1-1-1 last week
3-2-1 on the season
Carolina +3.5 against Minnesota.
Tarvaris Jackson is bad. I get it. But is Gus Frerotte that much better? Toss in injuries to Sidney Rice, Bernard Berrian, and Adrian Peterson, and I see an 0-2 team getting worse against a 2-0 team getting its best playmaker in Steve Smith back. It looks too good to be true getting 3.5.
Prediction: 24-13 Carolina
Cleveland vs Baltimore under 38
Baltimore's offense is an absolute mess, but their defense impressed me week one against Cincinatti. They've had two weeks to get ready for this, and their defense should put together another good outing. Cleveland's offense is struggling right now, and Baltimore's offense should be bad enough to allow Cleveland's porous defense off the hook.
Prediction: 17-13 Cleveland
Chicago vs Tampa Bay under 36.5
Two great defenses. Two inept offenses. Kyle Orton has the lowest percentage of touchdowns thrown of any quarterback in the NFL. Matt Forte has looked good, but Tampa Bay can contain him. Brian Griese isn't bad, but Chicago's defense should be pumped in the home opener.
Prediction: 13-10 Chicago