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NFL picks 2018, Week 3: The quarter has an uncanny knack for picking games. Can our experts beat it?

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Maybe! But this quarter has an uncanny knack for picking NFL games.

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Are you smarter than a 2007 United States quarter-dollar? Probably. But can you pick NFL games better than said coin? Probably not. Nobody on our panel of experts bested this circular oracle, and only one of us managed to tie it.

So please feel free to use this quarter’s picks in your pick ‘em pool this week. You might as well, because two weeks into the season, it’s still hard to draw a lot of conclusions about which teams are truly bad and which ones are maybe just having a little bit of an extended preseason.

That’s not entirely applicable. A few things have become rather obvious. The Bills are trash. The Cardinals and Lions pretty much are too. Right now, all three of those teams look like they could go 0-16 this season. They won’t. Nobody on our panel got burned by any of those three teams last week, except for the mighty coin ... (hey, I never said the damn thing was infallible, just pretty good at picking NFL games randomly).

The Bills aren’t getting any takers this week, except from the coin. The coin believes in you, Buffalo! They’re on the road to play the Vikings, so, yeah, there’s no chance. The Lions host the Patriots on Sunday night this week. Yeah, no chance there either, not even against a Patriots team that’s kind of just a B student right now. The coin took the Lions too.

Arizona hosts the Bears this week. And while the Bears offense hasn’t really been so hot once they burn off the first 15 or so scripted plays, the defense is tough to beat. Not even the coin picked the Cardinals this week.

Is the week the Browns FINALLY win? YES!

It didn’t look like the Browns were going to do much of anything on Thursday night against the Jets. Same old, Browns ... their best hope was maybe to pull of a fluke win because of a weird bounce or a missed field goal. Then Baker Mayfield came into the game, and the Browns actually got some hope for change, oh, and a win.

What a sight to see. There was free beer for all, a rally possum and dancing Cavs in the stands.

Our panel mostly went for Cleveland. The coin picked the Jets.

Who’ll stop the Bucs?

All but one sentient member of our panel thought the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles would do it last week. Nope. Ryan Fitzpatrick went out there and threw another four touchdowns, including two 75-yard shots, just like nobody predicted.

This week, the Bucs get the struggling Steelers, a team in the midst of their usual family feud. This one seems like it could turn into a full-on ugly family Thanksgiving, unless it doesn’t.

Our panel members are split on that one, but there’s a distinct lean to picking the Bucs to win this one on Monday night. Yes, the coin is buying the FitzMagic again this week.

More picks of interest

  • The Falcons have been hit pretty hard with the injury bug this season. Don’t worry though, Falcons faithful. There’s a certain piece of silver in your corner against the Saints this week.
  • The Chiefs’ defense is giving up an average of more than 500 yards a games to opponents, so it’d be a great week for Jimmy Garoppolo to pad his stats. However, only one member of our little group is taking the 49ers, and it’s not the coin.
  • Coins don’t get to read our fire tweets, as far as I know. If they did, our friendly neighborhood quarter missed the whole thing about Jon Gruden being grossly incompetent. It’s the only one picking the Raiders to win this week.
  • Carson Wentz is back this week. But that’s not enough to convince the coin.
  • The Battle of Los Angeles is on! Nobody cares, really. The Chargers don’t have any fans in real life or any takers this week on our panel.

This week’s guest picked is RJ Ochoa from Blogging the Boys, SB Nation’s home for all things Cowboys. Go check it out.

Oh, and ... ALL HAIL THE COIN!

NFL picks, Week 3

Games RVB Stephen White Geoff Schwartz Charles McDonald Adam Stites Christian D'Andrea RJ Ochoa Coin flip OddsShark computer
Games RVB Stephen White Geoff Schwartz Charles McDonald Adam Stites Christian D'Andrea RJ Ochoa Coin flip OddsShark computer
NYJ vs CLE NYJ CLE CLE CLE CLE NYJ NYJ NYJ CLE
NO vs ATL ATL NO NO NO ATL ATL ATL ATL NO
SF vs KC KC KC KC KC SF KC KC KC KC
OAK vs MIA MIA MIA MIA MIA MIA MIA MIA OAK MIA
BUF vs MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN BUF MIN
IND vs PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI IND PHI
GB vs WAS GB WAS GB GB WAS GB GB GB WAS
CIN vs CAR CIN CAR CIN CIN CAR CAR CIN CAR CAR
TEN vs JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX
DEN vs BAL BAL BAL DEN BAL BAL DEN DEN BAL BAL
NYG vs HOU HOU HOU HOU NYG NYG HOU HOU NYG HOU
LAC vs LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR
CHI vs AZ CHI CHI AZ CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI
DAL vs SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA DAL DAL DAL SEA SEA
NE vs DET NE NE NE NE NE NE NE DET NE
PIT vs TB TB TB TB TB PIT PIT TB TB TB
Last week 9-7 10-6 9-7 9-7 9-7 9-7 7-9 10-6 8-8
Season 19-13 20-12 18-14 20-12 18-14 20-12 18-14 18-14 17-15
Do what the coin says. Seriously.