NFL Predictions: Week 4

After three weeks of NFL football I am 30-18 with my predictions.  So far I have predicted 63% of the games correctly.  Not too shabby if I may say so myself. Week 4 is also the start of bye weeks for the NFL and this week the Panthers and Packers will not be playing.

Thursday Sept. 26th

49ers at Rams 7pm/CT – So far the Thursday night games this season have been a bit sloppy due to the short amount of time teams have had to prepare for one another.  This week I expect another slow starting game from the 49ers and Rams.  However the Rams will have a slight advantage because they will not have to travel.  Week 3 both of these teams had poor performances and are looking to play catch up with the Seahawks in the NFC West.  Initially I thought the 49ers would win this game but after watching the San Francisco offense only put up 7 points at home to the Colts last Sunday I have my doubts.  That is why I am picking the Rams to win at home on a short week.

Rams 21-17

Sunday Sept. 29th

Ravens at Bills 12pm/CT – The Ravens are coming off an important home win against the Texans and the Bills looked lackluster at best against the Jets last week.  With Ray Rice likely to return to the lineup this weekend I think the Ravens will improve on offense and the defense will only get better with time.  The Bills on the other hand have had flashes of good football but have yet to sustain it for 60 minutes.  The Ravens looked good in all areas of the game last week and that is why I have them winning on the road in Buffalo.

Ravens 28-21

Bengals at Browns 12pm/CT – Who would have thought that the Browns would look better after the Trent Richardson trade? While the Browns got a surprising win against the Vikings on the road last week the Bengals present a much harder test.  At first I would have dismissed this game as a layup for the Bengals but after getting their first win of the season the Browns and the fans in Cleveland will be rowdy Sunday.  However it will all be for not as the other Ohio team will come out on top.

Bengals 31-24

Bears at Lions 12pm/CT – This matchup of two bitter NFC North rivals could be the game of the week.  With the Packers on a bye week this game is very important to both teams to help establish their position in the division.  The Bears are in first with a 3-0 record while the Lions are second at 2-1.  This game comes down to defense.  The Bears continue to force turnovers with a veteran lead defense while the Lions defensive line is one of the best in the league. Rookie defensive end Ezekiel Ansah leads the Lions with 2.5 sacks in 3 games while the defense as a whole has 6 sacks.  Jay Cutler has only been sacked three times this season and if Detroit is going to win they will need to frustrate Cutler by getting in the backfield.  The Bears haven’t had a lot of competition the last two weeks playing the Vikings and Steelers.  I think the Lions will end up handing the Bears their first loss of the season in Detroit.

Lions 28-27

Seahawks at Texans 12pm/CT – The Seahawks are scary good but going on the road after two home games can create some problems.  The Texans were embarrassed in Baltimore last week and they will be looking to rebound in a big way against one of the NFL’s 7 undefeated teams.  If the Texans can control the clock with the running game and put pressure on Russell Wilson early and often they can win this game.  However the Seahawks defense has only given up 32 points total in three games.  As the saying goes defense wins championships and I think the Seattle defense will lead them to victory in Houston.

Seahawks 21-13

Colts at Jaguars 12pm/CT – The Colts looked like a true playoff team last week in San Francisco and the Jaguars are the worst team in the league.  Trent Richardson will get more playing time this week as he gets acclimated to the Colts playbook.  I see the Colts winning without a problem.

Colts 28-10

Giants at Chiefs 12pm/CT – The Chiefs are one of the most surprising 3-0 teams in the league after winning only 2 games all of last season.  Andy Reid and Alex Smith have made a huge difference for the Chiefs and Reid’s knowledge of the NFC East has helped the Chiefs beat the Cowboys and Eagles the last two weeks.  Eli Manning has the most interceptions in the league thus far and the Chiefs defense is licking their collective chops after watching the Panthers get 7 sacks against the Giants.  The Giants have yet to have a 100 yard rushing game which will make them one dimensional on Sunday helping the Chiefs win and improve to 4-0.  The last time the Chiefs started 4-0 was 2003.  They finished 13-3 but lost to the Colts in Kansas City in the first round of the playoffs.

