Sep 16, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) runs with the ball during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
Each Thursday this season, I'm going to predict the outcome of every NFL game that weekend - including games played by the Buffalo Bils, of course. I generally am not very good at this, but thankfully, the job is made easier by the fact that I won't have to pick against any sort of spread. Still, I'm betting if y'all play along, many of you will wipe the floor with me. On to the Week 3 picks!
Giants 24, Panthers 22: Tonight's game features two very good offenses, one so-so defense, and one so-so defense that should be a lot better than it is. I'll take the Super Bowl champs in a close one.
Colts 26, Jaguars 24: For the first time in my life, I think, I predicted a score exactly correct last week, saying the Colts would beat the Vikings 23-20. (They did!) Andrew Luck & Co. look to make it two in a row against a pretty bad Jaguars team.
Saints 45, Chiefs 24: Two disappointing teams square off in this one. I'll always take the disappointing team with the star quarterback over the disappointing team with the crappy one - especially at home.
Eagles 20, Cardinals 14: Philadelphia is probably the sloppiest football team in the league at the moment, but they're winning because of their defense. Arizona's defense is quite good, but they don't have enough offensively to beat Philly - unless Philly hands them the game on a silver platter.
Falcons 34, Chargers 31: San Diego is the quietest 2-0 team in the league, but I can't put any faith in them after watching them continually disappoint over the last several years. I'll take Atlanta in another shootout.
Patriots 33, Ravens 24: I tried to pick the Ravens, and obviously I'll be rooting for them, but I can't see Bill Belichick and Tom Brady dropping two in a row. Baltimore strikes me as slightly overrated - but only slightly. GO RAVENS.
Bills 27, Browns 21: It's about time I pick the Bills to win a game this year. I think Cleveland matches up pretty well against Buffalo, but I think the Bills have a little bit more on either side of the ball. If they don't beat themselves, the Bills should beat the Browns in an entertaining football game. (Imagine that: a Bills/Browns game being entertaining? A fan can dream.)
NFL Prediction Record: 19-13
Bills Prediction Record: 1-1