THANKS to Sam Bradford’s absence my bold prediction of the Vikings upsetting the Steelers was far from accurate. Luckily though the majority of the other 18 selections I made paid off as I hunt my 300th correct pick.
Last Sunday Picks: 13 – 6
Overall: 286 – 220
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Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
AS long as Jacksonville retains Blake Bortles under center their ceiling is handicapped. That being said the Ravens aren’t exactly an offensive juggernaut, relying on their defensive power to chalk up W’s. For the NFL’s first trip to London this season I’m backing Baltimore.
Verdict: Ravens W
Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills
DENVER continues to tear through the league led by their stalwart defense. After their attention grabbing victory over Dallas, many believe that they are facing a danger game against the Bills, who definitely have the potential to cause an upset. I think an in-form C.J. Anderson/Trevor Siemian tandem will be too much for the Bills though (I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence).
Verdict: Broncos W
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Pittsburgh Steelers @ Chicago Bears
LAST week I made the mistake of underestimating the Steelers and they put a beatdown on the Vikings to prove me wrong. I will not be making the same choice this week and expect the Bears to be on the receiving end of another Pittsburgh masterclass.
Verdict: Steelers W
Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions
THIS matchup has the potential to be the game of the week with both the Lions and Falcons rolling in at 2-0. If Detroit wants to prove that they are the real deal they could do a lot with a win here and I’m torn on picking a winner. Atlanta’s weapons are too talented to not help Matt Ryan put up 30ish points and helping them win.
Verdict: Falcons W
Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts
SPOILER alert this game will not be good. The Browns are destined to finish towards the bottom of the standings this year and without Andrew Luck in uniform the Colts look flat out awful. Both of them are searching for their first win of the season and this is a real chance for Cleveland to prove they are on the right track to experience success in the future.
Verdict: Browns W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings
IF Sam Bradford was in uniform this would be a different story and could be the best game of the weekend. However, Minnesota can’t compete with the Bucs on offense without him and therefore Tampa Bay will move to 2-0.
Verdict: Buccaneers W
Houston Texans @ New England Patriots
NEW England are back on track after taking care of business against the Saints last week and now face one of the best defenses in the NFL. Houston’s offense isn’t good enough to go for a win, but it will be entertaining to watch the Pats go up against J.J. Watt and Co.
Verdict: Patriots W
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets
I have a sneaky suspicion that the Jets can go close to winning this one. On the back of their big loss to the Raiders, it may be tough to see, but the Dolphins are in danger of being upset. That being said Jay Cutler showed in his Miami debut that he can help the Dolphins look for consecutive playoff gigs. They should win here, but they need to be careful they don’t let this one slip.
Verdict: Miami W
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
TWO weeks into the season the Eagles seem to have pushed themselves to the top of the NFC East. If they want to make that statement official, they beat the visiting 0-2 Giants and send a message to the league. It will be REALLY hard to make the playoffs from 0-3 and I’m predicting that the Giants won’t have to worry about that.
Verdict: Giants W
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers
TIME to prove your worth Carolina. They haven’t looked too convincing in their first two wins and as a result, many are expecting the Saints to get a win here. Cam Newton doesn’t look much like his former MVP self and if he can put it together he will help Carolina remain undefeated.
Verdict: Panthers W
Seattle Seahawks @ Tennessee Titans
THIS will be the game the Titans officially announce themselves as contenders. Sure, they lost to the Raiders on Opening Day, but they then touched up the Jaguars with Mariota in dominant form. Seattle’s offense has looked really, really bad to start the season and I don’t think their stellar defense can contain Tennessee enough to preserve a victory.
Verdict: Titans W
Cincinnati Bengals @ Green Bay Packers
ANDY Dalton and Marvin Lewis are fighting for their jobs in this one. It’s a tough ask for any team to go to Green Bay and compete, but to do so considering how bad the Bengals have been in the first fortnight of the year makes this match even more important. Cincinnati might compete more than they have in their past few games but they can’t win this.
Verdict: Packers W
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Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers
KANSAS City looks like the best team in football at the moment and as a result, they are favoured to take out their division rivals on the road. In true Chargers fashion, LA got close last week but couldn’t finish the job against Miami. Translation. The Chiefs improve to 3-0.
Verdict: Chiefs W
Oakland Raiders @ Washington Redskins
SUNDAY’S final game see the creme of the AFC head to the nation’s capital to take on Kirk Cousins and the Redskins. While Washington are better than their 1-1 start they will find life tough against the Raiders. Oakland confidence is sky high after their first 2-0 start since 2002 and it should translate to another victory for the Raiders.
Verdict: Raiders W
St Louis Cardinals @ Pittsburgh Pirates
THE Cardinals dreams of playoff action are still alive and well, but they need to keep up their winning form if they are to turn that dream into a reality. Winners in four of their last five games I think they close out a series against their division rivals Pittsburgh with another L
Verdict: Pirates W
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Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers
EVEN though the playoffs are over a week away the Brewers and Cubs face their own virtual wildcard game on Sunday. The win is worth its weight in gold for both sides with Chicago clinging to a narrow 4.5 game lead for the division crown. Last weekend I went against the Cubs in a close division series, I won’t be making the same mistake.
Verdict: Cubs W
Colorado Rockies @ San Diego Padres
THE Brewers aren’t the only ones fighting to keep their playoff spot alive. The current second NL wildcard spot belongs to the Rockies and if they can take care of the Padres it will remain that way. Colorado has everything to play for and I think that they will show that by taking this series finale.
Verdict: Rockeis W