Pete Prisco's NFL Week 3 Picks: Falcons nip Lions, Cardinals stop Cowboys

There were NFL 16 teams that didn't score 20 points this past week, which fans of offense hate to see.

We always hear how the defenses are ahead of the offenses early in the season, but it's even more so this season with how bad the offensive line play has gone early this season.

It has been brutal.

Let's hope in Week 3 we start to see an improvement there, which, in turn, will mean an improvement for the offense. It's nice to see defensive games sometimes, but it has happened too much so far. The rules say it's a game for the offense, but that hasn't been the case.

I hope we will see more points this week, and some of the good offenses get back on track. The bad ones need to improve.

So take that into account when you make your picks this week. It's time for it to happen.

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco

This game between division rivals isn't going to stir major interest on a Thursday, but it could be a good one. The Rams didn't look like themselves on defense last week, but I think they get back on track here. The 49ers aren't good on offense. Rams win a division road game.

Pick: Rams 23, 49ers 14


Baltimore at Jacksonville (London)

The Ravens have feasted on bad offenses and get another one in the Jaguars in London. The Ravens defense is real, but Jacksonville's defense is good too. This will be tight, but Baltimore will find a way.

Pick: Ravens 21, Jaguars 14


Denver at Buffalo

This is Denver's first road game after winning two at home. They have played well on defense, which was expected, but better than expected on offense. The Bills have issues on offense, which is not a good thing against the Denver defense. Broncos win it.

Pick: Broncos 24, Bills 10


New Orleans at Carolina

The Saints are 0-2, while the Panthers are 2-0. Carolina has been really good on defense, but they haven't played an offense like the Saints have. Even so, I think the Panthers will find a way here as their own offense has a big day against a bad Saints defense.

Pick: Panthers 30, Saints 23


Pittsburgh at Chicago

The Steelers are 2-0, but they haven't looked like the team we expected to see. That happens in this one. They will put up a big number against the Chicago defense. Steelers big.

Pick: Steelers 32, Bears 17


Atlanta at Detroit

This is the best game of the week, pitting two 2-0 teams. The Atlanta offense against the Lions defense will be fun to watch. I think the Falcons will get the best of it. Matt Ryan to Julio Jones is the difference.

Pick: Falcons 26, Lions 20


Cleveland at Indianapolis

This is the dog game of the week. The Colts played better last week against the Cardinals, and the Browns are playing consecutive road games. Look for the Colts to find a way to win a tight one here.

Pick: Colts 17, Browns 16


Tampa Bay at Minnesota

This is the first road game of the year for the Bucs, and Minnesota is a tough place to play. The key here will be to monitor the status of Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford. Will he be able to go? Even if he plays, I think this is a tight game. Tampa Bay's defense is much improved. Bucs get to 2-0.

Pick: Bucs 19, Vikings 13


Houston at New England

The Patriots have owned the Texans in recent years, and I think that will be at play here again. Bill Belichick will make things tough for Deshaun Watson, while the Patriots will get the better of the Texans defense.

Pick: Patriots 27, Texans 14


Miami at New York Jets

The Dolphins are playing consecutive road games, but it won't matter here. The Jets have major issues. Miami will move the football against a bad Jets defense and go to 2-0 with two road victories.

Pick: Dolphins 28, Jets 14


New York Giants at Philadelphia

The Giants can't block anybody and the Eagles have been really good up front on defense. That's a bad combination. Look for Philadelphia to dominate in this game. The Giants are a mess.

Pick: Eagles 27, Giants 14


Seattle at Tennessee

The Seahawks have struggled on offense because of their line, and that will be a problem here. The Titans seemed to right things last week against the Jaguars, and I think that continues. Titans take it in a slugfest.

Pick: Titans 18, Seahawks 14


Cincinnati at Green Bay

The Bengals haven't scored a point this season, which is why they have a new offensive coordinator. But Green Bay is banged up in a big way. That will show up here as the Bengals keep it close. They even score a couple of touchdowns.

Pick: Packers 23, Bengals 17


Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers

The Chiefs are riding high at 2-0, while the Chargers are 0-2. They are desperate, and desperation is an important thing. I think the Chargers finally win a close one.

Pick: Chargers 20, Chiefs 17


Oakland at Washington

This is a long trip for the Raiders, who have impressed the first two weeks. Washington got back on track last week, and the Raiders have defensive issues. I think that shows up. Redskins win a shootout.

Pick: Redskins 34, Raiders 31


Dallas at Arizona

The Cowboys are playing consecutive road games, while the Cardinals are playing their home opener. That's a tough combination. The book on slowing Dallas is out: Load up and dare Dak Prescott to beat them. This will be another game like that. Cards take it.

Pick: Cardinals 27, Cowboys 23

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Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an... Full Bio

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