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PFT’s Week Three picks

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The Week One push became a Week Two win for MDS, thanks to my misplaced faith in the Buccaneers and Jaguars.

As a result, it have faith in neither of them in Week Two.

This week, MDS and I disagree on two games. For all of our picks, let it scroll. Down the highway.

Texans at Patriots

MDS’s take: This is a tough one to pick with the Patriots’ uncertainty at quarterback, but I have to figure that with Jacoby Brissett starting, the Texans’ defense is good enough to win a close, low-scoring game.

MDS’s pick: Texans 13, Patriots 10.

Florio’s take: The Texans signed Brock Osweiler for one primary reason: To beat the Patriots. He did it last year in prime time, with Tom Brady playing. This year, Osweiler will find a way to outscore Jacoby Brissett, Jimmy Garoppolo, Julian Edelman, Steve Grogan, and/or Jim Plunkett.

Florio’s pick: Texans 27, Patriots 21.

Cardinals at Bills

MDS’s take: Firing the offensive coordinator won’t fix every problem in Buffalo. It may not fix any problem. The guy who needs to be fired is the guy who runs the defense.

MDS’s pick: Cardinals 31, Bills 21.

Florio’s take: Rex Ryan says the Cardinals are the “exact” team the Bills need on their schedule. He may not exactly know what that word means.

Florio’s pick: Cardinals 27, Bills 17.

Raiders at Titans

MDS’s take: The Titans showed off an impressive defensive effort in Detroit last week, and I think they’ll keep it going and get to a surprising 2-1.

MDS’s pick: Titans 17, Raiders 14.

Florio’s take: Oakland’s defense is great, Tennessee’s offense is a work in progress. Oakland’s offense give them the edge in this one, especially if One-Eyed Jack Del Rio keeps taking chances and having them pay off.

Florio’s pick: Raiders 21, Titans 18.

Browns at Dolphins

MDS’s take: This is a matchup of 0-2 teams, but it’s a matchup of very different 0-2 teams. The Dolphins have talent and have shown promise this season. The Browns have rookie third-string quarterback Cody Kessler forced into the starting lineup. Miami should win easily.

MDS’s pick: Dolphins 28, Browns 10.

Florio’s take: Miami should be 1-1, could be 2-0, will be 1-2.

Florio’s pick: Dolphins 35, Browns 17.

Ravens at Jaguars

MDS’s take: I’m completely unimpressed by the Jaguars this season, and by Gus Bradley’s entire tenure. They’re going to drop to 0-3 on Sunday.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 24, Jaguars 10.

Florio’s take: The flavor of the month has quickly gone rancid, and the Ravens are finding ways to win games. No one expected Jacksonville to be 0-3 or Baltimore to be 3-0, and that’s one of the things to love about the NFL. Unless you’re a Jaguars fan.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 23, Jaguars 20.

Lions at Packers

MDS’s take: Last year the Lions finally snapped their decades-long losing streak at Lambeau Field. This year it should be a close and competitive game but Aaron Rodgers will pull it out in the end.

MDS’s pick: Packers 24, Lions 23.

Florio’s take: Aaron Rodgers won’t need a Hail Mary this time around. If he does, Packers fans may need to start saying their prayers for the 2016 season.

Florio’s pick: Packers 30, Lions 20.

Broncos at Bengals

MDS’s take: The Bengals’ defense should shut down Trevor Siemian. The Broncos’ defense could shut down Andy Dalton, too, but I think Cincinnati will put just enough points on the board.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 17, Broncos 13.

Florio’s take: The Broncos face another team on its own turf for the first time since losing at Pittsburgh last December. They’re facing another AFC North team, in its regular-season home opener. And this time the Bengals have Andy Dalton healthy and available.

Florio’s pick: Bengals 23, Broncos 17.

Vikings at Panthers

MDS’s take: Sam Bradford got off to a good start in his first game in Minnesota, but the Panthers’ defense will cause some problems for him, and a couple of Bradford turnovers will be the difference.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 28, Vikings 17.

Florio’s take: Good luck throwing against a defense that isn’t defending against the run. And good luck stopping an offense with Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, and Kelvin Benjamin firing on all cylinders.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 31, Vikings 21.

Washington at Giants

MDS’s take: The Giants can virtually put Washington out of the NFC East race only three weeks into the season with a win here, which would improve the Giants to 3-0 and drop Washington to 0-3. I think that’s exactly what will happen.

