I’m refraining from calling this a “prediction” piece this season. Predictions indicate one firmly believes something will happen and isn’t afraid to stand behind that judgment. In the NFL, nothing is certain except Roger Goodell’s poor judgment. That said, I’ll offer some form of prognostication, even if it’s lighthearted and not entirely backed up by evidence, but I really have no interest in how “correct” I’ll be.
As usual, these picks are for fun and should in no way be used for actual wagering purposes. That is, unless you want to make a ton of money in a legal forum, because we know more stuff and things about football than you do or something.
On to the games!
Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday, October 6, 1:00 pm EST – CBS
After last week’s ugly loss, the Ravens spent the week genuflecting, producing poor media spin, and scrambling for solutions to their widening chasm of defensive woes. The Steelers spent the week training second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph how to attack those same defensive woes. This week, youth will prevail over ineptitude.
Ravens 10, Steelers 24
Arizona Cardinals @ Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, October 6, 1:00 pm EST – FOX
Gross v. Grosser. Bad v. Worse. Ugly v. Uglier. You get the idea. This eyesore shouldn’t produce much in the way of scoring, aesthetics, or emotions. I’m going with the visitors here, simply because rookie quarterback Kyler Murray may be the only player on either team with a pulse, and he’s proven capable of producing points in a hurry.
Cardinal 26, Bengals 17
Cleveland Browns @ San Francisco 49ers
Monday, October 7, 8:15 pm EST – ESPN
The Browns are hoping to build on the success they enjoyed in Baltimore. Having re-discovered their running game, one should expect a lot of bruiser RB Nick Chubb against a solid 49ers defense that’s been mostly responsible for propelling them to a 3-0 start. The Browns’ performance should be a much more accurate barometer of them going forward than last week’s romp, but the home team most likely holds court here.
Browns 20, 49ers 27
Eat, drink, watch. Enjoy!.