Week 3 NFL Picks

Predictions

Welcome football fans, week 3 of the NFL season is upon us. I hope your bets have paid off so far, but if not, maybe my picks will help you get on track. Then again, you never know. Who would have thought that Pittsburgh would be 2-0 without the hormonal Big Ben? Or that Indy would suddenly learn how to run? Well anyway, on with the picks.

Atlanta Falcons (1-1) at New Orleans Saints (2-0); Saints by 4, o/u 49.5

Call me crazy, but I’m not sold on the Saints this year. The Vikings played them tough for three quarters, and they barely got by the 49ers a few nights ago. Atlanta on other other hand, answered a tough week 1 loss to Pittsburgh with a smackdown of the Cardinals. Both teams have injuries at RB, but I think Atlanta pulls out the upset. Falcons 35, Saints 27.
Tennessee Titans (1-1) at New York Giants (1-1); Giants by 3, o/u 42.5
The Giants looked awful against the Colts on Sunday. The only good thing New Yorkers can say about that performance is that it would have been good enough to beat the Bills. As far as Tennessee goes, they scored 11 against a tough Steelers defense and 38 on the panty-waste Raiders. Anyplace else I’d give Tennessee the win. But in NY, after a humiliating defeat, the Giants will be looking for blood. Giants 24, Titans 21.

Buffalo Bills (0-2) at New England Patriots (1-1), Pats by 14, o/u 42.5
Give me a break. How can the spread be only 14 points? The Bills are far and away the absolute worst team in the league right now. Belichick hates losing to Rex Ryan, and he’ll take out on the Bills. Pats 38, Bills 6.

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Cleveland Browns (0-2) at Baltimore Ravens (1-1); Ravens by 10.5, o/u 37
The Browns played two tough opponents in the Bucs and Chiefs. They may not be Super Bowl material, but at this point the Ravens don’t look so hot either. If Baltimore can’t get it’s offense on track, this game might be close. Ravens 17, Browns 13.

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0); Steelers by 2.5, o/u 33
The most unfortunate aspect of this game is that someone is bound to lose. Believe it or not, I think that will be Pittsburgh. If they play Leftwich Sunday, the bloom may come off the rose. The Bucs look solid through two games and always play hard at home. Bucs 17, Steelers 14.

Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) at Carolina Panthers (0-2); Bengals by 3, o/u 38
– I totally agree with the odds makers on this one. Carolina is finding ugly ways to lose and should keep that streak alive. Bengals 17, Panthers 14.

San Francisco 49ers (0-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-0); Niners by 2.5, o/u 37
I’d take the under on this game due to the fact the the Chiefs’ offense is suspect while the Niners “D” held their own against the Saints. If San Fran can stop the stupid mistakes, they notch their first win. SF 20, KC 17.


Detroit Lions (0-2) at Minnesota Vikings (0-2); Vikes by 11, o/u 42.5

Could it be that Jahvid Best is the next Barry Sanders? Could it be that Brett Favre will have a more embarrassing final season than Dan Marino? Until Brad Childress figures out it’s not all about Brett, the Vikes aren’t a lock to beat anyone. Give the Lion’s their 1st win. DET 24, MIN 10.

Dallas Cowboys (0-2) at Houston Texans (2-0); Texans by 3, o/u 47.5
“Wade, it’s been nice knowin’ ya.” That’s what they’ll be saying in Dallas come January. Phillips is notoriously soft and undisciplined and the Cowboys show it. The Texans on the other hand, play hard and strong. Their comeback victory over the Skins was no fluke. Texans 35, Cowboys 24.

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Washington Redskins (1-1) at St. Louis Rams (0-2); Skins by 3.5, o/u 38
I like Sam Bradford and coach Steve Spagnuolo, and I definitely believe they’re getting better. But some key injuries give a decent Washington team the win. Skins 19, Rams 10.

Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1); Eagles by 3, o/u 45
I hate to say it, but I think coach Jack Del Rio has lost this team. How else do you explain such a lackluster effort through the first two games? Michael Vick gets the start this week; I think the spread’s too close. Eagles 35, Jags 25.

Indianapolis Colts (1-1) at Denver Broncos (1-1); Colts by 5.5, o/u 48.5
Indy has found a running game. Need I say more? Colts 34, Broncos 24.

San Diego Chargers (1-1) at Seattle Seahawks (1-1); Chargers by 5.5, o/u 44
Quite frankly, Pete Carroll sucked as a head coach with the Pats and the Jets. His two playoff appearances were due to a weak AFC east and his NFL win % is only .523. I say the Seahawks are a fluke and the Chargers expose them. SD 28, SEA 20.

Oakland Raiders (1-1) at Arizona Cardinals (1-1); Cards by 4, o/u 39.5
The Cardinals need to find some rhythm in the post-Warner era. If you can’t play against Buffalo to get a spark, Oakland’s not a bad 2nd choice. Cards 17, Raiders 16.

New York Jets (1-1) at Miami Dolphins (2-0); Dolphins by 2, o/u 34.5

Not sure what the odds makers are thinking here. Miami played two soft losers in Buffalo and Minnesota. The Jets are aggressive as hell and won’t pussy foot around. Miami has a tough fight on Sunday night, and I’ll bet they lose. Jets 20, Fins 13.

Green Bay Packers (2-0) at Chicago Bears (2-0); Packers by 3, o/u 46
As Jay Cutler goes, so does his team. I don’t think anyone has an answer for Clay Matthews, so Cutler will struggle while Rogers rises to the occasion. Give the Monday night matchup to the Pack. GB 35, CHI 21.


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