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STANDINGS

Mike Asti: 21-10-1
Parker Hurley: 20-11-1
Alan Saunders: 20-11-1
Ron Lippock: 18-13-1

LAST WEEK

Mike Asti: 10-6
Parker Hurley: 9-7
Ron Lippock: 10-6
Alan Saunders: 11-5

THURSDAY

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

Asti: Titans
Hurley: Titans
Lippock: No pick
Saunders: Jaguars. Jags played Houston tight on the road, and Houston is better than Tennessee. Also, Gardner Minshew deserves to have good things happen to him.

SUNDAY EARLY

Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

Asti: Eagles
Hurley: Eagles
Lippock: Eagles
Saunders: Lions. Eagles are a mess right now with a ton of injuries.

New York Jets at New England Patriots

Asti: Patriots
Hurley: Patriots
Lippock: Patriots
Saunders: Patriots. By 50. Again.

Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings

Asti: Vikings
Hurley: Vikings
Lippock: Vikings
Saunders: Vikings

Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs

Asti: Chiefs
Hurley: Chiefs
Lippock: Chiefs
Saunders: Chiefs, but I can really see this one going either way. We will find out a lot about how good the Ravens are in this one.

Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts

Asti: Falcons
Hurley: Colts
Lippock: Falcons
Saunders: Falcons, in a game that I can’t quite figure out why they’re underdogs after knocking off Philly.

Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers

Asti: Packers
Hurley: Packers
Lippock: Packers
Saunders: Packers

Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys

Asti: Cowboys
Hurley: Cowboys
Lippock: Cowboys
Saunders: Cowboys

Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills

Asti: Bills
Hurley: Bills
Lippock: Bills
Saunders: Bills. One of these days, the Bills will play a real football team and lose. Today is not that day.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Asti: Buccaneers
Hurley: Buccaneers
Lippock: Buccaneers
Saunders: Buccaneers. Daniel Jones was 0-3 against Pitt in his college career. I did not have the same evaluation the Giants did when they took him in the first round.

Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals

Asti: Cardinals
Hurley: Cardinals
Lippock: Panthers
Saunders: Cardinals. Kyler Murray beat out Kyle Allen and made him transfer to Houston. Not going to start losing to him now.

Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers

Asti: Steelers

Even though everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for the Steelers so far this season, this team is too talented, especially on defense, to not get it going eventually. Pittsburgh is 0-2, but faced off against two strong contenders. That’s in contrast to San Francisco, who played two weak opponents in weeks 1 and 2. No matter how much confidence people may have in Mason Rudolph, it’s rarely easy for a young quarterback in his first career start. With that said, I think he will play adequately enough and others, maybe James Washington for example, will step up to help the Steelers finally get a win.

Hurley: 49ers
Lippock: Steelers
Saunders: 49ers. The Steelers offense was having trouble before Ben Roethlisberger got hurt, and while I’m a believer when it comes to Mason Rudolph, there’s a ton of work to do. Meanwhile, San Francisco has had an impressive start even without running back Tevin Coleman.

49ers 27, Steelers 21

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks

Asti: Seahawks
Hurley: Seahawks
Lippock: Seahawks
Saunders: Seahawks, which impressed me in their win in Pittsburgh last week. It’s not a big-name offense, but Russell Wilson can direct a drive as well as anyone. Saints are going to really miss Drew Brees.

Houston Texans at Los Angeles Chargers

Asti: Chargers
Hurley: Chargers
Lippock: Texans
Saunders: Chargers by a hair. Worst home-field advantage in the league won’t help them any, and Houston is underrated, but somehow so are Philip Rivers and company.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns

Asti: Rams
Hurley: Browns
Lippock: Rams
Saunders: Rams by a bunch. Still very skeptical of the Browns and beating the hapless Jets on Monday night did little for me.

MONDAY NIGHT

Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins

Asti: Bears.

This is an atrocious matchup for the Redskins and their head coach Jay Gruden knows it. Washington has struggled mightily to get their ground game going and a struggling offense may be just what the Bears need to wake up and be the force they can be. Expect Mack and company to feast on Monday night.

Hurley: Bears
Lippock: Bears
Saunders: Bears, and a good night to do the laundry. Woof.

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