“Pick ‘Em or Kick ‘Em”™: FGT VS. Urban Sports Scene 2021 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 7 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 68.1% record for the season, so that’s six years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. Plus, I had a 87.5% record on Locks of the Week and a 50% record on Upsets of the Week. So far I’m 50/50 on my Locks and Upsets this year, but it’s only been two weeks. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on stopping now!
Let’s get to that Lock (for Survivor Leagues) and Upset for Week 3…
Lock of the Week ➡ Carolina Panthers (-8.0) over Houston Texans
The Carolina Panthers defense has allowed the least total yards (190) and least total points (10.5) per game this year. And now they face the Houston Texans headed up by 3rd round rookie, Davis Mills since the surprisingly effective Tyrod Taylor is injured. Mills looked uncomfortable on Sunday subbing in for Taylor, and I doubt a short week leading up to Thursday Night Football is going to make him any more comfortable. Prime time against arguable one of the stoutest defenses in the league this year? No thank you. I’m locking in the Panthers.
Upset of the Week ➡ Chicago Bears (+7.0) over Cleveland Browns
I know, I know. Maybe I’m buying into the Justin Fields hype a little too much. Fields looked good in limited game action, but did toss a horrendous pick six at the end of the Week 2 game against Cincy that almost cost the Bears the W. He gets a full week of starter snaps now and the start and it’s clear he adds an additional element to the Bears offense when on the field, as we’ve seen him do several times already with his legs. The Bears defense is what I’m banking on though, after a dominant performance against Cincy, picking off former 1st overall draft pick Joe Burrow 3 times. It’s early yet, but 6 sacks and 4 turnovers is good enough to put the Bears defense in the top 5 of the league. The Browns are missing Jarvis Landry this week, who went on IR, but may get OBJ back. The way I see it, OBJ is bought to have a little rust, and if the Bears defense, which has allowed the 5th fewest rush yards per game this year (71.5), holds against the pair of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, this should be a very interesting game. The Browns have the third most rushing yards per game (154.5), but the Bears are quietly not far behind (128.5). Sometimes you just have to go with the hype and the gut feeling.
Joanne Kong’s Picks
Scott King’s Picks
I canceled my retirement party after that week 1 embarrassment. The Seahawks cost me money with their melt down. After this week we’ll know who’s real and who’s not. Don’t over buy the packers after they beat a bad defense. But I am taking them to win in SF. I’m also taking the points, but I’ll have to think about that one.
Check out Wole’s thoughts on his picks in the recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
What’s the formula for @WashingtonNFL to upset the @BuffaloBills? Play-by-Play voice of WFT and founder of @AmpireMedia, @RealBramW joined the show to discuss this. LISTEN HERE https://t.co/PQ11X9IDP4 (3:20) #WashingtonFootball @UrbanSportS_Ray @Wole_USS @juliedonaldson_
— Urban Sports Scene (@UrbanSportScene) September 23, 2021
Check out Ray’s thoughts on his picks in the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
Check out Will’s thoughts on his picks in the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
Let’s start this week with a battle of the winless. Atlanta made a run at Tampa Bay before Matt Ryan imploded with two pick sixes. The Giants briefly had a win in their pocket but offsides on a missed field goal gave Dustin Hopkins a second chance to win it for Washington. Daniel Jones is on track and the Giants defense is better than the Falcons so take the Giants.
Jameis Winston was brilliant in week 1, then horrendous in week 2. And now faces a revived New England defense. Mac Jones has been unspectacular but functional. Winston and the Saints rebound.
Monday night is huge NFC East showdown between Philadelphia and Dallas. Outside of a 91-yard pass play the Eagles offense struggled and with Brandon Graham out for the year a thin defense gets thinner. And that’s bad news against a Cowboys offense with a two-pronged rushing attack that looks lethal. Dallas rolls.
So who wins the battle at the top of the NFC between Tampa Bay and the L.A. Rams. This is the sort of big game Matt Stafford’s come up short in and he won’t get a lot of help from a banged up RB corps either. And the Bucs are scoring on both sides of the ball and I think the same will occur this week. Take Tampa
Week 2 Results
Check back next week for Week 3 results and Week 3 picks!