Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 – 2) at Los Angeles Rams (3 – 0)
Venue and weather: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Mostly Cloudy, 72°F at kickoff
Prediction: The Los Angeles Rams can endure long periods without scoring, but all in all, they’re exactly what they were a season ago. They’re one of the best teams in the NFC and a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not, and after seeing all of the issues the Bucs have with some of the lesser teams in the NFL, it just feels like they aren’t going to be much of a match for one of the better teams in the game. Final Score: Bucs 17, Rams 27
Jacksonville Jaguars ( 1 – 2) at Denver Broncos (0 – 3)
Venue and weather: Empower Field at Mile High, Sunny, 84°F at kickoff
Prediction: It’s hard to pick a winner in a game that it seems like both teams should lose, but the Denver Broncos are favored in this one. That’s obviously because they’re stout on defense, and they’re playing at home.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off an extended period of rest, and even though they’ll have to deal with a hostile crowd. Much of the ITI staff went with them to win in this one for no other reason than the fact that every time the majority rules and we pick Denver, they lose. How’s that for analysis? Final Score: Jags 20, Broncos 13