16 September 2013

2013 NFL Predictions: Week 3

When the juiciest storylines may come in the first game of the week, you know it is going to be a good time. Andy Reid is heading back to Philadelphia and his Chiefs are looking pretty good as they sit at 2-0. You think that he may have some fireflies about returning to the City of Brotherly Love? here are my week three picks.

Last Week: 12-4
Locks: 2-0
Season: 23-9

Thursday, September 19th
Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) - NFL Network, 8:30
I would say that Andy Reid would have a chip on his shoulder based on how his tenure in Philadelphia ended up, with two very disappointing seasons that turned a fanbase that never was fully in his camp against him. Now he can exact his revenge but I'm not sold on his chances with this team, who I feel has won with a little smoke and mirrors action. And if Michael Vick plays like he did last week (or even the week before), Philadelphia should win.
Eagles 31 Chiefs 23

Sunday, September 22nd
Cleveland Browns (0-2) vs. Minnesota Vikings (0-2) - CBS, 1:00
Am I surprised the Browns are sitting here at 0-2? Not really, I was skeptical of the folks who were buying into them as potentially pushing .500 and their offense has been dreadful thus far, averaging only eight points per game. I am a little more surprised with the Vikings, but it was not crazy for me to think that considering who their quarterback is. But when this team needs to find themselves, they turn to Adrian Peterson and he will have a big day. The Vikings are my Lock of the Week.
UPDATE: Brian Hoyer will be starting for Cleveland this week, so I feel even more confident.
Vikings 20 Browns 5

San Diego Chargers (1-1) vs. Tennessee Titans (1-1) - CBS, 1:00
Has Matt McCoy configured the right potion to get Philip Rivers back on the right track? It's still early but boy has Rivers been great or what for the Chargers, who really should be 2-0 right now. Meanwhile, the Titans still sputtered a little on offense against Houston but they forced overtime and had the Texans on the ropes. Jake Locker should be able to have a big game against a San Diego secondary that just got smoked by Michael Vick, but I still don't have confidence in him.
Chargers 24 Titans 22

Houston Texans (2-0) vs. Baltimore Ravens (1-1) - CBS, 1:00
I was skeptical of a Super Bowl repeat when I was in the process of doing my predictions and while it certainly is still early, the Ravens do not look like a playoff team. Their offense was stuck in neutral for much of their game against the punchless Browns, not getting on the board until the third quarter. Not a good sign is that their running game has been dreadful of late. The Texans have shown a little cardiac action in them with two last-second wins to start off 2013 and I think they will not have to necessarily win at the horn this time.
Texans 25 Ravens 18

Arizona Cardinals (1-1) vs. New Orleans Saints (2-0) - Fox, 1:00
The Cardinals are looking much improved this year under new coach Bruce Arians and new QB Carson Palmer, who has still got it under center. They put together a good win against a fine Detroit team and they should have some confidence going forward, but this isn't a good matchup for them. It's always tough to go into the Superdome and take on them Saints, and the Cards have been spotty in pass defense in 2013 thus far.
Saints 42 Cardinals 31

St. Louis Rams (1-1) vs. Dallas Cowboys (1-1) - Fox, 1:00
After a nice win at Arizona in their opener, the Rams put together a dud against the Falcons in which the game was just about over at halftime before Atlanta decided to let them get back into it late, but Sam Bradford has looked sharp for Jeff Fisher and coordinator Brian Schottenheimer thus far. The Cowboys struggled to fend off a game Chiefs team and they fell for a loss. Back home again, they should get their act together, but this is a Rams team in the mix.
Cowboys 24 Rams 20

Detroit Lions (1-1) vs. Washington Redskins (0-2) - Fox, 1:00
My goodness, the Redskins really looked awful against the Packers at Lambeau this past Sunday and it was over early. The defense may just be the worst in the NFL and Robert Griffin III has not been as explosive and effective as he was a year ago (save for picking up yards in garbage time) and they were miserable in the first half against the Packers. Detroit meanwhile lost a nailbiter in Glendale and the team wasted strong efforts from Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Look for more of that this week.
Lions 38 Redskins 30

