NFL WEEK 3 PICKS: Raiders finally stand out against Titans


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CLEVELAND -4.5 over Pittsburgh

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If it weren’t for curtains for Mitchell Trubisky with a few extra days for Kenny Pickett to get ready, then his days are surely numbered.

Baltimore -2.5 over NEW ENGLAND

The Ravens missed everything against the Dolphins last week and need to bounce back quickly with a team they have a good history against. Lamar Jackson did everything he could but it was the defense that let him down. The Pats don’t have the weapons to exploit Baltimore like Miami did last week.

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Buffalo-6 over MIAMI

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding these two teams after impressive season starts, but it’s hard to ignore the Bills’ dominance over the Fish in recent years. Buffalo’s defense will be tested, but should succeed. Miami also has a Thursday night trip to Cincinnati to plan.

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NEW YORK JETS +5 over Cincinnati

The Bengals may have improved the O line, but that’s not helping yet. Joe Burrow continues to be under constant pressure and the offense hasn’t really found its way. The Jets will surely dive soon, but Joe Flacco has been a surprisingly steady hand.

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CAROLINE +3 on New Orleans

Jameis Winston looked like a QB who played through four broken backs against the Bucs and badly missed starting RB Alvin Kamara. The Panthers launched Christian McCaffrey last week and will look to continue that trend. The local dogs have a great ATS record this season, so we’re going to cash in on the points.

Detroit +6 on the MINNESOTA

The Lions offense rolled thanks to an offensive line that really gelled. While the Vikings are expected to bounce back from a tough Monday night outing — particularly at home — Detroit has shown an ability under Dan Campbell to keep things close and undercover.

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Kansas City -6.5 over INDIANAPOLIS

If there’s one coach the Chiefs have possessed in recent years, it’s Gus Bradley — and guess who Indy’s defensive coordinator is. KC remains a September powerhouse as the Colts struggled to get out of the gate. It could get ugly.

Las Vegas -2 on TENNESSEE

Derrick Henry has finally started to show the wear and tear of being an RB workhorse and without him gobbling up rushing yards, the Titans offense simply cannot thrive. Losing Taylor Lewan doesn’t help either and the defense will struggle to contain Davante Adams.

Philadelphia -6.5 over WASHINGTON

Has Carson Wentz returned to his old form from his days in Philadelphia, when he was an MVP candidate? Probably not and it hasn’t really been tested. The Eagles offense can take control of this game and it’s almost certain that their fans can take control of Washington’s home-field advantage.

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Houston +2.5 on CHICAGO

Two bad teams meet here, both in the midst of rebuilding. There are few positives on either side, but the Texans have performed well against some would-be playoff contenders.

CHARGERS -7 over Jacksonville

The upstart Jags have surprised many so far this season – it certainly helps to have a real adult in charge. But there are too many upsides for the Chargers loaded here, including the extra rest they’ve had since playing last Thursday.

Green Bay +1 on TAMPA BAY

The Bucs are very stoned at WR and losing Mike Evans to suspension doesn’t help. They’ll have to run the ball against a good Packers defense, which is no small feat. It won’t be easy for Aaron Rodgers and Co. either, but we’ll support him here.

Atlanta +1 on SEATTLE

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The Falcons stayed west after a close game against the Rams and now face a Seahawks team that has already won its Super Bowl. The Seahawks have struggled mightily against the 49ers while the Falcons certainly seem like a fiery dog.

ARIZONA +3.5 on LA Rams

Did the Cards find their way against the Raiders last weekend? The Rams were blown in Game 1, then nearly coughed up to the Falcons. With such volatile teams involved, taking the house dog seems like the safest option.

San Francisco +1.5 on DENVER

The Broncos have been a game-management disaster under Nathaniel Hackett and Russell Wilson hasn’t really lit it up either. While there’s the former Mile High upside to consider, the Niners’ defense should be able to limit the Javonte Williams-led Broncos run game.

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Dallas +1 vs. NEW YORK GIANTS

The Cowboys’ defense appears to have not gone down since last season, although the offense is obviously worrisome. But in a match between Cooper Rush and Daniel Jones, is there really an advantage to bringing the hosts here?

Last week: 7-9

This season: 15-17

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