The Green Bay Packers handled the Buffalo Bills last week for us to advance. Sorry to those who took the Dallas Cowboys, who are in a world of trouble right now. My tempting pick to avoid last week was the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. They escaped San Francisco with a win, but it wasn’t easy. Beware of the road teams, especially on prime time against teams who relish those infrequent games in the spotlight. Check out my game-by-game analysis for Week 3 …
– New York Giants – WIN
– Green Bay Packers – WIN
On to the games…
Bills @ Patriots – It’s funny the way the NFL works. In Week 1, the Patriots dominated the Cincinnati Bengals, who took care of the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2. The Ravens beat the New York Jets in Week 1 while the Jets took care of the Patriots this past weekend. With all of that said, the Patriots will have no problems this weekend against lowly Buffalo. Potential pick in New England.
Bengals @ Panthers – The Panthers are in a world of trouble this season as their strength, the run game, has not been successful. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart owners cannot be happy thus far with their performance, but also due to the fact that Mike Goodson has seen some time on the field, including some red zone plays. Cincinnati looked much better last week than in Week 1, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Expect a Bengal win, but don’t risk the road team if you don’t have to.
Lions @ Vikings – Last year, the Vikings handled Detroit easily. However, in 2008, the Lions stayed with them in both games. I never like to touch this game and I will stay away again, especially with the Lions and Vikings going in opposite directions so far. Even though Detroit is 0-2, they have fought hard in both games and could easily be 2-0.
Steelers @ Buccaneers – This is a very interesting game to see if the Buccaneers are for real or not. They won’t get much of a test from Charlie Batch, but if they can beat the Steelers with that hard-nosed defense, they must be taken seriously. Pass on this game.
Titans @ Giants – This is a big game for both teams who began 1-0 but lost last weekend. The loser will drop to 1-2 and will have some work to do. The Giants were blown out in Indianapolis while the Titans benched Vince Young at the end of last week’s game. Stay away.
49ers @ Chiefs – This would be a big win for Kansas City, but in a must-win type game for San Francisco, I like their chances. A desperate team against a 2-0 team with no pressure or expectations. They looked good on Monday night, despite the turnovers. They’ll correct that enough to pick up a much-needed road win this weekend. The 49ers are the pick, but avoid in survivor.
Cowboys @ Texans – This is the matchup of the week in my opinion. The Cowboys need a win while Houston is already 2-0 and looking for some respect in the state of Texas. While the Cowboys are desperate for a win, Houston will relish the opportunity of being 3-0 with Dallas being 0-3. I just think Dallas will find a way to win after Houston winning that emotional game in overtime on the road. Avoid.
Browns @ Ravens – Baltimore will win this game, but it could be ugly. Ray Rice owners are hoping he rebounds this week, but Cleveland’s defense has not played terrible this season. However, if they could not beat Kansas City at home, there is not much of a chance they beat Baltimore on the road. Ravens are a possible pick.
Falcons @ Saints – Big NFC South game here as the Falcons look to prove they can compete for the division title. Can the Falcons pick off the Saints coming off that late West coast win? It won’t be simple in the ‘Big Easy,’ though. Skip.
Eagles @ Jaguars – Tough game to predict here. You would like to lean towards the Eagles, but not worth the road team survivor selection.
Redskins @ Rams – The Rams have played two close games so far, although it was Arizona and Oakland. The Redskins will come out hungry or flat after that tough loss to Houston. The Redskins lost to the Rams in Week 6 of 2008 when they were flying high at 4-1. They were a popular survivor selection that week. These teams are different now, but I’m going to pass.
Raiders @ Cardinals – Not much to say here. Won’t be a game I’ll be watching Sunday.
Chargers @ Seahawks – How will Seattle respond this week? Will they bring the same intensity as they did Week 1 at home? Skip.
Colts @ Broncos – Colts for the win, but wait until they’re at Lucas Oil Stadium, where they are almost a lock for a win. Take them only if you have no other options, but you should in Week 3.
Sunday Night Football
Jets @ Dolphins – The rivalry continues in prime time. This should be a battle to the finish.
Monday Night Football
Packers @ Bears – No one is really giving the Bears credit for their 2-0 start, and the Super Bowl hype continues around Green Bay, who is a favorite in this one. The home underdog 49ers played tough on Monday Night Football last week and expect Chicago to do the same in this rivalry. I like the Bears in an upset.
: I’m going with the Patriots this weekend against Buffalo. The Ravens are tempting, but the Browns-Ravens game has the potential to be low scoring and close. New England will not want to fall behind the Jets and Dolphins at 1-2, so I expect Brady to come out firing in this one.
Other possible picks: Ravens, Colts
Take caution with: Minnesota