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Friday, September 24, 2010

Week 3 NFL Picks

Okay, so 8-8 isn't a good start. That record means you don't make the playoffs but don't get a great draft pick either, so I need to either get better or way worse, I'm hoping for the former this week.

Tennessee Titans (1-1) at New York Giants (1-1)
Both these teams looked flat out horrible last week. I could turn the ball over as much as VY did and then sit the bench for way less money (call me Jeff!). The Giants thought it would be a great idea to play fifty defensive backs and no one over 200 pounds and the Colts, who never run it effectively, ran all over them. They both have something to prove this week, but only one of them has a real chance to be legit and get to the playoffs this year.
Trevor's Pick: Tennessee Titans 20-16

San Francisco 49ers (0-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)
The 49ers put up a good showing against the Saints after the debacle in Seattle. The Chiefs haven't played anyone and would be in trouble if they had needed a passing game. The 49ers aren't as bad as 0-2 (though all the ESPNers picking them for the Super Bowl is a little whack) and the Chiefs aren't as good as 2-0. In Arrowhead this should be a good game.
Trevor's Pick: San Francisco 49ers 23-17

Dallas Cowboys (0-2) at Houston Texans (2-0)
I can't wait for the Cowboys to drop to 0-3. Take that ESPN.
Trevor's Pick: Houston Texans 27-17

Buffalo Bills (0-2) at New England Patriots (1-1)
I'm not sure why I'd ever pick the Bills to win. It's doubtful they'll go 0-16, but 1-15 might work. The Pats have some anger to take out after a sub-par performance against the Jets and the Bills are the perfect team for that.
Trevor's Pick: New England Patriots 31-6

Cleveland Browns (0-2) at Baltimore Ravens (1-1)
This game is like the one right before it, a bad team against a good team coming off a hard loss. The Browns are worse than I thought they'd be and the Ravens are above average on defense and at least average on offense.
Trevor's Pick: Baltimore Ravens 24-9

Detroit Lions (0-2) at Minnesota Vikings (0-2)
If the Vikings want a prayer of making the playoffs they have to win this game. They get their bye week early and come back to an insane schedule. The Lions are improved and cannot be taken lightly like they were in the past. The Vikings came close to beating a really good Miami team and if Brett has any fire left in him every week should get better for the offense. This is no gimmie, but the Vikes come through when they have to this time.
Trevor's Pick: Minnesota Vikings 20-17

Atlanta Falcons (1-1) at New Orleans Saints (2-0)
I don't love the Falcons despite a good game last week. I think the Saints are one of the best teams in the league, but it doesn't seem like they're clicking on all cylinders right now and it's their first week without Reggie Bush. If they can stop Michael Turner's running they should be able to pull this one out.
Trevor's Pick: Atlanta Falcons 20-19

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0)
Tampa Bay being 2-0 is a nice surprise. I like Raheem Morris and I think as they continue to add pieces they will continue to improve. The Steelers have Charlie Batch going at quarterback, but the defense is just too strong to falter against an average offense.
Trevor's Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6

Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) at Carolina Panthers (0-2)
The Bengals have had one bad half of football this year. People started bailing on them when they didn't kick butt in week 1, but this is a good team. Jimmy Claussen is starting for the Panthers which won't help much. He may be a good quarterback eventually but he's no Carson Palmer today.
Trevor's Pick: Cincinnati Bengals 27-10

Washington Redskins (1-1) at St. Louis Rams (0-2)
The Rams are another pleasant surprise. They haven't one but they haven't been destroyed either. I like the Redskins to keep improving as the season goes along and they almost beat one of the better teams in the league through two weeks, the Texans. The Redskins get back on track this week but the Rams continue their streak of not getting blown out.
Trevor's Pick: Washington Redskins 20-10

Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1)
Good thing Michael Vick is replacing Kevin Kolb, otherwise I'm not sure what ESPN personalities would have talked about all week. Michael has played well and if he is developing his pocket passing he is a huge weapon. I'm not sure about the Eagles defense after an iffy performance last week. Maurice Jones-Drew is hurt but playing. He's the main weapon for the Jags so if he's slowed by the injury it will hurt them.
Trevor's Pick: Philadelphia Eagles 24-20

Indianapolis Colts (1-1) at Denver Broncos (1-1)
The Colts are a better team than the Broncos. The eternally-injured Bob Sanders is out again, but they're used to playing without him by now. This one injury is nothing compared to the Broncos who are missing Knowshon Moreno, their starting RT Ryan Harris, and both starting corners Champ Bailey and Andre Goodman. Not a good time to be thin in the secondary.
Trevor's Pick: Indianapolis Colts 31-17

Oakland Raiders (1-1) at Arizona Cardinals (1-1)
The Cardinals need a quarterback, bad. Maybe the Raiders would loan them Jason Campbell now that they don't need him anymore. That might make this a better game. This is one game not worth watching.
Trevor's Pick: Oakland Raiders 16-10

San Diego Chargers (1-1) at Seattle Seahawks (1-1)
Is San Diego going to keep playing well or is it a requirement that they go 2-5 before turning it on and making the playoffs? Maybe it's bad karma they stuck it to Vincent Jackson. It's hard to believe in Seattle but how in the world did they lay that beating on the 49ers? This is a tough one to call because it could be a close Seattle win or a San Diego blowout.
Trevor's Pick: Seattle Seahawks 24-23

New York Jets (1-1) at Miami Dolphins (2-0)
I still don't buy the Jets. Maybe it's just because I don't want to. I think Miami will just continue to get better. The Dolphins will play better defense than the Patriots did and the game is in Miami.
Trevor's Pick: Miami Dolphins 21-16

Green Bay Packers (2-0) at Chicago Bears (2-0)
If ever there was a game where the most spectacular outcome would be for both teams to lose this is it. (Hey, I have to let my rooting interests come through sometimes.) Since that is an impossibility according to the rules as they're currently written I guess I have to pick someone. If this game were in Green Bay it wouldn't be close, but since it's in Chicago the Bears will hang in there. Cutler will throw an interception to ice the game for the Pack.
Trevor's Pick: Green Bay Packers 27-24

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