Wednesday, October 27

NFL Picks, Week 3 Predictions: Eagles Shocked Cowboys; Saints, Chiefs rebound against Patriots, Chargers

After a week of surprises, the Week 3 schedule features only one game between teams with 2-0 records.

It’s early, but a possible preview of the NFC championship between the Buccaneers and the Rams is the highlight of the calendar; a chance for Los Angeles to show it’s real with new quarterback Matthew Stafford. Should Tom Brady and Tampa Bay be favorites in that one?

There are also three intriguing divisional matchups between teams 1-1. The Bengals travel to Pittsburgh, the Chargers are on tour in Kansas City and Monday Night Football presents the next installment of the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry. The Dallas games have been must-see television so far.

Every week, Sporting News will pick up games directly. The wow factor hit hard in week 2:

  • Week 2: 7-8 (before Monday’s game)
  • Total season: 17-14 (before Monday’s game)

With that in mind, below are our picks and predictions for Week 3:

49ers, Cowboys, Broncos climb; Steelers, Seahawks and Saints slide into Week 3

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NFL Week 3 Predictions

  • Carolina Panthers (-7) at Houston Texans

Thursday, 8:20 pm, NFL Network

Houston’s Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) is day to day, and Deshaun Watson will not play this week. That’s puzzling heading into a matchup against the Panthers, who have so far allowed 190 yards a game, the league-low. Christian McCaffrey gets another 20 touches and Carolina is the surprise team 3-0.

Choose: Panthers 28, Texans 16

  • Washington soccer team at Buffalo Bills (-8.5)

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

The Bills are coming off a shutout win. Washington’s Taylor Heinicke threw for 336 yards in Week 2, but Buffalo will crack down on the running game in a big win at home.

Choose: Bill 31, Washington 20

  • Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns (-7.5)

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

This could be Justin Fields’ first start and presents a different challenge for the Browns. Cleveland has generated just three sacks in two games, but that pressure will change. Chicago is good at stopping the race, but will have a hard time catching up if Baker Mayfield continues to play soccer without mistakes.

Choose: Brown 27, Bears 20

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  • Baltimore Ravens (NL) at Detroit Lions

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

The Lions are still working out their defense with first-year coach Dan Campbell, and that’s problematic after a short week against Baltimore. The combination of Lamar Jackson and Ty’Son Williams leads the Ravens to another victory on the road.

Choose: Ravens 33, Lions 21

  • Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (-4.5)

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

The Colts almost upset the Rams, and now they face a Titans team that found their offense in an overtime thriller against the Seahawks. These teams have split the last eight meetings with unexpected results along the way. We will try the Colts one more time.

Choose: Colts 30, Titans 27

  • Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-7)

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

The Chiefs are 1-1, and it can be argued that they could be 0-2. Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes have been in the top five quarterbacks for two weeks, but Herbert has two TDs and three interceptions. The Chiefs’ defense hardens at the end of a shootout.

Choose: Chiefs 36, Chargers 29

MORE: Who are the NFL contenders, the suitors after Week 2?

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  • New Orleans Saints against New England Patriots (-3)

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

The Saints have been the early season chocolate box with Jameis Winston, and the Patriots have allowed just 11.5 points per game with five interceptions. This used to be a very successful showdown with Drew Brees and Tom Brady. Now, it all comes down to which team commits the least turnovers.

Choose: Saints 20, Patriots 19

  • Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants (-3)

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

A couple of 0-2 teams have struggled to score, making it a true throwing game. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan will have a successful day with favorite targets Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts, and the Giants will suffer another close loss, this time at home.

Choose: Falcons 24, Giants 21

  • Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5)

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

There is no love lost between these AFC North rivals. Joe Burrow has had nine sacks in two games, but Pittsburgh is averaging just 57 rushing yards per game. The Bengals haven’t won at Heinz Field since 2015. That won’t change in Week 3.

Choose: Steelers 23, Bengals 19

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  • Arizona Cardinals (-7.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

Kyler Murray is averaging 370 passing yards of total offense per game, and the Cardinals present too many challenges on offense for Jacksonville. The Jaguars have a -5 turnover rate in two games. That will not be enough against this offense.

Choose: Cardinals 34, Jaguars 23

  • New York Jets at Denver Broncos (-10.5)

Sunday, 4:05 pm, CBS

The Broncos have a chance to be a 3-0 surprise team in the AFC. The defense has allowed just 13 points per game and Von Miller has three sacks. That will lead to more rookie mistakes from Zach Wilson, and Teddy Bridgewater will take advantage.

Choose: Broncos 26, Jets 13

  • Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders (-4.5)

Sunday, 4:05 pm, CBS

The Raiders are the early season favorites after a 2-0 start, and Derek Carr is dealing a hot hand. That would make them look ready for a surprise, but that’s too difficult to determine with Tua Tagovailoa’s status to be determined due to a rib injury. At least we’ll call for a close game.

Choose: Raiders 27, Dolphins 24

MORE: NFL Rookie Quarterbacks Rating in Week 2

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  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams (-1.5)

Sunday, 4:25 pm, FOX

The Rams are the latest NFC team to beat the Buccaneers, and that was in a 27-24 matchup last season. Stafford will have his chance to face the defending champs, who have shown no signs of slowing down with Tom Brady. Both teams are averaging more than 30 points per game, so we expect this game to live up to expectations.

Choose: Buccaneers 38, Rams 31

  • Seattle Seahawks (-1.5) vs. Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, 4:25 pm, FOX

The Vikings have lost consecutive heartthrob to field goals, and Kirk Cousins ​​is 0-3 against the Seahawks since signing with Minnesota. Those last two games have been close, though, and Seattle could slip into another close road game. Vikings avoid a 0-3 start.

Choose: Vikings 28, Seahawks 26

  • Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (-3.5)

Sunday, 8:20 pm, NBC

Point out another round of Aaron Rodgers-49ers talks and the career arc that the quarterback has followed all season. Green Bay won in San Francisco last year, but that was against an injury-plagued roster that has no chance. It’s a great venue for Sunday Night Football, and the Packers defense will be on display.

Choose: 49ers 28, Packers 21

  • Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (-3.5)

Monday, 8:15 pm, NBC

The Cowboys have played two thrillers in two weeks, so Week 3 should be no different. The Eagles have lost their last three road games at Jerry World, but Jalen Hurts will change the script in a back-and-forth battle with Dak Prescott. Always expect the unexpected with these two.

Choose: Eagles 27, Cowboys 24

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