Here’s our NFL Week 3 game predictions. Last week, we each won seven games out of the 15 we picked. Not great. Hoping we do better this time.
As an aside, we don’t pick Thursday games because it’s too far out for Sunday ones, but as I lay out the games this late Thursday afternoon, I’m picking the Browns. I don’t think Sam Darnold has the mental experience, yet to go up against Gregg Williams.
Giants (0-2) vs Texans (0-2) FOX
Jay: In a battle of winless teams, I’ll take the one with the better Defensive Line. Give me Houston here.
Jules: zzz, what? Oh, pick a team. Bleh. Texans, unless more of their roster is hurt. The Giants under their new coaching changes look poor and Eli is struggling. If things don’t improve with that O-Line, they may not have him long. Good luck, Kyle Lauletta
Colts (1-1) vs Eagles (1-1) FOX
Jay: How bad are the Redskins? How good are the Colts? I honestly don’t know. What I will say is that I think Carson gets off to a sluggish start, but the defense brings it home in Philadelphia
Jules: Andy Luck loves his dink and dunk. Philly takes that away, the Colts will be going home shoeless.
Titans (1-1) vs Jaguars (2-0) CBS
Jay: I don’t have enough trust in Marcus Mariotta or Blaine Gabbert. I’ll take the Jags.
Jules: The Titans have a win, but it was ugly and gimmicky. I doubt they can pull off those stunts against a far better defense. Like the game against the Patriots*, this is another grudge match. I’ll be there cheering–DUUUVAL!
Saints (1-1) vs Falcons (1-1) FOX
Jay: I think this might be one of the best games of the weekend. The Saints haven’t played a complete game yet. The Falcons played a complete game against Carolina last week. I have no confidence in this pick, but I’ll take Atlanta at home.
Jules: Drew was stymied a few times by the looks Greg Williams was showing him last week, but don’t see that happening vs an old foe. Ryan looks like he did before Kyle Shannahan, and so it’s tough to pull for him. Will need to see the status of Freeman.
Broncos (2-0) vs Ravens (1-1) CBS
Jay: The Ravens will be highly annoyed after what happened last Thursday. Correction time in Denver. I’ll take the Ravens here.
Jules: The Broncos have stunk on the road since Manning retired. 5 away wins out of 32 games, plus Casey Keenum is ranked 28th (QB rating) among all QB’s. He’s tied with Stafford in 4 INT. Add that up and I think this will be a Ravens win as Flacco has looked better.
Bengals (2-0) vs Panthers (1-1) CBS
Jay: This is a sneaky great game. No confidence in this game, but I’ll take the home team in a hard fought battle by 3.
Jules: This should be a good game. Andy had been playing like the good Andy and the defense hasn’t been too shabby. But the Panthers at home should win in a sneaker.
49ers (1-1) vs Chiefs (2-0) FOX
Jay: High scoring affair coming, but I’ll take the home team here. Mahomes shines for another week
Jules: This is going to be interesting to see. Mahones is playing like DeShaun Watson did last season: go long. The question is, does SF have the CB’s to stop this simple game plan? On the road, in that LOUD stadium, not so sure Jimmy G (last season’s darling) can pull off a win; however, KC’s defense stinks. KC.
Raiders (0-2) vs Dolphins (2-0) CBS
Jay: This is a weird game. Not sure what to make of this Dolphins team. But I don’t really like where the Raiders are as a team right now, so I’ll take the Dolphins
Jules: Teams traveling west to east notoriously do poorly, especially for 1:00 games. Don’t see this as a win with Miami clicking and the Raiders looking sloppy. We could very well see another week of undefeated Florida teams.
Bills (0-2) vs Vikings (1-0-1) CBS
Jay: This game requires very little analysis. Hard to find a position group where the Bills have an advantage. Minnesota will take out some anger here.
Jules: I know it’s, On Any Given Sunday, but Buffalo traveling and their team is a mess, tough to see a W.
Packers (1-0-1) vs Redskins (1-1) FOX
Jay: This will be an ugly game for the empty seats at FedEx Field. I’ll take Green Bay on the road
Jules: Washington should’ve won last week, but they played sloppy, their O-Line looked like kindergarteners and their WR’s couldn’t get open. Add their linebackers going MIA for a lot of the game and you have a L. Add Gruden refusing to change his plan when the run game stalled. Packers, unless he tightens things up.
Chargers (1-1) vs Rams (2-0) CBS
Jay: The battle for LA! I’ll take the Rams but can not wait to watch this game with my popcorn in hand.
Jules: This is going to be a great game. Everyone has the Rams as #1 or #2 in the NFL, but I’m going to take a chance and pull for Uncle Phil. He has beaten a Wade Phillip’s defense before and picked on Aqib Talib.
Bears (1-1) vs Cardinals (0-2) FOX
Jay: The clock has started as to when we’ll see Josh Rosen. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not this week because of the presence of Khalil Mack. The Bears are better. They win here.
Jules: Bears, but am interested to see if simplifying the Mike McCoy playbook works. It didn’t in Denver when they had to do it twice, but then again Sam Bradford is better than Simian and Osweiler. If they don’t look better, time for Rosen.
Cowboys (1-1) vs Seahawks (0-2) FOX
Jay: This game will generate a high rating because of the two teams playing. Not sure how exciting this thing will get. I’ll take Seattle to get off the mat here.
Jules: Yuck. I hope Seattle wins because Shaquem Griffin plays. He and his brother are the only thing I like about that team. Russell Wilson is a far better QB than Dak Prescott, but he’s playing behind a bad O-Line. He needs to throw on the run every play and get a win.
Patriots* (1-1) vs Lions (0-2) NBC
Jay: You think you saw frustrated Tom Brady on the sideline last week? The Patriots win a bounce back game.
Jules: Another new HC struggling and this time against his former boss. Tough to see NE* lose twice in a row. However, Brady* looked so bad last week. His accuracy was really off on throws beyond five yards, humidity makes balls heavier :). With that said, NE*.
Steelers (0-1-1) vs Buccaneers (2-0) ESPN
Jay: This might be the most interesting story-line game of the week. Does Fitzy stay as the qb after this week? Can Pittsburgh’s defense find a pulse? Does Antonio Bryant and Big Ben find some common ground on the field? Can Tomlin steady this ship? I’m not sure, honestly. Very fun game to watch offensively. I’m not totally sold on Tampa and this feels like a game where Pittsburgh corrects itself for a week.
Jules: The Steelers are at a crossroads and if they don’t win this, they’re in serious trouble and it starts at the top. When players are allowed to go to the press to air dirty laundry, there’s serious leadership issues from the HC on up the chain. I don’t think Fitzpatrick can sustain his roll for much longer, but doubt Pit has the defense to stop them. This could be a close one.