Another week at 9-7. When will this streak end? I guess I am now 6 games over .500 for the season, but I am looking forward to a big week of predictions coming soon. As we now have two teams on the bye, we are down to 15 games this week, making it impossible for me to go 9-7. Right? Well, let’s see what I got.
Week 3 Record: 9-7
Total Record: 27-21
All times eastern.
Miami Dolphins (1-2) @ CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-2), 8:25 p.m.
So far this season, the Dolphins have not done too much to impress anyone, and I don’t think that changes in this one. Though 1-2, the Bengals are still a very talented roster and are certainly dangerous in the playoff race moving forward. Playing at home in the primetime of Thursday, I like the Bengals.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-2) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3), 9:30 a.m. (in London, England)
SHOOTOUT ALERT! SHOOTOUT ALERT! I like this game to have a lot of points, and it could easily finish with both teams in the 30s. In the Bortles vs. Luck matchup, I think Luck has the advantage. Jalen Ramsey will have his hands full with T.Y. Hilton, but I think we could see a nice day for both quarterbacks in England.
Tennessee Titans (1-2) @ HOUSTON TEXANS (2-1), 1:00 p.m.
Even without J.J. Watt, this Texans’ defense is not something to mess with. Looking to pick up for the loss of Watt, their defense will be ready for Marcus Mariota and the shaky Tennessee offense. On the other side of the ball, the Texans also have two very solid weapons for Brock Osweiler. Both Nuk Hopkins and Will Fuller V are in for a big game this weekend.
Cleveland Browns (0-3) @ WASHINGTON REDSKINS (1-2), 1:00 p.m.
Neither team has looked good to this point, and I’m not sure how much better they are going to get. Sure, Terrelle Pryor had a breakout week last week, but that will not carry over as well as some think. Kirk Cousins has enough weapons to bring the Redskins back to .500 and relevance in the NFC.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-1) @ New York Jets (1-2), 1:00 p.m.
Can you have confidence in a guy who throws 6 interceptions one week and then goes up against one of the best pass defenses in the league the next week? No? Yeah, that’s what I thought. I like the Seahawks to move to 3-1 despite looking rather shaky on offense so far.
Buffalo Bills (1-2) @ NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-0), 1:00 p.m.
Even without Tom Brady, the Patriots are right on track to start the season 4-0. Easily one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL, the Pats are going to get another W at home against the underperforming Bills.
CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-2) @ Atlanta Falcons (2-1), 1:00 p.m.
Matt Ryan might be playing outstanding football right now, but the Panthers have an outstanding defense. The Panthers have struggled to this point in the season, but getting this road victory over a solid Falcons’ team would be a great win for the rest of the season.
OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-1) @ Baltimore Ravens (3-0), 1:00 p.m.
With one of the most surprising starts to the season, the Ravens are 3-0. The defense has been stout and Joe Flacco has avoided major errors. Still, I just cannot fathom them starting 4-0. The Raiders have proven they are ready to play this season and after two weaker games from Amari Cooper, it’s time for him to breakout on Baltimore.
DETROIT LIONS (1-2) @ Chicago Bears (0-3), 1:00 p.m.
The Bears just aren’t any good. It’s that simple. They are not looking any good through three weeks and I don’t think that changes against the hot connection of Matthew Stafford and Marvin Jones. Don’t expect the Bears to stop that offense very often come Sunday.
DENVER BRONCOS (3-0) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2), 4:05 p.m.
The defense is great. The offense is moving the ball. The Broncos are 3-0. Going into Tampa Bay isn’t as easy as it used to be, but Jameis Winston will still struggle under the constant pressure of Denver. Watch for Denver to move to 4-0 here.
Los Angeles Rams (2-1) @ ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-2), 4:25 p.m.
Another team that has had an underwhelming start to the season, I expect the Cardinals to get back on track at home in this one. With two outstanding defenses, points could come at a premium. However, I like the downfield passing attack of Arizona to strike for a late touchdown to seal the deal.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (0-3) @ San Diego Chargers (1-2), 4:25 p.m.
SHOOTOUT ALERT! SHOOTOUT ALERT! This is another game that could exhibit lots of points, and that serves well for both Philip Rivers and Drew Brees. Both quarterbacks can really chuck the ball, but I like Brees to win that battle every time. The Chargers have a slight defensive advantage, but I doubt Brees will let his team start 0-4.
DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-2), 4:25 p.m.
The 49ers just really aren’t a good football team, and the Cowboys are far better. Even on the road, this has the makings of a blowout. Look for Ezekiel Elliot to run all over the field and Dak Prescott should have plenty of time to find his targets.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1), 8:30 p.m.
Game of the Week. To me, this is the best match-up we are going to see all week. Both teams are 2-1 and are true Super Bowl contenders in the AFC. The Steelers definitely have the upper hand on offense, but the Chiefs defense is very good. As a reminder for the rest of the league, both of these teams are stilling missing their starting running backs. Watch out, NFL, watch out.
New York Giants (2-1) @ MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-0), 8:30 p.m.
Another big offense vs. defense matchup, the question in this one is: How will Eli and the Giants be able to attack the Vikings’ defense? In back-to-back weeks, the Vikings have shut down Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton, and Eli is definitely a step below them. Most people would not have predicted the Vikings to start 4-0, but it certainly is a high possibility now.