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2008 Week 3 NFL Game Previews

Archieve Previews From The Week 3 Games of the 2008 NFL Football Picks Season

2008 Week Three NFL Football Picks Game Previews

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Sunday, September 20, 2008

Kansas City (0-2) @ Atlanta (1-1)
Time: 1:00pm ET
Spread: Atlanta –5.5
Over/Under: 36.5
Preview: The Falcons come into the week 1-1 on the season after the impressive win over Detroit, followed by a tough loss 24-9 at Tampa Bay. Quarterback Matt Ryan was great in the first week- throwing a 62-yard touchdown pass on his first throw in the winner. Last week, he played more like the rookie he is, making several mistakes in the Falcons loss. For Kansas City , they have quarterback issues. With their original starter Brodie Croyle out with an injury, the Chiefs played three different quarterback in the 23-8 loss to Oakland . Coach Herman Edwards has decided on youngster Tyler Thigpen as the week three starter. Kansas City has only scored 18 points in their first two games, while allowing 40.The Chiefs have lost 11 straight games dating back to last season.

Oakland (1-1) @ Buffalo (2-0)
Time: 1:00pm ET
Spread: Buffalo –9.5
Over/Under: 36.5
Preview: Buffalo is off to their best start in 16 years. Oakland is in the middle of a head coaching controversy. As both teams come into Sunday’s game on different paths, this looks to be an interesting affair. Bills quarterback Trent Edwards ranks fourth in the AFC with a 107.7 passer rating, and has thrown for 454 yards. Running back Marshawn Lynch has rushed for a touchdown in each of his first two games, and is averaging 3.6 yards per carry. For Oakland , the job status of head coach Lane Kiffin may be in the hands of second year quarterback JaMarcus Russell. For Kiffin, that should be a scary though, considering in week two Russell only converted 6 of 17 passes for 55 years. The Raiders won despite Russell’s numbers. Raiders running back Darren McFadden ran for 164 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Oakland has won four straight meetings against the Bills since 1998.

Tampa Bay (1-1) @ Chicago (1-1)
Time: 1:00pm ET
Spread: Chicago -3
Over/Under: 35.5
Preview: Both teams come in Sunday afternoon’s affair with .500 marks. The Bears are coming off a loss at Carolina , a week after knocking off the Colts in Indy. The Bucs lost week one at New Orleans , then came back in week two with a win over Atlanta . Both teams seem to have quarterback issues. For Tampa Bay , former Bears back-up Brian Griese will take the snaps, after coach Jon Gruden watched his first starter Jeff Garcia struggle. For the Bears, Kyle Orton will be the starter, despite his ineffectiveness throwing the ball. The Bears have gotten a pleasant surprise from their rookie running back Matt Forte, as he has ran for 123 and 92 yard efforts. Chicago ’s defense or special teams has scored in each of the Bears first two games. These former NFC Central rivals have met 52 times, with the Bears holding a 35-17 lead in wins. Since 2002, the two teams have split four games.

Carolina (2-0) @ Minnesota (0-2)
Time: 1:00pm ET
Spread: Minnesota –3.5
Over/Under: 37
Preview: One surprise to start the NFL season in 2008 has been the 2-0 Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have won both games despite missing top wide receiver Steve Smith, for disciplinary reasons. Meanwhile the Minnesota Vikings have been a surprise in a negative way. A team many thought would compete for a division title in the NFC has started 0-2, and is now changing starting quarterbacks. Out with Tarvaris Jackson, in with veteran Gus Frerotte. Frerotte will get help from second year running back Adrian Peterson, who has ran for 160 and 103 yards, but has struggled to get himself, and his team into the end zone.  For Carolina , with the addition of Steve Smith, the offense will be that much more lethal. Quarterback Jake Delhomme has many options including Muhsin Muhammed, who went over the 10,000 yards marker against Chicago last week. He also has the two-headed monster in the backfield with DeAngelo Williams and rookie Jonathan Stewart. Sunday will be the 8th meeting between these two teams, the Vikings lead the overall series 4-3.

