Continuing the trend of picking games straight up, I hope to continue the same trend of picking games at the success rate of the past two weeks. A couple of upsets last week spoiled an incredible week, but if I can maintain this rate, those using this as a wagering tool will be rich people by the end of the season. Unfortunately, I will not be one of them as Fantasy Football is the closest I'll get to placing wagers on the games.
So let's get to it on this week's games:
Jets over Titans: Picking Tennessee to go 0-3 to start the season seems crazy, but if they can't beat the Texans at home, how can they win on the road against a 2-0 New York team that seems to be playing lights out for their new head coach and rookie QB?
More 'NFL Picks & Pans: Week 3' after the "Jump."
Packers over Rams: Green Bay better get their act together today after last week's miserable performance at home in their loss to the Bengals. The Rams got an emotional lift almost beating the Redskins on the road, but will face a much better offense in Aaron Rodgers and company.
Texans over Jaguars: Relatively tough game to call, but if the same Houston team that passed all over the Titans shows up, they should overwhelm the Jacksonville one that just can't seem to get it done.
Vikings over 49ers: Can you believe this is the battle of unbeatens as the Minnesota gets a tough test at home and San Francisco gets their first real test of the season and should have trouble running the ball against the tough Vikings defense.
Lions over Redskins: Here we go with my "Upset Special Pick of the Week" and the first win of the regular season in over a year for Detroit, as they find a sacrificial lamb to come into their lair and Washington obliges, as their offense can't seem to move the ball at all.
Patriots over Falcons: This game should be an interesting determination of whether or not both teams are contenders or pretenders for their respective conference titles, but I see Atlanta's defense getting burned by New England's Brady and his receivers, even though Randy Moss is injured and questionable for the game.
Bengals over Steelers: While Pittsburgh is sure to be in a foul mood after losing late to Chicago, Cincinnati is only one bad play against Denver from being undefeated this early in the season and their home field advantage combined with no Troy Polamalu equals an upset.
Chargers over Dolphins: San Diego proved they can air it out and should be able to do so against Miami without worrying about the Dolphins offense, much less their run defense shutting down Darren Sproles like the Ravens did last week.
Cardinals over Colts (Sunday Night Football): This should be a great game to watch, as two former MVP's with great passing attacks face each other. The Colts haven't impressed me in their two wins so far, while Arizona's dangerous targets get my pick Sunday night.
Cowboys over Panthers (Monday Night Football): Can you imagine how red Dallas owner Jerry Jones face and neck will get if the 'Boys open their new stadium with two consecutive losses? No way that happens against a suffering Carolina team that is nothing like the NFC South Champs they were last season as Tony Romo will pass all over the place despite the probable loss of RB Marion Barber for the game.
NOTE: I will 'Pick & Pan' the Ravens-Browns tilt in tomorrow's post.
Last week: 11-5
Season record: 23-9