NFL picks Week 3: Chiefs-Packers and all others

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Brady picked apart one of the best defenses in the league like they were a Pop Warner squad. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots (-14)

If Jacksonville (1-1) wins this game, it will be the upset of the decade. New England (2-0) does not lose to bad teams, especially at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots are going to throw for 400 yards and Rob Gronkowski could go for half that amount.

Pick: New England 34, Jacksonville 17

Atlanta Falcons (-1.5) at Dallas Cowboys

Tough to say who is going to win this. With Brandon Weeden at the helm, it is impossible to pick Dallas (2-0) to beat Atlanta (2-0). The Falcons are underwhelming in my eyes, but the trio of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White should be able to score enough to defeat the Fighting Weeden’s.

Pick: Atlanta 24, Dallas 20

San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings (-2.5)

One of the sneaky good games of the week. Minnesota (1-1) looked atrocious in Week 1 but bounced back nicely against the Lions. Meanwhile, San Diego (1-1) is probably a slightly better team but has trouble stopping the run and does not get pressure on the quarterback. Because of those flaws, I’m rolling with the Vikings.

Pick: Minnesota 23, San Diego 21

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets (-2.5)

This is pretty much a must-win for Philadelphia (0-2). The Eagles have been awful in both contests to this point, mostly thanks to their rancid offense. It is tough to pick Sam Bradford and Chip Kelly against New York (2-0), which has forced five turnovers over the first two weeks. Could the Jets actually get to 3-0?

Pick: New York 20, Philadelphia 13

Pittsburgh Steelers (-2) at St. Louis Rams

Don’t sleep on an upset here. St. Louis (1-1) has the ground game and pass-rush to play havoc with Pittsburgh (1-1). However, the Rams lack a good secondary and with Le’Veon Bell back in action, the Steelers are going to be one of the toughest teams in the league to stop. St. Louis simply does not have an offense, and that spells doom.

Pick: Pittsburgh 27, St. Louis 24

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