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Fearless Rick's NFL Preseason Week 3 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | August 26-28

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, Aug. 26

7:30 pm St. Louis at New England (-7, 37 1/2) - The patriots have looked solid in two preseason wins, including last weekend's 28-10 laugher at Atlanta. They will be facing the Rams first team for the better part of three quarters, a vice versa, so there's a pretty sizable edge for the home boys.

Brady to Moss is automatic in this one, plus New England may be planning on running the ball more often. They are loaded with capable backs, including Laurence Maroney, Fred Taylor, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Kevin Faulk.

Prediction: Patriots 31 Rams 17

8:00 pm Indianapolis at Green Bay (-3 1/2, 44) - In what might be the best game of the weekend, Peyton Manning and the Colts seek to rebound after a comedy of errors (3 fumbles, 1 Manning pick) against Buffalo last week, though the defense seemed to not really have its heart (or head) in the game for much of the contest, particularly in the 4th quarter.

With both Manning and the Packers' Aaron Rodgers getting extended playing time here, both offenses will be out to prove their muster. Neither defense has distinguished itself in either of their first two games, so expect some tighter pass coverage from both.

A very close call, but that 1/2 point may be a killer in what should be a tight one until the end.

Prediction: Colts 27 Packers 24

Friday, Aug. 27

7:00 pm Atlanta at Miami (-1 1/2, 38) - Miami QB Chad Henne may prove to be one of the best pocket passers over time. If the Dolphin front line can protect him, he's got weapons (TE Anthony Fasano, Brian Hartline, Brandon Marshall) with which to exploit the Atlanta defense, plus the Dolphins should throw in a little Rickey Williams, Ronnie Brown, maybe some Pat White and a touch of the wildcat for good measure.

All that should prove too much to handle for Atlanta's defense, which was pretty well shredded by the Patriots last week. There should be plenty of excitement with Matt Ryan and his host of weapons, but an early Miami lead may mean playing catch-up for the Falcons the rest of the night.

Prediction: Dolphins 28 Falcons 24

7:00 pm Washington at N.Y. Jets (-4 1/2, 34) - Donovan McNabb has yet to prove himself and he'll have a tough time throwing against one of the best defenses in the league, with or without Darrelle Revis, who could be signed by the time you read this. The line is reflecting a possible Revis appearance, but could go higher should he be annunced available for the game.

Whatever the case, the Jets have a pretty solid edge on the Redskins and were this a regular season game, the line might be as high as six points. Not much positive to say about the 'Skins, who mangled a mismanaged Buffalo team in their first game and then were manhandled, 23-3, by nasty neighbor Ravens.

Prediction: Jets 21 Redskins 10

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8:00 pm San Diego at New Orleans (-3, 42 1/2) - Another game featuring high profile QBs - Phillip Rivers for the Chargers and Drew Brees for the Saints - which on the surface looks like a shoot-out. Probably the best way to go here is to just take the game over as either one of these teams is capable of putting up 42 points on their own. Otherwise, it's a very iffy call as to who wins.

The Chargers lost a tough one on a safety (16-14) to Dallas last week, but they're surely not losing any sleep over it. The Saints are certainly not unbeatable, but very tough at home. Leaning slightly for the Saints here but without much confidence.

Prediction: Saints 31 Chargers 24

8:00 pm Philadelphia at Kansas City (even, 37) - At first glance, one wouldn't even consider this game to be very close, but there it is - a pick 'em game in KC. Either Vegas boys want to sucker in the Midwest money (Chiefs are 0-2, though both were road losses) or they feel that Philly isn't quite ready for prime time.

The Eagle offense didn't accomplish much losing, 22-9, at Cincy last week, converting only 2 of 15 third-down opportunities, but the Chiefs don't have quite the defense the Bengals do, nor the offense. Still, without much of a running game and an iffy proposition in either Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick at QB, looks like a long haul for the guys from Philadelphia.

Prediction: Chiefs 17 Eagles 14


Saturday, Aug. 28

5:30 pm Cleveland at Detroit (-2 1/2, 38) - Lions showed some moxie winning 25-20 at Denver after being mauled 23-7 in Pittsburgh the prior week, but the defense still needs to step it up. With Matthew Stafford running the show, Detroit should have little trouble finding the end zone on multiple drives. After all, the Browns did lose to the Rams last week (19-17) and may have caught the Packers a bit unprepared in their preseason opener, which they won at GB, 27-24.

Still searching for an offensive identity, the Browns may find the Lions better-prepared to stop them than anticipated and this could turn into a rout.

Prediction: Lions 28 Browns 14

6:30 pm Cincinnati (-3, 35) at Buffalo - Both teams set out to prove themselves in their second preseason game and both came back signaling "mission accomplished." The Bills knocked off the Colts and the Bengals made quick work of the Eagles, so each of these squads stand at 1-1, but the similarities end there.

Cincinnati has a team capable of reaching the playoffs while Buffalo will be lucky to record six wins this season. The talent level at QB is the big factor, as Carson Palmer is a world away from Buffalo starter Trent Edwards.

Buffalo's defense is very good against the pass, so the Bengals will have to work hard for their points. On the other hand, Buffalo may not find the end zone against Cincy's taut defense.

Prediction: Bengals 24 Bills 6

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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