The 2008 NFL season is in full swing and we’ve been able to get a good look at a number of different players now.
Aaron Rodgers has been able to hold us own thus far in Green Bay and it seems that Matt Cassels has been able to survive through his adventure on the Tom Brady-less New England Patriots. Brett Favre is starting to feel at home with the New York Jets, but he could be facing one of his greatest challenges this week when he heads to San Diego to face the Chargers.
Seeing how I have posted my NFL predictions for both Week 1 and Week 2, I figured I’d keep it going for the third week in the National Football League. There are some really good games this week, so the prediction front may be difficult. Let’s see how I do. Place your bets accordingly.
Kansas City Chiefs at Atlanta Falcons
The Chiefs are 0-2 and Atlanta is coming off a tough loss in Tampa Bay. I’ll give the edge to the Falcons, based on what they were able to show me in Week 1.
Oakland Raiders at Buffalo Bills
I remember hearing somewhere that the Raiders have won five straight in Buffalo (how is that possible? the Raiders suck), but the Bills have to be one of the biggest surprises this seasons, starting out with two solid wins. The Oakland streak ends now. Give it to the Bills.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears
Neither team is quite as impressive as they used to be, but I feel that Tampa is the better team. It’s not that cold and windy in Chicago yet.
Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings
Carolina is off to a roaring start with the 2008 NFL season and I don’t see any reason why the 0-2 Vikings would be able to stop them. Jake Delhomme is good enough.
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
The Dolphins of Miami have shown me absolutely nothing thus far. Matt Cassels shouldn’t have any trouble getting his second win as the starting QB for the Pats.
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants
I like the Bengals. I like Carson Palmer and Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson. Unfortunately, they’ve been off to a rough start and I don’t think that they’ll be able to get one over on the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
After a somewhat unexpected bye week last week, the Texans may come back slightly refreshed and hungry for a win. Too bad the Titans are on a roll. Expect the start from Kerry Collins and not Vince Young.
Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins
I say give this one to the Redskins. They’ve got a decent squad there.
New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos
As much as I enjoy watching Drew Brees and Reggie Bush, there’s something to be said about the legendary running game of Denver, especially since they’re playing at Mile High Stadium. Broncos all the way.
Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers
And it’s the battle of the crappy teams. Not that anyone cares, but I guess I’ll pick the 49ers, if only for nostalgia’s sake. Where’s the next Steve Young or Joe Montana?
St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks
This is actually the exact game I watched last year live in Seattle. Expect a repeat in what is possibly the weakest division in the league. The Seahawks aren’t great, but they’re better than the Rams.
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
Many people were expecting big things from the Cleveland Browns this year, but they have failed to deliver thus far. I don’t think things are going to change in Baltimore, so give this win to the Ravens.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts
Peyton Manning. That pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it? The Colts had to rally back last week to get their win and they may have a tough time with the Jags, but I expect Indy to come out on top of this one.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles
Donovan McNabb and the Eagles posted 24 points in the second quarter of their game against the Cowboys last week. Even though they lost, that had to be one of the most exciting Monday Night games I’ve seen in a while. Philly’s going to be hungry to redeem themselves with a victory on home turf.
Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers
How ’bout them Cowboys! Aaron Rodgers is going to face his greatest challenge to date and, unfortunately for him, he has to stare down the boys from Dallas. Too bad. This should be a fun game with the Cowboys walking away with yet another victory.
New York Jets at San Diego Chargers
On Monday night, we’ll watch as Brett Favre leads the Jets against the San Diego Chargers. I heard some place that Favre has some amazing record when playing in California, but think about who’s in Cali. Oakland? San Fran? Puh-lease. The Chargers, on the other hand, could put up a fight as they’ve been known to show moments of brilliance (and moments of ineptitude). I’m pulling for Favre on this one, so chalk up a pick for the Jets.