MC's Week Three NFL Picks

Matt CullenAnalyst ISeptember 26, 2009

DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 20:  Running ack Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up for the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 20, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Vikings won 27-13.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

I am proud to have called the Jets victory over the Patriots but overall I did not fare as well Week Two as I anticipated, going 10-6. Tomorrow's another week...

Redskins (1-1) at Lions (0-2)

Everyone seems to like the Lions this week. I'm not drinking te Kool-Aid, the Redskins do not have an explosive offense. I'm not very concerned that they only scored nine points against the St. Louis Rams. With that defense, facing the Detroit Lions, they will score enough.

Redskins win 20-10.


Packers (1-1) at Rams (0-2)

Green Bay's offensive line is a concern, especially after giving up five sacks last week to Bengals DE Antwan Odom. I still think this is the week that the Green Bay Packers offense breaks out against the hapless St. Louis Rams.

Packers win 31-10.

49ers (2-0) at Vikings (2-0)

This my friends is man-football, two of the best running backs in the league and two of the best defenses so far too. Even though Minnesota is at home, I'm going to go with good coaching (Mike Singletary) over bad coaching (Brad Childress).

49ers wins 24-21.


Falcons (2-0) at Patriots (1-1)

Only once since 2003 have the New England Patriots lost back to back games. Bill Belichick is going to have them prepared after a tough loss to the Jets and expect a better Tom Brady playing at home and against an inferior defense. I dare you to pick the Falcons...Do it...You'll be sorry.

Patriots win 31-24.


Titans (0-2) at Jets (2-0)

With every loss for the Tennessee Titans there is increased pressure to put in Vince Young. I don't put much blame on Kerry Collins for the 0-2 start but this is a big game for him and the Tennessee Titans looking to avoid going 0-3. I have a man-crush on Rex Ryan though, I'm taking the Jets to go 3-0.

Jets win 17-13.

Chiefs (0-2) at Eagles (1-1)

I think last week said much more about how good Drew Brees is and the Saints passing attack than it did about potential flaws in the Eagles secondary. Matt Cassel may look better making his second start coming off an ankle injury but not much. Kevin Kolb wins, who would have thought it?

Eagles 24-13.

Giants (2-0) at Buccaneers (0-2)

Last week watching the way the Bills passing game looked confirmed it; Tampa Bay's defense is terrible with a capital "T." Expect the Giants to win fairly easily and remain undefeated.

Giants win 31-17.


Browns (0-2) at Ravens (2-0)

The Ravens secondary is not what it used to be but the offense has been what is winning games. This makes for a good matchup against the Cleveland Browns but then again nearly anytime a team matches up against them it is a good match-up for that team. If I miss this one, my head's gonna explode.

Ravens win 31-10.

Jaguars (0-2) at Texans (1-1)

I thought the Jaguars were a little better than people thought coming into this year. It appears that I may have been wrong. To say that the Arizona Cardinals passing game dominated last Sunday would be an understatement...To say that the Houston Texans' passing game won't too is just foolish.

Texans win 31-21.

Bears (1-1) at Seahawks (1-1)

Seahawks head coach Jim Mora says that it's extremely unlikely that QB Matt Hasselbeck will play in this one, I think that's the difference.

Bears win 21-14.

Saints (2-0) at Bills (1-1)

So Drew Brees needs 42 more passing TDs to become the single-season record holder. Ok I of course am not expecting him to threaten that record this week but I'm excited to watch him go to work on the Buffalo Bills secondary.

Saints win 52-28.

Steelers (1-1) at Bengals (1-1)

Cedric Benson was huge for the Bengals last week running for 108 yards, it's hard to imagine he will do that against this Pittsburgh Steelers defense. For me this is one of the most intriguing games of the week. Cincinnati is bad deflection away from being 2-0 and the Steelers have not been able to generate a running game of their own.

I'm going to give the nod to the defending champs to rebound after a loss in Chicago.

Steelers win 20-17.

Broncos (2-0) at Raiders (1-1)

It's time for the Oakland Raiders to start looking for another QB of the future. I've never been a fan of Russell but last weeks game sealed it. The difference between this game and Oakland's last game with Kansas City is that Kyle Orton won't turn the ball over like Matt Cassel. And the Denver Broncos much to everyone's surprise will start off 3-0.

Broncos win 17-10.

Dolphins (0-2) at Chargers (1-1)

At what point during the season will the real San Diego Chargers show up? Not yet I don't think, the wildcat was especially effective last year for the Dolphins when they faced San Diego. I'm not a fan of this Dolphins team but I'm going to go with the upset.

Dolphins win 28-24.

Colts (2-0) at Cardinals (1-1)

The toughest game of the week for me to pick. My psychic powers tell me to expect a lot of scoring in this one. Even after just watching Peyton Manning absolutely steal one on Monday night against Miami I think the Cardinals have one too many play-makers on offense.

Cardinals win 35-31.

Panthers (0-2) at Cowboys (1-1)

Marion Barber is expected to be a game time decision but even if he sees just limited action or none at all, the Cowboys running game should not suffer much having Felix Jones and Tashard Choice.

They ran for over 250 yards against one of the best front sevens in football in the New York Giants and I expect them to have another big week. Plus, what better medicine for a defense with no turnovers than to face Jake Delhoumme.

Cowboys win 31-17.

Last Week: 10-6

Overall: 22-10


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