2022 NFL Week 3 Predictions

Week 3 is here and all we can say about this week is every game is looking like a coin toss. In an unpredictable week, we’re here to give our predictions on who we think will end up pulling it out. Through 2 weeks, we are 19-12-1. 

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

In a Mitch Trubisky vs. Jacoby Brissett Thursday night showdown, we get a matchup of 2 teams who have looked rather ugly this year. Steelers are battling injuries with Watt out and Najee playing through a foot injury where he just doesn’t look the same. Mitch Trubisky appears to be a downgrade from an old Ben Roethlisberger and we don’t know if the Steelers will continue starting him after this loss they’re going to endure at Cleveland. 

Winner: Cleveland Browns

Houston Texans at Chicago Bears

A matchup of 2nd year quarterbacks as Davis Mills squares off against Justin Fields at Soldier Field. Neither team’s offense has done any good this year, but the Bears especially have been pretty atrocious in getting anything done. We’ll take the Texans on the road in a low scoring affair. 

Winner: Houston Texans

Las Vegas Raiders at Tennessee Titans 

Surprising that both of these teams enter this week 0-2. The Raiders with their late collapses and the Titans just not getting anything done on offense without AJ Brown. The Raiders are the better team overall and prove why they’re still a playoff contender. 

Winner: Las Vegas Raiders

Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have looked awful this year after tying the Texans and then getting shut out by Jacksonville. The Colts should have Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce back soon which should help liven up their offensive attack. We expect Jonathan Taylor to have a bounce back game after a game to forget in Jacksonville, but the Colts offense overall just doesn’t have the firepower of the Chiefs as Patrick Mahomes and company roll past the Colts go winless after 3 weeks. 

Winner: Kansas City Chiefs

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins

In the only matchup of the week featuring 2 undefeated teams, the Bills travel to division rival Miami in this highly anticipated game. The Bills have been dominant this season and are the early favorites to win the Super Bowl. The Dolphins pulled off 2 surprising victories against New England & a massive comeback against the Ravens. The last time the Bills were in town, they beat the Dolphins 31-0 and we expect this one to be closer than that shutout, but the Bills will still get the job done. 

Winner: Buffalo Bills

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

In a game we are very excited for, this is quietly set to be a very competitive game. The Lions offense has looked like a whole new team this year putting up over 35 points in back to back games. The Lions and Vikings both enter 1-1 with both teams losing to Philadelphia. The Vikings got shut down but the Lions nearly pulled off the upset, losing by a field goal. We expect this to be another close shootout for the Lions as they face Jefferson who is frustrated after his week 2 performance. The Vikings win this one in a nailbiter that goes down to the wire. 

Winner: Minnesota Vikings

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

We don’t like betting against Bill Belichick at home, but his days of coaching a playoff team are over. This is arguably one of the worst teams Bill Belichick has coached in years and we don’t see a way that defense can stop Lamar. 

Winner: Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets

The Super Bowl curse is real as the Bengals start off the season 0-2 losing against division rival Pittsburgh at home and then to the Cooper Rush led Cowboys in Dallas. We didn’t expect the Jets to have the better record entering this one. The Jets barely pulled off the win in Cleveland due to a miraculous comeback (and collapse on Cleveland’s end). The Bengals cure their Super Bowl hangover with an easy win on the road. 

Winner: Cincinnati Bengals 

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Commanders

The Carson Wentz revenge game is here! Both offenses have surprisingly looked very good this season with both Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts being in the top 7 in passing yards. Not only have the quarterbacks been stepping up their play, but those around them as Gibson and Sanders look to be turning disappointing campaigns in 2021 around. Both defenses however aren’t as strong, but we’ll give the edge to the team with the better one in Philadelphia as the Commanders are still looking rough without leader Chase Young. 

Winner: Philadelphia Eagles

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

Both the Saints and Panthers have played some sloppy football this year. The only player who’s truly looked good is Michael Thomas who’s had back to back solid weeks after missing almost 2 full seasons of football. Jameis got hurt against Tampa Bay and we know he doesn’t play well  when he’s hurt and we also know the Saints without Jameis don’t play any better. The Saints looked awful in the time he was out last year and the Baker Mayfield led Panthers get their first win on the year. 

Winner: Carolina Panthers

Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers

The talk of the game is will Justin Herbert be ready to play? Towards the end of that Chiefs game, he was barely able to walk out there and was grimacing in pain. Thankfully, the injury isn’t as serious as doctors feared, but even without Herbert, the Chargers are the best team the Jaguars will have faced thus far and the Chargers defense will carry them to victory. 

Winner: Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals

The defending Super Bowl Champs and division rival Arizona Cardinals enter this game 1-1 looking a little bit off. The Rams don’t seem to have anyone outside of Cooper Kupp on offense and for Arizona, Kyler’s been putting on madden highlight reels. The Cardinals continue to suffer through injuries that seem to worsen and without much help for Kyler, the Rams defense is going to put them to rest. 

Winner: Los Angeles Rams

Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks

The Falcons cannot break their late game collapse curse they’ve had since the 28-3 Super Bowl. They’ve lost to the Saints & Rams now in rough endings. Thankfully, the Seahawks don’t have much going for them on offense as they are already debating benching the quarterback situation. We expect this to be a breakout game for Drake London as he puts on a massive showing. 

Winner: Atlanta Falcons

Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Packers are seeking revenge for their NFC Championship loss a couple seasons ago when the Bucs beat them on their way to winning the Super Bowl. That loss was when Aaron Rodgers had Davante Adams & better receivers. Tom Brady has also seen his better days with receivers and will be without a big one in Mike Evans as Evans faces a 1 game suspension for a physical dispute against the Saints. Rodgers & Brady are #20 & #23 respectively in passing yards entering week 3 which is very weird to say and neither should fare very well as both face tough defenses. This will be a surprisingly low scoring game for 2 of the top quarterbacks in the league as the defenses control the game flow. The Bucs defenses edges out the Packers in this one. 

Winner: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos

The 49ers just lost their starting quarterback in Trey Lance for the season, while the Broncos are hoping the new one they acquired this offseason in Russell Wilson goes a little bit more smoothly. The Broncos play calling is very questionable and their time management has been atrocious that even the fans are booing the team. The Broncos now face a team that is very familiar with Russell Wilson and a team that has been proven to stop him time & time again. That trend isn’t going to stop this year as Russell Wilson loses again to San Francisco. 

Winner: San Francisco 49ers

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

After Dak went down for yet another season, Cooper Rush led the Cowboys to victory and is 2-0 in both of his career starts. The Cooper Rush train isn’t going to slow down as they play a Giants team who has won by a combined 4 points against the Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers who are both 0-2. 

Winner: Dallas Cowboys

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