Thursday, September 20, 2012

NFL Week 3 Predictions

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It's about time Drew Brees and the Saints get their first win of the season. Will it
come this week when they play the Kansas City Chiefs at home?

Giants vs. Panthers: 27-22 Giants

Why take the Giants when they are without four starters on offense, still have a banged up secondary, and are playing on the road? The answer's easy. Eli and the Giants play best when least expected. Every year, the Giants start off the season a little slow and gradually work their way back to being one of the best teams in the league. The Giants won't win this game with ease, but they'll figure out a way to get the job done. Cam Newton has had a hot and cold season so far. In the season opener, Cam failed to operate the offense and the Panthers were shut down offensively. In week two, Newton dominated the Saints on the ground and in the air, and helped the Panthers get their first win of the season. The Giants might have a banged up secondary, but their front four are surely going to bother Cam Newton and the Panthers on Thursday night.

Rams vs. Bears: 27-17 Bears

Don't care if Matt Forte is out this week; the Bears will still come out strong at home and defeat the Rams. As long as Jay Cutler can play smart and safe football, the Bears shouldn't have a problem with this one.

Bills vs. Browns: 30-16 Bills

I'm not too sure why people are picking the Browns to beat the Bills in this matchup. CJ Spiller seems to be unstoppable after his performance last week against the Chiefs. Also, the Bills defense looks like they have finally gotten their mojo back. Plus, we're talking about Brendan Weeden at quarterback for the Browns. Enough said.

Bucs vs. Cowboys: 24-20 Cowboys

Regardless of their loss last week to the Seahawks, the Cowboys are still a good team. I think Tony Romo and the Cowboys' offense bounce back strong enough to beat the Bucs. It's going to be a tough day for the Bucs' offense though, having to go up against DeMarcus Ware and a very good secondary.

Lions vs. Titans: 35-13 Lions

When your team's star running back is averaging just over one yard per carry, you're in trouble. Lions take this one with ease.

Jaguars vs. Colts: 24-10 Colts

Andrew Luck adjusted last week and played a great game against the Vikings. I think Luck continues to play well this week against the Jaguars and helps the Colts get the win.

Jets vs. Dolphins: 24-23 Jets

Reggie Bush played a fantastic game last week and I think he will continue to have a great season, but this week his team is going up against a much tougher defense. The Jets will return to form after a loss to the Steelers last week and beat the Dolphins in Miami.

Niners vs. Vikings: 27-14 Niners

Expect Adrian Peterson to out-run Frank Gore, but that will be about it for Minnesota. The Niners are the best team in football and should win this one easily.

Chiefs vs. Saints: 30-27 Saints

I'm feeling a barnburner in the Superdome this week for the two 0-2 teams. Drew Brees and the Saints will squeeze this one out in a high scoring game down in New Orleans. It's about time the Saints start winning.

Bengals vs. Redskins: 24-20 Redskins

Even after a weak loss to the Rams in their last game, the Redskins will beat the Bengals in RG3's home opener. It will be a close one, but ultimately Griffin III will take control late in the fourth to win his team the game.

Eagles vs. Cardinals: 27-13 Eagles

In this battle of the birds, Michael Vick and the Eagles will come out on top. I don't care if everyone is hyping up the Cardinals defense or saying how bad the 2-0 Eagles are. In fact, I think Vick plays his best game of the season as the Eagles take this one by two touchdowns.

Falcons vs. Chargers: 34-26 Falcons

Both teams are 2-0 and looking impressive early in the season. Unfortunately for the Chargers though, Matty Ice and the Falcons will spoil Ryan Mathews' season debut.

Texans vs. Broncos: 24-20 Texans

Peyton Manning is 14-2 in his career vs. the Texans, but this time he is with a different team. The Texans have progressed so much in the last few years, and this time, they are actually the favorites to win. Houston has the most complete offense in the NFL, led by star running back Arian Foster, and also have a very compatible defense. Texans take this showdown.

Steelers vs. Raiders: 27-18 Steelers

The Raiders just look depressing this season. They've got nothing going for them, and their schedule just keeps getting harder and harder. The Steelers defeated the Jets last week to get back to .500 and will run with that momentum. Steelers will win this one by more than a touchdown.

Patriots vs. Ravens: 26-20 Patriots

In this rematch of the AFC Championship game, Tom Brady and the Patriots will win again. Who cares how badly they looked last week against the Cardinals, the Patriots are still the Patriots. In the end, it will come down to Joe Flacco, and his inability to keep up with Brady.

Packers vs. Seahawks: 22-10 Packers

Last week, I said that it was almost impossible to beat the Seahawks at home. That almost comes into play this week when the Seahawks face the might Packers at Qwest Field. The Packers have way more experience than the Seahawks and it will show this week.

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