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NFL Week 3 Predictions
Updated: October 2021

NFL WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS


CAROLINA @ HOUSTON
If you would have said Carolina would be 2-0 and Houston had a shot in the fourth quarter of Game 2 to be 2-0, you’d probably think you were dreaming. No, that’s the just the 2021 NFL season. The Panthers and Texans don’t play that often, just five times in NFL history. Carolina has won the last three straight, the most recent coming in 2019. The Panthers have the better defense and Christian McCaffrey…
CAROLINA 29, HOUSTON 24


BUFFALO @ WASHINGTON
The Bills responded from their Week 1 loss with a 35-0 drilling of the Miami Dolphins. Washington gets the benefit of an extra few days rest having beaten the Giants last Thursday night. It won’t matter. Buffalo is a Super Bowl contender. Washington, with backup QB Taylor Heinicke running the show, is not. Plus, the Bills are at home where they are 7-2 in their last nine regular season games… BUFFALO 34, WASHINGTON 24


CLEVELAND @ CHICAGO
Justin Fields saw his first real action for Chicago last week. He’ll probably start this week and if the Bears defense can keep it up, this could be a playoff-caliber football team. The Bears picked off Joe Burrow on
three straight passes. Baker Mayfield and the Browns righted themselves with a win over Houston last week. And, they’re a better football team… CLEVELAND 33, CHICAGO 20


BALTIMORE @ DETROIT
There is simply no world that exists in which the Lions can beat the Ravens. Baltimore shrugged off its injuries and adversity and rallied to beat Kansas City last week. QB Lamar Jackson was outstanding and
Baltimore still rushed for 251 yards against the Chiefs. They will pound Detroit’s run defense (131 ypg) and win again… BALTIMORE 30, DETROIT 20


INDIANAPOLIS @ TENNESSEE
It’s almost hard to believe that the Colts are 0-2 after two weeks. They face a crucial Week 3 matchup with Tennessee (1-1). The Titans went to Seattle last week and upset the Seahawks. Derrick Henry was a
beast with 182 yards and three touchdowns. The two teams split two games last season. The visiting team won both and the Colts have won four of the last six. Indy in an upset… INDIANAPOLIS 30, TENNESSEE 27


KANSAS CITY @ LA CHARGERS
It’s the first of two Chargers-Chiefs matchups this season. KC has won three of the last four, the fourth being last year’s meaningless season finale when the Chiefs starters didn’t play. Since 2018, Kansas City
is 8-2 in games played after a loss. The Chargers lost to Dallas on a last-second field goal last week. The offense wasn’t sharp, but that could change against a Chiefs defense that gave up 251 rushing yards to
Baltimore. Still, winning at Arrowhead is tough… KANSAS CITY 33, LA CHARGERS 27


NEW ENGLAND @ NEW ORLEANS

The Patriots defense picked off rookie Jets QB Zach Wilson four times last week. Bill Belichick’s “D” has given up just 23 points so far this season. Saints QB Jameis Winston isn’t a rookie, but Belichick will work
his magic on him anyway. After a huge win over Green Bay in Week 1, Winston and the Saints offense was stymied by Carolina in a 26-7 defeat. Defense wins this one… NEW ENGLAND 24, NEW ORLEANS 20

 

ATLANTA @ NY GIANTS
The Giants showed some life last week despite losing to Washington. Despite being 0-2, they are favored to beat Atlanta at home. The Falcons gave up 32 points in Week 1 and 48 last week in a loss to Tampa Bay. Two Bucs touchdowns came on pick-six returns of Matt Ryan interceptions. The Giants defense doesn’t appear to be that bad, but they give up 413.5 yards and 28.5 points per game. Ryan will take
advantage… ATLANTA 28, NY GIANTS 24


PITTSBURGH @ CINCINNATI

Prior to last year’s second meeting, the Steelers had beaten the Bengals in 11 straight games. Cincy QB Joe Burrow got picked off on three consecutive passes last week. Pittsburgh underachieved in a loss to
the Raiders. Time to get back on track and start a new streak. The Steelers haven’t lost to the Bengals at home since 2015… PITTSBURGH 28, CINCINNATI 20


ARIZONA @ JACKSONVILLE
Urban Meyer will figure out that you cannot win NFL games when you give up 30 points a game. That won’t be this year, and it certainly won’t be in this Week 3 game against Arizona. The Cardinals are 2-0
and have scored 34 and 38 points in their first two games. The Jags won’t have an answer for Arizona QB Kyler Murray and company… ARIZONA 38, JACKSONVILLE 21


DENVER @ NY JETS
The Jets are still the Jets. The Broncos, on the other hand, are 2-0 with a very good defense and a quarterback – Teddy Bridgewater – that can win games. Last week, Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson threw
four interceptions. The Denver defense could force him to do the same. On the road in Denver, New York will drop to 0-3… DENVER 24, NY JETS 17


