LOS ANGELES, September 18, 2013 — As bad as some predictions were before NFL 2013 began, there comes a time to wave a white flag. “Any given Sunday” makes the NFL the world’s greatest game as predictions get tossed into the garbage.
Only two weeks in, here are the worst predictions.
Prediction: The Dolphins, Bills, and Titans would all go 3-13. The Bears would go 4-12.
Reality: The Dolphins and Bears are 2-0. The Bills are 1-1 after losing one game on the final play. The Titans are 1-1 after losing one game in overtime.
Analysis: Double down. None of these teams will make the playoffs.
Prediction: The Giants would go 13-3 and the Steelers would go 11-5.
Reality: Both of these teams are 0-2.
Analysis: Partial double-down and partial surrender. The Giants will rebound and win their division. The Steelers are finished.
The predictions of the Broncos going 14-2 and the Jaguars going 2-14 are on track, although 0-16 remains possible for Jacksonville.
With that, here is the Week 3 Preview with point spreads courtesy of OddsShark.com. Join us Sunday for live chats of the games (all times EST).
Thursday, September 19, 8:30pm
Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5)—Walrus Lite Andy Reid badly wants to beat the team that fired him. His players will go all out for him and he will get it. Upset special, Chiefs win outright
Sunday, September 22
Houston Texans (-1) at Baltimore Ravens — Baltimore barely survived Cleveland at home, but they have Houston’s number and will win again. Upset special, Ravens win outright
New York Giants at Carolina Panthers (Pick ‘em) — Captain Grumpy Tom Coughlin reminded his team that they are not supposed to play badly until November. He fired a couple players who had already retired just to prove his point. Giants win
Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins (-1) — Last year RGIII was a heroic savior and now, fans want to bench him. Even politicians get a longer honeymoon. The dread-locked one will rebound. Redskins cover
Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints (-9) — The Saints have a defense now. Be afraid, rest of the league. Be very afraid. Saints win, but fail to cover
San Diego Chargers at Tennessee Titans (-3) — These teams are both vastly improved, and the winner of this game could be a first round playoff exit. Upset special, Chargers win outright
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots (-9) — Darrelle Revis is already unhappy in Tampa Bay. He misses losing to New England with his old team. Patriots cover
Green Bay Packers (-1) at Cincinnati Bengals — Short of Cincinnati bringing Brett Favre out of retirement again, nothing they do will rattle Aaron Rodgers. Packers cover
St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys (-3.5) — The $1.2 billion Jerry Jones Metropolis will not be a total loss. Jones can recoup his investment by blowing it up for the insurance money if Dallas loses home games like this. Cowboys win but fail to cover
Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings (-5.5) — Brandon Weeden and Christian Ponder, repeat after me. Hand the ball to Trent Richardson and Adrian Peterson, respectively. Throw the ball, get benched…after the interception is returned the other way. Vikings cover
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins (-1) — Joe Philbin is challenging to replace Mike Smith on the cover of “Average Non-Descript Caucasian Men’s Monthly” Magazine. Smith knows that when your offense is that flashy, you can be colorless. Upset special, Falcons win outright
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (-1.5) — An anonymous friend insists Buffalo is the only New York NFL team. He was informed that mentioning the Jersey Jets risks punches from FDNY and NYPD guys in better condition than the Jets offensive line. Jets cover
Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers (-11.5) — An angry Jim Harbaugh squad at home after a humiliating loss means Andrew Luck may end up with the middle name “bad” this week. 49ers win but fail to cover
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks (-19.5) — Spreads like this have not been seen since Tom Osborne coached the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Richard Sherman will pretend he is playing the 49ers again to avoid sleeping on the field due to boredom. Seahawks win but fail to cover
Chicago Bears (-1.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers — The NFL will declare this Week 13, instead of three so NBC can flex this game off their schedule. Mike Tomlin takes personal responsibility for his team, but that will not placate despondent network executives. Bears cover
Monday, September 23 8:30pm
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos (-15.5) — This matchup was a thriller when breakdancing was popular and Al Davis roamed earth. Davis died on Yom Kippur, and this year his team honors his death by dying the Monday after the holiday. Broncos win but fail to cover
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