Week 3 Matchup Predictions
Falcons win 31-21.
Texans @ Broncos: It's tough to get a read on Denver's run defense. They've had two straight games holding teams to low rushing totals, but both teams have struggled running the ball so far this season. So much of beating the Texans is in keeping Arian Foster and Ben Tate in check, but I'm unsure whether or not the Broncos can do it. I'll say that they don't let the two-headed monster completely destroy them, and Peyton's no-huddle works to perfection once again at home, where it's easier to hear the audibles and get on the same page.
Broncos win 27-21.
Patriots @ Ravens: We all remember what happened the last time these two teams met - Billy Cundiff shanked the Ravens wide left of their Super Bowl aspirations. The Patriots are without one of their offensive focal points in Aaron Hernandez. The Ravens will be home in front of a crowd that wants nothing more than vengeance for the metaphorical death of their 2011 football club. Ray Lewis and his boys will get extra pumped up for this one, and Tom Brady will feel like that Cardinals defense from a week ago was composed of a bunch of high school kids.
Ravens win 24-20.
Packers @ Seahawks: The Seahawks at home is just a whole different animal. That 12th man is legit - you could see it affect the Cowboys last week. However, the Packers' defense looks exceptional early on this season, and they should find ways to give rookie quarterback Russell Wilson some problems. They also have a guy named Aaron Rodgers on their side, and he's pretty good. I think home field advantage works well in favor of the Seahawks, and I'll be rooting for them to pull this one out, but I've got to go with the Packers - it'll be close though.
Packers win 23-17.