Here are my more delectable picks for Week 3 of the NFL season. I went 2-3 last week.
Arizona Cardinals (2-0) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)
I vowed this season to be shorter and more to the point whenever possible. This is a possible moment. Give me one good reason to think Urban Meyer has his Jaguars club really ready to stymie this Arizona offense being led by quarterback Kyler Murray. I am still waiting.
The Pick: Arizona 30, Jacksonville 15
Washington Football Team (1-1) at Buffalo Bills (1-1)
I saw this spread as high as 9 or 9.5 earlier in the week. I have to admit I was drawn toward Ron Rivera’s spunky Washington bunch. But as the week went on and I contemplated just how dominant the Bills’ performance was against a pretty fair Dolphins defense in Week 2, the line moved down to 7.5. I began to get visions that this line was more than doable for a Buffalo team that got a wake-up call against the Steelers at home in Week 1.
The Pick: Buffalo 27, Washington 17
Baltimore Ravens (1-1) at Detroit Lions 0-2
In an interesting way, this game becomes a statement game for John Harbaugh’s squad. Are the Ravens going to need the backs-against-the-wall mentality from week to week? Let’s face it, this is a game the Ravens should handle from start to finish, and I think Harbaugh has his team ready for action. Ravens rookie outside linebacker Odafe Oweh is going to be a stud, and the Lions may well have their hands full with this young man from Penn State. Lions quarterback Jared Goff isn’t going to scare many opponents this season.
The Pick: Baltimore 28, Detroit 16
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0) at Los Angeles Rams 2-0
Tampa Bay -1.5
This is a really interesting matchup between two teams that have yet to lose a game in the early going. Surely the Rams, who didn’t even cover last week in Indy as 3.5-point favorites against the Colts, had to be disappointed that the win didn’t come a bit easier. But it probably proved to be a game Sean McVay could better coach off of before a big-time matchup against the team the Rams most measure themselves against.
I am taking the home dog in this one. This isn’t the Atlanta Falcons the Buccaneers are playing. I say McVay is the one more ready for this for this game at this time. The Rams’ defense will be better than what the Falcons showed against the Bucs in Week 2.
The Pick: Los Angeles Rams 23, Tampa Bay 19
Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) at Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
The Eagles did a lot right in their 32-6 blowout victory in Atlanta in Week 1. They plummeted back to earth against a better San Francisco club that was playing the proverbial East Coast 10-a.m.-for-them game.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys played Tampa Bay on Thursday night of Week 1 and came within a whisker of pulling the big upset against the Super Bowl champs. In Week 2, the Cowboys got back to playing their game on the ground against the Chargers in Los Angeles. Tony Pollard ran for 109 yards on 13 carries, and Ezekiel Elliott ran for 71 yards on 16 carries. Just as important, quarterback Dak Prescott, who threw 58 times in Week 1, went back to a more normal level of air traffic. He threw just 27 times, completing 23.
The Cowboys play their first home game of the season, and I think Mike McCarthy will have his Cowboys team prepared to jump on the Eagles.
The Pick: Dallas 26, Philadelphia 18
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