NFL Week 3 Preview



Blimey! Week 3 already, the last full set of fixtures for a while as bye weeks start next week. A few interesting fixtures this week given the injury situations at a few clubs. Week2 record: 9-7 Overall: 20-12

Thursday: Houston (2-0) at New England (2-0) Hmmm. The easy call here is to pick against the side starting their 3rd string QB, but, that side are the Patriots. Jacoby Brisset came put up decent numbers in relief. The Dolphins near comeback owing more to a defence that eased up. Texans are almost full strength and have been solid if unflashy so far. Pick: Houston (reluctantly)

Paul Chapman

Ahhh, great start to the week......

Sunday early: Arizona (1-1) @ Buffalo (0-2) The Cardinals got back on track against Tampa last week, and have all the weapons to feast on a D that was shredded by Fitz and the Jets. The Bills menwhile responded to putting up 31 points and losing by having the owners meet a handful of players, culminating in the sacking of the offensive co-ordinator. Well done. Pick: Arizona

Denver (2-0) at Cincinnati (1-1) A first road trip of the season for the Broncos whose formula hasn't changed much since last season. Smother a team with D, create turnovers and win from short fields. Bengals had a case for being robbed in Pittsburgh by a late non-fumble. This will be Siemian's toughest test so far as Denver QB, his defence will pull him through. Pick: Denver

Detroit (1-1) @ Green Bay (1-1) The Lions lost a squeaker at home to Tennessee after failing to make the most of their chances while Green Bay have not lived up to preseason expectation. They were run close on Jacksonville and lost out in Minnesota. Home opener at "Historic Lambeau Field" against a team they have the wood over should see them bounce back. Pick: Green Bay

Oakland (1-1) at Tennessee (1-1) The Raiders are in danger of getting too clever for themselves, 6 players had rushes and 11 caught passes in last week's home loss to the Falcons. Marcus Mariotta led the Titan comeback in the 4th Qtr last week, throwing a TD on 4th down with 73s left, ending a 5 game losing streak. Raiders should have too much for them here. Pick: Oakland

Cleveland (0-2) at Miami (0-2) At last, Cleveland has something in common with the Pats. They too are on their 3rd string QB. A 5th starter in 5 games no less. Cody Kessler takes the hot seat this week, "Clipboard Jesus" Charlie Whitehurst waits on the sidelines. If the Dolphins of the 1st 6 quarters turn up this will be a game. Odds are it won't be. Pick: Miami

Washington (0-2) at NY Giants (2-0) This is already "must win" territory for Washington, after losing their opening 2 at home, dropping 3 games back in the division will be disastrous. The Giants took on the Saints and somehow a defensive struggle broke out. The return of Victor "Salsa" Cruz has really boosted the Giants passing game, they should prove too strong here. Pick: NY Giants

Minnesota (2-0) at Carolina (1-1) The Vikes have used Shaun Hill and Sam Bradford to cover the loss of Teddy Bridgewater, but papering over the chasm that is the loss of Adrian Peterson will be much tougher. Ronnie Hillman has been signed to try. Panthers went toe to toe with San Fran for much of Sunday, before the 9er D tired late on. Fozzy Whitaker step up for Jonathon Stewart Pick: Carolina

Baltimore (2-0) at Jacksonville (0-2) The Ravens gave Cleveland a 20 point start and still beat them handily, but should find it a bit tougher against a desperate set of Jags. They had a nightmare in San Diego, and not even the ever positive Gus Bradley would be overly convinced of his prospects with another loss. Bortles to curb the INTs for one night only. Pick: Jacksonville