The NFL will be a quarter of the way through the season after this week’s games. One game has already been played but here’s the word on how the rest of this weekend’s slate plays out.
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
Sure you say, it’s easy to pick games three days after they’ve been played but I did have the 49ers going into this game. The Rams are only now beginning to realize they could have had an RGIII. Instead, they’re stuck with Sam Bradford.
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Does the Bears’ defense take another turnover to the house today? The opportunistic defense they unleashed against the NFL last season has continued in 2013.
The key to the success of the Bears’ offense will be the match-up between DT Ndamukong Suh and RG Kyle Long. For the Lions, Matthew Stafford still has Calvin Johnson but will miss having Nate Burleson on the field.
The Bears improve to 4-0 with a win in Detroit.
Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills
Joe Flacco finally played to his new contract last week against Houston but the Ravens scored two non-offensive touchdowns Texans committed 14 penalties.
E.J. Manual has done well learning on the job in Buffalo. The Bills are 1-1 at home with that loss being a hard-fought game against the Patriots.
This is my upset special for the week. The Bills win another tight game at home.
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
The Browns gutted out a win against the Minnesota Vikings last week but their playing the best team in the AFC North today. The Bengals extend their record to 3-1.
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs
Can the Chiefs jump out to a 4-0 record after a 2012 shipwreck? The real question is whether Eli Manning can keep from having another multiple turnover game. He can’t and the Chiefs will.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings
I’m sure the NFL thought they had a playoff caliber game in this one when they shipped it off to London. Instead they export one of the stinkers of the week. Which team avoids dropping to 0-4 on the season. The Vikings are starting Matt Cassel in place of Christian Ponder and have enough defense to shut down big Ben.
Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Freeman was still the starter for the Buccaneers on Monday. Mike Glennon is their starter today. Where else can Greg Schiano screw up his team next week. The Cardinals fly home as winners after this game.
Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars
The Colts dominated the 49ers on San Francisco’s home field last week. The Jaguars may be the worst team in football. Colts are feeling real good about their 3-1 record after this game.
Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans
The Seahawks have shot out to the start that says Super Bowl contender. The Texans have looked like anything but a Super Bowl contender so far this season. The Seahawks continue their domination of the NFL in 2013.
New York Jets at Tennessee Titans
The Jets are 2-1 behind an inconsistent Geno Smith. The Titans have the defense to hang on for a win at home.
Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos
The Eagles’ defense has sucked air in the second half of their first three games as their high-octane offense continues full speed ahead. Their in Denver this week which means the sideline oxygen tanks better be full.
Washington Redskins at Oakland Raiders
The Redskins are winless but the Raiders are still the Raiders and that’s enough for Washington’s first win of the season.
Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers
The Cowboys continue their fast start and jump out to a big enough lead on the rest of the division to make their late season choke that much more dramatic.
New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons
The Patriots haven’t blown anyone away yet on their way to 0-3 but the Falcons have been worse on their way to an 0-2 start. The Patriots pick up another wind for the AFC over the NFC.
Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints
A battle of two undefeated teams and the first of a potential three consecutive undefeated teams for the Saints. The Dolphins are an improved team but New Orleans is not the place they want to be playing at this point in their development.