BYE: Eagles, Packers
My Record: 27-21 (28-21 w/TNF)
Week 1: 9-7
Week 2: 9-7
Week 3: 9-7
I may have not had the greatest start, but looking on the bright side, I’m 1-0 this week, better than Pete Prisco on the season, and my picks for Week 4 are here. Who do you have winning?
Lock Of The Week
Cardinals, 26, Rams, 23
Look, the Rams are 2-1, but first of all, the Rams would be 1-2 if it wasn’t for the nasty storm that hit Tampa Bay, and Case Keenum should not be their starting QB. The Rams only beat the Seahawks because their offense wasn’t doing anything against a tough Rams defense. That was in LA, against an offense that sometimes has to be saved by the overpowered defense in order for the team to win games. This is in Arizona, a great all-around team. The offense will be tough on the Rams D, and the Rams offense will be under as much pressure as they were against Seattle. But this time, the Cardinals offense will actually take advantage of that fact, and top a good, but not great Rams defense.
Upset Of The Week
Buccaneers, 25, Broncos, 23
I know, Trevor Siemian has maintained the Broncos good offensive status, and the Broncos defense may be unstoppable. Especially for Jameis Winston and the young Bucs offense, who can get pressured easily. But there’s one underrated force that you probably aren’t paying attention to. The Bucs defense. The Bucs defense could actually surprise the Broncos. I think that Denver could come up short, if this Bucs D wakes up and strikes. I know how good the Broncos have been, but at home, this is winnable for Tampa Bay, and it’s a big upset, but the Buccaneers are a big sleeper team, and I thought going into the season the Broncos were overrated and will lose some games most people don’t think they will. Those predictions is probably wrong, but these teams will show signs of those potentials.
The Other Games
Jaguars, 24, Colts, 23
With no true home team, this game is an interesting one. I think there is a chance that the Jags eventually move to London, so they may have slight advantage because they don’t have as many fans when they play at home, but they won’t need it. Even though the Jaguars are 0-3, they just barely lost to the Ravens, and the Chargers are just on fire, so they were though, and the Packers are a good team that beat them. The Colts lost to the Lions, and even though they tried to come back, they were losing during the whole game. They also lost to the Broncos, who are good, and somehow they beat the Chargers. Doesn’t make sense. The point is the Colts are unpredictable, but haven’t actually done that great even at a better record. If they have a match-up that works for them, they win. Otherwise, they lose. The Jaguars are ready to strike, and they won’t let the Colts work their inconsistent, but strong magic.
Redskins, 31, Browns, 23
Look, even with Terrelle Pryor shining at WR/QB, the Browns aren’t going to win with a 3rd and 4th string quarterback. Corey Coleman is also hurt and Josh Gordon may never be back. The Redskins haven’t been great yet, but they’ve had very tough match-ups. This week should be a lot easier, and Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense will lash out and annihilate the Browns. The defense has nothing to stop them, and the offense shouldn’t score enough to challenge them, even though the Redskins defense is only mediocre. This should be a win for Washington, especially on their own turf.
Patriots, 35, Bills, 23
I don’t know what the Patriots are doing at QB, but I know the Pats, they will not start Edelman at QB. They will refuse to and avoid playing him at QB when possible. I’m suspecting Jimmy Garoppolo gets the start since he’s had longer to recover, but you never know. Assuming he starts, he means real business, and will make sure to put up plenty of points to prevent the Bills, who actually might’ve been a decent team if Watkins wasn’t hurt and the defense doesn’t get embarrassed by this, to challenge. The Bills will score a good amount, but Garoppolo and the Pats will find a way to be better. I really like them for that.
Seahawks, 27, Jets, 23
The Seahawks were in some turmoil when the offense couldn’t get going, but they got some momentum last week, until Russell Wilson sprained his MCL. Luckily, he’s healed quickly and will likely play, but will he be himself? Doesn’t matter. Especially against the Seahawks, who also have a very tough defense, I do not see the Jets coming back from last week in any sense. Eric Decker is now out, and the Jets still don’t have a good tight end. Their only good weapon, Brandon Marshall has Richard Sherman to deal with! He won’t be going anywhere. The Jets defense is all right, but look, the Seahawks defense is a lot better, and like I said, the Jets will not bounce back from last week in any sense.
Panthers, 37, Falcons, 30
The Falcons have been good the last two weeks, especially offensively, and even with a big weak spot at corner that could fail to cover Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, the rest of the Carolina defense is good. The Falcons defense isn’t that good, actually, even if they look good, and they could give up a lot of points to Carolina. This is going to be a high scoring game, and both teams will make an effort to win, but in the end, I just don’t see the Falcons scoring quite enough on the Panthers defense to top them. Besides, I think Cam Newton and his offense will really excel in this game, so the Falcons will have tough competition.
Lions, 27, Bears, 26
The Bears have already struggled this season. Now they’re without Jay Cutler and Jeremy Langford. I never really thought the Bears would do that good anyways. Even though they do now have Brian Hoyer and former Lions running back Joique Bell, who might actually be more developed than Langford, the Lions have a pretty good offense that will take advantage of the weak Bears defense. This will be another offensive battle, and the Lions in this case have a better offense than the Bears. They may be without Ameer Abdullah, but Matthew Stafford has a great connection with Marvin Jones, and also has strong weapons in Golden Tate, Anquan Boldin and Eric Ebron. Even pass-catching running back Theo Riddick is getting some good receiving yards in. So I think the Lions are capable of beating the Bears on the road. This game is slightly in their favor, and they have a good offense to prove themselves.
