I went 13-3 last week straight-up, and 5-9-2 against the spread. For the season, that puts me at 23-9 straight-up, and 16-13-3 against the spread. For a comparison, check out the “experts” over at ESPN.
Here are my picks for the NFL’s Week Three:
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Houston 2-0 at New Orleans 1-1 1:00PM [Line: Saints by 4]
The Texans have allowed just 20 points, fewest in the NFL. The Saints are the only team in the NFC South with a positive point differential.
RJ’s Pick: Houston by 3
New York Giants 1-1 at Philadelphia 1-1 1:00PM [Line: Eagles by 7.5]
The Giants were accused of faking injuries in their win over the Rams last week. The Eagles may be without QB Michael Vick.
RJ’s Pick: Philadelphia by 4
Jacksonville 1-1 at Carolina 0-2 1:00PM [Line: Panthers by 3.5]
The Jaguars did not score a touchdown against the Jets last week. Panthers’ rookie QB Cam Newton has thrown for over 400 yards in each of his first two NFL regular season games.
RJ’s Pick: Carolina by 8
New England 2-0 at Buffalo 2-0 1:00PM [Line: Patriots by 9]
The Patriots have the NFL’s top offense in terms of total yards and passing yards. The Bills are first in the league in rushing yards per game.
RJ’s Pick: New England by 2
Miami 0-2 at Cleveland 1-1 1:00PM [Line: Browns by 2.5]
The Dolphins have started the season 0-2 at home after going 1-7 at home last season. The Browns are averaging just 3.2 yards per rushing attempt.
RJ’s Pick: Miami by 5
San Francisco 1-1 at Cincinnati 1-1 1:00PM [Line: Bengals by 3]
The 49ers are averaging the second fewest total yards per game in the NFL. Bengals’ rookie QB Andy “The Red Menace” Dalton has a passer rating of 105.7 so far this season.
RJ’s Pick: Cincinnati by 7
Denver 1-1 at Tennessee 1-1 1:00PM [Line: Titans by 7]
The Broncos are a little shorthanded at wide receiver, so they signed Quan Cosby earlier this week. Titans’ RB Chris Johnson has just 77 yards on 33 carries so far this season.
RJ’s Pick: Tennessee by 2
Detroit 2-0 at Minnesota 0-2 1:00PM [Line: Lions by 3.5]
The Lions have the NFL’s best point differential. The Vikings lost at home last week despite leading 17-0 at halftime.
RJ’s Pick: Detroit by 10
Baltimore 1-1 at St. Louis 0-2 4:05PM [Line: Ravens by 4]
The Ravens have allowed the fewest points in the AFC North. The Rams have allowed the most points in the NFC West.
RJ’s Pick: Baltimore by 9
New York Jets 2-0 at Oakland 1-1 4:05PM [Line: Jets by 3]
The Jets are averaging just 3.0 rushing yards per carry. The Raiders blew a 21-3 halftime lead last week against the Bills.
RJ’s Pick: New York Jets by 11
Kansas City 0-2 at San Diego 1-1 4:05PM [Line: Chargers by 15]
The Chiefs have scored just one touchdown so far this season, and have the worst point differential in the NFL. The Chargers rank third in the league in total yards per game.
RJ’s Pick: San Diego by 6
Arizona 1-1 at Seattle 0-2 4:15PM [Line: Cardinals by 3]
The Cardinals lost by a single point to the Redskins last week. The Seahawks have the worst point differential in the NFC.
RJ’s Pick: Arizona by 8
Atlanta 1-1 at Tampa Bay 1-1 4:15PM [Line: Buccaneers by 1.5]
The Falcons battled back against the Eagles last week, scoring the final two touchdowns to win 35-31. The Buccaneers are averaging 4.6 yards per carry.
RJ’s Pick: Atlanta by 3
Green Bay 2-0 at Chicago 1-1 4:15PM [Line: Packers by 3.5]
The Packers have scored nine touchdowns through two games, tied for the most in the NFC. Bears’ QB Jay Cutler has already been sacked 11 times this season.
RJ’s Pick: Green Bay by 1
Pittsburgh 1-1 at Indianapolis 0-2 8:20PM [Line: Steelers by 10.5]
The Steelers have scored the fewest points in the AFC North. The Colts have the 29th ranked offense in the league.
RJ’s Pick: Pittsburgh by 14
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Washington 2-0 at Dallas 1-1 8:30PM [Line: Cowboys by 6]
Redskins’ rookie RB Roy Helu is averaging 6.9 yards per carry. Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo has a broken rib and a punctured lung, but he may still make the start under center on Monday Night Football.
RJ’s Pick: Cowboys by 3