Chiefs 28-10

Steelers at Vikings 12pm/CT – The winless Steelers and Vikings face off in Minnesota this week in quite possibly the most boring game of the week.  I think the Vikings could be a lot better with someone besides Christian Ponder under center but that is a discussion for another day.  The Steelers looked awful the last two weeks in primetime and I don’t expect much to change this week.  The Vikings got shocked at home against the Browns last week but then again who would have thought Brian Hoyer would do anything.  I got the Vikings in this snooze fest.

Vikings 24-14

Cardinals vs Buccaneers 12pm/CT – The Bucs made a QB change this week giving rookie Mike Glennon the start over Josh Freeman.  Glennon gets his first start at home but against a good Arizona secondary.  I think the Bucs might be in for a long year if Glennon doesn’t play well the next couple of weeks.  I’ll take the road team in this one.

Cardinals 21-7

Jets at Titans 3pm/CT – The Titans win last week over the Chargers was one of the most exciting finishes so far this season.  The Jets offense has been making improvements from week to week but still has had some issues with turnovers.  Neither team has a really good defense so this one comes down to who can execute on offense.  Jake Locker has been solid in his first three games this year and Chris Johnson has been getting a lot of touches.  I expect this trend to continue and for Johnson to get his first 100 yard rushing game of the year.

Titans 24-21

Eagles at Broncos 3pm/CT – The Eagles got 10 days to plan for Peyton Manning and the high powered Denver offense.  It still won’t be enough.  While I do think that the Eagles will be able to put up points on the Broncos defense I don’t think they will be able to stop Manning and company enough times to win the game.  I got the home team in a high scoring game.

Broncos 42-35

Redskins at Raiders 3pm/CT – The Redskins can finally breathe a sigh of releif after three straight loses they will face off against one of the league’s bottom feeders, the Raiders.  However Terrelle Pryor is a dual threat QB and the Redskins defense had a lot of trouble with Michael Vick in week 1.  This is the game that RGIII needs to prove he can be as productive as he was his rookie year.  In the end I think the Redskins get their first win in Oakland.

Redskins 21-13

Cowboys at Chargers 3pm/CT – The Cowboys looked dominant last week in their win over the Rams.  The Chargers let another 4th quarter lead slip away as they lost on the final play of the game in Tennessee last week.  I think the Cowboys win if they can get another good performance from Demarco Murray and keep the San Diego defense honest.

Cowboys 35-24

Patriots at Falcons 7:30pm/CT – The Patriots face thier first real test when they travel to Atlanta for Sunday Night Football this week.  The Falcons will want to win this one badly after losing to the Dolphins in Miami in week 3.  The Patriots defense will have their hands full covering Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White, and especially Julio Jones.  If Steven Jackson returns healthy this week I think the Falcons offense will be too much for the Patriots to handle.

Falcons 38-28

Monday Sept. 30th

Dolphins at Saints 7:30pm/CT – This matchup of undefeated teams will be a great game in my opinion.  The Saints look to be back as Sean Payton’s presence on the sideline has been a huge key to the improvement of this team.  The Dolphins are perhaps the most surprising 3-0 team this year and proved a lot of people wrong, including myself, last week when they beat the mighty Falcons in Miami.  This game will be very interesting because the Saints defense was horrendous last year but they held off Atlanta in week one and have had solid performances the last two weeks.  At the end of the day though I think that the Saints at home will be too much for the Dolphins.

Saints 35-28

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NFL Week 3: Predictions

After week 2 I am currently holding a 20-12 record in predicting the outcomes of NFL match ups.  Week 3 should be another interesting one and there are sure to be some upsets and surprises in the football world.

Thursday Sept 19th

Chiefs at Eagles 7pm/CT-  The surprising 2-0 Kansas City Chiefs travel to the city of brotherly love to face Andy Reid’s old team.  The homecoming of Reid will be the main storyline in this game.  Andy Reid spent 14 years in Philadelphia taking the team to the playoffs numerous times and reaching the Super Bowl once.  After a 4-12 season last year Reid got the boot and landed in KC with a talented roster that need direction.  He seems to have given the Chiefs a sense of purpose they have lacked in recent years.  Reid’s replacement, Chip Kelly, has shown his college style offense can work in the NFL.  However the Chiefs defense has looked intimidating giving up less than 100 yards rushing per game and holding the score in the teens.  I think the advantage hear lies with the Chiefs defense and Andy Reid’s familiarity with his former players will give the Chiefs an edge as they go into Philly and come out 3-0.

