Ryan’s NFL Picks (2019): Week Three

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So I had the exact same success in week two that I had in week one, which would be great except I got my lock wrong. I was really hoping I wouldn’t do that at all, let alone in week two, but here we are. The punishment selected? I had to buy a pink shirt that says my team sucks and I have to wear it out. I ordered it yesterday and it’s in the mail. Goodie.

Last Week’s Record: 10-6
Overall Record: 20-12
LOCK Record: 1-1

Ryan’s NFL Picks (2019): Week Three

Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars: Tennessee Titans

I was actually tempted to pick the Jacksonville Jaguars here. I still believe in that defense, and Gardner Minshew can only get better with more reps under center. But sadly, the Titans just seem more rounded out at the moment. Plus nobody on the roster has the guts to yell at Mike Vrabel the way Jalen Ramsey got after Doug Marrone.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Buffalo Bills: Buffalo Bills: Buffalo Bills

I remain fiercely aboard the Buffalo Bill Bandwagon, their defense takes them to 3-0 for the first time since 2011. The Bengals did not repeat their surprisingly competitive Seattle performance against San Fransisco, and I doubt they’ll change that in Buffalo.

Detroit Lions @ Philadelphia Eagles: Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles did not have a good time in Atlanta last week, and I ended up paying the price. Meanwhile, the Lions pulled off a bit of a surprise upset against the Los Angeles Chargers. Let’s hope everyone gets back on the appropriate track this week and the Eagles win.

New York Jets @ New England Patriots: New England Patriots

Even with Sam Darnold, the New England Patriots would roll over the Jets on a short week. Without him? It’s laughable.

Oakland Raiders @ Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota Vikings

The Raiders played three-quarters of really, really strong football. They held Patrick Mahomes scoreless in three of four quarters and that’s something to be proud of. However, giving up 28 points in the second quarter, all on bombs, isn’t a good look. So when I hear that Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are coming to town, and they’re bringing Dalvin Cook with them? I’m not excited.

Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs: Kansas City Chiefs

This is the first real test for both teams, and honestly, playing at Arrowhead might make all the difference. The Ravens had some pretty ugly lapsed coverage on Sunday that Kyler Murray was able to exploit, so I worry about what Patrick Mahomes can do.

Atlanta Falcons @ Indianapolis Colts: Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons made me look stupid for picking against them last week, but not as stupid as I’ll look wearing a pink shirt that says “my team sucks” to the gym next week. They seemed to figure things out last week, but Jacoby Brissett and the “not as bad as you think they are” Colts are hosting them this week. This will be an interesting test for them.

Denver Broncos @ Green Bay Packers: Green Bay Packers

Coming into the Raiders/Chiefs game, I was trying to decide if the late game for week one was Good Raiders or Bad Broncos. The Raiders gave up 28 unanswered points and the Broncos fell to 0-2. That answered my question, the Packers roll, especially in Green Bay.

The best thing about John Elway being a bad general manager while also being a Broncos icon is that they can’t really fire him, but he’ll never turn the team around. Cheers to Denver wasting the pass-rushing duo of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.

Miami Dolphins @ Dallas Cowboys: Dallas Cowboys

I’m not going to pick the Dolphins this year, so I don’t even really need to explain this pick. I wish this could be a lock but that’s such a waste of the Dolphins. Also, the Dallas Cowboys are winning the NFC, so there’s that.

New York Giants @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I guess? I mean, outside of Mike Evans and Saquon Barkley, I’m not particularly high on either of these teams. I would rather root for a team coached by Bruce Arians with one bad quarterback than one coached by Pat Shurmur with two, I suppose.

Carolina Panthers @ Arizona Cardinals: Carolina Panthers

The Arizona Cardinals are actually a much better team than I thought they’d be. They’ve been competitive in both games this year, including a very close defeat to the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ San Francisco 49ers: San Francisco 49ers

I stand by the fact that I’m not a fan of Jimmy Garoppolo or the San Francisco 49ers, but they absolutely wrecked the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon, meanwhile, the Steelers lost Ben Roethlisberger for the season. Maybe Mason Rudolph will have a breakout performance, or maybe he’ll completely implode under the pressure. Only one way to find out.

New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks: Seattle Seahawks

Even with Drew Brees, I always hesitate to pick the Saints on the road, especially in Seattle. Something about Century Link is cursed for the NFL’s all-time leading passer, and the echoes of the Beast Quake rumble louder and longer than any botched pass interference call. Without Drew Brees? Forget about it. Hawks roll.

Houston Texans @ Los Angeles Chargers: Houston Texans

Both of these teams have had slow starts despite summer hype. The Texans haven’t been quite the dominant force they were supposed to be and the Chargers just lost to the Detroit Lions of all teams and probably should’ve lost to the Luck-less Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago. I guess I’m taking the Texans because I have faith that they can finally become the team they were supposed to be.

Los Angeles Rams @ Cleveland Browns: Los Angeles Rams (LOCK OF THE WEEK)

Sorry Marty, but the Browns are still figuring things out and the Los Angeles Rams are one of the best units in professional football. A young head coach, trying to get the most out of a bunch of young, really talented personalities, was always going to deal with some growing pains. Meanwhile, Sean McVay shows how good it looks when that finally works out.

Chicago Bears @ Washington Redskins: Chicago Bears

Unless Adrian Peterson comes out and sticks it to the Chicago Bears one last time, I can’t foresee Case Keenum and company doing anything to survive the vicious Chicago pass rush. Khalil Mack only has one sack through two weeks, and if he wants to win defensive player of the year again, he needs to pump those numbers up.

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