MDS’s pick: Giants 20, Washington 17.

Florio’s take: It’s coming together for the Giants and coming apart for Washington. The margin for error gets a lot narrower for the defending NFC East champions.

Florio’s pick: Giants 24, Washington 16.

Rams at Buccaneers

MDS’s take: I liked what the Rams’ defense did on Sunday against the Seahawks, but the Case Keenum-led offense remains one of the worst offenses I’ve ever seen in the NFL. The Bucs win a low-scoring game here.

MDS’s pick: Buccaneers 14, Rams 6.

Florio’s take: The Rams have beaten the Bucs in each of Jeff Fisher’s four prior years as head coach. Notwithstanding last weekend’s debacle in the desert, these Buccaneers are better than any edition of the team Fisher has seen.

Florio’s pick: Buccaneers 17, Rams 13.

49ers at Seahawks

MDS’s take: The 49ers’ Week One win said more about the Rams than it did about the 49ers. The reality is this San Francisco team is not good. The Seahawks should win easily.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 30, 49ers 10.

Florio’s take: Niners beat Rams, Rams beat Seahawks. So, of course, Seahawks beat Niners, thanks to an offense that can do just enough to complement a defense that been as good as ever.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 15, 49ers 12.

Jets at Chiefs

MDS’s take: The Chiefs’ special teams is off to a great start this year, and I have a hunch that a big special teams play is going to be the difference on Sunday.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 24, Jets 20.

Florio’s take: The Chiefs are determined not to have another slow start; they need to hold serve at home against a team that hopes to force its way into playoff contention.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 27, Jets 20.

Chargers at Colts

MDS’s take: The Colts’ secondary is beaten up, but with injuries to Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead, I’m not sure the Chargers’ passing game can take advantage. I like the Colts to win a close one.

MDS’s pick: Colts 17, Chargers 16.

Florio’s take: The Chargers have owned the Colts during the Philip Rivers era, with a 6-1 record since Rivers became the starter. Yes, the Colts are desperate. They just simply don’t have the horses. (Pun not intended, which makes it no less lame.)

Florio’s pick: Chargers 24, Colts 20.

Steelers at Eagles

MDS’s take: The Eagles have looked great through two games, but they’ve looked great against bad teams. This week they play a good team, and they won’t look so good.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 20, Eagles 10.

Florio’s take: It’s correction week for Carson Wentz and company, but it won’t be as jarring as expected. The Eagles are good enough to beat bad-to-average teams. They’re not ready to beat great teams.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 30, Eagles 23.

Bears at Cowboys

MDS’s take: The Bears were a mess with Jay Cutler, and they won’t be any better with Brian Hoyer. The Cowboys should win handily.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 27, Bears 10.

Florio’s take: Brian Hoyer and Dak Prescott may not be ready for prime time, but prime time is ready for them. Advantage Cowboys, who hope to pile up as many wins as they can while Tony Romo works his way back from a fractured vertebrate.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 28, Bears 17.

Falcons at Saints

MDS’s take: The Saints have started the season 0-2 and have some major holes on their roster, but I think the Falcons’ defense is going to let Drew Brees have a field day.

MDS’s pick: Saints 35, Falcons 31.

Florio’s take: With record numbers certain to tune in for the first presidential debate, both teams are destined to lose. One will lose twice. Edge goes to the home team, whose defense is quickly improving.

Florio’s pick: Saints 31, Falcons 28.

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89 Responses to “PFT’s Week Three picks”
  1. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 22, 2016 10:39 AM

    Zimmer…. all we need! The Vikings are a true TEAM, Skol!

  2. unbiasedwhitepftreader says: Sep 22, 2016 10:40 AM

    The Raiders defense is great? wut.

  3. patsfan1960 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:41 AM

    WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO LEARN NEVER TO PICK AGAINST THE PATS

  4. xmiksticky says: Sep 22, 2016 10:42 AM

    That amazing 32nd ranked Raiders defense!!

  5. minson15 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:43 AM

    I think Florio nailed his prediction with the 49ers and Seahawks. Seahawks will do just enough to eek out a win. This week the Seahawks are home and that will be the edge they need.

