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

Welcome to the very best in winning NFL and College Football picks.
Rick Gagliano | August 22-25, 2013

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, August 22

New England Patriots at Detroit Lions (-2, 42), 7:30 pm - Bang-up game to open the third week of preseason games, which are traditionally the most important, with starters seeing their longest on-field action.

The line here is a bit of a conundrum, or maybe a sucker play, as the Patriots will have Tom Brady behind center likely into the third quarter. Though the Lions are at home and their defense decent, they're not going to stop Brady and Co. on all of their drives, meaning this could be one of the higher scores of the weekend, as Matthew Stafford leads a talented offense for the Lions.

We will take the bait and say the Lions prove the oddsmakers correct, sending the Pats to their first preseason loss and the Lions back into the winning column after their 24-6 disaster in Cleveland last week.

Prediction: Lions 38 Patriots 31

Carolina at Baltimore Ravens (-3, 42), 8:00 pm (ESPN) - Can Cam Newton and the Carolina offense riddle the Ravens defense, which has allowed 39 points in two games thus far?

Probably, yes, to some extent, but the Baltimore offense is the real story here. Through two games, the Ravens are tied with Seattle as the highest-scoring team in the league, at 71 points total. Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and RB Ray Rice will have extended time on field and probably score on the bulk of their drives, producing a potential blowout condition.

The Panthers are a little better than last season, but not good enough to hang with the world champions.

Prediction: Ravens 31 Panthers 20

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Friday, August 23

Seattle Seahawks (-2 1/2, 42 1/2) at Green Bay Packers, 8:00 pm (CBS) - As odd as it may seem, the Packers are underdogs at Lambeau Field, as the Seahawks have shown a penchant for playing hard at all positions for the entire duration of each preseason game, notching wins against San Diego (31-10) and Denver (40-10). The Seahawks are tied with Baltimore in scoring and are second overall in scoring defense, at 10 points per game (Arizona leads with a total of seven points allowed through two games).

Green Bay showed some spunk in a 19-7 win over the Rams last week, indicating that this contest will be taken with all due seriousness by both sides.

Hard to imagine the Packers losing both of their preseason home games, so let's side with the unusual line and take what the line offers.

Prediction: Packers 23 Seahawks 20

Chicago Bears (-3 1/2, 38) at Oakland Raiders, 10:00 pm - Another home dog here, but this one makes more sense, as the Raiders are short at a multitude of positions while the 1-1 Bears appear confident with their offense, though the defense is still struggling to find an identity after the retirement of middle linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Fortunately for the Bears, the Raiders don't have much offensive punch, so this could be a stabilizer for the Bear defenders.

Look for Chicago to score early and often, turning this one over to the bench-warmers in the second half. The raiders' subs may do some damage late, but not enough to register a win.

Prediction: Bears 24 Raiders 13

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Saturday, August 24

Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins (-3 1/2, 42 1/2), 4:30 pm - A battle of unbeatens looms in the nation's capitol, though the best player on either side will still be absent, as Robert Griffin III (RG3) remains sidelined during the preseason, rehabbing his surgically-repaired knee.

The new coaching staff for the Bills has enjoyed two straight wins, but this may be a reality check, as Buffalo goes on the road against one of the NFC's power teams.

While it's too early to make a strong case, the Washington defense appears headed in the right direction and will likely improve to 3-0. Besides, Mike Shanahan patrols the Redskin sidelines, a huge edge over the Bills rookie coach, Doug Marrone.

Prediction: Redskins 21 Bills 16

New York Jets at New York Giants (-2, 39 1/2), 7:00 pm - Ah, the traditional Big Apple tilt out in the Meadowlands, proving that New Yorkers will continue to spread loyalties amongst the local teams.

Both squads enter the game with identical 1-1 records, but, surprisingly, it's the Jets that have looked better on offense, as Mark Sanchez competes to keep his starting job at QB. No such condition exists for the Giants, with Eli Manning firmly established.

The game means more to the Jets than the Giants - and probably more to Jets' fans - making the Jets the pick in a close one.

Prediction: Jets 27 Giants 24

Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts (-2 1/2, 43), 7:00 pm - The Browns are 2-0, but only because the games don't count, though they have looked fairly efficient on offense, and, at times, downright nasty defensively, allowing just 25 points total through their first two games.

The Colts handled the Giants with ease, last week on the road, winning 20-12, after a week one upset at the hands of the Bills, 44-20. Andrew Luck will get plenty of PT, as will Cleveland QB, Brandon Weeden, who is emerging as a leader on this young team.

Figuring that the Browns may be one of the surprises this season, let's say they go 3-0 here, pulling off the minor upset.

Prediction: Browns 30 Colts 24

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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