LAST Sunday seemed pretty straightforward on paper. Oh, how I was wrong. The Bears stunned the Steelers in OT, Buffalo had their way with the Broncos and even the Jets got a win! So yeah, my picks didn’t pan out as I would have liked. Never mind, it’s time to regroup and get 14 NFL predictions wrong again!
Last Sunday Picks: 8 – 9
Overall: 294 – 229
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New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins
THE second visit to London in two weeks kicks off the weekend’s NFL action. At the start of last round, many would have been divided over who would emerge as winners here. After the Saints had their way with the Panthers and Miami succame to the lowly Jets, we have a clear and deserving favourite. Drew Brees will get it done.
Verdict: Saints W
Carolina Panthers @ New England Patriots
I don’t know what is wrong with Cam Newton. Ever since he took a beating in the SuperBowl and then again in the season opener against those same Broncos in 2016, Newton has looked like a shell of his former self. At 28th in the league in passing yards per game, if Carolina is going to stand any chance of upsetting the reigning champs they need him to have a big one. He won’t.
Verdict: Patriots W
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Buffalo Bills @ Atlanta Falcons
BUFFALO is just one late touchdown away from entering this matchup at 3-0. They are visiting an undefeated Atlanta squad that is one late touchdown away from also being 2-1. Crazy things happen in football, but with the Atlanta home field advantage and a more talented, deeper roster the Falcons will go to 4-0.
Verdict: Falcons W
Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns
IF you plan on watching the football over the weekend, please avoid this game. The Bengal and Browns probably won’t be setting attendance records or featuring on copious highlight reels. I think the Bengals found some momentum last week against the Packers though and they will get their first W.
Verdict: Bengals W
Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas Cowboys
LA will be tested in this one for the first time this season against a Cowboys side that is desperate to get some form and momentum. Dallas is coming off a short week and the Rams have had 10 days between their last match which could play a factor into the result of the game. Against a Los Angeles team that has given up a league-high six rushing touchdowns, expect Ezekiel Elliott to (pun intended) run amok.
Verdict: Cowboys W
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
ALOT of this one hinges on if Sam Bradford is under center. While Case Keenum has been solid while Bradford has been out, I don’t think he is talented enough to help take down the Lions. Their receivers are able to catch the ball anytime it’s even remotely in their vicinity, but Detroit will be eager to atone for their close loss last week.
Verdict: Lions W
Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Jets
A rampant Jags defense has revived Jacksonville in 2017. They annihilated the Ravens in London last week and face a Jets team that has struggled to generate lots of offense. Even though the Jets cracked their goose egg last weekend I can’t see any heroics in back to back weeks.
Verdict: Jaguars W
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens
THIS is a really dangerous game for the Steelers. They have looked disjointed lately, partly because of the protesting distraction last week, but that doesn’t make up for three weeks of unconvincing play. Eager to get back into the winner’s collum and playing at home against an out of sorts Steelers squad, the Ravens can cause an upset here. That is unless Joe Flacco goes full Joe Flacco on us.
Verdict: Ravens W
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
HOUSTON have made the AFC South their own in recent times, and they have done so by beating their division rivals. A 5-1 mark against their AFC South counterparts last year, if the Texans are to claim their third straight title they will need to halt an in form Titans team.
Verdict: Texans W
San Fransisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals
THE other beneficiaries of a 10 day break this week is the San Fransisco 49ers. Kyle Shanahan’s team were close to getting win number one on the board last week and they can definitely do so against the Cardinals if they put together another similar effort. I’m predicting an Arizona win because they are playing at home, but I tell you what I am not confident in Carson Palmer and Co right now.
Verdict: Cardinals W
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Philadelphia Eagles @ Los Angeles Chargers
PHILLY are starting to look like the real deal. However, with a number of key players expected to miss they may not fix their road woes in Week 4. The Chargers continued their string of close losses last week and will be desperate to atone for ther 0-3 start at home on Sunday.
Verdict: Chargers W
New York Giants @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
POOR New York. They are sitting at the bottom of the NFC East with no reprieve in sight as they visit the Bucs this week. Tampa Bay could cause some more problems for the Giants O-line with Pro Bowl talent Gerald McCoy ready to feast on Eli Manning. All signs are pointing to another with for the Bucs, but the Giants could potentially break through for their first win of the year.
Verdict: Buccaneers W
Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos
IN the match of the weekend two elite AFC squads are squaring off looking to move to 3-1 and stay in touch with the Chiefs atop the AFC West. Both the Raiders and the Broncos suffered their first losses of the 2017 season last week at the hands of the Redskins and Bills and are keen to establish themselves as legit contenders. Make sure you tune into this one because it’s going to be close and I’m predicting the Denver defense and Derek Carr to put on quite a show.
Verdict: Broncos W
Indianapolis Colts @ Seattle Seahawks
THIS could get ugly. The Seattle offense has been pretty average so far, but they hit their stride last week in their shootout loss to the Titans. They will be out to atone for their 1-2 record and recement themselves as legit SuperBowl contenders.
Verdict: Seahawks W