Miami (0-2) @ New England (2-0)
Time: 1:00pm ET
Spread: New England –12.5
Over/Under: 35.5
Preview: If this game was last year, the point spread of this game would be three plus touchdowns, in favor of New England . Since then, Miami has improved, and the Patriots have lost 2007 MVP Tom Brady. Still, despite those changes New England appears to be a much better team than Miami .  For Miami , quarterback Chad Pennington has been ineffective going just 10 of 20 for 112 yards, and was pulled early on Sunday in favor of youngster Chad Henne. Henne directed the Dolphins only touchdown drive on the day last Sunday. Another problem for Miami has been running back Ricky Williams, who has only accumulated 52 yards rushing. His running mate Ronnie Brown has only totaled 48 yards on 17 carries. New England quarterback Matt Cassell played error free football on Sunday, in his first start since High School. Cassell converted 16 of 23 passes for 165 yards. Miami has lost 11 straight road games since 2006.

Cincinnati (0-2) @ New York Giants (2-0)
Time: 1:00pm ET
Spread: New York Giants –13.5
Over/Under: 42
Preview: The Giants have started the 2008 much better than 2007, when they started 0-2. This year with 16-7 wins over Washington , and 41-13 wins over St. Louis , the Giants are playing much like they did in the 2007 postseason. Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns on Sunday against the Rams. The three headed monster in the back field for the Giants- Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw combined for 203 yards on the ground. For Cincinnati , it has been quite the struggle. The Bengals have started the season 0-2. The offense has been sputtering led by quarterback Carson Palmer. On Sunday, Cincinnati only threw for 134 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Bengals top receiver Chad Ocho Cinco was held to just 37 yards on four catches. The Bengals  rank 30th in the NFL, allowing 203 yards per game on the ground.  The Bengals and Giants have only played twice before, with the Giants winning both games, in 1994 and 1997.

Houston (0-1) @ Tennessee (2-0)
Time: 1:00pm ET
Spread: Tennessee -5
Over/Under: 39
Preview: The Houston Texans are ready to get back on the field on Sunday, and  hopefully bring the city of Houston some much needed excitement. Ravaged by the latest Hurricane(Ike), the city of Houston continues to pick up the pieces. Houston comes into the game 0-1, after a disappointing week one effort in Pittsburgh . In the loss, quarterback Matt Schaub turned the ball over three times, and was sacked five times. The Texans were limited to 234 yards and went 3-10 on third down conversions. For Tennessee , coming in 2-0, but most of the talk is surrounding their quarterback Vince Young.  Head Coach Jeff Fisher has recently said he is going to go with veteran Kerry Collins behind center until Young can heal from his knee injury. Collins threw for 128 yards on Sunday completing 14 of 21 passes, and did not turn the ball over. The Titans are 10-2 lifetime against Houston , and have won the last six games in this series.

Arizona (2-0) @ Washington (1-1)
Time: 1:00pm ET
Spread: Washington -3
Over/Under: 42
Preview: The Arizona Cardinals are 2-0 for the first time since 1991. On Sunday, they will look to push their record to 3-0 for the first time since 1974. With wins over San Francisco and Miami , the Cardinals are making sure they don’t let their early season success get to their heads. Two-time MVP Kurt Warner completed 19 of 24 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday against Miami . On the season, Warner is 96 of 145 for 1227 yards and 10 touchdowns, with only 2 interceptions. Head Coach Jim Zorn picked up his first NFL win behind quarterback Jason Campbell who threw for 321 yards completing 24 of 36 yards for a touchdown. Santana Moss caught a 67 yard pass for a touchdown with just 3:29 left in the game that gave the Redskins the win. Washington has won six straight over Arizona dating back to 2000.


