The Redskins and 49ers look to bounce back from losses
Week two brought plenty of action as the Bills, Bears and Chargers all won on last second plays. The Chiefs continued an impressive start so far with a win over the Cowboys and on the other hand the Redskins continued a slow start falling short against the Packers this past week. In the battle of the NFC West, the Seattle Seahawks overtook the favored 49ers, establishing dominance, for now. Looking forward to week three, we will see the Redskins try get in the win column against the Lions (no easy task), a battle of rookie QB's in Geno Smith of the Jets and EJ Manuel of the Bills and of course a well-anticipated potential thriller (not) as the Broncos take on the Raiders on Monday night.
Regarding our fantastic, all-knowing SCO experts Sam Popper continues to widen his lead after another impressive 12-4 week. Rohan again finds himself trailing the rest of the pack after another very average week. The standings go as follows:
Chiefs at Eagles
Andy Reid's return to Philly will be emotional. But expect Kansas City's conservative west coast, offensive scheme to not be enough against Chip Kelly's revolutionary offense that has put up 31.5 points per game this year.
Despite the Eagles' close loss to the Chargers last week, I still think Chip Kelly's high-octane offense is too much for defense's to handle. And the Chiefs offense isn't dynamic enough to keep up.
Chip Kelly will focus on the defense this week in practice and the offense should be able to put enough to thwart Andy Reid's homecoming.
This is the best game of the week plotting the return to Philadelphia of head coach Andy Reid of the Chiefs. The Eagles are coming off a hard defeat to the Chargers and I believe with work on the defensive side of the game they can pull off the win.
Packers at Bengals
Even though RB Eddie Lacy will likely be sidelined due to a concussion, the Packers have enough offense with QB Aaron Rodgers to lead the Pack to victory.
The Packers have too many weapons on offense, especially now with the possible rebirth of running back James Starks. And outside of A.J. Green, there is no one I trust on the offensive side of the ball for the Bengals.
Aaron Rodgers should outlast Andy Dalton in this shootout
After an impressive victory last week against the Redskins I believe the Packers will continue to win and defeat the Bengals.
Rams at Cowboys
The Rams are quietly becoming an elite passing offense, averaging the fourth most passing yards per game in the NFL. The Cowboys will have trouble keeping up with the injuries to WR Dez Bryant and QB Tony Romo.
I still believe in the Rams, and I'm still very hesitant on the Cowboys. Playing in Dallas' dome, the Rams' speedy playmakers Tavon Austin and Chris Givens should be able to take advantage of the fast track. Hopefully, this Rams defense I've been hyping up, especially the front four, will be able to cause problems for a shaky Dallas offensive line.
Jason Garret will have his troops ready to go after last week's tight loss to the Chiefs.
Although the Rams did lose to the Falcons, they put up a fight. With enough work in the week that effort will translate into a victory over the Cowboys with there ever mediocre quarterback Tony Romo.
Chargers at Titans
Both these teams have been surprisingly competitive this season. The outcome of the game will be solely dependent on the play of Chargers QB Philip Rivers. In a close game I find the Titans' defense to be just too good.
For the second straight week, the Chargers will be traveling across the country to play a 1 pm ET (10 am PT) game, and that could lead to a slow start. The Titans have impressed me the last two weeks, and I see them squeaking out a win here.
Those Titans will win it at home at San Diego. Running back Chris Johnson will go on a tear.
I underestimated the Chargers last week and I apologize to my hometown team and P-riv. That said, I do believe they will win this week after their strong showing and the running of Chris Johnson will not be enough to stop him.
Browns at Vikings
With starting QB Brandon Weeden sidelined due to injury and RB Trent Richardson traded to Indianapolis, expect no firepower from Cleveland on Sunday.
The cupboard is pretty bare in Cleveland. Quarterback Brandon Weeden is hurt, Trent Richardson's just been traded, and the Browns have rarely had talent in general the last several years. Although the Browns' defense is fairly stout, the offense is laughable, and I think, unbelievably, that Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder will be the best quarterback on the field.
Wow, Adrian Peterson vs Trent Richardson, that's a great matchup! Wait, what's that you say? Richardson got traded… oh. Awkward.
After barely losing last week, the Vikings will be able to pull off the victory.
Buccaneers at Patriots
After the Buccaneers lost both of their games by a combined 4 points, the Patriots' defense will be the difference maker at home.
With the way the Patriots have looked these last two weeks, they could be on upset alert. But the Buccaneers are just so inept. Quarterback Josh Freeman has continued to struggle, and he has few playmakers around him to exploit a suspect New England secondary. I'll take the Patriots just because of Tom Brady. He will be able to shred a very good Buccaneer secondary with the short passing game.
New England is just a better team than Tampa Bay. Plus they're at home.
Although the Bucs had a disheartening loss against the Saints last week, they face the always-solid Patriots who should be able to win this one.
Cardinals at Saints
I'm going to say the same thing that I've said every week about the Saints. They are flying under the radar and are a scary team to face on your schedule with their new and improved defense allowing just 15.5 points per game.
