NFL Week 3: Chris J. Nelson's Game Predictions

Chris J. NelsonSenior Writer ISeptember 26, 2010

Jimmy Clausen, who was drafted in the second round of April's draft, will get his first career start Sunday against the Bengals.
Jimmy Clausen, who was drafted in the second round of April's draft, will get his first career start Sunday against the Bengals.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

I improved slightly last week on my 9-7 record from Week 1, going 10-6 in Week 2. I'll try and do better next time. Please don't hit me again.

Last week's record: 10-6
2010 season record: 19-13 (59.4 percent)

49ers over Chiefs—Alex Smith and the Niners played well against a tough Saints team in Week 2, and I like their chances over a team that might have the worst quarterback situation in the league in Kansas City.

Vikings over Lions—After two losses to tough opponents to begin the 2010 season, I expect Brett Favre and the Vikings to take out their frustrations on the Lions.

Patriots over Bills—The Bills are shaking up their terrible quarterback situation again, but the answer at the position isn't currently on the roster. It's hard to give this team a chance in many games.

Saints over Falcons—Although the Falcons offense exploded at home last week, the Saints can certainly match them and have the home-field advantage on their side.

Giants over Titans—There wasn't much to like about New York's performance against the Colts last week, but I think they'll rebound at home against a Titans team that is having problems at quarterback.

Steelers over Buccaneers—Pittsburgh is essentially going into this game with no quarterback, but the Steelers have the overall talent advantage and I'm not sure Tampa Bay is as good as their 2-0 record.

Bengals over Panthers—I'm a big fan of Jimmy Clausen and his potential, but it's hard to imagine he'll be effective enough in his first NFL start to out-duel Carson Palmer and the Bengals offense.

Ravens over Browns—The Ravens certainly haven't been firing on all cylinders yet this year, but a game against the Browns is just what they need to get back on track.

Texans over Cowboys—It's hard to imagine a Cowboys team as talented as this one starting the season 0-3, but it's also hard to imagine an 0-2 Cowboys team coming into Houston and stopping Matt Schaub and the Texans offense.

Redskins over Rams—I like the way Sam Bradford has played, but the Rams just don't have the talent to beat Donovan McNabb and the Redskins right now.

Eagles over Jaguars—I think it's a mistake to name Michael Vick their starter, but whoever starts for the Eagles this week should be able to beat Jacksonville.

Colts over Broncos—As nice as it would be to see Denver win this one for sentimental reasons, I have to go with Peyton Manning and the Colts.

Raiders over Cardinals—This is a game that's really hard to pick because neither team is that impressive, but Bruce Gradkowski might actually give this team a boost.

Chargers over Seahawks—I felt the Seahawks were pretenders after their big Week 1 win, and I like the Chargers in this one even without their starting running back.

Dolphins over Jets—New York has a whole lot of distractions going on and are down some key personnel, so I'm going with a hot Miami team in their home opener.

Packers over Bears—I'm not sure I believe Chicago is this good, and I'm going to go with the Packers in this great divisional matchup.

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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and is currently a programming coordinator for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.


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