New Orleans (1-1) @ Denver (2-0)
Time: 4:05pm ET
Spread: Denver –5.5
Over/Under: 51.5
Preview: These two teams will most assuredly put points on the board on Sunday. New Orleans is coming off the disappointing loss to Washington , and 1-1, while Denver is 2-0 with wins over Oakland and San Diego . A touchdown pass to Eddie Royal, followed by a 2 point conversion, also by Royal led the Broncos to a 39-38 win on Sunday. The Broncos lead the NFL in yards per game, compiling  463.5 yards per game. Part of that impressive offense has been third year quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler was 36 of 50 last week, throwing for 350 yards, four touchdowns, while throwing just one interception. He has thrown for 650 yards and six touchdowns in the first two games. For the Saints, quarterback Drew Brees leads them.  Brees was 22 of 33 for 216 yards a touchdown and two interceptions on Sunday. The running game for the Saints was very ineffective, as the running backs only compiled 55 yards on 19 carries on Sunday. This is the first battle between these two teams since 2004, when the Broncos blew out New Orleans 34-13.

Detroit (0-2) @ San Francisco (1-1)
Time: 4:05pm ET
Spread: San Francisco -4
Over/Under: 46.5
Preview:  The San Francisco 49ers are feeling good about themselves, and their new look offense led by former Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz. After totaling 365 yards in the 33-30 win over Seattle on Sunday, San Francisco hopes to continue that against the 0-2 Lions. Quarterback J.T. O’ Sullivan, who has been a journeyman quarterback, and was the Lions back up last season completed 20 of 32 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown last week. For Detroit , they hope to get off to a better start, after getting down 3 touchdowns in the last two games, against Atlanta and Green Bay . The 49ers have beaten the Lions 10 of the last 11 times these two teams have matched up. In 2006, Frank Gore ran for 159 yards and a touchdown against Detroit .

St Louis (0-2) @ Seattle (0-2)
Time: 4:05pm ET
Spread: Seattle –9.5
Over/Under: 43.5
Preview: The Rams have been dreadful in the first two games of the 2008 season. After a 38-3 pounding at the hands of the Eagles in week one, they followed that up with a 41-13 loss to the Giants. The Rams have allowed 79 points in just two games, while only putting 16 up on the season. Stephen Jackson has run for just 93 yards on the season, and has yet to find the end zone. The only Rams offensive player that has reached the end zone is receiver Tory Holt. For Seattle , things have not gone much better. Coming in with high expectations in the Mike Holmgren going into retirement party, the Seahawks have lost two straight to begin the season. After a 34-10 loss at Buffalo , they followed that up with an overtime loss to the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle has allowed 67 points, while only scoring 40 on the season. Seattle lost top receiver Nate Burleson in week one due to an injury. The initial reports are Burleson will miss the entire 2008 season.

Cleveland (0-2) @ Baltimore (1-0)
Time: 4:15pm ET
Spread: Baltimore -2
Over/Under: 38.5
Preview: The Cleveland Browns were the only team in the NFL to start the 2008 season with two straight home games. In disappointing fashion, the Browns dropped both of those games. In week one, Dallas blasted Cleveland 28-10, and then on Sunday Cleveland fell in a low scoring affair in the rain 10-6 to Pittsburgh . Browns quarterback Derek Anderson threw two interceptions on Sunday has had a difficult time connecting with receiver Braylon Edwards, and tight end Kellen Winslow. Edwards has dropped five passes in the early going. For Baltimore , after a week off, in which they were scheduled to play the Texans in Houston , they look to win their second straight game against an AFC North rival. The Ravens, who lost 9 of their last 10 games in 2007 have turned to rookie quarterback Joe Flacco, who completed 15 of 29 passes for 129 yards, and did not turn the ball over. The Ravens were led by their defense, who just allowed 10 points to Cincinnati . Cleveland is 3-6 in Baltimore since 1996.