LAS VEGAS @ MIAMI

In typical Brian Flores fashion, the Miami Dolphins are starting slowly again. They take on the unbeaten Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. QB Tua Tagovailoa was injured in last week’s brutal 35-0 loss to Buffalo.
Without him, the Dolphins offense will struggle. The Raiders looked good in a win over Pittsburgh. It’s hard to see Las Vegas losing this one… LAS VEGAS 27, MIAMI 10


DALLAS @ PHILADELPHIA

It’s a crucial NFC East matchup in Week 3 of the 2021 season. Dallas is coming off a last-second win over the Chargers. The Eagles were pounded by the 49ers and lost DE Brandon Graham to an Achilles injury. Philly has won two of the last three in this series, but Dallas won at home last season without QB Dak Prescott. He’s now back and you know what that means… DALLAS 31, PHILADELPHIA 23

 

 

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Neither Miami nor Jacksonville is as bad as some might think. The Dolphins gave Buffalo all they could handle last week and Jacksonville did the same in a three-point loss to Tennessee. The Jags have won the last two in the series, but the last meeting was in 2018. Gardner Minshew is the real deal and the Jags continue to overachieve, but Miami has the better roster… MIAMI 30, JACKSONVILLE 23

 

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The Falcons are scoring 32 points a game, but they are 0-2. They lost a heartbreaker to Dallas last week. They entertain the Bears in Week 3. Chicago, surprisingly, is 2-0 after a Week 2 win over the Giants. In Atlanta, this is the week the Falcons begin to put it all together… ATLANTA 33, CHICAGO 17

 

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The Buffalo defense was supposed to carry the Bills again in 2020, but QB Josh Allen is starting to look like something really special. Allen threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Miami last week. The Bills defense will be challenged by a Rams offense that is averaging 28.5 points per game. Making the trip east is tough on West Coast teams, and the Buffalo defense will make that trip even tougher… BUFFALO 24, L.A. RAMS 17

 

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Cleveland picked up its first win of the season last week as the offense put up 35 points. Washington gave up 30 points and 438 yards to Arizona in a loss. Washington has won three straight in this series, but the last win was in 2016. In fact, since 1975, Cleveland has only won twice in nine games against Washington. Make it three this week… CLEVELAND 31, WASHINGTON 20

 

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The Vikings are a surprising 0-2 after a loss to Indianapolis last week. The Titans are the only unbeaten in the AFC South after beating Jacksonville. Tennessee has beaten the Vikings just once since 1995. This should be a battle of two good defenses though Minnesota may be without LB Anthony Barr who suffered a shoulder injury last week. The Vikings desperately need a win… MINNESOTA 20, TENNESSEE 17

 

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Patriots QB Cam Newton has proven he still has something left. Newton ran for two touchdowns in Week 1 and passed for 397 yards and a score in Week 2. The Raiders will travel to New England and attempting to do something they haven’t done since 1994 – win in Foxborough. The Patriots will bounce back from a Week 2 loss to Seattle… NEW ENGLAND 28, LAS VEGAS 20

 

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The Jets got pounded by San Francisco’s backups last week and appear headed for disaster. The Colts and QB Philip Rivers are starting to come into their own. Indianapolis beat Minnesota 28-11 last week. The Colts and Jets have played five times since 2011. The Jets have won four of those games. Not this time… INDIANAPOLIS 28, N.Y. JETS 13

 

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The Chargers gave the Chiefs everything they had but lost on an overtime field goal. Rookie Justin Herbert started the game as Tyrod Taylor was injured. Carolina has played well at times and RB Christian McCaffery is tough to slow down. Having to travel to Los Angeles will give the Chargers an edge… L.A. CHARGERS 29, CAROLINA 27

 

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The Bucs looked good in a 31-17 win over Carolina in Week 2. Leonard Fournette rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns and Tom Brady threw for 217 yards and a score. Denver might be without QB Drew Lock who suffered a shoulder injury in the Broncos loss to the Steelers last week. WR Courtland Sutton is also a likely scratch. Playing in Denver at altitude is difficult, but without a starting quarterback the Broncos will have a tough time winning this one… TAMPA BAY 28, DENVER 20

 

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Don’t look now, but the Arizona Cardinals are 2-0. QB Kyler Murray has been outstanding. He threw for 286 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores last week. Detroit set an NFL record last week when they blew a double-digit lead for the 11th consecutive time. Having to travel to Arizona will not help the Lions… ARIZONA 34, DETROIT 27

 

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The Cowboys battled back to beat Atlanta last week while Seattle and Russell Wilson look like Super Bowl contenders. Dallas beat Seattle in last year’s NFC wild card game. Wilson has nine touchdown passes in two games. Despite there being no fans, Seattle is still tough at home… SEATTLE 33, DALLAS 30

 

