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WEEK 3 NFL Preseason

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Last week: Coin: 6-8-2; Fearless Rick: 8-6-2

Cumulative: Coin: 14-17-2; Rick: 15-16-2

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Thursday, August 24

7:00 pm Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles (-3 1/2, 42 1/2) - In what should be an interesting match-up, the third week of NFL's preseason gets underway in Philly with a pair of 1-1 teams.

Miami was exposed last week in their 31-7, home loss to the Ravens, while the Eagles got plenty of breaks in their 20-16 win against Buffalo. Neither team has looked sharp offensively, so turnovers may be a key. Carson Wentz needs to improve, but, with Miami's Jay Cutler calling the shots, the Eagles' defense may have some opportunities.

Coin Flip: Philadelphia

Prediction: Eagles 26 Dolphins 13

7:30 pm Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars (even, 43 1/2) - Even though both teams are 1-1, this has mismatch written all over it. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville's QB, has few options in his thin receiving corps, and Carolina's front line and secondary will make his life miserable.

The Panthers scored 27 points in each of their two games, last week's 34-27 loss at Tennessee something of an aberration. With starters going longer, the difference will be large.

Coin Flip: Jacksonville

Prediction: Panthers 30 Jaguars 14

Friday, August 25

7:00 pm New England Patriots (-1, 44) at Detroit Lions - QBs Matthew Stafford and future Hall of Famer, Tom Brady, should put on quite a show in their third outing of the preseason. Even though the Pats are 0-2 and Detroit is 2-0, the line is in favor of a New England win, but that could be a pure sucker play.

The Patriots are focusing in on evaluating talent and situational conditions, while the Lions, who have allowed just 16 points in wins over Indy and the Jets, may want to make a point, especially at home. Detroit is a clear pick here.

Coin Flip: Detroit

Prediction: Lions 27 Patriots 20

8:00 pm Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks (-3 1/2 43) CBS - First of five nationally-televised games this weekend should be a good one, as the Seahawks lead the league in preseason scoring (68) and have allowed just 30 in two wins.

The Chiefs are 1-1, rebounding last week to win at Cincinnati, 30-12, after stinking up the place in a 27-17 loss to the 49ers in their first outing. Last week's score is more indicative of KC's true potential, but Seattle at home is a tall task, one which the Chiefs will find difficult, if not impossible, to overcome.

Coin Flip: Kansas City

Prediction: Seahawks 24 Chiefs 17

Saturday, August 26

7:00 pm Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons (-3 1/2, 43 1/2) - Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert, the Arizona QBs, are probably the best trio, one through three, in the league, but Palmer should get most of the playing time.

The Cardinals have already played three games and are 1-2, but their losses to Dallas and Chicago have been by two and one point, respectively, so they're likely ready to go.

Atlanta is 0-2, but their losses have been by three (Miami) and four (Pittsburgh) points and both losses were on the road. The home crowd should get a treat from Matty Ice and crew, though it may be a close one.

Coin Flip: Cardinals

Prediction: Flacons 27 Cardinals 20

7:00 pm New York Jets at New York Giants (-5, 39) - The Giants haven't exactly been knocking the world over, having scored just 18 points in their two losses to Pittsburgh and Cleveland, but the Jets are even worse, going 1-1, scoring just 13 points in those two games.

While neither team appears fit and sound offensively, the defenses have done well, thus, this should be a low-scoring affair. With that in mind, five points is a bunch, even for the Jets, who may find a way to the end zone either on special teams or via turnovers.

Coin Flip: NY Giants

Prediction: Jets 14 Giants 13

7:00 pm Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens (-3 1/2, 39) - Simply put, the 0-2 bills have serious problems with their offense, though the defense has kept them in both of their games. They lost at Philadelphia last week, 20-16, but they're on the road again, and Baltimore has been bowling over the competition.

The Ravens beat Washington, 23-3, then hammered Miami, 31-7, so they appear to be the team with better preparation and purpose. Calk up an easy win for Baltimore.

Coin Flip: Ravens

Prediction: Ravens 24 Bills 9

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