss to the Dolphins, though he was denied a touchdown on a goal line stand.
Prediction: Vikings Win 31-21