2010 NFL Week 3 Predictions: Pretenders Get Seperated From Contenders

Mike CraigCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2010

Aaron Rodgers in the pocket during the last time the Bears and Packers met.
Aaron Rodgers in the pocket during the last time the Bears and Packers met.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Week Two helped me get to a positive ratio in guess games, however, I still didn't do as well as I normally do. With an overall record of 17-15, I plan to make the gap between the two numbers even bigger.

In case you were interested, the games I got wrong last week were:


The only game that might have been a stretch of me to pick was the Panthers over the Buccaneers. Well, I am 100% certain that, at the most, I will only get three games wrong this week.


Top Stories from Week Three

Michael Vick gets the go-ahead to be the starter over a healthy Kevin Kolb

Many bloggers and fans almost started calling for coach Andy Reid's head when he mentioned right after the Lions game that Kevin Kolb would start for the Eagles in week Three. Two days later, the coach changes his tune, did he make the right decision? Most likely.

Charlie Batch, not Byron Leftwich to start for Steelers

Is this a smart move by head coach Mike Tomlin? Will the 2-0 Steelers be able to beat the 2-0 Buccaneers? Only time will tell, and with Quarterback Charlie Batch at the helm, we may finally get to see a Pittsburgh offense get off the ground.

The Vikings Offense

With Percy Harvin having trouble with headaches yet again, will the Vikings offense ever get off the ground? Will Brett Favre have yet another bad day against a Detroit Lions team?


There are six divisional match-ups this week. However, only three of the six seem like they will be interesting enough to watch.

1. Buffalo Bills (0-2) at New England Patriots (1-1) This game should be a pretty easy bounce back game for the Patriots. The Bills are looking like the weakest team in the NFL right now and Ryan Fitzpatrick alone will not be able to turn them around.

2. Cleveland Browns (0-2) at Baltimore Ravens (1-1) What are the chances of the Browns beating the Ravens this week? Well, a lot larger than some may think. No one except maybe Bengals fans expected the Ravens to lose last week. This is one of those games that may be hard to predict.

3. Detroit Lions (0-2) at Minnesota Vikings (0-2) The battle of the win-less. Viking fans, you just may be lucky to get your first victory of the season. Lions fans, you just may be lucky to get your first victory of the season. Oh, did I sound like a broken record? It's because with the way either team is playing, this game could go either way.

4. Atlanta Falcons (1-1) at New Orleans Saints (2-0) One of the more exciting Week Three Divisional match-ups, the Falcons look to fight for their spot at the top of the NFC South while the Saints do anything to keep their hopes of repeating alive.

5. New York Jets (1-1) at Miami Dolphins (2-0) Could a Sunday night game get much better than this with an AFC East show down? Will the Dolphins prove they're the real deal, or will the Jets get the last laugh?

6. Green Bay Packers (2-0) at Chicago Bears (2-0) The Packers have more riding on this game than the Bears do. The Packers are considered to be one of the elite teams in the NFL this season and so they have a lot riding on their shoulders. No body except perhaps Bears' fans expected the Bears to be 2-0.


There are three games I'll be keeping an eye on that might have some implications about certain teams in the NFL this season as well.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0) A lot of people are still if-y 'bout that Buccs. Not going to lie, I'm a little if-y 'bout the Buccs. If they can beat Pittsburgh's defense here, and come out of this 3-0, I might start becoming a believer.

2. San Francisco 49ers (0-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) The 49ers proved they were a good team on Monday night when they almost came away with a home victory over the defending Super Bowl Champs. However, Drew Brees did what he does best with less than two minutes in the game. Kansas City is nothing like the Saints, perhaps their undefeated streak ends Sunday?

3. Dallas Cowboys (0-2) at Houston Texans (2-0) - The battle of Texas as I am calling it. The Super Bowl hyped 0-2 Cowboys will face off against a Texans team that was not expected to start off 2-0. I see this game being a little more lop-sided than some may think.

Week Three Predictions

Sunday, September 26th, 2010
Tennessee Titans (1-1) @ New York Giants (1-1) (1 EST)

Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) @ Carolina Panthers (0-2) (1 EST)

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0) (1 EST)

Buffalo Bills (0-2) @ New England Patriots (1-1) (1 EST)

Cleveland Browns (0-2) @ Baltimore Ravens (1-1) (1 EST)

San Francisco 49ers (0-2) @ Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) (1 EST)

Dallas Cowboys (0-2) @ Houston Texans (2-0) (1 EST)

Detroit Lions (0-2) @ Minnesota Vikings (0-2) (1 EST)

Atlanta Falcons (1-1) @ New Orleans Saints (2-0) (1 EST)

Washington Redskins (1-1) @ St. Louis Rams (4:05 EST)

Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) (4:05 EST)

Indianapolis Colts (1-1) @ Denver Broncos (1-1) (4:15 EST)

Oakland Raiders (1-1) @ Arizona Cardinals (1-1) (4:15 EST)

San Diego Chargers (1-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (1-1) (4:15 EST)

New York Jets (1-1) @ Miami Dolphins (2-0) (8:20) (8:20 EST)

Monday, September 27th, 2010
Green Bay Packers (2-0) @ Chicago Bears (2-0)


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