“Pick ‘Em or Kick ‘Em”™: FGT VS. Urban Sports Scene 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 4 seasons. Why? Because they’re awesome competitors, they KNOW their sports, and, heck, they’re just good guys! This year we’ll have their picks up right HERE, 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:
Week 3 Games
Ha Kung Wong’s Picks
Ha Kung’s Thoughts:
Last year I ended up with a 64.7% record for the season, so that’s five years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. Plus, I had a 88.2% record on Locks of the Week and a 64.7% record on Upsets of the Week. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on stopping now!
We rocked it in Week 2 going 14-2, leaving us at 24-8 for the season (75%), which is pretty darn good. But I’m still just warming up, so let’s get to that Lock (for Survivor Leagues) and Upset for Week 3…
Lock of the Week ➡ Indianapolis Colts (-11.0) over New York Jets
OK, I still don’t trust Philip Rivers, but the one sure thing I’ve seen so far this season is that the New York Jets are terrible. The Jets are a mess on offense and with Le’Veon Bell on IR it’s really just a question of how soon they can get to 2021. But since they still have to play out the rest of the season, why not take advantage of the matchup? The Jets are now the 4th worst offense per DVOA this year and will match up in Week 3 against a Colts defense that’s 5th best per DVOA. The only bright spot on the Jets offense was Jamison Crowder from Week 1. But after picking up a hamstring injury and being ruled out Week 2, he hasn’t even practiced yet, so it’s unlikely he’ll suit up for Week 3 meaning there’s literally nothing to look forward to for Jets fans. Unless, of course, you like watching Sam Darnold and Frank Gore getting crushed by opposing defenses. And to think that the Jets traded up to 3 in the 2017 Draft to get Darnold while the Colts got in return the 6th overall pick plus 2 second round picks in 2017 and 1 second round pick in 2018, part of which became Quenton Nelson, perhaps the best guard currently playing in the NFL. Sheesh. I don’t even need to talk about the Colts offense, all you need to know if that they’re playing the Jets. Just lock em’ in.
Upset of the Week ➡ New York Giants (+4.0) over San Francisco 49ers
OK, so I’m not brave enough to make this pick straight up, but I’ve certainly made it with the spread. And if you do make this pick without the spread, I think there’s reason for optimism. Why? Well, essentially every key starter in San Francisco is injured. Just to name a few, Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Nick Bosa…you know what, here’s the full injury report:
Yeah, it’s absurd. It’s essentially the 49ers practice squad out there for Week 3. I know that the Giants lost their best weapon in Saquon Barkley, but I’ll take the Giants starters minus Barkley with 4 points versus the 49ers practice squad any day of the week. Looking for an upset? Here you go.
Joanne Kong’s Picks
Survivor Pick: Indianapolis Colts
Scott King’s Picks
Keep grinding, after this week we should know who’s real and who’s pretending. Also, look out for injuries.
Ryan Whitfield’s Picks
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Check out Wole’s thoughts on his picks at the 48:27 spot of the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
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— Wole USS (@UrbanSportScene) September 23, 2020
Check out Ray’s thoughts on his picks at the 48:27 spot of the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
Check out Will’s thoughts on his picks at the 48:27 spot of the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
Good week, but near misses with the Giants and Miami still leave me trailing. Let’s start with the biggest game of the season Kansas City at Baltimore. The last two MVPs, two of the best teams in the NFL right now. Can’t wait to see it. The public is all over the Chiefs so how can Patrick Mahomes be an underdog? Well, did you see what the Chargers did to them last week? They ran the ball and kept the Chiefs offense off the field. Enter the best running team in the NFL the last 2 years, Baltimore led by Lamar Jackson. They can do the same thing plus hurt the Chiefs deep with Hollywood Brown. And the Chiefs needed Mahomes’ and kicker Harrison Butker’s brilliance to survive the Chargers.
The Ravens on the other hand have faced two poor teams and dispatched them with ease. Jackson hasn’t had to do any heavy lifting in either game. He will do it here. The Ravens win and stamp themselves the Super Bowl favorite.
Survivor Pick: Seattle barely survived the Patriots last week and this week I am going to tell you to take an 0-2 team facing a 2-0 team as your pick. But take the Falcons who somehow lost to the Cowboys but will have far too much firepower for the Bears, who nearly blew a 17-point lead to the Giants without Saquon Barkley.
Others: In the battle of two teams I didn’t think would be 2-0 I am going to take Buffalo with only a little confidence.
And there are some 0-2 teams that look like huge underdogs that will put some upsets this week.
Cincinnati will beat the crumbling Eagles in part because right now Joe Burrow is better than Carson Wentz. Pittsburgh’s 2-0 but they let both the Giants and Broncos hang around. Houston had the toughest open to a season imaginable and they’ve climbed out of an 0-2 hole before. It starts here.
Speaking of Denver, no Drew Lock, no chance against Tampa Bay right? Not so fast. Jeff Driskel was effective in relief of Lock and Melvin Gordon will help the Broncos control the clock as Tom Brady has another bad day in the Mile High City.
No Christian McCaffrey no chance for Carolina? Not so fast x 2. Unlike the Chiefs that couldn’t get ready for Justin Herbert, the Panthers know he’s coming. And Teddy Bridgewater struggled last week but will bounce back and outplay Herbert. Take the Panthers.
Week 2 Results
Check back next week for our Week 3 results and Week 4 picks!