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Week 3 NFL Picks: Full Predictions for Every Game

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) throws the ball against the San Diego Chargers during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 16, 2013

Week 2 of the NFL season has featured some exciting games, and while Week 3 doesn't have any truly huge matchups, there will still be some very entertaining games to watch.

There are going to be a number of storylines entering next week.  The Kansas City Chiefs will be looking to exceed their win total from 2012 in just three games as Andy Reid returns to Philadelphia for the first time.  Playoff teams from 2012 like the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings will be looking to avoid 0-3 starts.  

Here are my full predictions for Week 3, followed by more detailed predictions from the week's top games to watch.

 

Week 3 NFL Predictions

 

Top Games to Watch

Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles

Andy Reid is coming back to town, but this isn't the same Philadelphia Eagles team that was there when he left.

Chip Kelly has installed a new and incredibly exciting offense for the Eagles.  They've produced 954 yards of total offense in just two games and scored 63 points.  Michael Vick has looked like his old self, throwing for 631 yards and four touchdowns through the air to go along with 77 yards and two scores on the ground.

For the Chiefs, they've already matched their 2012 win total, going 2-0 to start the season.  They started the year off by walloping the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-2, then won in a 17-16 thriller against the Dallas Cowboys.  Alex Smith seems to be loving the new offense, throwing for almost 400 yards and four scores.

Both teams look much improved from 2012, and this will be a great game to gauge just how far they've come.  I think the Eagles spoil the trip back to Philly for Reid, however, and they use that up-tempo offense to continue to put points up in bunches.

Prediction: Eagles 31, Chiefs 21

 

St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys

These are two teams that I'm really not sure what to think of up to this point, but this should be a game where we finally get a good enough look to determine just how good they both are.

The Rams started the season off nicely with a big win over their NFC West rivals in the Arizona Cardinals.  Jared Cook looked great at the tight end position, putting up 141 yards and two TDs on seven catches.  They then put up a good fight against the Atlanta Falcons, losing 24-31.  Rookie receiver Tavon Austin had six catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys have had two polarizing games.  One was a shootout going back and forth with the New York Giants, while the other was a low-scoring thriller.  

The Cowboys always find ways to let me down when I pick them, so I won't.  The Rams have a strong front seven on defense and some emerging weapons on offense that make it look like they have a shot to win a fair amount of games in 2013.

Prediction: Rams 28, Cowboys 17

 

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens

Based off of last season, this should be one of the biggest games of the year, but it just doesn't have that same feel through the first two weeks of the season.

The Texans escaped San Diego after an incredible comeback win (or epic collapse) against the Chargers.  They then came back and won another close won, taking down the Tennessee Titans in overtime.  Matt Schaub is showing some signs of putting up a big season, thanks in large part to DeAndre Hopkins, who has put up 183 yards and a score through two games.

The Ravens have been busy playing in ugly games.   They allowed seven passing touchdowns in the NFL opener against the Denver Broncos, then barely came away with a win against the Cleveland Browns.  The new offense under Jim Caldwell has not looked good, and the run game has been inexplicably struggling.

I really think that the Ravens have more questions than answers at the moment.  The Texans have played in two very close games, but they've also had an improved passing game and won both of them.  Expect Schaub to have another big game through the air, and for him to look Hopkins' way just a bit more.

Prediction: Texans 30, Ravens 24

 

 

 

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