NFL 2013 Picks Week 3: Lightning Strikes Twice

Christian Petersen

After a strange Week 2, featuring two lightning delays on two separate coasts, the NFL returns with a fantastic slate of games across the board in Week 3.

Two weeks down, two wins for the New Orleans Saints. Not easy, not pretty, but wins nonetheless. They have flirted with defeat twice now, but have escaped with victory. The Saints now come back home to host the Arizona Cardinals as they look to move to 3-0 for the season. Let's take a look at an intriguing slate of games in Week 3.

Last week I went 12-4, Season Record 23-9

I told you so: Seahawks over 49ers!

What do I know: Colts over Dolphins?

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WEEK 3

Thursday, September 19th

Chiefs(2-0) at Eagles(1-1)

Andy Reid comes home for a little vengeance.

Pick: Chiefs

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Sunday, September 22nd - Early Games

Texans(2-0) at Ravens(1-1)

Houston's late game heroics won't stand in Baltimore.

Pick: Ravens

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Chargers(1-1) at Titans(1-1)

San Diego's passing attack outlasts tenacious Titans.

Pick: Chargers

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Browns(0-2) at Vikings(0-2)

Week 3 edition of the "Johnny Footbowl". Cleveland's anemic offense, now without Trent Richardson, will continue to stumble in Minnesota.

Pick: Vikings

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Giants(0-2) at Panthers(0-2)

Two desperate teams meet in Charlotte, Giants leave with the win.

Pick: Giants

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Lions(1-1) at Redskins(0-2)

Getting the sense that RGIII pulls the Skins out of the fire this week.

Pick: Redskins

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Buccaneers(0-2) at Patriots(2-0)

New England catches Bucs coming off of two straight devastating losses.

Pick: Patriots

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Packers(1-1) at Bengals(1-1) - Game of the Week

Green Bay's offense provides too a stiff test for the Cincy defense.

Pick: Packers

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Rams(1-1) at Cowboys(1-1)

Getting the sense that Dallas edges out St. Louis at home this week.

Pick: Cowboys

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Cardinals(1-1) at Saints(2-0)

The Saints return home to face their first opponent outside of the NFC South. Slowing down Larry Fitzgerald will be key.

Pick: Saints

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Sunday, September 22nd - Late Games

Falcons(1-1) at Dolphins(2-0)

Miami may have just beaten Luck last week, but they haven't faced a team as lucky as Atlanta. Oh how I'd love to pick Miami in this one.

Pick: Falcons

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Bills(1-1) at Jets(1-1)

EJ will get the best of Geno in this one.

Pick: Bills

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Colts(1-1) at 49ers(1-1)

Boy, did Indy get a bad week to draw the Niners, who will be out for blood. If anyone knows how to stop Andrew Luck, it's his former coach.

Pick: 49ers

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Jaguars(0-2) at Seahawks(2-0)

Jaguars. at. Seahawks. Dear God, man. Hide the children, don't let them witness this.

Pick: Seahawks

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Sunday Night Football

Bears(2-0) at Steelers(0-2)

If not for Cleveland, Pittsburgh would have the AFC North's worst offense.

Pick: Chicago

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Monday, September 23rd - Monday Night Football

Raiders(1-1) at Broncos(2-0)

The good times continue to roll for Denver.

Pick: Broncos

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That's how I see it, tell us how you see Week 3 playing out. Leave your comments and insight below. Here's to 3-0, WHO DAT!!!

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