Week 3 NFL picks

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Redskins (minus 6) at Detroit

Picking the Lions to end their 19-game losing streak has been the cool thing to do this week. But it won’t happen. Redskins 23-7.

Titans (plus 2.5) at Jets

A year ago, Tennessee started 10-0 before losing to the Jets; now the Titans are trying to avoid an 0-3 start. But the Jets defense is too strong. Jets 17-13.

Jaguars (plus 4) at Texans

Houston has made a reputation of following an impressive win (last week over Titans) with a clunker, but the Jaguars aren’t any good. Texans 27-19.

Chiefs (plus 8.5) at Eagles

Michael Vick returns to the NFL and he could get some valuable garbage time snaps if Kevin Kolb (391 yards) is as good as he was last week. Eagles 34-17.

Browns (plus 13.5) at Ravens

Baltimore’s offense is operating at a new level this year, averaging 406 yards per game. The Browns’ offense is impotent, averaging 4 yards per snap. Ravens 30-17.

Giants (minus 6.5) at Buccaneers

Losing safety Kenny Phillips for the year is a big loss for New York but it has the depth to somewhat make up his injury. Giants 21-17.

Packers (minus 6.5) at Rams

Green Bay’s new 3-4 defense has allowed 46 points and 671 yards in two games. But St. Louis’ offense (seven points in two games) isn’t a threat. Packers 28-10.

49ers (plus 7) at Vikings

A big number considering San Francisco is 2-0. It’s Brett Favre’s home debut and it looks like the old gunslinger still has it (110.2 rating). Vikings 24-23.

Falcons (plus 4) at Patriots

Atlanta has been one of the most impressive 2-0 teams so far but expect the Patriots to find another gear even if Wes Welker doesn’t play. Patriots 30-28.

Bears (minus 2) at Seahawks

Matt Hasselbeck (rib) might not play and even if he does, it won’t help a Seattle defense that was gashed for 256 yards rushing last week. Bears 13-6.

Saints (minus 6) at Bills

New Orleans is the first team in 44 years to score 45 or more points in first two games. The Saints won’t make it three straight but they will be 3-0. Saints 35-24.

Dolphins (plus 6) at Chargers

Miami was an incredible 15-for-21 on third down last week and ran 84 plays … and lost. But the Dolphins drop the LT-less Bolts. Dolphins 21-20.

Steelers (minus 4) at Bengals

Cincinnati was impressive last week in its win over Green Bay and the Steelers are still without safety Troy Polamalu. Upset of the week. Bengals 20-17.

Broncos (minus 1.5) at Raiders

JaMarcus Russell’s numbers in win over Kansas City: 7-of-24 for 109 yards (46.0 rating). Denver stays in the AFC West lead. Broncos 14-3.

Colts (plus 2.5) at Cardinals

Indianapolis’ offense will be fresh after playing less than a quarter at Miami. But the Colts’ defense will only get more exhausted against Kurt and Co. Cardinals 36-30.

Panthers (plus 9) at Cowboys

Tony Romo had 13 completions and three interceptions last week. Even more evidence the Cowboys should stick with the run (251 yards last week). Cowboys 27-23.

Last week: 11-5 overall (22-9 season); 8-8 spread (14-16-1)

— Ryan O’Halloran

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