  6. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 22, 2016 10:44 AM

    Big PACK guy here. I have a bad feeling about the kitty’s this weekend. My guy ROGERS hasn’t been himself since Allivia Mun started hanging around. Oh well should be a close game. GO PACK

    >

  7. boido says: Sep 22, 2016 10:44 AM

    I think the Vikings will compete with Carolina. You both picking them to lose by 10+ seems a little misguided.

  8. tonyzendejas says: Sep 22, 2016 10:45 AM

    The Texans signed Brock Osweiler for one primary reason: To beat the Patriots. He did it last year in prime time, with Tom Brady playing.

    CJ Anderson actually did it, not Brock.

  9. dcpatfan says: Sep 22, 2016 10:46 AM

    for some strange reason I got the Pats winning BIG…..

  10. patsbrat says: Sep 22, 2016 10:50 AM

    “The Texans signed Brock Osweiler for one primary reason: To beat the Patriots.”

    Don’t think so. If anything this narrow it is more likely to beat the Colts and win the division.

  11. titansfan12 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:53 AM

    If the Raiders defense is really that bad at defending TEs, then Mariota is going to make Delanie Walker his number one receiver this game, which I wold have no problem with at all.

  12. codythao35 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:56 AM

    No way Panthers put up 30 points on Vikings. I’m picking Vikings to win this game. Cam chokes against elite defenses.

  13. codythao35 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:57 AM

    Vikings will create turn overs and win this game. Panthers will not of up more than 18 points on Vikings.

  14. flaccotoboldin says: Sep 22, 2016 10:59 AM

    “Washington at Giants”

    I just noticed this, and I imagine you do it all the time. Kudos.

  15. senxic says: Sep 22, 2016 10:59 AM

    AR needs to have a big game to shut the haters up.

    Or he could continue to look like garbage. I expect a big game from him.

  16. buttfumbles says: Sep 22, 2016 11:00 AM

    What the hell is SKOL?

  17. Rdog says: Sep 22, 2016 11:02 AM

    “Oakland’s defense is great.”

    Wait, are we looking at the same team? Because all I see is that through 2 weeks, Oakland has given up the 2nd most points in the league. It has looked like the opposite of “great” so far.

    The Titans defense, on the other hand, has only allowed one offensive touchdown through 2 weeks…

  18. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 22, 2016 11:04 AM

    Take heart Vikings fans. Last week MDS said we would lose by 3 and Florio said we would lose by 7. Seems every week no matter how well we perform, nobody can take us at face value like they do with the usual suspects, i.e. Packers, Seattle, Cardinals. . . They all can stink up the joint but they still get the benefit of the doubt, ALL the time. Guess that’s the hand dealt to us and Zimmer understands and accepts that. Screw adversity. In Zim we trust.

    *and it’s laughable Florio that you have the Lions losing by 10 pts. No freakin way!

  19. donttrollonme says: Sep 22, 2016 11:05 AM

    Florio was 8-8 on his picks last week….

    I’ll give him 9-7 at best this week.

  20. bullcharger says: Sep 22, 2016 11:06 AM

    The Texans did not sign Brock Osweiler primarily to beat the Patriots. That makes absolutely no sense. That is Rex Ryan logic. They maybe play the Patriots once a year. A win or a loss to the Patriots doesn’t matter unless Houston are already in a position for an 11-5 or better record and they need the tie breaker for a bye. The reality is they have Brock to try and win the division.

    To say that Osweiler beat the Patriots last year is ridiculous also. He was the QB in that game, but CJ Anderson and the Denver defense won that game. That Super Bowl winning team was certainly better than their QB.

  21. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 22, 2016 11:07 AM

    Good luck throwing against a defense that isn’t defending against the run.
    _________

    Why does Adrian Peterson being gone mean that the defense isn’t going to defend against the run? No other team in the NFL has Adrian Peterson, but don’t they face defenses that defend against the run? The Vikings may have more trouble passing against a defense that isn’t defending against the run, but doesn’t that mean they should be able to run really, really well against a defense that isn’t defending against the run? It’s ridiculous to think that teams are going to go from nine in the box to stop the run to six defensive backs to stop the pass just because one player got hurt.

  22. nhpats says: Sep 22, 2016 11:08 AM

    there are a couple of great games this weekend. Panthers/Vikings should be a good contest. It will also be interesting to see the Bengals vs. Denver. I just don’t see the red-headed choker beating the Broncos.

