NFL Picks Week 3
Mike Asti: 21-10-1
Parker Hurley: 20-11-1
Alan Saunders: 20-11-1
Ron Lippock: 18-13-1
Mike Asti: 10-6
Parker Hurley: 9-7
Ron Lippock: 10-6
Alan Saunders: 11-5
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Lippock: No pick
Saunders: Jaguars. Jags played Houston tight on the road, and Houston is better than Tennessee. Also, Gardner Minshew deserves to have good things happen to him.
Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles
Saunders: Lions. Eagles are a mess right now with a ton of injuries.
New York Jets at New England Patriots
Saunders: Patriots. By 50. Again.
Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings
Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs
Saunders: Chiefs, but I can really see this one going either way. We will find out a lot about how good the Ravens are in this one.
Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts
Saunders: Falcons, in a game that I can’t quite figure out why they’re underdogs after knocking off Philly.
Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers
Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys
Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills
Saunders: Bills. One of these days, the Bills will play a real football team and lose. Today is not that day.
New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Saunders: Buccaneers. Daniel Jones was 0-3 against Pitt in his college career. I did not have the same evaluation the Giants did when they took him in the first round.
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals
Saunders: Cardinals. Kyler Murray beat out Kyle Allen and made him transfer to Houston. Not going to start losing to him now.
Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers
Even though everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for the Steelers so far this season, this team is too talented, especially on defense, to not get it going eventually. Pittsburgh is 0-2, but faced off against two strong contenders. That’s in contrast to San Francisco, who played two weak opponents in weeks 1 and 2. No matter how much confidence people may have in Mason Rudolph, it’s rarely easy for a young quarterback in his first career start. With that said, I think he will play adequately enough and others, maybe James Washington for example, will step up to help the Steelers finally get a win.
Saunders: 49ers. The Steelers offense was having trouble before Ben Roethlisberger got hurt, and while I’m a believer when it comes to Mason Rudolph, there’s a ton of work to do. Meanwhile, San Francisco has had an impressive start even without running back Tevin Coleman.
49ers 27, Steelers 21
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks
Saunders: Seahawks, which impressed me in their win in Pittsburgh last week. It’s not a big-name offense, but Russell Wilson can direct a drive as well as anyone. Saints are going to really miss Drew Brees.
Houston Texans at Los Angeles Chargers
Saunders: Chargers by a hair. Worst home-field advantage in the league won’t help them any, and Houston is underrated, but somehow so are Philip Rivers and company.
Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns
Saunders: Rams by a bunch. Still very skeptical of the Browns and beating the hapless Jets on Monday night did little for me.
Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins
This is an atrocious matchup for the Redskins and their head coach Jay Gruden knows it. Washington has struggled mightily to get their ground game going and a struggling offense may be just what the Bears need to wake up and be the force they can be. Expect Mack and company to feast on Monday night.
Saunders: Bears, and a good night to do the laundry. Woof.