Ron Glover’s NFL Previews and Predictions for Week 3: Patriots vs. Ravens — Who gets off the mat first?

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A stunned Stan Koch is still waiting for Billy Cundiff’s kick to split the uprights…

Gone are Lee Evans and Billy Cundiff — the culprits responsible for the Ravens loss in last year’s AFC Championship Game. This week’s rematch catches both teams coming of tough losses.  Both teams were in physical contests last week –I’m curious to see which team is able to take control of the game.

Other games of note: the undefeated Eagles and Cardinals meet in the desert, the Chargers host the Falcons and the Texans take on the Broncos.

Sunday September 23, 20012: 1:00 pm:

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Julius Peppers had three sacks against the Packers in a losing effort.

St. Louis Rams (1-1) at Chicago Bears (1-1) – I like the Rams young nucleus just not this week. The Bears have had some time to get their stuff together and should be ready. That includes Jay Cutler.

Bears 31 – Rams 23

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) at Dallas Cowboys (1-1) - Things have been quiet in Dallas this week. Either they’re mad as hell or some real damage was done in last week’s loss. The Bucs are coming to play.

Cowboys 24 – Buccaneers 23

San Francisco 49′ers (1-1) at Minnesota Vikings (1-1) – Adrian Peterson will be put to the test against an unforgiving Niner defense.

Niners 28 – Vikings 17

Detroit Lions (1-1) at Tennessee Titans (0-2) – Chris Johnson has been bottled up and thrown away, he needs a breakout game. The Lions learned some tough lessons in that Niners loss and are looking to right the ship.

Lions 31 – Titans 21

Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) at Washington Redskins (1-1) – The Redskins have to overcome two huge losses in their defense. The Bengals shot it out with the Browns last week.

Bengals 23 – Redskins 20

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Corner back Darrelle Revis returns to the Jets this week.

NY Jets (1-1) at Miami Dolphins (1-1) – This isn’t going to be one that the Jets can write in. If Reggie Bush can get the ‘Phins running game going they’ll be in the game.

Jets 24 – Dolphins 13

Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) at New Orleans Saints (0-2) –  This one comes down to QB production — Brees in a landslide

Saints 33 – Chiefs 20

Buffalo Bills (1-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-2) - C.J. Spiller will continue to spark the Bills offense.

Bills 24 – Browns 13

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) at Indianapolis Colts (1-1) – Maybe the Jags should consider a move to Toronto

Colts 28 – Jaguars 13

Games beginning at 4:05 or later:

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DeSean Jackson will have his work cut out for him Sunday.

Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) at Arizona Cardinals (2-0) – Not much else can go wrong for the Eagles other than the Cardinals don’t lay down.

Cardinals 24 – Eagles 23

Atlanta Falcons (2-0) at San Diego Chargers (2-0) – I don’t know what’s gotten into Phillip Rivers but he’s ballin early. Ditto Matt Ryan.

Chargers 31 – Falcons 23

Houston Texans (2-0) at Denver Broncos (1-1) – The Texans running game will be the difference in this game.

Texans 27 – Broncos 17

Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-2) – The Steelers may be without James Harrison and Troy Polamalu for the second consecutive week. The Raiders losing streak ends here.

Raiders 24 – Steelers 20

New England Patriots (1-1) at Baltimore Ravens (1-1) – Too much going on in the Patriots locker room and front office that will carry out on to the field. Expect a heavy dose of Ray Rice.

Ravens 27 – Patriots 21

Monday September 24, 2012 8:30 pm:

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Cedric Benson’s increased production is vital to the Pack’s success.

Green Bay Packers (1-1) at Seattle Seahawks (1-1) – I think the Seahawks make this a game. Greg Jennings still has not practiced for the Packers.

Packers 24 – Seahawks 21

Last Week: 9-7

2012 Season: 15-17

10 Responses to “Ron Glover’s NFL Previews and Predictions for Week 3: Patriots vs. Ravens — Who gets off the mat first?”

  1. GrandNubian says:

    Are you seriously picking the Raiders over the Steelers? :-)

  2. RBD says:

    I’ve got to disagree with the widespread belief that Lee Evans “dropped” the last pass in last year’s AFC title game. He had the ball and the defender knocked it out of his hand. Great defensive play. I say this as a Ravens fan.

  3. Sinclair says:

    Did SF forfeit a win since last Sunday?

    And correct, RBD. Lee Evans didn’t drop that ball without Sterling Moore making that play.

  4. DeShawn says:

    How about Vick laying another turd while being bested by his old backup? Some dark irony there.

  5. CDF says:

    @GrandNubian

    I wasn’t picking that myself until 0:04 left in the game…

    As for the other games, the Titans, Chiefs, and Vikings were off my radar…O_o

  6. Patrick says:

    I had a bad feeling about the Eagles-Cardinals game. Against a Cardinals defense that is athletic, I would like to have seen the Eagles run the ball EARLY AND OFTEN with Lesean McCoy, but of course, Andy Reid (Morningweig) called mostly passes.–early and often.

    McCoy ran the ball 20+ times in consecutive weeks for the first time in his pro career, and I was wondering if Reid was going to ‘give him a week off’…. figuratively AT VICK’S EXPENSE.

    If the Eagles weren’t going to use McCoy very much, then BRYCE BROWN needed to get 10 to 12 carries, especially in the first half.

    Reid is trying to get Vick ‘knocked out’ with his questionable playcalling.

    At some point, Vick has to say to Reid that enough is enough…”I have been here four years..I am calling the plays”

    Vick may be portrayed as the bad guy by the media, but he has leverage with his 100 million dollar contract and it may force management to make a decision THIS YEAR about Reid or Vick.

    Vick was a great play-action QB while in Atlanta, when the RUNNING GAME was established with Dunn/ Duckett.

    Reid may threaten to put Nick Foles in the game, but Vick can’t continue with a coaching staff that deliberately under-utilize the running game along with a O-Line that is struggling in pass protection.

  7. GrandNubian says:

    @RGII…..good call fam. :-)

  8. Miranda says:

    The replacement refs gonna get somebody hurt…and by somebody I mean the replacement refs.

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