The SportsMan Weekly NFL Picks (Week 3)


10-6??? In the immortal words of Vince Lombardi: What the hell’s going on out there?? How did I get worse from week 1 to week 2? This is intolerable!! San Diego mismanaged the clock and cost me. Dallas showed its inconsistencies already and cost me. Oakland just sucks and cost me. So you see, the lousy record last week wasn’t really my fault. Well, I feel much better about myself now. Luckily it’s still early in the season and I have plenty of time to improve on my 22-10 record for the season. So here it goes…

Houston over Baltimore
Ben Tate has been a pleasant surprise for the Texans and now they have a legitimate duel-threat backfield. Ed Reed helps his new squad to an emotional victory over his old mates.

New York Giants over Carolina
The Giants are going to cut down on the turnovers (or Tom Coughlin is out). Despite having almost no running game the defense keeps big blue in the game and allows Eli Manning to get the better of Cam Newton as New York gets into the win column.

Detroit over Washington
Who would have thought the Redskins would start 0-3? RGIII looks extremely uncomfortable and Ndamukong Suh will make sure he stays that way. Matt Stafford will have a field day with the weak Washington defense. Lions by two scores.

San Diego over Tennessee
Philip Rivers looks amazing so far. It is doubtful Eddie Royal will keep up his amazing production but he probably gets another score against the Titans defense. The Chargers ride their last minute win from last week to a second straight this week.

New Orleans over Arizona
The Saints played down to the competition last week and barely escaped with a win. They won’t make the same mistake this week. The Cardinals keep it close with Larry Fitzgerald and a surprise big day from Rashard Mendenhall but in the end it just isn’t enough.

New England over Tampa Bay
The Patriots aren’t as good as their 2-0 record looks and the Buccaneers aren’t as bad as their 0-2 record looks. That being said the Pats stay perfect and the Bucs stay winless. No chance Brady and Belichick drop this one at home.

Green Bay over Cincinnati
The Bengals have a very god team this year and it looks as if they are serious contenders for their division. Giovanni Bernard id the real deal for them at running back. But seriously, come on people, they ain’t got no business being in this game with the weapons Aaron Rodgers has. Packers by seventeen this week.

Dallas over St. Louis
Leave it to the Cowboys to beat my beloved Giants one week and lay an egg against Kansas City the next. The Rams are not the pushovers they used to be but Dallas should still have too much and pulls out a close one. Romo and Dez hook up for two scores.

Denver over Oakland
Even people in Oakland realize this is more of a death sentence than an an actual football game. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid had a better chance against the Bolivian army than the Raiders have this week. I would even start the Broncos water boy in my fantasy league because he’s probably going to score.

Minnesota over Cleveland
Even with Christian Ponder being a turnover machine the Vikings still win. Trent Richardson is gone and the Browns have basically thrown in the towel for this season. Adrian Peterson is too much and Brian Hoyer can’t get the job done. The Browns should have started Jason Campbell.

Miami over Atlanta
In the upset special of the week the Dolphins squeak one out. Miami is able to focus in stopping Julio Jones with Roddy White only operating at half speed. No Steven Jackson kills the Falcons and Miami is able to improve to 3-0. I like Mike Wallace to break the century mark this week.

Buffalo over New York Jets
I like E.J. Manuel. I Ike him a lot better than Geno Smith. The Jets have no receivers or running game, bad combination. Rex Ryan’s defense will keep the contest close but in the end Stevie Johnson can’t be held in check and the Bills get the win on the road.

Seattle over Jacksonville
The NFL has changed this game from four quarters to two quarters since it’ll be over by half time anyway. The over/under for how long it takes the Jaguars to sign Tebow after the game is fifteen minutes. I’m taking the under. The only reason Marshawn Lynch doesn’t break the single game rushing record is because he’s pulled in the third quarter to avoid injury.

San Francisco over Indianapolis
Jim Harbaugh gets the better of his old Stanford quarterback in this one. The tough, hard-hitting defense of the 49ers rattles Andrew Luck and the secondary keeps Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton under wraps. Colin Kaepernick runs for 60 yards in the win.

Pittsburgh over Chicago
Everything points to a Bears win. The Steelers can’t run the ball to save their lives and the Bears are great at producing turnovers. However, I admit I picked this game with my heart and not my head. I just don’t see the Steelers dropping to 0-3 at home. They finally put it together for national television. I have a feeling I’m going to regret this pick on Monday morning.

Joe Namath guarantee of the week-> I’m alive in survivor pools through two weeks by a combined three points. No mi gusta (that’s Spanish for “I don’t like”. See, I play to all my audience). I’m taking the Seahawks over the Jaguars this week. Seattle at home with the loudest crowd in sports gives me a lot of confidence against a high school team. Oops, I mean against Jacksonville with little to no Maurice Jones-Drew.

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