MFST’s Week 3 NFL Picks
After two weeks I stand at 18-12, which if you have been following along from the start of the season means I had an atroscious week two. After starting 12-3 after one week, I went 6-9 in week two, making me feel very sorry for myself. But do not fret, this week I am confident I can regain my winning ways. If you want to stay up-to-date with the odds against the spread, head on over to Tayrance’s picks and predictions against the spread.
Falcons 17 at Cowboys 14
The Cowboys cannot seem to catch a break, as their two superstars (Bryant and Romo) are out for an extended period, and they will now rely on Brandon Weeden to run the offense. Whether or not Weeden is successful, if the Cowboys defense plays the way it has in week one and two, they should be able to tread water. Stopping Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will present a real challenge and I do not know if they have the fire power on offense to keep up. The Falcons pull out a close one on the road.
Colts 30 at Titans 10
The Colts were many “experts” Super Bowl pick and they potentially could go to 0-3 after this week. That can’t happen right? Right. Andrew Luck will bounce back from a rough two weeks and dominate through the air as the Colts show the Titans they are still the class of the division.
Raiders 13 at Browns 17
The decision to go back to veteran Josh McCown has not been taken well in Cleveland, however, I like either quarterback to succeed in week three as the Browns keep control of the ball with a successful running game en route to a low scoring victory.
Bengals 23 at Ravens 30
The Ravens were shocked last week in the loss to the Raiders, and the injury to Terrell Suggs is clearly effecting the team, but they have enough veteran leadership to rebound. Luckily for the Ravens, they head back to the East Coast and play at home for the first time this season, and that is why I have them defeating a solid Bengals team in a close division contest.
Jaguars 20 at Patriots 27
The Patriots look like a team on a mission to start 2015 and I do not think the winning will end, but I do expect the Jaguars to show up and play the game close. Jags QB Blake Bortles is coming into his own, but Tom Brady on the other side will outduel him on his way to another 3-0 start.
Saints 24 at Panthers 17
It has been confirmed that Drew Brees will miss this game, giving Verizon commercial star Luke McCown a chance to prove backups deserve a shot too. If the Panthers win, they are one of my least favorite 3-0 teams in the history of the NFL, and I would not be surprised if they fail to make the playoffs. I have picked the Panthers to lose the previous two weeks (and have been terribly wrong both times), so why stop now. The Saints pull this one out late.
Eagles 20 at Jets 26
The Eagles do not look like a good football team under Chip Kelly and have been severely outplayed the first two weeks of the season. The time is now for them to turn it around, but the matchup against a very good Jets defense is not ideal. If Ryan Fitzpatrick can continue to play turnover-free football the Jets should continue to help the Philadelphia slide to 0-3.
Buccaneers 10 at Texans 24
The Bucs played quite well last week on both sides of the ball, a stark contrast to week one in which they looked completely inept. The Texans have not played exceptionally well either, making this matchup a complete toss-up because you do not know which teams will show up. I like the Texans to win at home with the defense finally playing up to their capable level, and JJ Watt making his presence felt early and often.
Chargers 31 at Vikings 18
The Chargers travel time zones again this season to face an opponent, but are hoping for a different outcome. After last weeks loss to a tough Bengals team, Rivers faces off against Bridgewater and an underrated Vikings roster that played well in a win against the Lions in week two. Look for Rivers to beat the Vikings young and talented secondary en route to a solid road victory.
Steelers 19 at Rams 24
The Rams put up a stinker against the Redskins last week and are looking to bounce back against a talented Steelers offense that welcomes back Le’Veon Bell from his two-game suspension. If the Rams defense controls the line of scrimmage they can shut down Bell and the running game, forcing Roethlisberger to beat them through the air. I like Janoris Jenkins to jump on a hitch route taking one to the house for a pick-six, ultimately being the difference in the game.
Cardinals 28 at 49ers 13
The Cardinals defense is for real, but the jury is still out on Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco. If the 49ers are able to move the ball on the ground, keeping Carson Palmer on the sidelines, they will have a chance to win this game in the fourth quarter. The question is…will they be able to do that? I don’t like their odds.
Bills 17 at Dolphins 27
The Bills struggled last week until the fourth quarter against the Patriots, and take on another division-rival this week heading on the road for the first time this season to face a Dolphins team that has not looked good in either game to start the year. If the Dolphins do not turn things around soon, they will soon be facing an uphill battle after having one of the easiest starts to the season schedule-wise in years. Look for Tannehill to find similar holes in the Bills secondary that Brady and the Pats exposed last week for their second win on the season.
Bears 9 at Seahawks 42
The Seahawks are facing the dreaded 0-3 start, which history shows, significantly impacts a teams ability to make the postseason. Playing a Bears team without Jay Cutler may not be considered a positive, except when Jimmy Clausen is the one taking over. The Seahawks defense should dominate with Kam Chancellor back and the offense to gameplanning to get Jimmy Graham involved in what will be a blowout.
Broncos 31 at Lions 21
The Lions may be at home, but Peyton Manning in a dome is home field advantage for the Broncos. I expect the Broncos defense to continue to shut down opponents, especially a hobble Matthew Stafford, as the Broncos stay undefeated in 2015.
Chiefs 21 at Packers 28
The Chiefs will have a hard time recovering from the crushing defeat to the Broncos on Thursday Night, and following that up with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at home will not make it easier. In a somewhat close battle, Rodgers continues his Lambeau success in the Packers victory.
Dan Schalk covers the NFL for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalkhttps://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/mfsts-week-3-nfl-picks/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/russell-wilson-nfl-preseason-chicago-bears-seattle-seahawks.jpg?fit=850%2C529&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/russell-wilson-nfl-preseason-chicago-bears-seattle-seahawks.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AFC EastAFC NorthAFC SouthAFC WestNFC EastNFC NorthNFC SouthNFC WestNFLNFL PicksRecent PostsNFL,NFL PicksAfter two weeks I stand at 18-12, which if you have been following along from the start of the season means I had an atroscious week two. After starting 12-3 after one week, I went 6-9 in week two, making me feel very sorry for myself. But do not...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk