Week 3 Matchup Predictions
Giants @ Panthers: The Giants are basically a miracle comeback away from being 0-2 at home this year, and now they head to Carolina without Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw, David Diehl, or Domenik Hixon. The Giants tend to play well when the odds are against them, but Cam Newton is going to have his way with the Giants' depleted secondary and pull it out at home.
Panthers win 30-24.
Rams @ Bears: The Bears may have looked miserable last week playing the Packers at Lambeau, but unless your name is the 49ers, you'd probably look pretty bad playing at Lambeau too. The Bears may be without Matt Forte, but Michael Bush is hardly a downgrade as a replacement. The Rams got an impressive win against RG3 and the Redskins last week, and I think they've got a shot at a decent season, but the Bears are too much for them to handle right now.
Bears win 30-21.
Bills @ Browns: This one is about as confusing as can be. The Bills got slaughtered by the Jets in Week 1, then handed the Chiefs their head in Week 2. The Browns were offensively inept and picked off Michael Vick four times in Week 1, then ripped the Bengals defense but were ripped by Andy Dalton in Week 2. So far, these two teams are each a prototypical model of inconsistency. My heart says to go with Fitzpatrick getting picked off a few times and Trent Richardson becoming more of a beast by the week, and as the great DHT says, listen to your heart (did anyone else have no idea who sang that song? I had to look it up).
Browns get their first win 20-17.
Buccaneers @ Cowboys: The Cowboys completely bombed against the Seahawks last week, and it was in large part due to early miscues. An opening kickoff fumble and early blocked punt had Seattle's 12th man roaring, and the Cowboys were in a deep hole right out of the gate. The Cowboys are coming home this week, and will see a monumental difference with the crowd now on their side. They'll take on a surprising Bucs team who almost topped the Super Bowl champs last week, but I don't see Romo keeping them in the game with three early interceptions like Eli did.
Cowboys win 34-24.
Lions @ Titans: The Titans really can't do much of anything on offense. Their best player - Chris Johnson - can't find any way to make plays due to a shoddy offensive line, and Jake Locker is still working out his young quarterback kinks. The Lions struggled mightily against the 49ers defense last week, but it's tough to judge a team's offense based on what they do against the 49ers. Stafford and Megatron may connect for more yards than the entire Titans offense can muster up, so I've got to go with Detroit.
Lions win 38-17.