2014 Week 3 NFL Picks: 5* PATRIOTS -14, 4* Texans +1 #freenflpicks #nflpick

[Raiders/PATRIOTS]  Of course this could be a trap…or not.   2002 seems like an eternity ago.  The Raiders arrive 1-5 ATS in their last five games sporting the 30th ranked Road passing and rushing attack.  Having righted itself last week in Minnesota, look for Brady, who has an uncharacteristic 78.9 rating will find his legs in the team’s home opener.  With its defense allowing 364.5 yards per game, look for Ridley, 3.7 yards per carry, to find his legs this week.  Although the Pats stumbled in Week 1, the defense is only allowinng 288.5 yards per game.

[Texans/GIANTS] A member of the Giants Nation, it is hard to see the Giants play like this.  However, the fact is, that Manning arrives a 69.2 rating and 4 interceptions.  The Texans Fitzpatrick arrives with a 118.4 rating.  While the Giants defense is allowing only 341.5 yards per game, their offense continues to sputter with only 269 yards per game.  For Giants fans like me, it will be hard to watch Foster, 4.4 yards per carry, run over big blue.  And if he is sidelined, it will be the passing attack of Johnson and Hopkins that proves too much. Nobody would be happier to be proved wrong.

 

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  1. LOSER – Raiders 9, PATRIOTS 16 – Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Vince Wilfork intercepted a deflected pass deep in New England territory after Oakland had a potential tying touchdown negated by a penalty, as the Patriots held on for a 16-9 victory over the Raiders on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The Raiders held New England to a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter to keep it a seven-point game and marched from their own 38 to the New England 6 in the final minutes. Darren McFadden found a big hole and cruised into the end zone, but a holding penalty wiped out the touchdown. Derek Carr then tried to hit Denarius Moore with a short pass, but the ball deflected off the receiver’s hands and into the arms of Wilfork at the New England 11 with just under a minute to play. The Patriots (2-1) were able to run out the remaining time to earn their second straight win. Tom Brady was held in check for the most part, throwing for 234 yards with a touchdown on 24-of-37 passing. Rob Gronkowski caught the TD pass and Julian Edelman had 10 receptions for 84 yards. Carr completed 21-of-34 passes for 174 yards and McFadden finished with 59 yards on 18 carries for Oakland (0-3), which is winless after three games for the first time since an 0-5 start in 2006. The Raiders, held to three Sebastian Janikowski field goals, have lost 15 straight games in the Eastern time zone. They’ll head further east for their next game, a matchup next Sunday with Miami in London.

  2. LOSER – Texans 17, GIANTS 30 – East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Rashad Jennings rushed for a career- high 176 yards and a touchdown, and the New York Giants turned the tables on the Houston Texans to post a 30-17 win at MetLife Stadium. Houston entered this Week 3 clash with a plus-five turnover ratio en route to a mildly surprising 2-0 start, while the Giants were a league-worst minus-six in that category while dropping their first two games. However, New York (1-2) came up with three interceptions of Ryan Fitzpatrick and got a mistake-free performance out of Eli Manning to aid Jennings’ huge 34-carry effort. Manning finished a sharp 21-of-28 for 234 yards and two touchdowns in by far his best outing of the young season. Victor Cruz also stepped up for New York, generating 107 yards and a touchdown on five catches. Fitzgerald managed to both throw and run for a touchdown in the second half, but hit on just 20- of-34 throws for 289 yards. DeAndre Hopkins amassed 116 yards on six catches for Houston (2-1). Rookie Alfred Blue, subbing for an injured Arian Foster, had 78 rushing yards on 13 attempts in the loss.

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