NFL Week 3 game picks: Broncos, Eagles each suffer first defeat

Kirk Cousins ' task: Andy Dalton tends to struggle at home in primetime games, and Cincinnati's run defense issues without Vontaze Burfict will be more prevalent against Baltimore on a short week. The Panthers' new offense is a work in progress, while the Falcons' old offense continues to stall. NFL Expert Picks - Week 2

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Ravens win and cover the spread. Rodgers and Kirk Cousins have had good duels in the past, and they'll have another here. Both defenses will have their moments, but a red-hot Rodgers will be motivated to take down the division rivals who essentially ended his season. Inside the numbers with TeamRankings. Data provided by TeamRankings. The free trial includes all NFL game predictions and picks, plus customized picks for your NFL pick 'em contests and survivor pools.

The Patriots learned from their comeback playoff win over the Jaguars' Sacksonville defense last season. Patriots win and cover the spread. Nathan Peterman has done his best to shake off the nightmare game he played against the Chargers last season, but now the QB has less help from his receivers, offensive line and running game. Philip Rivers and LA's entire offense will stay hot enough to pull away from Buffalo. Chargers win and cover the spread.

Neither Cam Newton nor Matt Ryan passed well in Week 1, but these fast, furious defenses were flying over the field. The Panthers' new offense is a work in progress, while the Falcons' old offense continues to stall.

As both running games are contained, the game will come down to which team has the biggest playmaker in the passing game. That would be Carolina nemesis Julio Jones. Falcons win but fail to cover the spread. Saints win and cover the spread. Taylor Lewan and Marcus Mariota also got banged up. Dion Lewis, however, appears to be a great get, and the Texans are coming off a game vs.

Houston being short on weapons and protection for Deshaun Watson will cause it to fall short again. Washington will need to grind a little more to win this game, but it will use its weak early schedule to reach Redskins win but fail to cover the spread. Ben Roethlisberger will clean up the messy home turnovers and pick up where Rivers left off in ripping the Chiefs' defense. Patrick Mahomes will duel his counterpart in a high-scoring affair, as the Steelers have few answers for the diversity and aggressiveness of Andy Reid's offense.

Steelers win and cover the spread. Sam Darnold was strong in Monday night's rout, but the Jets also proved their QB's supporting cast — backs, receivers, line and defense included — is better than it appeared at first glance. The Dolphins won ugly over the Titans despite uninspiring play from Ryan Tannehill.

Jets win and cover the spread. Who knew Nick Foles vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick would be a real matchup in Week 2? The Bengals must get touchdowns -- not field goals -- in the red zone. Anderson could go off in this contest, as the Bengals have allowed the most rushing yards in the NFL thus far. It's OK if you are. Bradford was accurate, cool under pressure and ultimately victorious in his first start for the Vikings.

These Panthers are a different animal. Start with the fact that, believe it or not, Carolina's passing game has been far more effective than the Packers ' aerial attack so far. The mild trouble Minnesota's defense experienced with Aaron Rodgers getting out of the pocket last Sunday night will be amplified when Cam Newton exits stage left.

Bradford is not one to scramble He is really going to miss the presence of Adrian Peterson , and the respect All Day demands from the back seven. Panthers prevail over a really tough opponent. I know you all remember that one. Los Angeles bested the Bucs in a defensive slugfest. Tampa Bay starter Doug Williams went 2 for 13 with 12 yards passing and a pick before getting hurt.

Meanwhile, the Rams rushed 53 times for yards! Couldn't this game go the same way? Los Angeles should run the football, control the clock and limit the Bucs' ground game with no Doug Martin to defend. Problem is, I trust Jameis Winston to not turn the ball over this week. You can bet he and his teammates will be fired up after getting embarrassed in Arizona. Did any of you fine readers attend that '79 championship game? Vance McDonald last Sunday. But this week, the Niners draw a ticked-off Seahawks defense.

