2018 Week 3 NFL Picks
By the Football Garbage Time StaffIf you followed last year, you won over 60% of your picks, and we aim to do even better this year.
And if you’ve been following us, you know that we here at Football Garbage Time have gone head to head against Wally, Will and Ray at Urban Sports Scene on our NFL Picks for the last 3 seasons. Why? Because they’re awesome competitors, they KNOW their sports, and, heck, they’re just good guys! But this year, we’ll have their picks up right HERE each and every week, so keep it tuned in, to both us and them, because we’ll be picking all season all long.
Without further to do, here we go:
Ha Kung Wong’s Picks
Ha Kung’s Thoughts:
Last year I ended up with a 62% record for the season, so that’s three years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. Unfortunately, I slipped a little in Week 2 leaving me at 17-13 (56.7%). Hey, no worries. I’ll get you up there to 62%+ in no time.
So far this season I’m 2 for 2 on Locks of the Week and 1 for 2 for Upsets of the Week. Let’s see what I can do for you for Week 3…
Lock of the Week => Minnesota Vikings (-17.0) over Buffalo Bills
The Bills defense is still in shambles, allowing the 2nd most points against (39.0) of all NFL teams after 2 weeks. And the offense didn’t do them any favors under Josh Allen, who had to play with a backfield and receiving core basically consisting of Shady McCoy with cracked rib cartilage, Kelvin Benjamin with a hip injury, Zay Jones and a supporting cast of nobodies, and ultimately leaving the Bills after 2 weeks 2nd to last in points for (11.5) and passing yards (139.5) and bottom 10 for rush yards (83.5). The Vikings should be 2-0 but for 5th Round draft pick Daniel “I can’t hit the broad side of a barn” Carlson missing 3 FGs leading to a tie against the gimpy Packers. Now that Carlson is gone, I don’t see how the Vikings don’t roll the Bills bigtime. Plus, as I said last week, I’m riding this “pick against the Bills” strategy until the wheels come off.
Upset of the Week => New Orleans Saints (+3) over Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons looked terrible in Week 1 and then passable in Week 2, now averaging 21.5 points for and 21 points against. It’s a mixed bag for them, and now they face a continuing Devonta Freeman injury as well as a Julio Jones calf injury. Plus, starting left guard Andy Levitre was placed on IR due to a triceps injury. Sure, the Saints barely beat the Browns, but they appear to be solid with Michael Thomas catching a league leading 28 of his whopping 30 targets so far, and Drew Brees putting the blame on himself for not hitting open receivers. The defense is improving, and I just don’t think the Falcons will be able to slow down Alvin Kamara, who now leads all RBs with 165 receiving yards. It might be close, but I like the Saints as an upset.
Joanne Kong’s Picks
What I Learned from Week 2:
- The New York Jets are still a work in progress. Losing to the Miami Dolphins 12-20 @ home, the Jets looked like a totally different team in week 2. If the Jets are this bad, than how bad are the Detroit Lions?.
- In week 1, Patrick Mahomes made the Kansas City Chief offense look relevant once again. In week 2, Mahomes threw for six touchdowns against the Los Angeles Chargers, totaling 10 touchdowns in two week.
Patrick Mahomes is the first quarterback to begin a season with back-to-back AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors since Tom Brady in 2011.https://t.co/CJ4x7jlX0q
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 19, 2018
- The New England Patriots aren’t invincible. After losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tom Brady might play until he’s 50-years-old, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be the winningest quarterback in the league. Obviously all it takes is a great defense, a good run game and a mediocre quarterback to defeat the Patriots these days.
- In week 2, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buccaneers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, proving that he deserves the title Fitzmagic. And, he wore this at the post-game press conference…
"I’ve got like two more because D-Jack needs his stuff back."
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) September 17, 2018
- Entering week 3, only 7 teams in the league are 2-0: Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins. Since 1990, 62.3% of teams without a loss after week 2 went on to the playoffs.
Ryan Whitfield’s Picks
Let’s start with the easy ones this week, so listen up if you’re in knockout pools.
Is there easier money than Minnesota at home against the lowly Bills coming off of an annoying tie game? No there isn’t. Hell I’d take this one giving the 16.5 points. Vikings easy at home.
Secondly, Jaguars are going 3-0. They are at home, as the best team in the conference, against a team that is not as good as we all thought they were. Jaguars at home by at least a touchdown.
Matt Patricia and his Lions defense stink. You don’t bet against the Patriots after a loss. Pats win easy.
Now on to the trickier games.
New Orleans is off to a less than inspiring start. But, they are too talented to start 1-2. Atlanta’s defense is beyond banged up. I like the Saints.
Pittsburgh is a mess and “Road Ben” is real. The red hot Fitmagic Buccaneers win at home.
The Rams win again, Chicago crushes Arizona, Green Bay goes 2-0-1 and the Giants go 0-3.
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Scott King’s Picks
I rebounded with a solid 9-7-1 performance for week 2. It’s a marathon not a sprint. Nothing too unusual this week, but I am calling for the Browns to get their first win in a long time. They were on the edge the first two weeks. My upset of the week is Denver over Baltimore, but I’m not buying that line. The Broncos are the better overall team and I think the line moves to -3 by Sunday.
Alex Smith is 3-2 verses A-Rod. I like the Redskins to bounce back after a disappointing loss. Smith should ball out. Also the Browns finally get their first win. The defense will dominate the Jets’ rookie Sam Darnold.
Browns / Packers / Eagles / Vikings / Raiders / Ravens / Jaguars / Bengals / Texans / Chiefs / Rams / Seahawks / Bears / Patriots / Bucs / Falcons
For this week I am starting with Thursday night and too many people are backing the Browns to finally break through this week, so I am going the other way with the Jets. I know Sam Darnold struggled against the Dolphins defense last week but think he will bounce back and Bilal Powell out of the backfield will be the difference in a low-scoring game.
Atlanta-New Orleans is the game of the weekend for me. A vastly underrated rivalry with some real enmity between the two teams. Taking the Falcons to edge it because there defense is a bit better and their offense looked good with Tevin Coleman as the main RB.
My two upsets are Tennessee (who’ve owned the Jaguars for several years) and Denver to win at still overrated Baltimore. Titans are a mirror image to the Jags, physical on both sides of the ball with a quarterback that only needs to be efficient. And the Titans get Mariota back. As for the Broncos, they should’ve lost to the Raiders (not that I am a bitter) but they get the Ravens who can’t handle a team that bullies them first. Flacco will be pressured into mistakes and Denver will cash in.
Also going with Dallas for one big reason. Can Seattle block that Dallas front? No. Can the Seahawks stop Ezekiel Elliott. No. Cowboys win. And I am giving Pittsburgh one more chance by taking them to win a shootout in Tampa. Like the rest of the world I am on the Vikings for suicide/eliminator pools this week.
Check back next week for our Week 3 results and Week 4 picks!