I did get victories with the Colts and Bears last week, but of course, I was disappointed by the Giants.
Here are this week’s picks. I’ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week’s games in the comments section. Good luck!
Week 3 Record: 2-2
Overall Record: 5-7
Cincinnati Bengals (-4) at Cleveland Browns
The Bengals are riding high after surviving to get a win over the Packers. Meanwhile, the Browns earned their first win of the season led by the unlikely Brian Hoyer. Even with Cleveland at home, I don’t expect their luck to continue. I expect Hoyer to be overmatched by the Bengals’ defense, one of the best in the NFL. With this being a local rivalry game, I don’t see how the Bengals would let the lowly Browns beat them.
Baltimore Ravens (-3) at Buffalo Bills
Despite a 1-2 record, the Bills have been a surprise team based on what everyone was saying about them before the season. They’ve been in all three games this season. At home against the Ravens, I could see the Bills keep up their streak of competitive games. But I can also see the Ravens earning the win by at least a field goal. Baltimore is coming off a huge win over the Texans, so I expect that momentum to continue, even on the road.
Washington Redskins (-3) at Oakland Raiders
It’s funny how an 0-3 team that has looked very bad can be favored on the road after traveling cross-country. That’s the case though with the Redskins this Sunday. Washington’s defense has stopped no one this season, but the Raiders will be running out backup quarterback Matt Flynn. As a result though, expect to see plenty of Darren McFadden. If he can have a big day rushing, I’m thinking Oakland will be in the game the entire way and will either get a close victory or cover the three-point spread. It might be a different case if Robert Griffin III can prove he’s regaining his health, but until I see that, I have to go against him.
New York Giants (+4.5) at Kansas City Chiefs
I really want to sit here and pick the Giants for this game, but based on what I’ve seen, I just can’t do it. On the road after an 0-3 start against a red-hot team – it’s all not looking too good. I do hope that the Giants can at least put forth a competitive performance rather than get blown out of the water like they have the last two weeks. If the Giants couldn’t stop the Panthers’ front seven, the Chiefs’ defensive front will also have a field day on Eli Manning, and it won’t be pretty. Hopefully Big Blue can surprise us, but I’m not counting on it.
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