After last weekend's action saw so many surprises around the NFL, it would stand to reason that Week Three should see more "favorites" win the games this time around.
In the topsy turvy world known as pro football, nothing can be taken for granted. We have all heard the terms ... That is why they play the games ... On any given Sunday, etc.
In this day and age of uncertainty in professional sports, that is definitely true and especially in the NFL.
The only two teams that seem to be on solid ground so far are the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers, both of which happen to have the premier quarterbacks playing for their respective teams.
There are some good games (on paper) coming up this week and it should be noted there are some teams that really do need to get into the win column this weekend.
Desperation time already?
C'mon man, it's only Week Three.
Here is a look at the games ahead this week, with the Heftyinfo predictions following up.
Cincinnati (2-0) at Baltimore (0-2) - This is pretty much a must win game for the Ravens.
New Orleans (0-2) at Carolina (2-0) - The Saints will be without (injured) quarterback Drew Brees this week. Not good.
Oakland (1-1) at Cleveland (1-1) - One of these two teams will have a winning record following this one.
Atlanta (2-0) at Dallas (2-0) - Can the Cowboys overcome injuries to their two best offensive players? Not likely, but Atlanta is still trying to prove doubters wrong early on.
Tampa Bay (1-1) at Houston (0-2) - The Texans really need a win and the Bucs should prove to be just the tonic.
San Diego (1-1) at Minnesota (1-1) - The Chargers don't always play so well in early starts (non Pacific time) on the road ... take the Vikings.
Jacksonville (1-1) at New England (2-0) - The Patriots look to be unstoppable so far in the 2015 season. The Jaguars beat Miami last week.
Pittsburgh (1-1) at St. Louis (1-1) - The Steelers offense will be at full strength this week with Le'Veon Bell returning in the backfield.
Philadelphia (0-2) at New York Jets (2-0) - Two surprising teams that are doing just the opposite of what was expected through the first two games. Toss up.
Indianapolis (0-2) at Tennessee (1-1) - Believe it or not, if the Colts get the road win after playing so poorly so far, they could be tied for first place in the AFC South.
San Francisco (1-1) at Arizona (2-0) - The Cardinals should win this one.
Buffalo (1-1) at Miami (1-1) - Two good defensive teams ... watch the score wind up in the 30's for both teams.
Chicago (0-2) at Seattle (0-2) - Somebody has to win ... take the Seahawks ... in a rout against the hapless Bears.
Denver (2-0) at Detroit (0-2) - What has happened to the Lions?
Kansas City (1-1) at Green Bay (2-0) - Packers roll.
The Heftyinfo picks for Week Three . . . . . (Home teams are listed in BOLD; Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)
NY Giants over Washington
Baltimore over Cincinnati
Carolina over New Orleans
Cleveland over Oakland
Dallas over Atlanta
Houston over Tampa Bay
Minnesota over San Diego
New England over Jacksonville
Philadelphia over NY Jets
Pittsburgh over St. Louis
Indianapolis over Tennessee
Arizona over San Francisco
Miami over Buffalo
SEATTLE over Chicago
Denver over Detroit
Green Bay over Kansas City
Last Week's Record: 8-8
SEASON RECORD: 20-12
Lock of the Week Record: 1-1