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NFL Week 3 Picks & Predictions:
Updated: August 2018

Houston @ New England
The Patriots will now play without QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who is out with a shoulder injury. That means rookie Jacoby Brissett is likely to start against the likes of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. The Patriots don’t usually lose at home, but this might too much to overcome… Houston 27, New England 24.

Arizona @ Buffalo
The good news for Buffalo is they get to play at home. The bad news? They get the Cardinals, who are averaging over 30 points a game. The Bills fired their offensive coordinator Greg Roman after a Week 2 loss and their defense has been ravaged by injuries. Meanwhile, Cardinals QB Carson Palmer, WR Larry Fitzgerald, and RB David Walker have picked up where they left off last season… Arizona 31, Buffalo 20.

Oakland @ Tennessee
The Raiders defense needs to improve and fast! Oakland has given up over 500 yards in each of its first two games. The Raiders have some serious offensive weapons in QB Derek Carr and WR Amari Cooper as well as the league’s second-best rushing offense after two weeks. Tennessee is 1-1 and solid on defense but they have scored exactly 16 points in each of their first two games. Playing at home, advantage Titans… Tennessee 28, Oakland 27.

Cleveland @ Miami
The Browns will have to start third-round draft pick Cody Kessler at quarterback after an injury to backup Josh McCown. The Dolphins leading rusher thus far this season is QB Ryan Tannehill with 52 yards on 11 attempts. Not good. Miami almost came from behind to beat New England last week and should win at home against a rookie QB this week… Miami 27, Cleveland 10.

Baltimore @ Jacksonville

The Jags have started slowly so far this season dropping a disappointing 38-14 defeat to San Diego last week. A year ago, the Jags beat Baltimore but the Ravens were missing many of their starters due to injury. Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles threw two interceptions and lost a fumble last week. That can’t happen again. The Ravens once again have one of the league’s best defenses and defenses trump Bortles and his two 1,000-yard receivers… Baltimore 20, Jacksonville 10.

Detroit @ Green Bay
In the last 25 meetings between the Lions and Packers in Green Bay, the Pack has won 24 times. The loss happened to come last year, but the Lions are still pretty inconsistent. After a win over the Colts in Week 1, dropped a one-point loss to the Titans last week and RB Ameer Abdullah may be out with an injury. Aaron Rodgers is 7-1 in home openers… Green Bay 33, Detroit 28.

Denver @ Cincinnati
The Broncos will be without DeMarcus Ware for four to five weeks after an arm fracture. Trevor Siemian continues to improve. The Bengals ran into their nemesis, the Steelers, last week. Playing at home should be an advantage. Cincinnati lost to the Broncos last year with A.J. McCarron at quarterback. Andy Dalton wins on Sunday… Cincinnati 27, Denver 26.


Minnesota @ Carolina
Cam Newton erupted last week and the Panthers have now won 14 in a row at home. This time though they will face arguably the nation’s best defense. The Vikings shut down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers last week. Sam Bradford takes over at QB, but the Vikes will likely be without RB Adrian Peterson. Take Carolina at home… Carolina 24, Minnesota 17.

Washington @ NY Giants
How are the Giants 2-0? They may very well go to 3-0 as the Redskins haven’t won an away game against the Giants in five years. The Giants offense isn’t very good though and didn’t score last week in a win over New Orleans. Redskins QB Kirk Cousins breaks out this week… Washington 33, NY Giants 20.

Los Angeles @ Tampa Bay
The Rams looked terrible in their opener, a 28-0 loss to San Francisco, but recovered for a 9-3 win over Seattle last week. The offense is horrendous and the Rams have not been very good on the road lately. Dating back to 2013, the Rams are just 7-18 on the road. They are, however, 5-2 against the NFC South since 2012. Rams’ defense comes through… Los Angeles 17, Tampa Bay 7.

San Francisco @ Seattle
The Seahawks have been unbelievable on defense giving up just 19 points in two games. Their problem is on offense where they have managed to score just 15, including only one touchdown. The Seahawks have owned the 49ers lately, winning the last four straight all by double digits. At home, they make it five in a row… Seattle 22, San Francisco 19.

NY Jets @ Kansas City
Chiefs QB Alex Smith has been sacked seven times already this season. The Jets sacked Cincy QB Andy Dalton seven times in Week 1. If Smith spends too much time being chased by the Jets, New York just might get their first win at Arrowhead Stadium since 1998. Don’t count on it though… Kansas City 29, NY Jets 27.

