Week 3 NFL Predictions
Teams either made a big jump in week two or regressed once again. Teams that start 2-0 make the playoffs usually have over a 60% chance to make the playoffs. Teams that start 0-2 usually only have a 12% chance to make the playoffs.
Ben McAdoo called out Eli Manning after Monday Night's loss to the Detroit Lions. Will this make Eli wake up or will he continue to decline? Tom Brady bounced back in a big way and the Saints defense is still a mess. My record last week was 11-5 and my record overall is 19-12 this season.
Los Angeles Rams 16 San Francisco 49ers 18: Jared Goff took a step back in week two. The 49ers won both games last season against the Rams and San Francisco has played in two competitive games this season and lost both of them. Carlos Hyde will give the Rams defense fits.
Baltimore Ravens 17 Jacksonville Jaguars 14: This will be the first game played in London this season. Baltimore's defense has been balling in the first two weeks of the season and it will set them up for a great chance to start the season 3-0.
Denver Broncos 35 Buffalo Bills 14: The Bills played tough defense last week, but they are about to face an offensive juggernaut this week. The Broncos have weapons all over the field. C.J. Anderson has been a bowling ball in the backfield lately for Denver. The Broncos defense could have a big day on Tyrod Taylor.
New Orleans Saints 20 Carolina Panthers 23: The Saints will have their backs to the wall once again with another 0-2 start. Cam Newton has had accuracy struggles in his first two games, but they could easily get solved against a weak Saints defense. Drew Brees will show up, but will the rest of his team will?
Pittsburgh Steelers 35 Chicago Bears 10: The Steelers defense has been good the first two weeks and the offense has been shaky. It looks like the Bears are playing heartless already and this would be a perfect chance for the Steelers offense to finally find a groove. Mike Glennon is playing for his job.
Atlanta Falcons 35 Detroit Lions 38: Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford will have a field day throwing the football. The Falcons defense has some key injuries and it will be tough to replace. The Lions are playing with swagger right now and they will find a way once again and prove they are ready to be contenders.
Cleveland Browns 21 Indianapolis Colts 14: The Browns have played decently for the first two weeks despite losing both games, but this is the perfect game for the Browns and DeShone Kizer to win. The Colts are a mess right now and the Browns seem more functional.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 Minnesota Vikings 20: Jameis Winston got help from his running game last week. This week it might be a different story against the Vikings defensive line. However, the Buccaneers might do well defensively if Sam Bradford doesn't play again this week for the Vikings.
Houston Texans 9 New England Patriots 16: The Texans offense will struggle but the defense will knock Tom Brady around all game long. New England has more play makers at the end of the day than Houston does.
Miami Dolphins 38 New York Jets 13: Jay Cutler played well in his Dolphins debut. I think he will have another productive game against a tired Jets defense. What will open it up for him is Jay Ajayi. He has been effective in the Dolphins offense. Josh McCown will be knocked around all game long.
New York Giants 7 Philadelphia Eagles 38: The Eagles defense must be licking their chops right now. The Giants offensive line is horrendous. Eli Manning is stiff and can't move. Manning plays awful in Philadelphia. The Giants defense will be worn down and Carson Wentz will have another big day in the air.
Seattle Seahawks 6 Tennessee Titans 20: The Seahawks have been offensively challenged the first two weeks of the season and the Titans front 7 will make the Seahawks look miserable all game long. The Titans can move the ball up and down the field and they are better at putting the ball in the end zone.
Cincinnati Bengals 10 Green Bay Packers 24: It seems like Andy Dalton has lost the Bengals locker room. If they don't make a quarterback change to A.J. McCarron and I bet Marvin Lewis won't, they will continue to look discombobulated. Aaron Rodgers may not have Jordy Nelson and/or Randall Cobb Sunday, but he has enough play makers around him.
Kansas City Chiefs 30 Los Angeles Chargers 20: The Chiefs have been better than I expect in the first two weeks of the season and the Chargers have lost two heart breaking games the first two weeks. This is the ultimate trap game for Kansas City. They didn't lose a game last year in divisional play. Kareem Hunt is a game breaker and so is Tyreek Hill. The Chargers need to put the ball in the end zone when it matters most with the game on the line.
Oakland Raiders 28 Washington Redskins 24: This game will be closer than people expect it to be. Derek Carr and Marshawn Lynch will do there thing, but Kirk Cousins needs to step up in a big time game and I think he will. The problem is, the Redskins defense won't make the big stop when it needs to.
Dallas Cowboys 24 Arizona Cardinals 14: The Cardinals barely escaped last week against the Colts. Carson Palmer made the throws when he needed to. I do expect Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense to not struggle for two straight weeks in a row.