NFL Week 3 open thread

posted at 10:30 am on September 25, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers started off their special 15-game season with a shutout win at home over the Seattle Seahawks, 24-0.  (Hey, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)  They shrugged off an embarrassing road loss to division rival Baltimore Ravens, who got embarrassed themselves last week in Tennessee.  Today they go on the road to face the Manning-less — and hapless — Indianapolis Colts, who have absorbed two beatings already this season.  Don’t expect things to improve for Kerry Collins when the Steelers come to town; the line on this game is Pittsburgh by 11.  I’ll predict a 28-10 victory for the Steelers.

Last week I went 4-2 and moved to 7-5 on the season.  I need to get some daylight with a big week:

  • Lions at Vikings – The Vikings have given up big first-half leads in the first two games of the year.  They won’t do that this time … because Detroit won’t let them get the lead for long, if at all.  Lions will continue their winning ways at the Metrodome, 35-17.
  • Patriots at Bills – Two undefeated teams, one a big surprise so far this year, and only one can walk out of the stadium with a pristine record.  The Bills are for real, I think, but not for real enough to stand up to the Pats.  It should be a fun game, though.  Patriots 27-21 over the Bills.
  • Packers at Bears – This should be another good game, and another key rivalry.  Da Bears looked impressive in Week 1, and not so much in Week 2, losing by a wide margin to New Orleans on the road.  Green Bay has a similar offense, and they’ve had a week to look at what made the Saints successful.  Green Bay over Chicago, 31-21.
  • Giants at Eagles – Michael Vick says he’s ready to play, which means that the Eagles will present a tough challenge to the inconsistent Giants.  He’s likely to be the difference in the game, too; although Mike Kafka played well enough in relief last week, Vick’s injury exit cost the offense momentum and clock time and let the Falcons come back.  Assuming Vick does play the whole game, the Eagles should win at home, 33-20.
  • Redskins at Cowboys – Rex Grossman has gone undefeated as Mike Shanahan’s starter this year, putting up some impressive numbers along the way.  The two teams Washington beat won their other games this year, too.  The Cowboys lost a heartbreaker to the Jets and had to go to OT to beat the 49ers.  Romo showed a ton of heart last week, but if he plays it will be with a cracked rib and a punctured lung.  I think Washington wins a close one on the road, 24-21, possibly in OT.

Update: Romo’s now questionable for today:

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo went through a limited portion of Saturday’s practice and is listed as questionable for Monday’s game against theWashington Redskins because of his rib injury.

Romo did more throwing in Saturday’s workout than he had all week. He sat out of Thursday’s and Friday’s practices in order to rest and wait for the punctured lung to resolve itself. A CT scan Thursday showed the lung had healed, and the decision will come down to whether Romo can handle the pain of his fractured rib.

I’d guess he’ll go, but for how long?

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Are you a liberal or a nista? CW on September 25, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Were you born an A$$#0LE or have you trained long and hard? Either way it worked out just right.

darwin-t on September 25, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Hail to the Noble Native Americans!
Hail Attaining more points than the other team!
Young, Disadvantaged, Indigienous Youth on the Negotiations to Diffuse Conflict!
Passively Resist
for old D.C. (which should be a State so the Progressives get even more gimme Electoral Votes)!
I kid, I kid

Red State State of Mind on September 25, 2011 at 7:34 PM

I HATE these new scoring reviews…let the coaches use up theirs) and apparently Sanchez’ knee was down.

It’s only one game tho.

JetBoy on September 25, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Even the old rules would have turned this over to the replay booth. [inside 2 minutes]
Oh yeah, Go Raiders!

darwin-t on September 25, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Washington fans don’t take second string quarterbacks for granted since Thanksgiving Day 1974 when a gentleman named Clint Longley spoiled a lot of dreams.

Cindy Munford on September 25, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Red State State of Mind on September 25, 2011 at 7:34 PM

LOL! I’m not sure it would roll of the tongue like the existing song.

