Good Morning to all the St. Louis Rams fans itching to get this game week started. I figured to get you all started with my predictions for this week’s games:
New York Giants at Carolina Panthers- Will Eli Manning throw for 500 yds. and Cam Newton get over 300 yds. combined this week? I’m thinking no for both options but the Giants do have team resolve, so they win 24-19.
St. Louis Rams at Chicago Bears- Will both teams that played in week 2 show up for this game? I’m thinking no on both counts as the Rams come back down to earth and Jay Cutler doesn’t look like a deer in headlights this week. But, I am going to take the Rams 20-14, dah!
Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins- This was one of the more difficult predictions to pick based on the Bengal’s up and down trends in recent history. Robert Griffin III at home this week is a definite edge for the Redskins, but injuries on their defense will make this a close one. Redskins 24-20 .
Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans- The Lions defense will stop a weak Titans running Game that will force a passing contest by both teams. And we know the Lions have a good one. Lions win 30-17.
Kanas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints- The Saints better hope the Chiefs don’t decide to show up this week on offense if they have hope to have a chance, even at home. Will we see more head hanging on the Saints sidelines? Not as much, Saints win it at the end 27-24.
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings- If the 49ers don’t win by 3 touchdowns, I don’t think they don’t deserve their high ranking. 49ers 40-17.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins- Will it be Tim Tebow time this week? Yes, he will play, no he won’t lead the team to a win. But, the Jets defense will make it a long day for the Dolphins. Jets 19-9.
Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns- Parity seems to rule the day early in this season, but the Browns deserve to be at the bottom of the barrel and the Bills will help them stay there. Bills 28-14.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers At Dallas Cowboys- The Buccaneers will not have enough scoring answers to the Cowboys offense. Dallas 23-13.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck gets his chance to shine at home and he does. Colts win big 33-9.
Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers- Phillip Rivers may not throw three interceptions in one quarter against the Falcons and the Chargers defense is more stout than what Atlanta faced on Monday. So, the Falcons will need to bring their ‘A’ game if they want to win on the road. They will, but the Chargers win, 27-24.
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals- Both of these undefeated teams don’t deserve to be 2-0, but someone has to win, right? Eagles 24-17.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders- One of my favorite all-time rivally match ups. But, won’t be much for the Blackhole to cheer for this time. Steelers 26-12.
Houston Texans at Denver Broncos- This is not your David Carr era Texans anymore and with Peyton Manning playing at home, it makes for a very interesting game. Texans 31-21.
New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens- I will be watching this one as it is my choice as game of the week. Both teams struggled last week on offense, but the Ravens running game is a huge edge over the Patriots. Ravens 19-17.
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks- The Packers have a big advantage at the skill positions and the Seahawks have the 12th man. Seattle will need 12 on the field Monday night to stop Aaron Rodgers. Packers 30-20.
I’m still trying to understand the formula of how the major media sources rank their teams. Well, I’m an old school guy and believe that the numbers do the talking. Here is how I rank em: (Using the average score of following rankings: Record, total offense, total defense, points scored and points allowed. Records ties broken by point differential and rest by higher ranking in each category.)
1. Houston 4.2
2. San Diego 6.2
3. New England 6.2
4. Philadelphia 8.6
5. San Francisco 9.4
6. Baltimore 10.2
7. Washington 11.4
8. Atlanta 11.6
9. Seattle 13.6
10. Green Bay 13.6
11. New York Giants 14.2
12. Denver 14.2
13. Carolina 14.6
14. Miami 14.8
16. Minnesota 15.4
17. Arizona 15.8
18. Pittsburgh 15.8
19. Detroit 16.4
20. Buffalo 17.0
21. Dallas 17.4
22. St. Louis 18.4
23. New Orleans 19.8
24. New York Jets 20.0
25. Jacksonville 20.8
26. Tampa Bay 22.0
27. Kanas City 22.2
28. Oakland 23.2
29. Cincinnati 23.2
30. Cleveland 23.8
31. Indianapolis 24.2
32. Tennessee 30.0