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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Week 3

Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it circle around the moon. Welcome back. It’s already Week 3 of the season and boy is time flying. In a couple of weeks all the 4-game suspensions that were handed out will come to a close and in Week 5, everything changes again. Enjoy the games this week!

 

Passing Rushing
Team Score Team Score
PIT 306 PHI 152
LAC 266 CAR 151
NO 264 GB 130
NE 259 DAL 129
TB 259 MIN 129
SF 255 ATL 128
JAX 247 LAC 122
HOU 239 BUF 127
DET 239 NE 121
MIA 237 CLE 116
PHI 236 PIT 116
CIN 234 LAR 116
DEN 234 NYJ 113
NYG 233 SEA 112
ATL 233 NO 108
MIN 226 ARI 106
NYJ 225 NYG 106
WAS 223 WAS 106
OAK 222 KC 106
SEA 222 CIN 104
KC 220 HOU 104
CLE 215 TEN 102
CAR 208 TB 102
CHI 203 MIA 102
GB 203 OAK 102
IND 202 JAX 101
LAR 200 IND 98
DAL 200 DEN 98
BAL 193 CHI 98
ARI 193 SF 97
TEN 185 BAL 97
BUF 164 DET 96

How to read the table: The table shows how a team will do Passing and Rushing in the upcoming week of the NFL. Red is HOT, Yellow is WARM, White is NORMAL, Light Blue is COLD and Dark Blue is FREEZING COLD. Play players from teams that are Red and Yellow, avoid players from teams that are Light or Dark Blue and expect average days from teams that are White.

All times are Eastern

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns – Thursday 8:20pm
There’s a real argument that can be made that the Browns could be 2-0 if they just had a kicker that could make kicks. Both the Jets and Cleveland are evenly matched in this and both defensive units should score well here too. While Cleveland does have a home field advantage, it’s the Jets that have the bigger advantage which will ultimately be Sam Darnold to Quincy Enunwa and Bilal Powell.

 

Favorite: Cleveland Browns by 3
Prediction: New York Jets 24 – Cleveland Browns 21
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins – Sunday 1:00pm
Oakland is a franchise that is at the very bottom of their rebuild and all the draft picks they received for Khalil Mack begins that process. In the meantime, they’ll just try and compete with what they have with Jon Gruden pretending like they should be able to win games. This is the West coast team traveling East trap that many will fall into. Miami’s secondary has held up so far and their passing game is pretty good too. Expect a lot of Kenny Stills in this one as Miami takes advantage of a leaky Oakland secondary. Some may think this a good matchup for Oakland. Those “some” .. would be wrong.

 

Favorite: Miami Dolphins by 3
Prediction: Miami Dolphins 27 – Oakland Raiders 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday 1:00pm
All the Jaguars have really needed all along is a quarterback and Blake Bortles looks like he’s ready to take those reigns. There are a lot of speedy young receivers in Jacksonville and Bortles is starting to make the throws. With their defense and running back, you can expect a post season showdown with New England yet again. Expect some big days from your Jaguar receivers like Keelan Cole and for Blake Bortles to continue to play well. The Titans have.. well.. a snowball’s chance in a 900 degree pizza oven. Trick-plays will work some weeks, then there are other weeks where they all backfire.

 

Favorite: Jacksonville Jaguars by 6.5
Prediction: Jacksonville Jaguars 31 – Tennessee Titans 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs – Sunday 1:00pm
This is going to be a really great game when all is said and done. While most are expecting Patrick Mahomes to throw six touchdowns it’s actually the recently questionable Jimmy Garoppolo that will look the part. It’s a really nice day for the 49ers in the air as they take advantage of Kansas City’s secondary sieve. Expect more pass receiving yards for Matt Breida than rushing yards. Kansas City will plod along, they won’t look as all-world as they have to open the season but in Arrowhead, they’ll find inspiration to get past Jimmy G. and Co. — but not by much.

 

Favorite: Kansas City Chiefs by 6.5
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 23 – San Francisco 49ers 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Indianapolis Colts at Philadelphia Eagles – Sunday 1:00pm
Carson Wentz makes his return and while a lot of folks seem to be predicting a big return, there will be rust and it will show. Expect Wentz to purposely hand the ball off a lot as Philadelphia eases him back into the game. It means a huge day for all of your Philadelphia running backs. The Philadelphia defense is a good one and Indianapolis is a long way off both on offense and defense and this game, in Philadelphia, will be too much for the Colts to handle as it gets away from them in a hurry. Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton will be alive and well but mainly due to the fact that Indianapolis will need to throw the ball a ton to try and keep up on the scoreboard.

 

Favorite: Philadelphia Eagles by 6.5
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 33 – Indianapolis Colts 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

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