NFL Week 3 Primetime Preview

So far I am 8-5 on the week for my NFL picks.  The Rams/Buccaneers game has been delayed right now (I will be 8-6 if the Rams win), but while that’s underway, let’s preview tonight’s matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears.

5:30 PM PT NBC DAL -6.5

Bears

(0-2, 0-1 away)

0-2

Cowboys

(1-1, 0-1 Home)

How Chicago Wins:  Get the ball to Alshon Jeffrey.  He has 201 receiving yards on this young season, and for a Bears team missing Jay Cutler they need all the help they can get on offense.  Also the defense needs to take advantage of turnovers from Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot.

How Dallas Wins:  Ezekiel Elliot needs to hang onto the football, plain and simple.  Dak Prescott also needs to continue to step it up and play brilliantly like he has in Week 1 and 2 against the Giants and Redskins.  Dallas’s defense also needs to take advantage of a Bears team missing Jay Cutler.

The Bottom Line:  I said I don’t like Jay Cutler.  I’m definitely not giving the Bears a chance without him, especially in Dallas.  Cowboys win by at least 14.

5:30 PM PT ESPN NO -2.5

Falcons

(1-1, 1-0 away)

1-1

Saints

(0-2, 0-1 Home)

How Atlanta Wins:  Matt Ryan continues his stellar play and builds off of his 5 passing touchdowns on the year.  The old Devonta Freeman also needs to come back and lead the Falcons to victory in a hostile environment.  Atlanta also is not known for their defense so they need to play well against a Saints offense known for putting up points.

How New Orleans Wins:  Defense! Defense! Defense!  There is a reason why they have stumbled out of the gate, losing one game because they couldn’t stop a wet paper bag (Week 1 against Oakland) and another because they couldn’t execute on special teams (Week 2 against New York).  The Saints need to play a complete game otherwise this could be a long year for them.

The Bottom Line:  It doesn’t look like the Saints are going to do well this year.  Atlanta feels like the more complete team.  I am predicting the Falcons to win by at least 7.

If the Rams win I will be 26-20 on the year.  If they lose, 27-19.  Let’s hope for a loss.   

 

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