Here are my picks for the NFL's Week Three:
*** Sunday, September 23rd, 2007 ***
Detroit (2-0) at Philadelphia (0-2) - 1:00 PM (Sheridan's Line - Eagles by 6½)
It's rare that you see a winless team favored by nearly a touchdown over an undefeated team in Week Three. As long as QB Jon Kitna doesn't get knocked out of the game (he suffered a mild concussion last week against the Vikings), Detroit should be able to put 20+ points on the board. The Lions defense will have problems with RB Brian Westbrook, but he is Philadelphia's only offensive weapon. If Eagles QB Donovan McNabb continues to struggle, this one will be an upset.
RJ's Pick: Detroit by 3
Miami (0-2) at New York Jets (0-2) - 1:00 PM (Sheridan's Line - Jets by 3)
Both teams have struggled to put points on the board so far this season. Dolphins QB Trent Green threw four picks last week against Dallas. Jets QB Chad Pennington was injured and did not play in Week Two, but is probably going to start this week against Miami. This one should be close, but with the game being played at Giants Stadium and Pennington presumably healthy again, you gotta go with the Jets.
RJ's Pick: Jets by 4
Buffalo (0-2) at New England (2-0) - 1:00 PM (Sheridan's Line - Patriots by 16½)
New England is already running away with the AFC East. Meanwhile, the Bills are all banged up and are averaging a pathetic 8.5 points per game. There is no question that the Patriots should win this one easily.
RJ's Pick: Patriots by 24 (New England 38, Buffalo 14)
Arizona (1-1) at Baltimore (1-1) - 1:00 PM (Sheridan's Line - Baltimore by 7½)
Weird fact: Both teams have scored exactly 40 points and allowed exactly 40 points. For Baltimore, QB Steve McNair may return to the starting lineup this week. But if not, Kyle Boller is a more than capable backup. Arizona RB Edgerrin James is going to need a big game in order for the Cardinals to have a chance. I predict Baltimore's defense stops James and pressures QB Matt Leinart all game long.
RJ's Pick: Ravens by 9
Saint Louis (0-2) at Tampa Bay (1-1) - 1:00 PM (Sheridan's Line - Tampa Bay by 3½)
The conventional NFL wisdom is that the Rams have a great offense but a poor defense. But that's not entirely true. They do have a sub-par defense, but their offense isn't nearly as good as advertised. The offensive line has suffered numerous injuries, and consequently RB Steven Jackson is underperforming. As a result, the offense has become largely one-dimensional by relying too much on the passing attack. And while QB Marc Bulger and WRs Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt are certainly capable playmakers, they can't win games all by themselves. The Buccaneers offense isn't particularly good (WR Joey Galloway excepted), but the defense is pretty solid, so Tampa Bay should be able to handle the Rams at home.