Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 3

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Last week: 12-4 (.750)

Season record: 22-10 (.687)


Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-1), 8:25 p.m.

The Skinny: After winning six division titles and going to five NFC Championship games with the Eagles, Andy Reid returns to the city where he coached for 14 years in charge of the unbeaten Chiefs. The new-look Eagles are putting up big numbers, and it would be easy to suggest they did so against the league's two worst statistical defenses -- Washington (32) and San Diego (31). But, then, maybe that's why they rank at the bottom of the league.

Prediction: Eagles, 30-24


Chicago Bears (2-0) at Steelers (0-2), 8:30 p.m.

The Skinny: The Bears have done something in their first two games that the Steelers have had trouble doing -- finding ways to win. They came back in the final minutes against the Bengals and Vikings to remain unbeaten. Conversely, the Steelers haven't scored enough points (19) to be able to come back against anyone.

Prediction: Bears, 23-20

Houston Texans (2-0) at Baltimore Ravens (1-1), 1 p.m.

The Skinny: You think the Bears are Cardiac Kids? The Texans are the first team since the 1970 merger to win their first two games on the final play. The Ravens have never lost at home to the Texans (3-0), including the postseason, and they were able to do it with that safety who now plays for the Texans, Ed Reed.

Prediction: Texans, 24-20

Green Bay Packers (1-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-1), 1 p.m.

The Skinny: The Packers became the first team in NFL history to have a 450+-yard passer (Aaron Rodgers) and a 125+-yard rusher (James Starks) in the same game, proof that the pass can indeed be used to set up the run. The Bengals saw no evidence of that Monday night against the Steelers.

Prediction: Packers, 30-24

New York Giants (0-2) at Carolina Panthers (0-2), 1 p.m.

The Skinny: Unlike his brother, who has thrown nine touchdowns in two games, Eli Manning has thrown seven interceptions in the first two games. But he is going to need more help from his defense, which has allowed a league-high 77 points. The Panthers aren't feeling like a winless teams after close losses to the Seahawks and Bills.

Prediction: Giants, 23-21

St. Louis Rams (1-1) at Dallas Cowboys (1-1), 1 p.m.

The Skinny: The Rams are quickly getting rookie Tavon Austin involved in their offense. He leads all rookies with 12 catches, including two TDs last week. But the Cowboys are glad to see Dez Bryant back involved in their passing game after what he did last week. The Cowboys would be wise to not treat the Rams lightly.

Prediction: Cowboys, 27-23

Cleveland Browns (0-2) at Minnesota Vikings (0-2), 1 p.m.

The Skinny: You think the Steelers have problems scoring points? The Browns have managed just 16 points in two games, something to which coordinator Norv Turner was not accustomed in San Diego. The Vikings have produced lots of points in two games (54). Their problem has been preventing them (65).

Prediction: Vikings, 23-17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) at New England Patriots (2-0), 1 p.m.

The Skinny: It took only two games, but new cornerback Darrelle Revis is already complaining about Coach Greg Schiano's defensive schemes in Tampa Bay. Typically, he might have to worry even more about facing the Patriots in New England. But have you checked the wide receivers Tom Brady has to work with now?

Prediction: Patriots, 24-14

Arizona Cardinals (1-1) at New Orleans Saints (2-0), 1 p.m.

The Skinny: New Coach Bruce Arians got his first victory with the Cardinals last week, and he continues to find ways to be creative. Not only did CB Patrick Peterson have four tackles and a pass defensed against the Lions, he caught a 17-yard pass and had a 17-yard completion -- the first defender since 1970 to have a catch and completion in same game. They will need some of that in the Superdome.

Prediction: Saints, 30-23

San Diego Chargers (1-1) at Tennessee Titans (1-1), 1 p.m.

The Skinny: Both teams have two things in common: They both lost to the Texans and both are immediately better than what people expected. The Titans came within an overtime period against the Texans of being 2-0 for their first home game. And the Chargers blew a 21-point lead to the Texans or they would be unbeaten.

Prediction: Chargers, 24-23

Detroit Lions (1-1) at Washington Redskins (0-2), 1 p.m.

The Skinny: Panic is not something that is just setting in with the Steelers. The same is true with the Redskins, who have allowed 71 points in two games and are worried about RG3. Of course, the Redskins started slow last season, too, before finishing the regular season with seven consecutive victories.

Prediction: Redskins, 26-21

Atlanta Falcons (1-1) at Miami Dolphins (2-0), 4:05 p.m.

The Skinny: The Dolphins have already won back-to-back road games to start the season and have done it with a pass rush that has produced nine sacks. The Falcons will feel some of that heat, and it won't have anything to do with the South Florida humidity. We will find out if the Dolphins are a serious AFC East contender.

Prediction: Dolphins, 27-24

Buffalo Bills (1-1) at New York Jets (1-1), 4:25 p.m.

The Skinny: This is becoming a common theme in the NFL anymore -- a battle between rookie quarterbacks. E.J. Manuel and Geno Smith have something in common, too: They have each thrown game-winning TD passes in the final two minutes this season. Manuel did it on the final play last week against Carolina.

Prediction: Jets, 17-16

Indianapolis Colts (1-1) at San Francisco 49ers (1-1), 4:25 p.m.

The Skinny: The 49ers will be glad to get back home and hear their signals again after playing in Seattle. Colin Kaepernick might be glad to be home where he is 5-0 as a starter. And Coach Jim Harbaugh might be glad to see the quarterback he coached at Stanford, Andrew Luck. But the Colts might not be glad to see the 49ers.

Prediction: 49ers, 34-21

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) at Seattle Seahawks (2-0), 4:25 p.m.

The Skinny: It's bad enough that the Jaguars have managed a league-low 11 points in two games. Playing in the noise in Seattle only make sit worse. The Seahawks did not lose at home last season and it doesn't appear that will change this season, not after the way they manhandled the 49ers.

Prediction: Seahawks, 30-0


Oakland Raiders (1-1) at Denver Broncos (2-0), 8:40 p.m.

The Skinny: Peyton Manning has thrown nine touchdowns with no interceptions in two games. The Broncos have scored a league-high 90 points and won a league-best 13 consecutive regular-season games. What's more, Manning has never lost to an AFC West team (6-0) since joining the Broncos.

Prediction: Broncos, 35-17

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