My NFL Week 3 Picks: The Vikings can’t lose to Detroit…right?

I had a rough week picking in Week 2. Embarassing in fact. After starting the season 10-5, I went 7-8 in week 2. Terrible game plan by the coaching staff and terrible play by the players.

Picks that made me look smart

Pittsburgh over Tennessee
I really love this matchup in week 2. It could be the game of the week and a possible playoff preview. Pittsburgh’s defense vs. Chris Johnson is the key battle. After what the Steelers did to Michael Turner last week, I’m going with the Pittsburgh. Steelers 17, Titans 13

Chiefs over Browns
The Chiefs are going to build off their week 1 upset and should beat the lowly Browns with a solid rushing attack from Jamaal Charles-Thomas Jones. Chiefs 24, Browns 13

Picks that made me look like an idiot

Cowboys over Bears
The Bears were lucky last week and we all know it. Dallas’ self-destruction was comical. This week the Cowboys offense pulls it together and stomps Chicago in their home opener. Cowboys 28, Bears 10

Minnesota over Miami
The Miami secondary is not New Orleans. The Vikings will have had 10 days to prepare for the Dolphins and I think the Minnesota defense comes up with a big game. I also like the receiving game to take some steps forward. Camarillo will go for 75 yards and a touchdown against his old team. Vikings 34, Dolphins 13

Miami Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis, (21) intercepts a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin in the second quarter of their NFL football game in Minneapolis Sunday Sept. 19, 2010.(AP Photo/Andy King)

My Week 3 Picks

Lots of challenging decisions here, so let’s get started.

Dallas at Houston, noon.
What’s going on with Dallas? Could the ‘Boys start out 0-3? This is a tough road matchup for Dallas and Houston is on a roll right now. Maybe the Texans are the best football team in Texas. Texans 31, Cowboys 28.

Buffalo at New England, noon.
Don’t even have to think about this one. New England’s defense has been surprisingly good and Buffalo’s offense has been not surprisingly bad. Patriots 41, Bills 6.

Cleveland at Baltimore, noon.
Baltimore is playing in its home opener and the Browns are 0-2. This Ravens simply can’t afford to lose this Divisional contest. The Ravens offense is bad, but this could be the chance to right the ship. Ravens 34, Browns 13

Atlanta at New Orleans, noon.
This will be an interesting game. The key here is Atlanta’s offense – not so much in putting up points but controlling the time of possession to keep the ball out of Drew Brees’ hands. But, New Orleans is tough at home so I’ll give the edge there. Saints 27, Falcons 24

Tennessee at N.Y. Giants, noon.
Two teams coming off a loss. It’s tough to argue against Tennessee’s defense right now and the Giants layed an egg against the Colts Sunday night. Lots of matchup problems here for the Giants. Titans 27, Giants 17.

Cincinnati at Carolina, noon.
I thought Carolina was going to be a well balanced team entering the season, but the Panthers offense has been ugly through two weeks. After a poor showing in week 1, the Bengals are carrying the momentum of a big Division win into a road game. Bengals 34, Panthers 21

San Francisco at Kansas City, noon.
Ready for Kansas City to surprise again? I am. I always like the Chiefs at Arrowhead and they’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. A running game showcase for both teams. Chiefs 27, 49ers 21.

Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, noon.
Pittsburgh’s defense is the top unit in football right now. Tampa has surprised me thus far, but this Steelers defense is a force right now. Steelers 20, Bucs 3

Detroit at Minnesota, noon.
If the Vikings lose this one, hit the panic button. If this game was in Detroit, I might have the guts to pick the Lions. But this is at the Metrodome and if there’s any hope left for the season the Vikings win this one. This one is won on the legs of Adrian Peterson. Vikings 27, Lions 23

Washington at St. Louis, 3:05 p.m.
Washington is coming off a tough loss in OT to the Texans. St. Louis’ defense will be exploited by Mike Shanahan’s running game. Clinton Portis will have a big game here. Redskins 30, Rams 17

Philadelphia at Jacksonville, 3:05 p.m.
I though the Eagles offense would be a mess under Vick, but they showed they can play no matter the quarterback in Detroit. They win a close one here over a Jaguars team that was crushed in San Diego last week. Eagles 24, Jaguars 20

San Diego at Seattle, 3:15 p.m.
Seattle’s a tough team at home and I’m going to give them the edge here in what should be a pass-happy contest. Seahawks in a minor upset. Seahawks 34, Chargers 33.

Oakland at Arizona, 3:15 p.m.
Arizona at home against one of the worst teams in the NFL? Easy pick. Cardinals 27, Raiders 10

Indianapolis at Denver, 3:15 p.m.
Denver’s tough at Mile High against average opponents. Indy is not average. Colts 27, Broncos 23

N.Y. Jets at Miami, 7:20 p.m.
Is anyone else enjoying watching the Jets sideshow as much as I am? Hard Knocks, alleged female reporter harassment and now Braylon Edwards gets arrested. This one should be a defensive battle and the Jets offense will have just enough to eek it out. Jets 17, Dolphins 13

Green Bay at Chicago, 7:30 p.m. (Monday)
A great rivalry game for Monday night and an early season edge in the NFC North Standings. The Bears have surprised me and the Packers are who I thought they were going to be. I like the Bears defense to cause a lot of problems for Green Bay here. Bears 24, Packers 17.

Last week: 7-8
Season: 17-13