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Predictions & Projections
David Dorey
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Game Predictions Summary
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WEEK 3
September 20, 2006
Season Ticket
Sunday
Sunday
Sunday Late
Sunday night
On Bye
CAR at TB JAX at IND BAL at CLE DEN at NE DAL, KC,
CHI at MIN NYJ at BUF NYG at SEA
Monday
OAK, SD
CIN at PIT TEN at MIA PHI at SF ATL at NO  
GB at DET WAS at HOU STL at ARZ   updated

Game Predictions

Prediction Last Week 13-3, vs. line 13-3, Overall 22-10 (69%), vs. line 20-12 (63%)
CAR 17, TB 9 (CAR by 3) Here's a game almost certain to surprise because no one knows what to expect from these two 0-2 teams. Other than Steve Smith, both franchises are basically the same from last year but both are struggling to post points. Unfortunately for the Bucs, that includes any points at all.
CHI 20, MIN 13 (CHI by 3) The Vikes and Bears are both 2-0 and neither has played a team that has won this year. But the Vikes are relying on error free play and good breaks to win while the Bears are just crushing offenses while throwing surprisingly well. This is a very big NFC North game and one that the defense takes.
CIN 20, PIT 17 (PIT by 2.5) This is a coin toss game that should be a must watch for the NFL fan. The Bengals head into Pittsburgh 2-0 to face the Steelers coming off a short week and a humbling shutout by the Jaguars. Big Ben looks rusty and this game hinges on how quickly he gets back to form. This is a rematch of the playoff game that knocked Palmer out last January, so there's a little more incentive for the Bengals.
GB 13, DET 20 (DET by 6.5) The Lions head back home after their spanking by the Bears but unlike the Packers, they actually scored a touchdown (and nothing else). If Detroit can muster up the same defense that stalled the Seahawks in week one, the score won't be this close.
JAX 13, IND 24 (IND by 7) The Jaguars have been extremely impressive in their two wins but those both came at home and developed as the hot, humid Jacksonville air slowed down the opponents. In the air conditioned RCA Dome, Manning knows that this is a must win. Nine points may beat the visiting Steelers but that won't get them out of the first quarter in Indianapolis.
NYJ 13, BUF 17 (BUF by 5.5) Two rebuilding teams face off with one sporting a passing attack limited to two players and the other showing much better defense than expected. Defense at home beats an offense that only uses two wideouts - just ask the Cardinals.
TEN 10, MIA 24 (MIA by 11 ) The 0-2 Dolphins host the 0-2 Titans in what should be a chance for Culpepper to silence the Boo Birds for a week. Once the darlings of the AFC East, the struggling Fins get a wonderful chance to swim in the right direction finally while the Titans are not even sure who the starting quarterback, running back or tight end is.
WAS 20, HOU 17 (WAS by 4) With both teams still searching for their first win of the year, this game looms large for both franchises. Almost anything could happen here with the Texans not able to run and relying on trash time passing to post stats. The Redskins cannot throw and that it the biggest weakness of the Texans defense. The only sure thing here is if Brunell cannot step it up this week, he's looking at being a short-timer in the huddle.
BAL 17, CLE 6 (BAL by 6.5) The Ravens have only allowed a total of six points so far this year and the Browns feature Droughns falling down at the line of scrimmage while the secondary all covers Braylon Edwards. Once again, the Ravens win purely on defense and a mediocre rushing game by Lewis.
NYG 23, SEA 20 (SEA by 4) This is much more of a coin flip game than may seem. The Giants are on the road against but coming off a big emotional comeback win in overtime in Philly. The Seahawks are 2-0 after facing just DET and ARZ and the offense still has not clicked like last year. The Seahawks almost never lose at home - they never did in 2005 - but they could be ripe for the upset here if the Giants don't fall flat after their win last week.
PHI 27, SF 13 (PHI by 6) The 49ers surprised the Rams last week but now they leave the safe confines of the NFC West and face the Eagles who are still pretty ticked about losing the overtime game to the Giants last week. No packing up the equipment boxes early anymore, Philly needs this win and cannot take it for granted.
STL 20, ARZ 23 (ARZ by 4.5) These teams used to ensure shootouts but now with the Cardinals trying to run and the Rams sporting an actual defense and struggling offense, the bar has been lowered. Back at home these Cardinals are tough to beat by an average team and that's precisely what the Rams on the road represent.
DEN 16, NE 17 (DEN by 6.5 ) The Broncos look to find a spark in their passing game while the Pats feature a two-headed terror in Maroney and Dillon. The game could go either way but with the Pats at home and Plummer still struggling, it should end up with the home team.
ATL 24, NO 16 (ATL by 3) Monday Night in the refurbished Superdome will feature tons of coverage about the hurricane last year and the emotional return that involves all the fans, some of the players and none of the coaches. Saints have been surprisingly good against winless teams like GB and CLE but this week goes against the most fierce rushing attack in the league. The only question here is what the announcers will do faced with the chance to excessively fawn over both Reggie Bush and Michael Vick? This could be a record for instant replays.