Week 3 Predictions: Eleven Undefeated Teams; Which Ones Remain?

Mike CraigCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2008

Week 3 could show some things that might people may or may not be interested in. Over-all, anything can happen in any given Sunday, and if thats the case, if all the undefeated teams got upset, only one would still be undefeated at the end of week 3.

One game, and only one game in week three puts two 2-0 teams against each other. That game will be Sunday night, when the dominant Dallas Cowboys take on the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers.

The New England Patriots of course get one more easy week as they play against the Dolphins.

The Steelers get their first real test of the season as the play against a better looking Eagles team than the past couple of seasons.

Last but not least, the Chargers get to see if they can get themselves out of a 0-2 rut they seemed to have found themselves in. Shouldn't be too hard for them considering they are only playing the Jets.

Now as I go through these, I'm only going to put some analysis into games I think matter.

Sunday, September 21st, 2008:

Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) @ Atlanta Falcons (1-1) at 1:00 PM EST.
Well on one side you have the Kansas City Chiefs, and the other you have the Atlanta Falcons. If you ask me, this game is a waste of air time on TV.

My Pick: Falcons

Oakland Raiders (1-1) @ Buffalo Bills (2-0) at 1:00 PM EST.
The Bills are looking pretty good right now. As for the Raiders, well they did the beat the Chiefs pretty bad. However it was just the Chiefs. The Raiders are not looking like a good team. This is no contest here.

My Pick: Bills

Tampa Bay Buccanneers (1-1) @ Chicago Bears (1-1) at 1:00 PM EST.
These two teams are both 1-1. Which means in the end, one will be looking alright, and the other one wont be looking so good. However, I believe in the Bears defense more than I do of Brian Griese.

My Pick: Bears

Carolina Panthers (2-0) @ Minnesota Vikings (0-2) at 1:00 PM EST.
This game might mean something to some people, and it might not mean anything to others. However the Panthers are undefeated, and yet the Vikings haven't won a game just yet. The Vikings were the favorites to win the NFC North, instead they are right there in the basement with the Detroit Lions. Plus we all saw what Gus did when he played for the Rams last season.

My Pick: Panthers

Miami Dolphins (0-2) @ New England Patriots (2-0) at 1:00 PM EST.
If the Patriots lose this game, then we know for sure that the Patriots are not making it to the playoffs. They win, well that doesn't tell us anything cause it is only the Dolphins.

My Pick: Patriots

Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) @ New York Giants (2-0) at 1:00 PM EST.
Can the Giants make it 3-0? Well they better be able to if they are playing the Bengals. They can't seem to look very good at all can they? Looks like the Defending Super Bowl Champs have it easy once again.

My Pick: Giants

Houston Texans (0-1) @ Tennessee Titans (2-0) at 1:00 PM EST.
The Texans got an early bye week. This means they had extra time to prepare for the Titans. This may, or may not be a good game.

My Pick: Titans

Arizona Cardinals (2-0) @ Washington Redskins (1-1) at 1:00 PM EST.
Here is a good game. Will the Redskins who played the Saints show up this week, or will the Redskins who played the Giants show up? Tough question. Looks like we will find out. There is one thing that I know for sure is, the Cardinals have been showing up the same the past two weeks. Kurt Warner looks like the smart choice for the Cards.

My Pick: Cardinals

New Orleans Saints (1-1) @ Denver Broncos (2-0) at 4:05 PM EST.
I am sorry, but Denver, your luck has got to run out sometime, and I think it just has. The Saints got upset late last week in their game against the Redskins. I am sure they are not going to let that happen again.

My Pick: Saints

Detroit Lions (0-2) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-1) at 4:05 PM EST.
It all depends on how the Lions play this game. The 49ers were in a shoot out with teh Seahawks last week while the Lions almost pulled off an upset on the Packers. That is until Jon Kitna threw three back-to-back-to-back drive killing interceptions.

My Pick: 49ers

St. Louis Rams (0-2) @ Seattle Seahawks (0-2) at 4:05 PM EST.
Ummm...do they even have to play this game. Why can't we just say they both suck and end their seasons here? However, Mike Holmgren, you are going to get your first win of the 2008 Season.

My Pick: Seahawks

Cleveland Browns (0-2) @ Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at 4:15 PM EST.
Hmmm, well its hard to decide who wins here. Both games the Browns lost were close, and the Ravens were only in one game against a crappy Bengals team.

My Pick: Browns

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) @ Indianapolis Colts (1-1) at 4:15 PM EST.
The Jaguars are hoping to get their team moving again, and the Colts are hoping to build off their very little success in the Minnesota game. It is all about who wants it more and in this one, I think it will be the Colts who want it more.

My Pick: Colts

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) @ Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) at 4:15 PM EST.
Here is the Pittsburgh Steelers first real test of the season. The Texans were nothing, and the Browns couldn't even score a touchdown on them. However the Eagles are looking like that team of theirs that went to the Super Bowl a couple years back.

Expect to see a lot of defense from the Steelers. Also expect to see the Eagles trying to break that defense.

My Pick: Steelers

Dallas Cowboys (2-0) @ Green Bay Packers (2-0) at 8:15 PM EST.
I am not sure why, but this game seems really familiar. Except there wont be an old quarterback named Brett Favre getting injured and a young quarterback named Aaron Rodgers coming in.

No instead, the people who were wondering how this game last season would have turned out if Aaron Rodgers was in the whole time are going to get what they wished for. Only five times have the Cowboys been to Lambeau Field, and each time they lost. Could it be different. I don't think so. I  think Aaron Rodgers is going to want to prove that if it wern't for Brett Favre, the Pack would have been 14-2 last season instead of 13-3.

My Pick: Packers

Monday, September 22nd, 2008:

New York Jets (1-1) @ San Diego Chargers (0-2) at 8:30 PM EST.
Here it is. Do or die time for the Chargers. You win and you are still in the race. If you lose, people are going to start writing you guys off. We all know what happened last time the Chargers faced Brett Favre in week 3. Brett Favre became the winning-est quarterback in NFL history.

My Pick: Chargers


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