Regardless of their 0-2 record, the 49ers are a solid football team. During last Monday night's contest, the offensive held with the Saints all game and almost came away with the victory. They have a solid defense featuring Patrick Willis, one of the best players in the league.
Alex Smith is slowly developing and will continue to improve as a quarterback. Most importantly he needs to become a better decision maker in clutch situations. The Chiefs defense has been improving and I expect them to bring the pressure on Smith all game.
Matt Cassel is really struggling, only passing for 68 yards week 1 against the Chargers (not a good defense) and failing to exploit the poor Browns defense with 176 passing yards. I don't care what your record is, that is not going to hack it against a legitimate defense.
It's hard to play in Arrow Head but it's hard to win when you don't get production out of your pass game. 49ers win and start their climb to the NFC West crown.
But it's week 3 now and they are facing Eric Mangini's very inferior Browns squad. I expect Flacco to play well and Ray Rice to have a field day against Cleveland's poor defense.
The Ravens will run away with this one in a hurry and will finally score more than 10 points in a game while covering the 10.5 point spread.
San Diego Chargers vs Seattle Seahawks
San Diego has a great offensive line and Seattle has no sufficient pass defense. Rivers is gonna pick apart their weak secondary effectively opening up the run game. It doesn't matter if Ryan Mathews misses the game, because Mike Tolbert seems more than capable of taking his load and pounding the rock effectively with his energetic bowling ball run style.
The Bolts D is not amazing, but they should be able to capitalize on the Seahawks mistakes. The turnover battle will decide the game and in the end the Chargers will come away with the victory.
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
UPSET ALERT: Nothing like a good old NFC South division battle. The Falcons sport a smash mouth defense that is capable of causing some problems for Drew Brees and they have some play makers on offense that are capable of giving the Saints a run for their money.
The Falcons are real threats to the Saints repeating as NFC South champs and I'm expecting them to make a statement this week. It's great that these teams play twice a year. Dirty Birds pull off the upset win on the road, making it that more of an upset.
The Giants defense got torched last week and that will need to change if they expect to go to the playoffs. With Chris Johnson coming to town, the Giants defense will need to rise to the occasion in order to shot down the explosive back.
I am expecting Johnson to run all over the Giant defense, but the Giant secondary will shut down the lack of pass game Vince Young brings to the table. This will allow Eli to keep his squad in the game against a defense resembling anything but a Titan. In the Battle of the Bigs, home field reigns supreme. G-men will escape with the victory.