Onto my week 3 picks & predictions:
Titans @ Giants-- I have no faith in the Giants whatsoever. They play without pride, passion, and leadership, and the coaching has been dreadful. Never before in my life did I ever see a coach draft a DT in the 2nd round; then not even dress him in a big game. This team is clueless and the coaches and staff are a joke. Of course, the way my luck is going, the Giants will win BECAUSE I picked against them. PREDICTION: TITANS
Bengals @ Panthers-- The Bengals played on defense the way I thought they would play last week. No surprise to me at all. Jimmy Clausen will prove to be an upgrade over Matt Moore in the long run, but not in this game. Bengals defense gets it done again. PREDICTION: BENGALS
Cowboys @ Texans-- I don't care how rich Jerry Jones is or how desperate the Cowboys are for this win. They won't get it. The Texans are a better team right now. They have the better QB, the better WR's the better running game, the better O-line, and showed a lot of heart last week coming back from 17 points down. The Cowboys have the fancier field, but Trillion-dollar; 50,000 square foot television screens don't help you win games. The team that the "experts" pick every year to be the Superbowl Champions will fall to 0-3. Texans keep rolling. PREDICTION: TEXANS
49ers @ Chiefs-- Despite the 0-2 start, the 49ers are the better team here. The Chiefs defense and special teams will keep them in the game somewhat. But, Matt Cassel has been awful, and now there's descension in the backfield. I have to question the intelligence of a coach who benches a RB in Jamaal Charles who had a 70 yard TD run against the Chargers. 49ers have the better coach and the better defense, so I'm rolling with them. PREDICTION: 49ERS
Steelers @ Buccaneers-- The Steelers defense has been dominating. But, I'm not inclined to believe they can keep winning with virtually no offense. They had 21 yards passing last week. They have ONE offensive TD for the entire season. Field goals and luck won't cut it against an improving Bucs team at home. I'll take Josh Freeman over Byron Leftwich. PREDICTION: BUCCANEERS
Bills @ Patriots-- The Bills are dreadfully bad. Ryan Fitzpatrick won't fix that. Why the coach feels Fitzpatrick gives them a better chance to win than Brian Brohm does is beyond me. It won't matter. The Patriots are home and pissed off after their lackluster performance against the Jets. This one will be a blowout. PREDICTION: PATRIOTS
Browns @ Ravens-- Is Seneca Wallace REALLY a better option than the rookie - Colt McCoy? What have you got to lose by playing the rookie at this point? Jake Delhomme is - well - Jake Delhomme. Seneca Wallace is a career back-up, and not the future of your franchise. Are EITHER of them really any better than McCoy or Brady Quinn - the QB they traded away? The decision-making by this franchise has been questionable at best. Expect the Ravens to bounce back in a big way. PREDICTION: RAVENS
Lions @ Vikings-- A match-up of two 0-2 teams. Who would have thought that a few weeks ago? The Lions have shown that they can compete with anyone this season; even without Matthew Stafford. They have an offense that should be respected, and the running game has returned to Detroit after about a 15-year absence. Brett Favre should have stayed retired and won't be a determining factor in this contest. Expect Adrian Peterson to do the Lions in. The Lions are a work in progress on defense; despite the upgrades they've made. They'll play better, but not well enough to stop AP on the road. Peterson - at home - outplays Javid Best.
Falcons @ Saints-- The Saints found a way to win two games they really should have lost. I guess that's what good teams do. Atlanta had their coming out party on offense last week. The feeling is that carries over into this pivitol division match-up. The Saints will miss Reggie Bush more than they realize. The Falcon's defense will be able to concentrate more on defending the Saints receivers without worrying about the big-play threat Bush imposes. The Falcons pull off the upset to hand the Champs their first loss. PREDICTION: FALCONS
Redskins @ Rams--The Rams are giving Sam Bradford absolutely no help at all. Bradford's doing well. But, this Rams team (which I picked both times to win, by the way) gave away two winable games already. You can't do that and expect to improve. They look better this season, but don't play, as a team, with the confidence they should. I'm not letting this team burn me in the pick ems for a 3rd week in a row. PREDICTION: REDSKINS
Eagles @ Jaguars-- Benching Kevin Kolb in favor of Michael Vick is not the right decision. This franchise will pay for it in the long run. Still, I saw nothing from the Jaguars last week to make be believe they have any chance at all to pull off the upset here. Jones-Drew is just not getting the ball enough.
Colts @ Broncos-- The Broncos will give the Colts a better fight than the lackluster Giants did. Kyle Orton is thriving in this offense. But, it won't be enough to defeat one of the best QB's any of us will ever see. Not quite the blowout like the Giants game. But, the Colts take it to improve to 2-1.
Raiders @ Cardinals-- Neither team impresses me. The defenses are both suspect. The Cardinals have the edge as WR. The Raiders have the edge at QB with Gradkowski. I'll go with the team with the improving running game. McFadden gets it going again. PREDICTION: RAIDERS
Chargers @ Seahawks-- I have a feeling the Seahawks will bounce-back somewhat from that loss to the Broncos. But, I just don't think there's enough there to compete with Phillip Rivers and the Chargers offense. Close game, but the Chargers take it. PREDICTION: CHARGERS
Jets @ Dolphins-- Both defenses have been impressive. Both offenses have struggled at times. Still, I'm not sold on Mark Sanchez outscoring a team with a solid defense. I expect the Dolphins defense to once again take control of the game in their home opener. The self-proclaimed future Superbowl Champions fall to 1-2. PREDICTION: DOLPHINS
Packers @ Bears-- I'm not drinking the Jay Cutler koolaid just yet. The Bears are a team that, in all honesty, should have lost to the Lions. The Packers are firing on all cylinders right now, and have the offense and defense to beat just about anyone. Clay Matthews will get after Cutler and not allow him to sit back there and pick the defense apart. Even without Ryan Grant, I've gotta go with Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings over Jay Cutler and WR/CB/KR/PR/whatever Devin Hester. PREDICTION: PACKERS