Picking the Winners For Week 3 of the NFL Season.

Paul Carreau@@PaulCarreauAnalyst ISeptember 24, 2010

This will be the first time I have published my picks.

I am hoping to do it every week for the rest of the season, but if my picks turn out nearly as bad as they did in the first two weeks, I may to embarrassed to continue on. I guess that is what makes the NFL so much fun.

From week to week, you just never know who is going to be the team to beat.

The format is going to be simple enough. For each game, I will give a quick overview of anything I feel may be important to the outcome, followed with my winner and the final score.

Enough with the intro—on with the picks:

Buffalo @ New England - This is the only game on the schedule that not only am I confident about, but I am positive about.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will be taking over for Trent Edwards as Buffalo's starting quarterback, but does it really matter? The Bills have the potential to be this year's version of the 2008 Detroit Lions. 

0-16 is definitely a possibility.

Tom Brady and the Patriots are going to put up points in bunches. The Bills have the unenviable task of dealing with a mad Patriots team that is coming off a disappointing loss to the Jets one week ago. And worse, they have to do it on the road.

Patriots in a laugher. Patriots 41-10.

Atlanta @ New Orleans - After an ugly Week 1, the Falcons bounced back with a dominating win in Week 2.

The Saints have managed to start 2-0, but not with the high powered offense that everyone expected; instead, they have had to pull out two nail-biters.

The first divisional game of the season for both teams should be no different. The Falcons have already shown this season, that they can either be a really good team, or just a mediocre team depending on the opponent.

Unfortunately for them, New Orleans is a real good team. I like the Saints, but it should be close. Saints 27-21.

Detroit @ Minnesota - On paper, this looks like an easy one. But in reality, it is two 0-2 teams squaring off.

Minnesota and their high-powered offense have managed only 19 points in two weeks.

Detroit, on the other hand, has shown vast signs of improvement.

They easily should have beaten Chicago in Week 1 and they put on a great comeback to nearly knock off Philadelphia last week.

But, sheer logic says the Vikings should be the far superior team here. And besides, they are due for a huge offensive game. Vikings 34-16.

Cleveland @ Baltimore - After Week 1, I wrote an article about how I thought that Baltimore had a legitimate chance to run the table this year.

Then, they promptly went out and lost three days later. Thanks for making me look like an idiot!

But what better way to get back on track, than a home game against the hapless Browns. This one shouldn't be close. Ravens 28-7.

Dallas @ Houston - The Cowboys are a team with some major problems.

This is a team that was supposed to be a Super Bowl contender, but has looked awful through two weeks.

The Texans, on the other hand, are quickly becoming the feel good story of the season.

After a decisive win over the Colts in Week 1, the Texans put on a feverish second half rally to get a come from behind win over Washington.

Based on how these two teams are playing, there is no reason to think that each team won''t continue their early season trends. Texans 27-20.

San Francisco @ Kansas City - The 49ers looked brutally bad against Seattle in Week 1, then came back to take the defending Super Bowl champs to the wire in Week 2.

Kansas City, meanwhile, starts out 2-0 after an impressive opening win against the Chargers, and a victory over the inept Browns.

This is supposed to be the year that San Francisco wins the NFC West and there is still no reason to think they won't.

While it has been a nice start for the Chiefs, it can't last forever. Each teams' fortunes begin to change this week: one for the better, one for the worse. 49ers 21-13.

Tennessee @ NY Giants - The two teams have almost mirrored each other through two weeks. They each looked good in Week 1 wins, and then they each looked really bad in Week 2 losses.

I think both of these teams are going to struggle to finish the season any better than 9-7. So, if the playoffs are in the cards for either one, this could prove to be a pivotal game.

While Chris Johnson will easily have a better game than last week, I think that Eli Manning will come up big for the Giants. Giants 24-20

Pittsburgh @ Tampa Bay - The Steelers have really surprised me with their 2-0 start.

With Charlie Batch making his first start since 2007, he becomes the Steelers fourth different quarterback option already.

The way the defense has been playing though, it doesn't matter if it was Roethlisberger, Leftwich, the now injured Dennis Dixon, or even Batch—the Steelers can still win.

While Tampa Bay has started 2-0, they haven't played anyone of the Steelers' caliber yet.

One of these teams will be 3-0, and the bad news for the Bucs is, it won't be them. Steelers 23-7.