Texans, 34, Titans, 29
Even with J.J. Watt out for the season, I still think the Texans are the favorite to win the AFC South. This match-up is crucial, and I still think the Texans can win it at home, even in a now tough AFC South that anyone could win. This is another great game for Lamar Miller, like Week 1’s lock over the Bears was. He will wreck the Titans defense. The entire offense is in good hands against the undeveloped Titans defense. The Texans defense may have its issues without J.J. Watt, but look, the Texans defense still isn’t bad. They have Vince Wilfork, Jadeveon Clowney, Johnathan Joseph and maybe Brian Cushing. They’re definitely better than the Titans defense. The Titans offense is good, but will come up short against the Texans D. It could be a close one though.
Ravens, 26, Raiders, 24
When these two played last year it was in Oakland, and Seth Roberts just barely got the Raiders the win. But things are different now. The Raiders are getting good and the Ravens have improved from last season. The Ravens are 3-0, but beat the Bills, Jaguars and Browns. Not so tough competition. The Raiders beat the Saints and Titans, and lost to the Falcons. It was tough to beat the Saints and Falcons. The Falcons offense lashed out in Week 2, and the Saints are just a high scoring team. The Falcons won in an offensive shootout when they were featured against the Saints on Monday Night Football. Back to this game though, the Ravens and Raiders are now at about equal level. The Ravens have slightly better offensive depth, while the Raiders have more defensive stars. I think in a home match-up, the Ravens will score slightly more, and pick up the wins. I used to always say, two even teams, home team wins, and pick home teams even more than I do now, but now I make some exceptions if injuries, momentum and pressure are involved. This is no exception.
Cowboys, 38, 49ers, 23
The Cowboys are without Dez Bryant and Tony Romo, so this could actually be a tough match-up, but against the 49ers, a 4-12 team last year, Dak Prescott’s revised offense should be able to win it, even on the road. Despite seeing the 49ers as a team who could produce offensively in the first two weeks, in Week 3, they looked like the same old, terrible Niners. Which Niners will they be this week? Honestly, I think they will produce something on offense against a below average Cowboys defense. Now that you think about it, how the 49ers do on offense really depends on how good the defense is that they’re facing. Maybe they just had some tough defensive match-ups last year and Blaine Gabbert, even Colin Kaepernick could lead the 49ers to a decent record. Maybe 8-8. But this week, the 49ers defense, even being mediocre, will be overwhelmed by Dak Prescott’s tricks. So I see scoring for San Francisco, but not a win in the end.
Chargers, 33, Saints, 27 OT
The Saints have a good, consistent offense, but the Chargers offense has really fired up this season. Look at what Melvin Gordon has done after a bust season last year. Even with Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead leaving for the season with torn ACLs, this offense has produced week after week. The defense lew an overtime game and a game with 2 minutes left against the Colts, but the Chargers haven’t failed to score and stay in it. Philip Rivers, Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams have really stepped up for this offense, with Antonio Gates (for now), Allen and Woodhead out. The Saints will score a lot, but it won’t be enough to match Chargers. This game will be a close offensive shootout that could go to overtime. Both defenses will be annihilated, and both offenses will thrive. But in the end, the Chargers haven’t lost at home, and they won’t end that. With home field advantage, the Chargers do have a slight advantage over the Saints. They could have a pretty good season, but the problem is, so will everyone in their division.
Steelers, 40, Chiefs, 37
I just can’t see the Chiefs offense thriving in Pittsburgh, and I can’t see the Steelers being annihilated two weeks straight, especially at home this week. The Chiefs defense did annihilate the Jets last week, but Le’Veon Bell is back, and this Steelers offense will start to get really good. Even though the Steelers defense isn’t great, with a home field advantage, I think the Steelers can win this tough Sunday Night match-up. In a neutral match-up, I think the Chiefs would win. But the Steelers have home field advantage. Their defensive weaknesses won’t show, and the Chiefs’ mild offensive depth problems will. Home field advantage sure can mean a lot in a tough Sunday Night game.
Vikings, 20, Giants, 16
You’ve seen what the Vikings defense can do. They’ve kept the Vikings undefeated with Teddy Bridgewater out. The Giants don’t have Rashad Jennings or Shane Vereen. The Vikings defense will ruin them. The Giants offense isn’t prepared for what’s coming at them. The Giants defense is good too, but they have weaknesses, The Vikings will take advantage of those. Look, this will be a defensive game, a low scoring match-up that comes really close. But in the end, especially with home field advantage, the Vikings will take advantage of what they can do, and take the win. The Giants can’t do much about it. I’m praying for this Vikings defense to do well, because they’re on my fantasy team. But the Vikings can win this thing, I believe in them, and their defense.
Thursday Night’s Game
Bengals, 20, Dolphins, 19
I knew the Bengals could pull this one off and they did. The defense was clutch as expected, and the offense thrived, even without Tyler Eifert or many receiving weapons at all. They relied mainly on their rushing game, and annoyed the Dolphins pass rush, who was having trouble handling too much at once. A.J. Green had an awesome game too. I knew this game would be a low scorer, somewhat close, where the Bengals defense was the main force in their win, and dominated. I knew the offense wouldn’t score much but would do its job and not blow the game. I knew the Dolphins offense wouldn’t do enough to prevent the Bengals from winning, and I had a feeling the defense wouldn’t be able to save them. I’m not surprised the Bengals got the win here.