Taylor’s NFL Picks-Week 3

Taylor Hauck

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta looked awful against the Bengals after having a record day against the Saints just a week before. The Falcons’ defense has given up an average of 29 points over the first two games. They need to limit that to start a win streak. Meanwhile, the Bucs have lost both their games by a combined eight points. The Falcons should come away with the win.

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles: Philadelphia will look to use their high-powered offense to outscore the Redskins. Washington could be without RGIII but that could be a good thing as Kirk Cousins has filled in nicely the last few years for Washington. Expect this to be a high scoring game with the Eagles pulling out a win.

San Diego Chargers @ Buffalo Bills: Buffalo has started the season off well. They hope to continue their good start and move to 3-0. The Chargers have other plans though. San Diego will use the momentum they gained by knocking off the Seahawks and beat the Bills in Buffalo.

Dallas Cowboys @ St. Louis Rams: Dallas bounced back to reach .500. Tony Romo played significantly better and the defense was strong against the Titans. The Rams are coming off a comeback win over the Bucs. Look for the Rams to compete early, but the Cowboys will ultimately be too much for St. Louis.

Houston Texans @ New York Giants: Houston is 2-0 for their fifth straight season. They have taken care of business against their two opponents so far this season. The Giants continued their struggles losing Sunday to start the year 0-2. Eli Manning needs to regroup his team to save their season. Expect the Texans’ defense to shut down the Giants.

Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints:New Orleans was upset in Cleveland on a last second field goal and currently stands at 0-2 on the season. The Saints will look to climb out of the hole and they will need Drew Brees to be more consistent and the defense to make stops. Minnesota is coming off a brutal loss to the Patriots and will need to play around distractions off the field. Expect the Saints to pick up the first win of the season in their home opener.

Tennessee Titans @ Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals are a tough team to beat at home. They won all eight of their home games last season and opened this year with a win. Quarterback Andy Dalton is proving he was worthy of a contract extension. Tennessee played poorly against the Cowboys after upsetting the Chiefs a week before. Cincinnati’s offense should to be too much for the Titans.

Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns: Cleveland has played been surprising in the early going. They have hung with both their opponents and pulled out a late win over the Saints. Brian Hoyer needs to continue his magic for the Browns to make some more noise this season. The Ravens are looking okay on both sides of the ball, but the off-field distractions could eventually take a toll on the team. This game should be close.

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions: Green Bay’s offense finally came alive against the Jets. Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson looked sharp and hope they can have a repeat performance next week in Detroit. The Packers’ defense is a weak point and needs to limit scoring by the opponent. Detroit looked horrible against the Panthers. Their offense didn’t amount to much. They will need to average more points to win and keep afloat in a tough division.

Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars: This game should be a blowout. The Colts can beat anybody when Andrew Luck is on his game. The Jaguars have scored 10 points in their last 4 quarters of football and don’t appear poised to win many games this season.

Oakland Raiders @ New England Patriots: This is a new season but fans have seen the same Raiders team. Oakland is 0-2 and hasn’t even looked ready to compete. They have a young quarterback in Derek Carr trying to revamp the franchise. Oakland is still a few years away from contention. New England is back to 1-1 after a convincing win with superb offense and defense against the Vikings. Expect the Patriots to blow out the Raiders at home.

San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals: Despite a 2-0 start by the Cardinals, their run ends there. The 49ers will look to rebound after a loss to the Bears after being up by 17 points to start the game. Arizona has looked good to start the year but this will be a big test to see where they stand in the NFL. Expect a good game.

Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks: The Broncos got out to a big lead again and held on for the win. They need to get ahead of teams and stay far ahead to keep on winning. Seattle hasn’t looked overly impressive so far this season on offense and will need to regroup their defense after a poor showing against the Chargers. Expect the rematch of last year’s Super Bowl to be entertaining, with the Broncos bringing home the win, on the road in front of the loud Seattle fans.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Miami Dolphins: Kansas City is in a 0-2 hole to start the 2014 season. They played better Sunday but still need more work to compete for a playoff spot. Miami was shut down by the Bills to fall to 1-1. The Chiefs should get their first win of the season on the road against the Dolphins.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Carolina Panthers: The Panthers got Cam Newton back and played well to knock off Detroit and open the season with two straight wins. Pittsburgh played poorly against the Ravens Thursday night. Expect the Panthers to beat the Steelers in a close game.

Chicago Bears @ New York Jets: Chicago has come alive after six quarters of poorly played football to start the year. The Bears were able to pull off an upset over the 49ers on Sunday Night Football. Expect the Bears to use that momentum to beat the Jets. The Jets have proven they can compete with the best of teams, but need improvements. Expect a close game with the Bears coming out of the game with a win on Monday Night Football.