If you bet every favorite to win straight up in NFL week 3 you would have only won 7 out of 16 games. So here are my picks for the entire NFL board (not including Thursday’s game).
Baltimore Ravens (2-1) Buffalo Bills (1-2)
Game Time 1 PM ET at Ralph Wilson Stadium
Why? Because the Bills are the 30th ranked run defense in the league, allowing 155 yards per game. RB Ray Rice already practiced with the team this, and he plans to play on Sunday, together with Bernard Pierce they will will take advantage of a weak Buffalo run defense.
Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) vs Cleveland Browns (1-2)
Game Time: 1 PM ET at FirstEnergy Stadium
Why? I would never condone picking the Browns to win back to back games. The Bengals are better, on paper, at every level in this match up.
Chicago Bears (3-0) at Detroit Lions (2-1)
Game Time 1 PM ET at Ford Field
Why? Chicago is 9-1 straight up in its last 10 games when playing Detroit, and this might be the best Bears team since the Super Bowl in 2006.
NY Giants (0-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
Game Time: 1 PM ET Arrowhead Stadium
Why?The Giants should be scared. This Chiefs team is definately the biggest surprise of this young season.
Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3) vs Minnesota Vikings (0-3)
Game Time: 1 PM ET, Wembley Stadium, London
Why? A change of scenery is just what this team needs. With Christian Ponder nursing sore ribs this might be the edge the Steeler defense needs to win a game.
Arizona Cardinals (1-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3)
Game Time: 1 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium
Why? Tampa Bay is a hot mess. Cut and run.
Indianapolis Colts (2-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3)
Game Time: 1 PM ET at EverBank Field Stadium
Why? No comment needed.
Seattle Seahawks (3-0) at Houston Texans (2-1)
Game Time: 1 PM ET at Reliant Stadium
Why? The Seahawks are 8-15 in their last 23 games away from home. Plus the travel from the North West to play an early game has always been their Achilles’ heel.
NY Jets (2-1) at Tennessee Titans (2-1)
Game Time: 4:05 PM ET at LP Field
Why? The Titans haven’t turned the ball over yet this season. The Jets committed 20 penalties for 168 yards last week. Take the disciplined team.
Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) at Denver Broncos (3-0)
Game Time: 4:25 PM ET at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Why? If the Broncos can get their run game going and tighten up their D, this team could go undefeated.
Washington Redskins (0-3) at Oakland Raiders (1-2)
Game Time: 4:25 PM ET AT O.co Coliseum
Why? The Redskins defense is ranked 31st at stopping the run, and 31st at defending the pass. They also allow 32.7 points a game, second worst in the NFL.
Dallas Cowboys (2-1) at San Diego Chargers (1-2)
Game Time: 4:25 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium
Why? The Cowboys are 4-2, straight up, when hosting the San Diego Chargers.
New England Patriots (3-0) at Atlanta Falcons (1-2)
Game Time: 8:30 PM ET at Georgia Dome
Why? Will the Pats young WR core melt under the big lights of Sunday Night Football? On the flipside, the Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is 34-5 at home since he joined the league.
Miami Dolphins (3-0) at New Orleans Saints (3-0)
Game Time: Monday Night 8:30 PM at Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Why? Ryan Tannehill’s first Monday Night Football game will not be a night to remember. Drew Brees is 10-4 in Monday Night Football games.