PEWTERREPORT.COM STAFF STANDINGS

Jim Flynn 21-10

Scott Reynolds 21-10

Hugh MacArthur 17-14

LAST WEEK

Jim Flynn 12-3

Scott Reynolds 11-4

Hugh MacArthur 10-5

 

 
New York Jets at Buffalo (Sunday 1:00 PM ET)

MacArthur – Mangini-mania starts to overtake the state of NY.  In three weeks, you’ll be seeing J.P. Losman’s mug on milk cartons.  New York Jets

Reynolds – Buffalo has been better than I expected this year. I doubt they’ll finish with a winning record, but they should beat the Jets. I like the fact that Buffalo is at home in this one. Buffalo

Flynn – Neither one of these teams will make the playoffs this year, but the Bills have been impressive in their first two games of the season. As long as J.P. Losman remains turnover free the Bills should defend their home turf against their in-state rival. Buffalo

Washington at Houston (Sunday 1:00 PM ET)

MacArthur – The talk in Washington is that the Mark Brunell of 2004 is on the loose.  That would be bad news, but against the Houston defense, Brunell might just party like it’s 1999.  Washington

Reynolds – Washington’s offense is pitiful and their once-dominant defense looks beatable (hmmm … who does that remind me of?). Although Clinton Portis will return this week, he can’t be 100 percent. This team isn’t going anywhere with Mark Brunell at quarterback. Houston was spunky on the road at Indy last week. I’ll take the home team. Houston

Flynn – Both teams are winless, but the Washington Redskins are a much more talented team than the Houston Texans at this point. The ‘Skins will welcome back Clinton Portis, and his presence alone should be enough for Washington to get its first win of the year in Houston. Washington

Tennessee at Miami (1:00 Sunday ET)

MacArthur –  Tennessee is bad.  Very bad.  They will win a game this year.  It won’t be this week.  Miami

Reynolds – This is the “battle of the stinks” – as both teams do. You will be able to smell the wretched stench all the way up in Tampa on Sunday. Miami wins because of its defense and running back Ronnie Brown (certainly not Daunte Culpepper). Tennessee might as well start playing Vince Young and him get some game experience. Kerry Collins does nothing for the Titans. Miami

Flynn – Miami looked horrible against Buffalo last week, but the Dolphins are nowhere near as bad as the Titans, who have just been awful. This game might be closer than people expect, but the Dolphins should prevail in the end to record heir first win of the season. Miami

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (Sunday 1:00 PM ET)

MacArthur – The Steelers couldn’t score last week.  The Bengals are dangerous, but Carson Palmer is still rusty. Pittsburgh

Reynolds – The headlines in Pittsburgh on Monday read … Steel City Blues. This is a big revenge game for Cincinnati, who will come in amped to play. How will Pittsburgh rebound from last week’s shutout at Jacksonville? The Bengals will put up points … but will Pittsburgh behind a shaky Ben Roethlisberger? Cincinnati

Flynn – Pittsburgh suffered its first loss of the year when it lost in Jacksonville last week, and the Steelers could be looking at suffering their second straight loss this Sunday when the Bengals bring a potent offensive attack to Pittsburgh. Revenge will be sweet for the Bengals, who were eliminated from the playoffs by the Steelers last season. Cincinnati

Green Bay at Detroit (Sunday 1:00 PM ET)

MacArthur – Rod is great.  Rod is good.  Let the Lions thank him for their food.  Amen.  Except, of course, Brett Favre plays for Green Bay.  Green Bay

Reynolds – C’mon you fighting Marinellis! Fight at home! Be proud like Lions should. I sense a breakthrough game for Detroit’s defense, which always plays Brett Favre well at home. Detroit

Flynn – I don’t envy anyone that has to watch this game. These two teams just aren’t good. The Lions always seem to play the Packers tough, and Brett Favre has historically struggled in domes. Look for the Lions to get their first win under Rod Marinelli in this contest, which will be ugly. Detroit

Jacksonville at Indianapolis (Sunday 1:00 PM ET)

MacArthur – Jacksonville simply cannot score enough to win this game.  Peyton Manning will be harried, but effective.  Indianapolis

Reynolds – I think that win over Pittsburgh will leave Jacksonville drained on a short week as they head into Indy. The Jags will try to make a statement, but Indy will have the upper hand at home. Peyton Manning might need another 400-yard day to get the win, though. Indianapolis

Flynn – This might be the game of the week in the NFL. They say defenses win championships, and if that’s the case Jacksonville could be contending for the playoffs and Super Bowl this year. Even without Edgerrin James, Indhy’s offense still is explosive, but Peyton Manning will be tamed and thrown to the Lions, or in this case, the Jags, in a close one. Jacksonville

Chicago at Minnesota (Sunday 1:00 PM ET)

MacArthur – Everybody loves the Bears.  The defense is still there.  Rex Grossman is finally healthy and can throw.  However, the Vikings can run the ball, and they can run it against Chicago’s undersized front four.  Brad Johnson is still a good field general.  Minnesota

Reynolds – I didn’t think the Bears would be for real this year, but they are. I can’t believe how good Rex Grossman is playing, but he is. I think Minnesota has played well, but has been lucky for two straight weeks. The luck ends this week as the Bears flex their divisional muscle. Chicago

