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NFL predictions: Go with Dallas over Bradford's Rams

by Berry Tramel Modified: September 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm •  Published: September 19, 2013
Dallas Cowboys wide receivers Miles Austin (19) and Dez Bryant (88) celebrate a touchdown reception by Austin during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)
Dallas Cowboys wide receivers Miles Austin (19) and Dez Bryant (88) celebrate a touchdown reception by Austin during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)

The NFL’s third week arrives, and as befitting a parity-driven league, there are eight 2-0 teams, eight 0-2 teams and 16 1-1 teams. Let’s get to the games.

Chiefs at Eagles: Philadelphia 26-13. Andy Reid didn’t stay gone long. His third game after leaving the Eagles, he’s back at Lincoln Financial Field. But Chip Kelly has the better offense.

Packers at Bengals: Green Bay 27-20. We like to debate all kinds of quarterback questions. Best rookie. Most mobile. Best Manning. But if you just want to make it simple, do this. Best. Aaron Rodgers.

Rams at Cowboys: Dallas 27-16. I think Sam Bradford’s better and so is his St. Louis squad. But the Cowboys actually are pretty good.

Chargers at Titans: Tennessee 19-17. The Titans are the surprise of the NFL. I have no idea if it will last, but I like their chances of making it last against San Diego, which is also playing surprisingly tough.

Browns at Vikings: Minnesota 23-7. Brandon Weeden might miss the game, with a thumb injury. That could be a blessing in disguise. Weeden’s job security seems to weaken every week. Maybe it’s time to find out if it’s his fault.

Buccaneers at Patriots: New England 20-16. Patriots have a chance to be 12-4 or 13-3. Which might make them the worst 12-win team of all time.

Cardinals at Saints: New Orleans 26-17. Put the Saint offense with the Arizona defense, and you’ve got yourself a ballteam. Put the Saint defense with the Arizona offense, and you’ve got yourself Jacksonville.

Lions at Redskins: Washington 28-26. This is what is known as a must-win game for the Redskins. Lose this one, and Washington is in official free-fall.

Giants at Panthers: New York 34-24. Same thing for the G-Men as for the Redskins. Better win.

Texans at Ravens: Houston 30-13. Baltimore looked awful on defense in Week 1 and awful on offense in Week 2. What if the Ravens put their awfulness together? Could spell doom for the defending Super Bowl champs.

Falcons at Dolphins: Atlanta 23-19. Win this game, and Miami is officially a challenger to New England in the AFC East. Lose this game, and the mighty Falcons are 1-2.

Bills at Jetropolitans: Buffalo 18-10. The Jets are 1-1 and have played tough. Does anyone really expect that to continue?

Colts at 49ers: San Francisco 34-16. Maybe Indianapolis was playing over its head last season. We know the 49ers weren’t.

Jaguars at Seahawks: Seattle 37-0. Worst matchup of the entire season. The terrible Jacksonvilles on the road, against a team that is an absolute terror at home, and is hot, and smells hide. The Jags’ only hope is that Pete Carroll treats this as a bye week and is content to win 23-6.

Bears at Steelers: Pittsburgh 20-19. I’m still not a believer in Chicago. Maybe I’m still mad over the Lovie Smith firing.  

Raiders at Broncos: Denver 33-13. Wish this game was in Oakland. Then it might be interesting. Still, you’ve got to say this for the Raiders. No matter the coach, no matter how dismal looks their roster, Oakland usually ends up putting up a fight.

Last week: 10-6. Season: 20-12.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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