Arizona Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bills 28-14 Cardinals This one is a no-brainer—the Buffalo Bills just aren’t good. The Cardinals come in as the superior team, a super bowl contender, and have a dynamic offense that the Bills defense has no chance to stop. The Bills come off a tough loss against the New York Jets, and while they were a superior team, the Cardinals trump them all. Look for Carson Palmer to have a field day with these northern corners.
Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans 35-27 Raiders This game is interesting because you never know what your going to get from the Raiders. They were everyone’s “hot” pick for the playoffs this year, but after last week’s loss to the Falcons, this could be another year for the “average” Raiders. If the Raiders want to be a playoff team, these are the kind of games they need to win, and I think they are that team. Roll Raiders this week.
Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins 13-7 Dolphins Well this is a boring game. The Browns have minimal talent, and the Dolphins are just disappointing. This will surely be a game no one will tune into, but the winner will come out of it with a chance at a possible playoff push. Ryan Tannehill is the superior quarterback, and the Dolphins are playing at home, so let’s go with the Dolphins this week.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 28-24 Jaguars Don’t get fooled by the records here—this will be a good game. The Jaguars have struggled out the gates, but this team has the talent to compete with nearly every team. Young quarterback Blake Bortles will need to make a statement for this outcome to happen, and something tells me these young Jaguars are ready for a statement win. The Ravens won’t be an easy contest, but the home field advantage will push Jacksonville into the win column
Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers 28-14 Packers The Packers disappointed a lot of people last week with their loss to the Vikings—the Packers are a Super Bowl Contender, and they didn’t show that last week. Plain and simple, Aaron Rodgers needs to be Aaron Rodgers for this team to reach any goal they have set for this season. He has all of his tools back with him, and a defense like Detroit shouldn’t be able to stop him. Look for Rodgers and his Packers to make Sunday an easy win.
Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals 21-20 Broncos This game was my toughest to pick because it really could go either way. Trevor Siemian has done his part so far, but this week he faces a fierce Bengal defense ready to pounce on this opportunity…I just don’t see that happening though. The Broncos defense is elite by all means and will contain the Bengals offense just enough to let Siemian lead Denver down for a last second field goal.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers 35-21 Panthers Who would have though after all Minnesota has been through that they would be 2-0 at this point? That all ends here. The Panthers have an offense that is nearly impossible to stop with superman Cam Newton in control. The score makes it look like it won’t be a good game, but look for Cam to pull away from a close one in the fourth.
Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants 38-35 Giants This will be fun. The Redskins need this win to have any chance of making the playoffs, and the Giants need this win to solidify themselves as the best team in the lousy NFC East. The Giants have looked like the best team in the NFC so far, and Odell Beckham Jr. hasn’t even played like himself yet—that’s scary. Odell has been looking forward to this matchup for weeks as he is set to face off against his arch nemesis in Josh Norman. Everyone will have their eyes peeled to this matchup, and look for Odell to have a field day as he proves himself as a top receiver in this league.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21-7 Buccaneers No one wants to watch this. The Rams are boring and the Buccaneers haven’t arrived…yet. The Rams offense has looked like a JV high school team so far, and coming into Tampa Bay, I don’t see it getting much better. Jameis Winston should have fun with this matchup as long as his offensive line keeps him standing. I say this will be Case Keenum’s last time starting at quarterback for the Rams, as a bad performance like this should bring in number one overall pick Jared Goff.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks 16-7 Seahawks This game is always interesting. Any NFC west matchup is sure to bring out intensity from both teams. The Seahawks are in need of a win after last week’s embarrassment verse the Rams, and the 49ers, well, their the 49ers so don’t expect much. The Seahawks are in dire need of Russell Wilson to find himself again, but I just don’t see him having a breakout day this Sunday. However, he will pull out the victory, and show a little bit of encouragement for Seattle fans.
New York Jets vs. Kansas City Chiefs 27-21 Jets This is sure to be a good matchup. The Jets are coming off of a win against the Bills that showcased an elite offense, while the Chiefs come in off of a tough loss to the Texans. Both teams showcase dominate defenses and offenses that have the ability to explode at times, but have shown they can disappoint too. This Sunday the Chiefs will be the disappointing one at the end of the game as Matt Forte does just enough to get the Jets to 2-1.
San Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts 21-17 Colts The Colts need this, plain and simple. Andrew Luck is to good to go down 0-3 to start the year and the Chargers just aren’t that good of a team to come in and stop him from doing so. The Chargers are depleted by injuries, and Luck needs more than anything to prove himself in this game. This won’t be a fun matchup, but it will show if Andrew is that guy this year for the Colts—and he is.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles 31-21 Steelers I love this matchup. The Steelers are dominating football right now and the Eagles showcase a young offense with endless potential. While that potential is significant, the Steelers are to tough a matchup for Carson Wentz and the Eagles. Big Ben and co are going to enjoy this matchup as they will dominate the passing and running game. Still, tune into this game because it’s a true test for the young Wentz against the historically daunting Steelers defense.
Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys 24-21 Cowboys Two of the teams that bring the most disappointment to their teams facing off—what more can you ask? Jay Cutler has consistently let the Bears down, and well, the Cowboys… they’re the Cowboys, they always find a way to make you mad. However, this year seems different for the Cowboys; rookie’s Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott bring a new kind of energy to the team, and Dez Bryant is still on the outside dominating corners. Look for this game to come down to the wire like all Cowboys games do, but at the end of the day, Jerry World will find a way to pull this one out.
Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints 30-27 Saints Monday night in the Superdome—what more could you ask for? There is nothing like the fans in New Orleans and it’s just so disappointing that they don’t have a winning team to root for. However, Drew Brees always finds a way to pull something out of nowhere in primetime and look for him to have another historic night at home on Monday night.