New York Giants (0-2) vs. Carolina Panthers (0-2) - Fox, 1:00
Of course, neither one of these teams wanted to see themselves in an 0-2 hole to start off their seasons but at least for the Panthers, they have left both games slip away out of their grasp late. The Giants practically gave the Cowboys the opener then were looked like a bunch of chickens sans their heads against the Broncos. Eli Manning is on pace for 56 interceptions. And still, I have more faith in the Giants getting their act together than I do for Carolina.
Giants 35 Panthers 31

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) vs. New England Patriots (2-0) - Fox, 1:00
The Josh Freeman-Greg Schiano spiff is really turning into a problem for the Buccaneers and there may be hell to play if it is not figured out sooner rather than later. Who knows, we may even see Mike Glennon in the mix at some point potentially. All of their distractions and mediocre play and they will struggle against a New England team that could very well be 0-2 right now, but they keep getting lucky and winning games the way they always do.
Patriots 27 Buccaneers 13

Green Bay Packers (1-1) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)- Fox, 1:00
This is a pretty tough game for me to predict because I can truly see it going either way. The Packers looked awesome against Washington in their home opener, but Cincinnati's defense is exponentially stronger. Meanwhile, the Bengals have not been that explosive on offense thus far, but their defense did come to play against Pittsburgh. I think Cincinnati will get a tough win, one they need if they want to be real title contenders.
Bengals 25 Packers 21

Atlanta Falcons (1-1) vs. Miami Dolphins (2-0) - Fox, 4:05
The Dolphins were thought to be a sleeper club in the AFC this year and they have looked pretty good thus far, with Ryan Tannehill leading the way and looking pretty sharp. The rushing game has been inconsistent and the defense has been improved, but it has been Tannehill excelling for this club. And he will make this a good game and he will take advantage of an inconsistent Atlanta secondary, but Atlanta's offense is too good for them to be slowed down enough.
Falcons 31 Dolphins 28

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) vs. Seattle Seahawks (2-0) - CBS, 4:25
I feel so sorry for whoever has to stomach this fiasco of a game. It could be worse however, at least the Seahawks are a club capable of going the distance. At least Chad Henne could move the football, which is more than what we can expect out of Blaine Gabbert. This is just a dreadful matchup that I would not wish upon my ex-wife.
Seahawks 28 Jaguars 3

Buffalo Bills (1-1) vs. New York Jets (1-1) - CBS, 4:25
Let me tell you something about E.J. Manuel, he has been a revelation thus far for the Billikens and he has given them life that they have not had since the last time they started hot (2011). Geno Smith for the Jets has been far more inconsistent, and he did not look that good on Thursday night against the Patriots. In a matchup of these two, give me the former, even on the road.
Bills 17 Jets 10

Indianapolis Colts (1-1) vs. San Francisco 49ers (1-1)- CBS, 4:25
I'm not gonna lie (that's a first) but I have been a little disappointed in how the Colts have started their 2013 campaign as a play here, a play there and they could be 0-2. Going to the Bay Area against a San Francisco club that just got embarrassed on Sunday night in Seattle will be a toughie for Andrew Luck and co. Give me the Niners to get back on track, and the Colts to have more questions going forward.
49ers 31 Colts 17

Chicago Bears (2-0) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2) - NBC, 8:25
If you are a Steelers fan, you should have plenty to be concerned with in regards to the team's offense, which has sputtered now for two weeks in a row to start out the year. Ben Roethlisberger has not looked great and the running game has been pretty spotty. The Bears are riding high and while I fear that the Steelers may get it together at home and have a strong bounce-back win, I'm not sold yet. I am liking what I am seeing out of Marc Trestman and his crew and they'll move to 3-0.
Bears 27 Steelers 19

Monday, September 23rd
Oakland Raiders (1-1) vs. Denver Broncos (2-0) - ESPN, 8:30
You know, I have to give credit where credit is due. The Raiders are not looking like a disaster that so many expected, and they are a few plays away from being 2-0. But let's be honest, it would take a whale of an effort for them to take out this Broncos club, one who is killing it in the passing game. Maybe if the Raiders could cobble together Ken Stabler, Marcus Allen, Cliff Branch, Mike Haynes and Lester Hayes.
Broncos 38 Raiders 19

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