Week 3 of the NFL season is upon us, and there’s some huge games to get to, so here we go with the picks for this weeks games:
Tennessee at New York Jets (-2.5)
We start with a huge game, and a revenge game if you will for the Titans, who lost to the Jets a year ago in Tennessee. The Titans are desperate for a win, as they are 0-2, while the Jets are flyin high after a huge win last week over their rivals in the Pats. I love the way the Jets are playing, and I think they are ready to send the Titans to 0-3, which is amazing considering where many thought they would be.
New York 24 Tennessee 20
Jacksonville at Houston (-4)
The Jags rival only the Browns in my opinion as the worst team in the AFC. They are simply not that talented, and last week vs the Cardinals at home showed it. The Texans got a huge road AFC South win over the Titans last week, and they will take that momentum into this game. The only down part of the Texans has been their lack of a running game, as Steve Slaton has scuffled, but could go off vs the weak Jags.
Houston 31 Jacksonville 16
Kansas City at Philadelphia (-9)
The Chiefs had a good shot to get a win at home vs the Raiders last week, but blew it when they allowed a late drive. They showed heart vs the Ravens in week one, and last week with starter Matt Cassel they showed little on offense. The Eagles will likely be without Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and DeSean Jackson, but should be fired up after their ugly loss to the Saints at home. Not a lot of offense on either side here.
Philadelphia 17 Kansas City 10
Cleveland at Baltimore (-13.5)
The Ravens look like Super Bowl contenders early in the year, while their North rivals look like they are headed for a top 5 draft choice. Cleveland is terrible, and already there’s talk about the team tuning out coach Eric Mangini. This game is going to be a nightmare on every front for the Browns, and the Ravens should have a lot of fun.
Baltimore 27 Cleveland 9
New York Giants (-6.5) at Tampa Bay
The Bucs showed some offense last week and in week one, but lost both games, and the same will happen here. Difference is they won’t have the success on offense as they did in weeks one and two. The Bucs won’t be able to stop the Giants run game, which is going to get on track for the G-Men. Eli Manning should also be able to take advantage of the Bucs issues in the secondary.
New York 28 Tampa Bay 10
Washington (-6.5) at Detroit
Could this finally be the week for the Lions? It could, as the Redskins haven’t really been all that impressive in going 1-1 in two games, including an ugly 9-7 win over the Rams. Washington though has showed some life on defense, and they will be able to get to Matt Stafford. Look for Clinton Portis to have a big game, and the Lions losing ways to continue.
Washington 20 Detroit 10
Green Bay (-6.5) at St.Louis
The Pack is coming off a stunning loss at home to Cincy a week ago, but should rebound nicely vs a bad Rams team here on the road. There’s nothing to make me feel that the Rams are going to be able to hang with Green Bay, and look for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense to make it a semi-home game in the Gateway city.
Green Bay 27 St.Louis 14
San Francisco at Minnesota (-7)
It’s the battle between Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore. Both backs lead their team, and it should be an interesting battle between the two. For Gore though, he’ll find the going a little rougher vs the Vikings in their home opener. Brett Favre and the Vikings will have success vs the Niners, and the Vikings will stay on track going to 3-0.
Minnesota 16 San Francisco 10
Atlanta at New England (-4)
Can the Pats lose two in a row in the regular season? Yes. The Falcons are a team that is playing with a lot of confidence at a high level, while the Pats are just not the Pats of two years ago. Tom Brady does not look like – well, Tom Brady. The Pats are not able to run the ball, putting a ton of pressure on Brady to get the job done, and it’s been tough. Look for the balanced Falcons to land an upset vs the once mighty Pats.
Atlanta 23 New England 17
Chicago (-2.5) at Seattle
The Hawks look like they will go with Seneca Wallace at QB, and while that sets them back a bit, he’s still a guy that has played as a starter before, and I think he’ll have a good day vs the Bears. Chicago would be staring 0-3 in the face if it were not for the Steelers missing a couple field goals. They have to run the ball better, and I think in Seattle with that loud crowd, that is going to be tough, putting pressure on Jay Cutler.
Seattle 24 Chicago 20
New Orleans (-6) at Buffalo
They Saints sure have been high-flying in weeks one and two, but they head to Orchard Park, where it could be rainy Sunday for this matchup. Trent Edwards and the Bills offense continued to have success vs the Bucs, and I think they can score on the Saints, who have had success with takeaways in the first two weeks. Look for a shoot-out, and while it could come down to the final drive, it’s hard to bet against Drew Brees right now.
New Orleans 37 Buffalo 31
Miami at San Diego (-5.5)
The Dolphins did it all last week, they ran the ball, held the ball, and didn’t make many mistakes. But, they failed to hold down Peyton Manning, and that’s why they are 0-2. They will be 0-3 after this game, as the Chargers are going to get back on track after a big home loss vs the Ravens. Philip Rivers and Vincent Jackson are going to try and stretch that Miami D, and I think they could have a big game. Look for San Diego to push the Dolphins to 0-3.
San Diego 21 Miami 13
Pittsburgh (-4) at Cincinnati
The Steelers have dominated their rival the past few seasons, and while they are hurting with still not having Troy Polamalu, they always seem to find a way vs the Bengals. They will look to get that running game on track, and if it doesn’t work, Ben Roethlisberger and that wide out core should have success vs Cincy. As for Carson Palmer, he’s going to be under fire, and it would help to get some yards from Cedric Benson. Cincy needs to force some Steeler mistakes, and if not, it could be a long day for the cats.
Pittsburgh 23 Cincinnati 10
Denver (-1.5) at Oakland
Talk about two teams that really are not that good – here it is. The Broncos should not have beaten the Bengals, and the Browns are more of a high school team. As for Oakland, they can’t do much on offense, but they have played better in weeks one and two on defense. I think playing in Oakland the Raiders may actually find a way, while the Broncos are going to quickly to find their way back to earth.
Oakland 17 Denver 14
Indianapolis at Arizona (-2.5)
The Cards beat a bad Jags team a week ago, while the Colts rallied for a big win on Monday night in Miami. I think the Colts are the better team, and Peyton Manning is going to attack the Cards secondary. Just like the Fins, the Cards need to run with success to keep the Colts off the field, and they should be able to do that. The Colts showed though they can score in a hurry, and will do that again vs Arizona.
Indianapolis 26 Arizona 23
Carolina at Dallas (-8.5)
This is a tough game, mostly because I am not confident the Cowboys can stop anyone. The Panthers are desperate for a win, as they have dropped games already to the Eagles and Falcons. I think they are going to have success on the ground, and could land the upset here. But can they really win? It’s up to Jake Delhomme to have a game, and I think vs this secondary, he will. Book the upset.
Carolina 29 Dallas 23