By Eric Jacinto, Matt Koontz and Mike B
Welcome back, to another week of picks for week number three. Last week Matt won the first week getting 8 out of 16 games right let’s take a look at if either me or Mike can beat him or will Matt beat us once again and increase his lead.
Week 2 Results:
Bold = Got the our Pick right
Cincinnati Bengals 34 Baltimore Ravens 23
Eric's Pick: Bengals Matt's Pick: Ravens Mike's Pick: Ravens
Atlanta Falcons 31 Carolina Panthers 24
Eric's Pick: Falcons Matt's Pick: Panthers Mike's Pick: Falcons
Indianapolis Colts 21 Washington Redskins 9
Eric's Pick: Redskins Matt's Pick: Redskins Mike's Pick: Redskins
Tennessee Titans 20 Houston Texans 17
Eric's Pick: Texans Matt's Pick: Texans Mike's Pick: Texans
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 Philadelphia Eagles 21
Eric's Pick: Eagles Matt's Pick: Eagles Mike's Pick: Eagles
Kansas City Chiefs 42 Pittsburgh Steelers 37
Eric's Pick: Steelers Matt's Pick: Chiefs Mike's Pick: Chiefs
Miami Dolphins 20 New York Jets 12
Eric's Pick: Jets Matt's Pick: Jets Mike's Pick: Jets
Los Angeles Chargers 31 Buffalo Bills 20
Eric's Pick: Bills Matt's Pick: Chargers Mike's Pick: Chargers
Minnesota Vikings 29 Green Bay Packers 29 OT
Eric's Pick: Packers Matt's Pick: Packers Mike's Pick: Vikings
New Orleans Saints 21 Cleveland Browns 18
Eric's Pick: Saints Matt's Pick: Saints Mike's Pick: Saints
San Francisco 49ers 30 Detroit Lions 27
Eric's Pick: 49ers Matt's Pick: 49ers Mike's Pick: 49ers
Los Angeles Rams 34 Arizona Cardinals 0
Eric's Pick: Rams Matt's Pick: Rams Mike's Pick: Rams
Jacksonville Jaguars 31 New England Patriots 20
Eric's Pick: Jaguars Matt's Pick: Patriots Mike's Pick: Jaguars
Denver Broncos 20 Oakland Raiders 19
Eric's Pick: Broncos Matt's Pick: Broncos Mike's Pick: Broncos
Dallas Cowboys 20 New York Giants 13
Eric's Pick: Giants Matt's Pick: Cowboys Mike's Pick: Giants
Chicago Bears 24 Seattle Seahawks 17
Eric's Pick: Seahawks Matt's Pick: Bears Mike's Pick: Bears
Eric's Week 2 Record: 7-9 (14-18)
Matt's Week 2 Record: 8-8 (16-16)
Mike's Week 2 Record: 9-7 (15-17)
Thursday, September 20, 2018, 8:20pm ET (NFL Network):
New York Jets, (1-1) @ Cleveland Browns, (0-1-1):
Eric's Pick: Browns 17 - Jets 14
Last Thursday’s game was very entertaining, and I expect us to see something similar this weekend. The Jets are a young team, we will see the ups and downs all season long. Darnold is a monster, he is just going to have growing pains as he learns the league and the schemes of the NFL defenses. On the other side the Browns fans need to calm the hell down and stop calling for Baker to be the starter. You are a good kicker away from being 2-0 that has nothing to do with Tyrod Taylor. He is doing exactly what the Browns need. The defense of the Browns is looking like a top 10 defense in the league and will be a tough one to crack for the Jets. I am excited for this game.
Final Score: Browns 23 – Jets 18; Matt K
After nearly defeating both the Saints and the Steelers, the Cleveland Browns are who I thought they were pre-season, a surprisingly good football team. The only reason that they are not currently 2-0 is due to missed kicks, and they face a team that is still experiencing growing pains in the Jets. Cleveland fans, the long winless streak ends this Thursday night against the Jets, at home, on Thursday night. Browns win.
