NFL Week 3 Picks: Road Teams That Will Prevail on Sunday
The home team is never safe in the NFL, and several traveling squads will prove that point in Week 3.
The NFL is riddled with parity, and although a few teams have legitimate home-field advantages, the majority of the league is a crap shoot.
With several of the league's top teams traveling in Week 3, look for the following road teams to escape with victories.
GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
The Bengals play their second game of the season on Monday night, so it will be easier to predict this game after seeing how they perform at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, even if Cincy blows the Steelers away, I'm expecting a Packers win in this one.
Aaron Rodgers has been simply phenomenal through the first two weeks of the season, completing 55-of-79 passes for 813 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. The result has been two solid games for the Packers, even though they were unable to upset the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1.
Running back Eddie Lacy (concussion) will likely be limited, but considering how well Rodgers and the Packers receivers are playing, I doubt it will matter. Look for the Packers to win this one in a shootout.
BUFFALO BILLS (1-1) at New York Jets (1-1)
The Bills have been one of the most surprising teams in the NFL this season.
After nearly upsetting Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Week 1, the Bills pulled off a hard fought 24-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
EJ Manuel, the Bill's rookie signal-caller, showed poise yet again, completing a clutch 2-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson to win the game with just two seconds left.
The Bills also got another strong performance from the running back duo of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. The two backs were involved throughout the game, and they combined to finish with 133 rushing yards, 49 receiving yards and a touchdown.
The Jets have allowed just 15 points per game this season, but that's because they've only faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the depleted Patriots. Manuel, Spiller, Jackson and the rest of the Bills should be able to run all over Rex Ryan's crew.
CHICAGO BEARS (2-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
Like the Bengals, the Steelers have yet to play their second game of the season, so they will be easier to evaluate after Monday night. But also like the Bengals, I don't think the Steelers' Week 2 performance will improve their chances next Sunday.
The Chicago Bears have been far from perfect, but you have to respect their ability to overcome turnovers and beat quality teams.
After a tight Week 1 victory over the Bengals, the Bears took down the NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Trailing with less than a minute to play, Jay Cutler hit Martellus Bennett for a 16-yard touchdown to win the game. It was Bennett's second touchdown on the day.
The Bears have their flaws (Cutler has already thrown three picks this season), but with their explosive passing attack and opportunistic defense, they should have no trouble against the Steelers.
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