So far this year has been anything but predictable. There are some huge match ups this week so we will do our best decipher them.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills: The Pats are coming off two last minute losses and are under .500 for the first time in almost a decade. The Bills however have rebounded with concecutive wins after a disappointing week one against the Jets. New England lost in Buffalo last year but it is hard to see Tom Brady losing three games in a row, but the Bills have a tremendous pass rush and Ryan Fitzpatrick has look solid at quarterback since week one. Can’t imagine this being a low scoring game considering both teams suspect secondaries, Pats win a close divisional matchup and move to 2-2.
San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets: The 9ers had a shocking loss in Minnesota last week and the Jets looked about as unimpressive as possible in a win at the Dolphins. West coast teams generally don’t fair well when traveling across the country and playing at 1:00, however this San Francisco team has been the exception over the past few years. Mark Sanchez has the lowest completion percentage put of any QB in the league and if continues playing at such a low level Tebow Time might become a reality once again. The Jets will want to run the ball and 49ers will not allow that to happen and Alex Smith shouldn’t have too hard of a time with New York’s defense although Antonio Cromartie has shut Randy Moss down in the past. San Fran should have their way in this one and win by double digits.
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans: The Texans have looked like the most balanced team in the league through the first three weeks. Tennessee on the other hand has been up and down but had one of the more amazing wins last week at home against Detroit. If Houston wants to continue their strangle hold on the AFC South like they have for the past two years they need to win games like this. The Titans will have to resurrect Chris Johnson to take the pressure off Jake Locker but against a Wade Philips defense that is not an easy thing to do. Division games are never easy and I think that this game will be close but the Texans just have too much talent on both sides of the ball for Tennessee to handle.
New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers: This is the most intriguing matchup of the week, because once it is over both teams will be 1-3 or the record setting Saints will be 0-4. New Orleans has been unable to close the deal late in games and has proven the loss of head coach Sean Payton is a much bigger deal than anyone predicted before the season. Everyone has seen the interception turned touchdown that caused the Packers to lose last Monday Night in Seattle but one positive is the NFL Referees are back because of this blunder. QB Arron Rogers has been very outspoken this week and I believe that him and his team are going to make a statement and win convincingly and shut the door of the Saints’ season just after four games.
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles: The Giants have played nearly perfect football the last six quarters while the Eagles got completely dominated last week against the undefeated Cardinals. Michael Vick has proven that he cannot handle a heavy pass rush and that is exactly what the G-Men have and unless Andy Reed decides to give the ball to LeSean McCoy, Philly is going to have another long day. Eli Manning looks like the best quarterback in the league right now but he has struggled in the past against the Eagles but this week will be different.
Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys: Expect to see some of Jay Cutlers patented facial expressions this Monday Night because Rob Ryan shows more looks than another defensive coordinator and Demarcus Ware will have his way with the offensive line of the Bears. Tony Romo will also have his hands full because the Cowboys’ o-line has been porous too but Romo is much better at getting the ball away under pressure than Cutler is and that should be the difference in the game.