With another week in the books and another week of knowing which teams stink and which teams don’t. The Predictions this week should be a little easier, right? Again we’ll be choosing 3 games that could go either way, hopefully picking the winner.
New Orleans Saints @ New England Patriots
Well didn’t the Jameis Winston hype come crashing down after they got stuffed by the Panthers. Sean Payton’s offence was kept to only 128 yards, the lowest Payton has ever had. The lowest to this previously was 174 yards back in 1996, not something Winston can be proud of. After the week 1 demolition of the Packers we all thought the Saints had found their Brees replacement and were ready for a run to the play offs. We still don’t really know how good the Saints are but they have to be better than they were last week.
The Patriots also come into this game as a bit of an unknown entity after narrowly losing against the Dolphins week 1, then easily beating the Jets in week 2. Granted the Jets stink again this year, but the Pats did play a good game. Mac Jones is slowly ticking along, not as productive as he was week 1 but still did what he was asked. This game will be a close one and it may not be high scoring. I reckon the Pats will win this one, but only just, mainly because deep down Winston is not the QB that the Saints need nor deserve.
Winner – New England Patriots
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ LA Rams
Now this for me is easily game of the week, and I can’t wait to watch it all unfold. Tampa coming in still riding the momentum wave of winning the Super Bowl last season. Somehow this season they have looked even better than last. The division is already theirs and they’re playing like they know it. Gronk had another week of old Gronk, how long will he keep it up is the question. Tom Brady is still doing things like he’s a 20 year old and their defence had a day against the Falcons. This Buccs team will be looked back on as one of the greats, the strength in nearly every position is unreal. They’ll be the favourites in every game they go into.
Fortunately for the Rams, Undrafted love an underdog, and there’s no better week to bet on the underdog than this week. 278 yards and 2 TD’s last weekend against a respectable Colts team, and I think he’ll do even better this weekend. Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods have been electric the first two games and look hungry every time they line up on the field. The Buccs are going to struggle to keep Kupp and Woods quiet like they’ve struggled the last two weeks vs WR’s. What will decide the game for me is how many turnovers the Buccs defence can get. Personally Stafford will keep his cool and deliver the Rams with a massive momentum boost, gaining a win vs the Super Bowl champs.
Winner – LA Rams
Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers
Aaron Rodgers, 255 yards, 4 TD’s, it’s as if week 1 was a rare anomaly. Will he be able to do it vs this 49ers defence is the main question. They’ve both convincingly beaten the Lions now it’s time to put their stamp on how well they’re going to do this season. The biggest question mark with the Packers team is their defence, they seemed to click in the second half of the Lions game but they went in losing at half time. They also performed below par vs the Saints week 1. Aaron Jones also had himself a great game on Monday, 115 scrimmage yards and 4 touchdowns. He’ll be a key part of Packers winning this weekend.
The 49ers are now 2-0 after a win vs the Eagles, who were one of the surprise performers in week 1 for me. The offence only managed 306 total scrimmage yards which meant the defence had to step up, and they did. They gave up more scrimmage yards but when it mattered they got the stop, only allowing the Eagles to score 11 points. Jimmy G is still at the helm of the offence but I do question how much longer. There’s going to be a game where he throws a couple interceptions and gets pulled. Lance will be the main guy before long and it’s more of a matter of when not if. For me though it won’t be this week, the 49ers with home advantage will take the win here and move to 3-0, meaning the Packers move to 1-2, which is mad to think.
Winner – San Francisco 49ers
Betting Odds – Money Line
New England Patriots
San Francisco 49ers
Treble odds = 4.17/1
That is another lovely little treble, although maybe cover the Rams game, even if they lose it’ll be a close one.
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