Daddy’s Hangout Week 3 NFL Predictions for 2014

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This is Week 3 of the NFL season and last week unfortunately I came back down to reality after starting the season 7-0 with a 2-3 record. With that my record drops to 9-3 and my winning percentage dips to 75%. I didn’t envision the Bills going to 2-0 nor did I have faith in the defense of the Panthers as they stopped the Lions last week. My biggest disappointment had to be the Monday Night game when I picked against my Eagles as they pulled off another comeback to beat the Colts. We’ll kick things off with the Thursday night game between NFC South rivals when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Atlanta Falcons. Let’s Get Started!!!

 

 

tampa-bay-bucs-logo-231x300atlanta-falcons-helmet-logo-7-primaryThis is a battle between 2 longtime rivals when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Atlanta Falcons. The Buccaneers have lost both of their games by a combined 8 points and the last game on a crazy play that lead to the time being ran off. The Bucs have the next to the worse passing offense in the league and they really need to win this game to prevent them possibly falling 3 games back. The Falcons are coming off a loss in Cincinnati last week and they continue to have problems on the defensive side. They have the top ranked passing offense in the league even though they had issues moving the ball last week against the Bengals. In this short week both teams really need this win and I’m going with the Falcons at home win this game.

 

                                                                    Falcons Win 31-21

 

 

 

Washington Redskinsphiladelphia-eagles-logoThis is a battle between 2 rivals out of the NFC East when the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles. The Redskins are coming off a blowout win over the Jaguars after RGIII went down with an ankle injury and Kirk Cousins played lights out in relief. The Redskins also lost former Eagles WR Desean Jackson to a shoulder injury but he says that he will play against his former team. The Eagles are coming off a big come from behind win on Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts. Philadelphia has played excellent 2nd half games in both of their wins with comebacks of 17 and 14 points. They will have issues with Cousins but will win this game.

 

                                                                    Eagles Win 31-27

 

 

 

san-diego-chargers-logo-designbuffalo_bills_helmet_rightfaceThis is a battle between 2 of the more surprising teams in the AFC when the San Diego Chargers make the trip east to face the 2-0 Buffalo Bills. The Chargers should be 2-0 after the big win last week against the Seahawks, but they lost in a last second FG against the Cardinals in the opener. San Diego plays with so much confidence and feels like they can beat anyone. The Buffalo Bills have to be the surprise team in the NFL and could be poised to have a huge season after wins over Miami and in Chicago. The Bills are getting things done by not turning the ball over, a great running attack and a tough run defense. This will be a tough game but I believe the Bills will go to 3-0 and beat the Chargers.

 

                                                                   Bills Win 24-17

 

 

 

San-Francisco-49ers-Picksarizona-cardinals5This is a battle between 2 teams in arguably the toughest division in the NFL when the San Francisco 49ers visits the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers are coming off a tough home loss against the Bears and they have quite a bit of controversy swirling around them with the Ray McDonald issue and the issue with QB Colin Kaepernick being penalized for inappropriate language, can they rebound? The Cardinals now have their own bit of controversy with the recent arrest of RB Jonathon Dwyer on domestic charges. Despite not having Carson Palmer the last game, they’re 2-0 and could have a 2 game lead over the Niners with a win here. I think the 49ers will find a way to come up with a tough win against the Cardinals.

 

                                                                   49ers Win 19-17

 

 

 

seattle-seahawks-logoWhat do we have here? This is the Super Bowl rematch when the Denver Broncos travel to face the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos received a bit of good news with the reinstatement of WR Wes Welker and it couldn’t come at a better time. The Broncos are coming off a tough home win against the Chiefs but they haven’t had a good running game, which could hurt them. The Seahawks come back home upset after being beat by the Chargers last week in which they gave up a lot of big plays to TE Antonio Gates. That could be an issue but then again they didn’t play that game in front of the 12th man. This game will be closer than the Super Bowl but the results will be the same and that’s a Seahawks win.

 

                                                                    Seahawks Win 31-24

 

 

 

steelersCarolina PanthersThis is the Sunday night game between 2 of the more physical QBs in the league when Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. The Steelers are coming off a serious beatdown last Thursday in Baltimore and Big Ben took a lot of punishment in the process. If the Steelers have any shot at winning they must protect him against the Panthers front 7. The Panthers are 1 of 7 teams that are 2-0 and they won last week against the Lions with their physical defense and offense. I must admit that I underestimated the front 7 of the Panthers and couldn’t believe how they dominate opposing offenses. This should be another physical game and one that I see the Panthers winning again.

 

                                                                   Panthers Win 23-14

 

 

 

Chicago_BearsLogo_Other1new_york_jets_logo_prodThis is the Monday night game between 2 classic franchises when the Chicago Bears travel to face the New York Jets. The Bears are coming off an improbable win last week in San Francisco and were led by 3 TDs from WR Brandon Marshall. They should be 2-0 but they were upset in the opening game at home against the Bills, can the pull off another big road victory? The Jets are coming off a tough loss in Green Bay where they had a 21-3 lead only to lose the game. The New York Jets have the top ranked rush offense and top ranked rush defense, but they rank in the bottom 4 in pass offense and that could haunt them against the Bears. The Jets are a good team and I believe they will win a close game against the Bears on Monday night though.

 

                                                                   Jets Win 27-24

 

 

 

Well there you have it, there’s 7 pretty tough games this week and hopefully I can go at least 5-2 so I can remain above my 70% goal. What did you think about my picks this week? Do you see any major upsets this week? How about playing along with me and see how you think things will shake up? Come back next week and see how I fared.

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