San Diego @ Indianapolis
For two consecutive seasons, the Colts have lost their first two games. In each of the last two seasons, they have also managed to win in Week 3. It should happen again as the Colts welcome San Diego to Lucas Oil Stadium. Chargers RB Danny Woodhead tore an ACL and joins WR Keenan Allen on injured reserve. Andrew Luck and company should come to life at home… Indianapolis 37, San Diego 33.

Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia
The Steelers may very well be the most talented offense in the NFL. QB Ben Roethlisberger has six TD passes already and RB DeAngelo Williams has rushed for 237 yards. Star RB Le’Veon Bell has yet to play a down and WR Antonio Brown is tearing it up on the outside. Oh, and the Steelers play great defense. Pittsburgh is also 5-1 in its last six attempts versus NFC East teams on the road… Pittsburgh 31, Philadelphia 17.

Chicago @ Dallas
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott gets more and more comfortable in the Dallas offense. The rookie has yet to throw an interception. The Bears just get further and further away from being respectable. Tough to play at Cowboys Stadium on a Sunday night… Dallas 30, Chicago 24.

Atlanta @ New Orleans
It’s the 10-year anniversary of the re-opening of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Ten years ago, the arena opened after Hurricane Katrina and the Saints won 23-3. Head coach Sean Payton would like to see that again, especially since his Saints are 0-2. New Orleans lost by one in Week 1 and by three last week to the Giants. It’s a special moment for the Saints… New Orleans 34, Atlanta 31.

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Atlanta @ Dallas
Both teams enter Sunday’s matchup unbeaten and with 2-0 records. The Falcons are coming off a 24-20 win over the New York Giants, the second in a row under new head coach Dan Quinn. They will face a Cowboys team that is dealing with the injury bug.

Quarterback Tony Romo will miss seven weeks with a broken collarbone suffered in last Sunday’s win over Philadelphia. Brandon Weeden, who threw a TD pass against the Eagles after replacing Romo, will start Sunday. He is just 5-16 as a starter in the NFL and has lost his last eight starts in a row.

Romo is not the only Cowboys who will miss Sunday’s game. All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant will be out again and tight end Jason Witten, who has played in 192 straight regular and postseason games, may miss Sunday. Witten has two injured ankles as well as a knee problem. Head coach Jason Garrett is confident that his tight end will play against the Falcons.

The Dallas defense will have its hands full with Falcons QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones. Jones is No. 2 in the NFL with 276 yards receiving. He had 13 catches in the win over the Giants last week. With 661 passing yards after two weeks, Ryan is third in the league. The running game is abysmal though averaging under three yards per carry. Ryan and Jones will be too much for the Cowboys defense to handle and the absence of some key skill players give the advantage to the Falcons… Atlanta 35, Dallas 27.

Cincinnati @ Baltimore
The Ravens get the first of two tough AFC North games as Cincinnati visits. Baltimore has yet to win and faces a Bengals team that has been impressive in wins over San Diego and Oakland. A win would put the Bengals at 3-0 and the Ravens at 0-3, somewhere Baltimore has never been under head coach John Harbaugh. Bengals QB Andy Dalton has struggled against the Ravens defense but look for Dalton and WR A.J. Green to pick on Baltimore cornerback Jimmy Smith. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco has been atrocious in the fourth quarter throwing two picks and owning a passer rating of just 34.6. It’s hard to believe that the Ravens will be winless heading into another AFC North game next Thursday with Pittsburgh… Baltimore 23, Cincinnati 20.

Pittsburgh @ St. Louis
Steelers QB Ben Rothlisberger picked up where he left off last year with a huge game last week in a 43-18 win over San Francisco. Rothlisberger completed 21-of-27 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The Steelers are averaging 469 yards per game, tops in the NFL. The Rams have one of the league’s worst run defenses and will have to face last year’s second-leading rusher in the NFL – Le’Veon Bell. Bell cut his body fat and lost some weight in the offseason and presents serious problems for any defense. Bell missed the first two games due to suspension and was replaced by DeAngelo Williams, who rushed for 204 yards in Bell’s absence. The St. Louis defense just will not be able to handle such an explosive offense… Pittsburgh 35, St. Louis 17.

Chicago @ Seattle
Yes, the Seahawks are 0-2 and in last place in the NFC West division. It won’t matter Sunday when Seattle welcomes Chicago to CenturyLink Field where the Seahawks have lost just twice in the regular season since 2012. The Bears will be without starting QB Jay Cutler who is nursing a sore hamstring. Jimmy Clausen, owner of a 1-10 record as an NFL starter, will start in his place. The Seahawks welcomed back strong safety Kam Chancellor who finally ended his holdout this week. Chancellor has been an All-Pro the past two seasons and will make the Seattle defense even better. There is absolutely no way Seattle will be 0-3… Seattle 45, Chicago 10.

