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Fan’s view: Which of the NFL’s undefeated teams will win in Week 3?
Seven NFL teams remain undefeated heading into the third week of the season, but only three will move to 3-0. While most football fans expected the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers to start strong, no one could have guessed that the Washington Redskins would open the season with a 2-0 record. Which teams will extend their win streak to three games? Follow the guide below for Week Three action in the NFL.
New England (2-0) at Buffalo (2-0), Sept. 25, 1 p.m.
The Bills' early season magic is likely to run out when they take on the Patriots Sept. 25 at home. New England quarterback Tom Brady is off to an all-world start, as he tallied 940 passing yards and seven touchdowns in the first two games of the season. The Patriots have won 20 of the last 21 games against the Bills and head into his matchup as 9.5 point favorites. The Bills have yet to prove themselves against an elite opponent, as they have only beaten a weak Kansas City team and a mediocre Oakland Raiders squad this year.
The Pick: New England by 10
Washington (2-0) at Dallas (1-1), Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m.
Due to their questionable quarterback situation, most football fans expected the Redskins to be the worst team in the league this year. They have surprised almost everyone with their 2-0 start, but beating Dallas will be a tough task, as they are up against a Cowboys team that ranks third in passing (376.5 yards per game) and fourth in total offense (431 yards per game).
The Pick: Dallas by 1
New York Jets (2-0) at Oakland (1-1), Sept. 25, 4:05 p.m.
For the Raiders to win at home against the Jets, they will need to let Darren McFadden(notes) pace the offense. McFadden, who ranks second in the NFL with 222 rushing yards, is coming off a 1,157-yard effort last season and his explosive speed should be the key to an upset victory.
The Pick: Oakland by 3
The Saints are always tough at home, and I expect them to end Houston's win streak simply because Drew Brees(notes) continues to be one of the NFL's most productive passers. Saints rookie running back Mark Ingram(notes) (27 carries for 91 yards) now has a couple games under his belt and he matches up well against the Texans.
The Pick: New Orleans by 7
Green Bay Packers (2-0) at Chicago Bears (1-1), Sept. 25, 4:15 p.m.
There hasn't been a repeat Super Bowl champ since the Patriots in the 2003-04 seasons, but the Packers have a real shot this year. Expect Green Bay to earn a victory on the road this week behind an offense that ranks ninth in the league in total yards (409 per game) and fourth in points per game (36).
The Pick: Packers by 3
The Lions should move one step closer to wiping away the memories of their 0-16 finish in 2008 with a win over the Vikings. Detroit finally has a franchise quarterback taking the snaps in Matt Stafford, who has tallied 599 passing yards and seven touchdowns this season. Minnesota is a team in transition, with an aging Donovan McNabb(notes) at quarterback and coach Leslie Frazier in his first full season as coach.
The Pick: Lions by 9
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