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NFL Picks Week 3: Falcons, Seahawks, Jets among winners

Contributed by on September 25, 2015 at 2:44 pm

There are now nine teams without a win after the first two weeks of games.

The New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans are all favored, as well, despite being 0-2. There has been a dearth of big plays, and an abundance of breakdowns on the offensive line.

Who is the Ravens’ Leader? The rookie receiver still has quite a bit of conditioning to do, but could be ready to help the Ravens before too long. Ray Lewis is retired, Haloti Ngata is in Detroit, and Terrell Suggs is out with an Achilles’ injury. He’s been a tremendous bargain over the first two weeks, scoring at least 15 FDPs in each game.

Since the National Football League expanded to its current 12-team playoff format in 1990, 205 squads have started the season 0-2. The biggest difference I see with the Bengals this year is the fact that Andy Dalton is utilizing a second target he’s very confident with in tight end Tyler Eifert. Which means basically nothing two weeks into the season.

The Colts have been outscored by 26 points in their two losses, but they are still favorites on Sunday. This team looks more like a contender for the #1 pick in next year’s draft, in what should be a long, nightmarish season in the Windy City. It pays to play in a less-than-stellar division.

PATRIOTS (-13¹/₂) over Jaguars: Jacksonville isn’t bad, but the final margin here will be determined by what kind of mood Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are in. The numbers won’t be so impressive every week but QB Derek Carr and WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree should make the Raiders far more competitive than they were last season. Is Andrew Luck going to be able to turn things around? Drew Brees (shoulder) didn’t throw on Wednesday but is planning on playing.

Here is a list of the National Football League betting odds and lines for Week 3 of the 2015 season. The Colts did it last season, and the Carolina Panthers the season before that.

The Eagles have committed five turnovers in their first two games. Heading into Week 3, the tides have turned.

It’s also looking good in that regard for Indianapolis cornerback Vontae Davis, who suffered a concussion in Monday night’s loss to the Jets. He has all the potential in the world, but if he’s going to get the Colts back on track, the former number 1 pick is going to have to take care of the ball. Their division already includes a couple of 2-0 teams, one of which is New Orleans’ next rival. But records are made to be broken, and you’re only as good as your last win - which in the Eagles case came in the preseason or last December. They played “bend but don’t break defense” for most of the game, but broke early in the fourth when Manning and Beckham burned Bashaud Breeland. The way he was gloating over his first victory was cringe-worthy because I feel his success was more of an indictment against the Saints than a tribute to the Buccaneers. I expected for Stafford to come out and finally live up to his potential. The Cowboys’ defense is good enough to keep them in games, though.

Maybe, just maybe Rex Ryan and the Bills should play the quiet game the next time they’re preparing to face the Patriots. I don’t think the Buffalo train is dead yet - their defense will pick up the intensity against. With Kam Chancellor’s contract dispute looming over the team, the Seahawks haven’t looked like themselves, even if their Week 1 loss to the Rams was full of unlucky circumstances.

Bears (+14¹/₂) over SEAHAWKS: Not a write off of the 0-2 Seahawks, but this is an terrible lot of points to give team with a runner who averages 5.2 yards per carry like Matt Forte does. You don’t know the next time you’ll be able to say that. With a glimpse of the Peyton of old last week, I think the Lions are in trouble. He still has some life in his arm, but Gary Kubiak can’t keep putting Manning under center and letting him take hit after hit. The Giants, Bears, Eagles, Lions, and Saints are 0-2. The Lions still have talent offensively, but things haven’t been clicking on either side of the ball for them. Arizona returns home with a 2-0 record after embarrassing the Bears on Sunday and gets a 49ers defense that was obliterated by the Steelers last week. That pretty much ends the familiarity. They have yet to play at home, where Joe Flacco is 13-1 straight up in September games. But they go into St. Louis to play a Rams team that can put up points if Nick Foles plays well. I hope you all enjoyed this insane football weekend, I know I sure did.

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Which of the eight NFL teams with an 0-2 record can still make the playoffs?