The NFL's Week Three features four games between teams without a win, and three games between undefeated teams (including the Monday Night matchup).
Without further ado, here are my NFL picks for Week Three:
Sunday, September 24
Carolina (0-2) at Tampa Bay (0-2) - 1:00 p.m.
Division rivals Tampa Bay and Carolina are both experiencing a disappointing start to the season. The reason for their woes is simple: Both teams have embarassingly-bad offenses. They have scored a combined 22 points thus far, an average of under 6 points per game.
For Carolina, QB Jake Delhomme is completing just over half his passes, and hasn't thrown for a single TD. However, it looks likely that WR Steve Smith will be able to play for the first time this season against the Bucs. With Smith and WR Keyshawn Johnson on the field at the same time, the Panthers should be able to put some points on the board. Also, Rookie RB DeAngelo Williams looked quite good last week against the Vikes.
Meanwhile, Tampa Bay QB Chris Simms has been abysmal this season, throwing 6 INTs and zero TDs. His passer rating stands at 40.0, which is just plain ugly. RB Cadillac Williams is averaging just 2.6 yards per carry, and FB Mike Alstott has only ran the ball one time (for two whole yards). The one bright spot is WR Joey Galloway (161 yards receiving on nine catches). Head coach Jon Gruden has expressed confidence in Simms, so he is expected to start on Sunday. But if he is unable to drive the ball down the field effectively and limit his mistakes, don't be surprised if Rookie QB Bruce Gradkowski starts the 3rd quarter.
PICK - Carolina by 4
Chicago (2-0) at Minnesota (2-0) - 1:00 p.m.
Undefeated division rivals Chicago and Minnesota are set to face off at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis this Sunday. This game is a must-see.
Chicago's defense has been incredible this season, allowing a total of just seven points through two games. Of course, everyone expected them to have a strong defense. What has been surprising is their offense, which has put 60 points on the board in two blowout wins. QB Rex Grossman has been masterful, completing 72% of his passes for 551 yards and a passer rating of 128.7, which is phenomenal. However, it is worth mentioning that he has put up these numbers against two teams with highly-suspect defenses (Green Bay and Detroit).