By Chris Schisler
Last week I got 10 games right. Here are my picks for the NFL Week 3 slate.
NFL Picks: Winners are highlighted purple
Panthers @ Texans
Davis Mills, welcome to the NFL. The Panthers have looked a little good, and a little bad. They should be able to take on a rookie quarterback though. Give me Sam Darnold and the Panthers, but not too convincingly.
Chargers @ Chiefs
The Chiefs just lost in the best game I have ever seen. They’ll be out for a little vengeance against a division rival. Justin Herbert and the Chargers look better, but I don’t see them outdoing Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
Cardinals @ Jaguars
The Cardinals look really good offensively. Kyler Murray is playing awesome football. I don’t see how the Jaguars stop the Cardinals. I also don’t see the Jaguars putting up the points to win this one. The Jaguars are heading to a very convincing 0-3 mark.
Bears @ Browns
The Browns played around a bit with the Texans. In the end, they pulled away and you knew they were going to win it. Do the Browns have more issues than most pundits want to admit? Sure. However, the Browns have a ton of talent and they should win this game.
Washington Football Team @ Bills
Buffalo wasn’t right in their opener against the Steelers. Washington just gave up 29 points to a Giants team that isn’t great. Give me the Bills here. Josh Allen has a good day and the Bills eat up the Washington offensive line defensively.
Colts @ Titans
Carson Wentz is hurt and the Colts haven’t looked that good. The Titans woke up last week with an overtime win. I don’t have confidence in either team. The Titans are at home and they found their identity on offense last week. Give me Tennessee.
Saints @ Patriots
Which Saints team is real? The Saints team that whooped the Packers or the Saints team that got rocked by the Panthers. The Patriots are at home. While I don’t think the Patriots have been all that tested this season and I still have doubts about their offense led by Mac Jones, they’ve looked very similar in their two outings this season. This game could go either way and Bill Belichick coaching at home is the only thing giving me the Patriots as my pick.
Falcons @ Giants
The Giants and the Falcons are bad football teams. I don’t have confidence in either team. The Giants are at home and the Falcons are very convincingly 0-2. Give me the Giants in a game NFL RedZone doesn’t want to be stuck on too much.
Bengals @ Steelers
This will be my first time picking the Steelers this season. If this game was in Cincinnati, I’d be very tempted to pick the Bengals. The Steelers’ offense isn’t very good. The Bengals offense is under the radar strong. The defense of the Steelers will get to Joe Burrow just enough in a tough place to play. The Steelers win, but their offense will remain a problem.
Ravens @ Lions
The only chance the Lions have is if the Ravens have a complete letdown game after their big win against the Chiefs. The Lions have looked good for a couple of quarters in both games. They haven’t put a good game together yet. This Lions’ defense isn’t very good. The Packers just put up 35 on them, but that was in a slow start. Give me the Ravens to drop 42 and get the win. If the Lions score under 20, I’ll have virtually no new concerns with the Ravens.
Jets @ Broncos
Zach Wilson looked atrocious last week. The Broncos have been impressive. I’m not ready to call the Broncos one of the better teams in the AFC, but they are a class above the Jets.
Dolphins @ Raiders
Derek Carr just sliced up the Steelers. He’s going to do that against the Dolphins. That’s essentially a given. Tua Tagovailoa is out for this game and the Raiders are at home. That’s enough for a Vegas blowout.
Buccaneers @ Rams
This one is going to be good. I think the Rams get revenge against Brady. The Super Bowl loss to the Patriots can’t quite be avenged against Tampa Bay but I think that’s the framing of this game. Give me the Rams to win with Matthew Stafford making one more big play than Tom Brady.
Seahawks @ Vikings
The Seahawks will beat the Vikings. The Vikings can make it a shootout but Russell Wilson should come out the victor.
Packers @ 49ers
The Packers had their get-right game. I’m not sold on the 49ers. The Packers offensive line scares me because I feel like I’ve seen this movie before. Give me the Pack.
Eagles @ Cowboys
Give me the Cowboys here. The Eagles looked like world-beaters against the Falcons and then fizzled out last week. I guess the Falcons can make anybody look good. Dak Prescott puts up too many points at home and the Cowboys win.
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NFL week three starts tonight. Let’s get it.