Chiefs 28-24

Sunday Sept. 22nd

Texans at Ravens 12pm/CT-  The Texans have had two shaky games coming out of the gates and are going to need to be more consistent if they want to make a deep playoff run this year.  Having said that the reigning Super Bowl Champions look to be a shell of their former selves.  Last week the Ravens only put up 14 points against the Browns.  The Texans defense is much better than the Browns and with Ray Rice day to day with a hip injury I don’t think the Ravens will put a a big fight even at home.

Texans 24-17

Packers at Bengals 12pm/CT-  The Packers looked dominant in their win over Washington last week and the Bengals got their first win of the season against the lowly Pittsburgh Steelers.  I expect this game to be high scoring as Aaron Rodgers and Andy Dalton battle it out through the air.  Neither of these teams has a great run game and it could be a long day for the corner backs.  I think the Bengals will end up winning the AFC North this year but not this game.

Packers 35-28

Giants at Panthers 12pm/CT- This game is extremely uninteresting to me because both teams are 0-2 and have looked bad.  Eli Manning already has thrown 7 picks and on the road he won’t get any help from the Carolina fans.  However the Carolina defense, who i was praising last week, has had trouble closing out games in the 4th quarter.  I think the Panthers squeak this one out at home.

Panthers 24-21

Rams at Cowboys 12pm/CT-  The Cowboys lost a heartbreaking in KC last week as the defense failed to force any turnovers after getting 6 in week one.  The Rams are 1-1 and lost to the high powered Atlanta offense in week 2.  I think Dallas rights the ship to take a lead in the NFC East by spreading the ball around to Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and Miles Austin.

Cowboys 31-24

Browns at Vikings 12pm/CT-  The Browns are in real trouble without QB Brandon Weeden and the Vikings are going to be angry after losing in Chicago last week.  I think the Viking will control the clock and use heavy doses of Adrian Peterson to lead them to a victory at home.

Vikings 21-10

Buccaneers at Patriots 12pm/CT-  The Patriots have limped their way to a 2-0 start and the Bucs are having a QB crisis with Josh Freeman.  I think the Bucs have a good chance to win this one but their offense is going to have to limit turnovers and convert third downs if they are going to win.  Tom Brady was having a hissy fit with his young WR core last week and while that may spell trouble to some people I think this week of practice will help mold the rapport of Tom Brady with his WRs.

Patriots 28-21

Cardinals at Saints  12pm/CT-  The Saints are 2-0 with Sean Payton back in the head coaching spot and look to be better on defense with Rob Ryan as the defensive coordinator.   The Cardinals are 1-1 and have a very solid defensive unit but I am still worried about the aging Carson Palmer under center.  He has made good throws when he has needed to but has also thrown a pick in both games this season.  Ill give this one to the Saints because they are playing in New Orleans and the fans there are some of the best.

Saints 35-24

Chargers at Titans 12pm/CT- The Chargers lost a heart breaker in week one and pulled of a close one on the road in Philly last week.  Phillip Rivers has started the year off well, but we know that can change in the blink of an eye.  The Titans are also hard to tell how they will play from week to week.  I have little to no insight on this game so I will take the Titans because I am a Chiefs fan I want every team in the AFC West to lose.

Titans 24-17

Lions at Redskins 12pm/CT-  The Lions look to be a better team with a more balanced offense and one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.  The Redskins are a surprising 0-2 and are looking for answers.  People have put RGIII on such a high pedestal that his performances this year don’t look very good but statistically he has thrown for 300 yards in his first two games this year.  The Redskin defense on the other hand looks to be in trouble as they have given up the most rushing yards in the league so far and the pass defense is not far behind at 23rd best in the NFL.  I think Detroit uses multiple running backs and throws a lot to Calvin Johnson leading to a road victory in Washington.

Lions 28-21

Falcons at Dolphins 3pm/CT-  The Dolphins proved me right last week winning against Indy but this week they face a much tougher test in the Atlanta Falcons.  The Falcons offense is scary good when they are in tune and the defense is looking a bit improved from 2012.  Although the Dolphins look to have playoff potential I don’t think they are quite ready for the upper echelon teams like Atlanta.

