The Loop NFL Picks: Week 3

Lions at Vikings (-6½):
Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins dropped to an NFL-worst 2-10 in Monday night appearances thanks to the Eagles’ easy victory in Philadelphia. Cousins’ futile winning percentage is exceeded in infamy only by the Vikings’ winning percentage in games with Roman numerals.
Pick: Vikings by 1

Larry Csonka (39) of the Miami Dolphins in game with Minnesota Vikings during Super Bowl VIII at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas, Jan. 13, 1974. Miami defeated Minnesota 24-7. (AP Photo)

Bills at Dolphins (+5½):
Miami coach Mike McDaniel was ecstatic after his Dolphins overcame a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to win at Baltimore last Sunday. Owner Stephen Ross is so beside himself that he hasn’t even started offering his new coach bribes for losing.
Pick: Bills by 9

Miami Dolphins new head coach Mike McDaniel, center left, poses for a picture with team owner Stephen Ross, center right, general manager Chris Grier, right, and Vice Chairman, President and CEO Tom Garfinkel, left, at a press conference to introduce McDaniel as head coach, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Miami Dolphins announced on Feb. 6 that they had hired San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator McDaniel as their new head coach. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Bengals at Jets (+4½):
New York backup quarterback Joe Flacco shocked the world by throwing four TD passes as the Jets rallied to win at Cleveland. Flacco dedicated the victory to the recently passed Queen Elizabeth II, who he briefly dated in the 1940s.
Pick: Bengals by 7

New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (19) celebrates while leaving the field after an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Cleveland. The Jets won 31-30. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Jaguars at Chargers (-7½):
Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert is iffy this week after breaking rib cartilage in their Week 2 loss in Kansas City. The star quarterback was in so much pain, he had the same look on his face as Chargers fans when they have to shell out $13 for a SoFi Stadium beer.
Pick: Chargers by 7

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) was slow to get up after being hit in the fourth quarter by Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna and left the game for one play, during an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

Packers at Buccaneers (-2½):
Tampa QB Tom Brady was caught on camera again throwing a sideline iPad as his team struggled in New Orleans. None of the Buccaneers’ defenders were able to catch the tablet, as they were too busy catching everything thrown by Jameis Winston.
Pick: Buccaneers by 3

(Screen grab from Fox Sports)

Saints at Panthers (+2½):
Jameis Winston reverted to form with three more interceptions in last Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay. His continued presence in the starting lineup serves as a reminder as to just how bad Andy Dalton and Tayson Hill are at quarterbacking.
Pick: Saints by 3

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston watches during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Eagles at Commanders (+6½):
This game is being billed as the Carson Wentz Revenge Game in honor of the former Philly quarterback. The Eagles are a solid favorite in this contest, mostly, because Carson Wentz now plays for the opposing team.
Pick: Eagles by 10

Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz walks on the field before a preseason NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Chiefs at Colts (+6½):
Colts coach Frank Reich insists “we’ll pick ourselves up off the mat” after their “pathetic” Week 2 shutout loss in Jacksonville. With Patrick Mahomes and company coming to Indianapolis this week, it’s not known which week in October that Reich was referring to.
Pick: Chiefs by 10

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich watches for the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jaguars defeated the Colts 24-0. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

Rams at Cardinals (+3½):
Kyler Murray last Sunday led the Cardinals’ comeback win that included a TD scramble that lasted more than 20 seconds. He logged roughly 86 yards rushing on the marathon play, nearly matchng Peyton Manning’s career mark.
Pick: Rams by 10

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Falcons at Seahawks (-1½):
Atlanta coach Arthur Smith dismissed criticism about his underuse of standout tight end Kyle Pitts, cattily pointing out that “It’s not fantasy football.” That’s true because fantasy football, as opposed to Falcons football, is fun and enjoyable.
Pick: Falcons by 3

Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith gestures from the sideline during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

OTHER GAMES
Cowboys at Giants (-2½):
Pick: Cowboys by 3

49ers at Broncos (+1½):
Pick: 49ers by 4

Texans at Bears (-2½):
Pick: Bears by 3

Ravens at Patriots (+3½):
Pick: Ravens by 7

Raiders at Titans (+2½):
Pick: Titans by 3

New York Giants place kicker Graham Gano (9) reacts after making a field goal against the Carolina Panthers during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

RECORD
Week 2
9-7 straight up
5-11 vs. spread

Season
16-15-1 straight up (.516)
14-18 vs. spread (.438)

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) celebrates his touchdown with offensive tackle Robert Hunt, center, next to Baltimore Ravens safety Geno Stone (26) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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