Week 3: Lion Lowdown’s NFL Picks

For this weeks picks, the writers of Lionlowdown have decided to follow the NFC North and the Monday Night Football game.

James Phillips: ((Last week 3-0) This Season 3-0)

Falcons at Lions:
Pick: 
Falcons 31-21
Reason:  With two key pieces to the Lions defensive formula out (Jarrad Davis, Tavon Wilson,) I think Matt Ryan and company will be able to control the middle field and find a pretty consistent way to move the ball. This game will come down to the Lions defensive performance, although they have been pretty impressive early this Atlanta offensive unit is a far better squad than either of the middling offenses they saw in week 1 and 2.

Cowboys at Cardinals:
Pick: Cowboys 24-17 
Reason: Without David Johnson and a healthy John Brown the Cardinals offense poses no legit threat to score the ball consistently. The Cowboys are going to find a way to play ball control offense and control the game. I don’t see them getting bottled up in the run game two weeks in a row.

Buccaneers at Vikings:
Pick: 
Buccaneers 17-10
Reason: This game is tricky. If Sam Bradford were under center I would feel comfortable picking the Vikings at home, but it’s not looking good for the Vikings starter to suit up and with that being the reality, I don’t believe Case Keenum can create enough offense to win this game. On the Bucs side, I think Jameis Winston will need to just not kill drives with bad interceptions, and that should be enough to squeak out a win in what I believe will be a defensive game.

Steelers at Bears:
Pick: Steeler 21-17
Reason:  It never feels good picking the Steelers on the road against a bad team given their history; however, with that being said, the Steelers defensive unit is the best it’s been in years and I don’t see a world where Mike Glennon and his group of pass catchers can create enough offense to win this game. The Steelers have just too much firepower on offense and one or two big plays should be enough to win this game.

Bengals at Packers:
Pick: Packers 34-24
Reason: Going into the season I really thought the Bengals were a bounce back candidate, unfortunately it hasn’t worked out that way and Andy Dalton has regressed. He has been the leader of perhaps the worst offensive unit in the league so far. The Packers have Aaron Rodgers so ultimately that’s the difference and no matter the weapons he’ll make things happen on offense. I just don’t see Dalton and company keeping pace. Watch out for Joe Mixon, I do believe he has his best game a pro in this one.

James Gullett: ((Last week 3-0) This Season 3-0)

Falcons at Lions:
Pick: 
Falcons 31-27
Reason: This game– even as I type– I don’t know who I think will take the victory.  The Lions will never be out of a game with Mathew Stafford leading the team, but the Falcons are defending NFC champions for a reason. Matt Ryan, the NFL’s reigning MVP, has the best WR in football in Julio Jones and the best 1-2 punch at RB with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

The Lions defense is also without starting MLB Jarrad Davis and starting safety Tavon Wilson. With all that being said, I’m going to have to go with the Atlanta Falcons taking this one. However, I would not be surprised if Stafford keeps the Lions in this and at the end of the game comes from behind.

Cowboys at Cardinals:
Pick: Cowboys
Reason: The Cowboys  will take this one with a vengeance game from Elliot. I doubt he will be shut down two games in a row, and the Cardinal offense has not looked good since David Johnson has been out of their lineup.

Buccaneers at Vikings:
Pick: 
Buccanerers 17-10
Reason: Minnesota is not half the team they are capable of being with Sam Bradford at the helm. Bradford will miss his second consecutive game due to his banged-up knee. Tampa Bay with Jameis Winston and company will win this game regardless of the Vikings superior defense.

Steelers at Bears:
Pick: Steelers 31- 17
Reason: The Steelers have way to many weapons for the Bears to pull this one off. Antonio Brown will have a huge game and Le’Veon Bell will seal it with long drives. The Bears may hang in there for the first few quarters like they did against Atlanta, but in the end, Steelers will take home the W.

Bengals at Packers:
Pick: Packers 42-10
Reason: In the easiest of all the games this week to pick, I’ll take Green Bay in a land slide. The Packers are and offensive juggernaut and the Bengals have yet to score a touchdown this season. It’s as easy as that. 

Jace Osborn-Sweet:  ((Last week 2-1) This Season 2-1)

Falcons at Lions:
Pick: 
Lions 31-28
Reason: 
Now with Jarrad Davis out, I think this defense will have a hole, but we have a few band aid players I think work for this game. This offense can be lights out and show everyone what these new lions are.

Cowboys at Cardinals:
Pick: Cowboys 17-7
Reason: With Dallas struggling mightily the last two week, I don’t expect a difference versus this Cardinals D, other than Zeke Elliott will have more than 8 yards. This Cardinals offense is horrid, so I see Dallas winning this one.

Buccaneers at Vikings:
Pick: Buccaneers 21-10.
Reason: With Sam Bradford out again and the Bucs coming off a nice win last week I expect them to take advantage of the backup QB.

Steelers at Bears:
Pick:
Steelers 31-17. 
Reason:
This Steelers offense will just be too much to handle for this Bears defense. Expect Le’Veon Bell, Ben  Roethlisberger, and Antoino Brown to have a big day. Steelers D will capitalize on the play of Mike Glennon.

Bengals at Packers:
Pick: Packers 28-21
Reason: This Bengals team has been very bad up to this point, but the defense is somewhat reliable. I expect Bengals offense to get into a little groove and it’ll be closer than expected.

 

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