Cindy Munford on September 25, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Even the old rules would have turned this over to the replay booth. [inside 2 minutes]
Oh yeah, Go Raiders!

darwin-t on September 25, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Even with the old rules it wasn’t necessarily going to automatically happen…the replay assistant watching the network feed would decide, and let the coaches know.

As for your last part there…:P

JetBoy on September 25, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Da Bears……

…..sigh

Knucklehead on September 25, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Here is what a perfect betting sheet looks like :-)

1) BET ID=360659436
6 Point Teaser (2 Teams) 09/25/11 15:52 ET
bet 11.00 to win 10.00 (paid 21.0) Result: Wager Won
Packers(GreenBay) 27
Bears(Chicago) 17 09/25/11(16:20 ET)
Packers(GreenBay) +1
Packers(GreenBay) 27
Bears(Chicago) 17 09/25/11(16:20 ET)
Over 39.5

2) BET ID=360489439
Parlay (2 Teams) 09/25/11 06:26 ET
bet 11.50 to win 29.90 (paid 41.4) Result: Wager Won
Giants(NewYork) 29
Eagles(Philadelphia) 16 09/25/11(13:05 ET)
Under 48
Jaguars(Jacksonville) 10
Panthers(Carolina) 16 09/25/11(13:05 ET)
Under 43

3) BET ID=360489415
7 Point Teaser (2 Teams) 09/25/11 06:24 ET
bet 12.00 to win 9.23 (paid 21.23) Result: Wager Won
Jaguars(Jacksonville) 10
Panthers(Carolina) 16 09/25/11(13:05 ET)
Jaguars(Jacksonville) +10.5 (-120)
Jaguars(Jacksonville) 10
Panthers(Carolina) 16 09/25/11(13:05 ET)
Under 50

4) BET ID=360489378
6 Point Teaser (2 Teams) 09/25/11 06:23 ET
bet 11.00 to win 10.00 (paid 21.0) Result: Wager Won
Giants(NewYork) 29
Eagles(Philadelphia) 16 09/25/11(13:05 ET)
Giants(NewYork) +15 (-120)
Giants(NewYork) 29
Eagles(Philadelphia) 16 09/25/11(13:05 ET)
Under 54

MJBrutus on September 25, 2011 at 7:54 PM

MJBrutus on September 25, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Is that really yer bets today?

JetBoy on September 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Da Bears……

…..sigh

Knucklehead on September 25, 2011 at 7:51 PM

… still suck.

PackerBronco on September 25, 2011 at 8:11 PM

MJBrutus on September 25, 2011 at 7:54 PM

I don’t even know what that is but I hope you won.

Cindy Munford on September 25, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Forgot to give a hearty “Bless You Boys!” to the Saints, who roared back from behind to win a Certified Epic Battle against the Texans. 30 points in the second half, including 23 in the fourth quarter!

And Congrats to the Cleveland Brownies, who knocked off the Dolphins. That Bush guy had a fumble and overall QB Chad Henne ran for almost as many yards as he did.

Del Dolemonte on September 25, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Sorry for going OT from football but I just read this article on SFC Alwyn C. Cashe here.

http://www.blackfive.net/main/2011/09/sfc-alwyn-c-cashe.html#comments

and I have to ask myself what the he)) is wrong with Army when it looks like they have to be dragged kicking and screaming to stop them from down grading awards. Read that citation and tell me that man doesn’t deserve the MoH.

warren on September 25, 2011 at 8:59 PM

JetBoy on September 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Yep. I’m 4-0. I took a teaser with Pitt -5 and under 44.5 in the night game.

I play at Sportsbook.com

MJBrutus on September 25, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Forgot to give a hearty “Bless You Boys!” to the Saints, who roared back from behind to win a Certified Epic Battle against the Texans. 30 points in the second half, including 23 in the fourth quarter!

And Congrats to the Cleveland Brownies, who knocked off the Dolphins. That Bush guy had a fumble and overall QB Chad Henne ran for almost as many yards as he did.

Del Dolemonte on September 25, 2011 at 8:38 PM

+Eauxne

Reggie who?
Sproles doesn’t need a compass to tell the difference between north-south and east-west.

