It's the best day of the week guys! And today shall be NO DIFFERENT.
So already in week 3 we have seen the Giants surprise everyone except for me and manhandle the Panthers away in Charlotte, NC to prove they are still real as the holding champs, and have plenty of depth on the bench when needed.
6pm Sky Sports,
New York Jets (1-1) @ Miami Dolphins (1-1)
A couple weeks ago before the season started everyone pretty much assumed this would be a scrap fight between two bald guys fighting over a comb. However, both these teams have managed to impressively defeat beatable opponents while equally looking timid against other, beatable opponents. It would be fair to say then this game does carry some interest mostly because its pretty hard to figure which Jets and Dolphins are gonna turn up, and being a divisional rival between two (fairly hilarious) teams this could be quite an entertaining one. The Dolphins pretty much shut-out the once highly tipped sleepers from Oakland at home, with the Tannehill and Hartline connection working brilliantly. Though the Jets are one of the toughest defences, they still looked a bit fragile away to the Steelers last week, so the Fins have a chance, but will need to be a bit more creative against Revis and Cromatie. Elsewhere, Tim Tebow returns to Miami, Florida where he will probably get another statue unveiled, and chants of TEEE--BOOOOWWWW will ring true and Mark Sanchez falls over unchallenged while flinging the ball hopelessly to an empty backfield.
Fins by 3 cuz, why not?
9:25pm, Sky Sports
Houston Texans (2-0) @ Denver Broncos (1-1)
Honestly, what the hell happened in Atlanta last week? I know the Georgia dome is a fairly intimidating place but how did Peyton and his team-mates look SO BAD after looking SO GREAT against the Steelers? One explanation, is Mile High. If ever there was a favourable stadium in America for a Quarterback like the Rockies is for smacking balls for miles, its in Denver. Peyton can throw that thing hard and far, and at home that gives them some advantage. The Texans however have been very impressive so far, building on their first ever play-off appearance last year going 2-for-2, essentially through some excellent defence and an impressive ground game in never-injured Adrian Foster and solid back-up Ben Tate. Oh yeah, and Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson aint bad either. All in all this promises to be a cagey, hard-hitting affair with two strong teams on both sides of the ball.
Texans by 3.
Sunday/Monday 1:20am, Channel 4
New England Patriots (1-1) @ Baltimore Ravens (1-1)
All day today I will be mentally preparing myself for this one. Mostly because during the build-up I'm going to have to watch that moment in January over, and over, and over again until we finally get some justice around here. What's making me feel slightly better is that just last weekend, New England somehow imploded at home against the frankly inferior Arizona Cardinals. But better still, the Pats had a chance to win the game with a easily makeable kick and Stephen Gostkowski somehow Billy Cundiff-ed it. The timing pretty much couldn't be better going into a game the following week against the team who everyone knows should have been at the superbowl instead. Basically, ITS REVENGE TIME.
The Patriots proved they were human and have seemed fairly fallible recently, and worse for them, they've got a lot of injuries. So desperate are they to keep Wez Welker from really playing ever again, Deion Branch is returning for the THIRD TIME as a Patriot they're so banged up. They also aquired Kellen Winslow, to replaced the injured Aaron Hernandez from the Bucs, so it must be nice to splash the cash like that when needed huh.
The Ravens also had a disappointing week 2 however, after like the Pats looking highly impressive (against albeit lesser opponents) in Week 1. Did I mention yet how much tougher our schedule is compared to last years? I probably did, IT'S TOUGH. We should have beaten the Eagles last weekend after a frankly baffling decision to take a perfectly fine Jacoby Jones TD off the board, but at least these moments combined with week 1 are encouraging. Defensively we'll need to be a lot better however, as though we managed to keep Vick quiet and force turnovers in the first half, we couldn't keep it up, which against Tom Brady is a no brainer. Also Joe Flacco genuinely scared me last week, I saw the look in his eyes from a couple years ago when he was the much-lauded sophmore slump, a fear that is unacceptable at this level. Flacco effectively single-handedly beat the Patriots on that fateful night back in January, he can do it again (particularly at home where he generally plays much better) but he needs to stay calm and believe in himself, he can beat anyone in this mode.
Ravens by 3
Monday/Tuesday 1:30am, BBC Red Button
Green Bay Packers (1-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (1-1)
After having a short week last week, Green Bay will have had 10 days to prepare for a prime-time West Coast trip (the best time to go is you're not West Coast). After a disappointing first week it was their defence who came back to shut down their bitter rivals Chicago, causing Jay Cutler-Baldwin to have one of his trademark strops. Much fun was had. The Seahawks however have been impressive so far for such a young team, completely owning the Dallas Cowboys at home last week, so will prove a tough test (also; NOIIIIISEEE). It has been the Packers offence, one of the most feared in the land, that hasn't really got going yet, and the Seahawks D are no pushover, so this could still be a close one, but this still remains a game the Packers should be winning, so I'm gonna have to go with them.
Packers by 4-5
Tampa Bay (1-1) @ Dallas (1-1) - TB lost one of their best guys, AND blew a huge lead this week, Dallas will be raging after the Seattle debacle. Dallas by 7.
St. Louis (1-1) @ Chicago (1-1) - The Rams upset the RGIII show last week (though that was typically the skins' fault) but will find it much tougher over at a still hurting Soldier Field - Chicago by 7.
San Francisco (2-0) @ Minnesota (1-1) - The Vikes have been decent so far, with AP proving he is still the man and Ponder proving himself as a decent value qb. The Niners look terrific though (by 7).
Detroit (1-1) @ Tennessee (0-2) - Tennessee are rebuilding/underperforming/a mess. Detroit are real. (by 4-5)
Cincinnati (1-1) @ Washington (1-1) - The RGIII show had a blip last week. No matter, here come's his regular season home debut and the Skins fans are DESPERATE for something to cheer about. Cincy are no mugs though so this will be close, and trust Washington to find a way to fuck it up. (Skins by 3)
Kansas City (0-2) @ New Orleans (0-2) - It isn't that surprising to see one of these teams at 0 for 2 to open, but surely for the other it has to end today, Doesn't it?! (Saints by 7)
Buffalo (1-1) @ Cleveland (0-2) - Poor Cleveland, its gonna be a long, long season (re: decade) for you guys. (Buffalo by 7)
Jacksonville (0-2) @ Indianapolis (1-1) - The Jags too, why are you guys still a team? Andrew Luck opened his winning account yesterday, expect it to double today (by 7)
Philadelphia (2-0) @ Arizona (2-0) - who'd a thunk it? THIS is deciding who stays perfect. Both these teams have had scrappy wins, but a win is indeed a win and that's all that matters, so this could be a surprisingly tight game. I just about fancy Philly for it, by 3.
Atlanta (2-0) @ San Diego (2-0) - Another game to stay perfect, the Falcons were domineering in the past two weeks but against fairly faltering opposition. Atlanta are also notoriously weak when they have to travel, especially to the West Coast. San Diego however like their perennial underachieving EPL counterparts in Everton FC have started off brilliantly, and don't see this ending at home today. Should be a high-scorer though. (San Diego by 3)
Pittsburgh (1-1) @ Oakland (0-2) - What's happened to Oakland? That team that looked so impressive against all the odds like the baseball team that shares the Coliseum with them last year, but they have been frankly timid so far. Worse, the Steelers remembered that they were the Steelers last week against the Jets. Could be a beat-down. (Steelers by 4-5)
AND THAT'S IT. PREDICTIONS? FANTASY? SMACK-TALK? LETS BE HAVING YOU.