Well, so far, this has not been a great season for me. After predicting at around .500 the first two weeks, I ended up finishing 6-10 in Week 3. But, to be fair, I doubt anybody seriously thought the Rams would beat the Redskins or that the Kansas City Chiefs would start out their season 3-0.
The first bye weeks start this week. Perhaps I’ll do better now that I have to make predictions for fewer games.
San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons – The 49ers have fired their offensive coordinator after a 0-3 start to the season. Some people will refer to it as shaking things up. I refer to it as a desperate move. Falcons win.
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns – Even though they have started out the season 2-1, I am starting to think the Bengals aren’t as good as I originally thought they were. Fortunately, they are playing a team that is as bad as I thought they would be. Bengals win.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – The Trent Edwards era is officially over in Buffalo. But, I don’t think that will make much of a difference for a team that could potentially go winless this season. Jets win.
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams – We are three weeks into the season and I still don’t have a feel for the Seahawks. The Rams, however, have proven they are capable of scoring upsets. Rams win.
Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans – That was one heck of a win by the Titans over the Giants last weekend. And, I see no reason why they won’t repeat that performance this weekend. Titans win.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers – Green Bay needs to bounce back after dominating the Chicago Bears in the first half only to lose in the second half because of penalties and poor special teams play. Fortunately, they are playing against a Lions team that forced 3 turnovers against the Vikings and still lost by 14 points. Packers win.
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers – Just one more game until Ben Roethlisberger returns. But, I wonder if the Steelers are wondering if they really need him. Steelers win.
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – I correctly predicted a Saints’ loss last weekend and still have doubts about a Super Bowl return. But, I think John Fox is looking at his last season as Carolina’s coach. Saints win.
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jaguars were embarrassed by a Michael Vick led Philadelphia Eagles team last weekend. Peyton Manning doesn’t have Vick’s mobility. But, he is a much better passer. Colts win.
Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders – Just when the Raiders seem to finally be putting things together, they end up missing an unheard of 3 field goals in a game they should have won. Texans win.
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles – Donovan McNabb finally gets a chance to inflict some damage on the team that thought so little of him; they traded him to a division rival. Unfortunately for him, the Eagles are looking like the NFC East favorite now that it isn’t Kevin Kolb under center. Eagles win.
Arizona Cardinals at San Diego Chargers – An opponent’s poor special teams’ play gave the Cardinals an undeserved win last week and, even though I am starting to think they are not a playoff contender, the Chargers are a better team than the Raiders. Chargers win.
Chicago Bears at New York Giants – I had doubts about the Bears’ Mike Martz led offense. But, I think they are a legitimate playoff contender and currently lead the NFC North. The Giants, on the other hand, might start talking about a new head coach soon. Bears win.
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins – I really should pick the Patriots in this Monday Night Football game. But, something tells me we will see an upset. Dolphins win.
Bye Week Teams –
Dallas Cowboys – The team has something to build on now that they got their first win of the season. However, if they want to live up to their Super Bowl hype, they have to figure out how to run the ball.
Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs are a surprising 3-0. But, considering they achieved that despite sub-par quarterback play, I think they will get brought back down to Earth in their next two games; against the Colts and Texans.
Minnesota Vikings – Much like the Cowboys, the Vikings didn’t enter their bye week winless. But, it has to be a bit concerning that their lone victory came in spite of Brett Favre and not because of him.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – They started out strong but the Steelers exposed them as pretenders this past weekend. However, I do think, with some tweaking, they could be in the NFC South mix.
My Overall Record – 22-26