@TSFSports Week 3 NFL Picks: The Trouble With Being 0-2 is…

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After falling out of the gate to an 0-2 start, it may be time to start reconsidering the so-called “genius” of one Chip Kelly.

A handful of the eight remaining 0-2 teams in the NFL were preseason favorites to make the NFL’s postseason. The importance of starting 0-2 really depends on who you are. If you’re the Houston Texans — who have elected to go with a younger quarterback in Ryan Mallet and are without lead back Arian Foster — dropping your first two games seems more realistic. If you’re the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles or Seattle Seahawks, there’s some second-guessing going on in relation to off-season moves, play calling and maybe even to who’s running the show.

On a more encouraging note, six teams with at least one victory are led by quarterbacks who are either in their first or second season. In the case of the Buffalo Bills Tyrod Taylor, he’s a first time starter in his fifth season.

Thursday, September 24th

NY Giants 32 – Washington 21 – The Giants nearly blew another lead, but held on to notch their first win of the 2015 season. Giants quarterback Eli Manning connected with Odell Beckham Jr. and Reuben Randle for touchdowns. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins was 30 for 49 for 316 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Sunday, September 27th

Atlanta Falcons (2-0) at Dallas Cowboys (2-0) – Julio Jones faces a beat up Dallas secondary that looked top-notch against Philly last week. Brandon Weeden has had a full week of work with the first team this so we’ll see how it goes for the Cowboys.

Prediction: Falcons 23 – Cowboys 17

Indianapolis Colts (0-2) at Tennessee Titans (1-1) – Andrew Luck is drawing the side-eye from critics after his early performances. The Titans will keep it close, but he Colts will win their 7th straight in the division.

Prediction: Colts 28 – Titans 25

Oakland Raiders (1-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-1) – Johnny Manziel was hosed out of a start this week, but he’s the man to look to when the offense needs a jolt. The Raiders offense looked on point in last week’s stunner over Baltimore.

Prediction: Raiders 30 – Browns 28

Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) at Baltimore Ravens (0-2) – Injuries are starting to pile up and may slowly sink the Ravens season. Andy Dalton now has wide receiver Marvin Jones back to go with Tyler Eifert and A.J. Green

Prediction: Bengals 27 – Ravens 17

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) at New England Patriots (2-0) – Nice to see something go the Jags way last week, but I can’t see the locked-in Patriots making the same mental errors.

Prediction: Patriots 31 – Jaguars 13  

New Orleans Saints (0-2) at Carolina Panthers (2-0) – Drew Brees missing his first game since 2006, not something the Saints struggling offense needs. Take Cam Newton out of the mix and the Panthers are averaging 84 rushing yards per game. That number has to improve.

Prediction: Panther 23 – Saints 12

Philadelphia Eagles (0-2) at NY Jets (2-0) – Few athletes have had the look of complete fear that I saw on the face of Sam Bradford last week against the Cowboys. Bradford hasn’t looked good and the running game is that much worse. Todd Bowles was interviewed for the Eagles job after Andy Reid was fired in 2012.

Jets 23 – Eagles 18

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) at Houston Texans (0-2) – Jameis Winston played within himself last week and he looked light years better than he did in Week 1. The Texans are a week or so away from the return of Arian Foster.

Bucs 27 – Texans 20

San Diego Chargers (1-1) at Minnesota Vikings (1-1) – Stevie Johnson may have found himself a home in San Diego. Anyone seen Keenan Allen? Adrian Peterson had a touchdown called back last week, Sunday he punches it in twice.

Prediction: Vikings 31 – Chargers 23

Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at St. Louis Rams (1-1) – D’Angelo Williams was second in the league in rushing while Le’Veon Bell served his two-game suspension. The Rams went to DC last weekend and laid an egg against a less than dangerous Washington squad.

Prediction: Steelers 26 – Rams 17

San Francisco 49ers (1-1) at Arizona Cardinals (2-0) – As inspiring as the Niners looked in Week 1, they were nowhere to be found last week at Heinz Field against the Steelers. It may be time for the Cardinals to make this division their own.

Prediction: Cardinals 33 – Niners 21

Buffalo Bills (1-1) at Miami Dolphins (1-1) – The Bills almost did the impossible last before bowing out to the Patriots. The ‘Phins did the seemingly impossible when they handed one to the lowly Jaguars. Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor faces another tough defensive test this week.

Prediction: Bills 23 – Dolphins 21

Chicago Bears (0-2) at Seattle Seahawks (0-2) – Jimmy Clausen takes over at quarterback for the Bears just in time to face the Seahawks and Kam Chancellor. This won’t be pretty.

Prediction: Seahawks 22 – Bears 10

Denver Broncos (2-0) at Detroit Lions (0-2) – The Lions arrive back to Detroit for their home opener against the Broncos whupped bunch. The Broncos were gifted a game from the Chiefs last week to stay undefeated. The running game has to get better or Peyton Manning is in trouble.

Broncos 27 – Lions 22

Monday, September 28th

Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) at Green Bay Packers (2-0) – Eddie Lacy will be a game-time decision for the Packers. Jamaal Charles ball security is a primary concern for the Chiefs at this point. Clay Matthews Jr. is licking his chops.

Prediction: Packers 33 – Chiefs 21

Last Week: 7-9

2015 Season: 15-17

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