  23. coliticallyprotect says: Sep 22, 2016 11:08 AM

    Redskins*

  24. theageofquarrel says: Sep 22, 2016 11:10 AM

    @buttfumble
    Something stupid

  25. bullcharger says: Sep 22, 2016 11:14 AM

    Bears fans must be really depressed. It’s like the Bears are a junior varsity team. They don’t even have 5 good players.

  26. bobleblah says: Sep 22, 2016 11:14 AM

    Week 3 usually features some desperate 0-2 teams and some complacent 2-0 teams.

    Bet accordingly.

  27. haterade999 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:14 AM

    No one expected Jacksonville to be 0-3 or Baltimore to be 3-0, and that’s one of the things to love about the NFL.

    —————

    Really? I guess we have learned nothing from the last decade of football?

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Jags won this weekend either, but that statement is just foolish.

  28. rexdarteskimospy says: Sep 22, 2016 11:19 AM

    So much for the Jaguars being one of the upstart teams in the NFL this year.

    Ravens 26
    Jaguars 17

  29. bullcharger says: Sep 22, 2016 11:19 AM

    codythao35 says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:57 AM

    Vikings will create turn overs and win this game. Panthers will not of up more than 18 points on Vikings.

    ———–

    On the road at Carolina isn’t the same as a floundering Green Bay team. The Vikes are well coached finally, so maybe they can win, but the Panthers are actually a great team. Green Bay not so much yet.

  30. saints737 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:20 AM

    *Saints defense is improving

    *Another DB goes down as I write this

  31. dal1as says: Sep 22, 2016 11:21 AM

    I hope everyone in the national media keeps picking against the Broncos (you know they will on this site). It just motivates them. The bias against the Broncos is just ridiculous. I am not sure if it is just hate against the Broncos or jealousy that they won the superbowl and their beloved patriots did not.

  32. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:21 AM

    Thanks again for not picking the Vikings- we all know how that turned out for the Pack last week.

    Vikings D will be the difference maker in this game. Besides we beat the Panthers a couple years back- the D will frustrate Cam even more this time around- Zimmer was just getting this team warmed up back then- now they’re starting to gel.

    It will be great to finally see this D go against a good offense- the first 2 games weren’t much of a challenge- especially the second game.

  33. bullcharger says: Sep 22, 2016 11:21 AM

    Does Rex get fired this week or next? With Garoppolo looking like he might play in 10 days the Bills are staring 0-4 in the face at the moment.

  34. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 22, 2016 11:22 AM

    numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:44 AM
    Big PACK guy here. I have a bad feeling about the kitty’s this weekend. My guy ROGERS hasn’t been himself since Allivia Mun started hanging around. Oh well should be a close game. GO PACK
    ————————
    Now we have a new excuse: it’s Olivia Munn’s fault. When is it Aaron’s fault? Huh?

  35. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 22, 2016 11:22 AM

    who cares about the score, the real question is how many fumbles with erin ‘tiny hands’ rogers have!!?? yet again, we find erin leading the league in fumbles!

  36. bullcharger says: Sep 22, 2016 11:25 AM

    nhpats says:
    Sep 22, 2016 11:08 AM

    there are a couple of great games this weekend. Panthers/Vikings should be a good contest. It will also be interesting to see the Bengals vs. Denver. I just don’t see the red-headed choker beating the Broncos.

    ———–

    It’s very common for the Super Bowl winner to start hot. Then the injuries pile up, then their rookie QB looks a little worse than people though, etc, etc. Followed by no repeat. Things go wrong. That’s just how it goes.

    Denver haven’t proven themselves in 2016 yet. If they can beat Cinci on the road then I will start to believe they go deep again.

  37. angrypurplebirds says: Sep 22, 2016 11:25 AM

    buttfumbles says:
    Sep 22, 2016 11:00 AM
    What the hell is SKOL?

    _______________

    It’s a brand of chewing tobacco.😉

  38. bullcharger says: Sep 22, 2016 11:29 AM

    codythao35 says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:56 AM

    No way Panthers put up 30 points on Vikings. I’m picking Vikings to win this game. Cam chokes against elite defenses.

    ————

    Elite defense?? The Vikings have played 2 games!

  39. realfann says: Sep 22, 2016 11:32 AM

    “As a result, it have faith in neither of them”

    Say what?