Final score: Browns 21 - Jets 12; Mike B
Sunday, September 23, 2018:
New Orleans Saints, (1-1) @ Atlanta Falcons, (1-1); (FOX):
Eric's Pick: Falcons 30 - Saints 27 OT
The Saints got lucky they managed their first win this season. They played a subpar game last weekend and should have lost to the Browns but Zane Gonzalez is struggling terribly in Cleveland and gave the Saints a win in OT. Now the Falcons impressed me last week with a win over the Panthers. I didn’t expect them to win without Devonta Freeman against a solid team like Carolina. The Falcons looked so much better in the RedZone last week and if they can keep that up they are a top 3 NFC team. I almost want to predict a 3rd tie for the year here. Final Score: Falcons 27 - Saints 24; Matt K
Tough divisional matchup between two solid teams. I have to take the Falcons at home however. Final Score: Falcons 24 - Saints 21; Mike B
Green Bay Packers, (1-0-1) @ Washington Redskins, (1-1); (FOX):
Eric's Pick: Packers 34 - Redskins 20
Well the Packers got a tie last week with a massive brace on Aaron Rodgers knee. With a limited QB they still managed to tie a tough Minnesota defense, so they should be positive about the result. Aaron Jones is back and he is the best back in the backfield for them and could really help Rodgers produce. The Redskins really disappointed last week. A large part of it is that the team needs a run game and Adrian Peterson went AWOL last week. If he can get back on track the Skins will be back in the win column, but the Packers are a tough team to run against so this week might not go well for them.
Final Score: Packers 31 - Redskins 20; Matt K
The Packers are struggling right now even though they have been successful to open the season. The Redskins are extremely streaky. That being said, they get lucky in this one.
Final Score: Redskins 21 - Packers 20; Mike B
Indianapolis Colts, (1-1) @ Philadelphia Eagles, (1-1); (FOX):
Eric's Pick: Eagles 35 - Colts 24
I really believe the Colts showed life last week as I didn’t really give them much of a chance. Marlon Mack from the pieces of the game I saw looked impressive last week and if they can establish a good run game it will really open up the skies for Andrew Luck. I like what they did defensively to stop the Skins last week. Their defense is going to need to test if Wentz is fully healthy and put him under pressure early and often especially with Ajayi out. The Eagles will be The Eagles will be with Wentz for the first time this season. I am worried they rushed him back after the loss to the Buccaneers, but we will see this weekend what kind of shape he is in. I really love Wentz and his talent so if he is healthy I will be happy to see him back. I do worry about the Eagles offense without Ajayi, but Corey Clement is a beast and possibly could do great in his place. Final Score: Eagles 24 - Colts 16; Matt K
The surprisingly competitive Colts travel to Philly to take on the Eagles in Carson Wentz's return to NFL action. Wentz gives Philly the edge in this one.
Final Score: Eagles 24 - Colts 18; Mike B
Buffalo Bills, (0-2) @ Minnesota Vikings, (1-0-1); (CBS):
Eric's Pick: Vikings 24 - Bills 0
The Bills are far from the team that they were last year, a large part of that is due to the loss of Tyrod Taylor. They have a terrible QB situation because Josh Allen wasn’t NFL ready and they have had to throw him into the fire because of Nathan Peterman being a joke. Allen still looks a whole lot better than Peterman. A game against the Vikings isn’t going to be good at all for a Bills team with no offensive line, no truly great WR’s, and no worth while TE’s. The Vikings could have beat the Packers, but Cousins couldn’t get the job done in OT and they had to rely on a rookie kicker who missed both field goal attempts in OT to give the Vikings a tie. Good week to be without Dalvin as they won’t need him for this win. They will rebound this week with an inferior team. Final Score: Vikings 36 - Bills 3; Matt K
An offensive train wreck facing one of the best rosters in football? I'll take the Vikings all day.
Final Score: Vikings 28 - Bills 3; Mike B
Oakland Raiders, (0-2) @ Miami Dolphins, (2-0); (CBS):
Eric's Pick: Dolphins 20 - Raiders 13
Gruden and the Raiders are in some serious trouble. Their defense wouldn’t be able to stop a high school team, so it seems. If they want to win games this year their defense better step-up and start making some plays besides Gareon Conley. The Dolphins are impressing the world. Their defense is incredibly talented, and Adam Gase is doing some good things with this offense a lot of people thought was dead without Jarvis Landry. Tannehill has looked pretty decent so far this season.
