NFL picks and predictions: Week 3

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Two weeks in, we have a decent idea of what some teams are bringing to the table in 2016.

All 32 teams are in action once again before bye weeks come into effect, so we have one more full slate of football before turning over to Week 4.

SEE ALSO: NFL Power Rankings: Week 3 edition

We picked all 15 of this weekend's games below. Take a gander and let us know where you disagree.


Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (BAL -1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

Jacksonville Jaguars v San Diego ChargersGetty

After an offseason filled with hype, the Jaguars are in a sudden freefall. If they lose at home on Sunday, Gus Bradley's job could already be in danger. Baltimore is no joke, and with a poor Jags showing on defense, the Ravens could get out in front early.

Pick: Ravens


Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants (NYG -4.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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New York enters tied for the division lead, while Washington can't seem to string together any sort of offensive success with Kirk Cousins struggling. At MetLife on Sunday, Washington may find itself sunk in the division before their calendars even flip to October.

Pick: Giants


Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers (GB -7.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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Green Bay suffered its first loss of the year against a stingy Vikings defense, but their fortunes should turn against the Lions, who are coming off a disappointing defeat at the hands of Tennessee. If Aaron Rodgers can put up 80 percent of his usual performance, the Pack shouldn't have much trouble handling a questionable Lions team.

Pick: Packers


Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins (MIA -10)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

Miami Dolphins vs. New England PatriotsGetty

Miami as a 10-point favorite? Only against the Browns -- and while Cleveland may win with the points they're being given, they won't beat the Dolphins outright in their home stadium.

Pick: Dolphins


Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers (CAR -7)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

San Francisco 49ers v Carolina PanthersGetty

The Vikings are fortunate to have beaten Green Bay in Week 2, because another tough matchup awaits this week on the road in Carolina. With the Panthers' offense now seeming as formidable as their defense, they're as tough to beat as ever.

Pick: Panthers


Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals (CIN -3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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Denver enters as a three-point underdog in Cincy, but there's reason to believe they can pull out a tough road win in Week 3 if they can contain A.J. Green.

Pick: Broncos


Arizona Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bills (ARI -4)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Arizona CardinalsGetty

It's only Week 3, but the Bills are on the brink. Going up against a team as tough as Arizona may bring out the best in Buffalo, but to think they have a chance at pulling off the upset is misguided.

Pick: Cardinals


Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans (TEN -1.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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Tennessee has shown signs of life in both games this season, and is coming off a win to even their record at 1-1. But their offense is just too suspect, especially compared to Derek Carr's vast array of weapons, and going against Oakland's challenging defensive corps.

Pick: Raiders


Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TB -4.5)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Arizona CardinalsGetty

Picking a team to win on the road in Week 3, when they still haven't scored a touchdown, doesn't seem like a great call.

Pick: Buccaneers


San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks (SEA -9.5)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET

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Given the Seahawks' early-season struggles, a 9.5-point spread seems a bit excessive. But at home, they shouldn't have trouble handling the Niners, who have accumulated just 622 yards over two games.

Pick: Seahawks


Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles (PIT -3.5)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET

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The Eagles will be at home with momentum after winning their first two matchups with Carson Wentz on fire, but the Steelers might be the best all-around team in the NFL. Don't be a prisoner of the moment -- don't bet against Pittsburgh.

Pick: Steelers


New York Jets vs. Kansas City Chiefs (KC -3)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET

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While the Chiefs are capable of holding opponents to low point totals and manage games to victory, they're been very underwhelming through the first two weeks. After a strong offensive showing last Thursday night, the Jets might be able to sneak out a win at Arrowhead in Week 3.

Pick: Jets

San Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts (IND -3)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET

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The Colts are already at an impasse, losing a disappointing Week 2 game against the Broncos, looking unable to put together any offensive success. Against an already-depleted Chargers team, they'll hope to get back on track.

