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Sept. 27, 2015

NFL Week 3 Predictions

by Robert Pfefferle, Online Sports Editor, Sandeep David, Online Opinions Editor, Lauren Frost, Online Entertainment Editor and Charles Lott, Online Features Editor
Standings:
1. Bobby: 20-12
2. Sandeep: 17-15
3. Charlie: 17-15
4. Lauren: 13-19

Redskins at Giants
Bobby: Redskins
Sandeep: Giants
Lauren: Redskins
Charlie: Giants

Bobby says: My upset pick of the week. Washingtonís short run offense looked very impressive last week against St.Louis. Rookie running back Matt Jones ran for 123 yards last week. He wonít do it again, but he could be the difference maker.
Sandeep says: The Redskins looked impressive, but they were carried by their running backs. If the Giants can stop that, Kirk Cousins will crumble under the pressure.
Lauren says: The Redskins looked impressive against a strong Rams team last week, if they are able to replicate that they will able to win this game.
Charlie says: The Giants will implement a passing offense focused on Odell Beckham and the Redskins will go to the ground behind Matt Jones and Alfred Morris. I think Eli can still dominate this game, and Cousins will throw multiple interceptions against the Giantsí secondary.

Falcons at Cowboys
Bobby: Falcons
Sandeep: Falcons
Lauren: Falcons
Charlie: Falcons

Bobby says: The Cowboys are beat up. Meanwhile Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are one of the best QB and Wide Receiver combos in the league. Even if Dallasí backfield can keep up, Brandon Weeden wonít.
Sandeep says: The Cowboys had a great squad coming into the season but are now plagued by injuries. The Falcons, conversely are looking sharp.
Lauren says: The Cowboys are plagued by injuries to many of their key players and the Falcons should be able to beat the Cowboys depleted roster.
Charlie says: The Cowboys looked good at the beginning of the season, but now Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are both out and Jason Witten also has some injury concerns. Matt Ryan will feed Julio Jones all night.

Colts at Titans
Bobby: Colts
Sandeep: Colts
Lauren: Colts
Charlie: Colts

Bobby says: I really shouldnít be trusting the Colts anymore, but I have no more faith in the Titans. Hopefully Andrew Luck can finally find his groove against a mediocre Titans defense.
Sandeep says: I may have cried a bit on Monday but I still have faith in Andrew Luck and the Colts wide receivers. #feedmoncrief
Lauren says: The Colts have looked awful so far this season but this is their chance to get back on track.
Charlie says: The Colts have looked terrible so far this season, but they can still pull out a victory against the Titans. Andrew Luck will bounce back and with T.Y. Hilton healthy, the Colts will get their first win of the year.

Raiders at Browns
Bobby: Browns
Sandeep: Raiders
Lauren: Browns
Charlie: Raiders

Bobby says: Josh McCown is back as starter in the quarterback slot. I think Manziel is the man to go to, but regardless the Browns offense should stay hot. Oakland had a fluke win last week.
Sandeep says: The Raiders looked very impressive last week, thrashing the Ravens. The Browns, on the other hand, are as dismal as always.
Lauren says: Though the Raiders looked good against Baltimore last week I think that says more about the Ravens than the Raiders offense. The Browns have looked surprisingly decent and will get the win this week.
Charlie says: I donít trust Johnny Manziel as far as I can throw him. Derek Carr looked like the real deal last week and he has a better team around him.

Bengals at Ravens
Bobby: Ravens
Sandeep: Bengals
Lauren: Bengals
Charlie: Bengals

Bobby says: The Ravens started the season with a couple rough road games, but donít forget about their competitive game against Denver. This 0-2 team is desperate to get moving, and I think they will back at home this weekend.
Sandeep says: The Bengals have an incredibly talented team this season and have been exceeding expectations. The Ravens, on the other hand, got stomped on by the Raiders...
Lauren says: The Raiders showed the Ravens weaknesses last week and a much stronger Bengal team will be able to take advantage of them.
Charlie says: Andy Dalton is having a great season, and so are his receivers. The one question is Jeremy Hill, but he should get back to top form against the Ravens.

Jaguars at Patriots
Bobby: Patriots
Sandeep: Patriots
Lauren: Patriots
Charlie: Patriots

Bobby says: Jacksonville isnít as bad as theyíve been in recent years, but they still donít stand a chance in this one.
Sandeep says: With the Patriots on a rampage, the lowly Jaguars will just be another easy win.
Lauren says: Patriots win this game easily against a much much weaker Jags team.
Charlie says: This is one of the easiest matchups of the year for Bill Belichickís squad. Nobody in the NFL can guard Gronk, especially not anybody on the Jaguars.

Saints at Panthers
Bobby: Panthers
Sandeep: Panthers
Lauren: Panthers
Charlie: Panthers

Bobby says: Drew Brees is either out injured, or playing injured. Either way, it doesnít look good for the Saints.
Sandeep says: The Panthers defense is solid and with Drew Brees performing at a subpar level, the Panthers will take this rivalry game.
Lauren says: The Saints performance last week was not great add an injured Breese to the combo and Cam Newton and the Panthers have themselves a win.
Charlie says: Cam Newton looked as good last week as Drew Brees looked bad. Mark Ingram could save the day, but itís unlikely. The Panthers will shut down the pass attack as they have been doing so far this season.

