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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 3 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | September 24-27

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, September 24

Washington Redskins at New York Giants (-4, 43 1/2) 8:25 pm - With an 0-2 start to the season, the Giants are staring straight into the abyss and are up against what turns out to be the league's best defense after two games.

The Redskins are allowing 234.5 yards per game and have allowed just 27 points, going 1-1, last week holding down the Rams in a 24-10 victory. It probably helps that the Redskins played their first two games at home, so a different outcome may be on the agenda as they head to the Big Apple.

The Giants will get on track against a well-known opponent.

Prediction: Giants 27 Redskins 14

Sunday, September 27

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-2 1/2, 44 1/2) 1:00 pm - Classic division rivalry, and, the Bengals are 2-0 while the Ravens are 0-2, and in desperate need of a win. After playing their first two games on the road and losing at Denver in week one before being stunned by the Raiders last week, 37-33, getting back to Baltimore should be just the tonic to get them back on track.

Look for a spirited effort from both sides, but, the Bengals had the Ravens number in 2014, beating them twice in the regular season. Ravens should turn up the defensive effort and shut down Cincy for their initial win of 2015.

Prediction: Ravens 24 Bengals 20

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (-3, 45) 1:00 pm - Here's another divisional tilt, but the home team here is 2-0, while the Saints are a sorry 0-2 and must overcome a Panther defense that's allowed just 26 points in the first two games, second in the league thus far.

The Saints seem to be suffering the same malady that plagued them last season: lack of defense. They're currently 27th, having allowed 57 points in those two losses, losing last week to Tampa Bay, 26-19.

The New Orleans defense is putting too much pressure on Drew Brees and the offense to score points and that's leading to mistakes. VCarolina should chase in on their errors.

Prediction: Panthers 31 Saints 17

Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns (-3 1/2, 42) 1:00 pm - Surprisingly, both of these teams are 1-1 and coming off wins.

The Browns dumped Tennessee, 28-14, while the Raiders did a number on the Ravens, winning a shootout, 37-33. Cleveland has a better defense and home field, which could make a huge difference.

Prediction: Browns 20 Raiders 10

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Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys (even, 44 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Falcons are on fire after beating both the Eagle and Giants, now getting their theird chance to whip an NFC East foe. Oddly enough, both of the Cowboys' wins came against the same teams, the latest a 20-10 busting of the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Tony Romo is out for the Cowboys, but, in his absence last week against Philadelphia, backup Brandon Weeden did a credible job and should get enough reps in practice this week to play with confidence against the Falcons. This should be one of the best games of the day and look for weeded to step into the starting role without a hitch.

Prediction: Cowboys 27 Falcons 24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans (-7, 40 1/2) 1:00 pm - After being pounded by Tennessee, 42-14, in their debut game, the Buccaneers caught fire against the Saints, winning 26-19 in the Superdome.

0-2 Houston must feel they're just not doing enough, losing to KC in week one and at Carolina last week, both by seven point differences.

Rookie QB Jameis Winston brings emotion to the Tampa offense, whereas Brian Hoyer, the Texans QB, is still a question mark. The Bucs may not win, but lose by a touchdown? Nope.

Prediction: Buccaneers 23 Texans 20

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San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings (-1, 45) 1:00 pm - Minnesota's defense took over the game last week against Detroit, whipping the Lions, 26-16, to take their record to 1-1.

This week, look for Adrian Peterson and the offensive line to get on the same page and dominate the Chargers, who are on the road for the second straight week, and lost their first road encounter last week, 24-19, at Cincinnati.

Prediction: Vikings 28 Chargers 21

Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots (-14 1/2, 47 1/2) 1:00 pm - OK, so the Patriots are 2-0 after knocking off the Bills on the road last week, 40-32, but the Jaguars have a couple of rising stars in Blake Bortels and T.J. Yeldon, and they'll put up points against an unproven New England defense.

Jacksonville already has a win under their collective belts, something the Jags didn't do until week seven last year, so they're improved.

They may not pull off the upset of the week, but they're going to put up enough points to keep this one interesting.

Prediction: Patriots 31 Jaguars 24

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets (-2 1/2, 45) 1:00 pm - Seriously, who hold have thought the Jets would be 2-0 and the Eagles 0-2 for this match-up?

Really, nobody, but that's the way the football bounces. How about the Jets 3-0 and the Eagles 0-3 at the conclusion of this contest and Eagles' coach Chip Kelly afraid to return to PhillyŠ even after the Pope says mass there on Sunday.

The Eagles look like a complete joke. Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray in that offense? Are you kidding?

Prediction: Jets 27 Eagles 14

Pittsburgh Steelers at St. Louis Rams (even, 47 1/2) 1:00 pm - St. Louis knocked off the Seahawks in week one and everybody thought they'd found the rosetta stone, but, after losing 24-10 at Washington last week, now, everybody has questions.

Meanwhile, the Steelers found their offensive rhythm in a big way, winning last week against the visiting 49ers, 43-18. Look for an offensive showcase because Pittsburgh's defense hasn't yet jelled, but the Steelers should run it up late in the game.

Prediction: Steelers 38 Rams 26

Indianapolis Colts (-3, 45) at Tennessee Titans 1:00 pm - Boy, oh, boy, do the Colts need a win, and a trip to Tennessee should - under ordinary circumstances - be just the ticket to punch.

However, the Titans are still a team searching for an identity and this just happens to be their home opener. Better yet, they're averaging 28 points per game, and the Indy defense is allowing 23.5, so exactly why are the Colts favored here?

Bad karma. Besides, the food's better in Tennessee as is the music and, well, you get the drift.

Prediction: Titans 19 Colts 16

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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