NFL Picks Week 3: Home Teams Sure to Blow Out Visiting Squads

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Rain falls to delay the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on September 15, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Home teams have a big advantage early in the season regardless of who they are playing, so the Seattle Seahawks are one of the teams that will blow out visiting squads in Week 3.

Each team on this list is expected to blow out its opponent. Between playing at home and the quality of competition, these teams are going to feast on the visitors.

A few of these teams, such as the Seahawks and the Denver Broncos, are coming off emotional wins last week. This week is a dangerous week for them as they could be overlooking their opponents, but they are good enough teams to not suffer letdowns.

Below is a full schedule for Week 3 along with teams that are sure to win in blowouts.


Minnesota Vikings (vs. Cleveland Browns)

As of last Sunday, this looked like it might be a close game. However, a lot changed on Wednesday that has the Browns in danger of being blown out.

Brandon Weeden left last week's loss in Baltimore with a thumb injury and will miss this week's game. Backup Jason Campbell was unable to lead the team to a comeback on the final drive of the game. With Weeden out this week, the obvious choice was to go with Campbell, who has played in 78 games since 2006. However, coach Rob Chudzinski surprised many with his decision.

Choosing the third-string quarterback was a questionable move. Brian Hoyer went undrafted in 2009 and is on his third team since the beginning of last season. The 27-year-old completed only 56.6 percent of his passes and had only one touchdown with two interceptions in two games last year.

The Browns weren't done making shocking decisions on Wednesday. They traded away their best playmaker only two games into the season.

Trent Richardson has run for more than 1,000 yards since being drafted last year. He was the only real threat to make plays on offense, and now Hoyer doesn't have a proven back to hand the ball off to.

The Vikings have started the season 0-2, with both losses coming on the road to division rivals. They lost in the final seconds at Soldier Field last week, so they showed that they can hang with good teams.

Adrian Peterson has averaged 96.5 rushing yards through two games, and receivers Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson will be more productive now that they have a few weeks of playing with the team.

This is more about the Browns giving up on this season. They will get Josh Gordon back at receiver, but Hoyer has jumped around the league for a reason. Look for the Vikings to cruise against a team that could finish with the league's worst record. 



Seattle Seahawks (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)

The Seahawks made a statement with a 26-point victory against the San Francisco 49ers last weekend. It was supposed to be a strong defensive battle, but Marshawn Lynch scored three touchdowns in the second half as the Seahawks cruised to a home victory.

This is easily the biggest mismatch of the week. Seattle established itself as the team to beat in the NFC, and Jacksonville is expected to finish with the worst record in the league. The Jaguars just lost to the Oakland Raiders, so that says a lot.

Seattle has allowed only 10 points in two games, and Jacksonville has scored 11 points through two weeks. Now the Jaguars will have to go to CenturyLink Field, which is the NFL's toughest place for opponents to play. The Seahawks have won nine straight games in Seattle, and they have won by an average of 19.3 points per game. They have allowed only 10.9 points per game during the streak.

Jacksonville will be without starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert and receiver Justin Blackmon. Seattle's pass defense ranks No. 1 in the NFL. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has only 72 yards on 25 carries through two games, and he may not even be in the lineup, according to John Oehser of

Lynch is one of the best running backs in football, and Jacksonville's defense has allowed 173.5 rushing yards per game this season, which ranks 31st. 

Seattle's defense will shut down Jacksonville's offense, and the Jaguars won't be able to stop Lynch and the Seahawks on offense.


Denver Broncos (vs. Oakland Raiders)

Oakland is coming off its first win of the season, and Terrelle Pryor has looked good at quarterback. He has led the Raiders to the league's top rushing attack, but they don't have many playmakers at receiver. Now Oakland will travel to Denver to face the favorites in the AFC.

Peyton Manning enters Week 3 third with 384.5 passing yards per game and first with nine touchdowns. The four-time NFL Most Valuable Player has yet to throw an interception, which makes his numbers look even crazier.

Oakland's pass defense ranks fifth in the league, but that is heavily influenced by last week's game against the Jaguars.

The Raiders don't have enough players to stop the Broncos on offense. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas all have at least 10 receptions and 100 yards this year.

Manning has been held to fewer than 30 points only once in Denver since joining the Broncos. The team has averaged 34.4 points per game at home under Manning and has lost only twice—both times to playoff teams.

The Broncos beat the Raiders by an average of 22 points per game last season, including a 31-point blowout in Denver.

Manning will have a huge game and continue to be the front-runner for the MVP award.


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