Nick LoPrinzi: 20-11
Ismael Diaz 20-11
Joe Toscano: 19-12
Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers
The Bears pulled off an upset last week as they beat the Steelers in Chicago in overtime. They relied heavily on their running backs. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen combined for 266 total yards, 9 receptions and 2 touchdowns. They may be able to find success once again doing so this week as the Packers are 21st in rushing yards allowed per game. However, it is going to come down to the Bears’ defense. They are allowing 238 passing yards allowed per game, which is 20th in the league. They will be playing in Green Bay, where Aaron Rodgers thrives. I do not think they will be able to slow Rodgers down with all the weapons he has at his disposal.
Score: Packers 30, Bears 21
Chicago squeaked in a win against the Steelers at home, but they have no passing game and are dealing with a lot of injuries. This could get ugly.
Score: Packers 42, Bears 13
What an unpredictable week it was last week, after a very predictable Week 2! Both of these teams came away with surprising results. The Bears beat the Steelers and the Packers had to take it to OT to beat the lowly Bengals at Lambeau. The oldest rivalry in football returns, but I think the result stays constant to what has happened in their recent battles with the Packers coming out on top. I like the tandem of Cohen/Howard, but other than that I’m not too fond of the weapons the Bears have compared to those the Packers have. Pack take this one by a TD.
Score: Packers 28, Bears 21
New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins should be embarrassed after last week’s lost to the Jets. They were only able to score 6 points against a team that is currently 24th in the league in points allowed per game. Jay Cutler looked serviceable, but they did not feed Jay Ajayi enough. Ajayi only saw the ball 11 times, while only able to put together 16 rushing yards. The Saints are allowing 126.7 rushing yards per game, 24th in the league. The Dolphins need to feed Ajayi if they want to win this game. Drew Brees and the Saints dominated the Panthers last week, beating them 34-13 in Carolina. Brees and Michael Thomas finally seemed to click, as Thomas hauled in 7 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. I think this is going to be a very tight game, but the Saints build off of last week’s win.
Score: Saints 28, Dolphins 24
London games are hard to predict. It’s almost like the bizarro world. Who saw Jacksonville scoring 44 on Baltimore? Miami looked awful against the Jets, so look for a bounce back game.
Score: Dolphins 27, Saints 26
The Saints only allowed 13 points against the Panthers last week on the road, but I think that’s mostly in part to Cam Newton‘s piss-poor QB play. I think Jay Cutler will bounce back this week against a still terrible Saints d, but I think Brees has an even better game especially with Willie Snead returning from suspension. Anything can happen in London, but Saints come away with a win.
Score: Saints 33, Dolphins 28
Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots
Plain and simple. The New Orleans Saints shut down Cam Newton and the Panthers’ offense last week, while Drew Brees dominated their defense. What do you think Tom Brady and the Patriots’ defense is going to do to this Panthers team in Foxboro? I am giving the Panthers no chance in this game
Score: Patriots 33, Panthers 14
If Cam Newton can’t get going at home against New Orleans at home, do you think he’ll do it against the Patriots in Foxboro?
Score: Patriots 30, Panthers 20
Led by Tom Brady, the Pats were all over a fairly tough Texans defense, but needed to win with a TD with 23 seconds left in the game. Think the Panthers D is a bit worse than the Texans D, so I think Brady will have another big game. Cam Newton on the other hand isn’t playing well to really any standards, so there’s not much direction with their offense. Pats win big at home.
Score: Patriots 34, Panthers 20
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets
Matt Forte is reportedly out for the Jets this weekend, not like it makes much of a difference anyway. However, I think the Jets will go back to being the Jets this weekend, while Blake Bortles will go back to being well, Blake Bortles. The Jets always play the Dolphins well, but they will struggle against the Jags. Saying that just sounds weird.
Score: Jaguars 24, Jets 10
Call me crazy, but I think Jacksonville is going to win a lot of games this year. The defense is good and the offense has to be just good enough.