Falcons 35-21

Bills at Jets 3:25pm/CT- This AFC East matchup is an intriguing one because both teams will be starting rookie QBs.  Of the two EJ Manuel has looked the better starter so far justifying his being the first QB taken in the 2013 Draft.  The Jets crowd will no doubt be rowdy but I think the Bills take care of business getting an important division win at the Meadowlands.

Bills 24-17

Colts at 49ers 3:25pm/CT-  Andrew Luck travels out west to face his old college coach, Jim Harbaugh.  I think the coach gets the better of the pupil in this one as the Colts look to be a little overrated.  I expect no mercy from San Francisco after they got demolished last week in Seattle.

49ers 31-14

Jaguars at Seahawks 3:25pm/CT- I would not be surprised if the Jaguars lost every game this year, enough said.

Seattle 38-7

Bears at Steelers 7:30pm/CT-  The Steelers are a mess and everyone will get a chance to see that in primetime for the second straight week.  Chicago’s defense is once again forcing turnovers and the offense is moving the ball well and getting points on the board.  The Steelers are having a lot of issues in the running game making it hard for Ben Roethlisberger to get going.  When it rains it pours, and it is raining real hard in Pittsburgh right now.

Bears 24-14

Monday Sept. 23rd

Raiders at Broncos 7:25pm/CT- The Broncos are one of the favorites to go to the Super Bowl this year and the Raiders are expected to finish last in the AFC West.  While I would love to see Oakland pull off an upset against my least favorite team I think the Broncos will have their way with the silver and black.

Broncos 42-17

NFL Week 2: Predictions

After one week I have an 8-8 record in predicting the outcomes of the NFL schedule.

There were some shockers week 1 such as the Eagles over the Redskins and the inability of the Pittsburgh Steelers was painful to watch. Nonetheless I am ready to make some more picks for the second week of NFL football. If you have any differing opinions or want to tell me how bad my picks are the comments section is open.

Thursday Sept. 12th

Jets at Patriots 7pm/CT- The Jets got a lot of help from the Tampa Bucs last week with a late hit out of bounds to set up a winning field goal. I doubt the rival Patriots will be so generous and although the Patriots looked a little rusty against the Bills and also needed a last second field goal for a win I think they will win at home.

Patriots 31-21

Sunday Sept. 15th

Rams at Falcons 12pm/CT- The Rams looked good against the Cardinals in St Louis last week but the Falcons offense has way too many weapons of offense not to win this one.

Falcons 38-24

Browns at Ravens 12pm/CT- The Ravens are gonna be angry after giving up 7 TDs to Peyton Manning in Denver. The Browns seem like their same old mediocre selves and I don’t think they will win this one on the road.

Ravens 35-17

Panthers at Bills 12pm/CT- Both of these teams had good games in week one but came up short and now are looking at a potential 0-2 start. Unfortunately for the Bills the Carolina defense is looking like a top ten D all around. I think Carolina will come in a win on the road in a close contest.

Panthers 28-24

Vikings at Bears 12pm/CT- The Vikings are 0-1 in the division and it is becoming more and more apparent that Christian Ponder is more of a hinderance at QB than an asset. Although I expect Adrian Peterson to have another good day on the ground I also expect the Chicago defense to force a couple turnovers. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall have a connection that will lead the Bears to victory at home.

Bears 24-17

Redskins at Packers 12pm/CT- RGIII and the Redskins looked confused on Monday night and I don’t expect them to figure it all out on the road against the Packers. Green Bay had one of the toughest tests week one which will help them back home.

Packers 38-28

Titans at Texans 12pm/CT- The Titans got a road victory week one but the Steelers played god awful. The Texans are a sound team that struggles against top tier QBs. Jake Locker is not a top tier QB. Texans win at home.

Texans 28-21

Dolphins at Colts 12pm/CT- The Dolphins beat the Browns week one and had some stumbles but looked decent. The Colts got off to a hot start against the Raiders but the defense showed some weaknesses against the run. In an upset I have Miami winning on the road.

