Prisco’s week 3 picks, plus QB Power Rankings and see which 0-2 teams are still contenders


Happy Wednesday everyone. John Breech takes the day to meditate for a possible 0-3 start for his lover Bengalso you’ve got me, Cody Benjamin, to deliver the latest news from the NFL.

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We have betting trends, week 3 picks, new QB rankings and much more:

  1. Today’s Show: Betting Trends, Predictions, Fun Facts in Week 3

Russell Wilson


Tyler Sullivan and John Breech joined Will Brinson on Wednesday’s “Pick Six NFL Podcast” to review Week 3 from a betting perspective, identify the best and most questionable point spreads while previewing their favorite matchups and predicting them. Some highlights:

  • Sully predicts a 0-3 start for the foalswho host the host chiefs this Sunday. “Kansas City didn’t play particularly well in week 2,” he noted, but they still beat the Chargers. He also does not expect Patrick Mahomes to have a lot of back-to-back so-so appearances, predicting that No. 15 and the Chiefs, who are preferred with 6.5, will “light up” it against Indy.
  • Brinson leans Steelers (+5) on “Thursday Night Football” against the browns, especially since the AFC North matchup could be really ugly. “You never sweat this total (38.5 either). Both teams are pretty conservative. The Browns love to run the ball. It’s a short week.” Not only that, but high winds have been forecast, creating a low scoring affair.
  • Breech loves the Broncos rebound Sunday night against the 49erseven with Jimmy Garoppolo seemingly increasing confidence in San Francisco’s offense. “Home underdogs in prime time? Sign me up right now,” he said. “I think the Broncos attack can only get better from here… and… Russell Wilson is 17-4 against the 49ers in his career.”

Watch the full episode (and subscribe to all kinds of daily NFL talk) here.

2. Prisco’s Choices: bills cruise past dolphins, patriots stop raven

Pete Prisco went on to pick 10-6 games in Week 2, and he’s up 8-3 on the season with his best bets on the “Pick Six NFL Podcast.” Now he’s back with predictions for every week 3 matchup. Here’s a sample:

  • Bills 30, Dolphins 20: This is one of the best games of the week, with two 2-0 teams able to score. The Bills have a short week on the road, which is an advantage for Miami. But this Buffalo team is riding high. The defense of the dolphins was not good last week. Bills’ defense has been. That is the difference.
  • Patriots 27, Raven 26: The Ravens collapsed during their loss to the Dolphins last week. The defense was terrible. But the Patriots haven’t done much on offense this season. This is their home opener so I think they are going to make it.
  • packers 21, pirates 20: This will likely be Aaron Rodgers-Tom Brady’s last game unless they meet in the playoffs. The Tampa Bay offense isn’t playing well with a lot of injuries, and this will be a tough game to get it going. But Bucs’ defense was really good. This should be a low score game with the Packers making an upset.

3. QB Power Rankings: Murray enters the top 10; Pain comes close

CBS Sports Illustration (Keytron Jordan)

Weekly during the season, rank all 32 starting quarterbacks from the first to the worst. This week, some of the game’s best dual threats dominated the list, with Kyler Murray jumped into the top 10 after Arizona was willing to win overtime and Jalen hurts nears the top 10 thanks to a dominant Monday night outbreak of the Vikings. Here’s a sneak peek of the latest top 10:

  1. Patrick Mahomes
  2. Josh Allen (+2)
  3. Aaron Rodgers
  4. Tom Brady (-2)
  5. Justin Herbert
  6. Lamar Jackson
  7. Joe Burrow
  8. Matthew Stafford (+2)
  9. Kyler Murray (+2)
  10. Russell Wilson (-2)

View the full 1-32 overview here.

4. Which 0-2 teams can go back on track?

Five different teams are winless after two weeks of football. But not all have yet to be counted, says Jeff Kerr, who identified which of the 0-2 clubs are best suited to get back into shape. One of his favourites: the reigning AFC champion.

The Bengals lost both of their games by a game-winning field goal, and came back from double deficits in the second half in both losses. A quick start would help Cincinnati avoid these heartbreaking scenarios. … A bigger concern for Cincinnati is an offensive line that has allowed 13 sacks in two games against two very good defenses. … Joe Burrow is also guilty of holding the ball too long, and the Bengals coaching staff must initiate the short game. … They don’t have an easy schedule, but this is a roster talented enough to get back into the mix, especially in a wide-open AFC North.

5. Rodgers Reveals Packers Plans: Keep Giving the Spine

Aaron Jones


Wondering how Green Bay can maintain offensive success despite inconsistent results from a post-Davante Adams receiving corps? Aaron Rodgers explained the formula ahead of Week 3 against the Buccaneers, and it involves heavier doses from the Aaron Jones-AJ Dillon duo: “The goal is to get 33 and 28 the ball,” the reigning MVP told Pat McAfee. “It would be nice to give them some touches, you know, (in) the 15 series, at least for each of them.” Both full-backs were busy in the Packers’ recent defeat in the bearswith Jones totaling 170 yards and two scores.

6. Rapid-fire Roundup: AFC North Updates, HOF Nominees

Hungry for more cups? Here’s a few to wrap us up:

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