Taylor’s NFL Picks

Taylor Hauck

Who will come out on top this season? 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Philadelphia Eagles

-The Eagles suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Chargers on Sunday. They need to step up their defense to help complement their high-powered offense. The Chiefs have been impressive thus far starting 2-0, but the Eagles should improve their defense enough to stop the Chiefs.

San Diego Chargers @ Tennessee Titans

-San Diego is coming off a bounce-back win over the Eagles. They have been good offensively this season and look for their second consecutive win. Tennessee has started out well, but isn’t expected to compete in the AFC. Expect this game to be close, with the Chargers prevailing in the end.

Cleveland Browns @ Minnesota Vikings

-The Vikings almost pulled off the upset over the Bears. They will try to use that momentum to roll over a weak Browns team. Adrian Peterson needs to step up his running game if the Vikings want to compete for a playoff berth this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New England Patriots

-Both teams have struggled offensively to start the season. Tom Brady has the experience to fight through the adversity and keep winning. The Buccaneers are still in need of a good quarterback that can help them win.

Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens

-Neither of these teams have impressed in the first two weeks of the season. The Ravens are not playing like defending Super Bowl Champions, only beating the Browns by eight points. Houston looks to get a lead and keep the lead instead of playing from behind. Expect a close contest.

St. Louis Rams @ Dallas Cowboys

-The Cowboys will bounce back after a close loss to the Chiefs. Expect the Rams to be in the game throughout. Dallas coaches are on the hot seat this year and need wins.

Arizona Cardinals @ New Orleans Saints

-The Saints are keeping games interesting. They have won both their games in the final minutes of play. Meanwhile, the cardinals pulled off an upset of the Lions, who had high expectations coming into the season. The Saints will win handily at the Superdome.

Detroit Lions @ Washington Redskins

-RG3 has been horrendous to start the season. If he doesn’t improve, the Redskins are in for a long season. Some say this is must win game for the Redskins. Look for Matthew Stafford to help the Lions bounce back, after losing to the Cardinals, and take a win from the Redskins.

Green Bay Packers @ Cincinnati Bengals

-Aaron Rodgers threw for 480 yards on Sunday. If he continues with his superb passing, the Packers should have no problem beating the Bengals. The Bengals are a good team and are looking for their third straight playoff berth.

New York Giants @ Carolina Panthers

-The Giants need to improve their defense if they want to compete in the NFC. They have allowed 77 points in their first two games. Eli Manning is playing well and putting up points for the Giants. Carolina is off to a rocky start and can’t get anything going with Cam Newton at quarterback. Expect a close game, with the Giants winning late.

Atlanta Falcons @ Miami Dolphins

-Miami is a two-point favorite over the Falcons. The Falcons have struggled to start the season, while the Dolphins have been more than impressive. Expect a back and forth battle throughout the game.

Indianapolis Colts @ San Francisco 49ers

-The 49ers were embarrassed on Sunday Night Football by the Seahawks. They need to look at film and work on all aspects of their game. They are an experienced group and should be able to rebound. The Colts have been shaky on offense and need Andrew Luck to play better in order to win. The 49ers should win by more than ten points.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Seattle Seahawks

-The Seahawks looked like the Seahawk team everyone was expecting this year on Sunday Night Football. They executed on both sides of the ball and walked away with the division lead. They should roll over the Jaguars.

Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets

-Buffalo has been surprise team with rookie quarterback EJ Manuel. They battled the Patriots and then beat the Panthers late in the game. They hope to ride that momentum to a win over the sub-par Jets. Geno Smith needs to limit his mistakes if he wants to lead the Jets to victory.

Chicago Bears @ Pittsburgh Steelers

-The Steelers are not the same Steeler team that everyone is use to seeing. They have a lot of holes to fill, both offensively and defensively. Meanwhile, the Bears are off to a 2-0 start and hope to make it 3-0 against the Steelers.

Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos

-Oakland is playing good football, however they haven’t played anyone overpowering. Denver is that team that will overpower them. Peyton Manning and his receiving core cannot be stopped. They lead the league with points scored this season. Add their running back, Knowshon Moreno, to the mix and they are unstoppable.