Miami 24-21

Cowboys at Chiefs 12pm/CT- This one is driving me crazy. My head says the Cowboys are the more complete and experienced team, but my heart says my hometown team will take care of business at home. Many people think Dez Bryant is poised for a huge year and it could be true but week 1 he had trouble getting the ball and was slowed down by a minor foot injury. I think Dez will be the main focus of the Chiefs secondary which will leave Miles Austin and Jason Witten the best targets for Tony Romo. However the Chiefs have one of the leagues best pass rushing duos in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston which could spell trouble for the Cowboys. The Cowboys defense has a strong group of defensive stars such as Demarcus Ware, Sean Lee, Brandon Carr, and second year man Maurice Claiborne and they will be a handful for Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and the KC offense. This Sunday I will be driving to KC and the hallowed grounds of Arrowhead Stadium and once that smell of BBQ and beer hits my nostrils nothing will convince me that the Chiefs will lose until the clock hits double zero.

Chiefs 31-28

Chargers at Eagles 12pm/CT- The Eagles offense looked very impressive in their week one win in Washington. The question is can they keep up the same pace through 16 weeks. The Chargers gave up 17 points in the 4th quarter on Monday and if that defense shows up in Philly it could be a really long night.

Eagles 42-31

Lions at Cardinals 3:05pm/CT- The Lions looked efficient against the Vikings using solid performances from Reggie Bush and Matt Stafford lifting them to a win. The Cardinals had some bright spots on defense and Larry Fitzgerald looks to have a good rapport with Carson Palmer. Another matchup to watch is the Tyrann Mathieu against Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. During the offseason the Honey Badger claimed he could cover Megatron and now he has the chance. I think the Lions will take care of the Cardinals in Arizona.

Lions 38-24

Saints at Buccaneers 3:05pm/CT- The Saints look to go 2-0 in the NFC South in Tampa and the Bucs are looking to rebound after a nightmare loss to the Jets. The Saints defense has had massive trouble against the run the last couple years and that could be good news for Doug Martin. In the end though I see the Saints extending their lead in the NFC South.

Saints 35-24

Broncos at Giants 3:25pm/CT- The Manning sibling rivalry continues in New Jersey on Sunday and Peyton is 2-0 against his younger brother. After the train wreck that the Giants put up against the Cowboys hope is slim to none that they pull this one off. Although I hope the Broncos lose I will take the safe pick Broncos win.

Broncos 42-35

Jaguars vs Raiders 3:25pm/CT- This one is a battle between two of the worst teams in the league. The Raiders showed flashes of a competent football team last week and that is more than can be said about the Jaguars.

Raiders 24-10

49ers at Seahawks 7:30pm/CT- The best matchup of the week is well worth the wait and while the Seahawks looked rusty against the Panthers the home crowd in Seattle should help them out in primetime. The 49ers looked very sharp against Green Bay in week one and Anquan Boldin looks like the missing piece between San Fran and another Super Bowl appearance. This one could go either way but I think the 49ers are the better team.

49ers 28-21

Monday Sept. 16th

Steelers at Bengals 7:25pm/CT- The Steelers looked terrible week one and I have a hard time believing they straighten out the ship on the road against a division foe. The Bengals lost a tough one to Chicago and they have some positive things to build on. I think AJ Green and Andy Dalton continue their aerial attack and lead the Bengals to a win.

Bengals 31-17

 

Concussions in the NFL

       The health of current and former players of the National Football League is becoming a larger issue in today’s sports world.  Recently the NFL reached a settlement with some of its former players to the tune of $765 million for concussion related injuries.  At first the amount of money seems like a staggering amount and it is but the gesture is an empty one, as the NFL should have addressed the issue of concussions in its sports decades ago.  As someone who has suffered from 3 major concussions myself I can tell you that they do have lingering effects and are extremely frightening..  The reality is the NFL has a responsibility to take care of the players that suffer from these scary head injuries. Recently PBS Frontline has launched Concussion Watch, an online database that tracks the number of concussions per week in the NFL.  Tools like Concussion Watch will be helpful into furthering the awareness of concussions and hopefully that heightened awareness will lead to less concussions each year. 

 The players that play the game that America craves are compensated well for the danger they face, but what is the NFL’s responsibility to these players after they are off the field?  The NFL and the NFLPA both should be have former players who have sustained multiple head injuries medically examined for lingering after effects of those injuries.  The settlement money will be used to compensate former players and further research into the effects of concussions.  Hopefully the settlement is the first of many steps taken to help these athletes before, during, and after their NFL playing careers.

