Week 3 brings us a far more interesting slate than week 2. Although last week had its moments with Browns/Saints, Raiders/Broncos, and Vikings/Packers, it was missing a little something. I think we’re in for the best week of football yet, where the contenders start to separate themselves from the pretenders. Let’s rank the games.
1. Chargers @ Rams “The Battle for LA”
LA will see its two teams head to head for the first time, and this shapes up to be a classic. The Rams have had two relatively easy games to open the year with the Raiders and Cardinals, and are meeting their first true test in the Chargers. For the Chargers, they need to have this game to prove to themselves they can hang with the NFL’s upper echelon. I think the Chargers get this one in a stunner.
Chargers 29, Rams 28
2. Saints @ Falcons
This NFC South never disappoints, and the winner of this one will be on an early path to win the division. The Saints have looked bad the first two weeks and frankly should be 0-2. Atlanta bounced back from their opening day loss to beat the in-division Panthers, and their home-field advantage will help in this one. Despite that, I picked the Saints to win the Super Bowl, and the run starts now.
Saints 31, Falcons 27
3. Steelers @ Buccaneers
This Monday nighter looked like a snooze-fest pre-week one, but now is one of the most intriguing games of the weekend. I expect Ryan Fitzpatrick to stay hot as he goes up against a trash Steelers secondary. Antonio Brown missed practice, and Big Ben made an appearance in Stormy Daniels’ book. It’s been a bad week in the ‘burgh, and things are only going to get worse.
Buccaneers 34, Steelers 23
4. Bengals @ Panthers
A win here for Cincy would cement them as the early favorite to win the AFC North. I don’t like Carolina much, but they’re frisky and going into Charlotte to take one from Cam Newton is no easy task. After a 10-day rest and a win I like the Bengals to keep the momentum going.
Bengals 20, Panthers 13
5. Patriots @ Lions
The Lions are 0-2, and daddy is coming to Detroit to play his apprentice. The Patriots are 17-0 coming off a 10+ point loss and Brady has thrown for 17 touchdowns and 0 picks in those games. The Lions also don’t have Darius Slay. The Lions are likely screwed. Despite this the Lions have to win or else I have to spend 24 hours in a storage closet. Forward down the field.
Lions 50, Patriots 0
6. Broncos @ Ravens
The Broncos are a surprise 2-0 team for me, and after starting the year with two straight road games they have to travel to Baltimore. Flacco looked bad against a team that wasn’t the Bills, and the offense seems to lack fire-power for the 50th year in a row. The home-field advantage will keep it close, and I think a Case Keenum mistake hands this one to the Ravens.
Ravens 22, Broncos 18
7. Colts @ Eagles
Frank Reich is coaching against his former team, and Carson Wentz returns. The Colts had an impressive road win against the Redskins, but the Eagles and the Linc will be gassed up for the return of their Messiah.
Eagles 34, Colts 24
8. 49ers @ Chiefs
The 9ers got their first win, but now have the tough task of having to play the hottest team in the league in their home opener. San Francisco doesn’t exactly have the best defense either, and I think Mahomes rips it up once again.
Chiefs 41, 49ers 20
9. Raiders @ Dolphins
The 0-2 Raiders travel to play the 2-0 Dolphins in the Stephen Ross build your own damn stadium revenge game. The Raiders blew their game in Denver, and now have to travel cross country to play at the Hard Rock. I like the Dolphins to get to 3-0.
Dolphins 33, Raiders 13
10. Cowboys @ Seahawks
Both of these teams have been underwhelming so far. This being the ‘Hawks home opener however, I like their chances against the listless Cowboys.
Seahawks 27, Cowboys 24
11. Packers @ Redskins
The Redskins had a rough go of it against the Colts, and I like them to have a bounce back game against the cheeseheads. The Packers played a more talented Minnesota team tough, but still seem like a squad that needs #12 to carry their dead weight. I like the ‘skins in an upset at home.
Redskins 23, Packers 17
12. Giants @ Texans
Two 0-2 teams desperately looking for a win, I think the Texans come out on top in this one. Eli Manning is bad, and I think Deshaun Watson finds his groove.
Texans 24, Giants 10
13. Titans @ Jaguars
The Jaguars are as consistent as they come, and the Titans are pretty unimpressive through two weeks.
Jaguars 27, Titans 14
14. Bears @ Cardinals
The Cardinals stink. When will we see Rosen?
Bears 28, Cardinals 10
15. Bills @ Vikings
If this isn’t your survival pool pick, you’re insane.
Vikings 41, Bills 18