Pick: Colts


Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys (DAL -7.5)
Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET

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The Bears already seem to be in the middle of a lost season, and without Jay Cutler, they'll be facing even more of an uphill battle. The youthful Cowboys have shown they're able to compete, and at home against Chicago, they should improve to 2-1.

Pick: Cowboys


Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints (NO -3)
Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET

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New Orleans is off to a rough start, things won't be getting any easier on Monday Night Football against the Falcons. Atlanta has faced its fair share of challenges, but something about Julio Jones in prime time -- coupled with the Falcons' formidable running game -- has us inclined to bet against the Saints here.

Pick: Falcons

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32. Browns (0-2)
Last Week: 32

Two games, three quarterbacks. Good luck, Cody Kessler.

(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

31. Bears (0-2)
Last Week: 27

Watching the Bears in prime time was rough. And with no Jay Cutler, things may be getting even worse in the coming weeks.

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

30. Bills (0-2)
Last Week: 26

Following a winless two weeks to open the season, Buffalo fired its offensive coordinator -- days after allowing 37 points to the Jets on Thursday. Hmmm.

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

29. Saints (0-2)
Last Week: 25

The good news for New Orleans is that they allowed just 16 points to the Giants on the road -- but it was the offense that couldn't get going, and now the Saints are staring a 0-3 start right in the face.

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

28. Rams (1-1)
Last Week: 31

The Rams got their first win back in Los Angeles -- albeit still without scoring a touchdown. Somewhat encouraging, but definitely not a recommended way to get your season started.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

27. Dolphins (0-2)
Last Week: 24

For a brief moment, when Jimmy Garoppolo went down, it seemed as if Miami had the chance to make a run -- and they showed signs of life in the second half. But a lifeless first two quarters left them in the dust.

(Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)

26. Chargers (1-1)
Last Week: 29

It's going to be hard for them to compete with no Keenan Allen or Danny Woodhead moving forward, but Philip Rivers had the Chargers beating up on Jacksonville in Week 2.

(Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

25. 49ers (1-1)
Last Week: 28

The Niners followed up a surprising Week 1 shutout win by getting their pride and dignities thoroughly beaten by the Panthers. Perhaps that season-opening win said more about the Rams than it did the 49ers.

(Photo by Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

24. Redskins (0-2)
Last Week: 22

Washington had a chance to join the middle of the pack in the NFC East, but blew a chance against Dallas with home field advantage. More worrisome than any standing: Kirk Cousins looks very bad.

(Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

23. Jaguars (0-2)
Last Week: 16

Unfortunately for the Jags, this season is shaping up to be yet another where they're unable to live up to the hype -- and Gus Bradley could already be on the hot seat.

(AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

22. Titans (1-1)
Last Week: 30

After putting a scare into Minnesota in Week 1, the Titans recorded their first win of the season with an impressive comeback over Detroit.

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

21. Lions (1-1)
Last Week: 20

After an offensive flurry in Week 1 versus the Colts defense, we got a taste of what Matt Stafford's attack may truly be this season against Tennessee -- not great.

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

20. Colts (0-2)
Last Week: 18

Are the Colts doomed? Granted it was against a stingy Denver defense, but Andrew Luck struggled to lead Indianapolis to much of anything on offense. Luckily, a matchup with San Diego awaits in Week 3 -- but if they foil that one? Oh boy.

(Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

19. Buccaneers (1-1)
Last Week: 15

After an encouraging Week 1 win, Jameis Winston sunk back down to earth against a tough Cardinals team, and Tampa didn't even compete. They'll have another tough test next week against the Steelers.

(Photo by Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

18. Falcons (1-1)
Last Week: 21

If Matt Ryan keeps slinging it like this, the Falcons will be in good shape.

(Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

17. Eagles (2-0)
Last Week: 23

Two weeks in, Carson Wentz has given Philadelphia everything they've hoped for out of a No. 2 overall pick under center. Tied for first place with the Giants, the challenge will be to sustain this success.

