Sep 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New England Patriots quarterbackTom Brady
(12) calls a play during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Vikings 30-7. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
New England 37 Oakland 13
Rarely do I get this confident about a Patriots game this early in the season, but after breaking this one down all week, I am comfortable with this score prediction.
The Pats have the advantage in every aspect of the game, from quarterback, all the way down to the secondary. Look for the Patriots to establish a running game early, so they can give Tom Brady some time to throw the football, and set up big play-action plays deep to the likes of Aaron Dobson and Brandon LaFell.
We know Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski will get their touches, but the number one thing the Pats need to get out of this game is getting Danny Amendola, and the other wideouts involved. They need to get everybody involved to be elite, and I think they will get on the right track tomorrow.
San Diego 24 Buffalo 17
The Chargers are coming off a big win over Seattle, and they will continue to build momentum against an undefeated Bills squad. Phillip Rivers has an offense that is humming right now, with multiple weapons that can exposes defenses, and a running game that is severely underrated. E.J. Manuel and company had a decent start to the season, but they will be brought back to earth in this one.
Dallas 28 St. Louis 21
Surprisingly, Dallas’ defense hasn’t played that bad through two games in 2014, and that unit will lead them to a victory against the Rams. Tony Romo and company will do fine against a talented St. Louis defensive front, but a few late turnovers forced by the Cowboys’ defense will give them the close win.
Philadelphia 34 Washington 17
The Redskins will be without starting quarterback Robert Griffin III in this one, but honestly, it doesn’t matter who is quarterbacking this team. The Eagles are flat-out better than the Skins are, both offensively, and defensively. Philly has started slowly in their first two games, but I believe they will start fast at home, and trounce Washington.
Houston 20 New York Giants 13
Houston is going to beat the lowly Giants, and become the worst 3-0 team of all time. The Texans lucked out big time by drawing the Redskins, Raiders, and Giants in their first three games of the year. I am going to go out on a limb here, and say Eli Manning will throw five interceptions in this game. Although based on past performances, that may not be a bold prediction at all.
New Orleans 34 Minnesota 7
The Saints have struggled to start the season, and they are going to take their anger out on the Vikings tomorrow. Drew Brees‘ offense hasn’t really gotten their feet under them yet, but when they are in that dome against a porous Minnesota secondary, we might see 600 yards of total offense from New Orleans. My word of advice to you: Start Drew Brees in fantasy football this week. It will pay off.
Cincinnati 26 Tennessee 14
Until the pressure is on Andy Dalton to lead his team, the Bengals are going to be one of the top squads in the NFL. They have a good defense, and a solid group of weapons on offense, but no quarterback to truly lead them. When playoff time rolls around, Cincinnati will suffer another heartbreaking loss because of Dalton, and they will repeat the cycle of trying to get by with the ‘Red Rocket’ as their signal caller. But for now, they will handle the Titans pretty easily.