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Week 3: Rick 9-7; Coin: 12-4
Cumulative: Rick: 24-23-1; Coin: 23-24-1

Thursday, September 26

8:20 pm Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers (-4 1/2, 45 1/2) - Looking more like the Packers which were perennial playoff fixtures, this iteration from Green Bay means business, having already knocked off their main rivals in the division - Minnesota and Chicago - plus last week's breeze past Denver.

The 1-2 Eagles are in a tough spot, already two games behind Dallas in the NFC East. They've yet to get untracked and Green Bay's a rough place to find your best footing.

Coin Flip: Green Bay

Prediction: Packers 31 Eagles 17

Sunday, September 29

1:00 pm Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans (-5, 46 1/2) - Carolina's only win came last week at Arizona, a team with much rebuilding to do, so they're not particularly solid at the present. Meanwhile, Houston held off the Chargers, 27-20, in LA, so they've been tested on the road, and passed.

Houston's defense needs to tighten up on passing downs, and could give Kyle Allen fits. Plus, this is Carolina's second straight road game, usually a bad sign.

Coin Flip: Carolina

Prediction: Texans 28 Panthers 13

1:00 pm Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (-7, 46) - The Browns played hard against the Rams last Sunday nightŠ and lost by a touchdown. This road game isn't going to be any easier for Cleveland, though they are a solid group and will be heavily motivated to win this divisional contest.

Baltimore is also coming off a loss, at Kansas City, not a disgrace by any means. These two should decide the division, though not right here. Still, giving the Browns seven points may be a tad much.

Coin Flip: Baltimore

Prediction: Ravens 24 Browns 20

1:00 pm Kansas City Chiefs (-6, 54) at Detroit Lions - Believe it or not, the Lions are undefeated. After a 27-all tie at Arizona in week one, they topped the Chargers, 13-10, and last week stunned the Eagles, 27-24.

On the flips side, the Chiefs are 3-0, and only Baltimore has come close (33-28, last week in KC). They have all the offensive tools, but Matthew Stafford has been getting good protection and the Lions are nobody's pushover. Upset possibility in Motown.

Coin Flip: Detroit

Prediction: Lions 35 Chiefs 34

1:00 pm Los Angeles Chargers (-16 1/2, 44 1/2) at Miami Dolphins - Let's face it, the Dolphins aren't exactly an NFL-caliber team, but the Chargers aren't really that much better than anybody else in the league.

Now, Miami has scored just 16 points total while allowing 133, and that's an ugly stat, but, Josh Rosen will get more comfortable at QB and the defense may bone up a little. Not enough for a win, but maybe enough to cover.

Coin Flip: LA Chargers

Prediction: Chargers 30 Dolphins 19

1:00 pm New England Patriots (-7, 42 1/2) at Buffalo Bills - There may not be any better time for the Bills to meet their usual nemesis, the Patriots. Buffalo is coming off a comeback win over the Bengals and they are playing with plenty of confidence. Josh Allen is maturing well, but he'd best be careful with the football against the ever-dangerous New England defense, which has allowed just 17 points in three games.

The Bills are healthy, a big plus, and their fans are vocal. Tom Brady won't have his way against one of the best secondaries in the league, and Buffalo may find itself in a position to win late.

Coin Flip: New England

Prediction: Patriots 27 Bills 24

1:00 pm Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts (-7, 45) - There were high hopes for the Raiders, even after week one, in which they topped Denver, 24-16, but since then, they've played horribly, especially on offense, losing 28-10 to KC and last week, 34-14, at Minnesota.

The Colts don't seem to miss Andrew Luck, as long as Jacoby Brissett brings his "A" game. Indy beat Atlanta, 27-24, last week and stays home for this one. Good signs.

Coin Flip: Oakland

Prediction: Colts 30 Raiders 16

1:00 pm Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons (-4, 45 1/2) - Both teams need to get things figured out in a hurry. The Falcons have just one win, but it was at home, over the Eagles and they're home here.

The Titans clobbered Cleveland in week one, but have dropped their last two and could be longing for Nashville after Thursday night's 20-7 beating at Jacksonville. The Falcons have a big edge at home.

Coin Flip: Atlanta

Prediction: Falcons 23 Titans 13

1:00 pm Washington Redskins at New York Giants (-3, 47) - Suddenly, the Giants have new life after Daniel Jones replaced Eli Manning at QB and engineered a 32-31 victory at Tampa Bay last week, thanks in part to a missed TB field goal at game's end. At 1-2, and back home, the fans may be rabid as a win could put them right back in the hunt for the division or a wild card (still very early).

So far, the Redskins have looked like dead-skins. In three losses, Washington has allowed more than 30 points in each. Case Keenum is not the answer, if the question is who shall lead Washington to a win.

Coin Flip: NY Giants

Prediction: Giants 34 Redskins 20

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