By Bryan Jeon
Last week: 9-7
Week 2 Recap: That’s the last time I’m picking all favorites. On any level of any sport, it’s obvious upsets are bound to happen and to be an unknowledgeable, indecisive chooser of games like myself, picking no underdogs will give you virtually a .500% winning. Enough said, on to better things this Sunday.
Week 3 Picks:
Detroit (2-0) over Philadelphia (0-2) – What a week for Donovan McNabb. The Eagles’ outspoken quarterback goes on a rant earlier this week saying that black quarterbacks get more criticism than white quarterbacks. Firstly, that’s disagreeable as we can go on and on about how Peyton was a choker before he won his first ring last year or how Rex Grossman is one of the worst starting quarterbacks ever, to list a few. Secondly, all quarterbacks naturally get more criticism than any other position on the field as leaders of the team. Is he stating he’s not tough enough to handle being the leader for the Eagles? For McNabb personally, he probably gets it a little rougher playing in the mean streets of Philly. Then go ahead and say that. Don’t make race an issue. You don’t hear Alex Rodriguez saying that players from the Dominican Republic get hated on more than whites because he recognizes and understands that New Yorkers are just plain vicious when you’re not playing well. And frankly McNabb, you’re not playing well. You’ve lost three regular season games in a row now (dating back to last season), and six of your last 7. You’re going to need to kickstart that sluggish offense somehow (1 TD in 2 games) to keep up with the high-powered aerial assault of the Lions so that the Philly fans don’t hate you as much as they already do.
NY Jets (0-2) over Miami (0-2) – Two tough opening matchups for the Jets (New England and Baltimore) have put them in an 0-2 hole, but Chad Pennington should rebound from his ankle injury and their winless start to lead his team to victory.
New England (2-0) over Buffalo (0-2) – The 16.5 point spread has put so much mockery on the game, the un-evenness is like a college football matchup. It’s like the Bills’ chances of winning are as good as South Torrance coming out for the second half after Lisa Leslie dropped 101 points on them in the first half. It’s like Florida having a chance against Ohio State in last year’s national championship game. Oh wait…
Baltimore (1-1) over Arizona (1-1)
Tampa Bay (1-1) over St. Louis (0-2) – Jeff Garcia seems to have picked up right where he left off last year in Philly with an impressive 31-14 win over New Orleans last week. Steven Jackson has been shut down like LaDainian Tomlinson through 2 games, with 118 total rushing yards for a 3.0 average and 2 fumbles lost.
Pittsburgh (2-0) over San Francisco (2-0) – Ben Roethlisberger seems to be back in 2005 form when the Steelers won the Super Bowl. Hell, the whole team is, outscoring their opponents 60-10 in their first 2 games – first in the league for fewest points allowed and biggest margin of victory (25, just over New England’s 24). OSU alum Santonio Holmes is quickly turning into a great complement to Hines Ward coupled with San Francisco being arguably the worst 2-0 team in the league right now should make for another convincing win for the Steelers.
Indianapolis (2-0) over Houston (2-0) – The Super Bowl champs faced a scare against Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans but should stay perfect against a Texans squad that has started the season 2-0 for the first time in team history.
San Diego (1-1) over Green Bay (2-0) – I sense a breakout game from the reigning MVP, who has been held to 68 yards on 35 carries through 2 games. He’s going to need Rivers to spread the ball out to his receivers apart from Antonio Gates to get the ground game going, though. Brett Favre has shown he still has something in the tank, being named the NFC Player of the Week in a 35-13 victory over the Giants last week.
Minnesota (1-1) over Kansas City (0-2) – My ROY choice, Adrian Peterson, is going to run wild, as he should rack up at least 150 total yards and 1 TD against one of the worst teams (along with Atlanta) in the league. Damon Huard is just not clicking with Tony Gonzalez and Larry Johnson should continue his slow start against the tough Minnestoa run D.
Oakland (0-2) over Cleveland (1-1) – Oakland has shown that they are suddenly a club that is to be taken seriously and should grind out their first win over Cleveland. Don’t expect another 51-point performance by the Browns, despite a strong showing by Derek Anderson and Jamal Lewis.
Denver (2-0) over Jacksonville (1-1)
Cincinnati (1-1) over Seattle (1-1) – The Carson Palmer watch is on, as he has 595 yards and 8 TD’s through 2 games. (Peyton Manning holds the record for most TD passes in a season with 49 in 2004). The Bengals should be on the higher end this time around in another shootout.
Washington (2-0) over NY Giants (0-2) – The Giants have given up a league-worst 80 points through 2 games and are plagued with injuries. Eli’s going to have to have an absolutely amazing and flawless game for the Giants to pull this one off.
Carolina (1-1) over Atlanta (0-2) – Jake Delhomme should have no trouble finding Steve Smith in the endzone, as Smith should be the league leader in receiving yards and receiving TD’s when the day is over (currently 3rd with 271 yards and T-1st with 4 TD’s). I thought Joey Harrington was going to be Atlanta’s savior at the helm, guess I was wrong. The Falcons have scored a league-worst 10 points through 2 games and are probably wishing that their Week 6 matchup against the Giants was sooner.
Dallas (2-0) over Chicago (1-1) – The highest scoring offense in the league goes head to head with one of the best defenses in the NFL. All favorite team bias aside, Dallas looks poised to be the next NFC champs. Let’s see how they fare against the reigning team in their toughest matchup yet. Wade Phillips is filling in The Big Tuna’s shoes nicely with a completely different personality, T.O.’s happy and Rex Grossman is going to make Anthony Henry and Terence Newman look like Champ Bailey and Asante Samuel.
Tennessee (1-1) over New Orleans (0-2) – The most disappointing team this season will stay winless through three weeks, as Vince Young’s Madden curse will wait another week to plague him.