The Bengals are one batted ball away from being 3-0, after beating the Packers Steelers in the past two weeks. Meanwhile, the Browns may have played the worst football among all the 32 teams. So bad are things in Cleveland, that Coach Mangenius has changed Quarterbacks reversing course on Brady Quinn. I bet the Browns ownership is wishing they put more thought into hiring Mangini, as the team is in for a disastrous season.
The Lions ended 21 months of misery by winning their first game since Week 16 in the 2007 season last week. However, they have a long way to go before they can make a habit out of winning. Heading into Chicago to play the tough Bears defense at Solider Field is a tough task for even some of the better teams in the league, let alone the Lions.
The Texans have been a major disappointment so far as their defense as looked bad so far this season. A win here is of up most importance if they plan on contending for a playoff spot. The Raiders who looked decent in the first two weeks struggled badly last week, as their QB JaMarcus Russell continues to be plagued with interceptions, playing an early game on the road, look for that to continue as the Texans win big.
Even if the Seahawks had Matt Hasslebeck it would be a hard task for them to win a game in Indianapolis. With Seneca Wallace facing off against Peyton Manning, its almost like using a pea shooter against a bazooka in a duel. The Colts defense is a little beat up, but Wallace is not capable of taking advantage of it. Look for the Colts to win big, at least Seattle fans won’t have to worry about seeing the neon green this week.
At 0-3 the Titans season is now in critical condition another loss especially a loss to a division rival and their season could be over before it even begins. Fortunately the Jaguars have struggled themselves, while their fan base is suffering with the threat of all games being blacked out. It will be hard to imagine the Titans falling again; they have too much talent to be 0-4.
The Chiefs at one time had one of the best home field advantages in the NFL. However, to have a good home field you need to be a good team, and the Chiefs are anything but. The Giants are a fantastic road team, who almost at times seems to have their best games while staying at the local Motel 6. Look for the Giants defense to have another field day, while Eli Manning leaves the light on.
Joe Flacco has been one of the early stories of the NFL, as the second year Quarterback has looked like an All-Pro leading the Ravens to a 3-0 start. It will be much harder for him this week as he heads up to Foxboro. However, the key for the Ravens is still their defense, which is still among the best in the NFL. Tough defenses seem to be a problem for the Pats, and the key to beating them, look for the Ravens to get the upset.
The Redskins are heading into a home pressure cooker after losing to the Lions last week. If they struggle against the Bucs, things could get ugly fast at FedEx Field. Fortunately for them the Buccaneers provide the perfect patsy, as their offense has been horrendous this year, as last week they did not have a first down the entire first half. Don’t expect them to look any better with Josh Johnson under center.
Last year the Dolphins were the Cinderella team of the NFL as they went from 1-15 to 11-5 with a division title; however, this year they are back to looking like a Pumpkin off to an 0-3 start, with QB Chad Pennington lost for the season. This could actually be a good opportunity for the Dolphins to learn about Chad Henne who gets his first start under center, the Dolphins believe Henne could be the QB of the future, and used a second round pick on him. Look for him to shine as the Dolphins stun the Bills.
Trough the first three weeks of the season the Jets Defense and the Saints Offense have been the cream of the crop as both have gotten their teams off to 3-0 starts. The Saints will not be as easy to contain for the Jets, as the Drew Brees quick release could be a big counter balance to the blitzing Jets defense. Although the spread may be a little high the Saints should get the win.
The Broncos are 3-0, with the emphasis on 0, with wins over the two Ohio teams and Oakland. A win over the Cowboys could silence the skeptics. However, that may be a tall task, as the Cowboys have played well thus far this season. Look for a big day for Tony Romo, as the Cowboys defense will provide problems for the Broncos offense.
The 49ers last week were ten seconds away from 3-0, before Brett Favre’s dramatic game winning touchdown pass. However, they have nothing to be ashamed of as wins for road teams are tough in Minnesota. Back home against the Rams they have time to lick their chops, as they feast on lamb chops. This should be an easy win for the 49ers improved defense.
Coming off two frustrating losses, the defending champion Steelers are 1-2 heading into a Sunday Night showdown with the Chargers. Without Troy Polamalu the Steelers could be in trouble again, as Phillip Rivers is off to a solid start. However, the Chargers beat up offensive line and the sudden down fall, and fragility of LaDanian Tomlinson plays right into Pittsburgh’s hands. Look for the Steelers defense to win a close one.
Adrian Peterson is one of the best backs in the league, the Packers defense after a good start against the Bears in Week 1 struggled against the Bengals in Week 2. They responded and played better against the Rams last week. The VIkings meanwhile have a strong defense, which is tough to run against meaning that Aaron Rogers will have to win this one on the road, and that will be a tough task. (Betcha you did not think I could talk about this game without mentioning you know who.)