NFL Week 3 picks
Giants (0-2) @ Panthers (0-2) (+2)
The 0-2 Giants have a chip on their shoulder as they head down to Charlotte to take on the 0-2 Panthers. Tom Coughlin unexpectedly learned of the passing of his younger brother Monday. Big Blue will be playing for their head coach Sunday in what will end as an emotional win as Eli Manning leads this team to their first win of the season. The Panthers just can’t find ways to win late in close games and the Giants will take advantage Sunday.
GIANTS BY 7
Packers (1-1) @ Bengals (1-1) (+3)
This is easily one of the games of the week as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers high-powered offense head to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals fierce defense. Aaron Rodgers won’t put up the absurd numbers he did last week against the Redskins defense. The resurgence of James Starks, who ran for 132 yards and a touchdown, will be huge for Green Bay. The Bengals defense will make this a tight game, but the Packers win on a last second field goal.
PACKERS BY 3
Rams (1-1) @ Cowboys (1-1) (-4)
The Cowboys nearly had a 2-0 start, but the Chiefs defense was too good. Tony Romo should turn it around this week against the Rams at home in Dallas. The Rams defense has been impressive and they nearly came back to beat the Falcons last week. The problem is the Rams offense doesn’t have explosiveness in the backfield with Daryl Richardson and Sam Bradford has yet to take the next step at quarterback. The Cowboys edge out the Rams in a close game in Dallas Sunday.
COWBOYS BY 4
Chargers (1-1) @ Titans (1-1) (-3)
The Chargers went to Philadelphia and surprised some people with an impressive road victory. They should be 2-0 right now if they didn’t collapse against the Texans. They’re due for a loss in Tennessee against a Titans team that has shocked some people so far. They went to Pittsburgh and were dominant, holding the Steelers to nine points. Then they go to Houston and push the Texans to overtime in a loss. Expect the Titans defense to force Phillip Rivers to throw a couple picks with one costing the Chargers the game late in the fourth quarter.
TITANS BY 3
Browns (0-2) @ Vikings (0-2) (-8)
No Trent Richardson. Brian Hoyer is the Browns starting quarterback. Vikings win big. That is all.
VIKINGS BY 14
Buccaneers (0-2) @ Patriots (2-0) (-9)
The Patriots and Buccaneers have had similar starts to the season…except one is 2-0 and the other is 0-2. The Bucs have ran into some tough luck, losing on a last second field goal to the Jets 18-17 and losing to the Saints 16-14. Despite poor play from Josh Freeman, their defense has kept them alive the first two weeks, but they have no wins to show for it. The Patriots barely escaped the Bills and Jets, but they rarely lose at Gillette. Expect Tom Brady to come out firing this week as the Pats get by the Bucs as Greg Schiano’s seat gets hotter.
PATRIOTS BY 7
Cardinals (1-1) @ Saints (2-0) (-8)
The Saints escaped Florida with a win last week and now they return to New Orleans to face a pretty good Cardinals team. The problem is the lack of a rushing attack for the Cardinals. Drew Brees will come out firing after two sub-par performances in the first two weeks. Expect the Saints to put up a lot of points and improve to 3-0 Sunday with a win over the Cardinals.
SAINTS BY 10
Lions (1-1) @ Redskins (0-2) (-1)
The Redskins have struggled mightily on defense their first two weeks in losses to the Eagles and Packers. RGIII’s knee has not looked 100 percent, but don’t expect that to stop him this week. The Redskins need a win and they will get it in a tight one at home Sunday. Reggie Bush will not play for the Lions and that will be the difference in this matchup.
REDSKINS BY 3
Texans (2-0) @ Ravens (1-1) (+3)
Ed Reed will return to Baltimore Sunday after helping them win a Super Bowl last season. This time, he’s on a Texans defense that is better than the Ravens. Houston has barely come out alive with two wins as they came back to beat the Chargers and rallied to beat the Titans in overtime. It will be another close one, but expect Reed’s defense to outduel his former squad in a terrific game.
TEXANS BY 3
Falcons (1-1) @ Dolphins (2-0) (-1)
This one is shaping up to be one of the games of the week as the Falcons head to Miami to face the 2-0 Dolphins. Miami has surprised some people these first two weeks, but this task won’t be easy. The Falcons will be playing without Steven Jackson, but that won’t stop Matt Ryan from having a big day. The Falcons will hand the Dolphins their first loss Sunday down in South Beach.
FALCONS BY 7
Colts (1-1) @ 49ers (1-1) (-11)
The new look Colts backfield will get a tough task Sunday on the west coast as Trent Richardson looks to pull an upset in San Francisco. The deal was a steal for the Colts as they finally have a stud running back that can take some pressure off Andrew Luck. Despite the addition, the 49ers are just too good on both sides of the ball. They will come out firing after that embarrassing showing in Seattle.
49ERS BY 10
Jaguars (0-2) @ Seahawks (2-0) (-19)
It’s the Jaguars. That is all.
SEAHAWKS BY 24
Bears (2-0) @ Steelers (0-2) (+1)
The Steelers offense has been completely unable to move the football and that won’t change against the 2-0 Bears. This Bears team is riding Jay Cutler and Matt Forte and that won’t change in Pittsburgh Sunday night. It’s hard to pick the Steelers right now with the minimal offensive production they are getting, especially in the backfield.
BEARS BY 7
Raiders (1-1) @ Broncos (2-0) (-17)
The Broncos are firing on all cylinders right now. That won’t change against a Raiders team that hasn’t been bad with Terrelle Pryor at the helm. The Broncos offense is just too good and they will have another 40-plus point performance at home for Monday Night Football. The Broncos will move to 3-0 as they blow out the Raiders.
BRONCOS BY 21