Well fans, some of you disapproved my choices last week. Hey, that’s okay! A friendly debate is very fun and a healthy thing to do.
This week (Week 3) there were a lot of games were I had Corner – Wide Receiver match ups that I just could not resist throwing in there. Well, without further ado, here is Week 3‘s games of the 2012 NFL Season! Enjoy!
New York Giants (1-1) @ Carolina (2-0)
Match up to watch: Jason Pierre-Paul v.s. Cam Newton
Call me Cam Crazy, but Carolina should content for the NFC West title THIS SEASON. I see no reason that the Panthers should slip up against the defending champs. Yes, New York should still be in the mix. But, Carolina’s defense is too young and fast for Eli and company to throw all over. I’d still expect a tight game.
New York Giants – 23 Carolina – 27
St. Louis (1-1) @ Chicago (1-1)
Match up to watch: Cortland Finnegan v.s. Brandon Marshall
Marshall matching up with Finnegan could get interesting. We all know Marshall is a hot head, and Finnegan thrives off of getting into his opponents head. Should be interesting. But, who are we kidding. Chicago will win. BIG.
St. Louis – 17 Chicago – 35
Buffalo (1-1) @ Cleveland (0-2)
Match up to watch: Mario Williams v.s. Joe Thomas
Buffalo should be in for a nice season, but let’s hope they don’t over look a tough Cleveland defense. Cleveland’s offense may not be there yet, but their defense has top 15 talent. Although this could be a trap game, I’m giving the bills the nod.
Buffalo – 24 Cleveland – 14
Tampa Bay (1-1) @ Dallas (1-1)
Match up to watch: Vincent Jackson v.s. Mo Claiborne
Dallas….this could be your year, but you’ll under-achieve again. Tampa’s offseason should make them look like an all star team against the ‘boys. But, the ‘boys being at home could make it tough on Freeman and co. I still see Tampa pulling it out in the end.
Tampa Bay – 27 Dallas – 24
New York Jets (0-2) @ Miami (1-1)
Match up to watch: Tim Tebow v.s. Miami’s front seven
Yes, I’m calling it. After the Jets fall into an 0-2 hole, the Tebow chants start coming out. Although New York’s defense should be strong, their offense concerns me. Miami at home with a great run stuffing defense should shut down New York’s chances at a win.
New York Jets – 13 Miami – 24
San Francisco (2-0) @ Minnesota (1-1)
Match up to watch: Niners front seven v.s. Adrian “all day” Peterson
I would love to give this one to Minnesota, but the Niners are too good. I’m all over that bandwagon. Although AP always shows up to play, it will be hard for him to score, let alone even run the ball against this defense.
San Francisco – 28 Minnesota – 17
Kansas City (2-0) @ New Orleans (1-1)
Match up to watch: Eric Berry v.s. Drew Brees
We all know that New Orleans’ success depends on Brees. So what else can we expect other than a high scoring affair. Although I love Kansas City this season, New Orleans needs to prove themselves. Expect this as a statement game.
Kansas City – 23 New Orleans – 35
Cincinnati (2-0) @ Washington (0-2)
Match up to watch: Andrew Whitworth v.s. Brian Orakpo
Cincinnati is a young team on both sides of the ball. Although Cincinnati should be able to take over the AFC North this season, I feel like they may over look an 0-2 Washington squad. Especially with the hungry ‘Skins being at home.
Cincinnati – 21 Washington – 24
Detroit (1-1) @ Tennessee (0-2)
Match up to watch: Matthew Stafford v.s. Michael Griffin
Give Detroit one more year and they’ll be the face of the NFL. You heard it here first. Although I really love Tennessee’s chances this year (Weakest division in the AFC), this contest has Detroit’s name all over it. They could slip up and over-look an 0-2 Tennessee team, but they probably will not.
Detroit – 24 Tennessee – 17
Jacksonville (0-2) @ Indianapolis (1-1)
Match up to watch: Rashean Mathis v.s. Reggie Wayne
Although I like the match up on the outside (Mathis on Wayne), we all know that everyone’s eyes will be on the two quarterbacks here. Luck will be on the hot seat in Indy if he doesn’t put them above .500 on the season. Gabbert is already on the hot seat for some reason. Why are people calling for this kid’s head already? I just do not understand. Oh well. Jacksonville should be able to pull this one out with MJD bruising that soft Indy defense.
Jacksonville – 21 Indianapolis – 10
Philadelphia (2-0) @ Arizona (0-2)
Match up to watch: Nnamdi Asomugha v.s. Larry Fitzgerald
This contest doesn’t look pretty while looking at records, but take a look at the match ups on the outside. Each team has two solid corners covering two solid wide receivers. Although this could be a fun one to watch, don’t expect Arizona to win.
Philadelphia – 28 Arizona – 20
Atlanta (1-1) @ San Diego (1-1)
Match up to watch: Atlanta’s DB’s v.s. San Diego’s WR’s
Atlanta has a defensive back field that looks similar to Philadelphia’s now. San Diego has a very under-rated wide receiving corp. It will definitely be interesting to see who wins the battle. Although I really think Philip River’s will have the best season among NFL quarterbacks, Atlanta has the talent on their roster to duke it out with the best.
Atlanta – 31 San Diego – 28
Houston (2-0) @ Denver (1-1)
Match up to watch: Andre Johnson v.s. Champ Bailey
Houston is on a roll, and should have no problem locking up the AFC South. Although everyone is following the Peyton and Elway marriage, I’m simply not buying into it. In my mind, Peyton won’t be the same. But hey, that’s my opinion. Houston is too good for Denver to keep up with, even with PM.
Houston – 31 Denver – 23
Pittsburgh (1-1) @ Oakland (1-1)
Match up to watch: Lawrence Timmons v.s. Darren McFadden
Is Pittsburgh taking a step back? Maybe, but probably not. Even though Oakland has a lot of talent on offense and defense, they remind me of the Cowboys. A ton of talent, they just cannot put it all together. Plus, their offensive line is spotty…not a great combination against two of the better pass rushers in the NFL.
Pittsburgh – 27 Oakland – 17
New England (2-0) @ Baltimore (0-2)
Match up to watch: Tom Brady v.s. Ed Reed
Brady v.s. Reed/Lewis. Reed takes care of the back end of the defense and Lewis takes care of the front seven. Personally, I look forward to this contest every year and I am never disappointed. Baltimore is out to prove themselves after falling into an 0-2 hole. At home while still frothing at the mouth from last seasons playoff loss, Baltimore takes this one and goes on a roll.
New England – 20 Baltimore – 31
Green Bay (1-1) @ Seattle (1-1)
Match up to watch: A.J. Hawk v.s. Marshawn Lynch
Is this the game of the week? No, not really. But it should be an exciting Monday Night Football contest. Seattle has a great young defense, but A-Rodg just has that Green Bay offense wrapped around his finger. This could turn into a blow out.
Green Bay – 34 Seattle – 21
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