Score: Jaguars 20, Jets 12
Jags pulled off a huge win last week against the Ravens in London, even forcing Joe Flacco to be pulled from the game. They now face-off against the Jets who beat the Dolphins last week and their offense looks better than expected. I see the Jags completely stifling the Jets this week, even getting a safety, and winning by double digits.
Score: Jaguars 25, Jets 14
Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans
The Titans have looked very good so far this season. Marcus Mariota is leading a dynamic offense that contains DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry, Delanie Walker and many more weapons. The defense needs to improve a bit if they want to truly contend, but I do not think they will have a problem against the Texans this week. It will be a tight game as Deshaun Watson proved he is capable of keeping his team in games. However, I think the Titans’ offense is too much to handle.
Score: Titans 28, Texans 20
A great matchup against 2 evenly-matched teams. The difference is Deshaun Watson’s inexperience.
Score: Titans 21, Texans 17
Titans picked up the win last week against Seattle, so they’re riding high into Houston for their Week 4 match-up against the Texans. I think in terms of both sides of the football, the Titans are trending upwards led by Marcus Mariota and DeMarco Murray. Deshaun Watson had a pretty good showing last week against the Pats, but I don’t think he has that much success this week. I believe these two teams will be fighting to win this division till the very end, but I think the Titans take game 1.
Score: Titans 27, Texans 24
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
This game might be the hardest to predict. The Steelers are not playing anywhere near what people were expecting. Le’Veon Bell has yet to get going, while Ben Roethlisberger has looked mediocre. Their pass defense has been the bright spot of the game so far as they rank second in the league in passing yards allowed per game (259.3 yards). However, this game is going to come down to if the Steelers can stop the Ravens rushing attack. The Ravens are currently 4th in the league with 142.3 rushing yards per game, while the Steelers are 22nd in the league in rushing yards allowed per game with 122.7 yards. I do not think the Steelers will be able to slow down the three-headed monster of Terrance West, Javorius Allen and Alex Collins.
Score: Ravens 20, Steelers 17
Both teams looked awful last week and are major bounce-back candidates. Steelers always do poorly in Baltimore, but this will be a great game.
Score: Ravens 24, Steelers 22
Both the Steelers and the Ravens had bad games last week, but they now look to Week 4 to move to 3-1 while also achieve bragging rights in what has been one of the most interesting rivalries for quite some time. Roethlisberger isn’t all that great on the road, as evidenced by his performance last year, but probably isn’t nearly as inconsistent as Joe Flacco can sometimes be. I see this being low-scoring with the Steelers winning late in the 4th quarter.
Score: Steelers 23, Ravens 20
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns
A game between two winless teams. Someone has to get their first win, right? Both Andy Dalton and DeShone Kizer have turned the ball over like crazy, while neither team can find a way to run the ball successfully. The Bengals pass defense is top 5 in the league right now and I think this gives them the advantage.
Score: Bengals 24, Browns 13
Oh Cleveland. I thought you’d be good this year considering you played the Steelers tough. Maybe next year Browns.
Score: Bengals 35, Browns 20
The Bengals finally, sort of, showed up last week when they took the Packers to overtime last week. The Browns took it to the Colts last week, but also ended up losing by just 3 points. Each team is looking for their first win, but the Bengals are simply just the better team. Joe Mixon seems to be getting a bigger role and is doing well in it, and A.J. Green just keeps doing his “thang”. Kizer will eventually get it all together, but he’ll need time and the Bengals won’t be an easy task for him to overcome. Game ends with the Bengals winning in a low-scoring game.
Score: Bengals 21, Browns 16
Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings shocked a lot of people last week when Case Keenum lead the Vikings to victory over the Buccaneers. However, if Sam Bradford is out again and Keenum is forced to start, I do not think we see a repeat of last week. The Lions are a very good team and are not given enough credit. Matthew Stafford has a lot of receivers to throw to and their defense is much improved.
Score: Lions 24, Vikings 17
Minnesota might also be following the Jaguars plan – great defense and hope the offense scores enough. Problem is, if Case Keenum is the quarterback, the offense won’t be good enough.
