23 September 2015

2015 NFL Predictions: Week 3

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The 2015 NFL campaign keeps on rolling forward as we enter its third week. Some funky finishes occurred in Week 2 like what we saw in New Orleans, Oakland, Indianapolis and elsewhere, will we see anymore this week? Here are my Week 3 picks.

Last Week: 8-8
2015: 19-13
Locks: 1-1

Thursday, September 24th
Washington (1-1) vs. Giants (0-2) - CBS/NFLN, 8:25
If the New York Giants had any idea of what they're doing, they probably should be 2-0. After all, NFL teams just don't lose consecutive games where they led by double-digits in the fourth quarter. I would like to think that New York is not that bad, but I have no reason to think differently. I also still am not sold on Washington yet even after that nice win over the Rams but nobody should be betting on the Giants right now.
Washington 20 Giants 17

Sunday, September 27th
Raiders (1-1) vs. Browns (1-1) - CBS, 1:00
The Browns really didn't play that great against Tennessee but they got a much-needed win while the Raiders looked very good to upset the Ravens at home late. Now Oakland is not going to be that good all season long but it was legitimate progress. I have more confidence in that club than I do the Browns and I like them for the road win.
Raiders 17 Browns 12

Eagles (0-2) vs. Jets (2-0) - Fox, 1:00
The Jets have been forcing turnovers left and right in both of their games thus far and as a result, they sit here at 2-0. After showing offensive progress late in their opener against Atlanta, the Eagles were dreadful offensively against Dallas, a game that was eminently winnable. The Eagles are not as bad as their record show (at least I don't think) but even as the Jets' offense really isn't good, that defense may be good enough to slide them into the playoffs.
Jets 19 Eagles 10

Jaguars (1-1) vs. Patriots (2-0) - CBS, 1:00
Yes, the Jaguars did do a solid job to get their first win of the season by taking out the intrastate intraconference rivals in the Dolphins. That said, they don't have the defense to keep a strong New England offense from going off nor do they have the offense to keep up with the fireworks. Couple all of that with this game being in Foxborough and it's a tough contest for Jacksonville.
Patriots 35 Jaguars 14

Saints (0-2) vs. Panthers (2-0) - Fox, 1:00
New Orleans is looking like a mess right now. Sure, losing to the Cardinals in Glendale is nothing to be ashamed of but losing at home to a Buccaneers squad that looked dreadful in their opener is not exactly a promising sign. We all know that they are not as good on the road as they are in the Superdome and a stagnant offense will likely struggle against a solid Carolina defense.
Panthers 21 Saints 10

Colts (0-2) vs. Titans (1-1) - CBS, 1:00
I am as surprised as you are that the Colts are 0-2 right now. And let's be frank, they have looked pretty mediocre as the combined record of their two losses is 21-47. Andrew Luck, only my pick to be NFL MVP, has looked pretty shaky thus far. This has to turn around at some point, right? I think it happens this week as the Titans came back to Earth last week in Cleveland from their opener.
Colts 24 Titans 14

Buccaneers (1-1) vs. Texans (0-2) - Fox, 1:00
Jameis Winston looked much better against the Saints in New Orleans this past Sunday than he did against Tennessee and as a result, the Buccaneers rebounded with a nice win. This week, they'll take on a Houston club that has been hindered by bad quarterback play and a less-than-impressive offense. Their defense, though, should be able to overwhelm Winston and carry them to their first win of the season.
Texans 13 Buccaneers 12

Chargers (1-1) vs. Vikings (1-1) - CBS, 1:00
It's not often that Philip Rivers has a terrific performance and loses, but that happened to the Bolts on Sunday in Cincinnati. I'm not fully sold on the Vikings' defensive unit quite just yet and I think that Rivers could have himself a big outing and this time, San Diego will find themselves on top.
Chargers 31 Vikings 23

Falcons (2-0) vs. Cowboys (2-0) - Fox, 1:00
Being without Dez Bryant is one thing, being without Tony Romo is another thing and being without them both is a real problem. Considering that their quarterback is going to be the immortal Brandon Weeden, Dallas could be in trouble as President Trump says. Atlanta has been lucky this season in their two wins and that luck will continue as they march to 3-0.
Falcons 35 Cowboys 28

Steelers (1-1) vs. Rams (1-1) - CBS, 1:00
After an impressive overtime win at home against Seattle, the Rams disappointed on Sunday in Landover as they took a step backwards offensively while their defense was not as stout. They do get to return home but I am not sold if their defense can keep up with a Steelers offense that was omnipotent against the 49ers on Sunday.
Steelers 28 Rams 16

Bengals (2-0) vs. Ravens (0-2) - CBS, 1:00
The Ravens, a popular Super Bowl pick for some, have certainly been a disappointment thus far with road losses to the Broncos and to the Raiders. On the other hand, the Bengals, behind a strong start to the season from Andy Dalton, have looked very good thus far. This is a tough pick but I think that a return to their friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium will be the difference for the Ravens.
Ravens 28 Bengals 27

49ers (1-1) vs. Cardinals (2-0) - Fox, 4:05
The last time that Carson Palmer lost a start? December of 2013. Granted he has suffered some injury issues since then but regardless, that is impressive and he has been impressive when he has played. He looked terrific on Sunday against the Bears and when he's back home against a 49ers team that came back to Earth in Week 2, he'll lead the Cards to a victory.
Cardinals 30 49ers 20

Bears (0-2) vs. Seahawks (0-2) - CBS, 4:25
This is not a good week to be the Chicago Bears, and not just because their defense is coming off a miserable performance against the Cardinals on Sunday. First, they have to go to Seattle which is always a tough task. Second, and more importantly, they will have to face a Seahawks team with their backs against the wall as they sit here at 0-2. Not to mention that they'll be starting Jimmy Clausen under center. Therefore, the Seahawks are my Lock of the Week.
Seahawks 34 Bears 9

Bills (1-1) vs. Dolphins (1-1) - CBS, 4:25
After both put up solid wins in their opening contests, both the Bills and the Dolphins took a step backward with losses to the Patriots and Jaguars, respectively. I could see this contest going either way quite frankly and it certainly seems like the Bills may have found something (anything?) from Tyrod Taylor under center, I think he will be outdueled by Ryan Tannehill who will pull out a win for Miami.
Dolphins 20 Bills 18

Broncos (2-0) vs. Lions (0-2)- NBC, 8:30
It has been a tough start to the season for the Lions and with Matthew Stafford being banged up and not at 100%, this is a contest that is not looking too favorable for the Lions, even at home. Couple that with the Broncos having one of the best pass defenses in the league and Detroit's rushing game not looking all that great, Denver will get an easy win.
Broncos 30 Lions 16

Monday, September 28th
Chiefs (1-1) vs. Packers (2-0) - ESPN, 8:30
Green Bay really wanted to take out the Seahawks at home on Sunday night in the wake of the fiasco that was the NFC Championship and for them, it was mission accomplished. Now they get a test in the Chiefs who are a club that have given the Packers some troubles over the years, famously giving them their sole regular season loss in 2011, but we also know how inconsistent Andy Reid teams are in primetime.
Packers 31 Chiefs 27

2 comments:

  1. Lions will surprise everyone on National TV and shock everyone by beating Peyton Manning for the very 1st time

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  2. Hi Ben
    Hmmm... your LOTW is perfectly valid given Chicago's wretched offence but I think the Pats over the Jags would be mine. It is more than probable we will both be right. I fear for the Dolphins, more specifically the character of the team, and Buffalo could well be a nasty banana skin

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