2016 NFL Week 3 Preview & Prediction

By Derek Ferreira
Sep. 21, 2016

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With summer gone, fall is here, and this will be the first weekend of NFL action in a new weather season. Even though the weather will warm up, NFL action is warming up, and we have some entertaining games this weekend. Who will win in Week 3? Here are my preview and prediction for this weekend.

Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots: As history tells us, it's always tough to bet against the Patriots and especially for a team that's 2-0 with two backup QBs. After all, we all got the eggs in the face when the Pats beat the Cardinals in Week 1. With that being said, I don't know what to expect from Jacoby Brissett and they play a tough Texans defense. Despite playing on the road, I like Houston in this matchup.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bills: Typical Rex Ryan huh! Ryan fires Greg Roman, who wasn't doing a bad job while Ryan is the one that can't do anything. Buffalo's defense has been mediocre this season, and the secondary got smacked around by the Jets. Despite the offense doing good things, the defense is the one holding the Bills back. Arizona is back at .500 after smoking the Buccaneers, and even they travel to the eastern part of the United States, they should be able to defeat the Bills.

Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans: Oakland has been bad on defense in the first two games, by giving up over 500 yards despite signing a few key free agents. However, Derek Carr and Amari Cooper have been good and have allowed the Raiders to stay in the game, but they need to fix their issues on defense. Tennessee has done a decent job on defense by playing low-scoring football, but they took advantage against the Lions after they made some critical errors. Oakland wins in a close and competitive game.

Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants: It hasn't been fun for the Washington Redskins, as their defense has been lit on fire in their first two games and now Kirk Cousins is in trouble. The offense has gotten some plays, but the issue is their red zone play. I can't say this is a win-or-go-home game at MetLife Stadium, but I believe it's at that point. I just can see the Redskins secondary pressuring New York's wideout play (New York).

Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins: I have to say that the Dolphins got a free ride this week. The Brown will be starting Cody Kessler, but I'm not confident because the Browns are awful, and Kessler doesn't have an arm. To all my Fins friends that are going to read this, Miami wins.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: A tough loss in Week 1 at home and then getting spanked by the Chargers last week was a terrible loss for the Jags. They need to win this game or else this season just went up in smoke. Anyways, I have them winning at home. Even though Baltimore is undefeated, they have defeated bad teams in the Bills and Browns.

Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers: Another week, another hot mess coaching performance by Jim Caldwell, which gave the Titans the win, and that's a darn shame because there is talent on this Lions football club. Now they have to go to Lambeau Field to play the Packers in their first home game of the season, and they need a win after a disappointing loss last Sunday night. If you have been living underneath a rock, Aaron Rodgers have been getting the hate train all fired up. I'm not sold that he is back to being the old Rodgers, but I believe that the Packers will get the win here.

Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Considering that the rushing game is a weakness of theirs, it's been important for Andy Dalton to start off the 2016 season on a good note. After all, Dalton is leading the NFL passing for 732 yards. As to whether he can continue his good stretch against a tough Broncos defense is the question. I'm not sold on this Broncos team even though I had them No. 1 in my power rankings, and this is Trevor Siemian's first game on the road, in which I believe he'll struggle (Bengals).

Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers: Ardian Peterson has a torn meniscus, in which news broke today that he is out until December, but he didn't do much against the Packers and the Vikes still got a win. That was because there were some big plays by the defense and Sam Bradford making significant decisions. Now, they go to Carolina to take on the Panthers. Cam Newton was great against the 49ers, and the running game was excellent with Fozzy Whitaker leading the pack. I don't see the Panthers doing that same offense they did against the 49ers, but they'll get the victory.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Rams came back to Los Angeles with an upset win over the Seahawks, but let's not act that it was a Super Bowl win. Case Keenum was bad, and Todd Gurley didn't do much on the ground, but it was the defense that led the charge. Tampa Bay got destroyed by the Cardinals in Glendale, but a home win here puts confidence in them (Tampa Bay).

San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks: At least the Seahawks got that Legion of Boom defense because their offense is playing like seabags. After all, the offense averages 10.5 points-per-game, and that doesn't make you into a Super Bowl contending team. San Francisco has had some good moments with their offense this season, but I do apologize because I'm not sold in Blaine Gabbert (Seahawks).

New York Jets vs. Kansas City Chiefs: I'm concerned with the Jets here because their defense is playing that garbage, and put the blame on Darrelle Revis, but playing a team that doesn't stretch the field is not a big concern. Meanwhile, the one thing I like about the Jets is their run defense, and that is going to be an x-factor against a running team. I have this feeling that the Jets will steal a road game.

San Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts: The Colts are overdue for a win, as they return home, and they have a shot here. Yes, the offensive line is still a hot mess, and the defense is hot garbage, but after everything I just said, Andrew Luck is the man running the show. Considering the fact the Chargers have looked mediocre against the pass this season, I believe Luck will have a big game. Of course, Phillip Rivers can also do the same thing against a trashy defense, but I like the Colts to win here.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Everybody is talking about Carson Wentz all over those cafes and water coolers. But people just need to R-E-L-A-X because he's played two bad teams in the Browns and Bears. And he is going to need to step up if he wants to be in a shootout against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I'm 50/50 on that, but let's see what drama these two teams have in store on Sunday (Steelers).

Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys: Before the season started, I thought that the Bears were going to be a work in progress team this season, and I thought they had a good showing in Week 1. However, they stunk up the joint Monday night against the Eagles and with Jay Cutler out, it's time for Bears fan to root for those Chicago Cubs. Cowboys fan are feeling better considering that they got the future in Dak Prescott, and he's been solid this season, in which the Cowboys could've been 2-0. They're not a sexy team on offense and defense, but they do have advantages over the Bears, and I have Dallas winning.

Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints: The DUD ranked defenses (28, and 30th) in the NFL face off against the top-10 ranked offense (9, and 2) in the NFL so you know what to expect this coming Monday night on Monday Night Football. Shootout City, as Matt Ryan, who has been pretty good this season and has had a history of big games at the Superdome. But the big question is can the Saints pressure him. Drew Brees will make this a game with plenty of drama, but I like Atlanta to steal one at the Superdome.