Score: Lions 18, Vikings 15
Two different endings came about with these two teams last week, the Lions losing in controversial fashion against the Falcons and the Vikings who had their way with the Buccaneers. Case Keenum had a really good game, airing it out to Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, which I think he’ll do again this week against the Lions. Matt Stafford loves to play in dome arenas, but something about play on the road against the Vikings in a dome doesn’t sit well with him, causing him to not play all too well. I expect this to be a great game with a close finish, with the Vikings getting the W.
Score: Vikings 28, Lions 27
Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys
I am still not sold on the Rams being a good team. They beat two bad teams and lost to a mediocre team. They have not proven enough to me just yet. However, they are much improved. Jared Goff seems as if he has taken a step in the right direction, while Todd Gurley is looking like the running back that everyone expected him to be. However, the Rams defense has been bad. They let up way too many points to an awful 49ers team last week. I think Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and company are going to have a field day on that defense.
Score: Cowboys 30, Rams 24
The Rams have been better than I thought they’d be and Jared Goff might be the real deal. However, it’s hard to win in Dallas.
Score: Cowboys 26, Rams 23
Both teams last week won, but neither really displayed much defense, don’t think this game will be much different. Gurley ran circles around the niners like I predicted, Zeke had a better game on Monday night against the cardinals. This just goes to the QB play, clearly Prescott is the better guy and will expose some of the weak points that the Rams defense has. I think Goff will have a decent game, but he’ll be outplayed by Dak. The Cowboys should be able to win this game.
Score: Cowboys 30, Rams 24
Buffalo Bills vs. Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons are the best team in the NFC and may be the best team in football. The scary part is that Matt Ryan has yet to hit his stride. Once he gets going, this team is going to be hard to stop. The Bills just do not have the firepower to keep up with the Falcons’ offense. They played well against Denver last week, but the Falcons are on a whole other level.
Score: Falcons 27, Bills 17
The Bills’ defense has been good, but they face the best offense in the league at home. This won’t be close.
Score: Falcons 37, Bills 21
The Bills pulled off an upset at the hands of the Broncos, who crushed the Cowboys at home the week before. Tyrod Taylor is probably one of the most underrated QBs in football and his connection with Charles Clay right now is something cool to see. I think the Bills give the Falcons a run for their money, but in the end Matt Ryan is just too much for the Bills secondary to handle and they escape with a victory.
Score: Falcons 28, Bills 24
San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals
David Johnson might be my MVP this year just because of how valuable he has proven to be to the Cardinals, while he has been sidelined. The Cardinals look lost without him. Larry Fitzgerald is still a monster, but that is all they have going for them on the offensive side of things. Carlos Hyde has been running the ball very well for the 49ers, so their game plan must be to stop him. If they do, and I think they will, the Cardinals will win this game.
Score: Cardinals 23, 49ers 13
The Cardinals are hurt and still trying to cope with David Johnson’s absense, but they are at home and that should put them over the top.
Score: Cardinals 28, 49ers 22
Similar to the Rams/Cowboys, who these two teams faced last week, the Niners and Cards displayed little defense in their losses, which brought them both down to 0-3. I’ll give the edge here to Arizona since they’re at home and have more key defensive play-makers than the Niners have. Wouldn’t be surprised if this game turns into a slug-fest or even a very low-scoring game, who knows.
Score: Cardinals 27, 49ers 23
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Chargers
I just cannot see Philip Rivers and the Chargers falling to 0-4. The loss of Darren Sproles for the year will have a bigger impact than people realize. The Chargers have been very good against the pass this year, as they are currently ranked 5th in the league in passing yards allowed per game with 176 yards allowed per game. That is the key to slowing down Carson Wentz and the rest of the Eagles offense. I think Rivers turns back the clock this week and leads the Chargers to their first win.
Score: Chargers 27, Eagles 24
The Chargers haven’t looked good so far, so they should bounce back. Maybe it’s a myth, but teams traveling from one coast to another don’t seem to do well.
Score: Chargers 31, Eagles 19
Another week, another pretty good game from Carson Wentz. He had a solid game in a win last week against a depleted, yet still tough, Giants defense. Now he goes on to face the Chargers, who also have a depleted defense at the moment. Chargers underwhelmed on offense last week, they should get some points up on the board, but I don’t think Rivers will do much in this game. Eagles move to 3-1 on the season.
