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Pick Against Mike: Week 3

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Redskins at Lions
Oooh, this is a scary one to pick. The Redskins are a mess of self-examination and dysfunction while the Lions, winless in 19 straight, aren't as useless as they were last season. Matt Stafford has to win his first one. Why not at home against a Redskins team the Lions can't wait to get ahold of? Lions at home...in OT.

Packers at Rams
Maybe some of us (okay, me) expected too much of the Packers coming into this season. A loss at home to the Bengals suggests Green Bay isn't all that good...But they're worth another chance. Green Bay close over St. Louis.

49ers at Vikings
Been a long time since this matchup inspired anticipation, but it could be one of the best matchups of the week. If San Francisco goes on the road and wins this, we have to reevaluate where Mike Singletary has this team -- maybe they're this year's Atlanta. But until we get more proof, there's no betting here against Minnesota and Adrian Peterson, the best offensive player in the NFL.

Falcons at Patriots
When was the last time New England was desperate to win a game? Falcons will throw everything they have at Tom Brady and he'll rise to the occasion ... I think. In the confidence pool I play, we assign 16 points for our most certain pick of the week, 15 for the next certain and so on, down to 1 points for the game we're least confident in picking. I'm taking the Patriots, but for only one point.

Titans at Jets
I know, I know, I know. The Jets look really, really good and Tennessee is 0-2. Thing is, I'm looking for the Jets to get a little bit cocky and the Titans are playing for their season. Tennessee over the Jets.

Chiefs at Eagles
Okay, let's not overthink everything. The Chiefs are dreadful; the Eagles are smarting over last week's loss to the Saints. Eagles big at home.

Giants at Buccaneers
Has the makings of a classic "letdown" game -- the Giants aren't going to win them all. I'm so, so, so tempted to pick the Buccaneers at home. Okay, I'll do it. Buccaneers in the upset of the week at home over the G-Men.

Browns at Ravens
If the Ravens are as ambitious as they're tell us, they'll crush the Browns in Baltimore. This really shouldn't be close. Baltimore by a lot.

Jaguars at Texans
The Jags just seem to be dispirited and if Houston really wants to be a playoff team, these are the games they have to win, at home. Houston convincingly.

Saints at Bills
I don't really trust high-flying, high-scoring teams on the road, and this has that "upset" smell about it. But Drew Brees is too hot to bet against, so I'll take the Saints on the road.

Bears at Seahawks
Harder to read than desert greens. Bears have trouble containing guys like Seneca Wallace, who is starting Sunday. But I'll bet against the backup QB, even at home, and go with the Bears in OT by a Robbie Gould FG.

Dolphins at Chargers
The Dolphins can't go 0-3, can they? The Chargers can't start 1-2 can they? The loser might turn into one. Chargers in a high-scoring thriller.

Steelers at Bengals
Cincinnati should be 2-0. Seriously. These division games can be tough, even for the champs. The Steelers have to be steaming coming off that loss in Chicago. Pittsburgh in OT (Can you sense a trend here?)

Broncos at Raiders
I covered the NFL when this matchup kept me awake all night as a young football writer, in anticipation of something special. Now, I just keep the remote handy. Oakland at home.

Colts at Cardinals
Wouldn't it be something if Indy, playing for a new coach, got off to another one of those 9-0 or 10-0 starts? Seems unlikely. The best thing for the Cardinals was losing the opener -- it put 'em on red alert right away. Cardinals win a close one. Indy's defense can't stop Fitzgerald/Boldin/Breaston.

Panthers at Cowboys
It's one of those games the Cowboys will win and everybody will think they're on their way to big things -- except they won't be. Cowboys win, means nothing. Carolina isn't any good anymore.

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Michael Wilbon

 |  September 24, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Category:  NFL , Picks , Post Pro Picks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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So Mike is right again - at least about the Skins, OMG are they pathetic! I thought Oakland would win too - should have known any time I am picking the Raiders I've lost my head!

Posted by: Vadermh | September 28, 2009 7:57 AM
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Except for Scheermadness, all of you picked against Mike in favor of a Redskins win. That illustrates one of the reasons why Mike's an expert -- objective, realistic analysis of the situation. WSH will be lucky to win more than 5 games this season.

Posted by: urkelism | September 27, 2009 6:20 PM
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Love reading all the Washington fans complaining about your Detroit pick!

Posted by: tegularius | September 27, 2009 6:13 PM
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Michael that Skins pick needs adjusting, as the Skins WILL adjust. Skins over Lions.

Broncos beat Raiders as a reminder its more than rep that needs to finish a game.

Eagles can't adjust to key change at QB good enough, as KC takes advantage of clock and mistakes.

What Detroit couldn't keep going into the 4th QTR, the SF49ers do, along with Singletary enjoying this one against Favre.

Posted by: ByRon12 | September 27, 2009 1:58 AM
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You sports writers are fool enought to now believe your own columns. The Redskins will win easily in Detroit. The Lions will continue to struggle. Jason Campbell will have a BETTER game, not a breakout game, but he will manage to get a few long ones to enable the Redskins to coast in the fourth quarter. Redskins 28 / Lions 12.

Posted by: Blueslegend | September 25, 2009 10:48 PM
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Redskins Win: Will win because the entire world is betting against them. Jim Zorn will run no-huddle if he has to, to prove he trusts JC.

Chargers win: Just not a high scoring game. Miami runs Wildcat better than Navy runs the option.

Jets win: Sanchez is the reason the Jets don't lose. The Defense is the reason they win!

Vick wins: Get's first TD on first drive for Eagles just for team morale and to mess with the protestors.

Posted by: haycoach | September 25, 2009 12:32 PM
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The Skins are definitely going to take the game Sunday, and do so decisively. Picking the Lions is crazy.

Posted by: DCDave11 | September 25, 2009 11:44 AM
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Conventional wisdom says the Redskins lose = Redskins win in a lock!

The experts are rarely correct.

Posted by: kenshejoezac | September 24, 2009 7:11 PM
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I'm with you regarding the Lions game. When the Cowboys went 1-15, who did they beat? When the Rams and Bengals needed to distinguish themselves from the Lions (last year) whom did they beat?
So, yes, this is what we should expect - not so much a Lions victory, but a Redskins collapse. Either way, both teams will have the same record come Monday.

Posted by: scheermadness | September 24, 2009 7:03 PM
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