Week three is here and we have a full slate of games, beginning on Thursday night with a lackluster game between the 49ers and Rams and concluding with a Monday night contest between the Cowboys and Cardinals.
So far, there have been a few surprises in the NFL but not many. I’m not sure how many thought Andrew Luck’s injury was as bad as it appears, which contributes the the Colts 0-2 start. And what about the teams in New York. Sure, most expected the Jets to start 0-2 but not the Giants, who have looked pretty bad in doing so. And are the Chiefs as good as they’ve looked so far? Only time will tell.
Looking ahead to week three on the schedule, there are three games that stand out as the most solid picks of the week. Here they are and my reasons why.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Chicago Bears
The Steelers have looked good so far and roll into the Windy City at 2-0. The Bears played the Falcons tough but then got popped at Tampa Bay by 22 points. The Steelers have Roethlisberger and the Bears have Glennon. Need I say more.
The spread on this one is 7.5 points in favor of Pittsburgh and I expect them to cover. Head Coach Mike Tomlin will have some defensive plans for the evolving Bears offense and the Steelers numerous weapons on offense should make this one fairly easy.
Houston Texans at New England Patriots
Let me see, Tom Brady against DeSean Watson on the Patriots home turf. The ageless Brady torched the Saints just last week and I don’t see them slowing down this week. Sure, they have some injury concerns but when has that ever stopped them. Somehow, Belichick always has some talented backups who step in when needed.
New England is favored by 13 points which is a substantial spread, but I still consider this game a lock. I can see Watson getting a baptism under fire in this one and don’t rule out the Patriots defense creating a few turnovers against the young quarterback.
Cincinnati at Green Bay
This seems like the perfect storm. The winless, touchdown less Bengals going into Green Bay to take on a Packer team that was just beaten by the Falcons on the road. Andy Dalton is looking like a shell of his old self and playing at Lambeau Field is typically not the place to turn things around.
Green Bay, on the other hand, took in on the chin from the defending NFC champions (34-23) and are looking for a bounce back performance from their defense. Aaron Rodgers continues to be Aaron Rodgers having thrown for over 300 yards in both games thus far.
Vegas has the Packers as a 9 point favorite and I’d be surprised if they don’t cover in this one.