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

Rick Gagliano | August 21-23

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, August 21

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (-3 1/2, 50) 7:30 pm - Philadephia is 0-2 preseason, yet, they are favored over in-state rival Pittsburgh because of the caliber of play and the idea that Pittsburgh's defense isn't what it used to be, though it did look pretty good in the second half against the punchless Bills.

The Steelers came away with a 19-16 victory on a Shaun Suisham field goal as time expired, but the men in black and green have no discernible running game, having rushed for a mere 1.9 yards per carry against Buffalo.

Philly's given up a league-high 76 points in two games, though those game were against Chicago and New England, but, they've also scored 63 points, the most of any team except the Giants, who have scored 64, but that's over three games. With starting units getting much more playing time this week, expect the Eagles to run and pass roughshod over Pittsburgh.

Prediction: Eagles 34 Steelers 13

Friday, August 22

Carolina at New England (-5 1/2, 45 1/2) 7:30 pm - Even though Tom Brady will play well into the third quarter, the Patriots don't have the look of world-beaters, yet, but the Panthers have shown resolve on defense, holding the opposition to 36 points over their first two preseason games.

Carolina had one of the better defenses last season and this will be a game in which they can showcase their linebacking and secondary, to say nothing of their defensive line. How well Cam Newton plays will be the true measuring stick in this encounter between two potential playoff squads. While the Panthers probably won't score much, neither will the Pats, so a close call is in the cards here.

Prediction: Panthers 23 Patriots 21

NY Giants (-1, 42 1/2) at NY Jets 7:30 pm - The Jets turned three Cincinnati turnovers into a 25-17 win, which included a late safety off a blocked punt, all of which bodes well for the Jets in their meeting with the Giants at the Meadowlands.

At 3-0, the Giants stand atop the preseason standings, which means almost nothing, even though they did beat the Colts last week in Indianapolis, scoring all of their 27 points in the fourth quarter for a 27-26 shocker.

That was almost as many points as the Giants had scored in their previous two games (37), and makes the case that their first unit offense is not really very good. This one may be decided late, which is advantageous to the Jets, because they have Michael Vick, who hasn't looked two bad.

Prediction: Jets 30 Giants 27

Jacksonville at Detroit (-3, 44 1/2) 7:30 pm - Both teams are 1-1 in preseason, but the Jaguars have actually looked a little better, which is very positive, since the Jags are coming off a disastrous 2013 campaign and looking for any signs of hope.

The Lions lost to the Raiders, 27-26, which is somewhat of an embarrassment, even though the game was in Oakland, while the Jaguars played their hearts out in a 20-19 defeat at Chicago.

Jacksonville's defense has shown improvement which should lead to a win over the Lions, a team that is looking more and more like a last-place team in the NFC North.

Prediction: Jaguars 23 Lions 20

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Oakland at Green Bay (-7, 43) 8:00 pm - Big, fat line here for the Packers over the Raiders and probably not enough for the bay-area boys to cover since Green Bay has looked pretty solid through the first two weeks of preseason and Aaron Rodgers figures to crank it up for the home-town fans.

Oakland is going nowhere fast this season and QB Matt McGloin is probably not a long-term solution. This ought to be a real rout for the Pack.

Prediction: Packers 41 Raiders 13

Chicago at Seattle (-7, 45) 10:00 pm - Though the Bears will not be a pushover in this contest, the Seahawks showed off some muscle in last week's 41-14 demolition of the Chargers, plus they get to stay home for the second week in a row, while the Bears go on the road after beating the lowly Jaguars, 20-19 at home last week.

If the Seattle starters play well into the third quarter, as expected, they should have an ample cushion for any antics the Bears may throw at them in the fourth period. Russell Wilson will strut his stuff and the Seattle defense may pitch a first half shutout, leading to a lopsided victory.

Prediction: Seahawks 31 Bears 10

Saturday, August 23

Tampa Bay at Buffalo (-3, 41 1/2) 4:30 pm - This game should serve as a good measuring stick for both teams as both are coming off narrow losses (Buffalo, 19-16, at Pittsburgh; Tampa Bay, 20-14, at home vs. Miami).

Judging by their 2013 records, one would expect the Bills to have the upper hand, and they do have home field, but the offense has looked ragged and the defense shaky, losing two of three preseason.

While the Bills have scored just 49 points in three games, the Bucs are close to being the league's worst offense (that distinction falls to the 49ers, with just three points in two games total) with just 24 points over two games.

Neither team can claim to having much of an explosive offense, so look for defenses to control in a close one.

Prediction: Buccaneers 13 Bills 10

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Dallas at Miami (-3 1/2, 45 1/2) 7:00 pm - Tony Romo got into some action last week in the Cowboys' 37-30 loss to the Ravens and even threw a TD pass (31 yards, to Dez Bryant), but it's unsure how much playing time the Dallas QB is going to get, as coaches are still monitoring him following off-season surgery.

That said, the Cowboys are still an 0-2 team, while the Dolphins are 1-1 after two road games (a 16-10 loss at Atlanta; 20-14 win at Tampa Bay) and the Dolphins are home for this match-up.

The Dolphins have allowed just 30 points in two games, which appears where the emphasis will be for this game and into the regular season. Don't look for much scoring, a trend which favors Miami.

Prediction: Dolphins 20 Cowboys 13

Tennessee at Atlanta (-3, 44) 7:00 pm - Seriously, the only reason the Falcons are favored here is because they are at home. While they beat Miami, 16-10 in the first week of preseason, they were handed their hats in Houston, losing, 32-7, to the Texans, a team that was worse then them last season, which says much.

The 1-1 Titans, meanwhile, have the makings of a decent football team, especially with Jake Locker taking the majority of the snaps. Rookie Zach Mettenberger, who threww for 269 yards in last week's 31-24 loss to New Orleans, will do mop-up work for the Titans, a scary thought against the dregs of Atlanta's defense.

Prediction: Titans 34 Falcons 13

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