  40. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 22, 2016 11:33 AM

    just how much time does erin need to get “in sync” with jordie!!?? it’s not like they played together for the last 7 years or anything. it took bradford and diggs 10 days. just be patient america , once ed loses another pound and jordie is back on the field the pack with be back… right?

  41. schultzbrigade says: Sep 22, 2016 11:33 AM

    I’m shocked you guys think the Browns will score 10-17 points this week. I’m betting on a shutout for the Dolphins.

  42. bullcharger says: Sep 22, 2016 11:33 AM

    250dollarnflowner says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:39 AM

    Zimmer…. all we need! The Vikings are a true TEAM, Skol!

    ———

    Love Zimmer, but I think you want to wait until after week 6 to make proclamations.
    Not much has happened through week 2 says anything about who will be standing after week 17.

  43. buzzlightner says: Sep 22, 2016 11:34 AM

    i love the fact u guys hate the eagles and both pick against them. everyweek. hopefully they prove u wrong again. but as an eagles fan i agree we lose this one. but not because of wentz. because nobody in the league can cover brown and the eagles are a bit shy in that department 20-16 steelers

  44. bullcharger says: Sep 22, 2016 11:36 AM

    numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:44 AM

    Big PACK guy here. I have a bad feeling about the kitty’s this weekend. My guy ROGERS hasn’t been himself since Allivia Mun started hanging around. Oh well should be a close game. GO PACK

    ————–

    Have you seen Olivia Munn? His decision making is sound.

  45. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:39 AM

    bullcharger says:
    Sep 22, 2016 11:19 AM
    codythao35 says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:57 AM

    Vikings will create turn overs and win this game. Panthers will not of up more than 18 points on Vikings.

    ———–

    On the road at Carolina isn’t the same as a floundering Green Bay team. The Vikes are well coached finally, so maybe they can win, but the Panthers are actually a great team. Green Bay not so much yet.
    _______________

    I agree. The Panthers have a 14(?) game at home winning streak- that will be very tough to crack. Helps the Panthers that they won’t have to deal with Adrian. Hopefully Bradford is ready to step up to the challenge- he looked great against that floundering Green Bay team (love it). The Panthers D will be tough. Vikings D will have to have a great game in order for the Vikings to pull this off. Hopefully we won’t see much of Cam’s Super Man impersonation- or his dapping for the matter.😉 This should be a great game. And please- no injuries.

  46. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Sep 22, 2016 11:42 AM

    Seahawks defense as good as ever? Look at who they’ve played!

  47. pocketcow says: Sep 22, 2016 11:42 AM

    Once again, underestimating the Eagles and their rebuilt, dominant defense. Carson Wentz is going to play well enough to put the team into position to win and the defense is going to smother Roethlisberger.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Eagles make a big statement on Sunday.

  48. pkrlvr says: Sep 22, 2016 11:43 AM

    Now we have a new excuse: it’s Olivia Munn’s fault. When is it Aaron’s fault? Huh?
    ——-
    You realize your talking to one of your own right? Number1 isn’t a packer fan.

  49. PFT loves the Steelers says: Sep 22, 2016 11:45 AM

    nhpats says:
    Sep 22, 2016 11:08 AM
    there are a couple of great games this weekend. Panthers/Vikings should be a good contest. It will also be interesting to see the Bengals vs. Denver. I just don’t see the red-headed choker beating the Broncos
    __________________

    If you can’t envision that, go back and watch some highlights of Bengals vs Broncos in 2014. FYI: “The red-headed choker has a 51-27-1 record and has logged wins over the Broncos, Colts, Seahawks, Packers, Steelers, Chiefs, and your beloved Patriots (2013).

  50. captainwhodat says: Sep 22, 2016 11:51 AM

    wonder where if all the Viking chest beating fans will be Sunday night…probably be complaining about the refs is my prediction…

  51. FlikeMorio says: Sep 22, 2016 11:51 AM

    No love for the Vikings yet again. Shocker.

  52. captainwhodat says: Sep 22, 2016 11:51 AM

    wonder where all the Viking chest beating fans will be Sunday night…probably be complaining about the refs is my prediction…skol…

  53. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 22, 2016 11:53 AM

    Zimmer…. all we need! The Vikings are a true TEAM, Skol!
    ———
    Love Zimmer, but I think you want to wait until after week 6 to make proclamations.
    Not much has happened through week 2 says anything about who will be standing after week 17.
    =========
    How about 13-5 last 18 games? Won division in 2nd year, and turned the WORST def in NFL to maybe the best in NFL? #realdeal

  54. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 22, 2016 11:58 AM

    relax packer fans, once macarthy takes over play calling, ed loses his weight and jordie comes back they will be the best team on earth again!! oh yeah, and we signed a true weapon at TE in jared cook. no one can stop us!!!!

