Thoughts from Heauxgue
49ers at Rams: Rams
This may or may not be a good week for this but I am officially off the 49ers bandwagon. The Rams played the 49ers hard last season and I think they will in this game too. I think the 49ers have the better offense but the Rams have the better defense. It may be close, but it will be the Rams.
Giants at Chiefs: Chiefs
Andy Reid sure looks good in red. His team has taken down the fast-paced Eagles, the crazy defense of the Cowboys, and treated the Jaguars, well, like the Jaguars. They are winning with a solid offensive effort and a stingy, nasty defense. Their 9 takeaways and 15 sacks lead the league. Meanwhile, they aren’t in the top 10 many offensive categories. That suits them just fine. The Giants, meanwhile, have given a whopping 115 points up to opponents. This Giants team won’t get fixed this game.
Cardinals at Buccaneers: Cardinals
If it weren’t for the drama the Bucs have been in for a while, they might be in a much better position than 0-3. Benching Josh Freeman may or may not be the answer but their success for the rest of the season will be graded based on this move. In this game, I’m going with the much more stable Cardinals team, despite their woes against the Saints this past week.
Colts at Jaguars: Colts
This season, the Colts seem to win games based on their will. It doesn’t matter if they are down in the fourth or if Andrew Luck doesn’t score a touchdown, they find a way to win. This week they shouldn’t have to work as hard.
Bengals at Browns: Bengals
My colleague, John Hendrix, thinks that trading Josh Gordon and Greg Little might net them a division title, based on their win over the Vikings. I’ll go a step further. Losing Jordan Cameron and Joe Thomas might put them in the Super Bowl. As for this game, no trade rumors have been confirmed, so it’s back to business as usual in Cleveland. Bengals, and it won’t be as close as the thriller vs. Green Bay last week.
Broncos at Eagles: Broncos
Peyton Manning has been stellar through 3 games and the rest of the team has been fantastic. This will be a fun one to watch, if the high-flying Eagles show up. Matching score for score would be fun enough to watch, and the Broncos could do it, but I think the fast-paced nature has already caught up to the Eagles and fatigue is starting to show. The Broncos win this one.
Redskins at Raiders: Raiders
RGIII just isn’t the same. He’s tried, we can all see that. But even Tom Brady didn’t come back with enough confidence on his repaired ACL in a longer amount of time. More surprising, though, has been this defense. It’s just shocking that a team with Ryan Kerrigan, Brian Orakpo, and London Fletcher can get it done. The Raiders, meanwhile, haven’t been impressive, but have surprised many with their play. Out of these two, I think the Raiders get their first win.
Dolphins at Saints: Saints
One of these teams will walk away undefeated. The Dolphins have been impressive, particularly on defense. However, I think the difference maker is the Saints defensive line vs the Dolphins offensive line. They just can’t match up with Cam Jordan, Junior Galette, and Akiem Hicks. Defense will be key in this game for both teams, but I think that the Saints win this one, close.
Cowboys at Chargers: Cowboys
Patriots at Falcons: Patriots
Ravens at Bills: Ravens
Seahawks at Texans: Seahawks
Steelers at Vikings: Vikings
Bears at Lions: Bears
Jets at Titans: Jets