My eyes are focused on the prize for NFL betting enthusiasts that are looking to cash in with a series of potentially winning Week 3 wagers as I break down the entire week’s slate of games with some fun-filled, yet informative picks that are sure to please.
With a brand new week looming, let’s get started.
NFL Preseason Week 3 Predictions
Thursday, Aug. 21
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia 7:30 PM ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
TV: NFL Network
Analysis: The Birds score points in bunches while the Steelers offense reminds me of a plodding 1970s run-first attack that says, ‘Don’t throw unless you have to’.
My Pick: Philadelphia 28 Pittsburgh 21
Friday, Aug. 22
Jacksonville at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Where: Ford Field
Analysis: Matt Stafford and Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson lead the Lions to victory over Blake Bortles and the rebuilding Jags as Detroit head coach Jim Caldwell continues to help his talented but immature team realize what’s really important.
My Pick: Lions 27 Jaguars 14
N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets 7:30 PM ET
Where: MetLife Stadium
Analysis: If Geno Smith doesn’t literally throw this game away, I’m going with the Jets’ Mike Vick to lead his team to victory over a Giants team I don’t have a whole lot of good feelings about at this point.
My Pick: Jets 21 Giants 20
Carolina at New England 7:30 PM ET
Where: Gillette Stadium
Analysis: It’s Tom Brady versus Cam Newton in this Week 3 showdown. It’s funny, but I don’t think the Panthers stand a chance when you put the game in those terms. The team with the best quarterback wins.
My Pick: Patriots 24 Panthers 17
Oakland at Green Bay 8:00 PM ET
Where: Lambeau Field
Analysis: Why waste time writing more than two sentences about this contest? Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are going to pound the rebuilding Raiders (again) into submission, likely by halftime.
My Pick: Packers 31 Raiders 21
Chicago at Seattle 10:00 PM ET
Where: CenturyLink Field
Analysis: I’m wondering how many times Richard Sherman and the rest of his L.O.B. teammates are going to pick Jay Cutler off. I’m going with twice…en route to a convincing, message-delivering win.
My Pick: Seahawks 24 Bears 17
Saturday, Aug. 23
Tampa Bay at Buffalo 4:30 PM ET
TV: NFL Network
Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium
Analysis: These two rebuilding teams have bright futures in front of them if you ask me. Having said that, I’m going to take the Bills to win and cash in as Doug Marrone is a year ahead of Lovie Smith in his rebuilding task.
Dallas at Miami 7:00 PM ET
Where: Sun Life Stadium
Analysis: There’s not many quarterbacks I’d take Miami ‘s Ryan Tannehill over, but Dallas ‘ career underachieving Tony Romo is one of them!
My Pick: Miami 27 Dallas 21
Tennessee at Atlanta 7:00 PM ET
Where: Georgia Dome
Analysis: The Atlanta Falcons are probably going to be a lot better than most people think following their ‘Murphy’s Law’ campaign in 2013. The jury’s still out in my mind on oft-injured Titans signal-caller Jake Locker – and the Falcons are playing at home.
My Pick: Atlanta 31 Tennessee 24
Washington at Baltimore 7:30 PM ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium
Analysis: I like RG3 a lot more than I like Baltimore ‘s Joe Flacco – I think. Still, the more cohesive – and experienced – Ravens win and cash in against a Redskins team that will need time to come together under new head coach Jay Gruden.
My Pick: Baltimore 21 Washington 17
St. Louis at Cleveland 8:00 PM ET
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium
Analysis: Johnny Manziel could outplay Sam Bradford in his sleep everyone – and so could Brian Hoyer for that matter. I like the Browns to get a big preseason win here against a tough Rams defense no less.
My Pick: Browns 21 Rams 20
New Orleans at Indianapolis 8:00 PM ET
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium
Analysis: I wouldn’t take many quarterbacks over my guy Drew Brees, but Andrew Luck, in this contest, is one of them. I like the Colts to hold it down at home because they’ve got the better defense.
My Pick: Colts 21 Saints 28
Minnesota at Kansas City Where: 8:00 PM ET
Analysis: The Chiefs are hoping to o deep in the playoffs after flaming out late last season while Minnesota begins anew under new head coach Mike Zimmer and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater – who will become Minnesota ‘s starter at some point in the near future.
My Pick: Chiefs 31 Vikings 17
Houston at Denver 9:00 PM ET
Where: Sports Authority Field
Analysis: Peyton Manning and the Broncos have one goal in mind this season – winning Super Bowl 49. The Houston Texans are hoping to get back to playing respectable football under first-year head coach Bill O’Brien. This one could be over by halftime.
My Pick: Denver 38 Houston 14
Sunday, Aug. 24
San Diego at San Francisco 4:00 PM ET
Where: Levi’s Stadium
Analysis: I like Philip Rivers and the Chargers to send the Niners – and more importantly – their AFC counterparts – a serious message by getting the outright road win.
My Pick: San Diego 24 San Francisco 21
Cincinnati at Arizona 8:00 PM ET
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium
Analysis: I think both of these teams will make the postseason in 2014 and that this contest could be the most compelling on the entire Week 3 docket. I’m going with Carson Palmer and the Card to get the narrow home win in a classic field goal game.
My Pick: Arizona 17 Cincinnati 14