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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 3 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | September 18-21

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, September 18

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-7, 45) 8:25 pm - Both teams are coming off losses, the only difference is that the Falcons won their opener against New Orleans, while the Bucs have dropped two straight.

So, why take the Bucs? Because the Falcons couldn't do much in a 24-10 loss to the Bengals last week, scoring a field goal in the first quarter and a TD in the last. In between, nothing. A tight, defensive struggle is expected.

Prediction: Buccaneers 17 Falcons 14

Sunday, September 21

Houston Texans (-2 1/2, 42) at New York Giants 1:00 pm - Just in case anybody is wondering, Eli Manning is still the Qb for the Giants, but he has few targets downfield. Meanwhile, the Texans have already equalled their win total from last season and are feeling good after wiping out the Raiders last week, 30-14.

Even with Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter for Houston, they stand a good chance of going 3-0, because their defense is probably going to set them up with good field position more than just a few times here. The Giants are off to another horrible start and rumblings are afoot to replace Tom Coughlin, who has seen better coaching days.

Prediction: Texans 27 Giants 17

Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (-9 1/2, 51) 1:00 pm - Saints are 0-2, and the Vikings, 1-1, after being spanked at home by the Patriots amid all the fuss over Adrian Peterson.

But, Peterson will be suited up for this one, and, really, do NFL fans care if he beats up little kids? They just want some yardage out of him and they'll get just enough to keep this close, but still lose. And, as long as AD keeps suiting up, they should continue to fall to defeat, if there really is a God.

UPDATE: The Vikings bowed to pressure (from sponsors and the league) and did the right thing, sitting Peterson for the foreseeable future. Still like the Vikes to keep it close. (Maybe there is a God?)

Prediction: Saints 30 Vikings 23

Baltimore Ravens (-2, 51 1/2) at Cleveland Browns 1:00 pm - Beware the Browns, who are 1-1 after beating New Orleans, 26-24, last week and went to overtime in Pittsburgh before falling in their season opener.

The Ravens have had extra time to prepare (or get over the Ray Rice deal) since snuffing Pittsburgh last Thursday (what a horrible game), 26-6. As they say in the horse racing business, "study long, study wrong." Browns have many surprises this season.

Prediction: Browns 21 Ravens 13

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (-1 1/2, 51 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Packers have no defense, evident in their 31-24 win over the Jets, allowing the New Yorkers to rack up 19 first downs and go 8-for-17 on third down conversions.

While the Lions are, like the Packers, 1-1, they get home field for this and a rabid fan base which is ready for their team to kick some Packer behind. Forget last week's 24-7 loss to the Panthers. Carolina is in a different league altogether and forced three Detroit turnovers, something the Packers are incapable of doing.

Prediction: Lions 31 Packers 24

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Indianapolis Colts (-7 1/2, 44) at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 pm - The Colts really got jobbed by the refs in Monday night's loss to the Eagles, and are now 0-2, but they have this little game against a divisional foe coming up which they should win, right?

Jacksonville, hammered by Washington, 41-10, stands no chance here, but will surprise the Colts with a determined effort and come within a whisker of a win.

Prediction: Colts 22 Jaguars 20

Oakland Raiders at New England Patriots (-14 1/2, 46 1/2) 1:00 pm - Maybe they could give the Raiders a running start on all offensive plays just to keep up with Tom Brady and gang.

This enormous line begs to be taken apart by wise guys. Oakland QB Derek Carr is the real deal. If the Raider defense shows up at all, this will be a close call and maybe the upset of the week.

Prediction: Raiders 24 Patriots 23

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Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (-6, 50) 1:00 pm - No RG3 for the Redskins, but Kirk Cousins did an admirable job filling in at QB as he did on numerous occasions last season.

With that understood, the Eagles are looking like the class of the NFC East, if not the entire NFL. The offensive style engineered by coach Chip Kelly is proving unstoppable, especially as defenses wear down in the second half.

No chance of Washington hanging close here.

Prediction: Eagles 34 Redskins 13

Dallas Cowboys (-1 1/2, 45 1/2) at St. Louis Rams 1:00 pm - The Rams beat Tampa Bay last week, shocking to some, but not to the St. Louis faithful.

Can they beat the Cowboys? Anybody can beat the Cowboys, except Tennessee, that is.

Prediction: Rams 24 Cowboys 20

San Diego Chargers at Buffalo Bills (-1, 44) 1:00 pm - Buffalo is 2-0 and playing with lots of confidence. Lst week's romp over Miami was more about their defense, especially the front four who spent more time in the Miami backfield than their running backs did.

They won't be able to put that kind of pressure on Phillip Rivers, however and will come back to earth with a thud.

Prediction: Chargers 31 Bills 17

Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati Bengals (-7, 43 1/2) 1:00 pm - Tennessee got their hats handed to them in a 26-10 loss to Dallas last week, on their home turf. This week they take to the road to be kill for the mighty Bengals, who appear to be headed toward the post-season again and are a good early pick to reach the Super Bowl.

Stomped will be the Titans.

Prediction: Bengals 34 Titans 6

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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