Here we go…first week of byes
San Francicso 49ers (0-3) at Atlanta Falcons (2-1)
Mike Singletary’s job is safe…for now. Don’t know how safe it will be if the Niners lose this game as I think they will today. The Niners have shown no signs of being able to put it all together. However, they could take advantage of a Falcons team that has a letdown after their exciting win over the Saints last week. In the end, I think the Falcons are able to get up for the game, and take care of business at home.
Falcons 31, 49ers 10
Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-3)
The first edition of the Battle of Ohio probably won’t be much of a battle at all. The Browns are not a good football team, and the Bengals are. I don’t think this one is ever close, though I’ve been wrong about a lot of these kinds of games this season.
Bengals 35, Browns 7
New York Jets (2-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-3)
The Bills have trouble at the quarterback position, and the New York Jets will take full advantage of that in this game. The Jets are putting it all together slowly, especially on offense. I think Mark Sanchez has another big game today, and the Jets rout.
Jets 41, Bills 14
Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at St. Louis Rams (1-2)
I’ll tell you what, I’m a little bit nervous for the Bears’ matchup with the Seahawks, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. The Seahawks have played well in their first three games, beating the Niners and the Chargers while losing to the Broncos. Sam Bradford picked up his first NFL win over the Redskins last week. I’ll maintain that Bradford will be a star until he proves me otherwise. At this point, the Seahawks are the better team, and they can put an early stranglehold on the NFC West with a win here.
Seahawks 30, Rams 20
Denver Broncos (1-2) at Tennessee Titans (2-1)
The Titans have played a decent schedule thus far, with their only loss being to the Steelers. Vince Young will look to continue his career resurgence. I think he’ll have time to throw, and he’s always a threat with his legs. If I told you that the Broncos will be leading the NFL in passing after three weeks, I think you’d have slapped me in the face and showed me a picture of Peyton Manning. Well, they’re averaging about 350 yards in the air per game. That’s Kyle Orton slinging the rock there in Denver. The same Kyle Orton that only won ballgames here in Chicago…
Titans 24, Broncos 17
Detroit Lions (0-3) at Green Bay Packers (2-1)
Is this the day the Lions finally pull off the upset? I don’t think so, as the Packers will be looking to rebound off of their loss to the Bears. I think the Packers are just too good, and they’re playing at home against the Lions. Matthew Stafford is still out, and until he comes back, I can’t back up a pick of the Lions.
Packers 35, Lions 7
Baltimore Ravens (2-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)
I wonder what the combined total score of this season series could be. Can we go under 30 points total? That would be incredible, but it’s entirely possible. I would not be at all surprised if the final score today is 3-0. The Ravens are better offensively, so that gives them a slight edge in the game. The Steelers are at home, which makes up for that edge.
Steelers 7, Ravens 6.
Carolina Panthers (0-3) at New Orleans Saints (2-1)
The Saints are a dangerous team this week. Coming off of a home loss to the Falcons, I feel bad for the Panthers this week. Not a close finish.
Saints 34, Panthers 10
Indianapolis Colts (2-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)
The Colts are clearly a better team, but the Jaguars have beaten the Broncos this year. I think they can sort of neutralize Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney by running the ball with Maurice Jones-Drew. The old cliche is that if you keep a team’s offense off the field, you will control the game. But with the Colts, it doesn’t matter how long Peyton has the ball. All they care about is putting touchdown after touchdown on the board. This one could be close, but the Colts win.
Colts 31, Jaguars 20
Houston Texans (2-1) at Oakland Raiders (1-2)
Darren McFadden is playing well, which is the only semblance of an offense Oakland has. Texans roll.
Texans 24, Raiders 7
Washington Redskins (1-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-1)
Ahh…Donovan McNabb returns to Philadelphia. A lot of debate this week was about whether or not the Philly fans would boo McNabb. They absolutely will, whether they should or not (They shouldn’t). In the end, I think the Eagles and Michael Vick will run all over the Redskins. Vick is playing out of his mind, and will continue to impress.
Eagles 31, Redskins 14
Arizona Cardinals (2-1) at San Diego Chargers (1-2)
The Chargers haven’t played very well so far this season. The Cardinals haven’t played a great schedule, and the only time they played a good team, they were demolished by the Falcons. This is a good opportunity for the Chargers to get back on track.
Chargers 24, Cardinals 10
Chicago Bears (3-0) at New York Giants (1-2)
The Bears have a great chance to be 4-0 tonight. I think the teams matchup with each other really well. This could come down to who makes fewer mistakes. Right now, the edge goes to the Bears. Plus, the Bears are under way less pressure than the Giants at this point. I’ve heard a few people question Tom Coughlin’s job status if he loses this game. The Giants desperation could win out, but I think at this point, the Bears are a better team.
Bears 30, Giants 17
New England Patriots (2-1) at Miami Dolphins (2-1)
A Monday Night battle for at least a share of the AFC East lead after a quarter of the season. The Pats offense has been playing well, but the Dolphins are that team that tend to give everyone problems. This should be a really good game, and I’m looking forward to watching it.
Patriots 21, Dolphins 17