Denver @ Detroit
The Broncos are coming off an exciting win over Kansas City. Peyton Manning led a last minute touchdown drive which was followed by a Broncos return of a Jamaal Charles fumble to give the Broncos a victory. Denver is 2-0 despite a running game that is virtually nonexistent. The Lions have a similar problem and are 0-2 as a result. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford needs to find a way to get the ball to Calvin Johnson and the Lions defense has to keep Manning and company in check. Easier said than done… Denver 27, Detroit 17.



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San Diego @ Buffalo
A huge win for the Chargers last week. The Bills might be the league’s biggest surprise. Give them a win at home… Buffalo 28, San Diego 24.

Dallas @ St. Louis
Both the Cowboys and the Rams rebounded after week one losses. Austin Davis got his first NFL start last week and played admirably in the Rams 19-17 win. The Cowboys, though, have the better QB in Tony Romo. Look for Dallas to pick up win number two… Dallas 24, St. Louis 10.

Washington @ Philadelphia
Robert Griffin III went down with an injury last week, but Kirk Cousins filled in admirably. The ‘Skins rolled to a 41-10 win over Jacksonville. Cousins went 22-of-33 for 250 yards and two TDs. It will be a little tougher against the Eagles… Philadelphia 35, Washington 24.

Houston @ NY Giants
The Texans started last season 2-0. They went on to lose 14 straight. Eli Manning and the Giants have yet to win. They will get their first on Sunday… NY Giants 23, Houston 17.

Minnesota @ New Orleans
After two straight losses to start the season, there is no way the Saints will let this one slip away. Adrian Peterson looks like he’ll play. It won’t matter. Playing in the Superdome helps… New Orleans 37, Minnesota 17.

Tennessee @ Cincinnati
Cincinnati took care of Atlanta a week ago in convincing fashion. QB Andy Dalton is playing very well and there is no doubt the Bengals will take care of Tennessee at home… Cincinnati 28, Tennessee 10.

Baltimore @ Cleveland
The Browns surprised the Saints last week and Brian Football (Hoyer) was the hero. Can the Browns do it again in an AFC North matchup? Ahh, probably not… Baltimore 17, Cleveland 3.

Green Bay @ Detroit
Aaron Rodgers once again led the Pack to a week two victory after a season-opening loss. They head to Detroit where they will face a much-improved Lions’ team. The question is which Lions offense will show up. The good one… Detroit 35, Green Bay 27.

Indianapolis @ Jacksonville
The question in Jacksonville is “when will head coach Gus Bradley go to first-round draft pick Blake Bortles  at quarterback?” Who knows. One thing is for sure, though. The Jags will be 0-3 after a loss to Indy… Indianapolis 27, Jacksonville 13.

Oakland @ New England
The Raiders are 0-2. Don’t expect them to pick up their first win against one of the league’s best franchises over the past two decades… New England 42, Oakland 14.

San Francisco @ Arizona
Jay Cutler carved up the 49ers defense in the fourth quarter last week. Arizona is surprisingly 2-0 after Drew Stanton took over at QB for an injured Carson Palmer in last week’s win over the N.Y. Giants. Don’t expect the Niners to lose this crucial NFL West showdown… San Francisco 29, Arizona 21.

Denver @ Seattle
It’s the much anticipated Super Bowl rematch. Unfortunately, the game will probably turn out like last year’s big game. Seattle coming off of a loss last week doesn’t fare well for Peyton Manning and company… Seattle 27, Denver 20.

Kansas City @ Miami
After an 11-5 season a year ago, the Chiefs are 0-2. The offense has struggled and all-purpose RB Jamaal Charles has a high ankle sprain. Plus, KC must play in the heat in Miami. Not a good mix… Miami 17, Kansas City 10.

Pittsburgh @ Carolina
Could Pittsburgh play any worse than they did a week ago? They better not or they will be blown out by Cam Newton and company. The Steelers will play better but not good enough to beat the Panthers… Carolina 23, Pittsburgh 10.

Chicago @ NY Jets
Da’ Bears got a much needed victory over San Francisco last week after erupting for 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Can the offense continue against the Jets? Jets QB Geno Smith looked good against Green Bay. Give the home team a slight edge… NY Jets 18, Chicago 17. USA Sportsbook
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