Only week three, and already the injury bug has hit the quarterback position. Jacoby Brissett, Jacob Eason, Justin Fields, and Davis Mills are all getting the start this week. That's right, Davis Mills will be starting Thursday night primetime in Houston. For all you fantasy players, the Carolina defense is worth a play this week ( I just picked them up). This week has a New York and Ohio feel to it. So on to week 3.
New York Jets @ Denver Broncos
Zack Wilson played well in Carolina week one throwing only one interception and keeping the Jets in the game till the end, but he took a couple of steps back against Bill Belichick and the Patriots week 2. Belichick has a way of confusing rookie quarterbacks. So five interceptions later, the Jets are 0-2, but who exactly has Denver beat? The Giants have lost more games over the last four years than any other team in the NFL, and the Jaguars are, well, the Jaguars. Teddy Bridgewater has done a nice job of playing game manager, but 11 points is too much to give a Jets team who can run the ball a little and is playing hard for their coach. Denver wins but it's ugly.
BET: Jets +11
Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants
The Giants continue to find new and creative ways to lose football games. They did everything but win Thursday night in Washington and again are sitting at 0-2 for the fourth straight year. I believe in Joe Judge, and an extra few days to prepare should help this team. Saquon will eventually regain his form, and they will get Kenny Golladay the ball to quiet him down and keep him happy. Atlanta is not a very good football team. After showing some fight in Tampa on Sunday, the Falcons gave up two pick 6's in the fourth quarter to the same player! Yikes! The Giants are retiring Eli's number at half, New Orleans, Dallas, and the Rams on deck. They better win here.
BET: Giants +3
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben is banged up but should play, but the Steelers still can't run the ball, rushing for only 38 yards against the Raiders. Big Ben threw the ball 40 times in the loss, not a recipe for success for Pittsburgh. Derek Carr torched the Steeler secondary and TJ Watt is out for a few weeks. Cincinnati almost came back despite the three interceptions by Burrow last week in Chicago. Still some issues on the offensive line, but the Bengals have some weapons for Burrow, and the loss of Watt is huge here. Burrow won't throw three picks again. Cincinnati needs to make their way up the AFC North ladder, and it begins at Pittsburgh this week.
Chicago Bears @ Cleveland Browns
The Justin Fields era begins, and it starts in Ohio, where Fields was a hero at Ohio St. The Bears survived the Bengals last week, and that was after causing three interceptions and running one back. Chicago has no weapons and a below-average offensive line. After a slow start, Cleveland finally put Houston away late but didn't cover the hefty 12 point spread. Cleveland is at the top of the AFC and can't afford a letdown to a Bears team starting a rookie quarterback. There is plenty of hype surrounding Fields, and it's deserving, but this is a tough place to start your first game. Clowney and Garrett will be after him all day. Lay the touchdown in the Dog Pound.
BET: Browns -7
Season record 4-3