Upset! (“Aawwk!”) The week’s only battle of 2-0 teams? Tom Brady vs. the NFL’s best defense? I mean, the Game of the Week panel has seldom had a quicker meeting. In three minutes they were out the door and headed to the Quill ‘N Swill pub. Rams winning at home barely seems like an upset, except Brady losing always feels like one, right? No matter the result, this has the heft of an NFC Championship Game preview. Edge on defense to Aaron Donald’s Rams. Now Matthew Stafford’s arrival has given LAR enough pop to hang on the scoreboard with Brady’s bunch. Un juego delicioso! Eight of past nine Rams home games have gone “under,” but see this is a trend-busting shootout.
UPSET OF THE WEEK
PACKERS (1-1) at 49ers (2-0)
Line: SF by 3.
Cote’s pick: GB 27-24.
TV: 8:20 p.m., NBC.
“AAAWWWK!” emotes the Upset Bird. “Green Baawwk beats San Fraawwk!” We’re 2-0 on Upset of the Week picks so we need you to come through and keep us perfect, Aaron. I mean both Aarons. Rodgers, of course, but it’s Aaron Jones running big against what’s been a leaky SF run D that seems like the key in this matchup fit for the Sunday night stage. Niners’ major injuries at running back foist too much pressure on Jimmy Garoppolo. Side note: San Francisco has lost four in a row and eight of its past nine home games. “It’s like the Tony Bennett song,” notes U-Bird. “I left my loss in San Franciscaaawwwk!”
THE REST OF WEEK 3:
@Bills (1-1, -7 1/2) over Washington (1-1), 27-16: First of six Week 3 matchups of 1-1 teams finds Washers coming in on extra rest after playing last Thursday. And that’s it for the visitor’s advantages in this game. No-Names’ defense has disappointed so far, and Taylor Heinicke won’t outscore Josh Allen.
@Browns (1-1, -7) over Bears (1-1), 23-17: Rookie Justin Fields get first start for Chitown as Andy Dalton nurses a bum knee, and Brownies’ pass rush and tough road venue will present a large challenge. But Bears’ defense and Earthtones missing Jarvis Landry should help keep it inside the bet line. Cleveland has covered only two of past nine as favorite. Ride the trend.