Final Score: Dolphins 24 - Raiders 17; Matt K
Jon Gruden and the Raiders need to win a game at some point.. This might be the week. I'm going with the Raiders against Miami. Final Score: Raiders 21 - Dolphins 20; Mike B
Denver Broncos, (2-0) @ Baltimore Ravens, (1-1); (CBS):
Eric's Pick: Ravens 23 - Broncos 20
The Broncos got gifted a comeback win last week as the Raiders with a 9 point lead late in the 4th went for it on 4th down and failed, giving the Broncos and Keenum a chance to drive down the field and get back into the game. The Broncos defense is still pretty stellar, not like their Super Bowl days, but still top 10 talent. The offense with Phillip Lindsey is playing phenomenally and once Courtland Sutton gets more involved their offense could be explosive. Now the Ravens offensive line was exposed last week giving Joe Flacco no time to throw the ball, and when he had time to throw the ball he had wild throws that led to INT’s this forced them to try and fight back from a big deficit. Final Score: Ravens 21 - Broncos 17; Matt K
The Ravens need a rebound game after losing to the Bengals. The Broncos are 2-0, but lose this one on the road. Final Score: Ravens 17 - Broncos 14; Mike B
Cincinnati Bengals, (2-0) @ Carolina Panthers, (1-1); (CBS):
Eric's Pick: Panthers 24 - Bengals 17
The Bengals are rolling behind a great defense and an Andy Dalton that looks alive. The Bengals look like a legit playoff contender this season which none of us saw coming. They are better than their entire division as of right now not just by record, but talent on the teams. The Panthers defense last week disappointed, they couldn’t stop a De’Vonta Freeman-less offense. They had a positive as we saw DJ Moore’s first ever touchdown reception and it was a beautiful catch and run. Carolina is still a great team in this division and Cam looks good with actual weapons, that without Olsen on the field. This game is the best game of the 1 PM games. Final Score: Bengals 20 - Panthers 18; Matt K
I don't know how much I believe in the Bengals, but their win on Thursday night shows me that this is a much improved team from last year. They might just go into Carolina and pull off a win. Final Score: Bengals 23 - Panthers 21; Mike B
New York Giants, (0-2) @ Houston Texans, (0-2); (FOX):
Eric's Pick: Texans 24 - Giants 13
The Giants as I have said aren’t going to magically be a better team and dominate people like the world media seems to think just because Odell is back. Barkley as I have said time and time again is a top 5 pass catching RB in the league. Between the tackles though he is not a top 12 RB especially with that offensive line in front of him. I am sorry Giants fans but be ready for a rough season this year. The Texans are starting slow apparently, but I believe they will wake up eventually as they have the talent on their roster to do so. DeShaun Watson hasn’t been what we hoped he would be this year, YET.
Final Score: Texans 32 - Giants 23; Matt K
One of these teams needs to win (or the game ends in a tie). Houston has the better team overall and should win this one at home. Final Score: Texans 28 - Giants 14; Mike B
Tennessee Titans, (1-1) @ Jacksonville Jaguars, (2-0); (CBS):
Eric's Pick: Jaguars 23 - Titans 14
The Titans nailed last week on the head and exposed some weaknesses in Houston’s game plan. Mariota is as normal through his career dealing with an injury. He is possibly not going to play a 2nd consecutive week but Gabbert is a very capable backup and will give them a better chance to win this game as Mariota injured would. Now the Jaguars shocked me last week by stomping on the Pats and pissing off Tom Brady at the same time. Jalen Ramsey shut down Gronk every time he covered him. The Jags are a phenomenal team with talent everywhere and if Gabbert keeps playing well they might be the best team in the league. Though I do believe the Jags are a better team without Fournette in the lineup and that’s not a Fournette issue, it’s the way he is being used. Yeldon and Corey Grant give them versatility and an unpredictable offense. Fournette could too because he has the talent and speed to do so but the Jags and Doug Marone just don’t seem to use him this way which is a let-down to the teams’ full potential. Anyway, sorry for the ramble. Score prediction time. Final Score: Jaguars 27 - Titans 17; Matt K
The Titans, with Mariota unhealthy, heading into Jacksonville to face one of the league's best defenses? I'll take the Jaguars. Final Score: Jaguars 24 - Titans 23; Mike B
San Francisco 49ers, (1-1) @ Kansas City Chiefs, (2-0); (FOX):
Eric's Pick: 49ers 20 - Chiefs 17 (Upset Alert) OT
Well Jimmy G looked okay last week but not great as he was sacked 6 times and only threw for 206 yards in their win over Detroit. The 49ers will probably get stuck in a game of firepower in which I do not believe they have the QB or talent to keep up with their opposition in such a battle. The Chiefs have the guy who is slinging the ball better than anyone else right now in Patrick Mahomes. This kid has the talent to be one of the best in the league some day though he is already showing that right now. Kareem Hunt needs to get a few more carries and get more involved with this offense to keep defenses more honest moving forward. Though the talent and staff they have built in KC is incredible and I believe we will see them move to 3-0 this week. Final Score: Chiefs 35 - 49ers 28; Matt K
Nobody is better than Andy Reid in September. They win a big one at home this week.