D’eaux!

soundingboard on September 25, 2011 at 9:24 PM

MJBrutus on September 25, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Correction, it is sportsbook.ag now :-)

And the Steeler game is looking good at Pitt 10-0 mid 2nd quarter.

MJBrutus on September 25, 2011 at 9:25 PM

I don’t even know what that is but I hope you won.

Cindy Munford on September 25, 2011 at 8:29 PM

TY. I started off with $200 this year. I got $50 more on a promotion. I’m at $380 now, and $420 if the teaser bet wins. Doubling my money in 3 weeks is a nice start for the season :-)

MJBrutus on September 25, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Stillers really deserve to lose this game, but they will probably pull it out in spite of the stupidity.

forest on September 25, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 25, 2011 at 8:38 PM

+Eauxne

Reggie who?
Sproles doesn’t need a compass to tell the difference between north-south and east-west.

D’eaux!

soundingboard on September 25, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Drew proved that you can throw for a bunch of yards, still fall behind, and still win by rallying back from behind.

Tom Brady almost did that today too, but he also tossed 4 Eephus Balls. Only the second time in 11 years he’s done that.

Del Dolemonte on September 25, 2011 at 10:18 PM

forest on September 25, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Big Ben is tried to spoil my day at the end of the half. I’m hoping for a TD to pull it out. It’s 13-13 with 12:00 left as I write this.

MJBrutus on September 25, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Rats. The Colts ruined me.

MJBrutus on September 25, 2011 at 11:20 PM

How ’bout them Bills!!

hillbillyjim on September 25, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Whew is right. Feeney is a beast. The Steelers are in for a long year.

CW on September 25, 2011 at 11:46 PM

The Packers/Bears game was on while I was on my dinner break.
Who knew that there were so many %^#@!@# many Packers fans in Lubbock!
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2011 at 12:17 AM

Don’t make investment decisions as if the world is ending.

Never bet the Steelers to cover the spread.

IlikedAUH2O on September 26, 2011 at 1:07 AM

IlikedAUH2O on September 26, 2011 at 1:07 AM

Lesson learned.

MJBrutus on September 26, 2011 at 5:02 AM

The Eagles game was a disaster. Andy Reid….buh bye.

Vick did not play the whole game. Kafka completed a quarter of his passing attempts…to Giant’s defensive backs.

olesparkie on September 26, 2011 at 7:57 AM

The Steelers barely escaped with a W, as Curtis Painter was just starting to figure things out. The offensive line needs to tighten up, and Big Ben needs to stop holding onto the ball so long.

Ward Cleaver on September 26, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Da Bears……

…..sigh

Knucklehead on September 25, 2011 at 7:51 PM

… still suck.

PackerBronco on September 25, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Amen Brother!!!

JimmyGee on September 26, 2011 at 9:44 AM

The Husband said that Michael Vick blamed the refs for their loss and silly me, I thought he was talking about bad calls. Apparently he thought that the refs didn’t stop his opponents from decking him. There’s no crying in football.

Cindy Munford on September 26, 2011 at 9:52 AM

How ’bout them Bills!!

hillbillyjim on September 25, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Weird seeing them on top.

JetBoy on September 26, 2011 at 10:10 AM

You think THAT’S weird – look across the lakes at Detroit!
No telling if their very soft schedule will catch up to them before Thanksgiving!

HammerNH on September 26, 2011 at 11:34 AM

The only good thing that will come of this season for the Colts is a high draft pick (sigh). Get well soon, Peyton. And if you never take another snap, live a long and happy life.

Extrafishy on September 26, 2011 at 12:16 PM

You think THAT’S weird – look across the lakes at Detroit!
No telling if their very soft schedule will catch up to them before Thanksgiving!

HammerNH on September 26, 2011 at 11:34 AM

We are still a long way from a Battle of Lake Erie superbowl between the Lions and the Bills but its an startling concept.

KW64 on September 26, 2011 at 10:22 PM

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