The Rams look to go 4-0 after taking care of the Chargers last week. They will take on a Vikings (1-1-1) team that looked lost in a 27-6 loss to previously winless Buffalo. Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins looked more like a rookie than the Bills’ Josh Allen. Cousins threw an interception and was sacked four times. Bad news for the Vikings – the Rams defense is better than the Bills’… L.A. Rams 33, Minnesota 20.
The Falcons (1-2) can’t catch a break. A murderous early season schedule could do Atlanta in. QB Matt Ryan and company face the 2-1 Bengals on Sunday. Cincinnati lost its first game of the season last week dropping a 31-21 decision to Carolina, which just happens to be the only team the Falcons have beaten this season. If A beats B and B beats C…yeah, you get the idea… Atlanta 33, Cincinnati 28.
The Bears squeaked out another win though it was over the winless (0-3) Arizona Cardinals. Chicago trailed 14-3 at the half but managed to comeback. The Bears are averaging 23.5 points per game. Tampa Bay scored 31 in a half against New Orleans. If the Bears can’t score, they can’t win… Tampa Bay 30, Chicago 23.
The Lions finally had a 100-yard rusher last week and it paid off. Detroit beat New England 26-10. Will they look more like the team that beat the Patriots or the one that lost ugly to the Jets? Dallas (1-2) has some problems of its own namely scoring points. The Cowboys’ 13.7 points per game is 31st in the league. Still, they are playing at home… Dallas 17, Detroit 13.
The Bills looked like a completely different team last week as QB Josh Allen played like a poised veteran. Nobody really wants to win the NFC North as Green Bay fell to 1-1-1 with a loss to Washington last week. The last time Buffalo played at Lambeau Field (2010) they got beat by 27 (34-7). The Bills haven’t won in Green Bay since the glory days of 1991… Green Bay 38, Buffalo 15.
The Eagles moved to 2-1 with a win over Indianapolis last week. The win marked the return of starting quarterback Carson Wentz who went 25-of-37 for 255 yards and one touchdown. Tennessee is also 2-1 after a surprising 9-6 win over AFC South Division rival Jacksonville. The Titans are playing great defense, but the Eagles have Wentz back. The last time the teams played was in 2014. Philadelphia won. Tennessee won the four previous games. Advantage, home team… Tennessee 23, Philadelphia 20.
The Colts (1-2) kept it close against Philadelphia last week. They will face a Texans team that is now 0-3 after a loss to the New York Giants (1-2).. Houston lost both games to the Colts last year, games Luck didn’t play. The Texans won the previous two times in Indianapolis. Make it three… Houston 22, Indianapolis 17.
The Dolphins, not the Patriots, sit atop the AFC East after three weeks. New England has lost two in a row for the first time in a long time. Miami has wins over Tennessee (2-1), the Jets (1-2), and Oakland (1-2). This will be their first real test. They will likely fail… New England 38, Miami 30.
The Jets are coming off a loss to Cleveland, which hadn’t won a game in almost two years. Rookie QB Sam Darnold had a tough night. Now, he faces a much better defense in Jacksonville’s. The Jags are coming off a tough 9-6 loss to Tennessee. The Jets are going to take the wrath of the Jags on Sunday… Jacksonville 35, N.Y. Jets 14.
The Browns are flying high after their first win in 19 games, a 21-17 victory over the Jets last week. Now, they travel to Oakland, which is reeling after a 28-20 loss to Miami. The Raiders put up 434 yards of offense last week but turned the ball over twice. If rookie Baker Mayfield starts, another win is possible. Playing on the West Coast is difficult though, especially for a rookie. Raiders get their first win… Oakland 21, Cleveland 17.
It is quite possible the Cardinals are the worst team in the NFL. Currently 0-3, the Cards now get Seattle (1-2) which is coming off its first win of the season, a 24-13 defeat of Dallas. The Seahawks finally took some of the heat off of QB Russell Wilson with a running game that featured Chris Carson gaining 102 yards. Arizona is averaging three points per game on offense. Yes, you read that right, three… Seattle 17, Arizona 10.
The Giants nabbed their first win of the season last week, a 27-22 win over Houston. The Saints come into Sunday’s game on the heels of a 43-37 win over Atlanta. New Orleans put up 534 yards of offense and the Saints are averaging nearly 31 points per game. New York still struggles to run the football (74.5 yards per game, 28th in the NFL)… New Orleans 28, N.Y. Giants 20.
A pair of 1-2 teams with playoff aspirations meet on Sunday when the 49ers travel down the coast to take on the Chargers in Los Angeles. The Chargers are supposed to compete for an AFC West crown, but a difficult early season schedule has them off to a poor start. The Niners may have lost QB Jimmy Garoppolo for the season and they really need to figure out how to play some defense. Giving up 30 points a game just won’t cut it… L.A. Chargers 28, San Francisco 24.
The Ravens are perfect in the red zone so far this season. They have scored touchdowns on all 12 trips inside an opponents’ 20-yard line. If they get inside the Steelers 20-yard line this week they are going to have to score. Baltimore has not beaten Pittsburgh in three straight tries and they haven’t won in Pittsburgh since 2015. This might be their night… Baltimore 23, Pittsburgh 20.
Can anyone stop Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes? His three touchdowns last week gives the second-year signal caller 10 for the season. The Chiefs are 3-0 and average over 39 points per game. Denver sacked Seattle QB Russell Wilson six times in the season opener. Can they do that to Mahomes? The Chiefs have beaten Denver five times in a row. It’ll be six after Monday night… Kansas City 34, Denver 28.
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2018 NFL Football Season