This week, the Eagles host the Chargers in their home opener.
I had this one circled on my calendar (well, figuratively speaking anyway – my calendar’s electronic) as a W even before the season started.
Yes the Chargers hung with the Texans, at least for three quarters, but I didn’t see anything that, to me, indicates that they’ll be able to overcome their historic problems coming east and playing in the early game, particularly not against the Eagles better-than-expected defense and lightening fast offense. Shoot out? Bring it.
In the rest of the matchups:
Jets at Patriots: I swear I had this one picked before the Pats actually won it (have I mentioned lately how much I hate Thursday night football?). But after their first two outings this season, I have to point out that they’re lucky they play in the weakest division in the NFL, because they look only slightly better than their dreadful divisional rivals. It was so bad, I clicked on the “Jets/Patriots Highlights” link on the NFL website and got a 404 error. (Nerd joke. I’ll be here all week. Try the veal.) And Tom Brady needs to stop acting like a two-year-old who was just asked to share his favorite toy.
Rams at Falcons: The Rams may be better than I was expecting this year. The Falcons are every bit as good as I was expecting, and they’re at home. Falcons.
Cowboys at Chiefs: The Cowboys may be the better team (although after last week’s slop-fest against the Giants, who can tell?), but Andy Reid has had their number for years. I’m going with my heart on this one and picking the Chiefs.
Dolphins at Colts: Given how much trouble the Colts had handling the Raiders last week, I’m strongly tempted to go with the upset pick here…Aw, what the hell. Dolphins.
Titans at Texans: Texans.
Redskins at Packers: Packers. Both teams are coming off disappointing losses in week one, and the playoff chances of teams that start 0-2 are not good. I think RGIII is going to have a hard time avoiding Clay Matthews, and I think ARodg is going to light up the Skins secondary.
Browns at Ravens: Ravens. They got spanked by the Broncos last week, and they may have lost too much to win the division again (which would be problematic for my pre-season picks), but they haven’t lost THAT much.
Panthers at Bills: Panthers. The Panthers are looking better this year (freshman Cam, not sophomore Cam, and a pretty decent D, at least so far), and the Bills are looking like, well, the Bills.
Vikings at Bears: Bears. I’m not sold on their defense without Brian Urlacher (spirits, not skills), and I’ve never been sold on Jay Cutler, but I’m really not sold on the Adrian Petersons. (What? He’s basically their entire team at this point.)
Saints at Buccaneers: Saints. No way the Bucs can score enough points to keep up.
Lions at Cardinals: This is a tough one. The Lions looked pretty mortal last week, and the Cards looked surprisingly good against the Rams. But I just can’t go against the Megatron/Reggie Bush combo pack.
Jaguars at Raiders: Worst Game of the Week. Jaguars.
Broncos at Giants: And Round 3 in the Manning Bowl goes to Peyton. Broncos.
49ers at Seahawks: Best Game of the Week. Also, even though the 49ers looked stronger last week than the Seahawks, as I was discussing with one of my friends at lunch today, CenturyLink Field is one of the few places that provide a consistent and meaningful homefield advantage. Also, I picked them to win the division this year. Seahawks.
Steelers at Bengals: After last week’s embarrassing loss to the Titans, the big question on the NFL Network this week has been: are the Steelers in trouble? Yes, yes, they are. Bengals.