(Top Team Fantasy/Nicholas Kaminski)
Russell Wilson has led the Seahawks to daylight with a 3-0 start.
Interesting games on tap as the month of September closes out. A meeting between the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks is one we could see again in February. It may only be Week 4, but the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions meeting has some meaning to it. The NY Jets and Tennessee Titans have surprised us with 2-1 starts, but something has to give when they meet in Nashville. Monday Night has the undefeated Miami Dolphins visiting the rejuvenated and also undefeated New Orleans Saints.
San Francisco 49ers 35 – St. Louis Rams 11 - The Niners found their defensive groove in shutting down a pretty good Rams offense. The Niners held the home team out of the end zone until the fourth quarter when the game was well in hand. Offensively, San Francisco was able to get back on track as Colin Kaepernick passed for two scores and Frank Gore rushed for over 100 yards for the first time this season. Anquan Boldin caught five balls for 90 yards and a touchdown. The Niners improve to 2-2 and the Rams drop to 1-3.
Sunday September 29, 2013 1:00 pm:
Baltimore Ravens (2-1) at Buffalo Bills (1-2) - I believe the Bills give the Ravens a real scare today. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bills win at home, but Ray Rice looks like a go today.
Ravens 24 – Bills 20
Arizona Cardinals (1-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3) - The Greg Schiano/Josh Freeman saga is playing out like Jeff Fisher/Vince Young a few seasons back. This team is in shambles, I have no doubt Darrelle Revis has his issues with the head coach as well. The Cards get Rashard Mendenhall back as Mike Glennon is now the starter in Tampa.
Cardinals 27 – Bucs 13
(In London) Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3) at Minnesota Vikings (0-3) - The loser of this game needs to find their way home minus any traveling mechanisms. The Steelers can’t run the ball and the Vikings passing game is poor.
Vikings 17 – Steelers 14
Steelers 16 NY Giants (0-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) - The Giants will score this week, but a heavy dose of Jamaal Charles will drop the G-Men to 0-4.
Chiefs 31 – Giants 17
Indianapolis Colts (2-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3) - We’ll see more of Trent Richardson this week as the Colts offense continues to round itself into a well-oiled machine.
Colts 24 – Jags 16
Seattle Seahawks (3-0) at Houston Texans (2-1) - Should be a physical game. How will a nicked up Andre Johnson hold up against a tough Seattle secondary? J.J. Watt is looking to get in the way of the barely six-foot Russell Wilson.
Texans 23 – Seahawks 20
Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-2) - There is a glimmer of optimism in Cleveland, but the Bengals are more than willing to rain on their rival’s parade.
Bengals 26 – Browns 13
Chicago Bears (3-0) at Detroit Lions (2-1) - Reggie Bush looks like he will return to the Lions lineup today. Calvin Johnson has just 17 receptions in his first three games, but the Lions are still ranked 4th in overall offense. The Bears have to produce turnovers (+6 this season) to grab a tough road win.
Lions 27 – Bears 21
Games beginning at 4:05 pm or later:
NY Jets (2-1) at Tennessee Titans (2-1) - This is a much of a pick ‘em as it gets. The Jets have Santonio Holmes back — who looks like he never left. This Titans defense is underrated and should be the difference in today’s contest.
Titans 20 – Jets 15
Washington (insert new name here) (0-3) at Oakland Raiders (1-2) - It’s quite possible Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy intended for Terrelle Pryor — whose status for today has improved. Washington’s offense is under construction. No near-miss for the Raiders today.
Raiders 28 – Washington 17
Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) at Denver Broncos (3-0) - The Eagles should’ve spent the last ten days working the kinks out and not worrying about Peyton Manning. The Birds need to take time of the clock to have a shot in this one. Chip Kelly would rather have his nails pulled out with a pair of rusty pliers.
Eagles 31 – Broncos 28
Dallas Cowboys (2-1) at San Diego Chargers (1-2) - I’ve wondered how come Phillip Rivers hasn’t faced some of the scrutiny Tony Romo has? The Cowboys are running the ball well for the first time in a while, but Romo is still dropping back nearly 40 times per game.
Cowboys 23 – Chargers 18
New England Patriots (3-0) at Atlanta Falcons (1-2) - The Falcons are banged up with Steven Jackson out and Julio Jones listed as probable. Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski are questionable. This one comes down to the Pat’s run game against the Dirty’s run defense.
Falcons 24 – Patriots 17
Monday September 30, 2013 8:30 pm:
Miami Dolphins (3-0) at New Orleans Saints (3-0) - I really like this Dolphins team, but they can’t get into a slugfest with the Saints at home. Drew Brees and Sean Payton are gunning for 16-0 and the Miami Dolphins are in the way.
Saints 33 – Dolphins 21
Week 2: 8-8
2013 Season: 20-12