Jacksonville (0-2) @ Indianapolis (1-1)
Time: 4:15pm ET
Spread: Indianapolis –5.5
Over/Under: 41.5
Preview: The Colts, who come in 1-1, needed a late rally led by Peyton Manning and an Adam Vinateri field goal in the final seconds, will be without the 2007 NFL defensive player of the year- Bob Sanders. Sanders may miss as much as 6 weeks with a sprained ankle. In the first two games the Colts have played without pro bowl center Jeff Saturday, right guard Mike Pollak and left guard Ryan Lilja, along with Dallas Clark(tight end), and Tony Ugoh(left tackle), all with injuries. The Jaguars have had difficulties running the ball. Last season the Jaguars ran for close to 150 yards per game, while in 2008 Jacksonville has only ran for 65.5 yards per game. The Jaguars have lost to both Tennessee and Buffalo to start the year. In the last game between these two teams the Colts held off the Jaguars for a 28-25 victory on December 2, 2007 . In that game Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes.

Pittsburgh (2-0) @ Philadelphia (1-1)
Time: 4:00pm ET
Spread: Philadelphia -3
Over/Under: 45.5
Preview: This appears to be a prime week three battle between the two Pennsylvania teams. Pittsburgh comes into the game with a 2-0 record, after wins over Houston and Cleveland. Philadelphia is 1-1 with a blow out win at home over the Rams, and a tough loss on Monday night in Dallas , to the Cowboys. Questions are swirling regarding Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his health. Nursing a sore shoulder in week one, Big Ben passes for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 13 of 14 passing. For the Eagles, they feel fortunate to have their quarterback Donovan McNabb healthy and feeling well, for the first time since 2004. So far in 2008 McNabb has thrown for 642 yards, four touchdowns on 46 of 70 passing. On Monday, McNabb threw for 281 yards and a touchdown in the 41-37 loss. This will be the first meeting since 1997 for these two teams.

Dallas Cowboys (2-0) @ Green Bay Packers (2-0)
Time: 8:15pm ET
Spread: Dallas -3
Over/Under: 51
Preview: The Sunday Night Football crew has done their homework in week three. If the goal of Sunday Night is to pit two solid teams against each other for an entertaining affair, they appear to have done it. After all the off season controversy for the Packers involving former quarterback Brett Favre and the new guy, Aaron Rodgers, the Packers, and Rodgers have done a great job putting the doubters to rest. Rodgers threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns in the 48-25 win on Sunday over Detroit. He has yet to throw an interception on the year, and has completed 70 percent of his passes. 258 of those yards have gone to receiver Greg Jennings. For Dallas, quarterback Tony Romo has thrown for 632 yards and four touchdowns in just two games to start the year. After beating Cleveland 28-10 in week one, the Cowboys knocked off the Eagles on Monday night 41-37. The Packers have won 10 of their last 11 games at home.

Monday September 21, 2008

New York Jets (1-1) @ San Diego Chargers (0-2)
Time: 8:15PM (EST)
Spread: San Diego Chargers -9
Over/Under: 44
Preview: Our Monday Night Football Game Preview: The San Diego Chargers, after falling 39-38 to Denver on Sunday are desperate to find their first win of the season. Not only did they lose that tough affair, but in week one Jake Delhomme throw a touchdown pass as time expired to lead the Panthers to a 26-24 win over the Chargers. If losing Linebacker Shawne Merriman was not enough, a possible injury to star running back LaDainian Tomlinson has got the Chargers and their fans a little worried. On Sunday, Tomlinson ran for just 26 yards on 10 carries. For the Jets, they were not able to capitalize on a division opponent without the 2007 MVP Tom Brady. The Patriots defense held the Jets in check in the 19-10 win. Quarterback Brett Favre is 5-0 lifetime against San Diego, but has not played in San Diego since 2003. This will be the Jets first ever visit to Qualcomm Stadium, since the 20-17 upset win in the 2005 wild card game.


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