After another rough week, I’m feeling as confident as a Kareem Hunt fantasy owner. Here are my week 3 picks.
Last Week’s Record: 11-5
Season Record: 21-10
I’m not sure if Todd Gurley can keep up this bounce back season, but his revival, the improved play of Jared Goff and the defense give the Rams a pretty decent team. San Francisco’s defense played well against Seattle last week, but the offense only put up 9 points and will have to score more against another top defense. Give me Goff and the boys.
Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars (Game Played in London)
If the Ravens can contain Leonard Fournette and force the Jaguars to throw, this game is in the bag. Baltimore’s defense has forced 10 turnovers through 2 games, and that’s the worst thing Blake Bortles could possibly here. Jacksonville’s defense will keep it close.
Houston Texans @ New England Patriots
I am a huge Deshaun Watson fan. I think he’s a winner, and will be a great quarterback in this league in a few years. That being said, he’s a rookie about to get his 2nd start ever against the reigning champs on the road. Watson will give the Pats defense fits with his legs, and the Texans defensive front 7 will make life tough for Tom Brady and the offense, but Houston won’t be able to score enough to keep up with the Patriots.
Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills
The Bills offense managed only a field goal against the Panthers defense last week, and now they face an even tougher defense in Denver. That, plus Trevor Siemian and the Broncos offense clicking on all cylinders points toward a sad day for the Bills mafia.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Chicago Bears
By the end of this game, Mitch Trubisky will be the most talked about quarterback in the league because he’ll likely be named the starter. It’s going to be a rough day for Mike Glennon and the Bears.
Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions
The Lions and Matthew Stafford are playing great football, and I want to pick them, but Atlanta is the more talented team so I’ll take them on the road, but I won’t be surprised if I’m wrong on this one.
Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts
This is one of those games the Browns simply must win. The Colts played Arizona tough last week, but I’m pretty sure that was a case of Arizona sucking rather than the Colts being good. Opportunities to get a win like this don’t happen often for Cleveland, and I think Hue Jackson’s squad will be able to take advantage.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings
I’m taking the Buccaneers to win this game, I love their offensive firepower. The availability of Sam Bradford injury question have me thinking this game could go one of two ways. If Bradford is healthy, then this is a close game, as Minnesota’s offense will click better than with Case Keenum, and Kwon Alexander is dealing with a hamstring injury which will hurt the middle of the Bucs defense. If Bradford is out, this game isn’t close.
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA! The Dolphins are benefiting from an easy start to their schedule and will easily pick up a win against the lowly Jets.
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
I’m torn on this one. On one hand, the Giants offense has been absolutely awful. On the other hand, they have so many weapons in the passing game, and they might be due at this point. Regardless, the Eagles are at home and are playing very well on both sides of the ball.
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers
My upset pick for the week. The Saints defense can’t possibly get any worse, and the Carolina offense hasn’t been anything to spectacular so far this season. Look for Drew Brees to put up big numbers against the Panthers secondary.
Seattle Seahawks @ Tennessee Titans
The Titan’s offense faces its biggest test of the season against Seattle, who limps into Tennessee after narrowly beating the 49ers at home. Seattle’s struggling offense hasn’t been able to keep up with good teams so far this season and their defense, while still among the best in the league, can’t keep them in games against better teams.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Green Bay Packers
The real question isn’t who will win this game, but will the Bengals actually score a touchdown? Andy Dalton needs a good game to save his career.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers
Andy Reid’s team is currently the best team in the NFL (That won’t last long Patriots fans) and head to Los Angeles with everything, the run game, the passing game, and the defense, clicking. The Chargers may be able to ride some home field momentum to keep it close, but that is likely it.
Oakland Raiders @ Washington Redskins
Oakland is playing like the best team in the NFL, and the Redskins offense has been inconsistent so far. Should make for a good Sunday night game, but Beast Mode and his squad should take care of business.
Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona Cardinals
Arizona limped out of Indianapolis with the win last week, but any idea of them contending for a playoff spot this year may have been left there. Dallas struggled against Denver’s top defense last week, and Ezekiel Elliot will be out to win back fan support.