NFL Picks, Week 3
Every year I participate in a Pigskin Pick ’em group organized by an obnoxious friend of mine from high school who spends his Sundays doing nothing but watching NFL football. I spend very little time watching football, and yet I continue to dream of beating him. And so every week I dutifully make my picks.
As always, the winning team is in caps.
Kansas City Chiefs at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — The Eagles will rebound at home after last week’s unexpected loss to the Chargers. Unexpected at least to me.
GREEN BAY PACKERS at Cincinnati Bengals — I’m a bit torn about this one. How good (or bad) are either of these teams? I have no idea. But the Bengals seem less formidable, at least on paper, which is why I’m picking the Packers.
Cleveland Browns at MINNESOTA VIKINGS — I’m not sure I’m going to be picking the Browns to win any games this season. The Vikings should pick up their first win this week.
St. Louis Rams at DALLAS COWBOYS — Both of these teams are 1-1, but one team is much better than the other: the Cowboys, believe it or not. Of course, the Cowboys being the Cowboys, I’m sure they’re reward my faith in them by losing this game by one point in the final 30 seconds.
Detroit Lions at WASHINGTON REDSKINS — I know the Redskins are a disappointing mess right now, but I think they can beat the Lions at home.
San Diego Chargers at TENNESSEE TITANS — I refuse to be fooled by the Chargers’ surprise victory last week over the Eagles. They’re really not that good, and they will lose to the Titans.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Man, the Patriots are terrible right now! And as a Patriot fan, I’m outraged by the fact that the 36-year-old Tom Brady does not have any receivers. HOW CAN HE GET HIS TEAM BACK TO THE SUPER BOWL IF HE DOES NOT HAVE ANY RECEIVERS? Well, by beating teams like Tampa Bay. The Patriots have had a pretty easy schedule thus far, which is why they’re 2-0, and they should be 3-0 after Sunday.
Arizona Cardinals at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — This should be a pretty easy win for the Saints, who aren’t as good as they could be, but are still pretty good.
NEW YORK GIANTS at Carolina Panthers — Last week my landlord referred to the Panthers as “the worst team in the history of football.” They might be! In any case, the Giants should get their first win of the season against the league’s most hapless outfit.
Houston Texans at BALTIMORE RAVENS — I don’t understand why the Texans are favored to win this game. What am I missing? Anyway, I’m picking Baltimore. Perhaps I’ll live to regret it, but right now I’m pretty comfortable with my decision.
Atlanta Falcons at MIAMI DOLPHINS — Hey, the Dolphins are 2-0. Does this mean that they’re actually good? Does it mean they can beat the Falcons? I have no idea. But I’m going to pick them and see what happens.
Buffalo Bills at NEW YORK JETS — I’m baffled by this match-up. Expect a close, ugly game. I’m picking the Jets, but only because they’re at home.
Indianapolis Colts at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — I suspect that Colts QB Andrew Luck is experiencing something of a sophomore slump this season, and that the 49ers will beat Indianapolis pretty easily.
Jacksonville Jaguars at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — Seattle looks pretty great, don’t they? Yes, I’m continuing to atone for not picking the Seahawks to win in week 1. It’s pretty clear that they are a Super Bowl contender and that QB Russell Wilson is a gridiron god. Also, the Jaguars stink.
CHICAGO BEARS at Pittsburgh Steelers — The Steelers are a mess right now, and I can’t bring myself to pick them.
Oakland Raiders at DENVER BRONCOS — Are the Broncos the best team in the league? I have no idea, but they’re going to look pretty good on Monday, when they match up against the terrible Oakland Raiders.
Last week’s results:
Me: 13-3 Overall: 23-9
My obnoxious friend: 13-3 Overall 26-6
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