Flynn – I’m having a hard time believing the Vikings are a legit 2-0 football team. The Bears, on the other hand, look like they’re for real. However, this will be Chicago’s first real test of the season after easy wins over the Packers and Lions. Winning on the road will be a tough task for the Bears, but they’re a better team than the Vikings, and they’ll prove that Sunday. Chicago

Carolina at Tampa Bay (Sunday 1:00 PM ET)

MacArthur – This is gut check time.  There are many reasons to pick the Bucs to lose.  It says here that they have pride; they are at home; this will be a street fight.  Look for 35 runs and a Bucs’ win.  Tampa Bay

Reynolds – Defense wins championships, but points wins games. Right now, the Bucs don’t have either. I’ll pick the Bucs to lose until the offense scores a touchdown. Tampa Bay needs this one, but so do the 0-2 Panthers. Carolina

Flynn – It’s hard to believe that one of these teams will be 0-3 by Sunday night. The Bucs and Panthers were supposed to be battling for first place in the NFC South division, not the rights to last place. The Panthers, who are an extremely good road team, have defeated the Buccaneers in three straight games at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs, however, broke their five-game losing streak to the Panthers with a 20-10 win in Carolina last year. Chris Simms performed extremely well in that contest, and he’ll have to have a repeat performance for the Bucs to get a much-needed win Sunday. The Bucs take advantage of the injury-plagued Panthers and finally show some signs of life on offense in a close one at Ray-Jay. Tampa Bay

Baltimore at Cleveland (Sunday 4:05 PM ET)

MacArthur – Romeo Crennel will be successful, but not this week.  Baltimore

Reynolds – I like Baltimore. I think they are the Super Bowl sleeper team this year. Their defense is in rare form and Steve McNair gives that offense – and team – the confidence they need to win. Baltimore

Flynn – The Ravens are for real, and the Browns are really bad. Baltimore’s defense will shut down Cleveland’s woeful offense in a easy win that will get the Ravens off to an impressive 3-0 start while the Browns fall to 0-3 on the season. Baltimore

Philadelphia at San Francisco (Sunday 4:15 PM ET)

MacArthur – Philly will be very agitated about their collapse at home.  The 49ers are still becoming something.  What they are becoming, I have no idea.  I do know that Jim Johnson will blitz, Donovan McNabb will throw, and the Eagles will win.  Philadelphia

Reynolds – San Francisco plays real well at home. They’ve done that for two years now. But Philadelphia is the better team and they have the maturity needed to rebound from the stunning, overtime loss to the G-Men. They’ll miss Jevon Kearse, but I like the McNabbs. Philadelphia

Flynn – I smell an upset here. Philadelphia could still be reeling from their loss to the Giants last week – teams don’t just get over games where they blow 17-point fourth quarter leads and lose. That, along with the fact that the Eagles have to make the trip to San Fran, leads me to believe the 49ers could pull off the upset. San Francisco

St. Louis at Arizona (Sunday 4:15 PM ET)

MacArthur – The Rams are starting to come back. The Cardinals are trying to figure out who they are.  One team is just a jump step in front of the other.  St. Louis

Reynolds – I truly have no idea who will win this one. I really don’t. Coin flip. Heads Arizona wins, tails St. Louis wins. The coin is up … heads. Arizona

Flynn – This one might be too close to call. The Rams appear to be the better overall team, but the Cardinals won’t be easy to beat at home. Kurt Warner helps the Arizona defeat his former team and climb into a tie with San Francisco for second place in the NFC West division. Arizona

New York Giants at Seattle (Sunday 4:15 PM ET)

MacArthur –  Until they lose a big one, Seattle is still the team to beat in the NFC for the right to go to the Super Bowl.  Seattle

Reynolds – This is a big game for both teams. For some reason, I’ll say the plane ride West will get to the overconfident G-Men. Look for Seattle to win this at home as the defense harasses Eli Manning and Shaun Alexander has a big day. Seattle

Flynn – Seattle hasn’t been too impressive during the first two weeks of the season, and New York is riding an emotional high after its come-from-behind win over Philadelphia last week. These two teams went into overtime last year, and this one shouldn’t be any different. However, the result will be. New York Giants

Denver at New England (Sunday 4:15 PM ET)

MacArthur – You have to take Belichick and Brady.  Shannon has been a nemesis, but this game is in Foxborough, not Denver.  New England

Reynolds – I like the Patriots at home against anybody – everybody – as long as Tom Brady is the QB. ‘Nuff said. New England

Flynn – Neither team has played up to its potential this season. New England is tough to beat at home, especially when its attempting to avenge a playoff loss to Denver. New England

Atlanta at New Orleans (Sunday 8:30 PM ET)

MacArthur – Is there any way the earth could open up and both of these teams could lose?  No?  Well, then, the return to New Orleans for the Saints is worth a win in my  book.  New Orleans

Reynolds – Atlanta. Atlanta. Atlanta. I like what New Orleans is doing, and they’ll have the emotion and the crowd behind them, but Michael Vick on national TV is usually money for the Falcons. To win any football game teams need to stop the run. The Saints can’t stop the juggernaut that is Atlanta’s running game. Atlanta

Flynn – You knew two teams would be playing for first place in the NFC South division in Week 3, but I don’t think anybody thought it would be the Falcons and Saints. The Saints will be tough to beat in their homecoming, but I’m not convinced New Orleans has an answer for Atlanta’s potent rushing attack. Atlanta

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