Score: Eagles 28, Chargers 17
New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Giants are in the same boat as the Chargers. I cannot see them falling to 0-4. The Buccaneers were torn about by Case Keenum and the Vikings offense last week, while Jameis Winston and the Bucs’ offense looked horrible. Eli Manning and the Giants offense seemed to have found their stride in the final quarter against the Eagles last week. I think they build off of last week and get their first win here this week. Hopefully, we do not see Odell Beckham make himself look like a fool again.
Score: Giants 28, Buccaneers 24
The battle of 2 teams not playing well. Bucs win because they’re at home.
Score: Buccaneers 20, Giants 13
The mess gets messier with this Giants offense, even though OBJ had a huge game last week. Eli Manning has just been awful this season and is getting no help from his offensive line and running game. Jameis Winston also hasn’t really had a great season, but I think he’ll find it soon. Manning might show how bad the Bucs secondary truly is, like the Vikings did last week, but the Bucs will find a way to win whether on the ground or through the air. It’s hard to imagine a team who went to the playoffs last year in the Giants to go 0-4, but I don’t see them picking up their first win on the road here.
Score: Buccaneers 27, Giants 21
Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos
The Raiders look downright awful on Sunday Night Football against the Redskins. Derek Carr and the rest of the offense did not move the ball at all. They are once again on the road, but against a much better defense. However, the Broncos did not look much better as they dropped a game against the Bills. Trevor Siemian came back down to Earth, while C.J. Anderson did not get anything going either. One team will bounce back and I think that team will be the Raiders due to quarterback play.
Score: Raiders 27, Broncos 23
If Steelers-Ravens isn’t game of the week, then this one is. This is always a great game so expect it to come down to the wire.
Score: Broncos 33, Raiders 31
Upset alert! Well maybe, not really, but I think most people go with the Raiders here, but not me after last week. Kirk Cousins had his way with the Raiders D and their offense didn’t have the “firepower” that it usually does. Now they go to Denver to play the Broncos and their renowned defense. The Broncos’ secondary shuts down the pass game of the Raiders and Siemian plays well again at home to bring their fans a W.
Score: Broncos 27, Raiders 24
Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle has been playing horrible football, but at home against a Colts team still without Andrew Luck looks like an easy win for the Seahawks. Russell Wilson had a great game last week, but the Seahawks’ defense just could not stop the Titans. I think an easy win at home will be just what they need for their confidence.
Score: Seahawks 30, Colts 13
Does it seem like the Seahawks always start the season poorly, then go on a tear? This might be the start of that.
Score: Seahawks 44, Colts 14
Now this might turn out like the 49ers/Rams game on Thursday Night where people, including myself, thought it wouldn’t be a good game, but ended up being a high-scoring affair and went down to the wire. I’m going to go with my gut and say Seattle dominates the Andrew Luck-less Colts. Look for Chris Carson to have a big game, should be a guy in a bunch of DFS lineups.
Score: Seahawks 31, Colts 13
Washington Redskins vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Redskins beat up on an AFC West opponent at home last week, but this week they will be the team traveling from coast to coast. I do no think they have a repeat performance this week. Kansas City has been the best team in the AFC up to this point in the season. Their defense looks dominant, even with the loss of Eric Berry, and Kareem Hunt is an emerging star for their offense.
Score: Chiefs 35, Redskins 20
The Chiefs are undefeated, look great and are playing at home. The Redskins don’t stand a chance.
Score: Chiefs 27, Redskins 20
Redskins are coming off a Sunday night upset over the Raiders and now they go to Arrowhead to face the Chiefs. I’m just too infatuated with Kareem Hunt right now, he’s playing at a real high level and until he shows any sign of slowing down, it’ll be hard for opposing teams to stop him. I see a shootout here, but with the Chiefs on top, joining the Falcons as the only remaining undefeated teams in the NFL.
Score: Chiefs 31, Redskins 28