Week 3 Matchup Predictions
Colts win 24-17.
Jets @ Dolphins: Despite his surprisingly solid performance against the Raiders last week, Ryan Tannehill will have headaches due to Rex Ryan's well disguised blitzes and coverages. Darrelle Revis won't allow for Brian Hartline to tear the Jets apart, the way he ripped the Raiders' plethora of inept cornerbacks. Reggie Bush, on the other hand, still has a shot to control this game on the ground (did you see what CJ Spiller did to the Jets?). This will be a very close game, and though I've never been a fan of him, I'm going to give the edge to Mark Sanchez against the league's 31st ranked pass defense.
Jets win 21-20.
49ers @ Vikings: I'll be frank about this: I wouldn't bet on the 49ers going undefeated, but I can't see myself picking against them in any individual matchup the entire year. That being said, there's no possible way I could expect Christian Ponder to lead his team to victory over the league's best defense.
49ers win 28-9.
Chiefs @ Saints: There's no possible way the Saints could lose another consecutive game, nevertheless, a home game, right? With a sense of urgency in New Orleans, I expect these guys, many of which are former Super Bowl champions, to step up and get a win against an inferior team in the Super Dome.
Saints win 38-20.
Bengals @ Redskins: The Bengals got picked apart by Joe Flacco and the Ravens in Week 1, then only beat the Browns by a touchdown in Week 2. The Redskins are coming home for the first time and the crowd will be absolutely roaring for RG3's first appearance in Washington. Rookie Brandon Weeden just threw for 322 yards against the Bengals - you have to figure RG3 will top that. Despite the crippling defensive injuries the Redskins suffered in Week 2, I've got RG3 beating his second 2011 playoff team of the season.
Redskins win 34-27.
Eagles @ Cardinals: The Eagles always seem to play to the level of their opponents. They beat the Browns by only one, which was wildly unimpressive, then beat the Ravens by one, which was extremely impressive. The Cardinals have surprised me so far this year. I thought their win against the Seahawks was impressive, and despite the fact that they only beat the Patriots due to a shanked field goal, they outplayed the reigning AFC champs for the whole game. However, the Eagles suffered an embarrassing loss to this team last year, and they're coming off of a confidence building win against a popular Super Bowl favorite.
Eagles win 27-23.