NFL Picks Week Three

The New York Giants and Carolina Panthers kickoff week three of the NFL schedule Thursday at 8:20. As a result, it’s time for another edition of Speakeasy Magazine NFL Picks. Through two weeks Danny has pulled away from the competition, will Wes and Garr be able to turn it around this week?

Standings (Overall) (Last Week)

Danny :    (23-9)     (11-5)

Wes:          (18-14)   (9-7)

Garr:          (15-17)   (6-10)

                                                                                         WEEK 3 PICKS

Giants at Panthers

Eli Manning leads the Giants into Carolina this week. (©2009 Kevin P. Coughlin)

Danny: NYG 24 CAR 13 – Believe it or not, the “experts” at ESPN are close to unanimous on Carolina tonight. I understand the where’s the respect for the Champs.

Wes: NYG 34 CAR 24- Although he did throw three interceptions, Eli Manning amassed 510 passing yards in a winning effort against Tampa Bay last week. Another showing of this type of impressive passing performance should be enough to come away with a double-digit win against the Panthers.

Garr: CAR 21 NYG 17 – New York lost to Dallas and almost lost to Tampa Bay. Lose this week and it sounds like the beginning of another Super Bowl run for the G-Men.

Rams at Bears

Danny: CHI 23 STL 17 – Chicago is in trouble if Matt Forte does not get healthy; the running back position is getting less and less important in the NFL, but Forte’s elite receiving and blocking ability set him apart from other tailbacks.

Wes: CHI 24 STL 20 – The Bears are a mess. The egotistical Jay Cutler is in turmoil with his offensive line and Matt Forte may be out for a period of time after suffering an injury. This recipe bodes well for an upset, but I still think the Bears somehow squeak out a win at home.

Garr: STL 23 CHI 20 – Which Jay Cutler are we going to see this week?

Bills at Browns

Danny: BUF 20 at CLE 25  – Did I really just make this pick? Pencil in a loss for me.

Wes: BUF 27 CLE 20- Much like the Cowboys, I don’t know what to make of the Bills thus far this season. This game is a toss-up, but Bills running back C.J. Spiller could be the difference.

Garr: CLE 20 BUF 19 – Buffalo hasn’t been to Cleveland since 2007, when the Browns won an ugly 8-0 game.  This one should have some more scoring, but still be ugly.

Jets at Dolphins

Danny: NYJ 16 MIA 9 – Jets might be in sole possession of first place when this week is over. Conversely, Miami could also be in sole possession of first place when this week is over.

Wes: NYJ 24 MIA 17- Although the Jets looked anemic on offense against Pittsburgh last week (except for a Tim Tebow 22-yard run), they should be able to bounce back against a much less staunch Dolphin defense. Since the Dolphins played well last week, I, maybe somewhat surprisingly, expect a close contest.

Garr: MIA 17 NYJ 14 – If Tebow plays in this game it will be all New York. Yeah, I said it. Put him in.

Bengals at Redskins

Danny: WAS 31 CIN 27 – What Wes says right below me here is spot on. With that said, making a gut pick here; I see RGIII being special in the first home game of his career.

Wes: CIN 24 WAS 20- The mania surrounding Robert Griffin III took a hit after last week’s loss to the Rams. The Washington defense was also dealt a major blow after losing both Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker for the season with injuries. These guys are major defensive cogs of the Redskins’ defense. This development could make it a much more difficult season in D.C.

Garr: CIN 14 WSH 21 – The Redskins are one stupid penalty in last week’s game away from potentially being 2-0. Cincinnati hasn’t looked all that great in their first two weeks of the season, advantage RG3.

Eagles at Cardinals

Danny: ARI 19 PHI 16 – Kevin Kolb becomes the story of the NFL in this game, beating his old team and leading Arizona to a 3-0 start.

Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb scrambles against the Oakland Raiders during Arizona’s first preseason game. (Kyle Terada, US Presswire)

Wes: PHI 20 ARI 17- While Arizona is surprisingly undefeated after spoiling countless survival pools across the nation with its victory over the Patriots last week, the Eagles have barely gotten by their first two opponents. I say Philly squeaks by again in a relatively low-scoring affair.

Garr: ARI 24 PHI 21 – Scary to think one of these teams will be 3-0 after this, something the Eagles haven’t done since 2004 and the Cardinals haven’t done since 1974. The Eagles barely got by against Cleveland and Baltimore, while Arizona got the upset of the season beating New England in Foxboro. I’m jumping on the Cards bandwagon.

Texans at Broncos

Danny: DEN 27 HOU 24 – Last week I picked Peyton Manning to lose on Monday Night despite his 11-3 record. This week I’m taking Peyton Manning’s at home. He may be a mile high now instead of in his air-conditioned dome, but I don’t pick against the man in a home game.

Wes: HOU 27 DEN 23- Peyton Manning threw three interceptions in his team’s loss to the Falcons last week. Houston’s much more formidable defense should be licking its chops in preparation for this game.

Garr: HOU 28 DEN 21 – Houston’s first real test of the season will be against an old division foe in Peyton Manning. Manning will pass the ball, but Houston will pass the test.

Patriots at Ravens

Danny: NE 38 BAL 17 – The last time the Patriots were below .500 was 2003…  The Ravens will be hyped for this game but this smells of a Bill Belichick statement game. Should the Patriots lose, recall that the Pats won the Super Bowl in 2003, hope will not be lost.

Wes: BAL 30 NE 24- I know the Patriots don’t lose back-to-back games very often, but they seemed very pedestrian against an emerging and underappreciated Cardinals defense. Now that they are facing a defense stocked with established talent, the pursuit of a win will be that much more difficult. Also, the Pats will be without tight end Aaron Hernandez, who has been a significant target in the passing game.

Garr: NE 21 BAL 10 – Can’t see the streak ending. Tom Brady’s too good.

Packers at Seahawks

Danny: GB 20 at SEA 7 – The 12th man will be rocking on Monday Night Football this week. Teams decide games not fans, unfortunately for the Seahawks.

Wes: GB 31 SEA 21- Even though Seattle has proven to be a tough place to play, I think the Packers can overcome the crowd noise to pull away in the second half.

Garr: SEA 27 GB 21 – What are the chances Russell Wilson drives 80 yards down the field with two minutes left for the victory and a new era in Seattle begins, Lloyd?

Unanimous Picks

Last week the guys all picked Oakland, Baltimore and New England to win and came out on the wrong end of things. Here are the games they all picked the same victor. Victor is in bold.

  • TB at DAL
  • JAC at IND
  • SF at MIN
  • KC at NO
  • DET at TEN
  • ATL at SD
  • PIT at OAK

Come back every Thursday for more NFL Picks.

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