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Sunday, September 22, 2019 1:00 am

Jaws' Week 3 Picks

This season is quickly becoming: Survivor QB. Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Nick Foles, Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian, Eli Manning, Cam Newton. Welcome to the show, or welcome back, to Teddy Bridgewater, Mason Rudolph, Gardner Minshew Jr., Luke Falk, Daniel Jones and Kyle Allen. At least Tom Brady is still around, for now.

On to Week 3 ...

Atlanta at Indianapolis

Time: 1 p.m. (CBS)

Records: Falcons 1-1; Colts 1-1

The skinny: The Colts will go as far their defense will carry them, and with stud linebacker Darius Leonard in concussion protocol and cornerback Pierre Desir (knee) limited in practice, that unit took a big hit in its win at Tennessee. Atlanta woke up on offense against the Eagles, but QB Matt Ryan is prone to silly mistakes and bad decisions.

Prediction: Colts 23-20

Denver at Green Bay

Time: 1 p.m. (Fox)

Records: Broncos 0-2; Packers 2-0

The skinny: I've seen enough of both teams to know this: Green Bay's defense is legit tough and Denver's offense is legit sad.

Prediction: Packers 24-13

Detroit at Philadelphia

Time: 1 p.m.

Records: Lions 1-0-1; Eagles 1-1

The skinny: Detroit bungled its way to a home-opening win, improving on its bungled tie in Week 1. Philadelphia is dealing with a raft of injuries at wide receiver and that's gonna stall this offense and put the pressure on Carson Wentz.

Prediction: Eagles 17-14

Cincinnati at Buffalo

Time: 1 p.m.

Records: Bengals 0-2; Bills 2-0

Th skinny: These teams aren't what we thought they were. Cincinnati went from playing for a win in Seattle to bungling it last week in the Jungle. Buffalo has jumped out to a fast start behind its defense and the playmaking of QB Josh Allen.

Prediction: Bills 20-14

Miami at Dallas

Time: 1 p.m.

Records: Dolphins 0-2; Cowboys 2-0

The skinny: Another week, another pounding in store for new starting quarterback Josh Rosen and Miami. Now the Dolphins traded cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, so, let's see: 59 and 43 points allowed. How many to give Dak, Zeke, Amari and Co. in this one?

Prediction: Cowboys 50-0

Oakland at Minnesota

Time: 1 p.m.

Records: Raiders 1-1; Vikings 1-1

The skinny: At least Oakland won't be facing a top-notch QB this week, after being roasted by Patrick Mahomes last week. Minnesota's Kirk Cousins is overpaid and overrated, but his defense is the real thing.

Prediction: Vikings 24-14

Baltimore at Kansas City

Time: 1 p.m.

Records: Ravens 2-0; Chiefs 2-0

The skinny: Jackson vs. Mahomes. Let the NFL's future begin in year 100. These two QBs lead the wave of young stars taking over for aging and injured Brees, Roethlisberger and Manning. Should be an exciting game to watch, with the Chiefs having more firepower.

Prediction: Chiefs 27-21

N.Y. Jets at New England

Time: 1 p.m.

Records: Jets 0-2; Patriots 2-0

The skinny: New York can't keep its QBs healthy while the Patriots' Tom Brady keeps on ticking (despite a calf injury). New England's defense shut out Miami and facing QB Luke Falk this week, they may get two in a row. The Rams and Patriots are the only teams that haven't allowed a touchdown pass.

Prediction: Patriots 30-0

N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay

Time: 4:05 p.m.

Records: Giants 0-2; Buccaneers 1-1

The skinny: The Daniel Jones Era begins for New York, as he replaces fading QB Eli Manning. The Giants need a spark on offense and running back Saquon Barkley needs a QB competent enough to open some running lanes. Nice spot for Tampa Bay to be in, at home, facing a rookie.

Prediction: Buccaneers 21-14

Carolina at Arizona

Time: 4:05 p.m.

Records: Panthers 0-2; Cardinals 0-1-1

The skinny: Nothing is fine in the Carolinas. Cam Newton's foot problems have returned, leaving Kyle Allen as the starter. Arizona has been sparked by rookie QB Kyler Murray and this is a good spot for his first career win.

Prediction: Cardinals 27-17

Houston at L.A. Chargers

Time: 4:25 p.m.

Records: Texans 1-1; Chargers 1-1

The skinny: These teams are trying to figure themselves out. Houston still has offensive line problems and the Chargers imploded in Detroit with penalties and turnovers.

Prediction: Chargers 27-18

New Orleans at Seattle

Time 4:25 p.m.

Records: Saints 1-1; Seahawks 2-0

The skinny: New Orleans hopes to stay afloat behind backup QB Teddy Bridgewater in wake of Brees' injury. Seattle is doing swimmingly and now, at home, against a quarterback whose career never really got started, the 12th Man will ensure the Hawks will continue to ride the wave.

Prediction: Seahawks 28-14

Pittsburgh at San Francisco

Time: 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Records: Steelers 0-2; 49ers 2-0

The skinny: Pittsburgh is reeling with the news of Ben Roethlisberger's injury, coming after the departure over the past two years of Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Mason Rudolph did OK coming in last week, but just OK pales in comparison to Niners QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who is coming off a three-TD game.

Prediction: 49ers 30-14

L.A. Rams at Cleveland

Time 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Records: Rams 2-0; Browns 1-1

The skinny: Cleveland steamrolled an inept, injury-depleted Jets team and now get some NFC iron, and they'll have to do it with a depleted secondary. Meanwhile, Browns QB Baker Mayfield needs to clean up his decision-making and consistency, especially against a Los Angeles secondary that has given up an NFL-low one reception longer than 20 yards.

Prediction: Rams 28-21

Chicago at Washington

Time: 8:15 p.m. Monday (ESPN)

Records: Bears 1-1; Washington 0-2

The skinny: The Bears have a kicker! The Bears have a kicker! Eddy Pineiro's 53-yard field goal at the end of regulation saved the Bears last week. Washington will be desperate to gets its first win, but is facing one of the premier defenses in the league.

Prediction: Chicago 21-13

Last week: 9-7; Season 20-11-1

– Mark Jaworski, The Journal Gazette

mjaworski@jg.net