The better quarterback will win this game, and Saints' QB Drew Brees is top five in the league.
Brees and the Saints' offense should have a field day at home against Arizona.
With the Saints winning the last two games at the dying embers, they have appeared to be shaky. This week they will not get lucky and the Cardinals will be able to make that final play to secure them the win.
Lions at Redskins
The Redskins are in major trouble defensively. They rank last in the NFL in yards per game with a whopping 511.5, and rank 31 in the NFL in points allowed per game with a horrible 35.5 points per game. Who will cover Megatron? Who will stop Reggie Bush? And worst of all, Can RG3 get back on his game? These are all saddening questions for the hometown Skins.
I think this game will be a tight one. While I fully expect Calvin Johnson to embarrass the Redskins' terrible secondary, I'll go with the home team since the game will be so close.
It's hard to see the Redskins winning this game against the new offensive trio in the motor city. RGIII's rust is also still apparent.
With RGIII still looking like he is scared to even throw the ball in the pocket, the Lions will dispatch of the Redskins pretty easily in this one.
Giants at Panthers
A troubling loss last week against the Bills sent the Panthers back far. I can't see the Giants going 0-3; Eli Manning won't allow it.
The Panthers have shown over the past few years that they are quite adept at blowing leads at the end of games. Their offense is inconsistent, and I can't trust them, so I'm picking the Giants by default.
Eli and big blue have got to get off the slide, and Tom Coughlin knows it.
I have to say sorry to Giants fans in advance but I just can't pick a team with a quarterback who threw 4 interceptions the week before. The Panthers should be able to win this one.
Texans at Ravens
The Ravens' troubles this season have not been from the defense, but from the offense. Ray Rice's injury does not help this problem. The Texans' defense will have a big day against the Ravens.
The Texans have been through some close calls the last couple weeks, winning in the final seconds or in overtime. But the Ravens have looked very unimpressive, especially last week when they let the BROWNS hang around almost all game. And for the third straight week I'm asking: who else is catching passes for the Ravens?
Look for Baltimore's defense to come up with some big stops down the stretch.
I'll be the first one to admit that my pick against the Ravens last week was not the smartest, but in my defense sometimes you just have a feeling and apparently its was way off. I'm still going to have to pick against the Ravens in this one. The Texans somehow found a way to win last week even with a terrible throw from Matt Schaub. The Texans won't find it easy, but they will win.
Falcons at Dolphins
The Dolphins have impressed on defense this season. But can they do it again against the firepower from the Falcons? Not yet.
The Falcons held on last week against the Rams while the Dolphins have played well and have gotten off to a nice 2-0 start. Still, in an offensive-minded league, I trust Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. The Dolphins just don't have the firepower to keep up.
Give me the Falcons explosive aerial attack against a weak Miami D.
After a breakout game from Julio Jones, the Falcons will ride the wave they are creating for themselves and cruise to victory.
Bills at Jets
I'm missing my Jets magic from Week 1, so I'm going back to them this week at home against an overconfident Bills team.
I like the Bills' offensive skill players better than the Jets'. Defensive end Mario Williams is coming off a 4.5 sack performance and could have another big day pursuing the Jets' rookie QB Geno Smith.
EJ Manuel hasn't been terrible and I think that the Bills can control the clock with CJ Spiller.
After being the only one to pick them last week, I have some confidence in the Bills and believe they can win this one too.
Colts at 49ers
The Niners were flat out embarrassed by a division rival last week. They are an angry team and unfortunately for the Colts, they will face that anger and they will struggle.
It won't be as lopsided as the Seahawks game, but the 49ers are clearly the better team in nearly every way.
The arrival of Trent Richardson will be a big help for the Colts this season, but unfortunately the league's best run defense should bottle him up this week.
After a torrid time in Seattle, the 49ers will bounce back and win this one.
Jaguars at Seahawks
The Jacksonville TV station formally apologized for televising this game…
You're really asking me why? You're joking right?
Probably the most lopsided matchup of the season.
Is there a game Jacksonville can win? The Seahawks are coming off a win and look to repeat that feat.
Bears at Steelers
In an upset pick, I like the matchups that the Steelers get on defense, CB Ike Taylor against Bears' WR Brandon Marshall, and I like LB Jarvis Jones against Bears' TE Martellus Bennett. The Steelers offense is shaky, but I'm giving them some love. Also, it's a must-win for Pittsburgh.
The Steelers are becoming a laughing stock, both on and off the field. The Bears should roll.
The Steelers haven't been too impressive this season and the Bears should be riding high after their last minute win last week.
Although the Steelers are getting back Heath Miller for this one, they have barely generated any offense and Big Ben and his receivers do not seem to be on the same page. I believe the Bears will win this one.
Raiders at Broncos
Raiders' QB Terrelle Pryor could make this game interesting with his ability to run, but this game is a blowout. Period.
If the Raiders win, I may consider quitting NFL predictions.
Probably the second most lopsided matchup of the season.
I don't know why but I'm going with my gut and picking the Raiders in this one.
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