Sort of a “let’s get them out of the way before they’ve lost a lot” philosophy.
It’s unlikely those folks expected an undefeated Carolina Panthers when they were put in the Week 3 prime-time match against Houston, which is almost as surprisingly 1-1.
So everyone should be happy with this matchup, 권리?
잘, there’s enough interest, first because with the Texans minus their stand-in starting quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, out with a hamstring issue, won’t be turning to their in-limbo star and former starter, Deshaun Watson. He’s been inactive so far after 22 women filed lawsuits alleging sexual assault or harassment.
So rookie Davis Mills goes for Houston after stepping in for Taylor last week in a loss at Cleveland.
“Other than the first drive, I don’t think he was really that uncomfortable on Sunday, and that’s probably to be expected for a guy that’s come in,” offensive coordinator Tim Kelly said. “That’s not an easy place to play, and the situation was tough being backed up like we were. So I thought he did a good job of settling down, and really, he put us in a spot to make it a one-score game with just over two (의사록) to go.”
Carolina (2-0) comes off a beatdown of New Orleans and is tied with Tampa Bay atop the NFC South. The Panthers have been holding sack parties so far.
“We constantly talk about pass rush,” Haason Reddick said of a friendly competition he has with teammate Brian Burns. “All day, 매일, every time we see each other. When we are out at practice, during the game, we constantly talk about pass rush.”
Look for the Panthers, ranked 10th in the AP Pro32, and 8-point favorites over No. 27 휴스턴, to give Mills fits.
KNOCKOUT POOL: Cleveland made it tighter than it should have been, but we survived to pick DENVER this week.
아니. 31 뉴욕 제츠 (plus 11) at No. 12 덴버
Teddy Bridgewater was once Jets property. Now he will tear them down.
BEST BET: 브론 코스, 30-12
아니. 24 신시내티 (plus 5) at No. 14 피츠버그
This worked for us in Week 1, and the Steelers have a bunch of key injuries.
UPSET SPECIAL: 벵갈, 21-18
아니. 1 Tampa Bay (plus 1) at No. 2 Los Angeles Rams
It makes no sense to bet against that 44-year-old quarterback and his Bucs crew. Call us nonsensical.
아니. 17 뉴 올리언스 (plus 3) at No. 19 New England
Drew Brees versus Tom Brady. Can’t wait … 오, wait, they ain’t there anymore.
아니. 21 마이애미 (plus 4) at No. 5 Las Vegas
WE BELIEVE. At least this week, Pro Picks believes in the Raiders with Miami undermanned.
아니. 18 Los Angeles Chargers (plus 7) at No. 3 Kansas City
That KC defense is worrisome. But Patrick Mahomes won’t get intercepted in a key spot again.
아니. 6 볼티모어 (minus 9) at No. 28 디트로이트
That Ravens D is worrisome, 너무. 어쩐지, Baltimore will hold on.
아니. 4 애리조나 (minus 8) at No. 32 Jacksonville
에 2021, West teams heading East simply shrug — and win.
아니. 11 시애틀 (minus 2) at No. 25 (넥타이) 미네소타
잘, not all of them.
아니. 15 Green Bay (plus 4) at No. 8 샌프란시스코
After two victories in the Eastern time zone, the Niners get a home game. 과 …
아니. 22 워싱턴 (plus 9) at No. 7 물소
Thought about this as Best Bet, but still not sure about Buffalo.
아니. 23 시카고 (plus 7) at No. 9 클리블랜드
Also not sure what the Browns are. Surely talented, but mystifying.
아니. 25 (넥타이) 인디애나 폴리스 (plus 6) at No. 16 테네시
Early battle for AFC South lead, and the Colts have a ton of issues.
아니. 20 필라델피아 (plus 4) at No. 13 달라스, Monday night
Early battle for the NFC East lead. More like a pillow fight.
아니. 30 애틀랜타 (plus 3) at No. 29 뉴욕 자이언츠
This week’s only matchup of winless clubs. The Falcons have looked worse.
Last Week: Straight up: 11-5. Against spread: 10-5-1.
시즌: Straight up: 18-14. Against spread: 16-14-2.
Best Bet: Straight up: 2-0. Against spread: 2-0
Upset Special: Straight up: 2-0. Against spread: 2-0.