Football Picks For Week 3

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

The season of redemption for Donovan McNabb continues.

After a powerful statement game in week one, look for McNabb to have some struggles against the always tough Steeler defense with rising defensive playmaker Lamar Woodley who had a sack, interception and fumble recovery in week one.

Willie Parker and Big Ben are dangerous and will be too much for the Eagles.

Pittsburgh 27 – Philadelphia 13

Jacksonville at Indianapolis

The Colts have yet to win a game in their impressive new stadium.

This will be the game.

Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in the league now that Brady is out. If the Jags’ ground game continues to struggle, there isn’t much hope for that offense. There aren’t enough playmaking receivers for David Garrard to throw to and Indy is too talented on offense, but it will be close.

Indianapolis 23 – Jacksonville 21

Dallas at Green Bay

This primetime Sunday matchup features the new Super Bowl favorite against the Rodgers-era Packers.

Maybe if this were a November game at Lambeau the Pack would have a chance, but the Dallas offense is too much to handle.

Not only are Tony Romo and T.O. playing well, but backs Marion Barber III and Felix Jones add one of the best 1-2 punches in the NFL. Dallas takes this with ease.

Dallas 38 – Green Bay 16

New Orleans at Denver

At the location of the DNC, the Saints will come into Mile High stadium ready to sling the ball around to their talented receivers, which include the dynamic Reggie Bush.

If Bush gets in space frequently and can make plays, it could sway momentum to the Saints. But Denver has a premiere quarterback in Jay Cutler and he’ll make the Saints crawl back to the Jazz City.

Denver 31 – New Orleans 24

Carolina at Minnesota

Tarvaris Jackson and Adrian Peterson in the same backfield is a scary sight for defenses.

Unfortunately, Jackson has no proven receiver with whom to connect. Look for Carolina to stack the box against the run and the resurgent Julius Peppers to bring some heat to the speedy Viking backfield.

Also, Jake Delhomme seems like he’s back to form and can do some damage.

Carolina 20 – Minnesota 14

Miami at New England

We know that Matt Cassel is trying to be Matt Cassel. Even without Tom Brady, the Pats are too experienced for Miami.

The ‘Fins are improved, no doubt, but they still can’t match up with the veteran Patriots.

Laurence Maroney will have to carry this team while Matt Cassel develops into, well, Matt Cassel. However, strong defense and good coaching gives the Pats the win.

New England 21 – Miami 12