Final Score: Chiefs 28 - 49ers 14; Mike B
Los Angeles Chargers, (1-1) @ Los Angeles Rams, (2-0); (CBS):
Eric's Pick: Rams 33 - Chargers 27 OT
The game of the week. I wish Bosa would man up and play this week. I understand he has been dealing with a bone bruise but 3 weeks now, its time to suit up for the sake of your team. The Chargers without Bosa defensively are just a different team. If this game happened at full health for both rosters it could be game of the year. The Rams and Chargers steam rolled to wins last week as Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley are both having incredible starts to the season and will make this a fun game for the fans.
Final Score: Chargers 25 - Rams 23; Matt K
This might be my favorite matchup of the week. Two great defenses facing off. This game is going to be extremely fun to watch, but I think the Rams ultimately win in close fashion.
Final Score: Rams 28 - Chargers 27; Mike B
Dallas Cowboys, (1-1) @ Seattle Seahawks, (0-2); (FOX):
Eric's Pick: Seahawks 19 Cowboys 12
This game has two struggling teams meeting up, regardless of a win last week Dallas looked rough. The Cowboys can’t get Zeke going if they can’t pass the ball and that isn’t Dak’s fault it’s a lack of weapons for Dak to throw too. I honestly believe his best receiver on the team is his RB, which is just flat out sad. The Seahawks offensive line can’t protect Russell Wilson and its time to worry he might not last the season at this pace without an injury. They also can’t seem to open any seems for the RB’s to get going either which just leaves more pressure on Russell to get the job done and without Doug Baldwin that’s a lot tougher of a task. I believe the 12th man plays a difference this weekend though.
Final Score: Seahawks 23 - Cowboys 17; Matt K
Both of these teams are off to disappointing starts, but the Seahawks have more talent. I'm taking Seattle at home. Final Score: Seahawks 27 - Cowboys 24; Mike B
Chicago Bears, (1-1) @ Arizona Cardinals, (0-2); (FOX):
Eric's Pick: Cardinals 17 Bears 14 (Upset Alert)
The Bears defense is alive with Khalil Mack and it is benefiting the offense. The Bears are going to be competitive this season because of this defense, but I do not believe Trubisky is at the point yet where he will pick up the wins on last minute drives. The Cardinals might be the worst, at least the 2nd worst, team in the league right now. They aren’t giving DJ enough touches and Sam Bradford is way overpaid and terribly underperforming. The Cardinals are sadly wasting the last few years of Larry Fitz’s career with this roster. Final Score: Bears 30 - Cardinals 14; Matt K
I have to give the Bears this one as a tribute to the late Dennis Green. They're the better team, and they are who the Cardinals think they are. Will Arizona let them off the hook? I'm going to crown them. Final Score: Bears 28 - Cardinals 12; Mike B
Sunday Night Football; New England Patriots, (1-1) @ Detroit Lions, (0-2); 8:20pm ET (NBC):
Eric's Pick: Patriots 34 Lions 17
Matt Patricia vs the team he used to be defensive coordinator for. The Lions are limping into this game truly struggling. The Lions are falling apart around their playoff winless overpaid QB. Stafford in my eyes ate too much of their cap space and were unable to give him the talent he needs around him to get them where they believe they can go. The Patriots are not going to lose a 2nd consecutive week especially against his former defensive coordinator. This game should be a shootout though and fun for the fans on Sunday night football. Final Score: Patriots 34 - Lions 29; Matt K
The Patriots should win this game, but the Lions are a desperate team. Could Matt Patricia use his knowledge of Belichick's schemes beat him? I'm going with the upset
Final Score: Lions 28 - Patriots 3; Mike B
MNF: Pittsburgh Steelers, (0-1-1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (2-0); 8:15pm ET; (ESPN):
Eric's Pick: Steelers 27 Buccaneers 20 (Upset Alert)
FITZMAGIC is alive and kicking. It normally only lasts until the guy he is replacing is able to return then he tends to turn into the backup quality QB. Good news for the Buccaneers, this would be the last week of that magic Fitz, in primetime against a good team. Mike Tomlin has lost control of his team and is going the wrong way. Antonio Brown is a drama queen and Le’Veon Bell thinks he should hold out for money to make more than the people that protect this country make or the educators of this country make just to be an entertainer. The Steelers are falling apart at the seems and Mike Tomlin is the reason because he has no control over this roster. Final Score: Buccaneers 31 - Steelers 26; Matt K
Ryan Fitzpatrick is not an elite quarterback, but he's playing like one. Meanwhile the Steelers are a team in turmoil. The Buccaneers could win this one on Monday night to start out 3-0.
Final Score: Buccaneers 24 - Steelers 23; Mike B
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