Browns (1-1) host the Raiders (1-1). Josh McCown will QB for Cleveland. Browns should and will win 27-17.
Browns will then travel to San Diego next week. Tough one. But I'm guessing that SD wins, and the Browns start as somewhat expected with a 2-2 record for the first quarter of the season. Then the schedule gets tougher.
But first, the week three schedule.
More interesting or intriguing matchups, proving again that the NFL is more interesting than college football. Somewhere, probably the SEC, a college matchup may be worth watching. Last Saturday night, I watched most of the Ole Miss at Alabama game where no. 15 Ole Miss upset highly-ranked Alabama in about a five-hour game. That thing ended at around 1:30 a.m. We were in Columbus for the weekend to attend the Country Living Fair, but on Saturday night, we went to the casino to watch an 80s cover hair band called No Regrets. Cheap night. No admission. Free bottled water. Good, fun band. Huge TV screens above the band that showed multiple college games.
Some "good" teams or expected good teams are already 0-2: Houston, New Orleans, Baltimore, Philly, Indy, Seattle, and Detroit.
Cincy at Balt should be a good game. It's the home opener for Balt. Cin needs to win on the road against good teams at some point. Bal plays Pitt next Thu. Two divisional matchups against playoff teams from last year in five days. Tough schedule to start the season for Bal who played at Denver and at Oakland.
More interesting games for this week:
- Atl at Dal. Both are 2-0, but Dal is without WR Bryant and QB Romo.
- 0-2 Indy at TN
- 0-2 Philly at 2-0 Jets. If Jets win this week, they will probably be labeled the surprise team to start the season.
- Tampa Bay at 0-2 Houston.
- San Diego at MN. Another long trip for the Chargers. Both teams are 1-1.
- SF at 2-0 AZ.
- Buf at Mia. Both are 1-1.
- Chi at Sea. Both are 0-2. Prob a rugged year for the Bears.
- Motor City crowd should be jacked when the Lions host the Broncos on Sunday night. Prob is Lions QB Stafford is not 100 percent.
|Washington (1-1)||at||New York (0-2)||8:00 p.m. CBS||NYG 32, WSH 21|
I'll use the double asterisk ** to indicate my picks. The league tends toward having .500 teams.
|** Atlanta (2-0)||at||Dallas (2-0)||1:00 PM FOX|
|** Indianapolis (0-2)||at||Tennessee (1-1)||1:00 PM CBS|
|Oakland (1-1)||at||** Cleveland (1-1)||1:00 PM CBS|
|Cincinnati (2-0)||at||** Baltimore (0-2)||1:00 PM CBS|
|Jacksonville (1-1)||at||** New England (2-0)||1:00 PM CBS|
|New Orleans (0-2)||at||** Carolina (2-0)||1:00 PM FOX|
|** Philadelphia (0-2)||at||New York Jets (2-0)||1:00 PM FOX|
|Tampa Bay (1-1)||at||** Houston (0-2)||1:00 PM FOX|
|** San Diego (1-1)||at||Minnesota (1-1)||1:00 PM CBS|
|** Pittsburgh (2-0)||at||St. Louis (1-1)||1:00 PM CBS|
|San Francisco (1-1)||at||** Arizona (2-0)||4:05 PM FOX|
|Buffalo (1-1)||at||** Miami (1-1)||4:25 PM CBS|
|Chicago (0-2)||at||** Seattle (0-2)||4:25 PM CBS|
|Denver (2-0)||at||** Detroit (0-2)||8:30 PM NBC|
|Kansas City (1-1)||at||** Green Bay (2-0)||8:30 PM ESPN|