  55. keepcalmandskolon says: Sep 22, 2016 11:59 AM

    Yes!!!!!!!! (that’s 8 exclamation points, for my man number 8 Bradford)

    Keep picking against the Vikes, we love it!

    We are going to be so much better without Peterson, and nobody outside of MN knows that. All the rest of the country sees is his highlights, while we see every snap and how utterly ineffective he has been lately. Mckinnon is the real deal and will prove it over the next month.

    Defend the North!

  56. unclebluck says: Sep 22, 2016 12:02 PM

    SKOL = CHEERS…..

  57. dsigrey says: Sep 22, 2016 12:02 PM

    Florio’s take: The Texans signed Brock Osweiler for one primary reason: To beat the Patriots. He did it last year in prime time, with Tom Brady playing.

    You mean he played when the refs handed that game over to them?

  58. purpleguy says: Sep 22, 2016 12:08 PM

    The Panther win over the Vikes seems fair. Our D will have to play as well as last week against the Pack to win, and we’ve always had problems with mobile QBs — not to mention, the Panther’s D is better than the Pack’s.

  59. steelcurtainn says: Sep 22, 2016 12:13 PM

    Steelers 27 Philly 17

  60. cmtumd says: Sep 22, 2016 12:19 PM

    Looking forward to the return of the real Sammy Sleeves @Carolina. Remember Vikings fans, Philly was pretty hyped about Bradford following his fantastic performance in the second half of Week 1 last year. Once the hits start piling up the long ball goes away and Sammy moves to checkdown city.

  61. Purple People Eaters says: Sep 22, 2016 12:20 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 22, 2016 11:07 AM
    Good luck throwing against a defense that isn’t defending against the run.
    _________

    Why does Adrian Peterson being gone mean that the defense isn’t going to defend against the run? No other team in the NFL has Adrian Peterson, but don’t they face defenses that defend against the run? The Vikings may have more trouble passing against a defense that isn’t defending against the run, but doesn’t that mean they should be able to run really, really well against a defense that isn’t defending against the run? It’s ridiculous to think that teams are going to go from nine in the box to stop the run to six defensive backs to stop the pass just because one player got hurt

    ———

    I think the issue is that it is almost more the “idea of Adrian” rather than Adrian’s performance itself that is the critical component here. Of course, this may be specific to the Packers who seem to obsess over Adrian, so maybe the loss won’t be as impactful with teams who have competent coaches.

  62. joefakeraiderfantoronto says: Sep 22, 2016 12:22 PM

    As a Raider fan, I must tell you, our defense is atrocious at the moment. Unless this team gets it in gear, the offense will need to put up 30 plus a game just to keep the game a close one. Mack has been incognito, so lets hope he can materialize this week. The Chiefs and Broncos are still a threat, however a loss this week isn’t out of the question. The chargers offense having woes? You do realize they can score with ANYONE on that offense, right? They are the sleeper we are all worried about.

  63. dhirenpatelblog says: Sep 22, 2016 12:24 PM

    I’m guessing both of you are just going to blindly pick against the eagles all season ? Can you accept that their defense is among the league’s best (at least at first look right now) and actually watch a game or two ?

  64. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 22, 2016 12:25 PM

    What’s the over/under on Aaron’s fumbles?

    Will the Lions make it 3 straight against the Pack this weekend?

    Who will Aaron throw under the bus when the Pack continues to flounder?

    Will this be the Packers’4th straight divisional lose at the historic Lambeau Field?

    Enquiring minds want to know.

  65. averagejoe5050 says: Sep 22, 2016 12:30 PM

    0-3 on the Eagles I see….Keep doubting…Last time Pittsburgh won in Philly was OCT 1965

  66. dtroxallday says: Sep 22, 2016 12:31 PM

    Florio’s take: Niners beat Rams, Rams beat Seahawks. So, of course, Seahawks beat Niners, thanks to an offense that can do just enough to complement a defense that been as good as ever.
    Florio’s pick: Seahawks 15, 49ers 12.
    =======================
    Are you implying that SF’s offense is inept even though they’re one of the highest scoring teams in the league right now, racked up 27 against CAR and is currently in first place of their division all by themselves (oddly enough the Rams are in second place) or that the Seahawks offense that has scored only 1 TD in 2 games and only scored 3 points against LA is good enough to win?

