Sep 14, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterbackPeyton Manning
(18) looks to pass the ball during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Browns 17 Ravens 16
Both of these teams are coming off impressive week two wins, as the Ravens handled the Steelers, and the Brown upset the Saints. I am going with Cleveland in this one because beating the Saints is a hell of a lot more impressive than beating Pittsburgh. They have a defense that will have no problem with Joe Flacco‘s mediocre offense, and I honestly think Brian Hoyer is going to have a big day against an aging Baltimore defensive unit.
Packers 34 Lions 28
This may end up being the most exciting game of the week for NFL fans, as two explosive offenses will be matched up with two bad defenses. Aaron Rodgers rebounded nicely from his season opening disaster in Seattle by lighting up the Jets, and Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are coming off an embarrassing performance against Carolina. The Lions will come out angry, and get off to a good start, but Rodgers leads Green Bay on a late drive to win it.
Colts 38 Jaguars 10
Indianapolis has lost their first two games in excruciating fashion, the first one on the road against Peyton Manning, and the second at home to the Philadelphia Refs. Andrew Luck and company will be determined to get their first win of the season against Jacksonville, and will do so in dominating fashion.
49ers 20 Cardinals 19
If Carson Palmer were starting, I would give this game to Arizona. They have a ferocious defense, and an excellent receiving corps, which are two things you must have to take down the Niners. But without a good quarterback to lead the way, the Cardinals won’t be able to out-score Colin Kaepernick and company.
Seahawks 27 Broncos 24
As awesome as it would be to see another blowout, I think this game is going to be very close. When he isn’t in the playoffs, Peyton Manning is actually very good, and I believe he will find a way to expose this Seattle defense. However, with that said, the Broncos’ defense isn’t equipped to completely handle the Seahawks’ rushing offense, particularly the explosive Percy Harvin, who will have a huge game.
Chiefs 23 Dolphins 21
We still don’t know if Jamaal Charles is going to play, but Kansas City will get the job done no matter what. They are coming off a close loss to the Broncos (in Denver), and that will give them enough confidence to go down to Miami and get the win.
Steelers 26 Panthers 23
If the Steelers can establish an early running game, and give Ben Roethlisberger enough time, Pittsburgh will win this game. The Panthers have a lot of holes in their secondary, and they will not be able to handle the Steelers’ receiving corps. Pittsburgh’s maligned defense will get after Cam Newton, force a few turnovers, and get a big win on Sunday night.
Bears 31 Jets 13
Recovering from a blown 21-point lead is not an easy task. Covering Chicago’s massive receivers with a depleted secondary is not any easier. The combination of these two things will ultimately lead to a blowout for Chicago.