All In The Cards: Is It Safe To Jump On The Cardinals Bandwagon? (Week 3 Recap)

Welcome to another abridged edition of All In The Cards! We’ll get back to my regular analysis this Friday but for now let’s see how my predictions faired and whether or not it is safe for people to jump on the Cardinals bandwagon. Hope you enjoy and if you do make sure to follow me on twitter @QTipsforsports or find my in-game thoughts with the hashtag #Allinthecards. Without further ado, let’s recap my week three predictions:

How I Did With My Week 3 Predictions:

  • Arizona 47, San Francisco 7: If you want to jump on the Cardinals bandwagon I won’t stop you (we always happily accept new members!) but for those who are on the fence I would say wait one more week. If the Cards can get through the Rams unscathed (whether intentional or not, a lot of quarterbacks get injured facing the Rams) then I would say you are free to jump on without regret. As for the 49ers, abandon all hope as what I saw Sunday was the worst 49ers team I have seen in my 12 years as a Cardinals fan and there have been some bad 49ers teams. (17-16)
  • New York Giants 32, Washington 21: Figured that the Giants would turn it around as you have to be good enough to have a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter to be able to lose it. We’ll see if this is the kind of win that propels their season forward. (18-16)
  • Atlanta 39, Dallas 28: All I can say is that you can’t pin this one on the Cowboys offense. I’m pretty sure that if you told anyone that this Cowboys offense would put up 28 points that they would say that Dallas would win. There just seems to be a new hope in Atlanta, as Dan Quinn and his staff have rejuvenated both the offense and the defense. (19-16)
  • Cincinnati 28, Baltimore 24: I knew I was going to be incorrect about a few 0-2 teams but honestly this game was so good I don’t care that I got it wrong. The Ravens luckily have one last shot to turn things around as they face a Roethlisberger-less Steelers on Thursday but if they lose that one you can stick a fork in them. As for the Bengals, they look like the favorites to take the AFC North crown yet again. (19-17)
  • Oakland 27, Cleveland 20: I wrote last week that I needed to see consistency from the Raiders offense before I picked them again and I saw just that against the Browns. It seems that the best-case scenario for Derek Carr is happening and you can’t help but feel a little happy for a Raiders fan base that has been in a deep depression the past decade. As for the Browns, while not entirely Josh McCown’s fault, it’s a bad sign that both losses have come with him as the starter. (19-18)
  • Indianapolis 35, Tennessee 33: I know the Colts won the game. I know that it was a divisional game on the road against a feisty Titans team. I know that the Colts finally found some kind of running game. I know that the Colts had a ton of pressure on them after the 0-2 start. It’s just that I walk away from this game not that impressed with the Colts. Show me a win where they take control of a game and I’ll feel a lot better. (20-18)
  • Pittsburgh 12, St. Louis 6: It’s almost as if every quarterback-dependant team is getting a taste of what the Cardinals had to go through last season. I feel especially bad for the Steelers as Roethlisberger was playing at an MVP-level. Luckily they will get him back relatively soon. The Rams need to beat the Cardinals or come close to beating them as that opening week win is starting to fade fast and in its place is frustration and a possible call for change.(21-18)
  • Minnesota 31, San Diego 14: Can we just take a moment to appreciate that we have Adrian Peterson back to being himself again? The Vikings are starting to look like the sleeper team I and many other people saw before the season and the Chargers are starting to come back to reality as well. (22-18)
  • New England 51, Jacksonville 17: I apologize to Jaguars fans but I saw this one coming. While last week’s win against the Dolphins was a step in the right direction, there is still a ways to go and the Patriots proved that this week. Did you know this Patriots offense has outscored the famous 2007 offense to this point in the season? That blows my mind. (23-18)
  • Carolina 27, New Orleans 22: Props to Luke McCown and the rest of the Saints for making the game as close as it was on Sunday. Maybe it’s just the competition they have faced up to this point, but I’m not nearly as impressed with the Panthers 3-0 start as I am with the Falcons 3-0 start. If they can put the Bucs away quickly next week that could change my mind. (24-18)
  • Philadelphia 24, New York Jets 17: Speaking about not being impressed, the Eagles were so lucky that the Jets were set on losing that game. In all seriousness, I came away from that game feeling that the Jets were the superior team and that the Eagles are on track for a 5-11 season. (25-18)
  • Houston 19, Tampa Bay 9: I think the decision to drop Andre Johnson and center the passing game around DeAndre Hopkins is starting to make a lot more sense, especially after their respective performances Sunday (Johnson went without a catch and Hopkins caught eight passes for 101 yards and a score). Jameis Winston continues to be very inaccurate in his losses, hitting under 50% of his passes against the Texans. (26-18)
  • Buffalo 41, Miami 14: I expected the Bills to win this game comfortably but not this comfortably. Tyrod Taylor’s success has become one of the biggest stories early in the season and proves that almost any quarterback can flourish in the right system. Meanwhile the Dolphins are an absolute mess at the moment and I would not be surprised if Joe Philbin is fired in the next couple of weeks if things don’t magically turn around. (27-18)
  • Seattle 26, Chicago 0: A shutout is impressive regardless of the opponent. Making your opponent punt on all ten of its possessions is very impressive. However, that means the Seahawks didn’t create a single turnover against a Jimmy Clausen-led offense. Furthermore, the Seahawks mustered only one touchdown and four field goals against possibly the worst defense in the NFL. I’m not trying to bash the Seahawks (too much), I’m just saying that those who say Seattle is back after this win need to realize they still have a ways to go before they can think about another NFC title. (28-18)
  • Denver 24, Detroit 12: Easily Peyton Manning’s best game this season and possibly in his last eight games overall. When he can play like that and the Broncos defense can shut teams down like they have so far this season, I wouldn’t hand the AFC to the Patriots just yet. The Lions are now 0-3 and face the Seahawks and the Cardinals the next two weeks. Good luck with that. (29-18)
  • Green Bay 38, Kansas City 28: Aaron Rodgers is the reason I, a diehard Arizona Cardinals fan, am not ready to call the Cardinals the early NFC favorite. While I believe Arizona’s defense is much better than Green Bay’s defense, Rodgers is playing at such a high level it might not matter how good a defense is performing. The fact he’s doing this without Jordy Nelson just solidifies Rodgers as the best quarterback in the NFL. (30-18)

