NFL picks Week 3: Falcons-Cowboys and every other game
Nov 10, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) directs the offense against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-3)
All the pressure is on Baltimore to get a win, but luckily Joe Flacco doesn’t know what the word pressure means. Despite looking a lot worse than their division rivals through two games, the Ravens get on track with a huge win.
Pick: Baltimore 19, Cincinnati 18
Indianapolis Colts (-3.5) at Tennessee Titans
You can’t keep Andrew Luck down for long. Last year, the Colts started 0-2 and headed on the road to take on the Jaguars. The offense rolled and they would blow out the Jags. This game feels similar, although Luck has looked off color all season. Still, Indianapolis get its season rolling.
Pick: Indianapolis 42, Tennessee 23
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (-3)
What a mess in New Orleans. The Saints defense can’t make a stop and to make matters worse it looks like Drew Brees could be out. This all means they will probably go and win, such is the NFL. But I’m making the obvious pick.
Pick: Carolina 28, New Orleans 9
Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns (-3)
Through two weeks, these teams have been inconsistent. Cleveland picked up a big win over Tennessee las week, while Oakland stunned Baltimore. With Derek Carr back healthy and playing well, I expect the combination of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree to find a way through the Browns defense and find a way to win.
Pick: Oakland 21, Cleveland 14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans (-7)
Jameis Winston strolled into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and picked up a road victory just a week after his horrible debut. The Texans have to get it going at some point, and Arian Foster could be back for this one. If he plays he will be eased in, but I have the Texans breaking their duck.
Pick: Houston 19, Tampa Bay 14
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