Cincinnati @ Carolina - I thought that behind the running of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, Carolina could be this year's surprise team. So far, they have been a big disappointment.

The Bengals have already had an up and down season; after getting blown out by New England, they came back with a win over Baltimore in a slugfest.

While Carson Palmer hasn't risen back to elite quarterback status yet, this could be a game that gets him moving in the right direction.

The Panthers' disappointing season continues. Bengals 28-14.

Philadelphia @ Jacksonville - Michael Vick has played very well in relief of Kevin Kolb. He gets another chance as he will again start for the Eagles.

While Vick hasn't been a problem, the defense has.

After a Week 1 loss to Green Bay, the Eagles nearly blew an 18 point lead to the Lions a week later.

They travel to Jacksonville, whose Jaguars were very sloppy in a Week 2 loss, turning the ball over six times.

This game has the feel of an Eagles win, but I think that Maurice Jones-Drew is due for a monster game.

Call this a hunch more than anything. Jaguars 28-27.

Washington @ St. Louis - Another one that on paper almost looks easy.

After the Redskins defense came up huge over Dallas, they were non-existent last week against the Texans.

They should be able to return to form against the Rams, whose major offense is Steven Jackson.

The Rams, to their credit, have at least had chances in both of their games, and behind rookie quarterback, Sam Bradford, are offering some glimmers of hope for the future.

The key to this game will be which offense shows up for the Redskins: The one that only managed two field goals in Week 1, or the one that put up 27 points and 421 yards in Week 2.

Call this another gut feeling. Rams 21-13.

Oakland @ Arizona - Both teams come in to this game at 1-1. Both have gotten their wins over the Rams, and they both looked terrible in their losses.

While I am a die hard Raiders fan, through two weeks they haven't shown me too much to be excited about yet again this year.

This game has a chance to turn real ugly, real fast.

If it was in Oakland, I would be able to listen to my heart. But it's not, so I can't. Cardinals 17-14.

San Diego @ Seattle - This is another matchup featuring two 1-1 teams.

The difference is that San Diego is a good 1-1 team, while Seattle is not.

After an ugly opening loss, the Chargers, and especially Phillip Rivers, were firing on all cylinders.

Playing against a Seahawk defense that gave up 307 yards to Kyle Orton last week, there is no reason to think that Rivers won't have another big game. Chargers 35-14.

Indianapolis @ Denver - Both teams had impressive Week 2 wins after disappointing losses the previous week.

Peyton Manning is already making his case for MVP, and offensively the Colts as a whole are red hot. Last week, they rushed the ball 43 times, the most in a single game in the Manning era.

If this team continues to commit to the run, and continue to use it as effectively as last week, they will be a tough team for anyone to beat.

The Broncos, meanwhile, looked good last week as well. The Seahawks are not as talented as the Colts, so this week will be a lot different.

I wish I could say that Denver had some chance, but I don't think they do. Colts 31-13.

NY Jets @ Miami - Which Mark Sanchez shows up this week? The one that looked terrible against Baltimore, or the one that shined against New England?

The Jets get their third straight tough opponent as they travel to Miami to take on the surprising 2-0 Dolphins. The Dolphins offensively have been nothing to get too excited about, but the defense has been fantastic.

And when talking about defense, the Jets have to be in the conversation when considering some of the all-time great defenses.

So, again, this game depends on Mark Sanchez. If the good Mark shows up, the Jets can definitely win.

But keep this in mind: the Dolphins have only given up 10 points in each of their first two games. I think they make it 3 for 3. Dolphins 16-10.

Green Bay @ Chicago - I think that the Packers, even without Ryan Grant, are still well on their way to the Super Bowl.

Aaron Rodgers has quickly taken his place beside Manning, Brees, and Brady as one of the elite quarterbacks in the game.

And the defense, lead by Charles Woodson, has a knack for making big plays.

Playing against a turnover prone Jay Cutler, I would expect a few big plays.

Chicago had their season highlight with last weeks win over the Cowboys. This game is all about the Packers. Packers 34-17.


So, there they are. I actually feel pretty confident with these picks. I think the Rams could be the surprise of the week.

Game of the week honors will go to the Jets and Dolphins. It won't be a great offensive display, but it should be close all game long.

Do with these picks what you want, and enjoy the games.


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