NFC Editor Russ Loede’s Week Three NFL Picks

Last week ATS: 3-11-2

Season ATS: 11-18-3

Week two Lock: 1-0 (New England)

Week two Upset: 0-1 (Miami)

Season Locks: 1-1

Season Upsets: 1-1

SUNDAY

San Francisco (+2.5) at Cincinnati – Benson’s last Sunday of football freedom until Halloween time will not be enough to offset an angry 49ers squad coming off of a heartbreaking loss in overtime to Dallas.  San Francisco 19 Cincinnati 17

New England (-7) at Buffalo – I think the world of Tom Brady.  Belichick will make sure the Bills don’t put up 38+ points for the third consecutive week.  Patriots relish shootouts; and that’s the only way Buffalo can play and win right now.  New England 48 Buffalo 21

Houston at (LOCK) New Orleans (-4) – Last week’s showing by the Saints in the Superdome was the best start to finish balanced performance of the young ’11 NFL campaign.  The Texans can’t beat a Super Bowl contender on the road without a healthy Foster.  New Orleans 35 Houston 24

(Upset) New York Giants (+8) at Philadelphia – A less explosive Vick, tough loss turnaround, and Giant pass rush will eviscerate Eagles.  Furthermore, I like Bradshaw-Jacobs to run rampant against a roughshod Philly run D.  New York Giants 23 Philadelphia 20

Miami (+2.5) at Cleveland – Two teams that can’t win at home.  When was the last time the Browns were above .500 during the regular season?  Dolphins rookie running back Daniel Thomas is the key to Miami’s first win of the season.  Miami 17 Cleveland 16

Denver (+7) at Tennessee – Titans are not a touchdown and an extra point better than the Broncos.  Although the contest is being played in Nashville, I can’t imagine a well-balanced Broncos club being handled that easily.  Tennessee 20 Denver 17

Detroit at Minnesota (+3) – I don’t feel good about this selection.  Picking a team with no aerial attack against one of the top passing units in the league.  On top of that, Jahvid Best is looking strong in the ground game.  “All Day” will have one of “those days” in the Metrodome that we will remember for a long time.  It’s the only way the Vikings win this divisional duel.  Minnesota 28 Detroit 24

Jacksonville at Carolina (-3.5) – Cam Newton resembles Tom Brady, whereas, Blaine Gabbert exhibits David Klinger meets Heath Shuler.  Sooner rather than later (like this Sunday), DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart will pound the rock en route to success.  Carolina 30 Jacksonville 17

Kansas City (+14.5) at San Diego – As you can tell, I’m a sucker for the points.  Apparently, I envision a backdoor cover, however, I clearly don’t foresee a Chiefs miracle.  Hoping the extra half-point makes the difference.  San Diego 27 Kansas City 13

New York Jets (-3) at Oakland – Jets win close games, while the Raiders lose close games.  On the other hand, I could see the Jets crushing Campbell, giving us the privilege of a Kyle Boller-sighting.  Craziest game to pick points-wise because it could be an absolute annihilation or an overtime thriller.  Let me choose the latter (push), but not for it being the Raiders’ home opener.  Can’t stand that dump of a stadium!  New York Jets 24 Oakland 21 (OT)

Baltimore (-4) at St. Louis – I would not want to be Sam Bradford going up against an upset Raven defense after last week’s thrashing in Tennessee.  Ray Rice goes exceeds the century mark in both rushing and receiving.  Baltimore 26 St. Louis 20

Arizona (-3.5) at Seattle – Nothing tops the home of the 12th Man, where the 12th Man truly makes a difference, that is, unless your starting signal caller’s first name is Tarvaris.  Give me the more talented team, with a more talented quarterback.  Arizona 27 Seattle 17

Green Bay (-4) at Chicago – Check out the Packers at Bears preview on Bears Gab.  Green Bay 26 Chicago 21

SUNDAY NIGHT

Pittsburgh (-10.5) at Indianapolis – We want Painter!  A guy named Curtis or Kerry under center doesn’t matter against a super-stifling 11-man wrecking crew.  Thinking ahead to next Sunday night’s showdown: Jets at Ravens.  Pittsburgh 26 Indianapolis 6

MONDAY NIGHT

Washington (+6.5) at Dallas – I love me an NFC East clash!  This battle has the chance to become one of the best games of this season.  Early divisional matchup that will live up to all the hype.  Looking forward to the renewing of the rivalry!  Dallas 33 Washington 30 (OT)


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