Browns, Steelers: Be careful what you wish for

Week number three is here in the NFL where games are never won on paper. However…

Steelers vs. Colts minus Peyton Manning. Browns at home vs. the 0-2 Dolphins.

It says here both could get caught napping and should consider a pre-game shot of 5-Hour Energy.

Elsewhere, a majority of too-close-to-call matchups are on Sunday’s card which likely translates into my first sub-.500 weekend of expert analysis. Let the coin-flipping begin.

SUNDAY

MIAMI AT CLEVELAND. This one figures to go the distance with a late Phil Dawson field goal providing the outcome. Browns, 23-20.

SAN FRANCISCO AT CINCINNATI. Marvin Lewis and company will be stoked for their home opener while Niners are smarting after letting one get away last week. 49ers, 27-20.

NEW ENGLAND AT BUFFALO. This should be a reality check for 2-0 Bills, though I think they find a way to keep it close at home. Patriots, 24-17.

NEW YORK GIANTS AT PHILADELPHIA. With or without a healthy Michael Vick, Philly has enough to knock off the G-men. Eagles, 28-17.

JACKSONVILLE AT CAROLINA. After impressive season-opening win over Tennessee, Jaguars resembled roadkill last week in blowout loss to Jets. Go with the home team here and their young gun at quarterback. Panthers, 23-16.

DENVER AT TENNESSEE. Pair of 1-1 teams both looking to get over an early season hurdle. One of Sunday’s most competitive games. Titans, 20-17.

DETROIT AT MINNESOTA. 0-2 Vikes have managed to surrender fourth quarter leads in both of their losses while Lions looking for unimaginable 3-0 start. Vikings, 27-23.

HOUSTON AT NEW ORLEANS. An early season test for a Houston club I see as legit postseason contenders. This would certainly be categorized a statement win. Texans, 30-28.

BALTIMORE AT ST. LOUIS. We’re assuming Ravens received their wake-up call last week, though Rams’ Sam Bradford appears a star in the making. Ravens, 24-20.

NEW YORK JETS AT OAKLAND. Jets seeking 3-0 start and should pull through, however, the Raiders’ Nation will make their presence felt. Jets, 34-20.

KANSAS CITY AT SAN DIEGO. I’m not so sure 11 guys from Neffs couldn’t line up and beat injury-riddled KC which appears in for a long, grueling season. Chargers, 28-13.

ATLANTA AT TAMPA BAY. Bucs came from nowhere to overtake Vikings last week. Lightning won’t strike twice in the Bay. Falcons, 27-17.

GREEN BAY AT CHICAGO. NFC North head-knocker where Bears’ defense is in for another long day. Packers, 33-17.

ARIZONA AT SEATTLE. Unimpressive Seahawks need a hug after enduring second road loss last week in Heinz Field. Cards, meanwhile, must work hard to mess this one up. Cardinals, 23-17.

SUNDAY NIGHT

PITTSBURGH AT INDIANAPOLIS. No rhyme or reason for Steelers to upchuck in Indy. Still, it’s getting late and I need an Upset Special. Colts, 24-20.

MONDAY NIGHT

WASHINGTON AT DALLAS. Rex Grossman’s early season run of good luck comes to a logical end while the ‘Boys carry over momentum from last week’s improbable OT win at Frisco. Cowboys, 31-17.

LAST WEEK: 11-5. SEASON: 21-11. UPSET SPECIALS: 1-1.

Gibson may be reached at rgibson@timesleaderonline.com

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