Much concern over the ailing ankle of Russell Wilson this week -- concern that certainly hasn't been tempered by consistent highlights of the O-line stumbling over itself. The 49ers wideouts don't match up well against this D. Nor does the ground attack. I know, I, too, saw the Jets ' offense in Week 2. At one point, the way Chan Gailey's unit was rolling, I thought Blair Thomas and Laveranues Coles were going to come out and post yard games.

Kansas City's defense looked better last week in Houston than it did in the opener , and it should be a step closer to getting back to viability. Alex Smith also committed uncharacteristic turnovers in the Week 2 loss.

In his career year of , Fitzpatrick only posted a plus passer rating in one true road game: The Bolts bounced back with an inspired beatdown of Jacksonville, while the Colts dropped to Indy has problems protecting Andrew Luck , but "See our dominating pass rush" isn't exactly a pinned tweet from San Diego. Will Philip Rivers ' receivers -- all the not-famous ones -- produce like they did against the Jags?

Tyrell Williams is a big kid 6-foot-4, to be exact who made hay last week -- he must step up for a passing game devoid of Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead. The problem for the Chargers: Even if Jason Verrett shuts down T.

Hilton , Andrew Luck will enjoy many seconds to pick apart a San Diego team flying cross-country like the Jags last week. What makes it more intriguing is that it's Game 3 in the growing legend of Carson Wentz. Even though the rookie phenom threw for less than yards Monday night , Philly fanatics feel he is the second coming of Norm Van Brocklin the last Eagles quarterback to win it all.

Wentz's counterpart in Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger , actually has won a title -- two of them, in fact -- and should exploit the Philadelphia secondary more effectively than Jay Cutler did in Week 2. The real key to the Eagles ' start: You realize this is only the third time in franchise history that the Eagles have won their first two games by 15 points or more?

The last two instances of this: Guess who made the Super Bowl in the campaign? Now I'm buying into the Wentz hype. They aren't stout enough up front. Their back end is near the back end of the league among secondaries.

Dak Prescott should be able to take advantage of the latter. Meanwhile, Chicago's front seven could get mauled by the Cowboys ' offensive line. Now, Chicago's pass rush could get much-needed rest on the sideline if the Bears a were to decide on a running back or b weren't starting Brian Hoyer. Unfortunately, I think Prescott will have enough time to check his Apple Watch and see how many of those No.

The '06 Saints rode the wave of the emotional victory over the Falcons -- and Steve Gleason's thunderous blocked punt -- all the way to their first NFC Championship Game.

Ten years later, the Saints must win this matchup against Atlanta. They simply can't afford to go My intro atop this page for some yucky notes on such teams. The Falcons lost in NOLA last year thanks to a botched center exchange, a red-zone turnover and, yes, a blocked punt that the Saints returned for a touchdown. If that last thing happens again Monday night, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will explode.

The Texans look to be a premier team in the NFL after two weeks, carrying a formidable defense and an offense that appears improved. Rookie receiver Will Fuller has people in Houston more excited than when Mike Scott was scuffing baseballs. If the Texans are to be top-shelf, they must win this game in New England. It's a rite of passage that the Schaub-Kubiak Texans couldn't bridge.

The Patriots look like their usual selves, save for what's going on under center. Rookie third-stringer Jacoby Brissett is set to line up at quarterback , where he presumably will have to throw passes that travel more than 1 yard in the air. Think this is the game, among the four Tom Brady 's missing due to suspension, that New England loses.

NFL Week 3 game picks: Broncos, Eagles each suffer first defeat. The Bills need a win in the worst way, but I don't think they're going to get it. Placing some degree of trust in the Raiders ' defense and kicking game. With Josh McCown out , the Browns lose someone who sees the whole field.

Lions- Packers feels like a low-scoring game, perhaps even as low as Denver has surpassed most expectations early with Trevor Siemian. Are you buying the Sam Bradford hype? Gabbertmania -- or what's left of it -- gets squashed in Seattle. Can't help but think the Chiefs bounce back this week. A week ago, after Keenan Allen went down, you'd have thought Chargers at Colts would be an easy game to pick.