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

16. Ravens (2-0)
Last Week: 19

It's not easy to gauge ability based off beating the Browns, but the Ravens handled them on the road. They'll face a Jaguars team with everything to play for in Week 3, but if things break right, they can head into October undefeated.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

15. Cowboys (1-1)
Last Week: 17

Dallas recovered from a crushing Week 1 loss, and with better clock management, could easily be on top of the division at 2-0. With Dak Prescott under center, the Cowboys look legitimate.

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

14. Raiders (1-1)
Last Week: 12

Oakland wasn't able to follow up in impressive Week 1 victory, but after more than a decade of futility, competing against decent opponents is encouraging in itself.

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

13. Giants (2-0)
Last Week: 14

Failing to score an offensive touchdown against the Saints defense was disappointing, but New York's defense living up to the hype is more important after last year's abomination fielded on that side of the ball.

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

12. Jets (1-1)
Last Week: 13

After failing to hang onto a late lead against Cincy in Week 1, the Jets showed perseverance against Buffalo on Thursday night, blowing a lead but coming back to even their record at 1-1.

(AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

11. Seahawks (1-1)
Last Week: 8

A horrible performance against the Rams in Week 2 makes it hard to justify a ranking this high, but Russell Wilson was hobbled. It's early still, and in time we'll know for sure whether Seattle is suffering through some early-season doldrums, or if this is just who they are.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

10. Chiefs (1-1)
Last Week: 9

The Chiefs will have success this year by managing games on offense and winning them with their defense. Houston admittedly a difficult opponent to contain, and the Jets next week present similar problems. Kansas City maintains a top-10 ranking for now, but it is very much in danger.

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

9. Vikings (2-0)
Last Week: 11

Dare we say it: Sam Bradford looked pretty good on Sunday night against the Packers. In the first game at their new home building, the Vikings put on a show, hinting that things without Teddy Bridgewater might just be okay.

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

8. Bengals (1-1)
Last Week: 7

Cincy was able to steal a win on the road in Week 1, but their luck ran out this past week in Pittsburgh. A difficult matchup with the Broncos awaits in Week 3, but finally on their home field, all is not lost for the Bengals.

(Photo by Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

7. Texans (2-0)
Last Week: 10

Coupling one of the stingiest defenses in the league with an offense filled with weapons, the Texans are formidable once again -- shaping up for an epic matchup with the Patriots this Thursday. With Jacoby Brissett likely starting for the Pats at Gillette, a road win is there for the taking.

(AP Photo/George Bridges)

6. Packers (1-1)
Last Week: 4

Their record slipped to 1-1 on Sunday night, but Green Bay was up against one of the league's best defenses in perhaps the loudest environment they'll be in all season.

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

5. Panthers (1-1)
Last Week: 6

The Broncos disappointed Carolina in the NFL's opening game this season, and Carolina responded by beating up on the Niners in Charlotte. Perhaps most importantly, Kelvin Benjamin looks to be one of the league's premiere receivers, which makes Carolina even more formidable.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

4. Broncos (2-0)
Last Week: 5

The Denver defense is for real, and Trevor Siemian might be too. The young quarterback kept his team in front while throwing for more than 250 yards in his second start.

(Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

3. Cardinals (1-1)
Last Week: 3

The Arizona Cardinals showed us more who they really figure to be this season in Week 2, beating up on a Buccaneers squad that was coming off an impressive victory to open their campaign.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

2. Steelers (2-0)
Last Week: 2

Pittsburgh handled the archrival Bengals on Sunday with relative ease, which earned them partial consideration for this week's No. 1 spot -- but they'll have to settle for No. 2 for the second straight week.

(AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

1. Patriots (2-0)
Last Week: 1

On their second Tom Brady replacement in just their third game due to Jimmy Garoppolo's shoulder injury, New England will have its work cut out for it in a tough Thursday Night Football matchup against Houston -- but until they falter, the top spot remains theirs to lose.

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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