Tuesday, September 28, 2010

NFL: Week 3 Pick Results

Winning teams in bold.

Unanimous Picks (4-4)


Steelers @ Buccaneers
Bengals @ Panthers
Colts @ Broncos
Bills @ Patriots


Cowboys @ Texans
The Cowboys looked much improved in this game, particularly their offensive line. Romo had good protection all game, and it showed: 23/30 for 284 yards, 2 TDs, and no sacks. Meanwhile, the Texans looked like the team in search of answers: 2 interceptions, 4 sacks, a lost fumble and 6 drives that didn't go 45 yards.
Redskins @ Rams
Do the Rams have a defense this year? So far they haven't given up more than 16 points in a game. Weird stat of the week: the Rams are 3-1 vs. the Redskins 2006-2010.
Chargers @ Seahawks
The Chargers give up two more long touchdowns on special teams. Which is really bad for an offense that (on the road, anyway) has yet to score 21 points.
Packers @ Bears
The Packers made a raft of mistakes in this game (penalties, kick return coverage, pass defense). The Bears made fewer mistakes, and were in a position to take advantage when the Packers made some of their biggest.

Split (APR: 4-4 SRS: 5-3 Line: 4-4)

Lions (APR, SRS) @ Vikings (Line)
Not what you'd call a perfect game for the Vikings (2 interceptions and a lost fumble), but the Lions (especially without Stafford) just aren't good enough to take advantage.
Raiders (SRS) @ Cardinals (APR, Line)
An ugly game that could've gone either way. As much as anything, Janikowski's three field goal misses (including what would've been the last-second game winner) are to blame for Oakland's loss.
Eagles (SRS, Line) @ Jaguars (APR)
How exactly did the Jaguars beat the Broncos in week 1? Since then, the Jags have given up 66 points, thrown 5 interceptions, lost two fumbles, and just looked bad generally.
Browns (APR, SRS) @ Ravens (Line)
To be fair to the Browns, they were competitive in this game, and actually had the lead in the 4th quarter. But their defense gave up 10 points after that, and the offense just wasn't able to respond. They're going to need a better QB than Seneca Wallace (or, probably, Jake Delhomme) to get many wins.
49ers (Line) @ Chiefs (APR, SRS)
The Chiefs first solid win of the season makes them 3-0. It's hard to say how good they are, but clearly better than last year. And the 49ers... yikes. Whatever their protocol for game day is on the road, they need to change it. Now.
Falcons(APR, SRS) @ Saints (Line)
The good news for the Saints is that they scored 24 points on the Falcons defense that had allowed 22 points total in its first two games. The bad news is that's well short of the 35+ points per game they averaged in their 13 regular season wins last year, and short of what their own defense needed this week.
Titans (APR, SRS) @ Giants (Line)
I'm not really sure why the Line liked the Giants in this game. They struggled to beat a very weak Panthers team, and got demolished by the Colts. They're just not very good. The Titans may have their issues as well, but when you can't stop Chris Johnson (125 yards, 2TD) or score a lot of points on their defense, it's hard to take advantage.
Jets (SRS) @ Dolphins (APR, Line)
I had a feeling APR had the Dolphins overrated. And while the Jets had a horrible game against the Ravens in week 1, they've now put up a couple very solid divisional wins. They could very well be the team to beat in the AFC East, especially if the Patriots continue to struggle on the road.


APR 8-816-1650.0%
SRS 9-716-1650.0%