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Everyone questioned the Packers’ offseason moves, but Green Bay is now 2-0 after consecutive NFC North victories. Now, they head to New Orleans for another matchup of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Green Bay’s last visit to the Superdome didn’t go so well. New Orleans won 44-23 in 2014. This one should be better… GREEN BAY 44, NEW ORLEANS 38

 

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It’s the season’s most anticipated matchup thus far. In what could be a prelude of the AFC championship, defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City takes on Baltimore. Both teams enter the game 2-0. The Chiefs have won the last three games in the series, including last year’s 33-28 win. Kansas City struggled last week and the game is in Baltimore. Advantage home team… BALTIMORE 30, KANSAS CITY 27

 

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Even though it’s only Week 3, this is a crucial AFC South matchup. At 0-2, Jacksonville cannot afford another loss let alone a second straight division loss. The problem is the Jags are starting a backup quarterback, Gardner Minshew, and the Titans have won the last four straight against the Jags. Make it five… Tennessee 14, Jacksonville 10.

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Surprisingly, the Bills are 2-0. Not so surprisingly, the Bengals are 0-2. Cincinnati has beaten Buffalo in four of the last five meetings between the two teams. That includes two wins in Buffalo, but this isn’t 2013 or 2015. The Bills defense is outstanding. The Bengals managed just 17 points last week against San Francisco… Buffalo 23, Cincinnati 17.

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The dumpster fire that is the Miami Dolphins will add some more fuel on Sunday when they travel to 2-0 Dallas. Miami has scored a total of 10 points in two games. As bad as the offense is, the defense is probably worse. Dallas has looked strong in two impressive NFC East wins (NY Giants, Washington). Dallas at home against the worst team in the NFL seems like a lock… Dallas 34, Miami 14.

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Green Bay has started the Matt LaFleur era off strong. Despite the LaFleur-Aaron Rodgers disagreement on the sideline of last week’s victory over Minnesota, the 2-0 Packers have played well. On the other end, the Broncos, 0-2, have not. Penalties and an offense that is 28th in the league in scoring (15.0 points per game) have haunted Denver. They will again on Sunday… Green Bay 24, Denver 17.

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Interesting fact. The Colts and Falcons have played each other just 16 times since Atlanta became a franchise in 1965. Indianapolis has won all but two of those 16 games. The teams last met in 2015, a 24-21 Colts win. The last time they played in Indianapolis was in 2011, a game won by Atlanta. The Falcons (1-1) won last week on a late touchdown catch by Julio Jones. Tough to beat the Colts at home. They were 6-2 at home last year… Indianapolis 22, Atlanta 20.

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Both the Chiefs and Ravens are off to 2-0 starts in the new season. Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson is really proving himself with seven touchdown passes through two weeks. He will square off with last year’s NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, who also has seven scoring passes. The last two Ravens-Chiefs matchups have been won by Kansas City, including last year’s thriller, a 27-24 victory at home… Kansas City 30, Baltimore 27.

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The Raiders simply didn’t have enough firepower to beat Kansas City last week. Minnesota didn’t have enough to beat Green Bay. The Vikings Dalvin Cook ran for 154 yards and a touchdown, but the defense couldn’t stop the two Aarons – QB Aaron Rodgers and RB Aaron Jones (116 yards and a touchdown). Minnesota is only giving up 16.5 points a game and playing at home, they don’t lose this week … Minnesota 27, Oakland 20.

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The Jets have only beaten the Patriots twice since 2011. Both games were Jets home games and both went to overtime. Without Sam Darnold at quarterback and with RB Le’Veon Bell, LB C.J. Mosley, and DT Quinnen Williams all not 100 percent; the Jets simply aren’t going to beat the defending Super Bowl champions in Foxborough. So far this season, New England has outscored its opponents 76-3… New England 31, NY Jets 17.

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The Saints took one on the chin last week and now QB Drew Brees might be injured. He has a thumb injury that will leave him at less than 100 percent. The Seahawks have quietly gone 2-0 with wins over Cincinnati (0-2) and Pittsburgh (0-2). Seattle is very tough to beat at home. In fact, the last three times the Seahawks hosted the Saints, they won. It will happen again on Sunday… Seattle 24, New Orleans 23.

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The Browns and Rams haven’t met since the Rams moved back to Los Angeles. The Rams have proved why they are a likely repeat NFC champion after beating Carolina and New Orleans to start the new season. Cleveland has plenty of talent but not the experience of the Rams. It will show on Sunday… LA Rams 37, Cleveland 27.

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Shockingly, the Bears have not beaten the Redskins since 2003. They don’t play that often, but Washington has won seven straight against Chicago. The Redskins are off to an 0-2 start thanks, in large part, to a defense that is awful. Washington has allowed three passing touchdowns of at least 50 yards this season. That is why they are giving up over 31 points per game. The Bears (1-1) defense is outstanding… Chicago 21, Washington 3.

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