Week Three NFL Picks
Let’s hit these where it hurts.
Season record to date: 13-19. Ouch.
Browns at Ravens
I’m thinking you’re going to get a great wire to wire effort out of the Browns, but since I bothered to employ The Wire as a descriptive term about a football game, you know I’m going with Baltimore.
Titans at Jets
I think the 0-2 Titans are just a better team than the 2-0 Jets. They are more fundamentally flawed than the Jets are, but they also have all the firepower in this match-up.
Giants at Bucs
Here’s your upset special in the early games. The Giants put safety Kenny Phillips on IR to go along with a completely embarassing list of injuries in the secondary. I think Byron Leftwich gets his first win as quarterback of the Buccaneers, and they will prevent the Giants from starting 3-0.
Packers at Rams
The Rams are getting better, and the pass rush of the Rams vs. the poor pass blocking of the Packers makes an interesting match-up that could spell an upset in this game. Until the Rams show 60 strong minutes of play though on both sides of the ball, I’ll sit with the Packers.
Chiefs at Eagles
No Brian Westbrook? No Donovan McNabb? That will make it tougher, but I’m still on the Eagles. Dwayne Bowe is out for the Chiefs
Falcons at Patriots
This is an interesting game, but as Matt Ryan went through his schedule last year, he did not see a whole lot of creative defenses. I think the Patriots defense, much-maligned to this point, will offer up some variations that the Falcons have not seen, and despite a slowish passing game, the Patriots will win comfortably. This team never loses two in a row.
Washington at Detroit
With Randy Thomas out, the Redskins will struggle on offense, but they have a nice remedy this week in the Lions.
49ers at Vikings
My blowout pick of the week. Nothing goes right for San Francisco in the Metrodome. Extra prediction: neither of these cities have a team in the MLB playoffs. Vikings roll to 3-0.
Jaguars at Texans
I’m not sold on the Texans quite yet, although they can make a believer out of me with a convincing win to go to 2-0 in the division and drop the Jags to 0-3. Until then, I’m taking Jacksonville.
Saints at Bills
The Bills are a good September team, but do you think they will slow down the Saints? Do you really, really think they are going to stop the Saints? Yeah, I don’t think so either.
Bears at Seahawks
With the entire Seahawks roster banged up, I’ll go with the Bears to get a victory in which they will lead from the 2nd quarter on.
Steelers at Bengals
A lot of experts are seeing a Bengals upset, but with an inconsistent offense that will need to score 21-24 against the Polamalu-less Steeler defense to be in the game in the 4th quarter, I’ll take the champs and ask the Bengals to prove they can take care of business at home.
Dolphins at Chargers
Miami is going to 0-3 for the second time in three years. Unlike 2007, the rebound is coming. They just aren’t a match for the Chargers.
Broncos at Raiders
The Broncos have ridden their defense to 2-0, and now that defense faces it’s biggest challege: the Raiders.
Yes. The biggest challege to date for the Broncos defense: JaMarcus Russell and the Raiders. Oh boy. It’s still going to be a long season in Denver if they do not win this game.
Colts vs. Cardinals
Can I pick against Peyton Manning two weeks in a row? No. No I can not. So it’s the Colts.
Panthers vs. Cowboys
The Panthers have not been very good this year. But with Marion Barber looking like a scratch from this game, this becomes a great matchup for the Panthers. Limited interior running game for the Cowboys, a lot of passing in this game, and a Cowboys defense that has zero sacks and limited pressures in two games. Ick. The Panthers add to the length of time the Cowboys will have to wait to win at Jerry-world.