Eagles at Jets
Bobby: Eagles
Sandeep: Jets
Lauren: Eagles
Charlie: Jets

Bobby says: Itís finally time for Philadelphia to win a game. The offense has the potential to be insane, they just have to show it. While the Jets defense has been playing well, theyíre coming off a short week and a little banged up.
Sandeep says: The Jets defense had a tremendous game and stopped Andrew Luck and the Colts passing game cold. With the Eagles also coming off of a shaky start, the Jets should win this.
Lauren says: Although the Jets came up huge last week and the Eagles haven't looked that great the Eagles are due a win and will step it up this week.
Charlie says: Iím staying with the Jets after they came through for me last week. Brandon Marshall is looking at one of the best years of his career, as are Chris Ivory and surprisingly Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Buccaneers at Texans
Bobby: Buccaneers
Sandeep: Buccaneers
Lauren: Buccaneers
Charlie: Buccaneers

Bobby says: Mike Evans is getting healthier, and Jameis Winston is only going to improve with experience. The Texans should give Jameis an opportunity to figure out his offense.
Sandeep says: The Texans are sorely missing star running back Arian Foster. They have attempted the most passes in the NFL and have seen disastrous results. Jameis Winston, on the other hand, was named NFL Rookie of the Week and the Buccaneers offense looks ready to roll.
Lauren says: The combination of Winston and his offensive weapons, who continue to improve, will be too much for the Texans to overcome on both sides of the ball.
Charlie says: Mike Evans is back, completing the three pronged attack with Vincent Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Jameis Winston has plenty of people to throw the ball to.

Chargers at Vikings
Bobby: Vikings
Sandeep: Chargers
Lauren: Vikings
Charlie: Chargers

Bobby says: The Chargers are simply not a good road team. The Vikings defensive line should keep heavy pressure on San Diego all afternoon, and AP will run Minnesota to victory.
Sandeep says: The Chargers haven't looked too good in past weeks but if Philip Rivers can get his act together and the Chargers running game can perform, they have a great chance of winning this one.
Lauren says: If Adrian Peterson can keep running the ball well (which he will) the Vikings will definitely defeat this Chargers team.
Charlie says: Adrian Peterson ran like a madman last week and Keenan Allen looked terrible, but I see this as a bounce back week for Rivers and the Chargers.

Steelers at Rams
Bobby: Steelers
Sandeep: Steelers
Lauren: Steelers
Charlie: Steelers

Bobby says: The Rams run defense struggled to slow rookie RB Matt Jones last week. Now they have to go up against LeíVeon Bell in his season debut. Game over.
Sandeep says: Le'Veon Bell is fresh off his suspension and is ready to steamroll the Rams run defense.
Lauren says: The Rams defense has already had their ups and downs this season and with the addition of Bell the Rams defense is going to cave.
Charlie says: LeíVeon Bell is back, and Antonio Brown once again looks like the best wide receiver in the NFL. Big Ben could hit 40 points for the second week in a row.

49ers at Cardinals
Bobby: Cardinals
Sandeep: Cardinals
Lauren: Cardinals
Charlie: Cardinals

Bobby says: Carson Palmer has yet to be sacked through the first two weeks. If the Arizona offensive line can keep up the work, Palmer should have no trouble dropping bombs on the backfield.
Sandeep says: The 49ers haven't been looking so hot but the Cardinals, with a healthy Carson Palmer, have been looking crisp.
Lauren says: The 49ers looked like a hot mess last week and the Cardinals, who have looked good with QB Palmer in charge will just need to produce what they've been putting out for the last two weeks.
Charlie says: Carson Palmer is one of the better QBís so far this year, and even with the continued absence of Andre Ellington, the birds have this one in the bag.

Bills at Dolphins
Bobby: Bills
Sandeep: Bills
Lauren: Bills
Charlie: Bills

Bobby says: Canít go against the Bills here. The Dolphins offense has looked terrible to start the season, and I donít think much is going to change right now.
Sandeep says: The Bills have been on fire since the start of the season. The Dolphins haven't.
Lauren says: Every aspect of the Bills game looks superior to the Dolphins.
Charlie says: Shady McCoy, Tyrod Taylor, Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin: who doesnít look great on the Bills right now? Pick up Robert Woods and Karlos Williams on your Fantasy Football waiver wire right now to get a piece of this playoff team.

Bears at Seahawks
Bobby: Seahawks
Sandeep: Seahawks
Lauren: Seahawks
Charlie: Seahawks

Bobby says: The Seahawks are 0-2. Thereís no way they fall to 0-3 in Seattle. No way.
Sandeep says: The Seahawks get their sorely missed safety Kam Chancellor back and will easily shut down the weakened Bears offense.
Lauren says: The Seahawks need a win and this is a great chance to step up and get one.
Charlie says: Kam Chancellor is finally back! And with Jay Cutler out, the Bears are unlikely to score this game. Matt Forte needs to perform like he did Week 1.

Broncos at Lions
Bobby: Broncos
Sandeep: Broncos
Lauren: Broncos
Charlie: Broncos

Bobby says: The Lions offensive line has struggled to protect Stafford in the first couple weeks. DeMarcus Ware and the strong Broncos defensive line is going to capitalize.
Sandeep says: I picked against the Broncos last week, but I'm not making that mistake this time. Peyton Manning hit his stride and the Broncos will easily trample the Lions.
Lauren says: Though the Broncos looked off that first week they are definitely back and ready to win.
Charlie says: CJ Anderson doesnít need to step up for the win this game (which he wonít), because Peyton is back and tossing plenty of snaps towards wideouts Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.

Chiefs at Packers
Bobby: Packers
Sandeep: Packers
Lauren: Packers
Charlie: Chiefs

Bobby says: The bottom line is that Pack win at Lambeau.
Sandeep says: Even with a weakened receiving rotation, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are the better team in this matchup.
Lauren says: Packers will get the win at home but this is due to be a interesting game as the Chiefs have looked almost good in the past few games.
Charlie says: Jamaal Charles is better than Eddie Lacy. There, I said it. The Packers are hindered by injuries, which wouldnít usually stop them, but the Chiefs donít look half bad.



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