NFL Week 1: Predictions

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Thursday Sept. 5

Broncos vs Ravens: The Broncos are projected by many to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl this year but with Von Miller’s suspension and the injury to center Dan Knoppen they could stumble out of the gates.  The Ravens also have a lot of new faces in starting roles but ultimately I think the reigning Super Bowl Champions go into Denver and win 31-28.

Sunday Sept. 8

Patriots vs Bills: The Patriots have dealt with a lot of distractions this offseason with the Aaron Hernandez case.  Week one represents a new beginning for the Patriots and a chance to put the offseason issues in the rearview.  Buffalo is having all sorts of trouble finding a QB for week one and I don’t think they will be able to overcome that obstacle against their division foes Patriots 35-21.

Seahawks vs Panthers: The Seahawks are one of the best teams in the NFC with a great young QB in Russell Wilson and a punishing defense.  While the Panthers should be better this year with an improved defense and plenty of offensive weapons, the Seahawks will be to much for the Panthers to handle 28-17.

Vikings vs Lions: The Lions had a rough year in 2012 and are looking to rebound while the Vikings are looking to build on a solid playoff campaign from a year ago.  Adrian Peterson will be used in heavy doses helping the Vikings control the line of scrimmage and clock on their way to a 24-17 win.

Chiefs vs Jaguars: In a battle of two of the worst teams from last year the Chiefs should reign superior with their improved secondary and quarterback play.  While the Chiefs went out and got Andy Reid, John Dorsey, and Alex Smith to help their team improve, the Jaguars are sticking it out with Blaine Gabbert and Maurice Jones Drew, I am biased as a Chiefs fan but I think they will handle the Jaguars easily 31-17.

Buccaneers vs Jets: The Jets have put their hopes this season on the shoulder of rookie QB Geno Smith.  The Bucs have a solid QB in Josh Freeman, a top 5 RB in Doug Martin, and a legitimate number 1 WR with Vincent Jackson.  I see the Bucs taking care of business in NY 21-14.

Packers vs 49ers: In one of the most intriguing match ups of week one two of the NFC’s best face off in San Francisco. This one is a toss up so I will go with the home team San Francisco wins 34-31.

Giants vs Cowboys: The NFC East is one of the NFL’s toughest divisions and the winner of this game will take a huge step in the right direction towards a division championship.  With his job possibly on the line this season I think Jason Garrett and the heftily paid Tony Romo find a way to get a victory for the Cowboys 31-24.

Dolphins vs Browns: The Dolphins went out and got Mike Wallace to finally have a legit number one receiver threat.  The Browns will have another tough year starting out with a loss,  I have the Dolphins winning 17-10.

Bengals vs Bears: After watching Hard Knocks with the Bengals I feel obligated to pick them to win week one against the newly run Chicago Bears.  Marc Trestman has a rude awakening to head coaching in the NFL, Bengals win 28-21.

Raiders vs Colts: The Raiders are a mess. Colts win 28-14.

Saints vs Falcons: The head start to the NFC South crown begins in Atlanta where Steven Jackson looks to make the Falcons offense even more dangerous. The Saints have Sean Payton back and a new defensive coordinator in Rob Ryan.  I think this divisional series will be split but the home team has the advantage. Falcons win 31-28

Titans vs Steelers: The Steelers defense is getting old and the window to chase another Lombardi trophy could be closing soon.  If Ben Roethlisberger can stay healthy the Steelers could be dangerous.  Tennessee is hoping Chris Johnson returns to his prime form but will have to wait a couple weeks.  Steelers win 24-17.

Cardinals vs Rams: Both of the teams are going to have an uphill battle if they want to make the playoffs.  The Seahawks and 49ers are in their division so the loser of this game will be put in a hole deeper than most 0-1 teams.  This game is a toss up but I will give the Cardinals the edge with a more than capable QB in Carson Palmer throwing to Larry Fitzgerald I see them winning 24-14.

Monday Sept. 9

Eagles vs Redskins: Chip Kelly’s first NFL game as a head coach vs RGIII’s first regular season game since his knee injury.  This could be a good one but I have the Redskins at home 35-24.

Texans vs Chargers:  The Texans are one of the NFL’s most complete teams with a staunch defense, a top 5 RB in Arian Foster, and a big time deep threat with Andre Johnson.  The Chargers have finally moved on from Norv Turner but you never know what your gonna get from Phillip Rivers.  Texans win 21-10.