NFL Picks Week 3: Which Teams Do ESPN Experts Hate This Week?

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
NFL Picks Week 3: Which Teams Do ESPN Experts Hate This Week?
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

ESPN released their picks for Week 3 of the NFL season on Thursday, and while only five "experts" made their choices as of 3 p.m. EDT, there were several unanimous picks among the weekend's games. 

Here are some of the teams that ESPN didn't favor in their picks:

Buffalo Bills (vs. New England Patriots)

The Bills are a nice story at 2-0, but beating Tom Brady is another story. He's 17-1 lifetime against Buffalo. I'm sure someone wanted to pick the upset, but it's hard to bet against Brady right now.

Denver Broncos (vs. Tennessee Titans)

This is probably more a vote of confidence for the Titans than a knock on the Broncos. The Titans really bounced back well against the Ravens in Week 2. They could be a dark horse in the AFC South.

Minnesota Vikings (vs. Detroit Lions)

Picking the Lions as a clear winner on the road at the Metrodome would have seemed crazy less than two years ago. Now, the Lions look like the NFL's next best thing and the Vikings look lost. 0-3 looks like it's headed Minnesota's way.

Houston Texans (vs. New Orleans Saints)

I thought at least one would pick the Texans on the road, but it seems they still have something to prove. Drew Brees is going to be a major test for a defense that has played well but hasn't faced a major threat.

New York Giants (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)

No love for the Giants? Apparently not. The Eagles look like they will have Michael Vick, and that's enough for ESPN to unanimous pick Philly over New York.

Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Carolina Panthers)

This is an interesting battle between rookie quarterbacks early in the season, but it's hard not to pick Cam Newton. Back-to-back 400-yard games gives the pickers some confidence in him over Blaine Gabbert. 

Kansas City Chiefs (vs. San Diego Chargers)

What a mess the Chiefs have become. Just a year after winning 10 games and the AFC West, they are the laughing stock of football. Will they show some pride on the road in San Diego? The boys at ESPN don't seem to think so. 

Seattle Seahawks (vs. Arizona Cardinals)

Where is the wisdom in signing Tarvaris Jackson, a career backup, then inserting him as your starting quarterback? That plan has backfired miserably. With T-Jax under center, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Seahawks as underdogs every week this season. 

Indianapolis Colts (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)

No Peyton Manning equals big trouble for the Colts against one of the NFL's best defenses. Kerry Collins better be quick in his reads Sunday or he might not make it 60 minutes. And speaking of defense, or lack there of, the Colts run defense is just awful. Easy choice for ESPNers. 

Follow B/R on Facebook


Subscribe Now

By signing up for our newsletter, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Thanks for signing up.