  67. darkneptune73 says: Sep 22, 2016 12:35 PM

    If the Panthers were that great, they should have beaten the Broncos. Instead, Cam Newton got tossed like a rag doll. Then they beat up a bad 49ers defense.

    Vikings will give Cam a run for his money.

  68. tylawsprick says: Sep 22, 2016 12:39 PM

    I just wonder how Florio decides who is heads and who is tails when he flips the coin each week. 50-50 baybee!

  69. slick50ks says: Sep 22, 2016 12:39 PM

    At this point, the oakland defense is the historically worst in league history.

    And it will only get worse when they actually plays some good teams.

    5-11 tops.

  70. i thumbs down your comment says: Sep 22, 2016 12:39 PM

    MDS says 49ers big win say more about the Rams being terrible… fine.

    By extension shouldn’t that indicate that Seattle (who couldn’t manage more than a field goal against same Rams team) would have trouble with 49ers?

    Predicts 30-10 blowout.

    I’m fine with the outcome because I agree, but the logic used was awful.

  71. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 22, 2016 12:43 PM

    cmtumd says:
    Sep 22, 2016 12:19 PM

    Looking forward to the return of the real Sammy Sleeves @Carolina. Remember Vikings fans, Philly was pretty hyped about Bradford following his fantastic performance in the second half of Week 1 last year. Once the hits start piling up the long ball goes away and Sammy moves to checkdown city.
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    Maybe you missed the game Sunday Night. Bradford was getting hit all night long- even a spearing-of-the-helmet cheap shot by Matthews into the chest of Bradford messing up his left hand. He still had no problem hitting Diggs long- he didn’t revert to check-downs at all.
    I’m not saying he can continue to take these hits- and which QB could? But he looked fearless Sunday Night. Bottom line is the Vikings O-line needs to step up. I don’t know- maybe you’re just a disgruntled Packer fan.

  72. PFT loves the Steelers says: Sep 22, 2016 12:44 PM

    dal1as says:
    Sep 22, 2016 11:21 AM
    I hope everyone in the national media keeps picking against the Broncos (you know they will on this site). It just motivates them. The bias against the Broncos is just ridiculous. I am not sure if it is just hate against the Broncos or jealousy that they won the superbowl and their beloved patriots did not.
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    You do realize they’re playing a 12 win team on the road, right? A team that beat the Broncos in 2014 and nearly beat them in Denver last year with McCarron at QB?

  73. bordner says: Sep 22, 2016 12:45 PM

    buttfumbles says:
    Sep 22, 2016 11:00 AM

    What the hell is SKOL?
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    It’s Norwegian for “I’m delusional!”.

  74. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 22, 2016 1:31 PM

    Mike Zimmer replied to a question about “Starters” He prefers to think of his players as equal and he shuffles the players in rotation except QB and O line,
    Who would have given Minnesota a snowballs chance against the Packers if you would have said 3 weeks ago;
    Minnesota will play the game without it’s starting QB,
    Strong side Corner, (Rhodes) heart of its D line, (Floyd)
    and with its Starting Left Tackle injured, PLUS losing AP!
    They had Rodgers confused, and second guessing coverages. Without their Second String CB handing out 2 LOOONG PIs to the Pack they may have only scored 3 points.
    Minnesota is among the elite teams when it comes to Coaching. I think this game will be a lot closer than the experts pick, (which 5 of 8 picked the Titans, and 7 of 8 picked the Packers).
    This team may actually be BETTER with Bradford and McKinnon, Look for the Tight ends of Minnesota having a big game, this game may come down to who has the ball last. or Turnovers. Coach Zimmer LOVES to have his team be the Underdogs….and we aren’t talking the Sweet Polly Purebread Underdog. Vikes by 1, 21-20

  75. clevelandrocksyourface says: Sep 22, 2016 1:55 PM

    Browns 51 – Dolphins 17

    Bet the house on it.

