NFL Top Five Picks For Week 3
The NFL season is off to a wild start. The Philadelphia Eagles are 0-2, as are the Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints. Talk about a wild start. Here are our picks for Week 3:
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
Odds: Giants -4
The Giants lost two games after leading in the fourth quarter, so they’ll make sure that doesn’t happen again when they face Washington. That being said, the Redskins punched well above their weight in a 24-10 win over St. Louis last week. With the Cowboys’ injuries and the Eagles’ struggles, the winner of this game will be in good shape in the NFC East.
Pick: Giants -4
Jacksonville Jaguars @ New England Patriots
Odds: Patriots -14
After Deflategate, the Patriots, and Tom Brady in particular, are playing with something to prove. Only Arizona has put up more points than New England after two weeks and the Pats scored 40 on the road against Buffalo – the team that many perceived to have the best defense in the league. None of this bodes well for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who looked more lucky than good when they upset Miami last week.
Pick: Patriots -14
Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens
Odds: Ravens -3
The Ravens are 0-2 for the first time under John Harbaugh. Their defense looked porous in the team’s loss to Oakland, allowing 37 points to the Raiders. The Ravens clearly miss the pass rush and leadership of Terrell Suggs and the Cincinnati offense could put up huge numbers. However, the Ravens’ first two games have both been on the road on the West Coast. Now they’re back at home where they are tough to beat. Look for them to get on the board here.
Pick: Ravens -3
Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins
Odds: Dolphins -3
This is an interesting matchup for a number of reasons. Both come in with chips on their shoulders because of Week 2 losses, and on top of that they’re division rivals who know a loss will set them back big time as the Patriots and Jets are both 2-0. The Bills’ defense was embarrassed by the Patriots and they’ll play better in Week 3. However, the concern here has to be Tyrod Taylor, who is making his first road start. Don’t expect the Bills’ offense to look as good as it did last week.
Pick: Dolphins -3
Kansas City Chiefs @ Green Bay Packers
Odds: Packers -6.5
The Chiefs have to show their resolve after a tough loss to Denver in which they allowed 14 points in the final two minutes of the game. However, going to Green Bay is probably the worst thing for them right now. The Packers pulled out a hard-fought win against Seattle in a rematch of the NFC title game and Aaron Rodgers, while generally outstanding, is even better at home. The Chiefs’ defense has struggled early this season, ranking 15th in total yards and 19th in points allowed per game (25.5). That’s going to be a problem at Lambeau Field.
Pick: Packers -6.5
Last Week’s Record: 1-4
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