Week 2 went way better than the first week as expected with several double-digit home favorites. The Browns and Bengals eliminated many, but neither were in my top three selections, so hopefully you advanced. Week 3 looks a lot more like the first one. There are no double-digit favorites this week and the highest line is seven points. Only four teams are favored by at least six points with two being at home.  


NFL Week 3 Survivor Picks

1) Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers are the biggest favorite of the week at seven points. The only concern here is the status of quarterback Justin Herbert. He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday with a rib injury and coach Brandon Staley said he's day-to-day. Herbert was in a lot of pain late in the game against the Chiefs last week. If Herbert can't go, I wouldn't take the Chargers with Chase Daniel starting. While the Jaguars are improved and coming off a 24-0 win over the Colts, the Chargers are much better and Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack will apply pressure on Trevor Lawrence.

2) Cincinnati Bengals

Taking a 0-2 team on the road seems risky, but this is a bounce-back spot for the defending AFC champions. The lack of protection for Joe Burrow has been a major problem for the Bengals, who were supposed to have an improved offensive line. Burrow has been sacked 13 times in the first two games. The Steelers, who had T.J. Watt in Week 1, and the Cowboys, led by Micah Parsons, have two of the best defensive fronts in the NFL. The Jets aren't the same as those two teams with three sacks and Burrow should have some time this week. The Jets allowed 184 rushing yards to the Browns last week and the Jets are coming off an emotional win after a 13-point fourth-quarter comeback with 1:22 left were a lot needed to go right to pull off the win against the Browns. The Bengals lost in Week 1 in overtime to the Steelers and lost last week on a field goal as time expired. They could have won both games.

3) Philadelphia Eagles

This one is risky since it's a road divisional game. The Eagles have looked dominant in the first two games and Washington's defense hasn't been good. Washington has allowed 7.5 yards per carry and the Eagles running game has been strong averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Washington struggled to beat Jacksonville, 28-22, in Week 1 and was down 22-0 to the Lions last week before falling short, 36-27. Washington's defense, which has allowed 808 total yards, has been awful and that's a problem against this Eagles offense.

Last week: 3-0
Season: 4-1-1


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