  76. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 22, 2016 1:56 PM

    My fellow Vike fans are maybe getting a little overly optimistic about this week’s game. I don’t see them going 16-0 and this is probably the toughest game on the schedule, so logic would suggest that they will probably lose. I think it will be close, though.

  77. smokehouse56 says: Sep 22, 2016 2:17 PM

    Since when are the Steelers a “great team?” Loose talk can make one look like a fool. Yes, they will beat Philly, but a “great team?” Not so much.

  78. howsaboutit says: Sep 22, 2016 2:21 PM

    Vikings fans are funny!

  79. ben444 says: Sep 22, 2016 2:41 PM

    I’a a serious Packer fan and i am worried about Rodgers but I think it has to do with him not playing in the preseason.

    I think MM made a mistake by not playing him during the preseason.

    The Packers made a lot of mistakes this off season. 20 million in cap space means they are not playing the system right.

    Anyways I still maintain my prediction of a 14-2 record when the season is over and a loss in the divisional round.

    And give fat Lacy the ball 20 times a game and Starks the other touches.

  80. djvh2 says: Sep 22, 2016 2:55 PM

    Vikings have looked pretty good so far, but the majority of their fans on here are acting like they are the 1985 Bears. You’d think they wouldn’t set themselves up for another big letdown, but then again, they are Vikings fans. Thankfully a few of them seem reasonable.

  81. inozwetrust says: Sep 22, 2016 3:32 PM

    Florio says that no one expected the Ravens to be 3-0. I’m sorry, but after starting the season against the Bills, Browns and Jags, I did expect the Ravens to be 3-0. It’s the rest of the season that scares the sh!t out of me.

    Go Ravens

  82. holeinone09 says: Sep 22, 2016 4:19 PM

    Steelers should be able to generate a very balanced offense against an Eagles team that played against 2 bad teams but is playing better than most gave them credit for. AB will not have 2 weak games in a row, while Wheaton returns to join an improving Coates, Rogers and James. Williams is running superbly behind a strong OL. And I finally expect the Steelers to unleash their blitz against young Wentz after rushing 3-4 guys so far. The Steelers are as good as anybody in the NFL.

    Steelers 31
    Eagles 21

  83. richardmswartz says: Sep 22, 2016 6:07 PM

    The Steelers should be able to beat up pedestrian corner backs on the Eagles. The Steelers defense will hold the Eagles offense but it won’t be because they got to Wentz. If the Eagles had even one competent wide receiver they would have a real chance to win, but they don’t.

    Steelers 23
    Eagles 13

  84. patsfan1820 says: Sep 22, 2016 7:12 PM

    I agree with most of these scores, but I have the Broncos beating the Bengals 24 to 14 because of Denver’s defense and Falcons beating the Saints 41 to 28 because the Saints defense is god awful. As for the Patriots vs Texans game unfortunately I think Texans win that game by a touchdown because I get the strange feeling JJ Watt will finally have a breakout game against the Pats hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think I will be.

  85. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 22, 2016 8:59 PM

    Packers will beat the Lions 31-17.

  86. cobaltdriver says: Sep 22, 2016 9:33 PM

    Cam chokes against elite defenses.
    Elite means winning a SUperBOwl like Denver..Minny hasnt won one yet, so they are not elite.

  87. mclennon99 says: Sep 23, 2016 6:46 PM

    To all fantasy football players who own and are starting Larry Fitzgerald this week against the Bills (myself included)….let me be the first to congratulate you on your win.

  88. traxxx9 says: Sep 24, 2016 3:43 AM

    Don’t really understand why folks are doubting what the Chargers offense can do without Woodhead and Allen. Allen didn’t play at all week 2. Woodhead only played 1 series. They put up 38 points. The Colts D is much worse.

  89. lnfinite says: Sep 25, 2016 8:39 PM

    Vikings at Panthers

    MDS’s take: Sam Bradford got off to a good start in his first game in Minnesota, but the Panthers’ defense will cause some problems for him, and a couple of Bradford turnovers will be the difference.

    MDS’s pick: Panthers 28, Vikings 17.

    Florio’s take: Good luck throwing against a defense that isn’t defending against the run. And good luck stopping an offense with Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, and Kelvin Benjamin firing on all cylinders.

    Florio’s pick: Panthers 31, Vikings 21.

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    Time to eat some crow PFT.

    Vikings won today 22-10!!!

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