Week 3 NFL Predictions

Boxscores and stats from every upcoming game
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
September 17, 2008

Each Tuesday morning, we will preview every NFL game of the upcoming week. All of our NFL content, including our most recent power rankings and weekly fantasy projections, is located here. If you want to take WhatIfSports weekly college football and/or NFL picks with you (to your MySpace, Facebook or personal homepage), please see the widget below on the right or at this page.

The inputs to the 201 simulations of each upcoming game are based on a rigorous analysis of each team that considers strength-of-schedule-adjusted team and player ratings and then makes modifications for injuries and depth at each position.


Game of the Week: #6 Pittsburgh 19 @ #3 Philadelphia 24
It will not quite be the shootout that the Monday Night Football game was this week, but the Eagles find themselves at the center of attention for the NFL again in Week 3. The battle for bragging rights in Pennsylvania may also be a legitimate Super Bowl preview. Yet could two very good teams be any more different? 4-3 vs. 3-4. Air attack vs. ground control. Aggressive vs. conservative. The Eagles will host the game and that may be enough to make the difference. Yes, they are playing on a short week after losing to Dallas on Monday Night; yet, in doing so, the Eagles actually moved up in our power rankings. Look for Brian Westbrook to out-perform Willie Parker and for Philadelphia's special teams to make a big play as the Eagles win 61.2% of the time by an average score of 24-19. Dallas at Green Bay is another game between two our top six teams, but it does not have the Super Bowl preview potential or the in-state intrigue of this contest. Both games should be great this weekend.

Click on the Boxscores below to see detailed team and player stat projections for every game.

Week 3 Scores for Every NFL Game

MatchupHome Win%Avg Score
Cincinnati @ New York9510-37link
Miami @ New England89.69-22link
St. Louis @ Seattle89.110-24link
Jacksonville @ Indianapolis84.616-27link
Oakland @ Buffalo81.613-27link
Detroit @ San Francisco80.619-30link
Houston @ Tennessee78.614-24link
Kansas City @ Atlanta72.617-25link
Carolina @ Minnesota72.116-23link
New Orleans @ Denver68.724-29link
New York @ San Diego61.224-29link
Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia61.219-24link
Arizona @ Washington55.220-23link
Cleveland @ Baltimore54.217-20link
Tampa Bay @ Chicago49.821-18link
Dallas @ Green Bay39.826-20link

Paul Bessire is the Senior Quantitative Analyst and Content Manager for WhatIfSports.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. With any comments, questions or topic suggestions, Paul can be reached at BtB@whatifsports.com. Thanks!

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