Week Three NFL Predictions

Posted: September 19, 2013 in Uncategorized


Last Week: 11-4-1
Overall Record: 

Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) AT Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)

The Spread: Philadelphia by 3
The Pick: Kansas City
The Score: Kansas City, 30-27
The Rationale: The Eagles’ defense proved last week that it was not ready for primetime. Something tells me Andy Reid will find enough fire-power to put up 30+. It doesn’t help that the Eagles have played three games in 11 days.

Green Bay Packers (1-1) AT Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)

The Spread: Green Bay by 1
The Pick: Green Bay
The Score: Green Bay, 23-20
The Rationale: A lot of close spreads this week, beginning with this doozy of a matchup. Green Bay is coming off a blowout victory over Washington in which their offense clicked on all cylinders. They’ll face a better pass rush this week. But, Aaron Rodgers and co. should be able to come out of this one with a win.

St. Louis Rams (1-1) AT Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

The Spread: Dallas by 4
The Pick: Dallas
The Score: Dallas, 28-21
The Rationale: The Cowboys will continue to be flaky offensively as long as they have Garrett and Romo in tow. But, the defense has proven to be strong.

San Diego Chargers (1-1) AT Tennessee Titans (1-1)

The Spread: Tennessee by 3
The Pick: San Diego
The Score: San Diego, 24-20
The Rationale: The Chargers may be in for a letdown after their offense ripped through Philadelphia last week. But, Tennessee’s offense has not shown a lot in two games. The Chargers are off to a strong start.

Cleveland Browns (0-2) AT Minnesota Vikings (0-2)

The Spread: Minnesota by 6
The Pick: Minnesota
The Score: Minnesota, 27-13
The Rationale: The Vikings could just as easily be 2-0 right now with a competent QB. Unfortunately, their faith in Christian Ponder has not been realized. On the other hand, they are playing a Browns team that just shipped their best player out of town. Enjoy another generation of losing, Cleveland.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) AT New England Patriots (2-0)

The Spread: New England by 8
The Pick: New England
The Score: New England, 28-14
The Rationale: The Patriots’ defense has impressed me over the past two weeks even though their offense has been stagnant. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay has let two easily winnable games slip away. One would think this would present a quality matchup in Foxborough. Of course, you throw in the fact that Josh Freeman is erratic and Greg Schiano is already feuding with Darrelle Revis and you have the makings of a disaster.

Arizona Cardinals (1-1) AT New Orleans Saints (2-0)

The Spread: New Orleans by 9
The Pick: Arizona
The Score: New Orleans, 27-20
The Rationale: Bruce Arians is a great coach. He’ll be able to get enough out of his team this early in the season to keep this game close enough to cover the spread. New Orleans’ offense didn’t look like world beaters last week in Tampa Bay.

Detroit Lions (1-1) AT Washington D.C. Football Club (0-2)

The Spread: Washington by 1
The Pick: Washington
The Score: Washington, 34-31
The Rationale: I know that everyone and their mother thinks the D.C. football Club is going to be 0-3. On the contrary, I think this is an easily winnable game for Washington. Keep in mind that Detroit has significant injuries to their skill position players.

New York Giants (0-2) AT Carolina Panthers (0-2)

The Spread: Carolina by 1
The Pick: New York
The Score: New York, 24-17
The Rationale: I suppose it is possible that the Giants could turn it over four more times this week. But, it does not seem likely.

Houston Texans (2-0) AT Baltimore Ravens (1-1)

The Spread: Houston by 1
The Pick: Houston
The Score: Houston, 23-20
The Rationale: The Texans’ two victories have not been all that impressive. They defeated the Chargers after trailing 28-7 in the third quarter. Then, Houston overcame another deficit to defeat Tennessee in overtime, last week. They’ll face their stiffest test of the season and improve to 3-0 by defeating the Ravens in Baltimore.

Atlanta Falcons (1-1) AT Miami Dolphins (2-0)

The Spread: Miami by 1
The Pick: Atlanta
The Score: Atlanta, 30-20
The Rationale: Easiest pick of the week. The Dolphins are riding high right not, as they should be. Their wins over Indianapolis and Cleveland were nice. But, they were teams that were completely one dimensional on offense. Now, the Falcons come to town. Even though they don’t have Steven Jackson, Matt Ryan and co. have more weapons in tow than the Colts and Browns combined.

Buffalo Bills (1-1) AT New York Jets (1-1)

The Spread: New York by 2
The Pick: Buffalo
The Score: Buffalo, 29-23
The Rationale: The first matchup between Geno Smith (NYJ) and EJ Manuel (BUF) should be an exciting affair. Both teams may come into this game with 1-1 records. But, Buffalo’s offense directed by Manuel has been much more impressive over the last few weeks.

Indianapolis Colts (1-1) AT San Francisco 49ers (1-1)

The Spread: San Francisco by 12
The Pick: Indianapolis
The Score: San Francisco, 28-19
The Rationale: I don’t think that Trent Richardson will have a colossal impact on this game. However, his mere presence will force the 49ers’ linebackers to respect the run more, which should open up the middle of the field for Andrew Luck. Still, the 49ers are the better team. They’ll win, but likely won’t cover.

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) AT Seattle Seahawks (2-0)

The Spread: Seattle by 20
The Pick: Jacksonville
The Score: Seattle, 33-14
The Rationale: Woah. I mean…come on. A 20 point spread in an NFL game? I don’t care if this is the 2007 Patriots against the 2008 Lions. I am taking the 20 point underdog every single time.

Chicago Bears (2-0) AT Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2)

The Spread: Chicago by 2
The Pick: Chicago
The Score: Chicago, 23-7
The Rationale: This Steelers’ offense might be the worst they have had in over 20 years. Meanwhile, the Bears are certainly getting accustomed to their new head coach, Marc Trestman. Of course, for Chicago; it’s not how they start, it’s how they finish

Oakland Raiders (1-1) AT Denver Broncos (2-0)

The Spread: Denver by 16
The Pick: Denver
The Score: Denver, 48-14
The Rationale: The Broncos’ defense forced a handful of Eli Manning turnovers last week. Something tells me they’ll do even worse to Terrelle Pryor. Book it.


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