 
Week 3 Record: 14-2 (One heck of a bounce back performance)
Season Record: 30-18
Perfect Score Predictions: 1

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All In The Cards: Week 3 (Abridged Edition)

Welcome to an abridged edition of All In The Cards! Because I was busy this week and because this is coming out late, this week I won’t have an in-depth analysis of the Arizona Cardinals matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. Luckily these two teams will face again later in the season so I’ll still have a chance to go in-depth then. Hope you enjoy and if you do, make sure to follow my in-game tweets with the hashtag #Allinthecards. Without further ado, my week three predictions:

Cardinals Week 3 Predictions

  • Arizona 34, San Francisco 17: I’ve had some time to objectively look at the Cardinals two wins and I realize that neither team was as goo d as I thought they were. That’s especially true of the Saints and Bears defenses. However, worrying about the Cards offense against better defenses is a concern for another week as the Cards face a 49ers defense that just gave up 43 points on the road at Pittsburgh. Add the fact that a couple of key offensive linemen could return for this game and I feel that Arizona will win in a blowout.

Other Week 3 Predictions:

  • New York Giants 26, Washington 23: Figured that the Giants would turn it around as you have to be good enough to have a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter to be able to lose it. We’ll see if this is the kind of win that propels their season forward.
  • Atlanta 23, Dallas 13: It’s not that I entirely don’t trust Brandon Weeden, it’s just that I think the Falcons are going to make enough plays to take advantage of the fact that the Cowboys will be playing without their two most important offensive players. In the long-term I think the Cowboys defense will be able to win some games but this isn’t one of those games.
  • Baltimore 27, Cincinnati 20: This is a must-win game for the Ravens plus it is also at home. I know I’m going to be incorrect a few times this week because I’m unable to admit that some surprise 0-2 teams just aren’t good this year and I feel this could be one of those instances. But my gut tells me they pull this win out against a division rival.
  • Cleveland 20, Oakland 16: This game is a complete toss-up but I think I’ll lean towards the Browns based on their defense and the fact that they are at home. I’d like to see more consistency from the Raiders offense before I decide to pick them again.
  • Indianapolis 31, Tennessee 17: Come on the Colts have to turn it around this week right? The Titans will give them a tough fight but Andrew Luck will show why he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. However, if they lose this game I have a bad feeling that this team will implode.
  • Pittsburgh 31, St. Louis 23: The best way to explain the Rams performance last week against Washington is that this team is a lot more comfortable playing at home than on the road. For that reason I think they rebound this week against the Steelers. I don’t think it will be enough for the win but the game will be a lot closer than some might think.
  • Minnesota 24, San Diego 20: I’ve been impressed with how competitive the Chargers have been this season. However, I would say that I was more impressed with how the Vikings bounced back last week after a rough start to the season. That and the fact that the game is in Minnesota is why I’m picking the Vikings.
  • New England 38, Jacksonville 10: Even though the Jaguars are coming off a promising win against the Dolphins, the Patriots are playing on a entirely different level and will want to blow someone out after letting the Bills back into the game last week. I could totally see Tom Brady throw four or five touchdowns in this game.
  • Carolina 19, New Orleans 10: Even if the Saints did have Drew Brees I would still pick the Panthers. Carolina is just a much better team overall and is playing at a high level to start the season. I kept the score close but this is one of those games where if the Panthers score a few times early this could turn into a blowout.
  • Philadelphia 24, New York Jets 23: I have to give a ton of kudos to Todd Bowles on a successful start to his head coaching career. That being said, I don’t think the Jets are going to stay undefeated much longer. Also add the fact that the Eagles are too good to start the season 0-3 and this result makes sense. Then again Bowles had success against the Eagles when he was the Cards defensive coordinator…
  • Houston 19, Tampa Bay 17: Complete toss-up game for me. I think the difference will be J.J. Watt and the Texans defense getting after Jameis Winston and making him uncomfortable all game. Also the fact that DeAndre Hopkins practiced this week after sustaining a concussion is nothing but good news for the Texans.
  • Buffalo 28, Miami 17: There’s a chance that the Dolphins are not as good as people, including me, expected. This will be a key game that could determine if the Dolphins still have a chance to be a legit playoff team. However I feel the Bills will bounce back from their loss to the Patriots and take this game early.
  • Seattle 33, Chicago 13: I saw Jimmy Clausen play last week and the fact that he goes against a Seahawks defense that finally has Kam Chancellor back and is in desperate need of a win, I see nothing but a very long afternoon for the Bears. This also might be the game where the Seahawks offense starts getting back on track.
  • Denver 24, Detroit 16: Even if Peyton Manning is only good but not great, you never bet against him in primetime games. I learned that the hard way last week. As for the Lions they only have themselves to blame if they start the season 0-3.
  • Green Bay 30, Kansas City 17: The only reasoning I really need is that this game is in Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers and the Packers always play perfectly in Green Bay. The only worry here is if this might be a letdown game for the Packers after they finally defeated the Seahawks but the fact that it’s a Monday night game should keep them focused.